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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Are We Really That Short-Sighted?

Recently there has been t.v. advertising on the wonderful "new" Red Krill Oil supplement pills that have more omega 3 than normal fish oil tablets.  It it contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin. O.k. so it's good for you but here again is just another pillaging of our seas in order to make money.
Flax oil is a wonderful source of omega 3 (actually better than fish oil) read more here so why do we have to keep finding "new and wonderful" animal, or in this case, fish, products when we don't really need to???

Now normally I'd let this one go with just another "why don't you just leave the sea alone" comment at the t.v.  But then last night I watched a program about "Ocean Giants" and that's when the blood really started to boil.

According to the program the blue whale which lives off the coast of Sri Lanka feed on red krill which, due to climate change, is being depleted.  This got me wondering.

So onto the internet this morning to discover that the krill for the pills is harvested from the cold waters off Antarctica and other icy waters. That's not all I found out.  The ongoing harvesting of krill could be threatening the food source of seals, penguins and whales. 
Pretty much what I had concluded.  Read the rest of the article here   
What amazed me was the fact that this article was written in December 2008….that's 4 years ago - damn, how many years will it take.  Oh, that's right - it's all about money.

The Blue Whale is just starting to increase in population after being decimated by whaling - hey, why not just take their food….that'll stop them!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Who Really Holds the Power???

I happened to see a video showing that Henry Ford made a car from hemp plastic which also was fueled by hemp (see video below) and it got me thinking about this amazing product…why was it outlawed? 
The simple answer….those with the money - hold the power which, of course, we already know.

The main troublemaker was a company called DuPont.  According to Wikipedia DuPont (a chemical company) was founded in 1802.  O.k. so the operative word here is "chemical".

So you've got DuPont (who has a lot to lose with hemp as competition) making chemicals for the wood pulp paper mills as well as nylon, chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers …. all in direct competition to hemp.  Along comes William Randolph Hearst (owner of the largest newspaper chain) backed by the Mellon Bank who invests in DuPont.  See where this is going?

"At the same time, a machine was developed that was to hemp what the cotton gin was to cotton: it allowed hemp's long, tough fiber to be mass processed efficiently and economically for the first time. Popular Mechanics, in February 1937, predicted hemp would be the world's first "Billion Dollar Crop" that would support thousands of jobs and provide a vast array of consumer products from dynamite to plastics."
To quote my source:

No, no, no … can't have that - so began the slander of cannabis which, of course, didn't mention that marijuana was hemp. Again, those with the money had the power and, unfortunately the hemp industry didn't catch on soon enough so it was goodnight to all the wonderful, sustainable, eco-friendly hemp products.

Now I can't actually find why Ford (who never intended cars to use gasoline) made the switch to petroleum, but I'm assuming that it was because growing hemp became illegal.  Also the many bills proposing a National energy program that made use of the vast agricultural resource (for fuel production) were wiped out by smear campaigns by…guess who - yup, petrol companies.

The book The Emperor Wears No Clothes…should be a mandatory read regardless of your views on cannabis.  If politicians, law enforcement, senate, congress also read it I'd begin to believe that there were educated people running governments rather than money/power hungry companies. Here's a challenge to educate yourself:

Getting back to my original question - So Who Holds the Power?  Unfortunately Ford was just way ahead of his time with his hemp car, but he certainly had the environmental vision - so I'll leave the last words to him.

Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields? — Henry Ford

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Money Rules

It's all about the money.  Let's face it, doesn't matter what it is - if you've got the money you've got the power (more's the pity). 

I came across this today Meat Industry Advertising and if you don't want to click through and read the whole article - the picture really says it all.  The difference in money spent on promoting meat is whopping (those are the red dots) compared to the little green dots? yes, you guessed right - that's the vegetarian or meat industry reform.

But, guess what - most of the red dots represent just estimated advertising whereas the green dots represent the total budge of the organization.  It's really no wonder that it's hard to get the vegetarian/animal rights message across.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I came across this article yesterday (Do We Have The Language Needed To Grant Dolphins Non-Human Rights?)  and I got quite riled up over it.  The more I thought about it the more I got …. well, not angry, but just - can't think of the word.  Which is really what the article is about - finding the right word for a  "specific word that encapsulates the relationship of you're-an-individual-as-I-am-even-though-we-are-different-species."

Now I'm not thinking about the "word" - what got me about the story is that we are even looking at giving "rights" to dolphins.  And before you jump down on me let me explain where I'm coming from.

We have human rights - and look how we manage that.  It's abysmal - we can't even get that right, so how is anyone going to think that by applying cetacean rights that anything is going to change the fact that dolphins and whales will still be abused.

And, speaking of rights, what about the rights of cows and pigs ….. yes, yes, I know, the article is saying that dolphins are highly intelligent therefore should be given rights.  Well it is also known that pigs are intelligent as are elephants and apes - and who says that cows and sheep are not?  So, what about their "rights".  They may not be as intelligent as dolphins, but there are lots of humans I could put on their intellectual level! and yet we give them "rights".

My point is that we should not be so concerned about the word "rights" be it to an individual or a species (including human), but we should be doing what is right to all living creatures.  Then comes the argument that what I might believe is right may not be in sync with what you think is right

I don't have an issue with humans who eat animal foods for survival (e.g. A country like Mongolia cannot grow anything so needs to live on meat) just as I don't have an issue with dolphins and lions etc who hunt for fish/meat in order to survive.  What I have an issue with is the blatant abusive farming activities that are practiced in order to quench the "desire" for meat - not the "need".  I mean - you don't see dolphins fish farming……mind you, if we keep depleting the ocean of fish life……well, dolphins are intelligent aren't they.

I'm getting off my soap box now.

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