Category Archives: Beacuse They Can

Canada: Outrage boils over as B.C. government plans to sell groundwater for $2.25 per million litres – Orrazz

Under the old Water Act, Nestlé, like other groundwater users, didn’t need to pay the government anything for water withdrawals. But under the WSA, Nestlé will start paying for the hundreds of millions of litres of groundwater they withdraw, bottle and sell. That rate of $2.25 per million litres — the highest industrial rate in the new price structure — means Nestlé will pay the government $596.25 a year for 265 million litres.

Under the WSA, Nestlé and other groundwater users also will begin paying permit fees. A Nestlé executive said he expects the annual fee for water-bottling companies to be between $1,000 and $10,000.

via Canada: Outrage boils over as B.C. government plans to sell groundwater for $2.25 per million litres – Orrazz.

Pressing Refresh Notes: Start paying? Seriously? The amount of most people’s water bills have continued to rise and these companies get it for next to nothing. The water main in front of my house busts about 3 or four times a year. Towns need to replace these mains. How about these types of companies foot the bill to do this considering the fortunes they are making off of it.

Millions of GMO mosquitoes could be released in Florida in bid to fight viral disease | CTV News

Key West resident Marilyn Smith wasn’t persuaded after Oxitec’s presentation at a public meeting. She says neither disease has had a major outbreak yet in Florida, so “why are we being used as the experiment, the guinea pigs, just to see what happens?”

via Millions of GMO mosquitoes could be released in Florida in bid to fight viral disease | CTV News.

New Genetically Engineered Tree To Avoid Federal Oversight Completely – Global Justice Ecology Project

A genetically engineered (GE) tree may already be planted in field tests, and eventually be commercialized, in the U.S. without having gone through any regulatory oversight or environmental risk assessment. On January 13th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) quietly posted its August reply to a letter from ArborGen, a biotechnology company that is developing GE forest trees for plantations, confirming that USDA will require no regulation of ArborGen’s GE loblolly pine.

via New Genetically Engineered Tree To Avoid Federal Oversight Completely – Global Justice Ecology Project.

Can the bulldozers in Indonesia be stopped? | Climate Connections

Back in September, world leaders and major corporations joined the New York Declaration on Forests at the UN Climate Summit. From Germany to the U.S., Nestle to Kellogg’s, the signatures on this no-deforestation policy, according to an article on Earth Island Journal, definitely raise a few eyebrows.But are they really doing anything to stop razing the land?

via Can the bulldozers in Indonesia be stopped? | Climate Connections.

Obama Allows Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half The U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis | 2012: What’s the ‘real’ truth?

What in the world is Barack Obama thinking? At a time when the United States is facing the greatest water crisis that it has ever known, Obama is allowing water from the Great Lakes to be drained, bottled and shipped to China and other countries around the globe. Right now, the Great Lakes hold approximately 21 percent of the total supply of fresh water in the entire world.

via Obama Allows Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half The U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis | 2012: What’s the ‘real’ truth?.

Genetically Engineered Merck Cancer Vaccine Made Mandatory For Immigrants – informationliberation

Controversial shot now required if you want to live the American dream Steve Watson

Immigrants seeking permanent legal residency in the U.S. are now mandated to take an expensive and controversial vaccine that has been linked with thousands of serious complaints and several deaths.

The Human Papillomavirus HPV vaccine — known as Gardasil — is one of five the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently added to the required list, reports Fox 8 News.

A press release from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency confirms that the requirements for the vaccine went into effect on July 1, 2008.

The regulation represents a total dismissal of the recommendation of Dr. Jon Abramson, chairman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee on immunization practices. In February 2007, Abramson said that he and the 15-member panel at the CDC opposed making Gardasil mandatory because the sexually transmitted HPV is not a contagious disease like measles or chicken pox.

At $162 per dose, the three-dose vaccine is set to make millions in profits for Gardasil manufacturer Merck, a company that has a history of both lobbying intensely for state mandates and entering into crony deals to hoodwink Americans into believing HPV vaccinations are compulsory.

Pressing Refresh Notes: This is an article I had bookmarked from 2008. Thought I would post it anyway.

via Genetically Engineered Merck Cancer Vaccine Made Mandatory For Immigrants – informationliberation.

In developing world, pollution kills more than disease

It’s extremely difficult to estimate the health impacts from many thousands of toxic sites contaminated with lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and obsolete pesticides, Caravanos told IPS.

But the one-million death estimate is likely a gross underestimate since investigations into the scope of the problem have only just started. ‘We’ve recently found sites filled with obsolete pesticides in Eastern Europe that have some very toxic chemicals,’ he said.

These chemicals don’t stay put. Rain washes them into soils and waterways, and wind blows toxic particles long distances, sometimes coating crops and food, Caravanos said. A 2012 study by Blacksmith estimated that mining waste, lead smelters, industrial dumps and other toxic sites affect the health of 125 million people in 49 developing countries.’

We have identified over 200 places with contaminated air, soil or water that are putting at risk some six million people,’ said John Pwamang of the Ghana Environment Protection Agency.’

These include places with lead poisoning from recycling used lead-acid or car batteries, and e-waste dismantling areas, where cables are burnt in the open air and the toxic smoke poisons whole neighbourhoods,’ Pwamang said in a release.

A growing body of scientific evidence is revealing an astonishing array of illnesses, including cancers, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s and depression, with links to the ever-increasing amount of toxic chemicals in our bodies, said Julian Cribb, author of the new book Poisoned Planet: How Constant Exposure to Man-Made Chemicals Is Putting Your Life at Risk.’

There are at least 143,000 man-made chemicals plus an equally vast number of unintentional chemicals liberated by mining, burning fossil fuels, waste disposal,’ Cribb said in a release.’

Around 1,000 new industrial chemicals are released every year, which the United Nations says are largely untested for human and environment health and safety.’

via In developing world, pollution kills more than disease.

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