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Re: Pollution
« Reply #210 on: June 07, 2015, 12:32:15 am »
Drone Captures Remarkable Footage Of A Whale Family: It Makes You Think About What We’ve Done

June 6, 2015 by Arjun Walia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J917zEOgzT8&feature=player_embedded

For the first time ever, a mother grey whale has been caught on camera with two calves, thanks to the help of drone technology. Experts are unsure if the second calf was adopted by the mother, which would be extremely unlikely, or if the two calves are twins, which would be a similarly rare occurrence. There are no other known cases of a grey whale with two calves at once. This footage comes from Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari, based out of Dana Point, California.

It’s beautiful footage of these majestic creatures. Unfortunately, human activity is literally laying waste to their home.

For example, the nuclear power plant disaster at Fukushima resulted in 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water containing radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90 being flooded into the Pacific Ocean every single day. Contaminated water is still leaking and still poses a major problem.

A second example would be the BP oil spill in the gulf of Mexico, which was so large that it could not be concealed from the public. There are plenty of smaller-scale oil spills occurring which we don’t hear about.

A third example would be the fact that whales have been showing up dead on multiple beaches, bringing forth a very powerful message in the form of stomachs full of plastic. This has happened multiple times, and you can read more about it here.

North East of Hawaii, the ocean currents form a giant whirlpool of debris from around the Pacific called the North Pacific Gyre. It’s one of the largest ecosystems on Earth, comprising millions of square kilometres. Today, it’s better known as “The Great Garbage Patch,” an area the size of Queensland, Australia with approximately one million tonnes of plastic collecting in the ocean. You can read more about that here.

These are just a few examples of the impact human activity is having on the oceans. It’s important that we recognize the fact that it’s time to change our ways here and do things differently. Our entire “system” set up here is one that is clearly not working. We can have a planet where all life can thrive, where our activity does not destroy it. We can

If you are asking yourself “how” then I do not know what to tell you, there are thousands of different ways! If you truly want to know, all it takes is a little research. The solutions are out there. Back in 2013, we reported on the story of 19 year old Boyan Slat, who had developed a device with the capacity to remove 7,250,000 tonnes of plastic and garbage from the world’s oceans in just 5 years. Boyan, now 20, and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup Project, has just announced that his project will come into fruition by 2016.

Technology isn’t the problem. From new ways of generating energy and growing food, to advancements in medicine, we have the ability to change things right now, at this very moment. What we need is a shift in the way we think about the world. We need a shift in the way we see ourselves and our relationship with, not only the other life on this planet, but the planet itself.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  – Albert Einstein

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/06/06/drone-captures-remarkable-footage-of-a-whale-family-it-makes-you-think-about-what-weve-done/
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #211 on: June 07, 2015, 12:47:22 am »
A whale is freed from a death trap by decent humans and the whale shows it's gratitude to these good hearted humans that showed interspecies empathy by helping a fellow earthling in distress. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXU7G6zhjU&feature=player_embedded
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« Reply #212 on: June 08, 2015, 02:13:34 pm »
Fracking Does Cause ‘Widespread, Systemic’ Contamination of American’s Drinking Water

Josh Fox and Lee Ziesche | June 5, 2015 3:52 pm

In a draft report five years in the making, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that fracking does indeed contaminate drinking water, a fact the oil and gas industry has vehemently denied.

But instead of dismantling the industry’s “not one single case of groundwater contamination caused by fracking” refrain, the EPA decided to go with the misleading headline “there is no evidence fracking has led
 to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”


It’s a puzzling conclusion since their study was conspicuously narrow (they did no new case studies, dropped three marquee cases that proved water contamination and dropped all air quality studies from the report). 

Our Map of the Week shows 313 cases where families reported water contamination due to drilling in just six counties in North Eastern, Pennsylvania. Seems pretty widespread to me for a fracking and drilling campaign that’s still in its infancy.  So far there’s been around 9,000 wells drilled in Pennsylvania. One report showed the potential for 200,000 – 600,000 fracked wells in the state.


Our Map of the Week confirms widespread, systemic contamination of U.S. regulatory bodies by the oil and gas industry (and that water contamination due to fracking is widespread too!) Map credit: BH/NY Friends of Clean Air and Water CC-BY-NC, All other rights reserved

If the EPA is looking for proof of “widespread” contamination before declaring fracking unsafe, they may not have to wait long. The industry’s own data shows that 5 percent of fracking wells leak upon drilling and that number only grows over time.

What the EPA presented to the public yesterday was PR, not science and proof of the widespread, systemic contamination of our regulatory bodies by the oil and gas industry.

This isn’t the first time the EPA has released a report burying the science with a misleading headline
that supports the Obama Administration’s pro-fracking policies rather than reveal the true dangers of fracking. It’s a disturbing trend we reported on extensively in GASLAND Part II with cases in Dimock, Pennsylvania; Parker County, Texas; and Pavilion, Wyoming.

In Dimock, Parker Country and Pavilion the EPA suddenly dropped water contamination cases when the science proved that fracking was the cause, going as far as slapping a press release claiming Dimock’s water was safe on a report that proved fracking had contaminated the water.

The EPA did this, conveniently, around the same time that President Obama was touting fracking as part of his All-of-the-Above energy policy on the campaign trail.    

And President Obama has not backed off in his support for natural gas despite mounting evidence that fracking is a climate change disaster. His administration is opening up huge swaths of BLM land for drilling and has even gone so far as to allow fracking offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

He’s not the only one. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton sold fracking to the rest of the world    and has said nothing to indicate she will do any differently as President, despite claiming that addressing climate change is a pillar of her campaign.  ;)

If President Obama and Hillary Clinton want to know what a fracking legacy looks like they should take a look at the pictures coming from Little Rock, Arkansas where a fracked-gas pipeline ruptured in the Arkansas River within view of Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library.



Millions of Americans know that fracking contaminates ground water and for the EPA to report any differently only proves that the greatest contamination from the industry comes from its influence and ownership of our government.

It’s clear there is no action coming from our politicians to protect our public health and safety from fracking. They will stick with the industry till all our water is contaminated, our air polluted and climate change has made our planet unlivable.

It’s up to us to get the truth out.    

If you want to educate your community on the dangers of fracking and the incredible influence of the industry on our government, email us to host a screening of GASLAND Part II.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/06/05/josh-fox-fracking-contaminates-drinking-water/2/

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I am extremely humbled and grateful to Josh and EcoWatch for featuring my map. I am happy to explain the methodology I used and details about the dataset. Inquiries: WilliamAHuston@gmail.com.

I cried when I first made this map. It was so disturbing to me. Even my friends who live on the front lines (like Vera Scroggins and Craig Stevens) had no idea how bad things were, before we saw this picture. My family is from Bradford County. The water there was so pure. A sacred place has been defiled. And the industry and Obama's EPA are in denial. I personally know dozens of impacted people living in this area, and many are suffering daily. 

So thank you Josh and Stephanie for helping get the word out.
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EcoWatch comments section is over run with pro fracking Trolls and AGW denier Trolls, thanks for taking a stand.







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Re: Pollution
« Reply #213 on: June 14, 2015, 05:57:37 pm »
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No Bees, No Food 


Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the hay used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.

Let's give bees a chance
 

In recent years, beekeepers report they’re losing on average 30% of all honeybee colonies each winter — twice the loss considered economically tolerable.

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6,000 times more toxic than DDT

Scientists point to several causes behind the problem, including global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids (or neonics).

When seeds are treated with neonics, the chemicals work their way into the pollen and nectar of the plants — which, of course, is bad news for bees and other pollinators. Worse, for the bees and for us, neonics are about 6,000 times more toxic to bees than DDT.

Just one example: After a nearby farm planted corn seeds coated with neonics in 2013, a farmer named Dave Schuit lost 37 million of his bees. “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” said Schuit.

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http://environmentamerica.org/programs/ame/no-bees-no-food
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« Reply #214 on: June 14, 2015, 06:30:39 pm »
Up Up in the Sky by Kate M. Willens, Copyright KM Willens

A protest song to awaken the world to the horrible spraying of toxic aerosols known by many as “chemtrails” into our skies. This is the first track of what will be a fuller piece, featuring Kate Magdalena Willens on vocals and guitar.

http://www.aircrap.org/2015/06/14/up-up-in-the-sky-by-kate-m-willens/

Agelbert NOTE: A hauntingly beautiful voice  singing sadly about how the government lies and denies.

The Empathy Deficit Disorder corporate owned government lies and denies about all other industrial polluting activities too.   

Please pass this on. It is a great way to spread the truth and wake people up.
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« Reply #215 on: June 15, 2015, 07:23:21 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72Z2wmgLiTc&feature=player_embedded

There Is No Word For "Disposable" In Native Languages

This is a video featuring some of the most profound, eloquent and enlightened words we have to share here at Nextworldtv.

This is Julia Butterfly Hill  , an American activist and environmentalist. She is best known for living in a 180-foot (55 m)-tall, roughly 1500-year-old California Redwood tree for 738 days between December 10, 1997 and December 18, 1999.

I feel her words on "disposability consciousness" in this video are epic and truly enlightened. What richness, what truth, what poetry she speaks here. I will quote a few sentences, and please enjoy the rest of her wisdom in this incredible video. "I know in my heart that as long as trashing the planet and trashing each other, a healthy, holistic and healed world is not possible.

We can not have peace ON the earth unless we also have peace WITH the earth. Our disposability consciousness is a weapon of mass destruction." She is referring to how we mindlessly buy a cup of coffee -- or anything-- in disposable packaging. And where is "away" when we throw it away? It's all right here, isn't it? What a monumental disconnect we have come to accept!

She speaks of reclaiming every step of life as a step toward consciousness, and a step toward healing! --Bibi Farber

This video was produced by www.globalonenessproject.org - See more at: http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/reducing-waste/disposability-consciousness-.html#sthash.pp7RltDo.dpuf
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« Reply #216 on: June 17, 2015, 10:27:39 pm »
Fundraising success for opponents of the fracked gas pipeline   


Press Release Jun. 16 2015
Just Power
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Addison and Chittenden Counties, Vt – A grassroots group opposing the fracked gas pipeline has met its goal to establish a legal fund and hire a lawyer to represent landowners Nate and Jane Palmer in front of the Public Service Board (PSB) next week. The Palmers and other opponents of the project face off with Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) on June 22-23 at the technical hearings to reopen the permit for Phase I of the expansion project.

With members from all walks of life and through partnerships with organizations around the state, Just Power has had an impact on the pipeline debate disproportionate to the group’s size. For nearly three years volunteers have scoured VGS filings and statements as well as state agencies’ reviews of the project. “We’ve found mistakes in VGS’ numbers, misleading advertising about potential savings, and unjustifiable statements of ambitious goals,” said Diane Derrick of Hinesburg, “to say nothing of wild claims about benefits Vermont is supposed to get out of this project.”

For the second time in less than a year, the PSB will review the massive increase in project costs and consider whether to reopen VGS’ certificate of public good. With the project now at a price tag of over $154 million, current customers are expected to suffer essentially permanent rate hikes to pay for an expansion that will not benefit them. The average family in Chittenden and Franklin counties will pay around $8,000 above and beyond the gas service they receive over the next 25 years.   

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“It’s ludicrous that families may be forced to forego things they need like college tuition, care for an elderly parent, or unpaid parental leave to pay for something that is going to damage our state and our planet,”
said Andy Simon, a Burlington ratepayer. “VGS has been saying right along that up to 3,000 people in Addison County would benefit from lower heating bills, but that’s simply not true. Counting conversion costs, those families won’t save a dime for at least 14 years!”   

Just Power members say it was inevitable that VGS and longtime supporter of the pipeline, the Department of Public Service (DPS), would have to come before the PSB again to explain themselves. “Many of the problems pro se intervenors in the Section 248 process have predicted have come to pass,” said Bobbie Carnwath from Cornwall. “But they haven’t had high-powered lawyers. Even the organizations with talented and experienced attorneys representing them don’t have the resources to counter the millions of dollars VGS is spending on its fleet of attorneys to bury the truth about this project. Just Power’s contributions have been pure elbow grease, time, and personal funds from our small group.”

The group decided that next week’s technical hearings, which could lead to the reopening of the case by the PSB, were so important that for the first time it went to its supporters asking for money to hire an attorney to represent the Palmers for the two days of technical hearings.

“A lawyer will help provide the respect that the Palmer legal team deserves!” wrote one donor on the group’s GoFundMe site. “The pipeline only serves large industrial customers while placing a large, very risky burden on existing and prospective ratepayers.” Another donor added:
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“We can do better with energy conservation, renewables, and careful and creative planning of safe, non-fracked, and just solutions for the energy needs of all Vermonters. Let’s do that instead!”
At the same time that Vermonters were chipping in donations from $5 to $1,000, VGS added yet another law firm to their team to promote the pipeline. Members of the coalition to stop the pipeline have vowed to continue their lean and spirited fight  no matter how much money VGS pours into defending its project.

Just Power urges Vermonters to attend the technical hearings as well as a ‘Truth-in and Vigil,” organized by a coalition of groups, during which participants will share facts as they emerge from the hearings. Opponents of the project want the PSB, DPS, and VGS to understand that the public is holding them accountable for considering whether the huge rate hikes required to cover VGS’ cost overruns are just and reasonable and whether, with three years of technological advancements in lower-cost and environmentally sound alternatives, this project is necessary at all.

Technical Hearings at the Public Service Board (112 State Street, Montpelier), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22 and June 23.

Truth-in and Vigil (State House Lawn, Montpelier), 4 p.m. June 22 to 8 a.m. June 23.

http://vtdigger.org/2015/06/16/fundraising-success-for-opponents-of-the-fracked-gas-pipeline/

Agelbert NOTE: I am in Chittenden County, Vermont. I DO NOT use any natural gas whatsoever.  ;D We need a natural gas pipeline like a hole in the head (and the pocket book too!).
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« Reply #217 on: June 20, 2015, 07:55:55 pm »




Exxon Mobil shareholders reject Vermont’s greenhouse gas resolution


Erin Mansfield Jun. 19 2015, 5:57 pm

SNIPPET:


“The overwhelming defeat of the resolution offered by Vermont Treasurer Pearce asking Exxon Mobil to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions proves that simply asking fossil fuel corporations to change their ways does not work,” Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington, said in a statement.

The best strategy for Vermont is to divest from fossil fuel companies  ,” Pollina said. “It makes no sense for us to say we oppose climate change and then invest in the companies that are causing it.”


http://vtdigger.org/2015/06/19/exxon-mobil-shareholders-reject-vermonts-greenhouse-gas-resolution/
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« Reply #218 on: June 21, 2015, 11:34:39 pm »
Chile declares environmental emergency over polluted Santiago air

Sunday, June 21, 2015  Reuters   


SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean authorities declared an environmental emergency for the Santiago metropolitan region for Monday, forcing more than 900 industries to temporarily shut down and about 40 percent of the capital’s 1.7 million cars off the roads.

“We’re currently facing unusual conditions, with one of the driest Junes in over 40 years as well as really bad air circulation conditions in the Santiago valley in recent days, which boosts the concentration of contamination,” the Environment Ministry said in a statement.

The emergency, the first since 1999, will be in place for 24 hours and can be extended further if authorities deem conditions have not improved.

The Environment Ministry could not immediately provide Reuters with a list of what industries will be forced to suspend operations on Monday.

People in the Santiago area also were advised to avoid outdoor exercise, though such activity was not prohibited. Chile is in the midst of hosting the Copa America soccer tournament. The next game is scheduled for Wednesday.

A lack of rain and winds have allowed concentrations of small breathable particulate matter known as PM2.5 to build up, shrouding the city in smog. Particulate matter can enter the lungs and bloodstream and has been linked to heart disease, respiratory difficulties and environmental damage.

Cold temperatures this time of year prompt many residents to use wood-burning heaters, which vastly worsens air quality.

(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Paul Simao)

http://newsdaily.com/2015/06/chile-declares-environmental-emergency-over-polluted-santiago-air/#eQEaeYTgq2Gvb0aD.99
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« Reply #220 on: June 25, 2015, 11:00:34 pm »
Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 09:50 AM EDT.

Cartoon: The Gospel of Denial

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Before there was the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change, there was . . .

The Gospel of Denial.  From the Republican Disciples of Fossil Fuel.

In the First Book of Denial, Republicans walk on oil-slicked water— thanks to the miracle of oil viscosity!

Lo, then the Messiahs provide oil-soaked loaves and fishes to the impoverished masses . . . giving them combustible fuel so they may fire factories and prosper by their very bootstraps!

The most-denying Republicans demonstrate their power to raise the dead so that they may ascend to the heavens— and wrap the world in the loving embrace of Holy CO2.

The Disciples of Fossil Fuel know that among the twenty or so, there is a Judas!

Who will poll exceedingly low by the time the **** crows three times.

Verily, the Gospel teaches us that if we have undying faith in Denial and follow our Fossil Fuel Fathers (never mind the ninety-seven percent), we will be rewarded in this life . . . with eternal profits.

This, is the Word of the Oil. 

Aaaamen.


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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/19/1394215/-Cartoon-The-Gospel-of-Denial
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« Reply #221 on: June 27, 2015, 09:35:19 pm »

Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Destroying the Earth’s ‘Complex Web of Ecosystems’


Lori Ann Burd, Center for Biological Diversity | June 26, 2015 11:04 am

Pope Francis’s encyclical didn’t just cover climate change, he also denounced pesticides and genetically engineered (GE) crops, declaring
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“the spread of these crops destroys the complex web of ecosystems, decreases diversity in production and affects the present and the future of regional economies.”

Biotech companies claim their products are key to solving hunger, but the Pope knows this isn’t true. No commercial GE crops are engineered for increased yield. Five of every six acres of GE crops are engineered for herbicide-tolerance, i.e. to survive being drenched with what would normally be a toxic dose of herbicide, usually Round-up, or glyphosate.

The Pope’s message couldn’t come at a better time. Pesticide use is at an all-time high.  >:( The U.S. Department of Agriculture says glyphosate use on corn and soy increased from 10 million pounds in 1996, the year Roundup Ready crops were introduced, to 204 million in 2013. The U.S. Geological Survey routinely finds glyphosate in our water. The Word Health Organization just declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen.

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The Pope observed that pesticide use “creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further.” He said, “many birds and insects die out as a result of toxic pesticides created by technology … [and this] actually causes the Earth we live in to become less rich and beautiful, more and more limited and gray …”

Pesticides have already made our Earth less rich and more gray by nearly wiping out monarch butterflies, which have declined by 90 percent, largely because increased glyphosate use has wiped out the monarch’s sole host plant, milkweed. Pesticides are a leading cause of our current pollinator collapse.

With one-third of the bites we eat requiring bee-pollination, many world leaders, including President Obama, are waking up to the need for action.

Like Pope Francis, I believe protecting the Earth is our moral imperative. With this encyclical, the Pope reminds us that our fates are intertwined with all species, and calls us to action.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/06/26/pope-francis-pesticides-gmos/
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« Reply #222 on: July 02, 2015, 11:02:58 pm »
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VI. The Common Destination of Goods

93. The principle of the subordination of private property to the universal destination of goods, and thus the right of everyone to their use, is a golden rule of social conduct and “the first principle of the whole ethical and social order”. The Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute or inviolable, and has stressed the social purpose of all forms of private property.

94. Rural people must have access to means of technical education, credit, insurance, and markets”.

95. That is why the New Zealand bishops asked what the commandment “Thou shall not kill” means when “twenty percent of the world’s population consumes resources at a rate that robs the poor nations and future generations of what they need to survive".

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« Reply #223 on: July 10, 2015, 03:37:01 pm »
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July 10, 2015 at 10:43 am


The farm crisis has its roots in the Industrial Revolution, in the opening of the Erie Canal, in Free Market Capitalism, in the federal water reclamation projects of the 1920s, in federal agricultural policies initiated in the 1930s, in the adoption of “advanced” technologies and in state land use policies. In a word, all these developments have contributed to the malaise affecting Vermont’s agricultural economy. To address these symptoms, the state has for two generations allocated roughly $60/80M/year to “save our farms” and “protect the lake,” chiefly by relieving farmers of property and sales taxes. Lower costs undoubtedly eased the pain but Vermont farmers cannot survive without an economic purpose, i.e., they cannot survive without making a profit.

Vermont’s dairy farmers did not devise the policies that brought them to the their present circumstances. Those who wished to survive learned long ago to convert taxpayer support to new capacity. They went to the bank to take on more debt, with which to consolidate their neighbors, with which to build larger barns, in which to house more cows and to acquire more land on which to grow more corn with petroleum-based fertilizers and herbicides.

Rush Limbaugh likes to remind his audience that when the government subsidizes something, we get more of it, but in this case, what we got more of was not farms, which arguably we wanted, but milk, which we did not. In spite of all the happy talk emanating from VAAF&M boasting that Vermont agriculture leads the nation in Farm to School, Farm to Plate and Farmers Markets, Vermont consumers spend 95% of their grocery money for food imported from out of state. Vermont’s largest agricultural sector is conventional dairy, which produces barely 1% of the national supply. Our farms produce no measurable portion of in state demand for meat, fish, grain, fruit or vegetables. If, in fact, Vermont farmers were to all go suddenly out of business tomorrow, no one would notice. We do not, in other words, farm to grow our food; we farm to sustain the illusion that we do, or, to put it bluntly, for appearances only. This means that Vermont allocates $60/80M/year, and with the new “clean water law” another $7.5M/year, for over production, low farm prices, farm attrition and lake pollution.

Vermont has adopted a policy to require that we get 90% of our energy from renewable sources by 2050, which is laudable. But conventional agriculture is the second largest source of global greenhouse gases, behind only electrical and heat generation and ahead of the entire transportation sector. Vermont’s energy policies turn a blind eye toward the profligacy of conventional dairy, planning instead to treat manure as a “renewable” feedstock for methane digesters. In other words, our new energy policy will ask the taxpayers to support the state’s largest contributor to water pollution in its push for sustainable energy. And since the most conspicuous results of Vermont’s agricultural policies are over production, low farm prices, farm attrition and lake pollution, it would appear to this writer that we are working at cross purposes.

Let us suppose that the state has adopted a policy that it is henceforth impermissible for any person or any industry to pollute the lake. All persons and all industries must henceforth adjust their production models to conform to this policy. The state has submitted a plan to the EPA by which it proposes to meet its TMDL, or to “clean up the lake” but the plan imposes virtually no material constraints upon conventional dairy. This means that the state esteems conventional dairy and its attendant environmental and social consequences above the attainment of its federally mandated water quality standards. Call your representative or senator if you think this makes no sense.

Glut of milk leads Vermont farms, co-ops to dump product

Erin Mansfield Jul. 9 2015, 6:31 pm
http://vtdigger.org/2015/07/09/glut-of-milk-leads-vermont-farms-co-ops-to-dump-product/
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