Just had an email from a reader in the UK;
“I was watching a TV programme tonight, and they said food WAS more nutritious in the 50’s…to get the same vitamin A – in the 50’s you needed one orange, now, you’d need 8…to get the same vitamin C – in the 50’s you need one tomato, now, you’d need ten.
Why? increased use of chemical fertilisers, and increased transporting times to deliver to supermarkets…..”
I am starting a new venture soon, on organic food and sustainable living. I think I am turning into an eco warrior. Stay tuned….
Local conservation officers have released a few photos of a wolf — a rare sight in the Okanagan. (Read Full Article)
(Read More about Wolves in BC)
Before we came out, I remember watching a documnetary on the caribou, as they made there way north for their annual migration. Thousands upon thousands of the creatures, like a sea flowing across the land. Even here in Canada, we seem to be doing our best to bugger the world up….
Caribou have been a crucial food source for Canada’s northern indigenous people from time immemorial. Now their population is dwindling at an alarming rate — with many herds declining by as much as 70 per cent in a decade. (Read Full Article)
Tags: environment, ecology, climate, climate change
Sex-change chemicals in Potomac River….
An investigation into the cleanliness of rivers feeding Washington’s Potomac River has revealed the presence of sex-changing chemicals.
Pollutants which contain the chemicals, known as endocrine disrupters, were found in several tributaries and in the smallmouth bass fish living within.
(Read Full Article)
Lethal secrets of 1918 flu virus….
Then, in a maximum “biosafety” facility at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory they reconstructed a fully functioning virus, and infected macaque monkeys to see what would happen.
Writing in the journal Nature, they reported that the results were startling. Symptoms appeared within 24 hours of exposure to the virus, and the subsequent destruction of lung tissue was so widespread that, had the monkeys not been put to sleep a few days later, they would literally have drowned in their own blood.
(Read Full Article)
Dozens of rare one-horned rhinos have gone missing in south-western Nepal in recent years, say conservationists. (Read Article)
As long as we’re all too busy being very scared, we won’t be asking our politicians what the hell they are doing about the serious issues.
‘Only 50 years left’ for sea fish – There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study.Stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating. (Read Article)
PM’s vow to tackle global warming hit by plans to treble flights. – Britain’s airports are planning to treble the number of flights by 2030, despite recent grave warnings about the environmental effects of expanding air travel in the UK. (Read Article)
I want there to be a world left for my kids to live in. I’m trying to do my bit, how about you?