By Rady Ananda
In July of this year, the United Nations declared access to clean water a human right. The United States was among 41 nations that abstained from supporting the resolution. Since October 15th is Blog for Water Day, a close inspection of a common US practice – fluoridating city water supplies – is in order.
The subject of water fluoridation has been controversial for decades, but a new book, The Case Against Fluoride, won the accolades of a Nobel Laureate:
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Environment
Tagged amesbury water, CDC, chelsea green, clean water, EPA, fda, fluoridation, fluorideAlert.org, hexafluorosilicic acid, mass drugging, pollution, Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation, sodium fluoride, The Case Against Fluoride, water rights
Coal ash is contaminating drinking water supplies in the U.S., and it is only getting worse as the waste stream grows in volume and toxicity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it official on June 21, giving the public only a short period to comment on the first-ever federal rule for coal ash disposal at hundreds of dumps and landfills across the country.
The environmental group Earth Justice is trying to get 50,000 emails sent to the EPA telling them to set strong, federally enforceable safeguards against this hazardous waste.
Democracy Now! interviews Dahr Jamail
23 Aug 2010
Areas of the Gulf of Mexico reopened to fishing still show oil and dispersants, according to local fishermen and independent journalist Dahr Jamail. Witnesses report that BP’s contractors are still spraying surface oil with dispersants. With Obama assuring us that Gulf seafood is safe to eat (despite this JAMA report to the contrary), Gulf Coast residents have to wonder if we are not under attack by our own government and the oil barons it serves. ~ Ed.
Posted in BP oil Gulf, Energy, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Healthcare, Obama and Company
Tagged bp gulf catastrophe, Corexit, dahr jamail, dispersants, ecocide, EPA, extinction level event, fda, fish kills, genocide, government deception, gulf coast still toxic, noaa, obama, war on gulf coast, water rights
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Gasland Josh Fox cataloged what is happening across America as gas drilling has embraced hydraulic fracturing, developed by Halliburton. Tap water ignites, people get sick, plants and animals die. Support the FRAC Act: Write Congress (2010, 103 mins)
Posted in Energy, Environment, Food & Farming, Healthcare, Land Grab
Tagged frac, frac act, gasland online, hydraulic fracturing, josh fox, pollution, water rights
By Rady Ananda
No-GMO campaigns won victories recently in Bolivia, Luxembourg, and Japan (at least temporarily), while Bulgaria saw the introduction of a bill to clearly label all genetically modified products and to ban distribution of GM food to children. We’re not so lucky here in the States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has deregulated over 79 GM products – the most recent being a genetically engineered (GE) soybean line developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Now, APHIS seeks public input on deregulating Monsanto’s GE sugar beet known as H1-7.
You know you have something to say. You have until June 28 to do so. At this link, you can read the Notice and submit a comment.
Posted in Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering
Tagged aphis, food legislation, Genetically Engineered Food, Genetically Modified Organisms, gm beets, h1-7 gm beet, monopolies, Monsanto, pollution, public comments on gmos, water rights
Depleted uranium bombs
By Peter Eyre
In my last column, I reviewed the military implications if the United States and Israel launched an attack on Iran. I will now discuss the types of weapons likely to be used and the catastrophic contamination of the entire Middle East region and the world that would result should they be foolish enough to proceed.
As with the “shock and awe” attack on Baghdad, many missiles are likely to be fired from naval vessels located in the north of the Persian Gulf. Many of these missiles contain uranium components and would form part of an initial attack on the nuclear facilities in Iran.
Posted in Energy, Environment, War and Peace
Tagged ecoterrorism, Land Grab, Land Rights, middle east wars, mideast environment, oil wars, peter eyre, resource wars, war criminals, water rights