February 17, 2000
Subject: Green Files #5: A "Challenge" to Monsanto: Find And Destroy Your PCB's! + Fuel Cell Venture Capital Fund Launched + People Crowd Other Species in Earth's Biodiversity Hotspots + Cyanide Spill Hits Yugoslav Town + Transnational Foundation News Service + The Natural Resources Defense Council encourages everyone to start gearing up for Earth Day 2000 + USA TODAY POLL on genetically-modified foods + ACTION ALERT in support of FRITOLAY's decision to be GE-FREE + AND MORE!
Here is another compilation of environmental-related news about things that should matter to everyone. As usual, the issues on which to report are so numerous that it is impossible to cover more than a mere fraction of them all. But there is one that I'd like to personally introduce to you briefly here...
It has to do with the protest of a growing number of environmental NGOs and ordinary citizens from the province of Quebec (where I live) led by popular singer Richard Desjardins, co-director of a documentary film entitled "L'erreur boréale" (The Boreal Mistake) shown on TV throughout Quebec last summer and denouncing the wholesale destruction of the boreal forest in the North of Quebec by greedy corporations clearcutting as fast as they can gargantuan tracks of land to reap maximum profits right now, taking annually far more trees than what the forest can produce even with human assisted tree planting. Despite a clear opposition of the population against this overexploitation of "our" public forests, the government of Quebec seems to be in league with those companies to allow a continuation of such atrocious clear-cutting. Lucien Bouchard's government is allegedly about to renew very soon, for another 25 year period, the permits given to many of those companies to do as they please with our public forests and this 30 NGO's strong coalition led by Richard Desjardins held a press conference yesterday (February 15, 2000) to demand to the government to postpone their renewal of those permits until the review of the entire problem is completed as planned for next September and more realistic and environmentally sustainable wood quotas for the industry are decided upon, not to mention, hopefully, harvesting methods more respecful of the diverse needs of the people - including the aboriginal people using the land - and the now threatened biodiversity of Nature.
I felt it important for me to raise this issue with all of you and encourage you to take any measure you can to put pressure on the Quebec government so it finally begins to take seriously the concerns of the people who want to leave a healthy environment to their children and grand children and not a barren, desolate land destroyed by the rapacious voracity of corporations bent on serving only their bottom line without regards for the future of this planet.
Here is now the other environmental news I compiled for you - and thank you if you can be of any assistance to stop this maddening destruction of our planet in a place where all is not so green and perfect as it may sometimes seems from the outside.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000
Subj: A "Challenge" to Monsanto: Find And Destroy Your PCB's!
I thought I'd pass this bitty along to you as it "relates," and is a
challenge "we" might want to publicly pass along to MONSANTO.
The topic is NHL - Non Hodgkins Lymphomas and the role that PCB's play in
this deadly disease, but the SUBJECT is, again, MONSANTO.
This is an excerpt from an article by Peter Montague.
(Site through internationally-renowned nuitritionist/biochemist/psychologist
Gary Null's Webpage.)
"The second part of the problem is PCBs. Some 3.4 billion pounds of PCBs were
distributed into the environment -- all of them manufactured or licensed for
manufacture by one corporation, Monsanto of St. Louis, Missouri.
The whereabouts of 30 percent of all PCBs (roughly a billion pounds) remains
unknown. Another 30 percent resides in landfills, in storage, or in the
sediments of lakes, rivers, and estuaries. Some 30 percent to 60 percent
remains in use. The characteristics of PCBs (their stability and their
solubility in fat) tend to move them into the oceans as time passes. There
they decimate wildlife. It is estimated that only one percent of all PCBs
have, so far, reached the oceans.
Without major efforts to locate, capture, and destroy the one-to-two billion
pounds of PCBs that are "out there," future generations will continue to be
poisoned by PCBs, at great social and individual cost.
Recently, we hear a drum beat of public relations from Monsanto, claiming
that it has turned over a new leaf and is now committed to behaving in a
civilized fashion. If this is so, Monsanto could demonstrate its awakening by
leading a global effort to locate and destroy PCBs, cleansing the planet (to
the extent possible) of this brain-damaging, immune-suppressing,
cancer-causing substance. Has anyone seen a sign of serious intentions from
St. Louis? --Peter Montague (National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO) "
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YOU'LL FIND BELOW 3 NEWSCLIP COMING FROM THE INDEFATIGABLE MARK GRAFFIS (FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS) WHO HAS BEEN BROADCASTING A COLOSSAL AMOUNT OF INFORMATION OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 4 YEARS (AT LEAST!) ON A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS AMONGST OTHER THINGS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO ACCESS THE VAST ARCHIVES OF ALL THE MATERIAL HE POSTED, JUST ASK HIM WHERE TO FIND THEM. THIS FIRST ONE BELOW IS A *VERY* GOOD NEWS BECAUSE ITS SHOWS THAT THE GRIP OF THE OIL INDUSTRY OVER THE ENERGY MARKETS IS LOOSENING, WILLY-NILLY, WITH THE IMMINENT MASSIVE ARRIVAL OF FUEL-CELL BASED ENERGY SOURCES FOR VEHICLES PROPULSION AND FOR MUCH EVERYTHING ELSE.
IF WALL STREET IS INVESTING INTO THE COMPANIES THAT WILL SOON FORM THE BACKBONE OF THE EMERGING FUEL CELL INFRASTRUCTURE, IT IS BECAUSE THERE WILL BE HUGE PROFITS TO BE MADE THERE PRETTY SOON.
I SAW A TV REPORT RECENTLY ABOUT CANADIAN SCIENTIST BALLARD WHOSE COMPANY DEVELOPED THE FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY NOW BEING INTRODUCED BY GERMAN AUTOMAKER DAIMLER-BENZ AS THE ULTRA CLEAN POWER SOURCE FOR THEIR NEW CARS - LITERALLY ZERO POLLUTION, ONLY WATER, COMES OUT OF THE TAIL PIPE! ALSO AS MENTIONED WEEKS AGO I'LL SOON SEND YOU A COMPILATION OF MATERIAL ABOUT A NUMBER OF REVOLUTIONARY NEW ENERGY SOURCES THAT WILL HELP MAKE OUR POLLUTION FOOTPRINT OVER THE EARTH'S ECOSYSTEMS MUCH LESS DAMAGING THAN IT IS NOW.
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000
From: Mark Graffis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fuel Cell Venture Capital Fund Launched
PALM BEACH, FL, February 8, 2000 - RAM Capital Management has
announced the creation of an investment vehicle designed to assist
companies involved in hydrogen energy technology and the emerging fuel
"The Fuel Cell Venture Capital Fund will offer a complete package of
financial, sales and marketing solutions to the rapidly emerging fuel
cell technology sector," said Steven Oshinsky, GM of RAM Capital. A
new website is currently under construction and when completed, will
be located at http://www.FuelCellVentureCapitalGroup.com.
Speaking of the recent upward mobility of fuel cell companies' stock
prices, including the aggressive development of residential fuel cell
applications by GE, Oshinsky said, "The events of the last two months
demonstrate to us that Wall Street is finally taking the fuel cell
industry seriously, so naturally we want to increase our holdings in
For instance, RAM Capital notes that GE-backed Plug Power, (NASDAQ:
PLUG) has surged from $15 to $156, and DCH Technology, (OTC BB: DCHT)
a manufacturer of hydrogen sensors and portable fuel cells has surged
from $.75 to $10.00.
"We see a tremendous opportunity in the secondary issues in the
hydrogen and fuel cell industry with some of the most important
support and infrastructure equipment technologies still in the hands
of small under-capitalized companies, both public and private," says
Oshinsky. "These companies do not have the same access to the vast
amounts of capital and marketing resources as their larger Wall
Street-backed counterparts do, so they remain ignored and
In the RAM news release, Oshinsky said he believes an Investment
Banking niche has been created, and the fuel cell venture capital fund
will fill that need. Companies that the fund takes a position in will
also receive sales and marketing support combined with product
visibility on the hydrogen Internet portal located at
RAM Capital Management and CoPower.com have also joined the California
Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC). The CHBC is a leading Hydrogen
industry business, information and education group. California is also
home to the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the world's first
hydrogen refueling station. Member public companies of the CHBC
include ARCO, (NYSE: ARC), AlliedSignal Honeywell, (NYSE: HON),
Ballard Power Systems, (NASDAQ: BLDP), (TOR: BLD), BP Amoco, (NYSE:
BPA), DCH Technology, (OTC BB: DCHT), Ford Motor Company, (NYSE: F),
Fuel Cell Energy, (AMEX: FCL), Lockheed Martin, (NYSE: LMT), Nissan,
(NASADAQ: NSANY), and Royal Dutch Shell, (NYSE: RD). The CHBC website
is located at http://www.ch2bc.org.
CoPower.com is an Internet based marketer of hydrogen energy
technology located at http://www.copower.com Products currently
featured are PEM fuel cells, hydrogen sensors and safety systems
manufactured by DCH Technology, and wearable computers manufactured by
Xybernaut Corporation, (NASDAQ: XYBR)
RAM Capital Management is a privately held investment banking advisory
firm with offices located in Palm Beach Florida, and a satellite
office in New York City.
For further information regarding the above information, contact:
Steven Oshinsky, GM at 561-338-3390 Email:
email@example.com or visit RAM Capital's website at
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THIS ONE IS A MUCH MORE SOBBERING AND HARDLY REPORTED BAD NEWS ABOUT THE EXTINCTION CRISIS...
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000
From: Mark Graffis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: People Crowd Other Species in Earth's Biodiversity Hotspots
By Cat Lazaroff
WASHINGTON, DC, February 8, 2000 (ENS) - More than 1.1 billion people
live within the 25 areas on Earth that are simultaneously the most
species rich and environmentally threatened, reveals a new report by
Population Action International.
The report documents, for the first time on a global scale, the impact
of population growth on biological diversity. It highlights the need
to concentrate conservation efforts on critically threatened regions.
Population Action International (PAI) used census data from countries
around the world to determine the population density and projected
population growth in each of 25 biologically rich "hotspots" and three
major tropical wilderness areas. PAIs report, "Natures Place: Human
Population and the Future of Biological Diversity," represents the
first examination of human population within hotspots defined by
Conservation International (CI).
The hotspots are 25 highly threatened areas that together contain more
than 60 percent of the worlds plant and animal species - within just
1.4 percent of the planets land surface. British ecologist Norman
Myers developed the concept of hotspots in 1988, and CI, the MacArthur
Foundation and other groups have adopted the concept to help set
"We found that human population density levels and growth rates in the
hotspots significantly exceed those of the world as a whole, a
potentially alarming finding for environmental conservation," said
lead author Richard Cincotta, ecologist and senior researcher for PAI.
"However, the current slowing of world population growth offers hope
for easing the pressure of human activities on these ecologically
valuable yet fragile areas," he said.
In 19 of the 25 hotspots, population is growing faster than in the
world as a whole. In 16 of 25, population densities are at or above
the average density of the planet.
Today, each hotspot retains no more than 25 percent of its original
The report finds that the human population of six billion - combined
with human demand for natural resources, waste disposal methods, and
concentration in hotspot regions - underlies and fuels the more direct
causes of recent and current plant and animal extinctions.
These extinctions are proceeding at least 1,000 times faster today
than in the pre-human past, PAI notes, and this rate is expected to
accelerate in the 21st century.
PAIs findings are consistent with the beliefs of many scientists. A
1998 Harris poll found that almost 70 percent of biologists polled
believe that a mass extinction is already underway, and that one fifth
of all living species could disappear within the next 30 years.
"Todays species extinction rate is comparable in scale to the loss of
the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago," said Russell Mittermeier,
president of Conservation International.
"Scientists are becoming increasingly convinced that human beings have
caused ecosystem change and species extinction almost since our own
species emerged," the PAI report notes. "Between 50,000 and 10,000
years ago, as early populations of humans expanded across the
continents, more than 200 species of large animals disappeared
forever. Then, between 1,500 and 500 years ago, as human populations
reached the farthest oceanic islands, over 1,000 species of island
birds went extinct."
"Today's wave of extinctions, however, is even more extensive," the
report continues. "It is fundamentally different from its two
predecessors in ways that relate strongly to the pervasiveness and
size of today's human population."
For the first time, human activities are affecting species of all
types and habits, at all points of the globe, and pushing many toward
extinction, PAI finds. Habitat loss alone could drive at least half of
all living species to extinction, the report says. Other agents of
human caused extinction, including pollution, overhunting, overfishing
and introduction of exotic species into weakened ecosystems could
cause the loss of even more species.
In the U.S., about 90 percent of the plant species listed as
endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Region are found within three
hotspot regions: the California Floristic Province, the Caribbean
hotspot (southern Florida and the Everglades) and the
Polynesia/Micronesia hotspot (Hawaii). In each of these areas,
population growth and migration have led to suburban sprawl and the
rapid breakdown of biological communities, PAI finds.
More than 75 million people, or about 1.3 percent of the worlds
population, now lives within the three major tropical wilderness areas
- Upper Amazonia and Guyana Shield, the Congo Basin, and New Guinea
and the Melanesian Islands. Population growth in these regions
averages about 3.1 percent per year - more than twice the worlds
average population growth rate. The result is rapid deforestation and
increased hunting of native species.
"Earth is being transformed into a world that is genetically poorer,"
said Cincotta. "The roots of this loss lie in the spectacular success
of just a single species: us, Homo sapiens."
Cincotta noted that there are more human babies born each day - about
350,000 - than there are individuals left in all the great ape species
combined, including gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobo and orangutans like this
one (Photo courtesy Honolulu Zoo)
PAI notes some reasons for hope. Population experts say human
fertility - measured as the number of children born by each woman - is
declining in most regions. Women are choosing to have fewer children,
and to have them later in life. The use of contraceptives is
"Natures Place" offers a plan of action to help save a critical mass
of the planets remaining biological diversity, including steps to slow
population growth. Ensuring that women have the education, the freedom
and the means to choose when to start or expand a family would go a
long way toward stemming the population boom, PAI says.
"The surest way to preserve our natural heritage is to invest in
meeting the needs of people," said Amy Coen, president of PAI. "That
is why family planning and conservation advocates in the U.S. support
the administrations budget request of $542 million for international
family planning programs in fiscal year 2001. This amount is just a
few hundredths of one percent of the U.S. budget, but the only way to
support the current positive trend of slowing population growth. Its
an investment we cant afford not to make."
PAI's recommends that:
* The U.S. Congress should ratify the Convention on Biological
Diversity, an international agreement created at the 1992 United
National Conference on Environment and Development, to save the
planet's biodiversity and equitably share its benefits.
* Governments, donors and individual communities should elevate the
priority of biological diversity and invest in its conservation.
* Donor and developing countries should increase their financial and
policy commitments to the Programme of Action of the International
Conference on Population and Development, to ensure that family
planning services are available to all who want them by 2015.
"If we act now, we can still conserve the majority of the species and
ecosystems with which we share the planet. The impact of human
population within the biodiversity hotspots is another powerful
example of why we must strive to protect each and every piece of what
still remains within these incredibly important fragments of
biodiversity rich real estate," says Mittermeier.
"Nature's Place" is available online at:
© Environment News Service (ENS) 2000. All Rights Reserved.
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NOTE: I ALSO SAW IN THE NEWS TONIGHT THAT THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IS CURRENTLY TRYING TO DEAL WITH TONS OF CYANIDE LEFT IN LEAKING BARRELS AND IN THE PIT OF A CLOSED GOLD MINE NEAR YELLOWKNIFE. THE STUFF IS SO DANGEROUS TO HANDLE THAT THE SCIENTISTS STUDYING THE PROBLEM DON'T KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY AND SAFELY ELIMINATE THIS CHEMICAL -- SOME OF WHICH IS APPARENTLY LEACHING FROM THE MINE PIT WITH POTENTIALLY DISASTROUS RESULTS FOR NEARBY RIVERS (SEE AN EXAMPLE BELOW OF WHAT CYANIDE POLLUTION CAN DO). THE ESTIMATED CLEAN-UP COST FOR THE CANADIAN TAXPAYERS: AS MUCH AS ONE BILLION DOLLARS! LET'S HOPE THEY WILL ACT BEFORE THIS ECO-TIME-BOMB EXPLODES.
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 Subject: Cyanide Spill Hits Yugoslav Town
c The Associated Press
By MISHA SAVIC
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - In what may be Europe's worst environmental disaster since Chernobyl, a cyanide spill contaminating a major river has moved into Yugoslavia and destroyed all life in the water, local officials said Saturday.
The spill originated in northwest Romania, near the border town of Oradea, where a dam at the Baia Mare gold mine overflowed Jan. 30 and caused cyanide to pour into streams. From there, the polluted water flowed west into the Tisa River in neighboring Hungary and then on into Yugoslavia.
Eighty percent of the fish in the Tisa have died since the contaminant entered the country two days ago, said Mayor Atila Juhas of the northern town Senta.
``Enormous quantities of dead fish are floating on the surface, and the spill continues to spread,'' Juhas said in a telephone interview.
By Saturday noon, the concentration of cyanide in the water at the point where Tisa enters Yugoslavia from Hungary was 0.07 milligrams per liter, down from 0.13 milligrams several hours earlier, Tanjug news agency reported.
But the worst-polluted part of the flow was moving south, and more serious damage was expected later when the polluted waters reach the Danube River, probably early Sunday. The spill was moving at about 2.5 mph.
``The Tisa is a dead river. All life in it, from algae to trout, has been destroyed,'' said Istvan Backulin, the mayor of another affected town in the north. ``The spill is leaving nothing alive.''
Officials from several northern Yugoslav towns held an emergency meeting in Senta on Saturday, and urged locals to collect the fish in efforts to reduce levels of the pollution.
Restaurants in the region have already removed fish from their menus, and the alarm has spread south as far as the capital, Belgrade, which lies on the Danube some 80 miles to the south.
Juhas said drinking water would be safe since supplies come from wells far enough from the river. However, wildlife in the area near the river is in serious danger, he said.
Hungary's environmental minister, Pal Pepo, said only quick action from well-organized catastrophe-prevention work had prevented damage to human health.
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called for the appointment of a government commissioner to coordinate damage assessment, international legal steps, and clean-up projects.
``It's a European-dimension catastrophe,'' the EU transport and energy commissioner, Loyola de Palacio, told reporters on Thursday after talks in Budapest with Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi.
Local ecologists said it could take years before marine life reappears in the Tisa, according to Beta news agency.
The cyanide spill adds to the ecological strain of high pollution levels in Yugoslavia already, caused last year by NATO bombing that targeted oil refineries and factories.
Though Tanjug reported that authorities were taking ``adequate measures'' along the affected waterway, Juhas said nobody from the government in Belgrade showed up for the Senta meeting or provided assistance.
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HAVE YOU STARTED GEARING UP FOR PERHAPS THE BIGGEST DAY OF ENVIRONMENTAL RALLIES OF ALL TIMES?...
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000
From: Earth Day Mom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: NRDC - start gearing up for ED2K!
NRDC Earth Action
The Bulletin for Environmental Activists
February 10, 2000
Start gearing up for Earth Day 2000
April 22, 2000 marks both the 30th anniversary of the first Earth Day
and the first Earth Day celebration of the new millennium. Plans for
this year's festivities have already reached global proportions: So far,
over 4,000 organizations in 168 countries are planning events. The
national focal point of the day will be on the Mall in Washington, D.C.,
where Leonardo DiCaprio will officially host the festivities.
The theme for Earth Day 2000 is New Energy for a New Era, and here in
the United States over 500 groups have already endorsed Earth Day's
Clean Energy Agenda. For Earth Day to be a truly global event, however,
it's going to take participation from every corner of the world -- that
== What to do ==
Visit the Earth Day Network website at http://www.earthday.net. There
you can find a local Earth Day event in your area (or volunteer to
organize one!), endorse the Clean Energy Agenda, listen to Leonardo
DiCaprio's special Earth Day webcast, and lots more. If you're planning
to be in the nation's capital for Earth Day and you'd like to volunteer
at the Mall event, you can call (202)483-8491, ext. 20, or email
And if you haven't already signed NRDC's
earth smart cars pledge, do it today at
http://www.nrdc.org/nrdc/earthsmartcars/act.html -- we're aiming for
100,000 signatures by Earth Day.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a non-profit environmental
organization with 400,000 members nationwide and a staff of scientists,
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natural resources and improve the quality of the human environment.
For more information about NRDC or how to become a member of NRDC,
please contact us at:
Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
NY, NY 10011
212-727-4511 (voice) / 212-727-1773 (fax)
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HERE ARE 2 THINGS *YOU* CAN DO TO HELP STEM THE FLOW OF FRANKENFOOD IN OUR FOOD SUPPLY -- SEE BELOW. BY THE WAY, I'VE ALSO BEEN OPERATING SEPARATELY FOR SOME TIME A GMO-RELATED NEWS COMPILATION SERVICE AND THE IRREGULAR EMAIL BROADCASTING OF THIS MATERIAL TO A GROWING LIST OF PEOPLE AND NGOs INTERESTED AND INVOLVED WITH THIS ISSUE. IF YOU WANT TO BE ADDED TO THIS LIST, SIMPLY ASK ME SO AT email@example.com -- THERE WON'T BE ANY OTHER INVITATION THAN THIS ONE! AND I DO NOT ARCHIVE THIS MATERIAL ON THE ERN WEBSITE. INCIDENTALLY, IF YOU WANT TO GET 10 TO 30 PIECES OF EMAIL EVERYDAY ONLY ABOUT GMOs, YOU CAN ALSO SUBSCRIBE TO THE "Biotech Activists list". To do so, simply type: subscribe biotech_activists in the body of a message addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
USA TODAY POLL
The USA Today newspaper has a weekend magazine called USA Weekend that is
inserted in the weekend editions of many newspapers around the country.
In the February 11-13, 2000 edition USA Weekend announced a telephone and web
site poll they have set up where they ask the question "Should it be legal to
sell genetically modified fruits and vegetables without special labels?" The
Campaign encourages everyone to vote NO on this poll.
To vote NO over the telephone, simply call this toll-free number and your NO
vote will automatically be registered.
Call 1-800-446-8406 You can call until midnight eastern time on Thursday or
until the first 100,000 calls are received. Call now!!
You can also vote over the Internet at the following web address:
Currently the web votes are running 51% No and 48% Yes. About 3340 people
have voted over the Internet. You can also leave comments in the guest book.
The results of the poll will be published in the March 17-19 edition of the
USA Weekend magazine.
AND THIS ONE...
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000
Subject: ACTION ALERT - We need 1000 calls or emails today! FRITOLAY to be GE-FREE
PLEASE SPREAD THIS FAR AND WIDE:
FRITOS-LAY has announced it would no longer use genetically engineered corn
in its produces. THIS IS THE START OF SOMETHING BIG. The biotech giants
have started a campaign to pressure Fritos to reverse their decision. If
Fritos holds to their commitment, this may very well be the start of the
downfall of genetically engineered foods in America.
FRITOS IS CAREFULLY WATCHING THE CONSUMER RESPONSE.
PLEASE send them an email <email@example.com>
or call them 1-800-352-4477 (ask for operator 100)
Tell them you applaud their decision.
Tell them that you do NOT want to eat foods that have been genetically
engineered to act as an insecticide.
Tell them that you don't believe that genetically engineered food
is safe for consumer or environmental health and you commend the
direction they are taking. And that it would be a big
disappointment if they cave in and reverse their decision.
Tell them that now they should go certified organic!!
Write them at Frito-Lay, P.O. Box 660634, Dallas, TX,
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If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
Phillip M Harter, MD, Stanford University, School of Medicine
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