Don’t Let #Bayer Overturn the Ban on Bee-Killing #Pesticides [#geekgirl]
“Bayer has just sued the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world. A huge public push won this landmark ban only months ago — and we can’t sit back and let Big Pesticide overturn it while the bees vanish.
Bayer and Syngenta, two of the world’s largest chemical corporations, claim that the ban is “unjustified” and “disproportionate.” But clear scientific evidence shows their products are behind the massive bee die-off that puts our entire food chain in peril.
Just last month, 37 million bees were discovered dead on a single Canadian farm. And unless we act now, the bees will keep dying. We have to show Bayer now that we won’t tolerate it putting its profits ahead of our planet’s health. If this giant corporation manages to bully Europe into submission, it would spell disaster for the bees.
Sign the petition to tell Bayer and Syngenta to drop their bee-killing lawsuits now.”
Plant These [#geekgirl]
RSPCA Accredited Free Range Pork IS NOT Free Range [#geekgirl]
To those of you that think buying RSPCA Accredited Free Range Pork means you’re not supporting intensive factory farms, think again. The Humane Choice website tells us that: “A video exposing the ‘indoor/outdoor combination’ conditions at an RSPCA accredited farm recently highlighted the fact the we need to clarify the differences in production systems and that the footage in this video is of bred free range (or indoor/outdoor combination) and is NOT free range.
The RSPCA Standard does not address free range production. They describe indoor, indoor/outdoor combination and outdoor. All systems allow very high stocking densities for the pigs with very limited outdoor area where applicable.”
Monty Python Reunites! [#geekgirl]
“John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin reunite 30 years on to talk about The Meaning of Life, comedy, fish and their own mortality.”
No More Free Range Eggs in Queensland [#geekgirl]
[From Eco Voice] “The Queensland government has quietly brought about changes to state regulations that will now ensure the end of true free range egg production in Queensland. The recent change to regulations of free range eggs, lifting the number of hens allowed per hectare from 1,500 to 10,000.
The Queensland government has bowed to the pressure of the corporate giants and sold out Queensland family farms, the egg buying consumer and condemned hens to a life of factory farming misery.
Up until now, Queensland was applauded for their regulations that stipulated only 1,500 hens per hectare for free range farms. Queensland egg producers actually had an advantage over the other states that allowed higher stocking densities for free range hens. South Australia has just followed suit and developed a free range labelling system for producers, stocking hens at 1,500 or less per hectare. Given the public outrage over the industrialisation of free range egg production and the current position on this issue by the ACCC, we are appalled that the Queensland government has made this move.
The Queensland government has made a mockery of the Model Code of Practice and is effectively allowing the supermarket giants to act as regulators for the industry. There is no science and no social conscience behind the decision to destroy the Queensland free range egg industry.”
Rare North Pacific Right Whale Sighting [#geekgirl]
[From DrindTV]: “A North Pacific right whale has been spotted off British Columbia for the second time since June, which is remarkable considering that the last previous sighting in the region was in 1951.
These robust baleen whales were hunted mercilessly during the commercial whaling era and are critically endangered. The Center for Biological Diversity categorizes North Pacific right whales (Eubalaena japonica) as the most endangered whale species on earth.
Their estimated population is less than 50 and scientists have photo-identified fewer than 30 individuals. British Columbia waters are their historic territory, which is why it’s so exciting to scientists to have documented the first two sightings in the region in 62 years.
There’s a sub-population of perhaps 200 right whales that summers in the western Pacific off Japan and north of Japan. It’s not known if the two populations mix so the two populations are regarded as distinct groups. Even combined, it’s significantly smaller than the critically endangered population of 400-plus North Atlantic right whales.”
“If I Had A Dollar…” [#geekgirl]
“Sustainable Livestock Production is Possible…” [#geekgirl]
[From a University of Cambridge Report] ‘New research advocates use of pastures with shrubs and trees as it is more sustainable, improving animal welfare and increasing biodiversity…
Consumers are increasingly demanding higher standards for how their meat is sourced, with animal welfare and the impact on the environment factoring in many purchases. Unfortunately, many widely-used livestock production methods are currently unsustainable. However, new research out today from the University of Cambridge has identified what may be the future of sustainable livestock production: silvopastoral systems which include shrubs and trees with edible leaves or fruits as well as herbage.
Professor Donald Broom, from the University of Cambridge, who led the research said: “Consumers are now demanding more sustainable and ethically sourced food, including production without negative impacts on animal welfare, the environment and the livelihood of poor producers. Silvopastoral systems address all of these concerns with the added benefit of increased production in the long term.”’
The Rescue [#geekgirl]
Flying Eagle POV [#geekgirl]