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20 November 2009, 6:30 AM
Florida algae, Clean Air Act, Coal, Genetically engineered crops

Some top stories from the week at Earthjustice…

Florida got some great news: A historic settlement on November 16 prompted the EPA to set limits for the widespread nutrient poisoning in Florida's waters, which triggers harmful algae blooms and threatens public health. This breakthrough decision could have implications for waterways nationwide.

The all-important Clean Air Act turned 19 on November 15. Hurray for breathing!

Alas, it didn't get a present from Mountain Coal. This Colorado company has long claimed that putting its methane emissions on the market would help save the atmosphere while bringing in extra cash. But last week it said "no thanks" when finally given that option. Why? The company makes some pretty questionable assumptions.

More light was shed on the coal industry by a powerful new film, which had its television premiere. Coal Country chronicles the destruction of mountaintop removal mining through the voices of activists, politicians, and coalfield residents in Appalachia.

A new report found that genetically engineered crops and pesticides go hand in hand. Compared to pesticide use in the absence of GE crops, farmers applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides over the last 13 years as a result of planting GE seeds.

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This is monumental! You people are on target. My heart leaps for this, as nutrient (fertilizer, sewage) run-off from Commercial Fertilizer, and ill managed waste plants, is a huge detriment to our streams, oceans and aquatic life forms. Besides focusing on Organic Fertilizer (which doesn't kill microbes, earthworms and deplete crop values, like petroleum based fertilizer does), we can greatly improve our sewage plants. We need to repair pipes, and store non-potable water for fire supplies, use the sewage to make Methane to run the plant, and obtain high-nitrogen fertilizer (put further inland). I think that a distillation process could also be designed with the water effluent, and even a solar collector utilized on a broad, shallow structure, incorporated into the plant design.
An engineer told me, yesterday that many great plans have been proposed, but special interests compete with inferior plans. Why, there's no reason why we can't replace coal with human bricketts! Profit may come with comprehensive planning. Great Work!

Re: GE crops

Is this similair to GMO - Geneticllay modified seeds/crops?

You know I thought I read in a document that one of the reasons of doing GMO is so that they won't need to use as many pesticides to grow the plants because of what is done scientifically with the GMO -- but your report above makes me wonder even more about them. If I know something is GMO, I am avoiding it. I want labeling that states something is make of GE crops or GMO seeds.

Wow! Concise and to the point. Unearthed needs to be posted more often. Thanks for the information.

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