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The Hidden Dangers of Soylent “Meal Replacement”

By:  Sayer Ji, Founder ,… shared with permission and thanks

I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WORSE: a product full of GMOs and chemically-derived additives that proudly lauds its healthfulness and humanitarian benefits, or, a manufacturer that blatantly hides the fact they are using GMO ingredients by keeping them off the label?

In the case of Soylent, a meal replacement drink made with GMO soy and other genetically-modified ingredients, the makers want you to know how proud they are to use GMOs in their product. Reading like a Monsanto ad, the post on Soylent’s website spouts a litany of pseudo-scientific propaganda about the safety of GMOs that GreenMedInfo has spent the last ten years debunking.

Putting the issue of GMOs to the side for a moment, Soylent’s suitability as a meal replacement still has the insurmountable problem of its use of synthetic chemicals as nutritional additives. Ingredients such as sucralose (aka Splenda), petrochemically-derived vitamin E, and known substances possessing carcinogenicity such as manganese sulfate, chromium chloride, sodium molybdate, and sodium selenite, deliver the “nutrients.” Continue reading The Hidden Dangers of Soylent “Meal Replacement”

Why growing up Anarchist made me a better Permaculture Designer

RTF ladyThe Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is back, better than ever,  on Saturday May 12th 2018 .

…..This post intends to share my love for both anarchism and permaculture and why the relationship between them keeps me up at night.

Anarchism and Permaculture

I joined the Anarchist Federation and the Anarchist Youth Network as a young teenager (circa 13-14 years old). While a lot of people have a jaunt at socialism or the Green Party and other escapades and find themselves radicalised by increasing dissolution with liberal ideas, I found I dove into the deep end.

And so began a lifelong love affair with ideas and action that questioned the legitimacy and role of a state, the capitalist economic system and all other forms of intersecting oppression, like racism, sexism and human supremacy.

I hungered for an understanding of all the fucked up things I’d seen or gone through.

”The site Empty Cages Design provides a portfolio of my work as an organiser, designer, agroecologist, educator and writer. It gives a platform to the courses, workshops, events and projects that I organise”.

Continue reading Why growing up Anarchist made me a better Permaculture Designer

Failure of US bid to flood Europe with Gas from Fracking

 by TheFreeOnline      A few months ago US officials were openly boasting that they would steal the market for Russian gas in Europe by replacing it with their own LNG now flowing from the devastated fracking fields of America.
But in recent weeks not a single cargo of Frack Gas has reached Europe..What went wrong?
It seems that with so much anti Russian hysteria  they overlooked the price difference. . Gas shipped from the first US LNG export terminal was at one point priced in Rotterdam at $7.85 to $8.35  per mbtu  while the average Euro price was $ 5.35, (May 2017 European price, see Climate-lethal US frack-gas Footnote 3) .Even the rabidly anti Russian Baltic Republics seem to have shut up about bashing Putin with US gas, while Rotterdam has signed up as the trans-shipment center for cheap LNG from the new Russian LNG plant in the Arctic.

Frack-Gas is the same as normal gas, only that it’s up to 3 times more lethal than coal for the climate. Because extracting it requires fracturing shale in thousands of small wells with ultra toxic chemicals causing massive methane leaking.

Two of the biggest customers at present of  US fracking gas , Shell and Gas Natural, who have 20 year ‘take or pay’ contracts, have been shipping most of  their gas instead through the Panama canal to the Far East, where prices until now have been up to $3  per mbtu higher.

US fracking gas and oil depends on almost cost free loans and near immunity from water and air pollution laws and clean-up costs as well as a blind climate change denial policy.
The business, which has made the US nearly selfsufficient  in ‘natural’ gas, LPG and oil for now,  is often seen as a patriotic push to conserve US supremacy as the petrodollar scam wobbles  and the right to ‘infinite debt’ comes into question.Ironically the first giant LNG export plant in Sabine Pass, Louisiana, was first hit a glancing blow by the classic ‘climate change hurricane’ Harvey. . Though the company Cheniere claimed there was no damage there was still a queue of LNG tankers waiting to load at the port a month later and LNG journals were rejoicing that things were ‘getting back to normal’.  (see Recovery Continues as Sabine Pass)

Cheniere forced to close two Sabine Pass LNG tanks following dangerous  leak

Then there is the ongoing leaking tank disaster. The 6 mega plant ‘trains’ at Sabine Pass have been built in record time. Too fast it seems because last week the company was ordered to close down two of the five immense tanks where the gas is compressed by 600 times and held at minus 150 C until loaded onto the tankers. Continue reading Failure of US bid to flood Europe with Gas from Fracking

Catalonia: 6 Activists face up to 7 years Jail for Tower 66 anti-MAT Resistance

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Wave of Solidarity Actions continues with Hambach Forest : 4 Defendersnow jailed

Actions Across Europe in Solidarity with Hambach Forest Defenders

from Hambach ForestThis Weekend’s Outpouring of Solidarity for Hambi from Across Europe and the World.

Rising levels of repression and police actions in Hambach Forest, continual lignite mining, temporary hold on logging for this year only by RWE, and rising level of propaganda and police threats to use this “no logging year” to plan to evict over 20 tree-houses and over 11 barrios blocking the largest toxic lignite mine in Western Europe, all of this and of course the record number of nine, now four (one is too many regardless of who they are) of Hambach Forest defenders in prison, all of this has led to: Continue reading Wave of Solidarity Actions continues with Hambach Forest : 4 Defendersnow jailed

‘Francia ya Explota Secretamente el Gas de Fracking en Argelia’ denuncia un Deputado Francés

Read in ENGLISH here

Escandalo en Francia, un diputado acusa el gobierno de permitir secretamente el fracking en su ex colonia de Argelia. Si Francia realmente hace ya el fracking en Argelia el gas sería el doble de dañino para nuestra emergencia climático que el carbón. Y si el nuevo gasoducto desde Timimoun construido por TOTAL lleva este gas a la red general llegaría también a los dos gasoductos que suministran dos terceras partes del gas de Iberia (22 bcm).

Y el gobierno español ha anunciado varias veces que el nuevo gasoducto controvertido Midcat sirviría para ‘exportar gas desde Argelia a Francia’.El Fracking en el Sahara es una pesadilla porque le falta  un promedio de16.65 milliones de litros de agua por cada una de miles de perforaciones. Y por el peligro de contaminar el agua freática en el acuífero que da vida a todos los oasis del mega-desierto.

Hemos publicado un articulo ”Argelia da luz verde al Fracking Gas con EU Imperialistas TOTAL y CEPSA, 18 Enero 2018”detallando la decisión del gobierno de Argelia de renunciar la prohibición del fracking. Hemos incluido la noticia que el fracking empezaría en el campo de gas de Timimoun en el desierto del sur oeste.

Timimoun, where the fracking may begin, is the ancient center of 200 magical oasis villages set into majestic cliffs. All are 100% dependent on clean aquifer water. Continue reading ‘Francia ya Explota Secretamente el Gas de Fracking en Argelia’ denuncia un Deputado Francés

‘France is secretly Fracking Algeria already’.. claims French MP

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Scandal in France, a deputy accuses the government of secretly allowing fracking in its ex colony of Algeria. If France really is fracking in Algeria, the gas would be twice as harmful to our climate emergency as coal.  And if the new gas pipeline from Timimoun built by TOTAL brings this gas to the general gas network, it would also reach the two gas pipelines that supply two thirds of Iberia’s gas (22 bcm).

And the Spanish government has announced several times that the new controversial Midcat gas pipeline would serve to ‘export gas from Algeria to France’.

We have published an article ”18 Jan 2018 ” detailing the decision of the Algerian government to renounce the ban on fracking. We included the news that fracking would start at the Timimoun gas field in the south west desert.