Archive | April, 2013

Don’t Let Monsanto Kill the Humble but Wholesome Dandelion

29 Apr

By Phreddy Wishusen, Cross post from The Michigan Citizen 

(Photo: Doug Wheller / Flickr)

(Photo: Doug Wheller / Flickr)

I was watching TV the other day.  Commercial break.  Cut to a lush green lawn.  A single yellow dandelion springs up through the emerald expanse.  The heroic protagonist appears left.  He spies the flower, runs, dives, somersaults onto the lawn and pops up sturdily on one knee. Brandishing a bottle of weed killer, he fires.  The patented nozzle rains hell on the defenseless sunbather.  The flower withers. And dies. The lawn-owner is triumphant.  Right?

Though considered a weed by Round Up and many home/lawn owners in the United States, the dandelion is actually an incredibly nutritious food.  It’s a great source of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese.  It’s replete with vitamins A, C, E, K, Niacin and Riboflavin.  Chock full of beta-carotene. The lecithin in its golden top detoxifies the liver.   The roots can be roasted to make a coffee substitute, or used in soups.  The leaves (tastiest after they first emerge for the season or after the first frost) can be eaten, as can its sweet yellow blossoms.  People use them in salads raw, boil them, fry them with bacon, marinate them in vinegar, and sauté them with fresh garlic. Did you ever notice that if you break the stem of a dandelion that a milky white liquid comes out?  Well, you can use that liquid to ease the pain of bee stings and sores.  Remember the advice of the great ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.  These vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, fight anemia, and help prevent the development of type II diabetes.  Remember the brain is a part of our body as well.  Healthy bodies mean healthy brains.  Proper nutrition prevents depression and anxiety and improves concentration.  Scientists even believe that lecithin may help combat Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Ranchers Against Coal? Montana Does Things Diffrunt

29 Apr

By Kim Murphy, Cross Posted from Los Angeles Times

Out in these windy stretches of cottonwood and prairie grass, not far from where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer ran into problems at Little Bighorn, a new battle is unfolding over what future energy development in the West will look like.

Here, rancher Wallace McRae and his son, Clint, run cattle on 31,000 acres along Rosebud Creek, land their family has patrolled with horses and tamed with fences for 125 years.

They could probably go on undisturbed for 100 years more if the earth under the pastures weren’t laced with coal. A consortium led by BNSF Railway Co. wants to build a rail line to carry some of that coal to market. Nine miles of it would run through the McRae ranch.

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28,000 Rivers in China Have Died, Dried Up, Disappeared Completely

29 Apr

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Cross posted from the Atlantic / by Angel Hsu and William Mia

As recently as 20 years ago, there were an estimated 50,000 rivers in China, each covering a flow area of at least 60 square miles. But now, according to China’s First National Census of Water, more than 28,000 of these rivers are missing. To put this number into context, China’s lost rivers are almost equivalent, in terms of basin area, to the United States losing the entire Mississippi River.

Why have these rivers “vanished” from the maps and national records?

Official explanations from the Chinese government have attributed the significant reduction to statistical discrepancies, water and soil loss, and climate change. Continue reading

Radical Media and Earth First! without You?

29 Apr

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Two Activists Lockdown to Protect Cross Timbers from Tar Sands

29 Apr
Cross posted from Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance[Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a chronology of today’s events, and be sure to visit www.gptarsandsresistance.org and donate to these folks bail funds! Oh yeah, did we mention that this is the 5th action in Oklahoma in the past month?]

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Spaulding, OK- Monday, April 29th, 6:15 AM– Earlier this morning two Texas residents locked themselves to machinery being used to construct TransCanada’s dangerous and controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Spaulding, OK through Muscogee Creek Nation land by treaty. Continue reading

Climate Activist on Day 29 of Hunger Strike

29 Apr

By Andy Rowell, Cross Posted from Eco Watch

Earlier this month, 350.org founder Bill McKibbenwrote about the new movement of fossil fuel resistance that was spreading around the world.

This resistance is needed now more than ever, as global temperatures edge towards the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark for the first time in millions of years, something that is seriously worrying scientists. “It looks like the world is going to blow through the 400 ppm level without losing a beat,” argues Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist, Ralph Keeling.

One person who is part of this resistance is a young American activist Brian Eister, who has worked with John Kerry’s presidential campaign, League of Conservation VotersGreen PartyPublic Citizen and was involved in the Occupy Movement.

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Solidarity with Bangladeshi Garment Workers!

28 Apr

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by the Anarco Philosorapter / Earth First! Newswire

“We are not worth more, they are not worth less.” —S. Brian Wilson, activist, author of Blood on the Tracks

What the hell is going on in Bangladesh? Earlier this week, a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed which a day earlier was closed by police because of a visible crack in the building’s structure and reports of “jolts” within the building. Despite the closure and obvious structural instability, thousands of workers were inside the building at the time of the incident. Factory workers were reportedly forced to enter the building for work that morning by factory officers after the building owner said it was safe. At the time this article is being written, 377 people have been confirmed dead and nearly 900 are still missing amongst the rubble. The factory provided garments for multiple clothing stores including American retailer J.C. Penny and the UK’s Primark. Walmart has denied any ties to the toppled factory, but there are reports of Walmart brand clothes being found in the building’s ruins.

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