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Want to get your work published? 
01:21pm 19/05/2012
  Hi everyone! I'm the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of Environmental Health. We are currently accepting scholarly manuscripts for consideration in our Fall issue. If you've always wanted to be published in a peer-reviewed Journal and share your work with colleagues, I'd love to hear from you! You don't have to live in Florida, or even the US, to write for us. We have readers and writers all across the globe. It is a great oportunity to get noticed. If your article is already published elsewhere, but it didn't achieve the exposure you hoping for, we are interested in reprints as well. We also publish book reviews if you've read something about a relevant topic. Please comment if you have any questions. I hope to see your submission soon!

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step away from the burger... 
04:51am 21/11/2011

it's official! pizza is vegetable! with this logic all one would have to do would be to wave a pomegranate in the direction of doughnut and voila! you have one of your 5-a-day! the more you eat the slimmer you get! tell that to your talking plate...

seriously though. like any successful drug dealer, the food industry claims it is just giving consumers what they demand. and seemingly, the fatter we get, the greedier we get, and what the rapidly developing world is developing is a taste for more meat. and with the global population just having topped 7 billion, the planet just can't sustain it. meat is a very inefficient use of land. some aleiviation may come from advances in stem cell technology, but this is a bandaid for an amputation.

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Dolly Sods, WV 
11:20am 31/07/2011

Imagine a cookie sheet 30 square miles in size laid atop the mountains of West Virginia. At a 4,000 foot altitude, it cools rather than bakes. That’s the basic geography of Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Sounds idyllic, however, it has a brutal history. In the 1900’s, during the lumber boom, Dolly Sods’ virgin timber was clear-cut and the undergrowth torched. During WWII it was pummeled with mortar shells by pilots in training. Chopped, burned and bombed - Dolly Sods has been abused. But in the 1960’s, awareness of its geographic uniqueness became apparent. The preservation wheels started rolling and it’s now a federally protected wilderness area.

This morning, I couldn’t contain a yelp as my car leveled off onto the Dolly Sods plateau. After twenty years of curiosity fed by the likes of National Geographic and Backpacker magazines, I had finally arrived. But it wasn’t easy. Three hours of curvy driving dodging deer, dump trucks, and forest service road ruts made for an interesting ride, adding to the charm of Dolly Sods. An SUV should have been the vehicle of choice, but my 12 year old Volvo with 156,000 miles on it performed like a champ.

In an instant, I was amazed by this place and immediately aware of the powerful way wind and water carves the landscape. From the small parking area, it was a short walk to the precipice – where the plateau dropped steeply to the valley 2,000 feet below. The outcroppings were innumerable, and the views stunning. I could have spent my whole day on the edge, but the interior was calling. I headed west on a washed out trail across a high plains sea of blueberries and huckleberries. A handful of fresh-picked fruit was impossible to resist; like Dorothy walking through the Poppy field.

The interior felt more Western and Canadian than Appalachian. Trees were weather-stunted. Others were in clusters, rather than the pervasiveness typical of the East. The altitude thwarted the summer heat, and brought a touch of dizziness when I stood up too fast. Dolly Sods is the big sky country of the east.
After a few miles, I crossed Red Creek and its tannin-stained waters. Here, under a stand of spruce trees and upon a moss softened seat, I took a long break. Alone, up high, and beside a trickling stream - as peaceful a resting place as I’ve ever experienced.

Before leaving Dolly Sods, I spent another hour back on the edge,
Sitting ruminatively with legs dangling,
Staring out over the valley,
Enjoying the altitude,
Lingering in the moment,
At one of the coolest places I’ve ever been.

I chose a different route home, completing a circuit, along equally curvy roads. The temperature soared as I descended in altitude. Back to reality… but now with one less item on the bucket list. Life, as always, is good.


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Пикет с требованием вывести вредные производства из Москвы 
03:01am 13/05/2011

13 мая в Москве около префектуры ЮВАО состоится пикет жителей района Печатники в поддержку требования Мэра Москвы Сергея Собянина вывести все экологически грязные производства за пределы города. Пикет пройдет с 12.00 до 14.00 часов по адресу ул. Авиамоторная, д. 10,  около здания Префектуры ЮВАО. 

«Надо вывести из Москвы вредные производства – на их месте должна появиться высокотехнологичная и дружественная окружающей среде промышленность»

Мэр города Москвы Сергей Собянин

 Мы, жители района Печатники, выражаем полную поддержку требованию мэра нашего города, о том, чтобы очистить Москву от тех производств, которые наносят существенный вред экологии и здоровью жителей. Вот уже много лет наше здоровье отравляет предприятие цементный элеватор «Южный порт» принадлежащий холдингу Евроцемент.  Нахождение производства, связанного с цементом и выбрасывающего в атмосферу огромное количество цементной пыли, в густонаселённом городе значительно увеличивает число легочных заболеваний, в том числе рака.

Цементный элеватор «Южный порт» своим существованием грубо нарушает природоохранное законодательство Российской Федерации. При этом в его санитарную зону, равную для подобных предприятий одному километру, попадает целый микрорайон. Московское правительство ещё в 2003 году при планировании микрорайона приняло решение о закрытии предприятия, затем подобные решения принимались в 2005 и 2007 годах. Однако российским олигархам закон не писан, и тем более им плевать на здоровье людей, их не интересует ничего, кроме личного обогащения.

Нет экологическому беспределу холдинга Евроцемент в Москве!

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the screams of dolphins 
01:28am 21/07/2010


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'Natural Gas' is the enemy!!!!! 
10:58pm 25/06/2010
mood: angry
So, after watching Gasland on HBO, I admit, I was decieved!!!  I always thought natural gas was more green and eco-friendly....turns out, all it does is pollute fresh water and air!!

So many people, politicians and 'environmental' groups doing the wrong thing....I should've known.  :(

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03:30pm 24/04/2010
  some facts from http://www.goodplanet.org

* During the 20th century, 109.7 million people died as a result of armed conflict, compared to 19.4 million people during the 19th century.

* About 87% of the energy supplies consumed by the world's population is non-renewable.

* In 2006, military spending reached $1,158 billion U.S. dollars whereas in 2005, development aid to poor countries represented just 106 billion dollars.

* 1.1 billion humans still have no access to drinking water and demand could triple within the next 50 years.

* Around 854 million people throughout the world do not have access to adequate food supplies. Approximately 80% of these people are farmers.

The facts are from goodplanets Google earth layer.. A photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has some 500 photographs. Most are interesting photos on civilization and it's effect on earth.


One of the photos. Here are Iraqi tanks, left to rot in the desert. These are in Jahra, Kuwait.


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Killing the whale calf....a rant 
02:16am 12/04/2010
mood: enraged
So, one of the big stories of the week out here on the Island, i.e. Long Island, New York, was that they had to kill a beached whale calf because....welll, it seemed like they had NO idea what to do with it....SERIOUSLY???!!??

Now, I'm one to post, especially here, for the need to protect our environment and all, moreso than the creatures living here. But this story was just SOOOO annoying I felt like I had to post!

In the article, from Newsday, NY, whale scientists and all were relieved that they had to kill the calf.  I've no odea why.  They said it was beached and they they had no idea what was wrong with it.  But it had to die.  Huh?  Are you kidding me?!?  So, this scientist was quoted as saying that watching an animal die was a terrible thing, umm...hello?  Aren't you a scientist?  You DO know this happens naturally right?  Do anyways, here's his point in killing the baby whale.  "Well, it would be depressing to watch it alive'.  No going by the story, one would think this was an immense animal not capable of help.  They said the high waves and the strength of the animal would prevent helping it, even though it was already in the water.

The pic in the paper of the animal is not so big that I haven't seen just as big animals being movied to zoos and/or aquariums.  Seriously, it could not be helped?  So, it landed on Native Indians' land and even they were quoted as to why the gov't felt it was necessary to kill the animal rather than help it or let it die naturally.  Hell, maybe a nice big wave would've helped it back out to sea or something.  Shouldn't they have considered the fact that since it was a baby, it got lost or some other thing that didn't mean that it was simply a deranged animal stranding.  I mean, THIS is the best a scientist who studies the animal can come up with?  In this day and age, where mankind can build anything, yet moving an animal, already in the sea, can't be helped because it's believed to be deranged?  I think, what if we just killed off human babies or little kids who got lost for this same reason.  Why not just kill them.  They are obviously alone and therefore deranged.  It makes NO sense!!!  O.O

So, they couldn't even kill it right.  IN the first place, the big announcement was that they lost one of the needles they shot into the whale to sedate/kill it and they were worried the chemicals would poke a human and kill them.  Now, this was not the ONLY needle used, I think they shot it 3 times or more with needles to kill it, but when that didn't work, they simply used rifle bullets to the brain to kill it.  But again. that was not enough.  They had to shoot it, IN THE BRAIN, THREE TIMES!!!  Someone was quoited as saying that they obviously used too small a caliber bullet and that they should've used larger.  DUH!  So, in addition to the immense discomfort this poor animal was dealing with (who knows what led it to be stranded in the shallows), it was shot up with harsh, dissolving chemicals, and shot in the head, and still it lived shortly afterwards.

This whole story is just mindnumbing to me,  I can't understand it....

Who are these scientists?  This is the best wecan do??  In these times???  WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON???!???

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12:42pm 23/01/2010
  Along a small creek in Southern California, I picked up the following trash. The trash was caught by small plants (weeds) that live on the side of the creek. This vegetation stops a very small fraction of trash from flowing out to the ocean. This creek leads to the santa ana river which eventually flows to the Pacific Ocean. I collected this trash along a 200 foot stretch on the North side of the stream. There was more trash but I only collected things small enough to carry with me.

Plastic bowl - microwave dinner
Mcdonalds plastic straw
unidentified floating object (ufo) foam fragment.
Coca-cola plastic fountain drink cup
Part of a foam cup.
Plastic disposable pen (it still works!). Had advert for nearby business.
Orange tape piece.
Black tape piece.
UFO foam fragment
Piece of plastic Dixie drinking cup, plastic
Bottom of foam cup
Golf tee, wood (golf course is upstream of creek)
BIC disposable lighter, empty.
Gatorade water bottle
Beef jerky plastic bag
Ketchup - fast food garnish from Bakers restaurant.

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The Deam. 
02:43pm 13/01/2010
For those of you who dont know me, my name is Hofit.
I have been writing and sharing my life expierences online on livejournal.com since the age of 16, I'm currently 24 and have taken a mission upon myself that will change my life and most importantly others lives.
Last New Years Eve, my only New Year's resolution was to do a single good thing for humainty a week. I decided that as people, we tend to take advantage of alot without at times noticing or appriecating the value of life and what we have, or the value of other peoples lives. I currently think that our society is very selfish, materialistic and disconnected. I feel as though people have forgotten the meaning of unconditional love, true happiness, nature, true beauty and so much more.
I'm here to remind the world.
All it takes is one.
Last year I learned so much about myself by giving the gift of giving.
Something so simple as donating a $1 to children's cancer, feedig ducks in an abandoned park, picking up trash at the beach, helping an old person cross the street, volunteering at a homeless shelter, causing awareness, or taking the time to help a complete stranger can change your life sooo much!
Doing 1 single good thing a week motivated me to better myself. I wanted to start off with baby steps and do it once a week, but in the last few months I've been trying to donate to the earth daily and it feels amazing.
Slowly u begin to notice little things, like how unnecessary throwing a piece of wrapper on the floor, how important beauty skin deep is, because looks are only physical, how much of the world there is to help out and how many people are in need, how fortunate you are, how beautiful nature is, how hollywood and celebs are pointless and reading magazines like US Weekly & In Touch are pure negative energy and eat your soul alive (although once I appear in a few of them). Just little things and big things.
Since I started my great quest, I've stopped completely buying all those tabloid magazines, I dont go on those celeb webites to read the gossip, I have no clue who's famous anymore or not lol, I stopped watching tv, I have a few shows that I watch and thats it. No more MTV, no more VH1 garbage, I even stopped listening to the radio like TOP40 stuff, because not all but most are shallow songs about pointless things like going to a club which is meaningless in my eyes, I only really listen to Hebrew music now, I dont go out to clubs at ALL! Last time I went to a club in Hollywood was in May for a friend's birthday, 2 times in Israel, and just this time when I went to NY and after 20mins I was asking myself why I went out in the first place. I'm sort of a lounger now, I like lounges, where you can talk about meaningful things and have a nice glass of wine. I don't really wear a lot of makeup unless I'm working. I've stopped shopping and I find myself dressing more conservatively.
Now I'm really into traveling and planning trips outside the country. Researching a lot of non-profit organizations and looking into opening one. I've been looking to spend some time in foreign countries to help the world. I've been learning about my religion more. I've been spending alot of time with myself doing things I would never do alone, like go to the movies or a resturant alone, but I love it now, and I find something beautiful about it. I've eliminated a lot of negative people from my life. I'm extremely spirtual and grateful for all that I have. Even the simplest change, going by my real name, HOFIT, has become liberating.
All from a single act of giving. It's very empowering.
and so I've decided that that's my life long gift from G*d to the world.
That's it.
I would like to do something like, be a big international superstar singer, but I can still be a BIG INTERNATIONAL STAR and help make the world a better place! Kinda like the next Oprah!!!
I want to be a big world peace leader! I want to win the Nobel Peace Prize! You will all see! ;)
You see if you knew me about 2 years ago, I'd be the last person you'd expect this from. I've always had this in me but it's been hiding because I allowed the city of "Hollywood" to take over my true nature at heart.
2 years ago, I went by the name of Kim, I was clubing every night, I would spend hundreds of dollars on brand name clothes and accessories daily and only wear them once. On my free time I would watch shows on MTV, VH1, I would go to a newsstand and buy 3 tabloid magazines weekly, I would go on bloggers celeb websites for hours a day, I felt the need to say how "hot" I was from morning til night, I had many friends, not all but most were insecure, negative, lost people, with no morals and self love, yet I always found the need to help them so I had them in my life on the hopes of changing them for the better. All I wanted to do was be a famous celeb, I would show off, cause drama, start fist fights, I had a mercedes benz convertible, lived in a amazing apartment on the beach in Malibu, I had everything I wanted.
I was pretty extreme.
None of this of course came from insecurity, although it may seem. I never did drugs, never tried a cigarette, I dont have a single tattoo on my body, and I dont believe in plastic surgery. I just had different priorities.
I think it's important to understand where I came from, where I am now, where I'm planning on being next year and the rest of my life.

This year, I'm dedicating an entire year to the world.
I'm dedicating 365 of my life with acts of goodness for humanity. All of humanity!
Some days it will be small deeds other days big!
Everyday I will blog about my expierence of that day in the hopes of inspiring YOU to do better and be on the pursuit of changing peoples lives!
This world is lacking so much love, unity, art, creation and faith.
My dream is to change the world for the better. I know all it takes is passion, drive, a warm heart, ONE HUGE Dream, and I will never stop!
Because in my heart I believe that we are all good. I believe that even the murderer, rapist, drug dealer, kipnapper, has somewhere in there a piece of goodness, it just got lost. WE ARE ALL ONE. ONE LOVE.

Here we go!!! 365 days of selfless acts for humainty!!!!

"The opposite of war is not peace, its creation" -Mark Cohen


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Wow ...strange confrontations and environment-hate articles?! 
02:23am 14/11/2009
mood: confused
So I just had a very strange conversation with a person, who when I told him that sometimes I use hand cranking to generate power for things like my laptop, he immediately turned hostile and laughed and asked why don't I just use battery packs? He started asking me outrageous questions like if I only take showers when it rains. He also asked me if I was a vegan and then went on to talk about how stupid vegetarianism and veganism is. He also called me one of those "earth children" in a very condescending tone. *sigh*

I never really knew how much environmentalists are hated, and for all the wrong reasons! I just looked up a few articles and blogs concerning hatred towards environmentalism online. I was really surprised at what I found. They're writing articles on EXTREMES.... it's like...WOW... people just think every environmentalist is an insane conspiracy theorist human/technology hater who wants to take everyones rights away and make the world a primitive place where there is no technology present. Jeez...and here I thought the movement towards being green was viewed as a positive thing.

I also live in an area where it's really not a good idea to ride your bike around because drivers will honk at you and even STOP right in front of you to tell you to drive a car. :\ Has anyone experienced something like this?

I'm just so shocked at how unbelievable some of these articles are. The attitude towards being green is just so accusatory and hostile.

Environmentalism isn't some crazy movement to take over the government and destroy all technology! I feel like green living has everything to do with new technologies and figuring out ways to make things better and cleaner! Argh... this just upset me so much I had to say something! It makes me so sad that we're not being taken seriously, or if we are, we're considered this terrible threat. We're not going to get anywhere if everyone is fighting and accusing or not taking world problems, like running out of oil, seriously.

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Environmental Event 
10:25am 22/10/2009
  Hi all! I just wanted to give people in the central Florida area a heads up about a cool event that's going to be happening at the University of Central Florida. If this violates any of this community's guidelines, please feel free to let me know. Thanks!

Here's the info:

In February, Power Shift 09 brought 12,000 young people to Washington to hold our elected officials accountable for rebuilding our economy and reclaiming our future through bold climate and clean energy policy.

As an attendee, I can say it was an amazing experience to see so many young people come together for climate change.

This week, Power Shift '09 is coming to Florida and 5 other regions across the country.

Hundreds of activists from all backgrounds working to bring about a better future will come together to discuss the global environmental challenges we face and the actions we can take to solve these issues.

The conference will engage attendees in two days of workshops, panel discussions, trainings and lobbying activities. The Energy Action Coalition includes 50 leading climate, energy and social justice organizations.

The cost is only 20 bucks.

Here are the details for Florida Power Shift:

Power Shift Florida
Friday October 23 - Sunday October 25

UCF Arena
University of Central Florida
50 North Gemini Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816

Click here to sign up for Power Shift Florida.

If you're no longer in Florida, you can find a Power Shift near you at: http://www.powershift09.org/Regional

Thanks so much!

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A sad set of pictures 
02:01pm 17/10/2009

Horrifying might be a better word than sad.

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Climate Change In Copenhagen 
05:55pm 12/10/2009
  Hey all,

This website www.hopenhagen.org, is dedicated to sending a petition with our representatives to Copenhagen for the Climate Summit. The petition is supposed to show the support that strong climate change legislation has from the millions and millions of people around the world. Please take the time to sign this petition, and click on the learn tab to read more.


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please watch 
07:19pm 22/09/2009

The Age of Stupid changed my life and the cause that I fight for. I know now I can't keep fighting for animals because there won't be any animals if we don't do something about climate change. I feel so overwhelmed with all the unarguable information that was given to me and I'm asking you, begging you, to spread the word with me. Watch the film. Educate yourself. DO SOMETHING.

On December 7, 2009 world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to decide what they will do about global warming. Urge your political officials to get involved.

You can also go to http://notstupid.org/ and/or http://tcktcktck.org/

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the cove exposed 
07:11pm 02/09/2009
  Today is September 1st, the first day of the dolphin slaughter season in Japan. But when I arrived today by bus from Kansai Airport with media representatives from all over the world, the notorious Cove from the movie was empty. There were no dolphin killers in sight.

So today is a very good day for dolphins!

I vowed to be back in Taiji when the dolphin killing began. I've often been here alone, or accompanied by a few environmentalists. Sometimes, I was able to talk a major media organization into sending someone.

But the people of Japan never learned about the dolphin slaughter, because none of the media in Japan (with the exception of the excellent Japan Times) have ever sent reporters to the killing Cove. Until today!

When I got off the bus at The Cove this afternoon, I was accompanied by my son Lincoln O'Barry's film crew, a crew from Associated Press, Der Spiegel (the largest magazine in Germany), and the London Independent.

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fight to save the taiji dolphins 
08:04pm 31/08/2009

23,000 dolphins are slaughtered in Taiji, Japan for meat. They force the migrating dolphins to the beach by banging hammers. The sound is painful to the dolphins and they slowly make a line of boats to push them to the beach. As soon as they are netted trainers from various zoos (think Sea World) come out and choose the dolphins they want to perform. The rest are huddled into a cove, away from the public eye where they are stabbed over and over with spears.

The ironic part of this is no one in Japan even likes dolphin meat because dolphins are like toxic waste sites. They are mercury infested and it can cause things like blindness and memory loss. What they do is disguise it by labeling it as whale meat.

At the International Whaling Commission, they tried to fight this, but Japan is bribing smaller and impoverished countries to vote with them.

If you can tell just one other person about this, it would be great. I know there's nothing I can do about it here in Arizona, but I can tell you guys and you can tell other people so we aren't walking around in ignorance. It's so important. It really is.

This post is inspired by seeing this movie: http://thecovemovie.com/

If you get a chance, see it.

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Environmental Stewardship 
09:42am 22/08/2009

A six-point buck and I are in a stare down. We’re twelve yards apart and I’m wondering why he hasn’t darted away like most deer do when they encounter humans. After half a minute, I give in and the buck wins the stare down. I head down the trail, while the buck keeps an eye on me.

I don’t ever recall losing a staring contest in the wild. Typically, animals bound off just seconds after eye contact. But perhaps this deer did not feel threatened by my presence. Or any other humans’ presence. On preserved land, where no hunting is allowed, deer are comfortable enough with humans to win stare downs.

The invitation to wander about these 900 acres of preserved land just south of Harpers Ferry came courtesy of The Leggett Foundation. In the late 90’s Bob Leggett bought this property and established the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Today the property is open to the public as a place to hike, enjoy nature, and participate in environmental learning programs. It also provides acreage for the operation of Mountain View Farm, which produces all-natural, sustainably grown produce, eggs and poultry.

My encounter with the six-point came just a few minutes into what would be a three hour tour of this land on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Laid out over this property is a labyrinth of trails - over nine miles in total. Nearly every 500 feet of trail distance leads to an intersection at which a decision was necessary. Should I turn left to explore Piney Run island or stay straight to view the historic cabin ruins? But with no other plans for this day, I had the freedom not to have to make a choice. I went in both directions. And so, I was able to experience much of what the trails over this land led to, all in complete solitude.

I suppose that’s exactly the experience that Bob Leggett envisioned as he contemplated the purchase of this property. Give people that spend most of their time indoors a chance to experience and develop appreciation for an exceptionally pure, beautiful, and natural environment.

Thanks Bob.


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TIME Magazine 
09:33pm 21/08/2009
mood: frustrated
So, in the Aug., 31 2009 edition, there's an amazing article about sustainable food and the concern over it's impact on the environment and all in the United States.  As I'm in the food biz, I think this is extremely important to note and that it's a concern for all of us, particularly in the future and what it holds for all of us.  I mean, while I used to be more of an idealist over the treatment of animals (still a concern of mine), I now look at the bigger picture of not only that, but how we are basically destroying the environment in addition to animals and ourselves.

I mean, for PR, and to sell a story to concern people, I think it's wise to always mention that the ultimate goal is to be helping ourselves in the process, because, sadly, I think some would not care.  So, there is much of that type of mention in it, such as our general nutrition from 'organic' foods v. industrialized grown cattle and other foods and their costs and such, but the real mention is simply to help out our food sources, by keeping them as natural as possible and in that way, we can help keep the environment clean.  This article makes me so sad and mad (but I've got other things going on too) but it's just so frustrating that this stuff is still going on, and will likely continue for many, many years to come.

Here is the cover (with my personal info cut out):


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new community 
04:45pm 25/07/2009

Hi everyone. I recently started a community that I'll be updating it with environmental news and articles, and I thought you might like to take a look.




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