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13 Hiking Tips for the Lower Oneonta Falls Virgin 9-4-06

Spring is right around the corner, and what a wonderful way to start your 2014 year, with a beautiful hike in the Americas.

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Lower Oneonta Falls is not the kind of hike that you decide upon at the last minute. You’ve got to steel yourself for this one and there is prep work. I’m not saying it’s difficult, dangerous, or remote. On the contrary. This little gem can be tackled within an easy drive of Portland, Oregon, sans hiking poles and pack, and suffering a mighty hangover. (Okay, the famous log jam might test the hangover.) Complex, it is not. But this popular route does have one compelling attribute that sets it apart from every other trail in the Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Area

The trail is a creek. You heard me: a creek.

TIP #1:  Wear something you want to see wet. Because if you are in Oneonta Creek, you are on the trail–the creek IS the trail, and you will be wearing it. A narrow gorge with…

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Zoo Ethics: On the Cold-Blooded Murder of a Young Giraffe

No animal should have to suffer..
Green 400 Magazine gives a voice to those who cannot speak, and this is especially true for animals and their freedoms..

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

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I don’t like any zoo, but I am especially outraged by the action of the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark on Sunday (February 9).  I am hardly alone:  More than 27,000 people signed a “save Marius petition,” when the zoo announced that zoo officials intended to kill the adorable and much-loved 18-month old Marius. Many thousands of other people around the world have taken to the Internet to express their sadness, their bewilderment, and their horror at this completely unnecessary, even ghoulish act.   It caused revulsion in most people who read about it.  It was an execution many noted.  The reason the zoo gave for killing Marius struck just about every ordinary person as bizarre:  He was killed because his genes were too similar to those of other zoo giraffes in a European breeding program.  “He cannot add anything further to the breeding programme that does not already exist,” a European…

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WHAT IS FRACKING? AND WHY ENDANGER THE UNITED KINGDOM?

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U.K. Proposes to Frack One-Half of Great Britain

What is hydraulic fracturing?

Fracking (aka, hydraulic fracturing or industrial gas drilling) is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy. It’s poisoning our air and water and on its way to jeopardizing the health of millions of Americans and people all across the globe.

Since the United States started fracking, here is their governments definition of this dangerous practice. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hydraulic fracturing is a process to stimulate a natural gas, oil, or geothermal energy well to maximize the extraction. The technique of hydraulic fracturing is used to increase the rate at which fluids, such as petroleum, water, or natural gas can be recovered from subterranean natural reservoirs. Reservoirs are typically porous sand-stones, lime-stones or dolomite rocks, but also include “unconventional reservoirs” such as shale rock or coal beds. Hydraulic fracturing…

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WHAT IS FRACKING? AND WHY ENDANGER THE UNITED KINGDOM?

U.K. Proposes to Frack One-Half of Great Britain

UK No Fracking Allowed

UK No Fracking Allowed
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What is hydraulic fracturing?

Fracking (aka, hydraulic fracturing or industrial gas drilling) is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy. It’s poisoning our air and water and on its way to jeopardizing the health of millions of Americans and people all across the globe.

Since the United States started fracking, here is their governments definition of this dangerous practice. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hydraulic fracturing is a process to stimulate a natural gas, oil, or geothermal energy well to maximize the extraction. The technique of hydraulic fracturing is used to increase the rate at which fluids, such as petroleum, water, or natural gas can be recovered from subterranean natural reservoirs. Reservoirs are typically porous sand-stones, lime-stones or dolomite rocks, but also include “unconventional reservoirs” such as shale rock or coal beds. Hydraulic fracturing enables the production of natural gas and oil from rock formations deep below the earth’s surface (generally 5,000–20,000 feet (1,500–6,100 m), which is typically greatly below groundwater reservoirs of basins if present.

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U.K. Proposes to Frack One-Half of Great Britain

As the rapid expansion of fracking in the U.S. has led to a growing chorus of concerned voices about the potential health and environmental repercussions of this activity, news has surfaced that the European Union (EU) is taking significant steps toward preventing fracking in Europe.

However, in a conversation with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that he will work to ensure that fracking comes to Europe.

This acknowledgement comes at a time when the EU is debating strengthening its carbon-trading system. The EU has recently moved to delay the selling of 900 million carbon allowances, which is likely to raise the prices of carbon allowances by 10 to 15 percent.

The withholding of carbon allowances—which is a publicly-tradable certificate that “offsets” or pays for the carbon dioxide a company releases into the atmosphere, with each certificate representing a metric ton of the gas—is thought to raise the prices on energy production, as companies must spend more to control their emissions.

Cameron’s comments come on the heels of the EU deciding it won’t regulate fracking on the European continent. The European Commission, based in Brussels, has previously moved to introduce new regulations that would control the environmental impact the drilling may have. Buoyed by France, which has banned fracking within its borders since 2011, concerns of contamination to the continent’s shared watersheds and the possibility of induced earthquakes have forced commissioners to take seriously this relatively new and dangerous technology.

However,lobbying from the UK and various fracking companies have convinced EU President Jose Manuel Barroso that a “hands-off” approach is best.

“I was just very worried that while we are already behind on fracking and unconventional gas compared to America, we would fall even further behind if we had more legal processes to go through,” Cameron said after the EU’s reconsideration. “So it’s a good step forward. It could mean 70,000 jobs or more for people in the UK as well as helping to keep the bills of individuals down, but also helping to make us more competitive as a location for investment.

“We’ve got to follow through on that and now make sure that this industry can really go ahead,” Cameron said.

Chasing Shale Gas in Great Britain

Currently, shale gas extraction is regulated under 17 EU regulations, with the member states having autonomy over how to enforce the legislation. In the UK, rising energy costs have proven to be a cantankerous issue ahead of the 2015 general elections. While the rising price of energy has been a matter of concern—particularly, in light of an abnormally cold winter and tightened carbon trading—anti-fracking protests and outcries from a number of communities have led a number of Tory MPs to fear that their seats may be in danger should fracking be approved in the country.

According to UK government-commissioned report, the government is planning to permit as many as 2,800 wells to be drilled. Every English county—with the exception of Cornwall—will receive a well, with the local communities being promised at least $164,730 in benefits per well. Government estimates project that at peak fracking will satisfy one-fifth of the UK’s gas demand and create as many as 32,000 jobs, but at what cost to the British people?

Among the areas that have been offered to fracking companies as potential well sites are several national parks, a large number of “areas of outstanding natural beauty,” and several sites deemed of “international importance” for conservationists.

Below, click on the words “The Big Picture” to take you to a map of what is to become of England’s pristine countryside.

THE BIG PICTURE

So far, 176 “license” areas have been allocated to the drilling companies, mostly around Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Sussex. The proposed sites stretch from the south of Scotland to the Southern English coast and represent approximately two-thirds of England or one-half of Great Britain.

The oil and gas companies will be allowed to apply in a licensing round to commence in the summer. The companies will be required to secure a series of planning and environmental permits, however, prior to drilling.

“We have seen the enormous impact that shale gas extraction in the States has had on its economy, both on household bills and industrial prices. It has had a strong impact there and it has the potential to have an impact here,” said Michael Fallon, the U.K. energy minister. “It will reduce our dependence on liquid natural gas. We import over half our gas at the moment and we face the prospect of having to import 70 percent of our gas by 2030 if we haven’t found any shale by then.”

“If we do find shale that will obviously reduce our dependence on those imports and reduce our dependence on wholesale gas prices,” Fallon continued. “That in turn will be good for the economy.”
According to a government-commissioned report, the government is planning to permit as many as 2,800 wells to be drilled. Cuadrilla fracking site in the Bowland Basin near Blackpool, England.
Differing Views:

Throughout the continent, there seems to be few shared opinions on fracking. Germany, under Angela Merkel, has increased drilling and extraction to such a high degree that fracking is logistically impossible in the country.

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German People Against Fracking
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The German coalition agreement read:

According to available studies on its environmental relevance, the fracking technology in unconventional natural gas production—particularly in shale gas production—is a technology with enormous potential risks. The effects on humans, nature and the environment are scientifically not yet sufficiently clarified. Drinking water and health have absolute priority for us.

We reject the use of environmentally toxic substances in the application of fracking technology for exploration and extraction of unconventional natural gas deposits. A request for approval can only be decided upon when the necessary data basis for evaluation exists and is clarified beyond doubt that any adverse change in water quality can be ruled out.

Poland, on the other hand, is aggressively tapping its reserves—thought to be the largest on the continent. This presents a host of problems: Poland is one of Europe’s most-densely populated nations with a large agricultural base. The nation’s water supply was already under pressure before fracking. Questions about the drilling’s massive water use have raised concerns that Poland will be pulled into drought conditions or that leaked fracking fluids can poison a large population quickly.

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However, the prospect of Polish gas relieving the EU’s dependency on Russian gas has convinced the Eastern European nation to push on despite the risks. Russia currently provides the EU with 25 percent of its natural gas.

California and “Safe Fracking”

As Europe embraces the American fracking model, the U.S. is starting to deal with the long-term implications of the technology. After a series of Associated Press reports highlighting Southern California offshore oil and gas companies discharging fracking chemicals into the ocean, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced new rules requiring well operators to report the release of any chemicals into the waterways.

The reports found that the well discharged the chemicals without an environmental impact analysis, without public disclosure and with little or no oversight. State regulators ruled separately that California oil companies must test the groundwater and alert local landowners prior to the starting of any fracking or well stimulation activity. In addition, the companies must disclose all chemicals used during fracking and acquire permits prior to a fracking job.

For many, the notion that the oil and gas companies are hiding what they are doing begs the question of just how safe fracking truly is.

“The EPA’s rule will provide some information about the toxic fracking chemicals dumped into our ocean, but it relies on oil companies to be honest and transparent in their self-reporting,” said Miyoko Sakashita, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

These regulations are scheduled to go into effect in 2015.
Below is a series of video’s that explains in great detail the dangers to our environment and to all who inhabit the world.

To help the people of the United Kingdom and England, please follow the link below to sign the petition to keep fracking out of the U.K.

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10 TOP ALL NATURAL HERBS FOR DEPRESSION

Herbs For Depression

Characterized by feelings of chronic sadness, melancholy and disinterest, depression is classified as a mental illness that affects sufferers in a variety of debilitating ways. Many individuals suffering from depression experience difficulty carrying out everyday activities, and have trouble coping with life in general.

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General Herbs-For-Depression By Green 400 Magazine

Top 10 Herbs For Depression

As symptoms of depression are varied and complex, receiving an accurate diagnosis can be a lengthy process. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), symptoms of depression include frequent feelings of guilt or worthlessness and about past mistakes; recurring thoughts about death and/or suicidal thoughts; fatigue, lack of energy, extreme tiredness, and lack of motivation; irritability, frustration, agitation, and restlessness; indecisiveness, inattentiveness and difficulty concentrating; trouble with memory and thinking. Other common symptoms are decreased libido and sudden bouts of intense crying “out of the blue.” Some people with depression experience unexplained weight gain or loss, and others may develop physical problems with no apparent cause. Symptoms of depression are not the same for everyone, and depend on a number of variables including age, gender, culture, and hereditary factors. People who experience five or more of the above symptoms for over 14 consecutive days may meet the criteria for clinical depression, also referred to as major depression or major depressive disorder.

(1) St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Indigenous to Europe, St. John’s wort has a history of use in traditional herbalism as a remedy for various mental and emotional disorders. The herb is available in powder, tea, tincture and capsule form. Used today by practitioners of alternative and naturopathic medicine, St. John’s wort has been studied in recent years regarding its effects on brain chemistry. A number of clinical trials have suggested the effectiveness of St. John’s wort as a treatment for mild to moderate depression. According to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center clinical trial published in a 2006 edition of BMC Medicine, St. John’s wort was superior to placebo in treating symptoms of major depression. As determined by laboratory experimentation, active constituents in St. John’s wort prevent reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, and therefore might be used as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical depression medications in the selective-serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) class.

St Johns Wort Flowers    By Green 400 Magazine

St Johns Wort Flowers By Green 400 Magazine

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)- Derived from tryptophan, an essential amino acid, the chemical 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is required for the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with well-being and happiness. Dietary sources of tryptophan include turkey, chicken, dairy products, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, sunflower seeds, and leafy greens including kale and collards. Other tryptophan-rich foods include sea plants such as wakame, kombu, and kelp. In most cases, Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) levels are maintained via regular consumption of tryptophan- containing foods. However, some individuals may lack the ability to absorb tryptophan and thus may benefit from direct supplementation of 5-HTP. Extracted from seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia, a plant native to Africa, 5-HTP supplements are widely available have been tested clinically for their effectiveness in treating depression disorders. Results from number of small-scale and preliminary trials suggest that 5-HTP meets the criteria for FDA approval as a medication for depression.

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5-Hydroxytryptophan Plant (5-HTP) ByGreen 400 Magazine

Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum L.)

Also called linseed, flaxseed has a history of use in ancient cultures as a remedy for various ailments, especially digestive disorders such as constipation. Due to their high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a powerful, health-promoting omego-3 fatty acid, flaxseeds have been tested clinically to determine their potential to help cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, addiction, and other disorders affecting the body and mind. Various studies using animal models have revealed that flaxseed might be effectively used to treat various psychiatric disorders, including depression. In 2009, French scientists found that when compared to placebo, depressive symptoms were significantly reduced in rodents treated with ALA from flaxseeds and other omega-rich sources.

Flax Seed and Flax Seed Oil by Green 400 Magazine

Flax Seed and Flax Seed Oil by Green 400 Magazine

Vervain (Verbena officinalis)

Native to eastern Europe, northern Africa and parts of Asia, vervain has a history of use in traditional medicinal systems as a treatment for headaches, respiratory disorders, snake bites, fevers, jaundice, gout, kidney stones, epilepsy, ulcers, and painful menstruation. Mentioned in historical texts as a remedy for feelings of fatigue and ill-will, vervain contains a broad spectrum of active phytochemicals and tannins–including verbenalin, verbenin, and beta-carotene. A precursor to vitamin A, an essential dietary nutrient, beta-carotene is associated with the treatment and prevention of depression and related conditions. Although its medicinal properties have not been extensively studied, vervain is used by contemporary herbalists as a treatment for various disorders, including mild depression.

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B Vitamins

Found in many herbs (as well as other sources), B-vitamins are involved in the maintenance of healthy brain chemistry. Results from clinical trials indicate that B-vitamin deficiencies are linked to depression, and even those with healthy, well-balanced diets are at risk. In order to properly diagnose B-vitamin deficiencies or imbalances, blood panel analyses are often required.

Herbs that are sources of B- vitamins include catnip, alfalfa, burdock root, yellow dock root, and nettle.

B-vitamins are categorized as follows: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate (also called folic acid), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin and pantothenic acid:

Botanical sources of thiamin (vitamin B1) include leafy green dark-colored vegetables, green peas, lentils, almonds and pecans.

Plants high in vitamin B2 (riboflavin) include dark greens (i.e. asparagus and spinach).

B3 (niacin) plant sources include legumes such as peanuts and lentils, and sources of folate (vitamin B1) include dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collards.

Botanical foods high in vitamin B6 include potatoes, bananas, spinach and other leafy greens.

Sources of vitamin B7 (biotin) include leafy greens (i.e. swiss chard) and legumes (e.g. peanuts).

Vitamin B1 deficiencies are characterized by various symptoms of depression including feelings of sadness and disinterest, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, memory problems, insomnia, and–in some cases–suicidal thoughts Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is a necessary component in the production of serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine–all of which are involved in the maintenance of mental health. Deficiencies in vitamin B6 include lowered immune function, mental confusion, and inhibited healing of wounds.

Vitamin B12 (also called cobalamin)–perhaps the most important of all B vitamins–is produced by the metabolic systems of all animals, including humans. Vitamin B12 deficiencies can be the cause depression symptoms including mood swings, irritability, loss of appetite, and fatigue.  For many, dietary consumption of vitamin B12 is an easy feat. For others–such as those who do not eat meat (including poultry and fish), eggs, or dairy–dietary absorption of vitamin B12 is a more difficult feat. Strict vegetarians and vegans may need to supplement with synthetic vitamin B12 supplements in order to remain healthy. However, studies show that people of all dietary habits – -including those who eat meat or consume dairy on a regular basis – are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency. To combat vitamin B12 deficiencies, experts recommend sublingual tablets, liquids, and also vitamin B12 shots.

Foods High in Vitamin B12 by Green 400 Magazine

Foods High in Vitamin B12 by Green 400 Magazine

Rhodiola Rocea

Also known as rose root, arctic root, or golden root, rhodiola rosea is a wonderful herb that shows promising effects in dealing with depression. What makes rhodiola effective in combating depression is its ability to inhibit the activities of monoamine oxidase A and B. When the activities of these substances are prevented, neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin cannot be broken down. In effect, they become more available. According to research, low levels of these neurotransmitters usually lead to depression.

Some studies claim that depression and stress level are directly related to each. Excessive level of stress hormones like cortisol, is believed to be one of the major factors that trigger depression. According to research, rhodiola rosea is effective in reducing the level of cortisol hormones thereby limiting one’s susceptibility to depression.  This stuff really works and is off the charts extremely good for depression and for energy…experience speaking on this one.

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Rhodiola Rosea By Green 400 Magazine

Ginkgo Biloba

For thousands of years, ginkgo biloba proves to be an excellent herb that treats depression. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, intake of ginkgo biloba regularly is effective in eliminating the symptoms of depression. Furthermore, the leaves of this herb contain lipophilic extracts that are believed to have anti-stress and anti-depressant effects.

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Ginkgo Biloba Tree With Fruit by Green 400 Magazine

Lavender

For centuries, lavender proves to be an outstanding herb for depression. Though it can be used as oil which can be directly applied onto the skin, lavender is often used in aromatherapy. Experts believe that the scent of lavender helps in promoting relaxation as well as in inducing high quality and longer sleep. This can help in alleviating one’s stress level which is considered as one of the major causes of depression.

Aside from its natural ability to balance the level of cortisol hormones in the body, lavender also works by slowing down the brain waves. Lavender is believed to have natural sedative effects that are beneficial in calming one’s mind, body, spirit and soul, especially in times of depression and restlessness.

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Lavender Plant by Green 400 Magazine

Valerian

Today, valerian emerges to be one of the most popular effective herbs that cure depression. Known for its natural sedating effects, valerian is also capable of calming the nerves by reducing one’s anxiety and phobia towards a certain stimulus.

When taken regularly, this perennial herb brings about promising results in treating depression. In fact, many studies have proved that regular intake of valerian can significantly help in eliminating the most common symptoms of depression which include high blood pressure, insomnia, lack of focus, restlessness, irritability and anxiety. It works because of its valepotriates, which are known to be natural relaxants. Aside from reducing one’s stress level, valepotriates are also effective in relaxing the central nervous system of the body.

Valarian Plant by Green 400 Magazine

Valarian Plant by Green 400 Magazine

Peppermint

Though widely used to treat toothaches, peppermint never ceases to amaze patients who suffer from depression. Through the years, peppermint has proven itself to be effective in dealing with the symptoms of depression. As mentioned in the University of Maryland Medical Center website, peppermint oil offers soothing and calming effects which make it effective in treating anxiety and depression.

Peppermint Leaves and Candy by Green 400 Magazine

Peppermint Leaves and Candy by Green 400 Magazine

We at Green 400 Magazine care about “you” our readers. and hope that in some way that these articles that we write make your life somewhat happier and more content. Please view the following video’s for a bit more happiness and relaxation…… they are just awesome!

Relaxation and Balance~

Herbs For Depression – References:

Depression (major depression). Alternative Medicine. Article by Mayo Clinic staff. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression/DS00175/DSECTION=alternative-medicine

Siegfried Kasper, Ion-George Anghelescu, Armin Szegedi, Angelika Dienel and Meinhard Kieser. Superior efficacy of St John’s wort extract WS® 5570 compared to placebo in patients with major depression: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial. BMC Medicine 2006, 4:14

St. John’s Wort and Depression. National Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htm

Byerley WF, et al. 5-Hydroxytryptophan: a review of its antidepressant efficacy and adverse effects. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 1987;7:127-137.

5-Hydroxytryptophan. NYU Langone Medical Center. http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21399

Flaxseed. University of Maryland Medical Center. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/flaxseed-000244.htm

Nicolas Blondeau, et al. Subchronic Alpha-Linolenic Acid Treatment Enhances Brain Plasticity and Exerts an Antidepressant Effect: A Versatile Potential Therapy for Stroke. Original Article. Neuropsychopharmacology (2009) 34, 2548–2559; doi:10.1038/npp.2009.84; published online 29 July 2009.

Beta-carotene. Medline Plus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/999.html

Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A practical A-Z reference to drug-free remedies using vitamins, minerals, herbs and food supplements, 4th ed. 2006. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. What’s the relationship between vitamin B-12 and depression? http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-b12-and-depression/AN01543

Butler, Christopher C., et al. Oral vitamin B12 versus intramuscular vitamin B12 for vitamin B12 deficiency: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Family Practice (2006) 23 (3): 279-285.

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REMEMBRANCE OF THE 911 CATASTROPHE

Our hearts are heavy and our memories are long, Let’s join together on this day to give love to those who has suffered from this tragic event.

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We where having friends over that day, outside barbecuing and not worried about much of anything. until I turned on the television and seen a site that just shocked me from head to toe,…I started yelling to the people outside. They all came running in to see what was wrong, and we all stood there is shock, some started to cry and some just sat down with their head in their hands. Immediately we all started calling loved ones to see if they too were all ok.

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So this day is well remembered, the shock, the heavy hearts and the pain we all felt, for our beautiful country was under attack. Could we ever be under attack ever again? Many of us have wondered that same question. The answer to that would be to always stay close to your family, loved ones, neighbors, co-workers and friends, because you just never know what life holds.

People paying tribute to this part of history:

From left: President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during memorial ceremonies observing the 12th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2013. Memorial ceremonies across America on Wednesday offered not just an occasion to remember those who died, but a moment to assess a decade of war.

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Alyssa Milano-Remembering

Miley Cyrus- Do a good deed today in observance of @911day. Make your pledge at http://911day.org .

Marlee Matlin- those who perished @ World Trade Center @ Pentagon in PA & the emergency responders – all BRAVE men & women

Kaley Cuoco- forever standing tall! #9/11 http://instagram.com/p/eH7wVQOWct/

Stevie Nicks-Heavy heart

Phillip Phillips-Hard to believe its been 12 years since 9/11. My heart/prayers go out to the ones who lost loved ones that day.

Alec Baldwin ABF Foundation-How do we “take back our country” from our own misguided policies?

Josh Groban-

William Shatner-Taking a moment to remember those who lost their lives on this day.

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Is Your Food Poisoned? A Must Read!

A Green 400 Exclusive Update:
Millions of Americans, Canadians and Europeans get sick from eating food that inspectors say are safe. A special report in the November 2012 issue of Bloomberg Markets explored those dangers.

Trying to find records on any of the fisheries in China is near to impossible because there are no records, and if found…. very few records have  details of daily activities to prove food safety.
“We are trying to meet international standards,”says a Chinese fisherman Ngoc Sinh.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Buckley, says her company has no records of auditing for Ngoc Sinh.

Would you eat a fish that came from this picture below?

Polluted Fish Farm in China

Polluted Fish Farm in China

At Chen Qiang’s tilapia farm in Yangjiang city in China, Chen feeds fish with feces from hundreds of pigs and geese.That practice is dangerous for American consumers, says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety.

“The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Doyle, who has studied food borne diseases in China.
On a sweltering, overcast day in August, the smell of animal feces is overpowering, Chen age 45, wades barefoot into his murky ponds that have several thousand dead fish laying upside down in the water to open a pipe so that  fresh water from a nearby canal can appear to make the water look healthy to the exporters that come to his farm to sell the fish to U.S. companies.
We all know how greedy the U.S. companies are, they will buy up the live and dead fish and re-sell it to turn a profit.

FUQING, China — Here in southern China of Fujian Province, lie dozens of enormous ponds filled with murky brown water and over-crowded with eels, shrimp and tilapia, much of it destined for markets in Japan and the West including Europe, Canada and the U.S.

Green 400 Magazine asks: The U.S. has more than enough room to grow and harvest fish, so why infect our nation with food from other countries that are contaminated and dangerous?

China~Choking on Growth

This information comes from the eighth in a series of articles and multimedia examining the human toll, global impact and political challenge of China’s epic pollution crisis.

Contamination Threatens Seafood Industry

Fuqing is No. 1 on a list for refused seafood shipments from China.
Fuqing is one of the centers of a booming industry that over two decades has transformed their country into the biggest producer and exporter of seafood in the world, and the fastest-growing supplier to the United States, Europe and Canada.

AGAIN!! The U.S. has more than enough room to grow and harvest fresh and uncontaminated fish, so why infect our nation with food from other countries that are contaminated and dangerous?
Answer: GREED, for it is cheaper to have fish farms in China then it is to have them in the U.S.
No matter what the dangers are to the American people, the only thing that matters to corporations in the U.S. is the almighty dollar, and as Bill Gates says we need to depopulate the world anyway, so lets keep buying contaminated foods for the 99% of the population from filthy countries, the sooner they get sick and die the better for us 1%.

Watch this video of the people (snakes) who control your food supply, this is Wall St, Corporate America, New York, New York.

The title of this video is:

Mike Myers visits Occupy Wall Street & one of the most upsetting comments.

Human growth and over population is threatened by the two most glaring environmental weaknesses in China: acute water shortages and water supplies contaminated by sewage, industrial waste and agricultural runoff that includes pesticides. The fish farms, in turn, are discharging waste water that further pollutes the water supply.

“Our waters here are filthy,” said Ye Chao, an eel and shrimp farmer who has 20 giant ponds in western Fuqing. “There are simply too many aquaculture farms in this area. They’re all discharging water here, fouling up other farms.”

Farmers have coped with the toxic waters by mixing illegal veterinary drugs and pesticides into fish feed, which helps keep their stocks alive yet leaves poisonous and carcinogenic residues in seafood, posing health threats to consumers.

In this upcoming video, it will show you the consumer, a frightening, alarming and dangerous reality that lies behind the bright and perky displays at your local grocery store.

Environmental degradation, in other words, has become a food safety problem, and scientists say the long-term risks of consuming contaminated seafood could lead to higher rates of cancer and liver disease and other afflictions.

Foreign importers are worried, in recent years the European Union and Japan have imposed temporary bans on Chinese seafood because of illegal drug residues and carcinogenic preservation in keeping fish fresh.
Carcinogen’s are the fumes from a car’s exhaust. If your local grocery store sells hybrid sushi please read the labels….most of them are just soaked in carcinogens to keep the color in the seafood and will tell you so on the label.  It will say the word carcinogens.

Hybrid Grocery Store Sushi

Hybrid Grocery Store Sushi

Carcinogens are also used to preserve sushi. Watch your labels and ask your sushi chef how his seafood is preserved.

Usually the seafood chef will say…”fresh very fresh”, but that does not answer the question. The question is, how do you preserve your seafood? They probably won’t answer you or act like they don’t understand..then if this happens …just leave.

Regulators in countries are struggling to keep contaminated seafood out of the market. China has shut down seafood companies accused of violating the law and blacklisted others, while United States regulators are concentrating on Chinese seafood for special inspections, but most of the seafood gets through inspections to the supermarket to your plate.

China's Fisheries Polluted  With Dangerous Chemicals

China’s Fisheries Polluted With Dangerous Chemicals

By comparison, Thailand, also a major exporter of seafood to the United States, had only two refusals related to illegal veterinary drugs. China as a whole had 210 refusals for illegal drugs. READ YOUR LABELS it will say from CHINA!

“For 50 years,” said Wang Wu, a professor at Shanghai Fisheries University, “we’ve blindly emphasized economic growth. The only pursuit has been G.D.P., and now we can see that the water turns dirty and the seafood gets more and more dangerous.
Every year, there are food safety and environmental pollution accidents.”

Environmental problems plaguing seafood would appear to be a bad omen for the industry, but with fish stocks in the oceans are steadily declining, the global demand for seafood soaring, farmed seafood, or aquaculture is the future.
No country sells more seafood than China, which produced about 115 billion pounds of seafood last year.

China produces about 70 percent of the farmed fish in the world, harvested at thousands of giant factory-style farms that extend along the entire eastern seaboard of the country. Farmers mass-produce seafood just offshore, but mostly on land, and in lakes, ponds, rivers and reservoirs, or in huge rectangular fish ponds dug into the earth.

“China will be a major supplier not just to the U.S., but to the world,” said Richard Stavis, the chairman of Stavis Seafoods.

China started gaining power as a seafood power in the 1990s as rapid economic growth became the top priority in the country. But environmental experts say that headlong pursuit of higher gross domestic product has devastated Chinese water quality and endangered the country’s food supply. In Guangdong Province in southern China, fish contaminated with toxic chemicals like DDT are already creating health problems.

“There are heavy metals, mercury and flame retardants in fish samples we’ve tested,” said Ming Hung Wong, a professor of biology at Hong Kong Baptist University. “We’ve got to stop the pollutants entering the food system.”

More than half of the rivers in China are too polluted to serve as a source of drinking water. The biggest lakes in the country regularly succumb to harmful algal blooms. Seafood producers are part of the problem, environmental experts say. Enormous aquaculture farms concentrate fish waste, pesticides and veterinary drugs in their ponds and discharge the contaminated water into rivers, streams and coastal areas, often with no treatment.

China's Waters Contaminated By Green 400 Magazine

China’s Waters Contaminated By Green 400 Magazine

“Water is the biggest problem in China,” said Peter Leedham, the business manager at Sino Analytica, an independent food safety testing firm that works with companies that buy from China. “But my feeling is China will deal with it, because it has to. It just won’t be a quick process.”

In the meantime please be careful and watch all your labels on all your food supplies, you just never know what to expect anymore from our local supermarkets..The new trend is to go directly to the farmer nearest you to get your food supplies.  Stay safe and be careful….