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April 2015 Green Mission News

A new theory why bees are dying off

The summary of the article linked to below is this. It’s not one thing. It’s a great number of toxins from chemicals and beeenvironmental disruptions humans are creating that are wiping out bee populations. The solution in the USA by the federal government so far has been to stall and repeatedly say “We’ll look into it”. Germany and France have banned nicotine based pesticides and that has helped some but that is not enough. China’s version of chemically driven agriculture has made bees extinct in some provinces.

The solution will probably be easy in concept but extremely hard for synthetic chemically driven economies to accept. Many chemicals that make it easy for us to destroy pests, weeds and bacteria, many chemicals are used in manufacturing processes will have to stop being used. Alternatives that are biologically compatible with the flora and fauna of the world will have to be used instead.

As a punch line to this, if bees go extinct or become so rare that they cannot pollinate our crops on any significant level, it’s projected that many fruits and vegetables could not be grown at a price people could afford to buy.  For those people who say “If the fresh produce runs out, I’ll just buy the frozen or canned variety”, we won’t be able to rely on them for support to address this problem.

Here is the link to the article. It is worth reading.

How a tulip teaches us resilience and other big life lessons from Mother Nature

Dr Jane Goodall argues supporters of GM food ignored evidence of harm

Perma-planning: Workshop held for permaculture park–Workshop-held-for-permaculture-park.html?nav=5211


Food security: Where do we stand?

Is Blue the new Green?

A radical new way of thinking about business – The Blue Economy – may soon be making its way to Asia, as resource scarcity becomes a reality and sustainability, a necessity.

The Systems View of Life: A Science for Sustainable Living (Fritjof Capra)

This is the full transcript of Dr Fritjof Capra’s keynote address at the International Forum organized by Earth Charter International and the University for Peace on the theme of “Finding Synergies and Building Bridges: Reorienting Education towards Sustainable Development, Sustainable Consumption, and Global Citizenship” held in Costa Rica on March 20, 2015, under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter.

Cradle-to-cradle design – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia‎

Introduction to Cradle to Cradle (video)

The Natural Step – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia‎

The Natural Step and Sustainability explained in 2 minutes (video)

Groundbreaking Permaculture Film Offers Bold New Solution in Regenerative Agriculture

Integrated living

Chicoans create harmony between home and nature through permaculture

Green Life: Helping Rebuild Lives Post-Incarceration

Book review: “Practical Permaculture” a deep well of tips, philosophy

Cities Could Be Ideal for Utility-Scale Solar Plants

Efficient use of land to meet sustainable energy needs

Circular Economy Reports

The Politics of Extinction An Introduction to the Most Beautiful Animal You’ll Never See

Questions raised on authorship of chemicals bill

Weak Tea in a Chipped Cup

Why the new Vitter-Udall industrial chemical legislation isn’t just “not good enough.” It’s not good.

GMO Weed Killer’s (Glyphosate) Cancer Risk

GMO Science Deniers: Monsanto and the USDA

The Failure of Modern Industrial Agriculture

Cyclone Pam: 24 confirmed dead inVanuatu

Possible New Continental Heat Record for Antarctica

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors

WHO declares glyphosate probable human carcinogen

To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

San Diego Sues Monsanto for Polluting Bay With Banned Carcinogenic Chemicals

Lawsuit says toxins manufactured by agrochemical giant ‘have been found in Bay sediments and water and have been identified in tissues of fish, lobsters, and other marine life’

Plastic Debris in the World’s Oceans


Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea

We buy, the sea pays! Let’s change the Way We consume

and (includes 1 1/2 min video)

and Let’s Reduce Waste at the root cause.

Businesses must ‘think outside of the box’ with sustainability strategies, says Carlsberg–think-outside-of-the-box–with-sustainability-strategies–says-Carlsberg/

What Will Come First: The Sharing Or Circular Economy?

China moves forward in developing circular economy

Ecodesign can drive a circular economy

An Airbnb for washing machines? How to achieve a circular economy

How to bust the biggest myths about the circular economy

Tired of being told the circular economy is just a fancy term for recycling that will cause profits to slump? Here’s how to fight back

A tenth of Europe’s wild bees risk extinction: report