Thursday, September 28, 2006

Report of the Week: Eating up the Amazon




Shortly after the release of "Up in Smoke: Latin America and the Carribean" by the woring group on climate change and development, Greenpeace releases its report on deforestation and its drivers in Brazil.

This report "Eating up the Amazon" explains the links between Mc Donalds and deforestation, via Soya farming and the agribusiness giant Cargill.


‘A smoky haze blurs the frontier between the world’s mightiest forest and
its biggest threat: the humble soya bean. The four-month burning season in the
Amazon is when the giant trees felled to make space for crops are reduced to
ashes. Even after being slashed and burned, the trunks of the tauari and
maçaranduba are so huge that their embers glow for more than two years… Brazil’s boom crop and [the world’s] growing appetite are clearing more forest than logging, cattle farming and mining… Brazil is rapidly becoming the takeaway for the workforce of the world.’

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At 11:30 PM, Blogger Almuth said...

You might like to have a look at this month's NASA report: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NasaNews/2006/200609192313

It says that there is a direct correlation between the rate of Amazon deforestation and the price of soya. Deforestation rates have slowed in the last two years as soya prices have fallen. I would add that, as the soya biodiesel boom takes off, soya prices are expected to rise steeply.

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

PlanetSave

EarthNewsWire


sushil_yadav

 

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