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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fracking, Musa, and Organic Groceries

Fracking, Underwater Sculptures of Cancun, and Organics for 2012 On this eve of New Years Eve, several interesting stories come up for those who wish to live green or who just cre of the environment. Sunday Morning today featured stories on Fracking and Underwater sculptures in Cancun, which were an attempt to protect the coral reefs. Also, our favorite natural food coop, Pioneer Foods, had some interesting new product. http://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/ Fracking is the process of drilling shale for the natural gas inside of it. If we mine it, there will be enough natural gas for the next 100 years. In the process, however, the groundwater may be contaminated with natural gas. Those who mine for the gas companies have now begun testing before and after they drill; they find that most domestic waters they test already have methane in them, even before drilling begins. The underwater sculptures of Cancun are also a measure to help preserve water related life, the barrier reefs off the coast. A British sculptor. Jason Taylor, casts life-sized statues of real Cancun inhabitants who are cast, and then pose for him. He finishes them off in heavy duty concrete, and then sets them 25 feet down in the water. Sea life then adds barnacles and sea plants so that the eerie inhabitants of stone look like marine topiaries. At 9 feet deep, he has created sculptures of tables, chairs, a VW beetle, and other objects familiar to our culture. It looks like someone stumbled on Atlantis. http://www.aquaworld.com.mx/underwatermuseum.html This time I strolled leisurely through Pioneer Foods and noted that the whole store now contains organic and recycled products. There are even organic sanitary pads and tampons, some in printed cloth, and these are called “Party in my Pants,” and cost a whopping $12.50 each. Not many of these products are cheap; organic, free-range eggs are $3.99 per dozen, about 2-3 dollars more than regular eggs. There were some sales, though, and some items compared favorably. For example, organic hair conditioner was on sale for $6.79, while the Biolage I buy, though more in content costs about $16.00. The organic conditioner is more concentrated, though; I may come out even. I bought a slice of goats milk soap, scented with Frankincense and Myrrh, for $5.79. The same size slice cost me $11.00 at Heritage Natural Foods a year ago. Our Radish magazine had many interesting green articles, too, including one on responsible recycling. There were adds for chocolate festivals and book fairs, as well as various pieces on organic farming and recipes. 60 mins. Will feature a story on brain directed robotics, right up there for my research on automatons and artificial intelligence. Happy New Year to all of Us! May it bring peace to the world.

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