A Happy Earth Day

The American Spectator:

A Happy Earth Day

We cannot let this day pass without commenting on the passing of a remarkable human being who directed his ingenuity, energy and commitment to the cause of feeding the world’s growing population and thereby avoiding the human catastrophe predicted by so many experts of less than hopeful bent.

Norman Borlaug, the famous plant scientist, died on September 12, 2009, at 95. The Economist called him the "feeder of the world."
Having quit a fine job at DuPont, Borlaug began working in Mexico in 1944 to increase grain yields and bring food to the poor. By 1956 that country’s wheat production had doubled to the point of making it self-sufficient.

He won the Nobel peace prize in 1970 for basically precipitating the “Green Revolution,” which resulted in global grain production outpacing population growth, saving millions of lives. He was a researcher and a man of action. He was always in the fields checking on his experimental crops in places such as India and Africa.
“The famines and huge mortality that had been predicted for the second half of the 20th century never came to pass,” noted the Economist in its laudatory obituary on Borlaug.

Of course, environmentalists can never admit that there is good news.
This morning on NPR I heard some “expert” bemoaning the fact that for the first Earth Day people could see the pollution; smog in the air, filthy rivers – but now the threats like global warming and overpopulation are worse than before but invisible.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

Think green!

Plant some seeds, or plants, or a tree!

Pick up garbage - anywhere you find it!

Feed the birds!

Leave the car in the driveway and go for a walk instead!

Just look around, and thank God for all His blessings, in words and deeds!

Sit out and watch the sunset!

Have a great day!!!! :)

toledoblade.com/article/20100419/NEWS16/4190307

Lenawee County farmer Lynn Henning used to get dead possums and skunks stuffed in her mailbox.

She said that was before someone, apparently figuring she wasn’t getting the message, blew it up.

Hate mail and phone calls with foul language were common. So was the creepy sight of being followed on one of southeastern Michigan’s quiet country roads, something that happened frequently enough that she began telling her local sheriff’s office when she would be out and about.

Ms. Henning, a thorn in the side of big agriculture and a slew of industry regulators she felt weren’t doing their jobs, has officially entered the realm of environmental hero.

At a ceremony in San Francisco tonight, she is to be named North America’s sole winner of the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize - the world’s most lucrative for grass-roots environmental activism.

The prize, established in 1990, goes annually to one activist from each of the world’s six inhabited continents.
Each of this year’s winners are to receive a $150,000 cash award.

In addition to tonight’s ceremony at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, they will be flown to Washington for a week of activities.

Those include a luncheon with a 25-member congressional delegation headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; a one-on-one with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson; a ceremony at one of the Smithsonian museums, and the chance to deliver an Earth Day speech on Thursday in the National Mall.

In the two decades that the prize has been awarded, Ms. Henning is the first recipient whose focus has been on the operations of large livestock facilities classified as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

For years, she has raised issues with several such operations in Michigan and Ohio, where allegations of pollution, cruelty, unfair labor, and poor health-care practices arose. The industry has defended itself by saying it needs to become more consolidated to operate more efficiently and keep food prices down.

“I think people are becoming more aware of where their food is coming from,” Lorrae Rominger, the prize director, said in explaining what separated Ms. Henning from nearly 150 other nominees.

The Goldman Environmental Prize board says certain large farms have given big agriculture a bad name and that the collective problems of the worst offenders have become “the most serious and least talked-about problems in the country in terms of water and air pollution,” Ms. Rominger said.

For Ms. Henning, who farms 300 acres in Lenawee County, the heightened attention and notoriety she likely will get from the award seems overwhelming. Several national news organizations, as well as media outlets in Michigan and Ohio, interviewed her last week, she said.

“I was very honored and very humbled,” said Ms. Henning, who works for the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club in a role described as CAFO water sentinel. She also is vice president of a grass-roots group called Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan.

Ms. Henning recalled how suspicious she and her husband, Dean, became a decade ago as they saw the landscape in the vicinity of their Hudson, Mich., farm start to change.

Used to smaller farms, the sights and smells from the larger operations didn’t sit well with them.

Ms. Henning said she was surprised to learn the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had what appeared to be a poorly defined protocol for testing area streams, groundwater, and air.

Indeed, as late as 2006, Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Robert McCann told The Blade that complaints about a local hog operation were open to subjective interpretation because the agency was still, at the time, waiting on portable monitors to test what was in the air. Inspectors relied on their noses.

Ms. Henning did her own water sampling. She developed homemade test kits, generating data that gave regulators justification to follow her footsteps.

She said a turning point was when aerial monitoring began.

“They could literally see things from the air they couldn’t from the ground,” Ms. Henning said.

Ms. Henning, who has spoken at several area conferences, is credited by many in the environmental community for inspiring tighter rules on large farms throughout the Great Lakes region.

Her work led to hundreds of violations being filed against the two Hudson-area dairy farms operated by Vreba-Hoff Dairy LLC.

“It’s easily in the hundreds,” Mr. McCann said. “It might even be up to 1,000 by now.”

The companies have been mired in litigation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office for years over proposed fines, herd size, manure treatment, and other operational issues. An order last year by Ingham County Circuit Judge James Giddings was Vreba-Hoff’s fifth court settlement with Michigan regulators since 2003. More litigation has ensued since, Mr. McCann said.

A separate - but related - entity in Wauseon called Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development LLC has assisted numerous dairy producers from the Netherlands in emigrating to the United States and establishing operations in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. One of the selling points to them has been the tri-state region’s access to water, essential for dairy operations.

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I don’t support Earth Day because of their population control stance.

Norman Borlaug, the famous plant scientist, died on September 12, 2009, at 95. The Economist called him the "feeder of the world."
Having quit a fine job at DuPont, Borlaug began working in Mexico in 1944 to increase grain yields and bring food to the poor. By 1956 that country’s wheat production had doubled to the point of making it self-sufficient.

Yes he fed the poor but he was staunch supporter of “population control”.

Happy Earth Day to everyone! I remember the first one in 1970. At that time I promised never to litter again, and, for the most part, I've kept that pledge.

Happy Earth day!!

Save our Earth…

Save our Future…

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs475.ash1/26028_410992041053_588911053_5125657_4348974_n.jpg

Now THAT’S more like it. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

~Liza

“Earth Day,” typical new-age holiday (or should I say Holy Day).

The people who loved the movie “Avatar” likely love this day of worshipping the earth.

Phew! ‘Bah, humbug’, huh? I thought it was the older folks who were grumpy.

If you don’t celebrate it – ignore it. You don’t have to gratuitously spread stuff all over it!

It is a forum to post our views. I do not like earth day. That is my view. You, however, are free to ignore my posts. :slight_smile:

Happy Technology Day.... today we celebrate the command to subdue the earth and have dominion over all its creatures! :)

Poo butts. It doesnt even have to be like that. Yes, there may be some aspects behind the 'holiday' that you may not agree with, but in general, we ARE the stewards of the Earth, and as per my post, you can put an entirely different spin on it....IMHO its better to have a positive approach...

Personally, I think every day should be Earth Day. Respect for life, the natural resources and the environment, and all that God gave us should not be relegated to just one day, or week. Yes??? :confused:

[quote="Charlotte408, post:12, topic:195779"]
Poo butts. It doesnt even have to be like that. Yes, there may be some aspects behind the 'holiday' that you may not agree with, but in general, we ARE the stewards of the Earth, and as per my post, you can put an entirely different spin on it....IMHO its better to have a positive approach...

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Like some people put a better spin on abortion? :)

[quote="LindaSK, post:13, topic:195779"]
Personally, I think every day should be Earth Day. Respect for life, the natural resources and the environment, and all that God gave us should not be relegated to just one day, or week. Yes??? :confused:

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I do not think "any" day should be earth day, yet I do agree we are to be good stewards of all that God made (for us).

I'm celebrating by enjoying my pregnancy that later this year will have our third child breathing air. Yeah, I'm over that 2.1 that some environmental people believe is the maximum number to tolerate having.:thumbsup:

[quote="irishpatrick, post:14, topic:195779"]
Like some people put a better spin on abortion? :)

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OH ew no you did not-

I'm a Catholic Mass going, Bible Thumbing, Gun Toting, Capitalized Pig that LOVES AMERICA and the Earth but I don't worship the earth.

youtube.com/watch?v=vfBGqvjq2wc

You just have to pray for hippies:
Hippies Crying Over Dead Trees
youtube.com/watch?v=G880gxjj9dI

LMBO- up until now I always thought the term was ‘bible thumping’!! what a nerd I am! LOL…I thought it was ‘bible thumping’ like as in your beatin’ people over the head with bible verses…

I dont worship the earth either, though, I do not believe in sh*ttn where you eat…((shrug))

[quote="Charlotte408, post:17, topic:195779"]
OH ew no you did not-

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True though...very true. :)

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