October 1, 2007
- EDITORIAL: Raw Milk, Real Controversy - and HANS October Events
- A Demand Perspective on Greenhouse Gases in Canada 1990 to 2002
- Canadian Lawns and Gardens and the Environment 2006
- BC's Stolen Waters
- Ontario Politicians Tested for Chemicals
- Free Online Information Source for Drug-related Nutritional Deficiencies
EDITORIAL: Raw Milk, Real Controversy - and HANS October Events
Dear HANS Members and Friends;
It's always a delight when something in a particular HANS e-News sparks dialogue and we get a bunch of e-mails from subscribers. This happened after the Sept 15th issue, in which we announced the 'Is Real Milk Raw Milk?' event that we're hosting in Burnaby on October 25th.
A few people were quick to raise their concerns about raw milk. Lorna, a subscriber, asked about the sickness of her family after consuming raw milk. Another subscriber, Bill, pointed out the link between dairy consumption and prostate cancer. You can be sure that these questions and more will arise on October 25th. Speaker Mark McAfee is a leading expert on raw milk and raw milk production. He founded Organic Pastures Dairy Company, the only retail-approved, raw organic dairy products producer in North America.
Although raw milk is illegal in Canada, Mark and other proponents say that it's far nutritionally superior to the conventional pasteurized milk approved of in articles such as 'Raw Milk and the Protection of Public Health' in the most recent Canadian Medical Association Journal at http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/177/7/721?maxtos...
I have to admit, the politics of the raw dairy industry aren't an issue I've followed over the years, but maybe I should have because I do believe in nutritional truth and freedom of choice. Whatever your opinion, join us on the 25th for what promises to be an eyebrow-raising discussion.
Meanwhile, raw milk isn't the only event HANS is participating in this month. We're also at the Vancouver Wellness Show October 13th and 14th at booth 23. Please drop by and say hi.
HANS spokesperson Sandra Tonn, registered holistic nutritionist, is speaking on Canadian food issues including food irradiation and genetic engineering on October 23rd at Planet Organic Market in Coquitlam. More details to the right. If you live in the area, hope to see you there!
We've also donated Health Action magazines to the Gluten-Free Health Fair on October 27th and 28th, which is sponsored by the Vancouver Chapter of the Celiac Association and Choices Market. As October is celiac awareness month, the association is hosting special guest speakers to discuss gluten sensitivity and nutrition concerns about a condition affects up to 325,000 Canadians. For more information, see right visit http://www.vcn.bc.ca/celiac
Lastly, we're gearing up to bring you more great events in 2008. So, please tell us, what topics or speakers are you interested in?
Executive Director and Founding Member
A Demand Perspective on Greenhouse Gases in Canada 1990 to 2002
Exports represented nearly half of the industrial emissions of greenhouse gases in Canada in 2002, the largest single share of emissions from a demand perspective, according to a new Statistics Canada study.
Typically, emissions are reported from a supply perspective, showing how much pollutant is produced and by whom. While this supply perspective is important, it is also useful to look at emissions from a demand perspective. This shows how the consumption of goods and services for different purposes (household use, for example) drives the industrial production of greenhouse gas emissions.
The study found that between 1990 and 2002, total greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources increased 18.4 percent to 573,843 kilotonnes. Exports accounted for the vast majority of this increase.
During this period, greenhouse gas emissions from the production of goods and services sent to international markets surged 49.9 percent to 264,358 kilotonnes.
More at http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070926/d070926a....
Canadian Lawns and Gardens and the Environment 2006
The number of Canadian households using pesticides on their lawns and gardens has edged down, especially in Quebec, but two-thirds of households use polluting gas-powered lawn mowers, according to a new study.
This Statistics Canada study examined the prevalence of a number of techniques for lawn and garden care with potential environmental or health impacts, including the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and watering and lawn-mowing devices. The study was published in Envirostats, Statistics Canada's new quarterly bulletin on environmental and sustainable development statistics.
More at http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070926/d070926b....
BC's Stolen Waters
British Columbia's rivers are among our greatest public assets, immeasurable in aesthetic and environmental value and worth billions in terms of potential power generation. Yet the BC government is transferring ownership rights for more than 500 spectacular wilderness sites to private power projects for less than $5000 -$10,000!
These independent 'Run-of-River' projects sound green, minimally consequential and environmentally sound. In fact, their combined impact will be massive. More insidious, these private power projects are being built on BC rivers to generate energy BC does not need. Many have been bought by large corporations who will be able to sell them to foreign interests. These private producers will sell electricity back to BC Hydro (now banned by the BC government from generating any new power) at much higher prices than we currently pay!
More at http://yourwatermatters.com/the-future-of-water/bcs-...
Ontario Politicians Tested for Chemicals
In Environmental Defence's most recent Toxic Nation body burden study, three Ontario politicians volunteered to be tested for 70 different chemicals. The participating politicians were Premier Dalton McGuinty, NDP Leader Howard Hampton, and Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory.
Of the 70 chemicals tested for a total of 46 were detected (66 per cent) in the three volunteers, including eight phthalates, 13 PCBs, 4 PFCs, 10 OCPs, four OPIMs, six PAHs and BPA. The number of chemicals detected in each volunteer ranged from 41 to 44.
More at http://www.environmentaldefence.ca/toxicnation/resou...
Free Online Information Source for Drug-related Nutritional Deficiencies
NewsTarget.com, a leading natural health news and information site, has launched NewsTarget DrugWatch, a free online resource that reveals the nutritional deficiencies caused by over 540 brand-name prescription drugs.
All prescription drugs have unintended side effects, and many drugs deplete the body of essential nutrients. Today, most consumers are not being told about these drug-induced nutritional deficiencies, and they continue taking pharmaceuticals without knowing they are often leaving their body in a dangerous state of nutrient depletion that can lead to chronic degenerative disease.
More at http://www.NewsTarget.com/DrugWatch_Home.html