Archive for November, 2012

11/29/12 News Release: Factory Dairy Farms Have Excessive Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Carcinogen Emissions Due to Long Trucking Distances for Forage Crop and Waste Transport

Factory Dairy Farms Have Excessive Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Carcinogen Emissions Due to Long Trucking Distances for Forage Crop and Waste Transport

Factory dairy farms have extremely high greenhouse gas emissions and carcinogen emissions due to several energy use factors.  The magnitude of these emissions are such that any greenhouse gas emissions reductions that might be associated with use of rBGH fall far short of making factory dairy farming a healthy and sustainable form of food production.  The greenhouse gas emissions and carcinogen emissions per unit of milk produced are higher for factory dairy farms than for small, traditional dairy farms.

Confining large numbers of diary cows in one location requires transportation of very large quantities of forage crops.  On small, traditional dairy farms, cattle graze on pasture during the growing season..  The feed that is consumed via pasturing of dairy cattle does not require a diesel fuel input to transport the feed to the cattle.  Forage crop transportation fuel input for factory dairy farms is especially large due to the distances that must be driven to truck forage crops from many miles away to the factory dairy farm location.  The transportation distances are longer for factory dairy farms because larger acreages are required to produce the quantities of forage crops required to feed the larger number of cattle on the factory farm. These distances are much longer than the distances that forage crops were transported on small, traditional dairy farms.  When relatively small numbers of cattle are being fed at a particular location, the smaller quantity of forage crop that is required to feed these cattle can be produced in an area that has a shorter radius than is the case for the larger scale factory dairy farms.  Long distance trucking of forage crops to factory dairy farms results in the combustion of vast quantities of diesel fuel.  The emissions from combustion of this fuel include very large quantities of greenhouse gases as well as carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene and formaldehyde.

Factory dairy farming involves the transportation of vast quantities of animal wastes mixed with water from the factory dairy farm to fields where the wastes are applied to the soil.  The small, traditional dairy farms did not mix water with the cow wastes and thus less waste per cow was transported.  Additionally, much of the waste was distributed by the animals themselves on the pasture lands with no combustion of diesel fuel required.  Any waste transportation that was conducted on small, traditional dairy farms involved relatively short hauling distances.  It is the large number of cattle kept in a particular location that makes necessary the long hauling distances for waste disposal.  Large quantities of waste must be disposed of on larger acreages than small quantities of waste.  This means that waste from large factory dairy farms is transported farther than waste from small, traditional dairy farms.  Moving waste further increases diesel fuel combustion, which results in larger greenhouse gas emissions and larger carcinogen emissions.

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11/27/12 News Release: Cornell University and Monsanto Corporation Promote Use of rBGH Claiming Reduction in Carbon Footprint of Dairy Farming. Cornell University and Monsanto Corporation Abuse Cattle and Humans.

Cornell University and Monsanto Corporation Promote Use of rBGH Claiming Reduction in Carbon Footprint of Dairy Farming.  Cornell University and Monsanto Corporation Abuse Cattle and Humans.

In a research article titled, “The Environmental Impact of Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rbST) use in Dairy Production”, authored by Dale Bauman, Cornell University and Roger Cady, Monsanto Corporation, the claim is made that use of rBGH reduces the carbon footprint of dairy farming.  This assertion is based in the increased quantity of milk that is produced per cow.  Increased milk production per cow can conceivably reduce the energy input per unit of milk production.  However, the reduction in quality of life for the cows and the reduction in quality of the milk produced via use of rBGH can not be surmounted by carbon footprint reduction.  Use of rBGH is animal abuse.  The dairy cattle, which are exploited using rBGH injections live short, painful lives that demand protestation from anyone who cares about the quality of life of farm animals.  Additionally, consumption of the milk produced using rBGH has been shown to impose increased exposure to insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1).  Exposure to this growth factor has been associated with increased cancer risk.

Cornell University helped Monsanto Corporation obtain Food and Drug Administration approval of its version of rBGH.  The Monsanto product was tested on cattle in studies conducted at Cornell University.  Cornell University and Monsanto Corporation are responsible for the suffering of cattle that results from use of rBGH.  These two abusive entities are also responsible for the suffering of the human beings who develop cancer as a result of exposure to IGF-1 present in milk produced using rBGH.

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11/26/12 Letter to Members of the Governments of St. Lawrence County Concerning Attempts to Silence Cancer Action NY Director Donald L. Hassig

Dear St. Lawrence County Policy Makers,

There are good, strong Americans who know the Truth of what is happening to me as a result of my perseverance in speaking the words of condemnation of the bad corporate people and the bad government people who have poisoned the Earth and the people of the Earth to the extent that cancer exist at epidemic levels throughout the industrialized world.  My friend and fellow revolutionary Lynn McMannis is one of these good, strong Americans.  We will persevere forever in the work of bringing out the Truth about the poisoning of the Earth and the cancer epidemic that engulfs our societies.  Poisoning is wrong.  Causing cancer epidemics is wrong.  We will prevail because we are empowered by the most powerful forces on Earth, Love and Truth.

There are those among you who have assisted with the work of warning the public of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard and there are those among you who have sought to derail this work.  Those who have assisted are good people.  Those who have sought to derail the work of Cancer Action NY are bad people.  There is good reason to believe that the good people will be victorious in this conflict over using scientific knowledge to prevent cancer.

There is great change coming.  The good people will find joy in this change.  The bad people will be brought low by it.  Cancer is the unavoidable outcome of poisoning the Earth and the people of the Earth.  It is time to bring an end to the poisoning and the cancer.  I am hopeful that all of you will think about these things and decide to do good in the future.

joyous in Nature-Viva the Revolution,

Don Hassig

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11/26/12 News Release: Fellow Revolutionary Lynn McMannis Writes of My Cancer Prevention Work and Government Efforts to Stop Me from Speaking the Truth About Chemical Exposure and Cancer Causation

Fellow Revolutionary Lynn McMannis Writes of My Cancer Prevention Work and Government Efforts to Stop Me from Speaking the Truth About Chemical Exposure and Cancer Causation

This is a stellar letter to the editor.  Lynn McMannis presents the Truth of government efforts to silence the messenger who speaks the words of condemnation against bad corporate people who have carelessly poisoned the Earth and bad government people who have made little or no attempt to stop them or hold them accountable.  Here is my friend’s letter.  The good, strong American people will continue to stand up against the bad corporate and bad government people.  This is an important front in the New American Revolution.

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Dear Editor,

I am writing to thank Don Hassig for his many years of effort to
protect public health by increasing awareness of persistent organic
pollutants (POPs) and their connection to cancer and many other
diseases.

With scientific evidence accumulating to support his claims, Don
decided to make a run for US Congress on the Green Party line as a
vehicle to keep this vital information in the public’s mind.

When putting forth ideas that the political establishment wants
suppressed, you can expect ad hominem attacks, character
assassination, and exclusion from debates and media coverage. That is
what Don experienced!

There is an old saying pertaining to child rearing that extrapolates
to our rigged political system: A child would rather be praised than
punished, but they would rather be punished than ignored. So what’s a
non-violent activist to do when being ignored and marginalized? You
refuse to be ignored to the point of being arrested and Don has
suffered a number of principled arrests for refusing to relinquish his
first amendment rights to speak about the dangers of POPs.

If you take the time to educate yourself, you will find that, if
anything, it is even worse than what Don has been saying. We are
swimming in a soup of 100,000 man-made chemicals that have not been
adequately tested for health effects.

The NIH, FDA, NCI, ACS, Farm Bureau, etc., that you might suppose are
looking out for your best interests are, in fact, covering up the
pandemic of diseases and suffering that are caused by POPs. These
agencies and charities are quite simply controlled by the corporations
they are supposed to regulate!

I am invoking my R.N. degree for whatever credit that gives me: you
should understand that they don’t teach about POPs in most
establishment medical schools. CNN, FOX News, and the NY Times also
won’t give you a clue. I learned about these issues on my own by
reading widely.

As our vice president would say, “This is a BFD.” We are being
systematically poisoned and sacrificed on the altar of Profit and
Greed. Corporations are allowed to dump their toxic waste because it
would cut down the CEO’s outrageous salaries to properly clean up
their messes.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, emeritus professor of Environmental Medicine at
the University of Illinois School of Public Health says “the incidence
of cancer has escalated to epidemic proportions, now striking nearly
one in two men and over one in every three women in their lifetimes.
Even more disturbing is the recent recognition that this very high
incidence of cancer is going to increase further still, and by the
year 2050, it will double the current very high incidence rate.”

He further states, “The petrochemical companies and other industries
have contaminated our environment — air, water, workplaces, and
foodstuffs — with a wide range of petrochemicals and other
carcinogens. They have done this knowing full well that these
chemicals are carcinogenic.”

Instead of shooting the messenger (or throwing him in jail) we would
be better served to confront this depraved indifference to life with a
society-wide dialogue about the facts. Start with
www.preventcancer.com.

Thanks again Don Hassig for reminding us that this is a BFD.

Sincerely,

Lynn McMannis
Freeville, New York

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11/19/12 News Release: Bringing Out the Truth About Government Deceptions Involving the POPs Exposure Health Hazard: Focus on Akwesasne and Grasse River Superfund Site

Bringing Out the Truth About Government Deceptions Involving the POPs
Exposure Health Hazard: Focus on Akwesasne and Grasse River Superfund
Site

The full, unedited recording of my words bringing the Truth out is
available at the URL named below.

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/64454

I attended the 11/14/12 and 11/15/12 US Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA)  Grasse River Superfund Site clean-up meetings in Massena
and Akwesasne with the intention of questioning government
environmental health scientists on the subject of failure to provide
the populations which reside in the vicinity of persistent organic
pollutants (POPs) contaminated sites in the St. Lawrence River Valley
with a warning of the POPs exposure health hazard constituted by
contamination of the mainstream food supply.  The first one of these
meetings turned out to be a party attended by ALCOA, local politicians
and government employees.  Everyone was smiling and much laughter
could be heard in the board room of the Massena Municipal Building.  I
felt offended by this showing of disregard for the suffering of
wildlife and human beings that had been caused by the poisoning of the
Grasse River and the much resisted effort to initiate clean-up of the
site.  During the hour prior to the start of the second of these
meetings, which took place in the Massena High School, I danced and
spoke out in protest against the corporate/government culture
deceptions that were being promoted at this event.  I concluded my
protest performance once the meeting began.  Many Massena business
people and politicians spoke in favor of the limited clean-up that was
being proposed by EPA and promoted by ALCOA.  There were nearly 200
people at this meeting.  Only four people, including myself spoke on
the subjects of the less than acceptable clean-up that was being
proposed or expressed any concern for better protection of public
health.

The two meetings that took place at Akwesasne were very different.
These were meetings attended by considerable numbers of First Nations
people.   The First Nations participants outnumbered the whites in
attendance.  The energies of these two Akwesasne meetings were
absolutely wonderful to feel.  These meetings were all about people
standing up for the protection of Earth and the inhabitants of the
Earth.  The goodness and strength of character of the people of
Akwesasne made these meetings powerful steps upon the path of bringing
an end to the abuse of the Earth by greed driven corporations and
their government underlings.  The people of Akwesasne were unified in
their demand that the industrial contaminants be totally removed from
the Grasse River and the surrounding lands.

With such wonderful people to share energy with, I spoke the words of
bringing out the Truth about federal government deceptions concerning
POPs exposure and disease.  I questioned the EPA scientists and the
New York State Department of Health (DOH) public health educator on
the subject of the educational outreach that had been conducted at
Akwesasne describing the harm that is associated with the presence of
the PCBs and other industrial contaminants in the environment.  I
established the fact that this educational outreach had been limited
to elucidating the PCB exposure health risk associated with consuming
fish from the Grasse and St. Lawrence rivers.  I asked for an answer
to the question of why no educational outreach had taken place on the
subject of mainstream food supply POPs contamination, considering the
loss of local wild caught fish as a food source.  The less than
truthful government people who attempted to answer this question took
the position that they were not the proper people to be discussing
this matter due to their lack of expertise and that their particular
agencies were not responsible educating on the subject of mainstream
food supply contamination.  I countered this by stating that the EPA
risk assessment scientist, Dr. Marion Olsen possessed expert knowledge
on the subject under discussion and that the mandate of both EPA and
DOH was to protect public health.

After much argument, it was conceded that we held diametrically
opposed views of the matters in question.  I believe that my words
moved the human race forward upon the path of achieving full awareness
of the deceptions perpetrated by corporations and government involving
the role of chemical exposure in disease causation.  The Truth is
coming out about the poisoning of the Earth and the inhabitants of the
Earth.  The Truth is coming out about the efforts of corporations and
government to hide the Truth about the disease epidemics that have
been caused by this poisoning.  These great Truths will serve as the
foundation of a worldwide environmental revolution.  This revolution
is already swirling around us.  Yes!

The full, unedited recording of my words bringing the Truth out is
available at the URL named below.

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/64454

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11/19/12 Media Advisory: Cancer Action NY Hassig Speaks Truth of Government Failure and Deception Loudly at Dulles State Office Building: Focus on Akwesasne, POPs Exposure Health Hazard and Grasse River Superfund Site

Cancer Action NY Hassig Speaks Truth of Government Failure and
Deception Loudly at Dulles State Office Building:  Focus on Akwesasne,
POPs Exposure Health Hazard and Grasse River Superfund Site

Monday, November 19, 2012, 4:30 PM

Dulles State Office Building, Watertown, New York USA

Environmental genocide has been taking place on the Akwesasne Reserve
for many, many years now.  I have heard the accounts of exposure and
terrible disease outcome over and over again.  I have participated in
government meetings on the subject of the presence of industrial
contaminants in the St. Lawrence River Valley, the damages to health
caused by exposure to these contaminants and clean-up of contaminated
sites.  The people of Akwesasne also participate in these meetings.
Government conducts these meetings for the purpose of addressing
public health concerns, but government is under the control of
corporations to the extent that it is not free to provide the best
guidance concerning minimization of exposure to industrial
contaminants.  Not only is government not free to provide the best
public health protection guidance, government is also engaging in
deliberate attempts to deceive the people of Akwesasne and the St.
Lawrence River Valley region on the subject of the persistent organic
pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard as constituted by the
presence of POPs in the mainstream food supply.  As a result of the
failure to provide the best public health protection guidance and the
deliberate attempts to deceive, the people of Akwesasne continue to
receive unnecessary exposures to POPs.  This is an outrage.

I will speak loudly and freely about the environmental genocide at
Akwesasne until the federal and state government environmental
protection and public health protection entities admit to the failure
and deception described above and take actions to correct the harm
that has been caused by the failure and deception.  The US
Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of
Health must immediately warn the residents of Akwesasne of the POPs
exposure health hazard constituted by POPs contamination of the
mainstream food supply.  This is the most important thing that can be
done to minimize the harm that will result from the presence of
industrial contaminants in the St. Lawrence River Valley.

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11/14/12 Media Advisory: Cancer Action NY Director Hassig Calls for Removal of All Industrial Contaminants from St. Lawrence River Valley and Warning of Food Supply Contamination at EPA’s Grasse River Superfund Meetings in Akwesasne and Massena

Cancer Action NY Director Hassig Calls for Removal of All Industrial
Contaminants from St. Lawrence River Valley and Warning of Food Supply Contamination at EPA’s Grasse River Superfund Meetings in Akwesasne and Massena

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:00-9:00 PM

Massena High School, Massena, NY USA

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:00-9:00 PM

Seniors Dining Hall, Akwesasne, NY USA

ALCOA, the former Reynolds Metals, Inc. and General Motors (GM) have
poisoned the St. Lawrence River Valley in the vicinity of Massena and
Akwesasne.  These corporations poisoned the land, water and air with
PCBs and other industrial chemicals.  There has been some limited
clean-up of the contaminated sediments and soils.  However, much
contamination remains:  ground water contamination, the Toxic Mound on
the former GM Powertrain site, the lagoons on the former GM site, the
sediments of the Grasse River, and the sediments of the Massena Power
Canal.  All of the contaminants should be removed and placed in a
secure repository.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be in Akwesasne and
Massena to obtain public comments on its proposal to remove
contaminated sediments from the Grasse River Superfund site.  This is
a perfect opportunity for the residents of Akwesasne, Massena and the
rest of the region to come forward and demand clean-up of all
industrial contamination in the St. Lawrence River Valley.

I have long advocated for removal of industrial contaminants from the
soils and sediments of the North Country environment.  I have
communicated my desire for removal of these poisons to the EPA on many
occasions.  I have communicated with EPA concerning the need for
public educational outreach to warn the populations that reside in the
vicinity of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contaminated sites of
the POPs exposure health hazard that exists in contamination of the
mainstream food supply.  I have advocated for this because the people
who live near POPs contaminated sites have received unusually heavy
exposures to POPs.  It is of critical importance to their health that
all ongoing POPs exposures be minimized.  The EPA has shown no
interest in providing such educational outreach to the people of the
communities of Akwesasne and Massena.  The EPA is far too much under
the control of the corporations that poisoned the St. Lawrence River
Valley.  I will attend these meetings and call for removal of all
industrial contaminants from the St. Lawrence River Valley.  I will
call for education to warn the residents of the St. Lawrence River
Valley of their ongoing exposures to POPs that result from consumption
of mainstream food supply animal fats, including:  meats, fish, eggs
and dairy products.  EPA should provide every family in the St.
Lawrence River Valley with a copy of the 2010 World Health
Organization (WHO) report, titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:
Impact on Child Health”.  This report calls for a worldwide effort to
minimize the POPs exposures received by children.  WHO prioritizes
populations that reside in the vicinity of POPs contaminated sites for
immediate action on POPs exposure minimization.  I will distribute
literature that addresses the matter of POPs exposure minimization
and which explains how to access the WHO report named above to
those in attendance at the EPA’s Grasse River Superfund Site
clean-up meetings.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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