Daily Archives: August 20, 2013

BBC News – Fukushima nuclear plant: Radioactive water leak found

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23764382
20 August 2013 Last updated at 06:57 ET

The tsunami knocked out cooling systems to the reactors at Fukushima
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Radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank into the ground at Japan’s Fukushima plant, its operator says.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said the leak of at least 300 tonnes of the highly radioactive water was discovered on Monday.

The plant, crippled by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, has seen a series of water leaks and power failures.

The tsunami knocked out cooling systems to the reactors, three of which melted down.

An employee discovered the leak on Monday morning, Tepco said in a statement.

…(read more).

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BBC News – Rural impact of electricity infrastructure to be reviewed

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23770629
20 August 2013 Last updated at 14:03 ET

By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst

The review will look at the impact of wind turbines

The government is conducting an inquiry into the impact of electricity infrastructure on rural areas.

It is being carried out by officials at the Department of Energy and Climate change (Decc) and the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Both departments deny reports that the study has caused a row between them, despite issuing contradictory comments about wind power recently.

The new report may offer a clearer idea of the future of onshore wind power.

The report will cover the whole range of renewable energy in the UK countryside, including wind turbines, pylons, hydroelectricity, solar energy and wave power. I understand it won’t consider shale gas fracking.

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Agricultural Policy Analysis Center – The University of Tennessee

http://agpolicy.org/blueprint.html

Agricultural Policy Analysis Center

Rethinking US Agricultural Policy:
Changing Course to Secure Farmer Livelihoods Worldwide

Executive Summary
Full Report
Report Presentation

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Z Space – Brad Wilson Blog Post – Agriculture Perspectives

http://www.zcommunications.org/zspace/bradwilson
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013


Blog Post
A new blog lists “118 Twitter Feeds Every Food Activist Needs to Follow.” Unfortunately, 25 of the main ones from various #FoodLeaders provide consistent false information on the biggest farm bill issues. This challenge is examined in this blog.
Brad Wilson ZSpace page


Brad Wilson: 25 False Foodie Tweeters

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Food Films Review

Brad Wilson

Uploaded on Sep 22, 2010

This video examines several recent food films featuring Michael Pollan and others, plus Pollan on the Bill Moyers show. The food films include: Food Inc., Fresh, Fed Up, The Future of Food, and King Corn. I examine how these videos falsely handle the commodity title of the farm bill. In particular, their handling of farm subsidies is criticized. The same holds for the Moyers show.

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Farm Bill & Food Bill

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA1E706EFA90D1767

Brad Wilson

Farm Bill & Food Bill

  • 19 videos
  • 3 hours, 5 minutes
  • 607 views

Fixing

the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill, the most important food policy plank. The only fair & effective way to replace farm subsidies.

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Review: ‘An Apple a Day:’ Farm Bill Myths in New UCS New Video

Brad Wilson

Published on Aug 8, 2013

A new video from the Union of Concerned Scientists, “An Apple a Day,” highlights issues analyzed in their new report, “The $11 Trillion Reward: How Simple Dietary Changes Can Save Lives and Money, and How We Can Get There.” Part of the story is about how our bad farm bills and farm programs contribute to health problems. It’s a great idea, showing the costs of bad health. Unfortunately, the farm bill part of the story is flawed, and is based upon common myths about what a farm bill is and how it works. The myths blame the victims, not the exploiters, and offer false solutions. The proposed solutions, it turns, are really the causes of the problems. My video explains reversal of the films intent, and where to go to fix it.

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