Saturday, December 21, 2013


Episode 13-'BEYOND the HERE and NOW' with Antonia Lau

link ~ THE URGENT NEED TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD, with my Guest, DAVID B. SOUTH, Founder and President of MONOLITHIC DOMES discusses his Grow Dome, a small, safe, sustainable, economica unit, that withstands Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and floods... that produces as much Food as a 600 acre farm, and Grow Cabin that will feed 4 to 5 Families...FOR A YEAR!

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Earth's Inconstant Magnetic Field ~

Our planet's magnetic field is in a constant state of change, say researchers who are beginning to understand how it behaves and why.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Why are people taking a closer look @ BITCOIN!

Bitcoin Documentary, Bankers Worst Fear - [] #BankersWorstFear

What Is Bitcoin Mining? How Do I Get Started?

Bitcoin For Beginners - Learn How To Mine Bitcoin ! - Part 1

BitCoin for Beginners - Mac OS Mining, Tips, Mining Software, Wallets And More! Pt 2

BitCoin For Beginners - POOLS - Top 3 Mining Pools - Trading and Exchanging - Pt 3.1

BitCoin For Beginners - How To Trade BitCoin - Enter To Win BitCoin - Part 3.2

[CA$H OUT] How To Buy Or Sell BitCoins - Video Tutorial


Bitcoin a smashing success worldwide - exceeds $1 billion in value as other currencies fail

Friday, April 05, 2013 by: Carolanne Wright

Within just a few short years, Bitcoin is a currency to be reckoned with. Already its value has topped $1 billion with greater gains predicted for the future. As a revolutionary and independent virtual currency, many are flocking to bitcoin in an attempt to avoid seizure of bank funds and plummeting economies tied to central banks. What's more, a wide range of opportunities to use Bitcoin are becoming more commonplace as this innovative and safe currency grows in popularity.

Cutting edge currency circumvents central banking system

For those unfamiliar with the currency and the advantages it holds, RT: Question More provides a succinct overview:

"Bitcoin is an experimental, decentralized digital currency first introduced in 2009, which allows instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoins do not physically exist and are not issued by a central bank."

The news agency also reports that, "Already bigger than many sovereign currencies, Bitcoin has broken the $1 billion in value mark this week [March 31, 2013]. In the wake of continuing economic crises and liquidity shortages, this new virtual currency is poised to challenge the euro and US dollar."

Mike Adams, editor of Natural News, observes that Bitcoin is "revolutionary" in that "all transactions are (virtually) free, and Bitcoin money can be freely sent or received globally, from any country, with no regulations or restrictions."

Anonymity is maintained through Bitcoin e-wallets which incorporate unique ID numbers for each client.

Expanding markets

For those who aren't willing to wait around for an economic collapse or to have their bank accounts looted, Bitcoin is an attractive option. Scores of people are developing creative ways to acquire and use the currency. Canadian Taylor More is just one example. His two-bedroom bungalow in Alberta is listed for sale in exchange for Bitcoins -- 5,362 to be exact.

Likewise, the NaturalNews Store has announced the acceptance of Bitcoin for everything it offers including superfoods, nutritional supplements, heirloom organic garden seeds, salt lamps and much more. Additionally, online businesses often welcome the virtual currency for their wares or services. Clothing, domain hosting, electronics, sporting goods, home accessories along with hotel rooms and taxis are some of the options available for Bitcoin use.

More believes Bitcoin is the best defense against failing economic structures. "Because it has no central authority no one can freeze accounts. So people are seeing the beauty of it, especially considering what is going on in Cyprus with everyone's bank accounts being frozen. This is a way to keep your savings safe," he reasons in the article, Canadian house first on sale for Bitcoin currency.

In view of Bitcoin's phenomenal success over such a brief period of time, many are convinced that new markets to use the currency will continue to rapidly develop. Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, "estimated that Bitcoin could capture between 1 and 10 percent of the global foreign exchange market, " as stated in Challenging the dollar: Bitcoin total tops $1 billion. "This implies that the price of each and every Bitcoin would rise to between $100,000 and $1 million," according to Max Keiser, host of RT news Keiser Report.

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About the author:
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

DIY little portable stove

A great little portable stove - survival technic

Also a tip from a reader... "This works! one bottle of rubbing alcohol will last months as a fuel source! one fill of this type will burn for 3 hrs (enough to boil a gallon of water)!!"  - Glin K.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Standing Army - The American Empire

Standing Army Documentary - The American Empire

The US has encircled the world with a web of military bases that today amount to more than 700, in 40 countries. It's one of the most powerful forces at play in the world, yet one of the less talked-about.
Why do countries like Germany, Italy, Japan still host hundreds of US military bases and thousands US soldiers?
What stance has president Obama taken on this subject?

This documentary answers these and other questions both through the words of experts Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson and through those directly affected by US bases in Italy, Japan and the Indian Ocean.
Standing Army

Be watch & share & wake-up! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

GMO Awareness - documentary & videos

Seeds Of Death - Full Movie

The leaders of Big Agriculture--Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta--are determined that world's populations remain ignorant about the serious health and environmental risks of genetically modified crops and industrial agriculture. Deep layers of deception and corruption underlie both the science favoring GMOs and the corporations and governments supporting them.

This award-winning documentary, Seeds of Death, exposes the lies about GMOs and pulls back the curtains to witness our planet's future if Big Agriculture's new green revolution becomes our dominant food supply.

A Question and Answer fact sheet deconstructing Monsanto's GM claims and Big Agriculture's propaganda to accompany the film is available online:

GMO Foods: Science, PR, and Public Backlash

by James Corbett
29 October, 2012

Genetically modified food crops have long been sold to the public as the answer to humanity’s 21st century food supply problems. For decades now, the public has been told that they are safe for human consumption, that they will improve crop yields, that they will require less pesticides and that they will be the safest, most effective way to feed the world’s population as we head into times of severe instability in the global food supply. Although scientific research have long exposed these claims as biotech propaganda, a new batch of studies in recent months have garnered attention for upending every one of these claims about GMO technology.

Last month, a new study published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology found that rats fed Monsanto’s patented NK603 gmo corn were more likely to develop tumours and suffer severe liver and kidney damage. The study followed 200 rats over two years, divided into 10 groups of 10 males and 10 females. Three groups were fed the NK603 corn alone, three groups were fed the corn treated with Roundup herbicide, three groups were not fed the corn but their water was treated with Roundup, and a control group was fed non-GM corn and plain drinking water. The researchers found that the rats that consumed the GM corn or the Roundup, separately or combined, were prone to serious health problems that typically did not manifest until the fourth month of the trial. Industry-sponsored rat feeding tests only span three months.

This is in addition to numerous studies in recent years showing that, contrary to the claims of the GM food supporters, GM crops neither produce larger yields nor reduce the amount of pesticides necessary for the cultivation of crops. A 2009 study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that genetically engineered crops produced no significant yield increases, and what increases in yield were detected were almost exclusively due to traditional breeding and improvement in agricultural practices. This was affirmed in a report to the UN Human Rights Council last year showing that the scientific literature demonstrates that the greatest potential for increased yield in the future comes not from gmo foods, but from organic agro-ecological practices that are capable of doubling yields within entire regions in under 10 years. A 2011 study coordinated by the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture showed that GMO crops were promoting the creation of “superweeds,” contributing to food insecurity, and required vastly higher concentrations of pesticides to be sprayed.

As convincing as the results of this latest research is, it only adds to an already voluminous body of research in the scientific literature that has already undermined claims of GMO’s safety and efficacy. Earlier this week I had the chance to talk to independent journalist and researcher Anthony Gucciardi of about these studies, and the detrimental health effects that have been tied to the consumption of genetically modified crops.

The reason that this scientific refutation of the safety and efficacy of GMO technology has not reached the general public is hardly mysterious. The biotech giants whose very reason for existence is the promotion of the GMO myth have fought a long and protracted campaign to smear, undermine and cover up studies pointing out the disastrous consequences of the use of this technology. This process has been underway for years and, unsurprisingly, the GMO PR machine is once again revving into action to attempt to counteract the damage to the reputation of genetic engineering technology that this recent research has caused.

Immediately upon the release of the latest rat feeding study, a coordinated effort to undermine the study and its researchers began. Critics pointed to perceived flaws in the collection, reporting and analysis of the study’s findings. One of the key voices driving the campaign against the study was the Science Media Centre, a supposedly neutral party that connects journalists to scientists when important scientific discoveries are in the headlines. The Science Media Centre itself, however, is funded by bodies like CropLife International, a biotech trade association working to promote the interests of biotech companies around the world, and Syngenta, one of the key biotech seed giants. It has also received funding directly from Monsanto UK.

In the wake of the publication of the new study, the popular GMO information website was targeted with an aggressive cyber attack that succeeded in almost crippling the website. The site operators had to direct traffic from their main page to their Twitter account at the height of the attack, which they noted was not the first time that outside forces had attempted to take them offline. GMWatch is not funded by the biotech industry and regularly publishes news, information and studies demonstrating the health risks of GM foods.

The latest round of attacks and misinformation brings to mind for many the case of Arpad Puzstai, a renowned British researcher who was immediately fired from his position at a prestigious Scottish research institute after announcing in 1998 the disturbing findings of severe health effects on rats subjected to feeding tests of a new genetically modified potato variety.

Still, despite the best efforts of the biotech giants and their financially connected apologists, public skepticism over the benefits of genetically modified foods is reaching new highs, even as public awareness that GMO crops already account for a large percentage of the North American food supply is also hitting record levels. This awareness and understanding is slowly being transformed into action, as grassroots movements are prompting country after country to set up new barricades against the introduction and spread of these GMO foods.

In 2010, Germany announced a ban on the cultivation of Monsanto’s MON 810 genetically modified corn. In January of this year, BASF, the last firm still developing genetically modified crops in Germany, was forced to stop working on GM crops because of widespread public backlash.

In 2011, Peru passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients for ten years to prevent, in the words of the Peruvian Agrarian Commission President, the “danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.”

Also in 2011, Hungarian authorities destroyed 1000 acres of corn which were found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, which are banned under Hungarian law.

In the wake of the French rat feeding study, Russia immediately suspended the importation and use of Monsanto’s GMO corn.

In India, the Supreme Court has just called for the Indian government to follow suit with a 10 year ban on all GMO crop field trials for the next 10 years.

In the United States, meanwhile, the fight for a proper, standardized labelling system for foods containing GMO ingredients is heating up. In California, citizens are preparing to vote on a ballot measure, known as Prop 37, which will require clear labelling for genetically modified products.

As promising and hopeful as it is that people are moving to ban GMO foods from their country, and as helpful as movements like the Prop 37 GMO labelling movement are in raising awareness of the issues, such activism runs the risk that the public will be placated into thinking that the legislative process can be relied on to keep this genome-altering technology in check. This thinking is ultimately utopian, seemingly ignoring the existence of the long-acknowledged revolving door between the biotech corporations and the institutions like the FDA which are supposedly there to monitor and regulate them.

In the case of Prop 37, draft proposals of the text show lengthy lists of exemptions that would allow animals that have been reared on GMO feed, or foods that contain as many as 10 GMO ingredients, being labelled as “non-GMO” foods. It is scarcely believable that any attempt to check the spread and use of these GMO foods by purely legislative means will survive the legislative process in a state that would render it ultimately effective.

Much more important, as always, is what individuals can do for themselves to insure that they do not purchase, support or consume GMO products. Although the process of sorting through the ingredients and production processes of various foods can be a bewildering experience, grassroots movements are now taking advantage of the crowdsourcing and networking powers of the internet to do an end-run around the government regulatory process altogether to create usable, practical lists of truly non-GMO foods that can be cross-referenced by anyone with access to the internet. Websites like that of the Non-GMO Project at are helping concerned citizens to take matters into their own hands to empower them to avoid GMO products altogether and to stop supporting the corporations that are producing these foods with our own funds.

In the end, perhaps this is where the fight against GMO technology will ultimately be won: not in the halls of congress or parliament, but on the dinner plates of an informed citizenry who have taken matters into their own hands and refuse to eat these GMO products. 

Anna Lappé & Food MythBusters -- Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?

How can we feed the world—today and tomorrow?

The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? Our first Food MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So next time you hear them, you can too.

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Clean Food Earth: GMO BANS: COUNTRY BY COUNTRY LISTING: What countries have banned GMO crops? Alicia Bayer Mankato Green Culture Examiner GMO June 18, 2011 ...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Two Great Minds... Alan Watts & Terence McKenna

two great lectures...

The World Could Be Anything (July, 1990) ~ Terence McKenna

Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American psychonaut, lecturer, and writer. He was noted for his knowledge, and the ability to articulate his knowledge, of the use of psychedelics, metaphysics, plant-based entheogens, and subjects ranging from shamanism, language, historical and civilizational timelines, the theoretical origins of human consciousness, and his concept of novelty theory.

Terence McKenna Bibliography ~

The Web's largest list of references to books, articles, audio,
video, interviews and translations by and about Terence
McKenna (1946–2000). Many links and lots of cover art.

Alan Watts - Life is a Hoax

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weather Modification - A New Weapon System

Geoengineering Map PDF download & website ~

Censored: Dane Wigington Geoengineering Interview Pulled from YouTube ~

Geoengineering: The real climate threat

Geoengineering: The real climate change threat ~

Geoengineering - perhaps the most controversial topics!

The podcast below is one of the most concise explanations on what is geoengineering & how it has changed and affecting our food, health, environment, water, etc...

Have you looked up into the skies lately? It may be wise to do so. Dane Wigington has an extensive background in solar engineering and was a former employee of Bechtel Power Corp. He has devoted the last ten years of his life studying climate change, weather modification and geoengineering. He is the lead researcher for He assisted Michael Murphy in both of his movies, “What in the World are They Spraying?” and “Why in the World are They Spraying?” Wigington shares the latest information about what many refer to as “chemtrails.” He and many others conclude that the spraying of chemicals into our atmosphere is causing a cataclysmic effect on our planet. His message is one of urgency and as he says, of “dire” importance. Wigington also talks about the reasons why this wide-scale operation is being carried out and how the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence will soon expose those perpetrating this crime against humanity. Be open–listen up and decide for yourself!
Additional links ~

What in the World Are They Spraying? (Full Length) 

Why in the World are They Spraying? Full Documentary HD


Chemtrails - Geoengineering Proof ~

Government ADMITS secretly SPRAYING POISON on us!!! Also admit secret tests hundreds of times! ~!

Govt. Documents Link Global Warming to Advanced Military Climate Modification Technology ~

Many people are asking "Why" are they doing this? One of the reasons to "Why" is in this great podcast... a must listen! Down The Rabbit Hole w/Popeye welcomes Karen Schoen to the broadcast. Karen is very active in waking people up to Agenda 21, the educational system, solutions and more. She is a Chairperson of Save America Foundation, Founder of AgEnders and, Director at Florida Panhandle Patriots, a radio show host at American Freedom Watch Radio and more. They get into Agenda 21, what it is, how it is being implemented, the educational system as an indoctrination system, solutions and more. ~

Down The Rabbit Hole w/ Popeye (03-03-13) Agenda 21, Education Is Indoctrination & Solutions

ChemTrails Flyer ~
PDF (legal letter size) educational flyer on GeoEngineering, Chemtrails, STRATOSPHERIC AEROSOL GEOENGINEERING (S.A.G.). 

Print & Share this information, post on office boards, community boards, schools, neighbors, email, post, 100 different ways to share & spread the word... let this be viral!!!

"We are the people we've been waiting for!" -Hopi Elder

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Vox Populi, Methods of Manipulation

Vox Populi, Methods of Manipulation- featuring David Icke, Jordan Maxwell, Max Igan, Freeman...

By: Megan 'Verb' Kargher 

vox populi (pron.: /ˈvɒks ˈpɒpjuːlɪ/ voks pop-ew-li) is an interview with members of the general public. Vox populi is a Latin phrase that literally means "voice of the people".

"Vox Populi, Methods of Manipulation" is perhaps one of the most comprehensive concise film made on awakening material covering all sorts of topics from collective energies as love & fear, big pharma & vaccines, GMOs/Monsanto, the monetary system, government & bloodlines, geoengineering, self empowerment, and much much more! Yes it's a lengthy film, but worth watching every single minute to the very end. Megan "Verb" Kargher features David Icke, Max Igan, Freeman, Jordan Maxwell, Ben Stewart, Charles Veitch, and adds her insightful commentary perspective on the issues the world faces today and in our past, and what we can do to empower ourselves. This is a great film to watch & share with others in spreading awareness, and awakening those who been pressing on the snooze button for too long... 

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Secrets Police Don't Want You To Know

Published on Apr 12, 2013

Eddie is an Air Force veteran that began realizing that the government was lying to the people at virtually every turn. He earnestly begin his research into government rules and statutes in the mid 90's after he witnessed his mother breakdown into tears of hopeless frustration over a property tax bill that threatened to take away her property and home.

Angry at the malicious and callous demeanor of those that supposedly worked for the greater good of the People Eddie began to carefully research and document the relationships between the various statutes and the legislative enactments that created them, especially the "ad valorem" property tax, and eventually the federal income tax. He has since spent the past eleven years researching the various Texas Codes such as the Transportation Code. Much to the dismay of many municipalities, police officers, and prosecutors he has thrown a very large monkey wrench into the gears of their money machine, using their own laws! With Randy Kelton's passed down knowledge about due process and criminal actions Eddie's research has become even more dangerous to them.

Vigorous study and research revealed the truth, most government employees know even less about the language and application of the law than the general public! Angered by the cavalier attitudes of public servants acting as if their ignorance was of no consequence, Eddie sought out other like minded people to exchange ideas and find a remedy, which led him to Rule of Law Radio.

Eddie has now dedicated himself to "fighting the good fight" against the total willful ignorance that consumes our public servants at every level of government, an ignorance in which too many people share by way of an apathetic attitude about our rights and liberties. The biggest problem with being apathetic is that it is a word comprised mostly of the word "pathetic".

Friday, April 12, 2013

How Addiction to Plastic Poisons Our Planet

How Addiction to Plastic Poisons Our Planet

Werner Boote presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. He takes us on a journey around the globe, showing that plastics have become a threat for both environment and human health.

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          By Dr. Mercola

We live in a throwaway society. The next time you’re in a grocery store, take a look around you and note the number of items packaged in plastic.
The problem is, these petroleum-based plastics are designed to last forever. So you have products for short-term consumption packaged in materials that survive for centuries.
This throwaway mindset is a relatively recent phenomenon. Your parents and grandparents used products in reusable, recyclable or degradable containers made from glass, metals and paper. But today, discarded plastics are circling the globe at a significant human and environmental cost.
This “out of sight, out of mind” mentality is suffocating our oceans and choking our wildlife — but the damage doesn’t end there.
Plastic chemicals are finding their way into your body and accumulating over time. The potential for catastrophic biological consequences for the human race is growing with every discarded bottle or bag.
Plasticizing chemicals like BPA disrupt embryonic development and are linked to heart disease and cancer.
Phthalates dysregulate gene expression and cause genital anomalies, especially in baby boys, that may pass down several generations. DEHP may lead to multiple organ damage. So, whether you look at environmental or biological effects, our careless use of plastics has created a monster needing immediate attention.

20 Billion Pounds of Plastic Makes its Way into Our Oceans Every Year

According to Greenpeace, the world produces 200 billion pounds of plastics every year. Ten percent of that ends up in our oceans. Seventy percent sinks (Polycarbonate, Polystyrene, and PETE), causing damage to the ocean floor, and the remaining 30 percent that floats (LDPE, HDPE, Polypropylene and foamed plastics) accumulates into massive islands of trash that many consider an embarrassment to the human race.1
Virtually every molecule of the six billion pounds of polycarbonate tossed into landfills each year, stays there forever. Only a very small percentage of plastic waste is remade into durable goods. In spite of our green campaigns, we currently recycle only five percent of the plastics we produce. Consider the following:
  • Americans discarded more than 22 billion water bottles in 20062 and about a billion plastic shopping bags every year, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste3
  • More than seven billion pounds of PVC are thrown away annually in the U.S., and only about one-quarter of one percent is recycled
  • Approximately 50 percent of plastic waste goes to landfills where it will sit for hundreds of years due to limited oxygen and lack of microorganisms to break it down; the remaining 45 plus percent “disappears” into the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea, damaging marine ecosystems and entering the food chain
  • A United Nations report claims there are 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean4

You Mean Fish and Turtles Aren’t Supposed to Eat Plastic?

Fish and other sea creatures are being found with plastic in or around their bodies. Forty-four percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), all sea turtles and a growing list of fish have been found contaminated with these materials.5
Why would any creature knowingly EAT plastic?
All plastic starts as “nurdles,” or little plastic resin beads. These nurdles appear to sea creatures like fish eggs or other food sources, so they simply mistake them for food. Loggerhead sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, their favorite food. And the effects are disastrous, including internal blockages, dehydration, starvation, and potentially death. Albatrosses are frequently found strangled by the plastic rings that hold six-packs of soda together. Other creatures meet a painful end by getting tangled up in plastic netting.
Debris also blocks sunlight from which plankton and algae sustain themselves, and this has negative implications on up the food chain. In some ocean waters, plastic exceeds plankton by a factor of six to one.
Not only do sea creatures suffer the effects of consuming chunks of plastic, but they’re also at risk from the organic pollutants plastic absorbs. Plastic particles are like “sponges” for waterborne contaminants such as PCBs, pesticides like DDT,herbicides, PAHs, and other persistent organic pollutants. When PCB concentrations in resin pellets were compared with the surrounding seawater, the accumulation factor was found to be one million. This phenomenon makes plastics far from benign, and scientists have yet to determine the full extent of the dangers posed by their consumption or the effects higher up the food chain. We have more questions than answers.

From Heart Valves to Hula-Hoops, Massive Plastic Islands Float upon Our Oceans

What has become of all the plastics humans have casually discarded? Scientists have discovered massive accumulations of plastic trash in each of the world’s five major oceanic gyres. Gyres are large, slowly rotating oceanic whirlpools, driven by global winds and ocean currents.6 Garbage and debris is funneled into the center of these gyres, in a kind of toilet bowl effect.
One of these gyres, the North Pacific Gyre, is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about a thousand miles from the Western coast. In its midst is a huge mass of trash (90 percent plastics), which floats in a soup of smaller pieces that have been broken apart by wave action.
Some call it the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and others the “Pacific Trash Vortex,” but regardless of its name, it’s the largest “landfill” in the world. In it you will find everything from plastic netting to bottles and bags and buckets, paint rollers, hula-hoops and medical equipment. Most of the garbage patch, however, is not made up of large items but rather microplastics you can’t see with the naked eye, such as the nurdles previously described.
No one knows exactly how vast these garbage patches are because so much of them can’t be visualized.7 The garbage-laden gyres are all located in remote areas, out of public view, which contributes to the “out of sight, out of mind” problem. As a side note, we’ve learned a good deal about ocean current patterns and the gyres they create — believe it or not — from 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea in 1992, which continue to wash ashore in surprising locations!8 Rubber duckies notwithstanding, the chemicals in plastic have a number of problematic biological effects.

Dangerous Levels of BPA Found in More than 95 Percent of People Tested

Perhaps the most well known plastic chemical is BPA (bisphenol-A), widely used in the lining of food cans, dental sealants, paper money, receipts and other products. Unfortunately, BPA is so prevalent that 95 percent of people tested have potentially dangerous levels in their bodies. BPA leaches out of can linings and into the foods they contain, such as soups and sodas. BPA is not the only chemical that does this — science has recently discovered that melamine, once thought stable, leaches chemicals as well, particularly when heated. Consistent low-level melamine exposure has been linked to kidney stones in children and adults.9
Studies show that adults with the highest levels of BPA in their urine are more than twice as likely to develop narrowed arteries and coronary heart disease as those with the lowest levels. A British health survey correlated higher levels of urinary BPA with an increased risk of heart disease. One study found that eating canned goods increases urinary BPA concentrations more than 1,000-fold.
BPA is an endocrine disrupter, which means it interferes with your body's hormonal system. An animal study found that BPA damages chromosomes and interferes with egg development, which could lead to spontaneous miscarriage, birth defects, and Down syndrome. In other studies, BPA has been linked to obesity, insulin resistance and cancer. According to Texas A & M geneticist Dr. David Busbee, less than one trillionth of a gram of BPA per one milliliter of food is sufficient to change the functioning and development of cells in your body.
BPA studies have captured the public’s attention, and there is growing legislation to limit its use, as a result. The state of California just declared BPA a reproductive health hazard10. The message is clear: BPA is harmful and should be avoided.

BPS May Be Even Worse than BPA

As the public has grown increasingly wary of BPA, a slew of BPA-free plastics have hit the market, from water bottles to plastic toys. However, many companies are simply swapping out BPA for another bisphenol, bisphenol-S (BPS), which is now showing up in human urine at levels similar to those of BPA. Research suggests BPS has hormone-mimicking characteristics similar to BPA, but it may be significantly less biodegradable, and more heat-stable and photo-resistant, which means it may be even more toxic than BPA over time.

Phthalates: The Plastic Gender-Benders

Another group of toxic chemicals coming from plastic are the phthalates. Phthalates function as plasticizers in everything from vinyl flooring to detergents, hoses, raincoats, adhesives, air fresheners, medical supplies, shampoos and even toys. Phthalates belong to "gender-bending" chemicals group that causes males of many species to become more female. Phthalates have been linked with chronic diseases such as allergies, asthma and autism, and can cause inflammation for at-risk infants. Children have been found to absorb phthalates from crawling around on soft, flexible plastic flooring and plastic play mats.
One of the more pervasive phthalates is DEHP, used primarily in the medical industry. Manufacturers add it to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to make plastic equipment more flexible. In PVC, DEHP extends the shelf life of red blood cells, so you’ll find it in IV tubing, catheters, blood bags, nasogastric tubing and the like. Familiar with that “new shower curtain smell”? That’s the aroma of offgassing DEHP.
Groundbreaking research just published in PLoS One and Reproductive Toxicology11 found that rats exposed to phthalates produced offspring with higher rates of kidney and prostate disease, and their great-grandchildren showed greater obesity and diseases of the reproductive organs. This is the first time environmentally induced inheritance of disease has been demonstrated scientifically. The authors write12:
This is the first study to show the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease, such as obesity."
Unfortunately, every single person may have measurable phthalates in their bodies. In 2000, the CDC discovered high levels of phthalates in all 289 adult Americans tested. Dr. Busbee reports that every phthalate tested disrupts gene expression. This disruption is not only harmful to the person exposed, but the effects may be passed on to future generations, as the latest scientific study reveals.

Are Bioplastics the Pollution Solution?

Numerous companies have jumped onto the plant-plastics bandwagon in fervent efforts to come up with the perfect bioplastic material. As of 2010, more than 2.5 billion plant-plastic bottles were already in use around the world, including the PlantBottle by Coca-Cola Co.13 Despite all of the buzz, plant-based bottles are largely non-biodegradable, so they do nothing to relieve the garbage problem.
But even when bioplastics are compostable and made from “renewable resources,” they fail miserably when you look at their carbon footprint. Plant-based plastics run into the same problem as plant-based fuels — they have an impact on food production, turning valuable farmland to cornfields.14 There are concerns over the harmful effects of the pesticides and genetically modified crop strains used to create many of these bioplastics. And many require intensive chemical processing that is even dirtier than petroleum-derived plastics15.
So what is the answer?
The featured documentary, Addicted to Plastics, presents several examples of truly eco-friendly solutions that take all of the above factors into consideration — for example, making biodegradable plastics from chicken feathers.16 But perhaps the most important thing is what you can do TODAY to reduce your own plastic footprint.

What You Can Do Right Now

Discarded plastics are clogging up our oceans and threatening marine life from plankton on up. Massive islands of plastic waste now occupy the centers of the five major oceanic gyres. Our “disposable culture” has left a trail of destruction, in terms of both environmental and human impact. Chemicals like BPA, BPS, and phthalates disrupt the reproductive function and genetic expression of multiple species — including humans — causing infertility and potentially disastrous health effects like metabolic dysfunction, organ damage, and cancer.
There is no single solution to the plastic waste problem. But you can do your part by taking the following action steps that reduce your plastic consumption, which will benefit your health as well as the environment.
  • Reduce plastic use: Purchase products that are not made from or packaged in plastic. Here are a few ideas... Use reusable shopping bags for groceries. Bring your own mug when indulging in a coffee drink — and skip the lid and the straw. Bring drinking water from home in glass water bottles, instead of buying bottled water. Store foods in the freezer in glass mason jars as opposed to plastic bags. Take your own leftover container to restaurants. Request no plastic wrap on your newspaper and dry cleaning. These are just a few ideas — I’m sure you can think of more.
  • Recycle what you can: Take care to recycle and repurpose products whenever possible. For example, here’s a video demonstrating a simple way to turn your plastic shopping bags into very strong rope.

  • Support legislation: Support legislative efforts to manage waste in your community; take a leadership role with your company, school, and neighborhood.
  • Be Innovative: If you have a great idea, share it! Your capacity to come up with smarter designs and creative ideas is limitless, and many heads are better than one. Innovations move us toward a more sustainable world.
  • Assist Recovery: Return deposits on bottles and other plastic products, and participate in “plastic drives” for local schools, where cash is paid by the pound.


Green App, 1800Recycling Shows You Where To Recycle Everything! 

Free App iPhone download... is a Green app to help you in your lifestyle mission to “Go Green!” Use your iPhone to find all the recycling and drop off centers near you. With the Green app, you can locate 135,000+ participating recycling sites across the U.S. and Canada. Not sure what to do with all those ink cartridges and used batteries lying around your house? Well, this free iPhone app will help you find a new home for those cartridges, batteries and more.

The Green app makes is very easy to recycle just about everything you can think off, thanks to its GPS and easy search functionality. Using an address, zip code or your own GPS location, you can see recycling locations near you. View location results in a list format or check them out in the flagged map view. You can explore these selected locations byRelevanceDistance or facility Name as well.
While perusing through this Green app for my area, I came across a variety of places to unload my unwanted junk. There were recycling centers and retail stores like AT&T, Best Buy, Staples, and Home Depot. I saw grocery stores, schools, and even some RV parks listed. Each listing in this app gives you access to the address, phone number, hours of operation, list of materials accepted, and some other relevant information.
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If you’re like me, you’ll want to search by the Material filter to narrow things down. This filter lists all basic categories: Automotive, Batteries, Construction, Electronics, Glass, Hazardous, Holiday, Household, Metal, Other, Paint, Paper, Plastic, and Yard. Check the ones you want and this Green app will bring back all locations that apply. Or use the Advanced search for a subcategory list of items. It’s amazing to see the number of subcategory items under each main category. Do you know that you can even recycle sawdust? I found that the preset searches worked great, but I didn’t have a lot of luck entering in my own search terms to bring back results.
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“Going Green” is a personal choice, but with the Green app, you can make it social as well. This iPhone app gives you and opportunity to comment and share recycling centers with others through email, and text. And if you’re looking for more than site locations, this app even provides a “Recycling Portal” feature that allows you to visit and read relevant articles on the 1800Recycling website blog, and connect in a variety of ways also. And if you like what you read, sign up for their e-mail newsletter.
So as many of us try our best to “Go Green,” the Green app does a great job reminding us that “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

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