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NEWSWATCH: Food Illegal? Bag Ban’s Gagged & Karoo Fracking Victory.

  • NZ Food Bill Will Make Growing Food a Government Privilege Rather than a Human Right: A New Zealand Government Bill which may be enacted in the near future turns the human right to grow food and share it into a government-authorised privilege that can be summarily revoked. The bill would undermine the efforts of many people to become more self-sufficient within their local communities.
  • Gagged: Bag Bans–Top 25 Censored Stories of 2011: “One of the top 25 censored stories by the media in 2011 is about bag ban stories being suppressed. No surprise here, really- day after day we battle misinformation spread by the industry and the media about plastic pollution, bags bans, and the efficacy of recycling. Industry is big, mean and private, and they have the money to spend on PR to get the media’s attention.
  • The Plastic Bag Wars: Named by Guinness World Records as “the most ubiquitous consumer item in the world,” single use plastic bags (SUPB’s) have become a leading source of pollution worldwide. Read the full article from Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Court victory for Karoo anti-fracking group: The North Gauteng High Court has ordered minerals Minister Susan Shabangu has to reveal the names and details of the government “task team” appointed to probe fracking in the Karoo. While this is a tiny victory in the huge battle to get government and oil companies to act responsibly, it is a small step in the right direction.
  • Fracked-off: Gas extraction ’causes quakes’: Not only is pollution of water resources associated with fracking, but there is mounting evidence that because fracking alters underground rock formations it also causes earthquakes.
  • And, take a look at this brilliant visual illustration of the Dangers of Fracking.
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