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    MAD COWBOY E-NEWSLETTER: 09/13/02 (05:V01) HOWDY! Welcome to the FIFTH Issue of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter! Some very exciting news today, with the first
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      MAD COWBOY E-NEWSLETTER: 09/13/02 (05:V01)

      HOWDY! Welcome to the FIFTH Issue of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter! Some very
      exciting news today, with the first public notification that the
      "Oprah/Howard" Lawsuit is really, really over.... details below.

      Read on!

      In this issue:

      * THE OPRAH/HOWARD LAWSUIT IS FINALLY OVER!!!!
      * MAD COW DISEASE FACTOIDS: & a historical connection between Alzheimer's
      and CJD
      * ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND CJD FACTOIDS/LINKS OF NOTE
      * WHAT IS A "USDA CLASS I RECALL"?
      * MARKETING MEAT TO KIDS AND MATURES - Some Advice From "Meat&Poultry"
      * HOWARD TO SPEAK TO 1/6TH OF THE EARTH ON THE ENVIRONMENT
      * HOWARD AT 3ABN STUDIOS AND WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO VEGETARIAN SOCIETY
      * FISH FACTOIDS
      * SEVEN SETBACKS FOR THE PLANET
      * SEVEN SCIENTIST'S CLOSING THOUGHTS on the STATE OF THE PLANET
      * WORLD FARM ANIMALS DAY - OCTOBER 02, 2022: What are you doing that day?

      Best to y'all, Mark WebMaster@...

      NEXT ISSUE:
      "What's the connection between Dr. Phil McGraw (yup, his show starts next
      week), Oprah Winfrey, and Howard Lyman? Is there visual proof?" ......and,
      "what's the deal with those two weird photographs referenced at the end of
      this Newletter and not accessible on the MC website??


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      QUOTES OF NOTE:

      "Oprah and I have the distinction of being the first individuals sued under
      the Texas Food Disparagement Act." HOWARD - (Page 15: "The Mad Cowboy" by
      Howard Lyman, with Glen Mertzer)


      "And that's precisely what this Texas lawsuit is all about -- shutting down
      public debate on food-safety issues.

      On April 16, 1996, during a broadcast of the Oprah Winfrey show, former
      Montana rancher Howard Lyman, now with the Humane Society, raised the issue
      of the potential for mad cow disease in this country. According to the
      lawsuit filed by Texas cattle companies and a transcript of the show, Oprah
      Winfrey questioned Lyman during the show: "You said this disease could make
      AIDS look like a common cold?"

      Lyman responded: "Absolutely."

      Lyman went on to say, "One hundred thousand cows per year in the United
      States are fine at night, dead in the morning. The majority of those cows
      are rounded up, ground up, fed back to other cows. If only one of them has
      mad cow disease, (it) has the potential to infect thousands. Remember,
      today, (in) the United States -- 14 percent of all cows by volume are
      ground up, turned into feed and fed back to other animals."

      Later in the program when asked why he left ranching, Lyman stated: "Well,
      what -- what I know about what is happening out there with cattle, like
      feeding cows to cows, I look at it and say that that's a risk that I'm
      unwilling to take."

      Those statements, in a nutshell, are why Winfrey and Lyman are being sued."

      "CAN TEXAS LAW GAG OPRAH, THROTTLE PUBLIC DEBATE?"
      Commentary on First Amendment Issues, Originally published January 11,
      1998, by Charles Levendosky Casper Star-Tribune
      http://w3.trib.com/FACT/1st.lev.gag.oprah.html (for the full article)


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      FREEDOM OF SPEECH STILL ROCKS!!!!!!

      (with apologies to Orpah (who announced on the court doorsteps "Free Speech
      Rocks" upon the original verdict back in 1998)

      08/27/02: "...and it's over. The verdict on the most recent appeal by
      "Cactus Feeders" against Oprah Winfrey and Howard Lyman, to a Federal
      Court has come in. The lawsuit against Oprah and Howard was "dimissed with
      prejudice." After almost 6 years and who knows how many millions of
      dollars in lawyer's fees, the case is over. Oprah and Howard won, and not
      only that, "Cactus Feeders", et. al., are not permitted to appeal this
      verdict to a higher court (i.e., the Supreme Court) or pursue the matter
      any more.

      DONE DEAL. The first lawsuit to test "Food Slander" laws has ended.

      FINAL THREE DOCUMENTS FROM THE FEDERAL JUDGE (and more information on the
      trial in general):
      http://www.madcowboy.com/01_BookOP.000.html


      LITIGATION TRAIL:

      * Original trial was in February 1998: Amarillo, Texas. During the first
      trial Oprah and Howard filed for the judge to dismiss the case, she then
      dismissed the food disparagement portion. The libel portion was allowed to
      continue. The April 1998 vedict was for Oprah and Howard.

      * The April 1998 verdict in Oprah/Howard's favor was appealed in the 5th
      Circuit Court by Cactus Feeders, et. al. A unanimous decision upheld the
      verdict.

      * A "re-hearing" was denied. The suit was then filed in State Court by
      Cactus Feeders, et. al.

      * The suit filed in State Court was identical to the previously decided in
      Federal Court.

      * Howard moved the case from State Court to Federal Court (as he is not a
      resident of Texas and this is his right under law)

      * That request to move the case to Federal Court was appealed by Cactus
      Feeders, et. al., and the Federal Judge denied the request.

      * On August 27, 2002, the Federal Judge dismissed the case with prejudice,
      effectively indicating that the case belongs in Federal Court, the Judge
      had it, and it stays there. Case over, statute of limitations have
      expired. THE CASE CANNOT BE FILED AGAIN, ANYWHERE... INCLUDING THE SUPREME
      COURT.


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      MAD COW DISEASE FACTOIDS:

      "In 1907, Dr. Alzheimer published a treatise about a disease that would one
      day carry his name. He had two young colleagues who worked with him, Dr.
      Creutzfeldt and Dr. Jakob, and they too identified a similiar brain-wasting
      disease that now has Europe in a panic. The brains of cows turn into a
      spong-like mass and their behavior is called "mad." The human variant of
      Mad Cow Disease has been named Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease, or CJD. The
      protein causing CJD has no DNA, and has been described as more like a
      crystal than cellular material. In labs, 1000 degree Fahrenheit heat does
      not destroy this protein particle. Some scientists say that once infected,
      the incubation period can last anywhere from one month to thirty years. As
      the human brain turns into a sponge, this spongioform encephalitic
      condition physically debiolitates those so infected."

      "Compelling scientific evidence suggests so-called prion disease can and
      has infected humans... at present, there is no reliable antemortem
      diagnosis, specific treatment, or vaccine to prevent the disease. The
      agent thought to be responsible for this unusual class of disease is a
      rogue protein (called a prion) that, unlike all other agents known to cause
      infectious disease, contains neither DNA nor RNA. The "bad" prion forms
      holes or a spongy appearance in the brain in all disease variants, hence
      the generic designation of spongiform encephalopathy." (Quntessence
      International, 1998 May, 29:5)

      "A 24-year-old vegetarian has been diagnosed with Cruetzfeld-Jacob disease.
      Sceintists fear that milk and cheese may be the source of infection."
      (Michael Hornsby, London Times, August 23, 1997)

      "The destruction of milk from suspected cows was recommended in England to
      insure the public's safety... Experiments also indicate that temperatures
      reached during pasteurization of milk and household cooking does not kill
      the agent. In the United Kingdom on December 1, 1988 the government
      announced a ban on the sale of milk from infected cattle..." (Virgil
      Hulse, M.D., Mad Cows and Milkgate)

      "Transmission of prions from infected cattle to humans by oral intake seems
      no only possible but also very probable." (Annals of Italian Mediciene,
      1998 Oct, 13:4)

      Many thanks to Robert Cohen, the Notmilkman, for permission to use the
      above quotes from his book, "Milk A-Z" ISBN: 0-9659196-8-4
      http://www.notmilk.com

      CHECK OUT: http://www.madcowboy.com/01_FactsMC.000.html for more
      factoids on Mad Cow and Food Borne Diseases.


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      ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND CJD FACTOIDS/LINKS OF NOTE:

      "DR. ALOIS ALZHEIMER (1864-1915): Alzheimer was of German origin who
      initially excelled as a professor of Psychology in Breslau. Later in Munich
      his interest in histopathology eventually created him a giant in this area.
      Together with Franz Nissl they established the pathologic anatomy of mental
      illness. Alzheimer published several treatises on cerebro arteriosclerosis
      in 1904 and on Huntington's chorea early in 1911. In 1907 appeared the
      monumental work on Alzheimer's Disease for which he will always be
      remembered."

      http://www.uic.edu/depts/mcne/founders/page0002.html

      Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet:
      http://www.alzheimers.org/pubs/adfact.html

      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Fact Sheet:
      http://www.kansas.net/~cbaslock/cjd1.html

      "Man's death from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease poses questions "
      http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/nation/4042185.htm


      AS CITED ON THE MADCOWBOY WEBSITE:

      "...the expected rate of occurrence of CJD (the human variation of mad cow
      disease) has been 1 in 1,000,000 people. Up until the advent of mad cow
      disease, CJD was, literally, a "one-in-a-million" disease. Yet in one U.S.
      study, when people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (whose symptoms can
      be difficult to distinguish from CJD) were examined after death, 5.5% of
      the presumed Alzheimer's victims were found actually to have CJD." (Boller,
      Francois, et al, "Diagnosis of Dementia: Clinicopathologic correlations,"
      Neurology, Jan 1989, pg 76-79) [02.06.27:12]

      "And in another study, at Yale University, when people diagnosed with
      Alzheimer's disease were examined after death it was found that 13% of the
      presumed Alzheimer's victims actually had CJD." (Manuelidis, E.E., et al.
      "Suggested links between different types of dementias: Creutzfeld-Jakob
      disease, Alzheimer disease, and retroviral CNS infections," (Alzheimer
      Disease and Associated Disorders, Vol 3, Nos. 1-2, 1989, pgs 100-09)
      [02.06.27:13]

      "Four million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer's."(
      Estimate from Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, IL)[02.06.27:14]


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      ABOUT 717,000 POUNDS OF BEEF RECALLED FOR POSSIBLE E. COLI
      8/22/2002 23:09

      "WASHINGTON (Associated Press) "A Minneapolis firm is recalling about
      717,000 pounds of frozen ground beef products, which were sold nationwide,
      because of possible E. coli contamination.

      GFI American Inc. produced the ground beef between June 25 and July 16, the
      Agriculture Department said Thursday in announcing the recall. The meat was
      distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutions nationwide. "

      http://www.boston.com/dailynews/234/economy/About_717_000_pounds_of_beef_rP.shtm
      l


      FROM THE GFI WEBSITE:

      "Food safety and product quality are essential cornerstones at GFI Premium
      Foods. We have long realized we cannot be successful without excellence in
      these areas. GFI Premium Foods has implemented every prudent safety testing
      measure, in order to protect consumers, our customers, and of course to
      ensure the future of our business.

      Some procedural milestones are:

      Our integrated HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) Program was
      fully compliant by July 6, 1998, over six months ahead of the mandated USDA
      requirement.

      Currently, approximately 75% of our beef raw materials are sourced from our
      own subsidiary-Federal Beef. We are working to increase this percentage.

      Federal Beef has implemented a carcass sponge test, a minimum of one
      carcass for every 300. Testing includes: E.Coli Salmonella Total Plate
      count Total Coliform count

      We have implemented random E. Coli 0157:h7 testing, several times weekly,
      at our Federal Beef Plant

      We have implemented random E. Coli 0157:h7 testing of inbound raw material
      shipments from Federal Beef and all of our other beef suppliers.

      At GFI Premium Foods we currently test all incoming loads of raw material.
      The testing includes:

      E.Coli Salmonella Total Plate count Total Coliform count

      We have a thorough list of interventions currently in use at our Federal
      Beef plant to reduce risk of microbiological contamination.

      GFI Premium Foods and its subsidiaries have implemented all prudent
      interventions, maximizing product safety and minimizing the potential of
      harmful pathogen levels in GFI Premium Foods product. In addition to HACCP,
      our food safety assurance systems include such things as preoperative
      sanitation, carcass production audits, product temperature audits, employee
      training, packaging systems audits and temperature verification on shipping
      trailers.

      Please contact Walt Olsted, Vice President Food Safety and Quality
      Assurance, should you require further information, or have any suggestions
      or concerns. We will continue to evaluate and supplement all of our product
      safety programs to keep them state-of-the-art.

      Walt Olsted , Vice President Food Safety and Quality Assurance
      Contact Us at (612) 872-6262 or (800) 669-8996"

      http://www.federalbeef.com/FoodSafety.htm


      THE USDA ANNOUNCEMENT:

      Food Safety and Inspection Service - United States Department of
      Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250-3700

      Recall Release FSIS-RC-073-2002

      CLASS I RECALL - HEALTH RISK: HIGH

      Congressional and Public Affairs (202) 720-9113; FAX: (202) 690-0460 Andrea
      McNally

      Minnesota Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products For Possible E. coli O157:H7

      WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2002-GFI American Inc., a Minneapolis, Minn.,
      establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 717,000 pounds of
      frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7,
      the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service
      announced today.

      For full announcement:
      http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/recalls/prelease/pr073-2002.htm


      USDA RECALL CLASSIFICATIONS

      "Class I: This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable
      probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health
      consequences or death.

      Class II: This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote
      probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.

      Class III: This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause
      adverse health consequences."



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      MARKETING ADVICE FROM "MEAT & POULTRY"

      "MEAT&POULTRY is the "must read" business journal for corporate readers and
      entrepreneurs throughout the $100-billion North American meat, poultry and
      seafood industry. MEAT&POULTRY reports on the trends, issues and
      technologies that affect this dynamic industry. "

      http://www.meatpoultry.com


      MARKETING MEAT TO KIDS:

      (MEAT&POULTRY. March 1, 2001)

      "In 2000, teens spent approximately $155 billion, according to Teenage
      Research Unlimited. T.R.U.'s estimate is based on two annual surveys of
      2,000 American teens between the ages of 12 and 19. The firm used sample
      teen populations proportionate to the total U.S. teen population in age,
      gender, ethnicity and region.

      Between 1997 and 2000, teen spending increased by $33 billion, according to
      T.R.U. Also, the company's research shows that teens frequently shop for
      food. During the 2000 surveys, 78 percent of respondents said they'd gone
      grocery shopping in the past 30 days.

      Another perceived plus of children and teens is they greatly influence
      adult spending. Children ages 4 to 12 influenced parents to spend $565
      billion in 1999, according to Advertising Age's Feb. 12, 2001, article,
      "Superstars in spending," which quotes children's market research firm
      McNeal & Kids. The article also noted kids' influence led marketers to
      spend $12 billion in 1999 targeting children."

      <<<big snip.... check out the full article at the URL below>>>

      "Also in 1998, the American School Food Service Association asked 2,000
      students from 37 states to name their favorite lunch food. Fifty-one
      percent of the respondents said pizza; 37 percent said chicken nuggets; 26
      percent tacos and burritos; 14 percent spaghetti and pasta with meat; 14
      percent hamburgers; and 11 percent hot dogs. The foodservice directors and
      dietitians interviewed for this article listed some of the same menu items
      as their children's or patrons' favorites.

      Henry Biagi says that regardless of the student age group, the most popular
      menu items in his school district are hot dogs, chicken nuggets,
      hamburgers, cheeseburgers and sandwiches. As foodservice director of the
      Somerville, Mass. Public Schools, it's Biagi's job to know which foods are
      popular. The district's foodservice program handles about 8,000 meals
      daily, including breakfast, lunch and snacks for elementary and high school
      students.?

      FULL ARTICLE: http://www.meatpoultry.com/feature_stories.asp?ArticleID=52379


      MINING THE MATURE MARKET

      (MEAT&POULTRY, April 1, 2002)

      "Marketers are slowly realizing they can no longer afford to ignore mature
      adults," wrote Ken Dychtwald in a recent report. Dychtwald, the author of
      Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old, noted that
      the 50-plus market still constitutes less than 10 percent of all
      advertising targets.

      Like other marketers, meat processors aren't overtly targeting the 50-plus
      category, according to Mack Graves, a meat industry executive turned
      marketing consultant and president of Latigo Consulting. "They're using the
      same tired demographics, the housewives 25 to 54," Graves says. "Forgive
      me, but that's everybody."

      Although he hasn't noticed ad campaigns tailored to this segment, Graves
      says branded fresh meats and old fashioned comfort foods such as
      quick-to-fix pot roasts might appeal to many in the 50-plus group. "If
      anybody's brand loyal, it's the older folks," says Graves. "If they see a
      brand on something it probably means more. The other side of that issue is
      I see people just putting brands on (everything). You've got to have
      something different and better to be branded."

      Graves adds that people over 50 might be attracted to home-style meat
      entrées because it reminds them of their favorite childhood foods. Other
      consultants add a caveat: The 50-plus sector includes several subgroups
      with differing culinary tastes and nutritional needs.

      Beneath the surface

      John Migliaccio, co-author of the book 77 truths about marketing to the
      50-plus consumer, says marketers should keep three things in mind about
      baby boomers, a group which encompasses people born between 1946 and 1964:

      *Baby boomers are different today than they were at younger ages.
      *They differ from their parents.
      *Older baby boomers differ from younger baby boomers.

      "Everybody tends to lump (baby boomers) together as if they're one big
      group," Migliaccio says. "They really are not."

      Migliaccio says age is less important than other factors, such as health
      status, lifestyle choices and the onset of age-related physiological
      changes. For instance, older seniors might have a decreased sense of taste,
      and some baby boomers might have "nutrition-conscious" lifestyles in which
      they eat less meat.

      <<<big snip.. use the link below.. this is a disturbing article...>>>

      Looking ahead, O'Dowdy says that when baby boomers become retirement
      community clients, the popular foods will be those boomers ate during the
      years between their 30s and 50s. "

      FULL ARTICLE: http://www.meatpoultry.com/feature_stories.asp?ArticleID=52379


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      HOWARD SPEAKS TO POTENTIALLY 1/6TH OF THE EARTH'S POPULATION

      3ABN will soon be using five satellites to beam Howard, speaking for
      fifteen minutes each, on 25 topics relating to the Environment, to every
      inhabited continent on Planet Earth - perhaps as many as 1/6 the global
      population may see and hear the Mad Cowboy examine the facts.

      From: http://www.3ABN.org

      "Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) is the "Mending Broken People
      Network," a 24-hour Christian television and radio network. 3ABN's focus is
      to present programming which will reach people right where they are
      hurting. 3ABN offers divorce recovery programs, drug and alcohol
      rehabilitation, cooking and health programs, stop smoking and weight loss,
      programs that deal with children and family issues, organic gardening,
      natural home remedies, gospel music programs, as well as a variety of
      inspirational themes from the Bible for children and adults.

      Today, surrounded by the rolling farmland of Southern Illinois, 3ABN beams
      its television and radio programming to five satellites which carry it to
      every inhabited continent. 3ABN is the second largest Christian network in
      North America (in regard to numbers of owned and operated UHF stations).
      3ABN's "down-home" approach and the absence of large fundraising efforts or
      telethons holds a special appeal for its viewers.

      3ABN is not owned, operated or funded by any church, denomination or
      organization, so people from all cultures and backgrounds appreciate 3ABN
      programming."

      These segments will be taped during the end of September, and the tentative
      list of topics are (subject to change):

      Animal Husbandry
      Biodiversity
      Birds
      CJD
      Conservation
      Cropping
      Dioxin
      Fish
      Food Borne Diseases
      Forests
      Fuel
      Global Warming
      Heritage
      Loss of Topsoil
      My Garden of Eden
      Permaculture
      Pesticides
      Pig Gestation Crates
      Population
      Recycling
      Transportation
      Urban Sprawl
      Urban Waste
      Water

      Digital photographs of Howard during the preliminary filming tests, as well
      as speaking to the San Francisco Vegetarian Society, in May 2002, can be
      seen at:

      http://www.madcowboy.com//05_02_3ABN_CA_PIX/index.html


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      IF THE EARTH WERE REALLY YOUR MOTHER:
      http://www.gristmagazine.com/ha/ha050602.asp

      THE WHITE HOUSE AND GLOBAL WARMING:
      http://www.gristmagazine.com/ha/ha073102.asp

      THE EARTH GETS A HOLIDAY:
      http://www.gristmagazine.com/ha/ha042202.asp


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      FACTOIDS ON "FISH" ( NOT ON THE MC WEBSITE, YET...):

      "Impact on children born to women who consumed fish from Lake Michigan just
      2 or 3 times a month during pregnancy: More sluggish at birth, smaller
      heads, lower IQs, cognitive difficulties." ("Fish and Mental Deficits,"
      Good Medicine, Summer 1997, pg. 4)

      "Reason: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) -- industrial chemicals that
      have long been associated with brain disorders in children, found in Great
      Lakes fish." ("Fish and Mental Deficits," Good Medicine, Summer 1997, pg.
      4)

      "Number of states that have issued advisories against eating local fish
      because of PCB and dioxin contamination: 46" ("State of the World 2000",
      WorldWatch Institute, W. W. Norton, New York, 2000, pg. 89)

      "Salmon consumed in 1990 that lived in captivity most of their lives: 6%"
      (McGinn, Anne Platt, "Blue Revolution -- the Promises and Pitfalls of Fish
      Farmings," WorldWatch, March/April 1998, pg. 10-19)

      "Salmon consumed in 1998 that lived in captivity most of their lives: 40%"
      (McGinn, Anne Platt, "Blue Revolution -- the Promises and Pitfalls of Fish
      Farmings," WorldWatch, March/April 1998, pg. 10-19)

      "Atlantic salmon in 1975: 800,000" (Atlantic salmon in short supply, BBC
      News Online, May 31, 2000)

      "Atlantic salmon in 2000: 80,000" (Atlantic salmon in short supply, BBC
      News Online, May 31, 2000)

      "One of the three reasons singled out by the World Wide Fund for Nature and
      the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization for this loss: Disease
      and parasites stemming from salmon farms." (Atlantic salmon in short
      supply, BBC News Online, May 31, 2000)

      "Other two reasons: Dams which block the fish from passage to suitable
      spawning grounds, and industrial and agricultural pollution." (Atlantic
      salmon in short supply, BBC News Online, May 31, 2000)

      "Size of standard salmon at 18 months of age: 1/2 pound." (Carol Kaesuk
      Yoon, "Altered Salmon Lead the Way to the Dinner Plate, but Rules Lag, New
      York Times, May 1, 2000)

      "Size of genetically engineered salmon at same age: 7 pounds." (Carol
      Kaesuk Yoon, "Altered Salmon Lead the Way to the Dinner Plate, but Rules
      Lag, New York Times, May 1, 2000)

      "Commercial orders received by the company that developed these genetically
      engineered salmn immediately after they were available in 2000: 15 million
      eggs." (Carol Kaesuk Yoon, "Altered Salmon Lead the Way to the Dinner
      Plate, but Rules Lag, New York Times, May 1, 2000)

      "How often farmed salmon escape: Routinely, sometimes by the tens of
      thousands." (Carol Kaesuk Yoon, "Altered Salmon Lead the Way to the Dinner
      Plate, but Rules Lag, New York Times, May 1, 2000)

      The above Fish Factoids from John Robbins' early draft of "The Food
      Revolution." Thanks, John!
      http://www.foodrevolution.org


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      WILD BILL SALMON:
      http://www.gristmagazine.com/ha/ha081902.asp

      THE EFFECTS OF RADIATION UPON MARINE LIFE:
      http://www.gristmagazine.com/ha/ha051302.asp


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      SEVEN SETBACKS FOR THE PLANET:

      http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0209/resources_planet3.html

      "Some areas have gone from bad to worse. This past January was the warmest
      on record, with an average global temperature of 54.9 degrees F (13 degrees
      C).

      * Despite a growing consciousness of how the burning of fossil fuels
      contributes to global warming-raising sea levels and triggering violent
      weather-oil consumption increased 14 percent in the 1990s and now
      contributes 40 percent of all carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere
      each year. To complicate the problem, two-thirds of the world's oil
      reserves lie in the politically unstable Persian Gulf region, which
      jeopardizes access.

      * Drained for agriculture, development, and dams, wetlands-which help
      purify the air and provide wildlife habitat-have decreased by an estimated
      50 percent in the past century.

      * The number of large dams worldwide has increased from 5,000 in 1950 to
      45,000 in 2000. These dams alter the flow of rivers, inhibit the migration
      of fish, and sometimes-as in the case of the Rio Grande-cause rivers to run
      dry in places.

      * Oceans have lost 27 percent of their coral reefs in the past 50 years.
      Part of the problem occurs during bleaching, when increased solar radiation
      and warmer water causes algae inside coral polyps to be expelled. Humans
      play a direct role in the further destruction of coral reefs with the use
      of explosives and cyanide to kill and collect fish around the reefs.

      * Oceans are also losing fish faster than they can be replaced. New
      technologies lead to overfishing and the rapid decline of populations such
      as bluefin tuna, groupers, and cod. Lower prices of fish at the market add
      to the damage by masking the short supply and preventing cutbacks in
      consumption.

      * Finally, the problem of long-term storage for nuclear waste as well as
      the risk of leakage pose a threat to people across the globe. The proposed
      storage location at Yucca Mountain in Nevada may or may not prove
      effective."


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      SEVEN SCENTIST'S CLOSING THOUGHTS ON THE STATE OF THE PLANET

      http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0209/resources_planet6.html

      "Taking progress and problems into account, the scientists give their final
      word on the state of the planet.

      * E. O. Wilson, sociobiologist, Harvard University - The clearing of
      tropical forests has not slowed in the past ten years and threatens to
      destroy massive amounts of habitat. If awareness of the problem doesn't
      facilitate change, nothing will.

      * Jane Lubchenco, marine ecologist, Oregon State University - Only when
      ecosystem services such as climate regulation, the cleansing of air and
      water, and the creation of fertile soils are lost will we realize their
      true value.

      * Sherry Rowland, atmospheric chemist, University of California, Irvine - A
      dramatic climate change may be required to focus people's attention on the
      planet's health.

      * Wes Jackson, crop geneticist, The Land Institute - Agriculture and the
      need to feed growing numbers of people has a direct impact on the oceans.
      If we don't so something about agriculture, the wilderness as well as the
      oceans are doomed.

      * Richard Barber, oceanographer, Duke University - The most important thing
      average citizens can do is to tell our leaders we want answers. Our
      government has demystified hurricanes by showing how they occur and
      predicting when they will develop. That has allowed us to respond in enough
      time to reduce suffering. What we need now is the same kind of
      demystification of climate change.

      * Theo Colborn, zoologist, World Wildlife Fund - Enough evidence exists to
      prove that petroleum-derived chemicals can enter the womb and hinder the
      development of the brain, immune system, and reproductive system.

      * Hal Mooney, environmental biologist, Stanford University - One person or
      a small group can awaken the public to the importance of conservation
      issues, but scientists must make their findings clear and compelling to the
      general public and policymakers in order for change to occur."


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      WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP STOP FACTORY FARMING?

      *WORLD FARM ANIMALS DAY: Octobor 2, 2001 *
      http://www.wfad.org Over 200 events around the world are being planned NOW!


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      WHAT DO THESE TWO PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE IN COMMON?

      http://www.madcowboy.com/FC_IMG_0020.JPG
      (should have saved the above for Halloween)

      http://www.madcowboy.com/DF_IMG_0018.JPG
      (what a civilized country!!)

      Details next issue...........


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