Environment

Danfox Davies : The Genetic Grinch Scenario

(or How Gene Patent Trolls Stole Your Food)

This article is made of a few different parts. The first is a hypothetical dystopian scenario, but one very much rooted in our lives and perfectly possible trajectories of trends. Company names and product names mentioned are used only as EXAMPLES in that part of the article, and no bias or prediction of actual corporate actions or combinations is intended. The fact that I have to say this makes some of my point for me.

The second deals with the present in the USA, and places the reader in the position of an American plains arable farmer, finishing with a mild dipping of toes into conspiracy conjecture.

The third compares the direction of the GMO food industry with that of pharmaceutical firms and puts it against the backdrop of TTIP/TPP/TISA negotiation.

The fourth explains more reasons why banning GMOs will not help.

The fifth is to say you should decide what you CAN do, and makes suggestions.

YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A LUNCH

Action on the Clayton Fire

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On the Manchester Pirate Party site we've reported the fire at the Clayton pharmaceutical plant and the damage following.

https://manchester.pirateparty.org.uk/2015/04/06/environment-worries-after-clayton-fire/

Here's what I've done so far-

Contacted the plant owners Carbogen Amcis about a statement on the fire and subsequent damage to put residents minds at risk. They gave me a "no comment", though assured me a director would phone back after the Easter holidays.

Walked the extent of the foam damage along the canal. This took a good 3/4 of an hour as it stretched from Beswick to Holt Town on Easter Monday. That covers 2 wards of the Manchester Central constituency.

Next action-

Chasing up Carbogen Amcis and their parent company.

Asking Manchester council environmental servies about what procedures are in place to stop spillage in to the canals.

Contact the Canal and Rivers Trust to hear about their assessment of the damage.

Campaigners take a picnic to Peel Holdings next urban project

Campaigners picnicked today on an urban site on the Trafford/Salford border in the hopes of bringing awareness to people that a important ecological area is under threat.

Manchester Campaigner Loz Kaye uses the area on a regular basis "It will be a great shame to see Peel Holdings take this area and develop it, it will destroy some of the last remaining areas that are so close to the city. "

Friday, 21 March, 2014 - 21:00

Campaigners take a picnic to Peel Holdings next urban project

Campaigners picnicked today on an urban site on the Trafford/Salford border in the hopes of bringing awareness to people that a important ecological area is under threat.

Manchester Campaigner Loz Kaye uses the area on a regular basis "It will be a great shame to see Peel Holdings take this area and develop it, it will destroy some of the last remaining areas that are so close to the city."

Friday, 21 March, 2014 - 21:00

Calls for brakes to be put on ‘zombie’ car parks

People living in Manchester city centre have hit out at unsafe ‘­zombie’ car parks springing up on the sites of old buildings.

Concerned residents have slammed the car parks as shoddy and dangerous and have reported a series of health and safety concerns at sites near the former BBC building in Oxford Road and River Street near the Mancunian Way.

Those two car parks are run by Essex-based firm Total Car Parks and it is understood that Manchester council and the British Parking Association – which represents car park operators – are now investigating.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 - 01:00

Adopt the Passive House standard for all new buildings

The Passive House standard requires a house to be be so well constructed and insulated that it is warm enough without requiring much heating; typically it will require no heating at all.

30,000 passive houses have been built around the world and the UK should work to catch up. We will aim to ensure that all new houses built in the UK adhere to a reasonable standard that is as close to the Passive House standard in terms of aims as possible.

The polluter pays

We believe that if you damage the environment, it is your responsibility to pay for that damage to be reversed. The air around us, our waterways, and our landscapes are all common property. If they are damaged though an accident or through activity that pollutes, then that damage should be fixed. The government has a duty to ensure that those who cause such damage pay to do so. In the event that damage is global, as with climate change, it is doubly important to ensure that damaging activities are kept to a minimum and that funds are raised to deal with the consequences.

Bottle return scheme

A bottle return scheme is a charge added to the price on a bottled drink that you get back if you return said bottle to a certified outlet (essentially a deposit). We will trial the implementation of bottle return scheme schemes in the UK with a view to making them mandatory across the UK if they are found to be as effective in the UK as they have been in Germany and other countries. Bottle return schemes change the social landscape in other ways, too: bottles aren't left in the street, and if they are someone comes and picks them up, if only for the deposit.

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