People who are Fit May be Better Protected from the Damage Caused by Mental Stress
A new study conducted by a researcher at the University College London shows that being fit could protect us reduce the amount of harmful chemicals produced by the body during periods of heightened mental stress. The study tracked the levels of two chemicals linked to increased risk of heart disease. Test subjects that exercised regularly produced lower levels of the chemicals during mental challenges than their less fit test counterparts. Read more about the study here.
Interview with Anita Roddick, Founder and CEO of The Body Shop on Creating Socially and Environmentally Responsible Businesses
This interview, originally appeaing in Yes! magazine, provides some interesting insight into how a very successful business franchise managed to function effectively as a business while being sensitive to the needs of its employees, the community and the environment. You can find the full interview here.
Study Shows that Solar Energy has the Power to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Increase Fuel Efficiency
A new report published in the March issue of Physics Today, argues that while fossil fuel is finite and unevenly distributed across the planet, sunlight is extremely plentiful, much less limited in quantity and is extremely versatile, converting easily to electricity, fuel and heat. You can read more about the study here or dive into the full report at Physics Today.
Despite Drought, Coke, Pepsi Keep Being Bottled
Residents of rural, drought-stricken southern India say that Coca-Cola's soft drink bottling plant is running their wells dry and contaminating any remaining water. In some areas, residents have no remaining water and must rely on water delivered by a truck each day.
Others say their wells ran dry three years ago, after Coke's bottling plant arrived. Coca-Cola has 52 plants in India in all, and some draw from 800,000 to 1.5 million liters of water from common groundwater resources daily. Other water is supplied to Coca-Cola via water trucks that extract water from neighboring villages.
In one village, residents said they noticed changes in the quantity and quality of their well water just six months after Coke's plant came to town. The water turned brackish ad milky in color, making it unsafe for drinking, cooking and bathing. And farmers say that while their wells once had enough water to run a pump for 18-20 hours, they now run dry after only four hours.
Coca-Cola officials say there is no scientific proof that the groundwater shortage is related to their plants, and some say the company is actually the victim of anti-American sentiments. In 2005, after a series of large protests, the local government in India revoked Coca-Cola's license and ordered them to shut down one of their plants, worth $25 million.
VOA News.com March 8, 2006
India Resource Center May 28, 2002
Also found on www.mercola.com
This report comes as no surprise to me at all. It saddens me greatly to repeatedly see the corporate abuse of the people and of our loving, compassionate planet. Such reports are now a daily occurrence. The only way to stop this kind of thing from happening is to STOP BUYING THEIR GARBAGE! It takes money to manipulate people and environment and as sad as all the reports of this nature are, anyone, anyone at all that purchases the products of such companies, is part of the problem. As such, the supporters of such illogical behavior (which is largely based on immediate gratification and just down right poor education and understanding of what is safe and healthy to consume), will eventually be digging holes in their own back yard to look for water. Humanity, in it's usual mode of operation, is progressively working its way toward a very painful, and potentially protracted reminder of what is real, good, true and beautiful. The question is, will there be any of the real, good, true or beautiful left to admire by the time people WAKE UP?
With Love and Chi,