Paul R. Ehrlich has been a household name since the publication of his 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb. He is Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University.
Ehrlich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Crafoord Prize (an explicit substitute for the Nobel Prize in fields of science where the latter is not given), the Blue Planet Prize, and numerous other international honors. He investigates a wide range of topics in population biology, ecology, evolution, human ecology, and environmental science. Much of his current effort is focused on the mechanisms of human cultural evolution and ways of directing that evolution to ameliorate the human predicament.
13:50 Passenger pigeon ….connection to lime disease
15:40 Cod fish crash.
18:00 Sap suckers > Aspen tree > swallows.
20:45 Interdependency of species & lack of insight by
25:30 Ability to recongnize patterns as a sign of
intelligence – Where did humans go wrong?
41:00 Book “Jaws” – The Story of a Hidden Epidemic.
Teeth issues and ramifications for our children.
43:40 Cel phones and the rise of near sightedness.
Update In April 2012 the Enviropig program at the University of Guelph was shut down after Ontario Pork withdrew its funding. No other funder could be found so the remaining pigs were euthanized. Samples of Enviropig DNA has been frozen and stored by the Animal Genetic Resources Program in Saskatoon.
Intensive hog farming raises pigs in giant complexes that bear little resemblance to what most of us would call a farm. Now, science is ready to provide the hog industry with a pig that has been genetically engineered to include mouse and bacteria genes, as a technological response to deal with the pollution problems created by turning the raising of livestock into an industrial process. Enviropig™ may well be the first GMO food animal approved for human consumption in Canada – without regulatory guidelines – in spite of the existence of other simpler, cheaper, more effective and less invasive ways to deal with pollution from hog manure.
One of most serious impacts of the rapid shift to intensive hog production in Canada is water pollution. By confining and feeding thousands of animals in huge barns, their manure has become a pollutant.
Natural health expert and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews investigative journalist Maryn McKenna on how the chicken industry gave birth to antibiotic resistance – and how it is becoming a dangerous health threat today.
The US leads the world in meat production. One-third of all land in the continental US is used to grow feed and provide pasture for animals that will be killed for meat, according to the environmental group Mighty Earth. Now that agricultural pollution’s impact on drinking water is coming into focus, meat producers such as Tyson Foods are under pressure to set standards that would require large farms in their supply chains to clean up their acts.