McDonald’s Closes All Their Restaurants in Bolivia

Photo: McDonald’s Closes All Their Restaurants in Bolivia:  Fast-food represents the complete opposite of what Bolivians consider a meal should be. To be a good meal, food has to have be prepared with love, dedication, certain hygiene standards and proper cook time.Not to mention that 800 sq miles of forest is being destroyed every year to package their food! http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/mcdonalds-closes-all-their-restaurants-in-bolivia/12787/What's wrong with McDonald's? (Available in 7 different languages) http://www.mcspotlight.org/case/pretrial/factsheet.html

December 22, 2011, www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com | “Bolivia became the first McDonald’s-free Latin American nation, after struggling for more than a decade to keep their numbers out of ‘the red.’  And that fact is still making news.”

Virginia Bryan shared The Sustainable Culture‘s photo.

…trees saved by McDonald’s closing in Bolivia…
McDonald’s Closes All Their Restaurants in Bolivia: Fast-food represents the complete opposite of what Bolivians consider a meal should be. To be a good meal, food has to have be prepared with love, dedication, certain hygiene standards and proper cook time. Not to mention that 800 sq miles of forest is being destroyed every year to package their food! http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/mcdonalds-closes-all-their-restaurants-in-bolivia/12787/ What’s wrong with McDonald’s? (Available in 7 different languages) http://www.mcspotlight.org/case/pretrial/factsheet.html

Corporate role model: Seventh Generation Commits to Reducing Its Water Footprint

Dec 5, 2011, www.seventhgeneration.com | “As a company, Seventh Generation cares deeply about its water footprint. We’re actively working to reduce the amount of water that goes into our products.  This fall, we went one step further and challenged all our employees to take the issue of water conservation to heart. Together, we committed to nearly 500 actions designed to reduce our personal water footprints.”

“Corporate role model: Seventh Generation
Seventh Generation Commits to Reducing Its Water Footprint
Did you know that of all the water in the world, only 3% is fresh? And that less than one third of 1% of this fresh water is available for human use? The rest is frozen in glaciers or polar ice caps, or is deep within the earth beyond our reach. To put it another way, if 100 liters represents the wo…”

Kamikatsu, Japan is a Zero Waste Village

www.youtube.com | “The Mayor of Kamikatsu, a small community in the hills of eastern Japan, has urged politicians around the world to follow his lead and make their towns ‘Zero Waste’.”

Robert Brothers shared a link via PeopleTowels. Zero Waste Village = Kamikatsu, Japan

The Mayor of Kamikatsu, a small community in the hills of eastern Japan, has urged politicians around the world to follow his lead and make their towns “Zero…
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The Number Of Farmers’ Markets In America Has Exploded — Here’s Where They’re Really Popular

farmers markets mapAugust 4, 2011, www.businessinsider.com | “There’s a growing desire among many Americans to have a closer connection to the food they eat, and one place where that connection is fostered is the local farmers’ market. The USDA’s Economic Research Service tracks multiple aspects of how food is produced and consumed in the United States. They recently made a chart showing how the number of farmers’ markets in the U.S. has more than quadrupled since the mid-nineties.

Data from the USDA shows how the number of farmers’ markets in the US has changed, and where markets are concentrated.
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COMMENTS:
  •   Jeffreys Raynolds This is so great – we have the largest ground swell of permaculture and small home farmers in this country right now – hundreds of groups on Facebook, and this good news! YAY humans!”

Australian and Tasmanian Governments support the future of Tasmanian forestry

24 July 2011, www.pm.gov.au | “430,000 hectares of Tasmania’s magnificent native forests, including areas such as the Blue Tier, Tarkine, Upper Florentine and Styx were announced for immediate protection by Prime Minister Juila Gillard and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings.  The agreement will secure jobs, ensure a sustainable forestry industry, and achieve iconic environmental outcomes by protecting High Conservation Value forests and remaining old growth forests for future generations.”

Great outcome for Tasmania’s forests!
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“Exciting news: yesterday 430,000 hectares of Tasmania’s magnificent native forests, including spectacular areas such as the Blue Tier, Tarkine, Upper Florentine and Styx were announced for immediate protection by Prime Minister Juila Gillard and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings.”
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Virginia Bryan ‎”Just weeks ago it looked as though the forests would only be declared ‘informal reserves’ — but now those forests will be protected from logging by a legally binding Conservation Agreement, which can only be removed by both houses of Federal parliament. The Federal Government has also ruled out providing any funds for Gunns’ proposed pulp mill.”

 

  • Sandra Beal “I never feel worried about Tassie, there is a magical shimmer around the forests there, the protection comes from a higher source 🙂 ♥”

Cameron orders ministers to abondon plans to sell 258,000 hectares of forest

Wednesday 16 February 2011, www.apps.facebook.com/theguardian | “David Cameron has ordered ministers to abandoning plans to change the ownership of 258,000 hectares of state-owned woodland.  The environment secretary will announce on Friday that a consultation on the sale of forests will be ended after a furious backlash that united Tory supporters with environmentalists and the Socialist Workers party.”

“~ FORESTS IN BRITAIN SAVED FROM GIVE-AWAY !
Forests sell-off abandoned as Cameron orders U-turn | Environment | The Guardian
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David Cameron has ordered ministers to carry out the government’s biggest U-turn since the general election by abandoning plans to change the ownership of 258,000 hectares of state-owned…”
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In 1999, 35 million small family plots produced 90% of Russia’s potatoes, 77% of vegetables, 87% of fruits, 59% of meat, 49% of milk — way to go, people!

August 9, 2009, www.thebovine.wordpress.com | “In 2003 the Russian President signed into law a further “Private Garden Plot Act” enabling Russian citizens to receive free of charge from the state, plots of land in private inheritable ownership. Sizes of the plots differ by region but are between one and three hectares each [1 hectare = 2.2 acres]. Produce grown on these plots is not subject to taxation.”

 

Leila Bee shared a link.
“In 1999, 35 million small family plots produced 90% of Russia’s potatoes, 77% of vegetables, 87% of.
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And since 1999, it seems things have only gotten better when it comes to small-scale agriculture in Russia. In 2003 the Russian President signed into law a further “Private Garden Plot Act…”
  • Comments:
    • Leila Bee‎”in Russia, we can already see the evidence that they are thinking small. How else can you explain that in 1997 small households in Russia independently grew 97% of Russia’s potatoes, 77% of its berries and fruit, and 73% of its vegetables, and those percentages have risen in the decade since then.” Vladmir Megré not quite the same percentages but close…I’ll see if I can find more.
    • Leila Bee finding lots of interesting russian gardening sites..http://www.the-village.ru/village/people/people/96403-moskovskie-ogorodnikithe movement is everywhere, I love it!
    • Leila Bee http://www.freshcongress.com/resources/documents/1271673375andriyyarmak.pdfSeems to pretty much agree with the previous statements, although production of domestic veg% is not as high. However this data may not be taking into account fruit and veg that never hits the market but goes from garden to table (dasha produce.)
    • GoodNews FortheEarth‎~ Thanks for the other sources! Now we all have some reading to do : ) It makes a lot of sense that people faced with economic hardship will start growing more of their own food, and wonderful that they are able to do so.
    • Leila Bee The dacha system in Russia is not a new one, it’s been in and out of vogue since Peter the Great. Growing one’s own food is part of Russian tradition:-) It just tricky finding solid facts when I don’t speak Russian, I’m working with translator programs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacha
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