ENB #24: China’s Poisoned Fields, Stealing the Water Supply, and Canada Wants YOU!

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INDUSTRIAL WASTE AND URBAN SPRAWL ARE POISONING FARMS IN CHINA.
A NEW SURVEY INDICATES THAT 10 PERCENT OF CHINESE FARMS ARE CONTAMINATED. AND AS CITIES CONTINUE TO EXPAND, THIS PUTS THEIR ABILITY TO FEED THEMSELVES AT RISK.
ONLY 8 PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY IS ACTUALLY USABLE FOR FARMING. TECHNICALLY CHINA FEEDS 22 PERCENT OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION.
BESIDES EXPANDING CITIES, LUXURY DEVELOPMENTS ARE ALSO EXPANDING AND EFFECTING FARMLAND.
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CANADA NEEDS 100,000 NEW CITIZENS.
THE COUNTRY HAS LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT IMMIGRANTS TO THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. THE BOOMING OIL INDUSTRY HAS HELPED TO CREATE AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF NEW JOBS.
CANADIAN OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN TRAVELING TO VARIOUS COUNTRIES AS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN, APPEALING TO PEOPLE WHO MIGHT WANT TO IMMIGRATE. THEY HAVE GONE TO THE UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, AS WELL AS ASIAN NATIONS, WHERE THERE IS A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT.
CURRENTLY THE COUNTRY TAKES 250,000 IMMIGRANTS PER YEAR, BUT THIS NUMBER IS NOT ENOUGH TO MEET THE NEEDS OF WESTERN CANADA.
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MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE US ARE INCREASINGLY BEING SOLD TO CORPORATIONS.
IN THE LAST SIX YEARS, WITH STRONG SUPPORT FROM THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT UP BY PRIVATE INTERESTS. THEY SEE WATER AS A PROFITABLE COMMODITY AND THE PUBLIC AS CONSUMERS WILLING TO PAY A PREMIUM PRICE FOR ACCESS TO IT.
90 PERCENT OF GLOBAL WATER SYSTEMS ARE PUBLIC, 85 PERCENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THE MAJOR COMPANIES TRYING TO BUY UP GLOBAL WATER SYSTEMS ARE THE FRENCH VEOLIA AND SUEZ, THE GERMAN RWE, AND AMERICAN BECHTEL. IN SEVERAL CASES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, THESE SYSTEMS HAVE LED TO WATER BECOMING MORE EXPENSIVE AND LESS SAFE FOR DRINKING.
FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE FIGHT FOR WHO CONTROLS OUR WATER CAN BE SEEN IN THE DOCUMENTARY “THIRST” AVAILABLE AT WWW.THIRSTTHEMOVIE.ORG
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RUSSIANS IN ESTONIA RIOTED LAST WEEKEND AS A SOVIET WAR MEMORIAL WAS REMOVED FROM CAPITAL’S MAIN SQUARE.
1,000 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND 100 WERE INJURED. RUSSIANS ARE ESTONIA’S LARGEST ETHNIC MINORITY AND ARE INCREASINGLY ANGRY WITH HOW THE GOVERNMENT TREATS THEM. ONE OF THE THREE BALTIC STATES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, IT WON INDEPENDENCE FROM THE SOVIET UNION IN 1991.
IN SMALLER CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRIES, NATIONAL MONUMENTS WERE VANDALIZED AND GOVERNMENT RELATED WEBSITES WERE ALSO ATTACKED.
ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT, MOST ESTONIANS SEE LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NAZI OCCUPATION AND THE SOVIET ERA THAT FOLLOWED. IN RUSSIA MEANWHILE, THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS THAT ESTONIA’S ACTIONS ARE OFFENSIVE AND ATTEMPTS AT REWRITING HISTORY.
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