'Tis the Spring equinox, time to shake off the cobwebs, and create some balance. The elixor of life, the mythical potion that could bring immortality and eternal youth, has been searched for the world over, by Alchemists, the Hindus, the Ancients and not forgetting the Count de Saint Germaine (a great story teller) who some link not only with the Rosecrucians, Transylvanian royalty, vampires etc etc ... Indeed if some magic potion or nectar existed that could extend ones mortal journey into an eternal state of jolliness over unending misery doom, gloom ... it would no doubt have been 'sold' over 'gold' as a commodity on todays 'exchanges' rather than pedalled in the back streets to unsuspecting delinquents seeking eternal juvenile rushes. As a 'nectar' or 'liquid gold' (to some Ghauls) more commonly known as Whisky, 'the Water of Life' is a home grown industry worth millions in global exports. Except, perhaps to those nations whose dependence on a lixor to the importance of this life, their life, and most human life, and life on planet Earth, the most basic element of 'elixors' - water.
Yep, indeedy the 'watch' on the worlds water is already ticking. Lyxor: http://funds.uk.reuters.com/UK/ETFs/overview.asp?symbol=9541021
On a local level the impact of possible contamination to our drinking water, via aquifers and hydrology (not hydraulics) has been fuelled and fully exploited up by the anti-frackers. Call me old fashioned but I thought drinking water came from the sky via reservoirs ... a sign of the times - the biggest around here being Kelda that conveniently manage Yorkshire Water's Drought Plan. http://www.yorkshirewater.com/our-environment/water-resources/drought-pl... and see here : Drought+Plan+2013.pdf
So apart from the anti-fracking industry whose agenda is slowly fixing and focussed on 'water contamination' who or what else is using the 'fear' factor to determine industries that underpin civilisation. (life as we know it).
Yep, I fess up to being a 'geek' and following up on a rather compelling link following Prof. Bentons submission to the Park Authority on the York Potash Application regarding Food Security - what does it mean? Food Security:
From Prof. Bentons 'lecture':
Food has to be accessible, affordable and sustainable not only in the developing world but in our world. Europea. The French Revolution caused by civil unrest - the people were hungry. The Russian Revolution, same thing, hunger, starvation and poverty. In modern times we are all 3 to 6 to 9 meals away from rioting if food is scarce. (Ask any parent) , but importantly, any interruption in food supply is recognised by National Intelligence services. Resource scarcity is the biggest threat and cause of insecurity for National Security, not only here but accross the globe. (in the last few years the Arab Springs, today Yemen ...).
Prof. Benton says that by 2050 world population growth will equate to 30% more people on the planet, to feed. With 70% of the population expected to reside in cities by 2050, current estimates are that 1200 cities the size of Leeds will need to be built to accommodate people within the next ten years. Of those citizens the choice of food and the supply of food has three drivers: More People, More Demand, More Waste. He calculates that 60% more food is required by 2050 to sustain the population. The disparity between food consumption accross the globe is shocking and he uses the example of a typical USA family compared to a'third world' family suggesting that if we all ate like the 'American example' (including flesh) we would need FOUR planet Earths just to grow food.
He asks, how can we tackle demand? Reduce waste ... by eating less & by tackling over consumption. In the UK throw away food - waste amounts to 30% - and is slowly falling. The cost of over-consumption to the NHS ... etc etc.
On Planet Earth, Prof. Benton goes on to suggest that currently, wherever food is able to grow it is grown. He mentions nitrogen fertilisers and the use of these in attributing to climate change, edible plants (agriculture) don't or can't grow above temperatures of over 40 degrees. The hotter the planet the less plant growth. And then he goes on about climate change and ... the increasing of severe weather events ... once every 70 years now can be calculated every 7 years and perscribes the more simultaneous severe weather events 'all happening at once' that are a real threat to not only the 'emergency services and national defence but inflict misery and sufferring over areas or regions once considered 'safe'. Not only does he go on to describe the direct deaths by 'heatwaves' but also the importance of water, how too much or too little can have severe impact on the 'crops' that are the basic life support system of human kind... our life blood.... I had to switch it off cos it all got quite depressing (don't mention Agenda 21) and found a bottle of jolliness.
(the point being that even if you have confirmation bias against York Potash, the facts speak for themselves. And Prof. Benton does it rather well, (as do McCain Foods btw) Food Security is of National and International importance.
Now if Prof. Benton's lecture wasn't depressing enough, a further confirmation bias that the Israel & Palestinian conflict has never really been about guns n bombs but about the control of water & H2O, pops up: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-and-jordan-sign-historic-water-deal-...
As global, but only recent, history dictates, not only is food the weapon of the future but so is water. The basic elements that is fundamental to sustain life, control of which can have devastating and dangerous consequences: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/10131-israel-cuts-off...
Sad, mad, bad world.
Meanwhile back in Scarbados, coincidently, the Scarborough News has the pleasure of announcing the 'designate principle' of Scarboroughs UTC 'Academy' : http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/business/scarborough-s-utc-appo... - "Mr Englefield, a deputy principal at Askham Bryan College in York, will take up his new post in September. His current role involves the setup of new further education centres, including one at Scarborough Sixth Form College. Before moving into college management positions, he taught mechanisation, fabrication and welding. The UTC will specialise in engineering and offer 14 year olds the chance to work and study at its Weaponnness site until the age of 19. Mr Englefield said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been appointed Principal Designate. I’m very passionate about preparing learners for entering industries in which they have an interest, whether it’s direct entry or via further study at a higher level."
Hmmm - just a reminder about Askham Bryan College : "Originally opened in January 1948, the first students enrolled on residential courses at the then Yorkshire Institute of Agriculture. Until 1964 only agriculture and horticulture courses were available but during the 1970s the range of subjects was broadened and higher education qualifications were also offered. Today the College offers courses from entry level to honours degrees in a number of Centres and has a turnover of £29 million. The College’s campuses extend through Yorkshire, Cumbria and the North East. Each location offers something different, whether it’s a particular course or specialist facilities. What all our campuses do have in common is easy access to stunning countryside including the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Northumberland National Park, which act as the perfect outdoor classroom for our students." Source: http://www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/the-college
Anyhow, if 'hope Springs eternal' or if Spring offers 'a sense of infinite possibilities' ... Spring has Sprung !! :-))
oh yeah comsumption - one eye is on the Spring tide ;-) Yo ... eggs first, doh !