Dangers of Aerosol Dispensers, Ecology of Compost and the National Land for People

This short series of reports includes news on the dangers of aerosol dispensers, ecology of compost and the National Land for People.

| January/February 1976

The Bits and Pieces column shares news on the dangers of aerosol dispensers, ecology of compost and the National Land for People.

Vietnam-era veterans interested in creating new alternatives to the G.I. Bill such as setting up independent learning and apprenticeship programs, developing self-sufficient living techniques and working far veteran related social change are invited to contribute ideas, suggestions, questions, manuscripts, artwork, and personal perspectives to Lawrence Morgan, P.O. Box 865, Lawrence, Kansas, 66044. Lawrence is now compiling The First Veterans' Yellow Pages, a Whole Earth Catalog-like book designed to serve as a nationwide skills/ideas/friendship exchange by and for veterans throughout the country.

While Scientists and Environmentalists Say "Ban The Can" and warn that fluorocarbon based propellants in aerosol dispensers are destroying Earth's ozone layer-thus increasing both global temperatures and the likelihood of human skin cancer cases due to abnormally high ultraviolet radiation from the sun other researchers and industry spokesmen say the dangers are re "purely theoretical" anti that any regulation of the $550-million a year fluorocarbon business would cause "serious economic impacts Common sense, of course, has taken a back seat in the issue except, that is. among wise consumers, who continuously avoid "canned convenience" and save money by purchasing much less expensive non-aerosol products.

The 1976 Yurt Foundation Calendar is Now Out, and like its predecessors a pure joy to behold. This year's version features black and white photos of yurts in all forms and varieties (many of which were designed by the Bucks Harbor group itself), and is available for just $3.50 from The Yurt Foundation, Bucks Harbor, Maine 0461.

Dozens of Indians on Canada's Grassy Narrows and White Dog Reservations have contracted Minimata ease: a crippling (and often fatal) fort of mercury poisoning, named after-and previously thought isolated to a village in Japan where the affliction first reared its ugly head in 1956 and killed 200 people. Authorities say that Ontario's Dryden Paper Company dumped (without warning, apparently) ten tons of mercury waste into re reservation rivers during the 1960's, and as result-contaminated the Indians' major source of food and income. Today, the formerly peaceful and self-sufficient natives are riddled with palsy, mental retardation, and birth disorders and murder, rape, and suicide-formerly unknown to area tribes tribes are commonplace. Are industrial waste discharges monitored in your neighborhood?

Booklet Entitled Ecology of Compost simple, straightforward primer to the do's and don'ts (and why's) of building a successful compost pile-should make good, useful reading for first-time organic gardeners or folks who'd simply like 'o know more about the subject. You can get a copy by sending 10¢ to the Office of Public Service and Continuing Education, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210.

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