Mining Company Evicts Town, Gardens for All and White Bread Production Has Dropped

Short news bits on how a mining company evicts a town, Hawaii's biggest cash crop, stained glass of Canterbury Cathedral and POW's rice and vegetable diet.

| July/August 1978

These news bits include how a mining company evicts a town, gardens for all, and how white bread production has dropped.

Mining Company Evicts Town. Lark, Utah residents have been given notice that their town will "close down" as of August 31, 1978. Kennecott Copper Corporation — which recently bought the town of Lark from U.V. Industries — says it may try to help Lark's 591 residents find a new home . . . but then again, it may not. Spokesmen for the copper company gave no reason why the mining town was being shut down.

White Bread: On the Way Out? Recent figures show that the production of white bread in the U.S. has dropped 4.4% over the past five years while — during the same time frame — the output of "alternative loaves" (whole wheat, rye, wheat germ, etc.) has soared 67.5%. Variety breads now account for 24% of all bakery sales . . . and the percentage of such sales is still going up. (As we go to press, ITT-Continental Baking is planning to introduce a 100%-whole-wheat version of its popular Wonder Bread.)

The First Man in History to Make a Solo Dog Sled Trek to the North Pole, Naomi Uemura, successfully accomplished his mission April 30, 1978 after crossing more than 500 miles of frozen Arctic Ocean from Cape Columbia on Ellesmere Island (in Canada's Northwest Territories). The 37-year-old Japanese explorer arrived at the Pole alone after enduring a blinding snowstorm, two attacks by a polar bear, and numerous tortuous detours around impassable ice ridges. A complete account of Uemura's 54-day journey will appear soon in National Geographic magazine.

The 12th-Century Stained Glass of Canterbury Cathedral is succumbing to erosion by acids in the polluted London air. According to the Very Reverend Ian White Thompson, Dean of Canterbury, "The deterioration of much of the early glass is far advanced and it will take all the resources of scientific skill and equipment to save it." A glass-restoration workshop has been set up inside the Cathedral.

The World Spent a Whopping $1 Billion a Day on Weaponry Last Year, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. This is despite the fact that (as SIPRI points out) the world's arsenal of nuclear warheads is now so large that if even a significant fraction were deployed, "most of the cities in the Northern Hemisphere would be destroyed in a flash, and the bulk of their inhabitants would be killed instantly". NATO and Warsaw Pact countries are said to account for 70% of the world's military spending.

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