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What’s With All The Fracking?

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“Rethinking energy at the end of the era of cheap energy is crucial and is not optional–the laws of Thermodynamics cannot be repealed and Mother Nature has a way of settling such issues for those who choose to ignore them.” David Hughes

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For those unfamiliar to the process of hydraulic fracturing also known as hydrofracturing, fracking (or fraccing) is another method used by the oil and gas industry to release hydrocarbons from deep under the earth’s surface. The technique of fracturing rock formations entails oil and gas companies drilling a vertical shaft, often penetrating the earth for some two or three kilometers. Then, a horizontal well bore is drilled in an area believed to contain trapped natural gas or oil. Under high pressure a cocktail of chemicals, water, and sand are pumped into the well. This pressure creates fissures in the shale formation, from which oil and gas can escape.

Fracking Rushed Through to Avoid Protests and Maximize Profits

While oil and gas companies have been quick to develop and implement fracking operations, there has been little empirical evidence and few long-term studies conducted to test the safety on natural ecosystems and human populations. It is only more recently that studies have been undertaken which highlight the consequences. A recent study by a Cornell University-led research team, published in the National Academy of Sciences, underscored the risks of these operations. The report into 41,000 conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania revealed that many of the oil and gas wells tapping the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania are leaking methane gas, either into the air or into underground sources of drinking water. (1)

Another more recent study showed that oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought. Fracking was banned in New York last week due to water pollution and climate concerns. While the amount of water used for fracking varies widely from well to well, it seems strange to risk contamination of underground aquifers and ecosystems by polluting the most crucial resource on the planet. (1a)

The Low Hanging Fruit Are All But Gone

David Hughes a geoscientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada for nearly four decades, including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada, has most recently worked on a paper titled “Drill, Baby, Drill, Can Unconventional Fuels Usher in a New Era of Abundance.” In conjunction with the Post Carbon Institute, he outlines the fundamental problem with unconventional resource plays such as fracking: “The net energy, or ‘energy returned on energy invested’ (EROEI), of unconventional resources is generally much lower than for conventional resources (traditional oil fields such as those found in Texas and the Middle East). Lower EROEI translates to higher production costs, lower production rates, and usually more collateral environmental damage in extraction.” (2)

So why is there so much fracking going on?

It is estimated that over 500,000 wells have been developed in the U.S alone over the last decade. Unlike traditional (conventional oil) fields which can take decades before they enter decline, fracking has high depletion rates. Estimates and predictions on the rate of depletion from unconventional oil and gas plays vary. However, it is generally agreed that decline rates of individual wells are very steep, especially early in the life of the well (as much as 75% in the first year for the average Eagle Ford), though the decline rates become lower over time and eventually stabilize at around 6 to 7% per year in the Bakken. (3) This means that once a well is fracked, most of the resource has been utilized, hence, the continual need to expand and move to new locations. To put this into context, one of the largest oil fields in Saudi Arabia and the world, “Ghawar,” produced up to 5 million barrels of oil per day in 2009.(4) It takes U.S. fracking operations thousands of wells and fields to match this one well’s production output. Some of the U.S. fields are retrieving as little as 100 barrels of oil per day from a well, hence why they need to exploit more and more territory. While significant amounts of (natural gas) are extracted through fracking, the more highly valued and prized product is shale oil, also known as tight oil.

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

The world now uses approximately 93 million barrels of oil each day. This is a dramatic increase from the 1980’s when the world was using around 58 million barrels per day.(5) Back in 1980 there were just over 400 million vehicles on the world’s roads, today there are over 1 billion, most of which run on some form of crude oil. Similarly, in those days China and India weren’t major consumers of oil. Today China uses around 10.68 million barrels per day compared to the 19 million of the U.S. The People’s Republic of China now has the second largest fleet in the world behind the U.S, with slightly more than 78 million vehicles, overtaking Japan in 2010. (6)

This thirst for black gold has seen the development of fracking, tar sands, and deep water drilling as conventional fields start depleting. All these activities represent efforts to maintain production and keep up with global demand. Thus fracking has spread out of the U.S, where it originated, to many corners of the globe. Off the back of the Josh Fox documentary “Gasland,” “Frackman” is taking to the streets in Australia to raise awareness and try to put an end to the environmental destruction being perpetrated. Check out his efforts to help put an end to Coal Seam Gas exploration down under…

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Article compiled by Andrew Martin, editor of onenesspublishing  and author of Rethink…Your world, Your future.

RethinkcoverCE2Source: excerpts from Rethink…Your world, Your future.

(1) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-fracking-safe-for-the-public-and-environment/

(1a) http://www.climatecentral.org/news/fracking-water-use-skyrockets-19177

(2) J. David. Hughes. Drill, baby Drill, Can Unconventional Fuels Usher in a new era of energy abundance?, Post Carbon Institute, February 2013.

(3) http://peakoilbarrel.com/oil-field-models-decline-rates-convolution/

(4) http://www.geoexpro.com/articles/2010/04/the-king-of-giant-fields

(5) http://www.indexmundi.com/energy.aspx

(6) Automobiles and Truck Trends.” Plunkett Research. John Sousanis (2011-08-15). “World Vehicle Population Tops 1 Billion Units.” Ward AutoWorld.

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The Solution To Global Food Shortages, Contamination & Inflated Prices?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Modern agriculture is not sustainable for our planet and is damaging our soil, depleting it of all its nutrients. We are needing more and more pesticides and chemical fertilizers to grow our crops. Aquponics is one much more sustainable option.

  • Reflect On:

    If we have the means to grow an abundance of food for everyone that wouldn't cause damage to the soil, or feed us unnecessary poisons, why wouldn't we?

There is no doubt about it, a growing problem today with food shortages and inflated food prices across the globe exists. For a long time, the answer to these issues has been the implementation of genetically engineered crops, according to many mainstream scientists at least. Unfortunately, this method of farming is contaminating our soil and depleting it of its nutrients, which are essential for growing vitamin-rich foods. The vast amount of chemical pesticides that are sprayed on genetically modified crops make it next to impossible to grow anything else and especially without the use of these pesticides. Considering there are much more natural, and efficient ways of growing ample amounts of the food we need to survive, one might wonder why we haven’t begun to implement these technologies on a mass scale.

Vortex Aquaponics

One of these solutions is a method of growing produce, known as aquaponics. One company, in particular, Vortex Aquaponics has made it their goal to grow an abundance of organic food and even produce clean fish, all without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Their objectives are:

  • Efficiently grow plants with a systematic process that is conducive to the local area
  • Produce non-contaminated mineral dense fruits, vegetables, and fish, with full lab tests
  • Create a streamlined process to sell and distribute small to large aquaponics systems
  • Offer complete aquaponics education programs to offer to the public and new customers

Is It Time For A Complete Overhaul On Our Current Food Production System?

Perhaps surprisingly a recent Consumer Reports survey showed that 84% of American consumers purchase organic food. This is great news, and it could signify the beginning of the end of genetically modified foods if organic food producers are able to keep up with the demand. Supply shortages are one of the greatest threats facing the industry today. Sales of organic food make up four percent of the total food sales while the amount of acreage devoted to organic agriculture is less than one percent of total U.S. land used for agriculture.

What Is Aquaponics?

According to Vortex Aquaponics,

“Aquaponics” the combination of Aquaculture (culture of fish) and Hydroponics (culture of plants without soil) integrated into a single agricultural system that works in many climates yielding an abundant amount of organic vegetation and edible fish.

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Why choose Vortex Aquaponics?

  • Up to 10 times more production in the same amount of space horizontally without the plants being overcrowded.
  • Requires approximately 1/4 the labor of almost all other food production methods.
  • Virtual elimination of weeds, pests, diseases, viruses and pathogens for both aquatic and plant life alike
  • 100% free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other toxic chemicals
  • No watering plants! The aquaponics system uses 98% less water than normal.   Because the water is constantly re-circulating, and you do not lose any to soil absorption. The roots of your plants are constantly submerged in nutrient-rich water and you never have to worry about watering your plants again.
  • Multiple Sources of Income: Selling the plants, finished products, raising fish, selling seeds, etc..
  • Plants grow twice as fast.  The plants are getting nutrients 24/7 and don’t have the stress of traditional soil grown plants.
  • Uses up to 70% less Energy than traditional growing methods.
  • Many useful by-products are created that can be used to produce other crops, fruit trees, soils, biofuels and renewable energy

How Does This Actually Work?

All of the materials that are used by aquaponics systems align with their eco-friendly vision and include

1.  Vertical growing columns (Aquapot Vertical Towers): These are used for green leafy veggies and herbs
2.  Media Beds: For vines and larger crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, fruiting plants, and root vegetables
3.  Fish Tanks: For raising the fish of your choice
4.  Solids Collector: For keeping the system clean
5.  De-Gasser: For putting oxygen back into the system
6.  Water Pump: For pumping the water up to the top of the column and recirculating the water
7.  Air Pump: Provides oxygen for the plants and the fish
8. Dome Greenhouse or hoop house

Vortex aquapnics also has an education system where they teach school children how the system works and why it is important for our future.

Is This Sounding Too Good To Be True?

These systems are already underway and being used to grow food. There are already 3 successful systems set up in Puerto Rico, China and Canada. The goal is to make these systems, widespread across the globe and supplement the demands for organic produce, while most likely over time wiping out other forms of agriculture that are not sustainable for our planet.

This goes that we do have the technology that is needed to ensure that no one goes hungry and we don’t have to be using the outdated and often destructive methods of industrial agriculture anymore. Times are changing and this system has the potential to transform the agricultural industry in a big way.

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Is This End of Milk? Why 52 Dairy Farms In New York Just Lost Their Wholesale Contracts

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  • The Facts:

    As awareness continues to grow, more and more dairy farms are going out of business while plant-based alternatives are on the rise.

  • Reflect On:

    With so many alternatives available, do we really need to keep supporting this industry that has always put profit before people? Milk does not do a body, the environment or the animals any good at all.

As more and more people awaken to the benefits of a plant-based diet, due to ethical, health and environmental concerns, we are seeing a massive decline in the sales of dairy. 52 New York dairy farms have lost their wholesale contracts as no one is lined up to buy their product as of the beginning of July.

According to CBS New York, the average American drinks 37 percent less cow milk than they did in 1970. So, why the decline? Awareness has been growing for a number of years about the conditions in which dairy cows are raised, the hormones and antibiotics they are given, and the food they are being fed. People are realizing that maybe milk, in turn, does not do a body good. Not to mention the profound impact on the environment to raise these animals in the first place. Many believe that it is actually unnatural for humans to consume milk past the weaning stage from their mother’s breast milk — like all other members of the animal kingdom.

Plant-based alternatives have been taking over and we are seeing a wide variety popping up all over supermarket shelves. Everything from cashew, coconut, peas, rice, oats, almonds, flax seeds, hazelnuts, hemp macadamia, and soy, it appears as though ditching the dairy has never been easier. The demand for milk alternatives is so high that the global dairy-free milk market is expected to reach 14.4 billion by 2020.

Elmhurst Dairy

Just last year we saw just how much plant-based milk alternatives have been taking over when Elmhurst Dairy, one of the largest dairy manufacturers on the East Coast of the United States switched their entire operation over to nut-based milk alternatives.

CEO of the company, Henry Swartz, said that the company had been operating at high costs and noted that “Pasteurized fluid milk has sort of gone out of style. We are unable to continue to go on without ongoing losses. There isn’t much room for our kind of business. I tried to keep this open because it was my father’s plant and he asked me to do so.”

Elmhurst’s new nut milk products are part of a new brand called Milked and according to Swartz, their milk has “up to 4 times more nuts per serving than the other leading brands” and will be available in four varieties, almond, hazelnut, cashew, and walnut. Each contains only raw cold-milled nuts and simple ingredients. And “No emulsifiers, thickeners, whiteners or frankenfood proteins” are used.

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The End Of Dairy As We Know It?

As more awareness is raised, the conscious consumer recognizes the importance of ditching the milk. Interestingly enough, many people never liked milk in the first place but were encouraged to drink it because of the media constantly pushing it as a health food, making us believe that it is one of the main components of healthy bone development.

A large study coming from researchers at the Uppsala University in Sweden found that drinking milk led to an increased mortality rate and actually made bones more prone to fracturing, not less.

The study was recently published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal and was specifically conducted to examine whether high milk consumption is associated with mortality and fractures in both men and women.

The above studies are just a few out of many examples that tell us that milk isn’t all it has been cracked up to be. With dairy being one of the main food groups in the Canadian and American food guides, it is easy to see how the dairy associations of these countries have duped us. Unfortunately, as with most Big Businesses it is and always has been, profit before people, and they will and have done whatever it takes to make us believe that we need milk to keep us healthy. I’m sure we all remember the “got milk” ads, featuring celebrities and athletes with milk moustaches? Propaganda at it’s finest.

Could It Be The End Of Big Meat As Well?

Big dairy isn’t the only one facing the heat. Along with the rising awareness of the truth about milk, many people are looking at meat with a skeptical eye as well. Perhaps this is why, in the U.S. alone, veganism has risen by 600% since 2014.

Being vegan, or if you prefer to not have the label but following a plant-based diet – is no longer taboo or a laughing matter.

The results are in and more and more people across the globe are choosing an animal-free diet. Why this has happened can be attributed to a number of different reasons. –

An increased awareness towards the atrocities that are taking place on factory farms.

  • Compassion towards animals.
  • A drive for increased personal health and wellness.
  • A growing concern towards the environmental destruction caused by meat eating.
  • A shift in consciousness within ourselves that leads to a greater connection to the body, earth, and animals.

One thing is for sure, as we shift and our awareness continues to grow, people are taking responsibility and making big changes in their lives.

According to the video below,

“Veganism in the U.S. has increased by 600% in the past three years alone. Six percent of Americans identified as vegans in 2017, compared to only one percent in 2014. Non-dairy milk sales have also increased by 61% since 2012, which is causing traditional cow milk sales to decrease. According to data released by GrubHub, people chose vegan food 195% more in the first half of 2017 than the year before.

The trend is spreading globally too, people identifying as ‘vegans’ increased 350% in the UK, compared to a decade ago. Vegetarianism rose by 400% in the last 10 years in Portugal. In HongKong, 22% of people are practicing a plant-based diet. In China, even the government is getting on the plant-based train, by encouraging people to cut their meat consumption in half. Researchers think China’s plant-based market will grow more than 17% by 2020. Based on these numbers, it’s clear that more and more people are shifting toward plant-based diets.”

Power To The People

This is simply one example of how much power we — as the consumers, really have. If it weren’t for us learning the truth about the dairy industry, and how harmful the production of milk is for our planet, how the animals on these factory farms are treated and the potential health implications from milk consumption we would not be seeing such a drastic decline in the sales of milk. This goes for everything in our lives, if you don’t want to see something happening, simply stop supporting it. Putting your money where your mouth is, and voting with your dollar is a powerful way to create real change on this planet. It’s time to walk our talk, speak and spread our truth, and be the change we wish to see in the world.

Make Your Own Nutmilk

Homemade nut milks are not only super easy but much more affordable and less wasteful than most store-bought brands. They have more nuts per serving, which means more essential vitamins and minerals. Homemade nut milks are also better because they aren’t loaded with thickening agents and preservatives. Check out the video below to learn how to make a very simple Vanilla Almond Nutmilk

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Could This Be The Solution To Our Earth & Ocean Pollution Epidemic?

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  • The Facts:

    One of the biggest environmental challenges we face is pollution. This affects our land masses and our oceans. CarbonCycle is an initiative that converts waste into useable materials.

  • Reflect On:

    Through Earth Cycle, you can help get involved in this great initiative. See the Earth Cycle link below for more details.

It is no secret that we are generating waste at an alarming rate across the entire planet. What’s worse is that much of this waste ends up in landfills where it won’t break down properly for centuries or even longer. Let’s not forget about the astronomical amount of waste that is being dumped into our oceans and waterways — polluting the oceans themselves along with the entirety of the marine life and coral reefs.

Often, because it this isn’t something that we see, in our faces every day it is easy to take an “out of sight, out of mind,” type of attitude in regards to this issue. Thankfully many environmentally responsible companies are emerging to try and figure out a solution to this problem of epidemic proportions.

CarbonCycle, for example, has the initiative to convert unwanted waste into value-added products with their proprietary technology. They are able to create a multitude of usable carbon and oil-based products from plastic, tires, paper, and other materials.

America alone generates more than 500 billion pounds of municipal waste annually. This garbage is generally sent to a landfill, burned, or dumped into our waterways and oceans. Of course, this causes obvious environmental issues and is a financial and ethical one for many industries. The waste that is being thrown out is made from valuable natural resources that are being drastically underutilized and have been for decades. This all comes at a cost to the consumers, companies, our planet Earth and the future of our children.

What Can We Do?

CarbonCycle’s solution is to reinvent the age-old technology of pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is a relatively new technology that essentially can create the equivalent of energy “gold” from straight up garbage. This involves taking the waste and then heating it in a batch manner; depriving of oxygen, they are then able to separate the various materials into their most basic elemental components. For example, plastic is essentially made from oil, whereas wood and paper products are comprised of mostly carbon. These byproducts — oil and carbon have numerous applications from bio-diesel to water and air filters.

Their unique business model reverses the concept of paying for the materials and COGs and is able to create a revenue from it instead. They are able to do this by offering an environmentally and financially responsible option for unwanted material and disposal at a discounted cost to their customers. They accept the “waste” material and are able to turn it into high-demand and revenue generating commodities. Our current method of waste disposal doesn’t even compare to the technology and processes that use little to no additional energy and produce next to no harmful pollutants that CarbonCycle offers.

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America is currently spending a minimum of 13.5 Billion dollars on waste disposal at landfills — this number is only expected to grow. At the same time, there has been more pressure put on companies to move towards a zero-waste policy or purchase carbon credits. CarbonCycle allows companies alternative options at a discount and the opportunity to recycle their waste at a much lower cost.

Believe it or not, the crude oil market tops $1.7 Trillion dollar market and there is a large demand for sustainable, carbon neutral and domestic sourcing.

The market for crude oil is an astonishing 1.7 trillion dollar market with a high demand for a carbon neutral, sustainable and domestic sourcing. The entire diverse carbon market is over $15 billion, it includes charcoal, activated carbon, biochar and a variety of other industrial uses.

Could This Be The Solution We Have Been Looking For?

Some more quick facts about CarbonCycle,

  • Their patented technologies enable 98% of all industrial, agricultural and urban waste to be converted into energy, biofuel, and biochar, all awhile creating 0.00% toxic emissions.
  • CarbonCycle’s model produces 30-70% annual return on investment because they sell the produced energy and products at a fraction of the cost of market value.
  • In Collaboration with EarthCycle an international decentralized resource pool for sustainable and green positive change businesses, CarbonCycle has created a franchise like model that will allow these facilities to be built and managed anywhere in the world.
  • If every landfill in the world utilized a CarbonCycle model and facility they could create much more annual profit, while drastically reducing the amount of environmental toxicity and lowering the amount of stored waste to 2%.
  • The EarthCycle fund intends to build CarbonCycle facilities on aircraft carriers in an effort to start gathering and processing plastic and other trash that is currently polluting our oceans, first stop, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

We have the ability to get the trash out of the landfills and the oceans and turn it back into something useful, rather than having it sit there and pollute our planet. Why wouldn’t we start to utilize this method?

CarbonCycle is one of several world-changing solutions being funded by EarthCycle; a decentralized resource pool for green positive change businesses. Learn more and get involved at http://earthcycle.io/?ref_code=0nB8WUmu

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