from West Goshen Township Newsletter, vol. 20, no. 1 (summer 2010) [A new idea in West Goshen 9 years ago, but not yet in West Chester, it seems…]
West Goshen Township has added a new weapon in its arsenal against ice: beet juice. Dry salt is effective at lowering the melting temperature of ice to about 15 degrees Fahrenheit—that is, it will melt ice at temperatures of 15 degrees or above. De-sugared beet molasses, when added to dry salt or brine, can melt ice at temperatures as low as -25 degrees, while adding traction, acting as a corrosion inhibitor, and not harming the environment like other brine additives. The beet juice solution is not slippery and doesn’t stain roads or cars. The salt brine and beet juice combination provide optimal results, allowing maximum melting while releasing the least amount of salt onto the roadways. Because the brine solution does not need to be spread as heavily as road salt, trucks do not need to refill as often, meaning additional fuel savings.
Beyond Pesticides, 12/14/18. [Climate change + pesticides: a deadly combination for bumblebees… and flowering plants]
(Beyond Pesticides, December 14, 2018) The richness, diversity, and abundance of wild bumblebees in Vermont has plummeted over the last century, according to an analysis from researchers at the University of Vermont and Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE). This research adds fresh evidence to the growing realization that mankind is witnessing and contributing to, as the New York Times recently labeled, a worldwide insect apocalypse. “We’re losing bumblebees even before we fully understand their benefits to our economy and well-being, or how they fit into ecosystems,” said Kent McFarland, study coauthor and conservation biologist at VCE in a press release.
Researchers conducted surveys with the help of 53 trained citizen scientists. Alongside the researchers, these individuals surveyed bumblebee populations through a combination of photos of wild bees and net collections. In total, over 81% of the state’s municipalities were included in the survey, representing all of Vermont pollinator’s biophysical regions….
Read more at Beyond Pesticides.
The whole East Coast, including Pennsylvania, has been among the states with the lowest historical incidence of serious cases of West Nile Virus. Map from Centers for Disease Control:
Friday Aug. 31, 11:30am to 1pm, rain or shine.
Show our views about pesticide spraying at the weekly Concerned Constituent Action Group rally.
Location: NW Corner of High Street and Market Street, at the Historic Chester County Courthouse, West Chester.
Bring a poster or DSM sign, or pick up one there.
On-street parking or park at the Bicentennial Parking Garage at 20 S. High Street, West Chester.
DSM had a table with handouts and activities such as children coloring in the tree design on our reusable shopping bags:
Friends of the Earth, April 27, 2018
Friends of the Earth urges EPA and food retailers to follow
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The European Union (EU) governments today voted to ban the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops.
The vote by the EU comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed regulatory action on most uses of neonicotinoids until 2018, despite receiving more than six million public comments urging the pesticide be banned in the U.S.
In response to the vote, Tiffany Finck-Haynes, senior food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth issued the following statement:
“The EU’s groundbreaking ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides is a huge win for pollinators, people and the planet. Given the overwhelming body of scientific evidence and overwhelming public concern, EPA as well as leading U.S. food retailers like Kroger should take immediate action and eliminate the use of these toxic pesticides.”
See wehat food retailers are or are not doing in the download Swarming the Aisles II: Rating top retailers on pesticide reduction and organic food to protect pollinators at Friends of the Earth
The triply sponsored picnic was well attended with about 75 people in all, and weather improved for us during the day. A good time for community sharing by people concerned about environment and human wellness. Here are some representative photos of the event.
Suzanne Adams speaks for West Chester Food Co-op. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Assorted signs on display. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Tim Niiler demonstrates Tai Chi. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Pete Lane sings his “Please don’t you spray on me” song, Nathaniel Smith holds mike. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Children enjoying frozen yogurt courtesy of Whirled Peace. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Opportunity for film buffs:
Don’t Spray Me and Sierra Club Sustainability Committee are working with West Chester University to create an environmental film series to be rolled out this fall.
If you are interested in film and would like to join the group, please contact Margaret Hudgings, firstname.lastname@example.org.