… Shows the political power corporate has even in Portland where “green” is thought of as a given …

Multnomah County commissioners endorse city of Portland’s plan to fluoridate water supply

 

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 4:40 PM     Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 6:06 PM

 By Dana Tims, The Oregonian ….http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/08/multnomah_county_commissioners_26.html

Multnomah County’s commissioners unanimously lent their support Wednesday to plans by the city of Portland to fluoridate its water supply. 

The five board members, in a letter to Mayor Sam Adams and the city’s commissioners, wrote that fluoridated community water supplies significantly reduce cavity rates in both children and adults. 

"Childhood dental decay requires a lifetime of treatments," according to the two-page letter. "A single childhood cavity can cost more than $2,000 over time." 

They noted that Multnomah County, "as the state’s largest safety net dental care provider," treated more than 22,000 people last year who are on the Oregon Health Plan or who lack any type of dental insurance. In 62,000 visits last year, they said, county dental providers placed more than 16,000 fillings and extracted more than 6,000 teeth.

"Community water fluoridation is a safe, effective, and affordable way to prevent tooth decay and reduce health care costs among all community members, young and old," they wrote. "We encourage you to proceed with your proposal to fluoridate Portland’s drinking water." 

The issue has generated controversy since the Portland proposal surfaced earlier this month. Portland commissioners are scheduled to vote on the proposal Sept. 12. A presumed yes vote means the ordinance would take effect 30 days later. 

Critics of the plan are launching a competing effort that would ask voters in 2014 to ban fluoride from local drinking water

 

PEPSICO … purveyors of Aquafina … Aquafina Flavor Splash … Propel Zero …. Sobe lifewater … producers of millions upon millions plastic bottles … and water of no greater quality than what “mother-nature” provides to them … And for that, what they receive an award … check out the source for this information 

 

PepsiCo Receives 2012 Stockholm Industry Water Award at World Water Week

Company recognized for improving water efficiency by more than 20% since 2006 – reaching goal four years early

STOCKHOLM, Aug. 28, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) today received the Stockholm Industry Water Award in recognition of the company’s innovative and outstanding water stewardship initiatives. The award, given during World Water Week, honors the business sector’s contribution to sustainable water management, improved performance in production, and innovative approaches in water process technologies.

"PepsiCo is honored to accept this award from the Stockholm Industry Water Award Jury.  This prestigious award is validation of our water conservation efforts.   Reducing our water usage drivescost reductions and reduces our overall environmental footprint, and so we’re innovating to make the most of every drop of water used," said Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.  "These water reduction efforts are part of our overall Performance with Purpose strategy, which includes our promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where the company operates."

PepsiCo was recognized for the unparalleled steps it has taken to conserve water across its business operations and agricultural supply chain including:

  • Improving global water use efficiency by more than 20% per unit of production achieving its water goal a full four years ahead of schedule.

  • Conserving nearly 16 billion liters of water in 2011, from a 2006 baseline, through the application of water-saving equipment and technologies, creative recycling and re-use, and by deploying a water management system throughout its manufacturing facilities.

  • Reducing water and energy related costs by more than $45 million in 2011, compared to 2006.

  • Innovating a variety of agricultural practices and technologies around the world that are designed to reduce water use in farming through new irrigation techniques, and tools that help farmers deliver fertilizer and water to their crops at the most efficient time.

  • Providing access to safe water for more than 1 million people with the PepsiCo Foundation and other partners.

"PepsiCo has successfully reduced water consumption in its production, and extended its commitment beyond the company’s own operations to help solve water challenges on a broad scale," the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Award Jury said when announcing the award. The jury added that, "PepsiCo’s water commitment has not stopped at the factory walls," as the company has, "saved water all along its agricultural supply chain.

PepsiCo is participating in numerous events focused on water stewardship and sustainable agriculture throughout World Water Week and is proud to recognize several of the PepsiCo Foundation’s partners for their support in winning the award, including Water.org, the Columbia Water Center, Safe Water Network, China Women’s Development Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Reducing water use in the company’s agricultural supply chain was a key element to PepsiCo reaching its water reduction goal four years early. In recognizing PepsiCo’s water stewardship efforts, SIWI cited the company’s water management practices in its day-to-day operations, some of which include:

  • "i-crop", a ‘precision-farming’ technology, and web-based tool – developed by PepsiCo in conjunction with the United Kingdom’s Cambridge University – that enables PepsiCo’s farmers to monitor, manage and reduce their water use and carbon emissions, while also maximizing potential yield and quality.  Initial trials of i-crop across 46 of PepsiCo’s U.K. potato farms have already seen a 13 percent increase in crop yield and an 8 percent reduction in water usage.

  • Direct seeding, an agronomic practice in paddy cultivation used in India, which is quickly expanding across other markets as well. Rather than growing seedlings in a nursery, planting them, and then flooding farmers’ fields, direct seeding allows the seed to be planted directly into the ground, bypassing the nursery. This removes the need for flood irrigation, reducing water use by as much as 30 percent.

  • ReCon, a tool named for Resource Conservation that allows manufacturing facilities to conduct self-audits of their water management practices, and identify and respond to water conservation improvements. The company is planning to extend ReCon into the agriculture area and can apply many of the same principles to understand water risk in the supply chain.

  • Near net zero plant, built in Casa Grande, Arizona that achieved a "near net zero" vision — transforming an existing facility to be as far "off the grid" as possible and run primarily on renewable energy sources and recycled water (up to 75% of water is recycled), while sending zero landfill waste.

About PepsiCo PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.

About the Stockholm Industry Water Award The Stockholm Industry Water Award honors the business sector’s contribution to sustainable water management. It recognizes improved performance in production processes, new products, and management, as well as innovative approaches in water and wastewater process technologies which together help to improve the world water situation. The Award was established in 2000 by the Stockholm International Water Institute in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. For more information, visithttp://www.siwi.org/siwa.

SOURCE PepsiCo, Inc.

 

… This is how Romney and his Republican$ handle “freedom of speech” issues at his convention … If you don’t agree you don’t get to speak …

Hot Mic Catches Republican Praising Censorship of Ron Paul

 

“Well done! Whoever controlled the microphone did a great job”

Paul Joseph Watson …Prison Planet.com … Wednesday, August 29, 2012 … http://www.prisonplanet.com/hot-mic-catches-republican-praising-censorship-of-ron-paul.html

During a roll call of states at the Republican National Convention yesterday, an attendee was caught on a hot mic praising the moment where Ron Paul’s delegate result was accidentally censored as a result of an audio failure.

As representatives of Georgia read out their delegate results, Ron Paul’s name and result was lost as a result of a microphone failure.

“Well done! Whoever controlled the microphone did a great job,” one of the RNC attendees standing nearby was caught saying as others around him snickered.

The results were repeated, proving that the act of censorship was not deliberate, but the attitude of establishment Republicans in welcoming the sidelining of the Texas Congressman is emblematic of how Paul and his delegates have been treated by the GOP establishment at every turn.

Paul-nominated delegations were intentionally seated in the bleachers and on the fringes of the convention center so as to limit their vocal influence as much as possible in Mitt Romney’s home city.

 

“Delegates from U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas Islands get better seats than Ron Paul’s supporters,” reported the Houston Chronicle.

Ron Paul’s campaign manager Jesse Benton, who many have accused of sabotaging the Paul campaign in order to advance his own political career, failed to kick up a fuss and in fact all but welcomed the situation, stating, “I am glad so many of our delegates get to sit close together.”

 

Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) reacted somewhat differently, calling for an audit of the Republican National Committee.

However, Paul supporters were not to be completely silenced, expressing their fury at a last minute rule change which greased the skids for an unchallenged anointment of Mitt Romney by chanting “let him speak” and “point of order” during the convention, while others walked out in protest.

 

As the New American explains, “The RNC’s rule change effectively disenfranchised Republicans supporting anyone other than the Establishment’s man and left 10 of Maine’s 24 delegates locked out of the process, preventing them from casting votes for Ron Paul.”

This meant Paul was robbed of a chance to speak at the convention in a move that will effectively nullify any future effort for any grass roots candidate to influence the GOP.

The rule change now forces delegates to side with the winner of the popular vote cast at state caucuses or primaries.

“It’s a disgusting, disgusting display of a hostile takeover from the top down,” Maine delegate Ashley Ryan told the L.A. Times.

“If they vote for Romney and he’s democratically elected, then he’s democratically elected. We just want a choice,” said Minnesota delegate Gary Heyer, who confirmed that his state along with Nevada, Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska, and the Virgin Islands had all submitted documents nominating Ron Paul.