Posts tagged ‘coke’

April 23, 2011

Coke Reusable Rainwater Project Works

Coke symbol of American thirst Kudos to Coke for this project. Whatever their reasoning for doing this it is a message to us all that we need to change our thinking about water usage and recycling. Their products are still not very healthy and in many cases detrimental to our health. But they taste good and I must admit popping the top of a cold coke on a summer day brings on good memories and refreshes.

In celebration of Earth Week, Coca-Cola teamed up with Detroit-based non-profit Urban Farming to launch a rainwater harvesting project at local community gardens. The project uses repurposed Coca-Cola syrup barrels to conserve water and create a sustainable water supply for vegetation in the Urban Farming gardens; thus helping to provide free, fresh produce to the community. The recycled rainwater harvesting systems will be placed in nine community gardens located throughout Detroit. With help and materials from Home Depot, garden structures called “pergolas” will be constructed within each garden and equipped with a rain barrel, solar panel and pump system.

waste water gardenThe rain barrel will capture rainwater from the roof of the pergolas, store and filter the water into the pump. The solar pump is connected to a drip irrigation system which when activated will water the plant life in the garden.

“This Earth Day project highlights the need to learn about the new green technologies that are necessary to preserve our planet and expose our community members to green businesses and green collar job opportunities in the emerging Green Economy,” said Taja Sevelle, founder and executive director of Urban Farming.

To date, Urban Farming and its partners have planted and facilitated over 24,000 community and residential gardens across the country and abroad; 1,200 of them in Detroit and surrounding areas.

April 9, 2011

Hostage Nation: The Continuing War On Drugs

The book Hostage Nation

Treehouser doe not normally talk about books but the United States’ continuing War on Drugs in Columbia and the intermixing of questionable politics and money-making corporate bedfellows deserves a call out. At the core of most conflicts around the world is some sort of moneymaking deal. In this case it is pesticides to poison the coca crop from the air. And make no mistakes we the people are paying for it out of our pockets in taxes and in the form of the crime it engenders when illegal drug sources dry up. Draw your own conclusions.

Hostage Nation is a great read, but its title is something of misnomer. What the book is really about is the capture of four American contractors by FARC guerrillas after their plane went down on an anti-coca pesticide-spraying mission in 2003. One was executed by the FARC at the scene; the others spent more than five years in captivity in the jungles of Colombia before being rescued by the Colombian military in a stunning charade in which Colombian soldiers tricked rebels into delivering their hostages, who also included the famous former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, into their waiting arms.

In a sense, though, Hostage Nation is a synecdoche for Colombia’s experience fighting its own leftist guerrilla insurgency — the longest-lived insurgency in the hemisphere, now in its 47th year — as well as fighting America’s war on drugs. In a very real sense, Colombia has been a hostage nation — held hostage by its own internal divisions and American drug war geopolitics, as well as seeing hundreds, if not thousands of its citizens literally held hostage, taken captive to be used as bargaining chips by the FARC in its relentless struggle against the Colombian state.

And while, until the very last chapter, Hostage Nation does not directly confront US drug policies in Colombia or their failures, its briskly paced narrative illuminates — at times, starkly — just what those policies have wrought. At the beginning, the book opens a window into the murky world of American defense contractors and subcontractors working for the State Department in its efforts to poison the coca crop from the air. Those contractors, like Northrup Grumman, were perhaps the primary beneficiaries of Plan Colombia, gobbling up hundreds of millions of dollars in lucrative spraying contracts at taxpayer expense.

From the site original review written by Phillip Smith, April 06, 2011, 07:55pm, (Issue #678)