Re: Planting by the moon, newspaper mulch
lloyd kinder (email@example.com)
Thu, 05 Nov 1998 15:33:23 PST
>Lloyd, >I read recently that printing one edition of the Sunday New
>requires 75,000 trees (not surprising if you've ever seen it). It bears
>mentioning that a typical mainstream newspaper is at least 60 percent
>advertising. We can ponder not only that a lot of trees die for the
>of hucksterism, but the impact all that advertising has on the "news"
>content that's wrapped around it. It's a good advertisement for seeking
>out alternative media that scrape by without advertising.
>As a former newspaperite myself, I can tell you that newspaper
>conglomerates are always crying poor-mouth because of "the cost of
>newsprint." The more well-heeled media magnates have actually bought
>own forests so as to lower their costs (vertical integration I think
>called). >Best regards, >Leo Horrigan
>Center for a Livable Future
>Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Public Health
Hi Leo. Thanks for the info. Another guy seemed to have other figures.
He said 50% of each tree is used for lumber and another 30%, the worst
part, is made into pulp for paper. I think he also said about 30% of
each newspaper is made from recycled paper, maybe by law. Looks like
that figure could be raised. Do you favor using hemp etc for paper? I
read that Hearst had lots of acres of trees in the 30s and Kentucky's
imminent plans to produce hemp for paper threatened Hearst's profits, so
he had his nephew, I think, in the U.S. Treasury Dept, or the like, to
start up the Narcotics Bureau and make hemp/marijuana illegal. Hearst
ran stories about the dangers of marijuana in his paper, I believe, and
funded the film, Reefer Madness. I read that hemp also threatened the
oil and chemical industries, because it could also be used to make fuel
and chemicals. So Hearst had plenty of partners in his scheme. Most of
them seem to have had close ties to the Nazis. I'm not in favor of
legalizing the smoking of marijuana, because of its apparent harmful
effects, but I favor letting farmers grow it for industry and I favor
prosecuting only dealers in marijuana, not users, such as those who grow
it for their own use. --- Now what about the toxicity of white paper?
Someone said it still contains dioxin, for one thing. Do some of the
oils used for colored pictures in newspapers still contain cadmium, etc?
I'd like to use such paper for mulch, etc, but it it's toxic, I won't.
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