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A Modest Proposal to End the World

1 Jun
  1. Enriched Flour
  2. Dextrose
  3. Vegetable Oil Shortening (Made from hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil)
  4. Water
  5. Sugar
  6. Soy flour
  7. Mono and diglycerides
  8. Dried yolk
  9. Wheat gluten
  10. Yeast
  11. Dry skim milk
  12. Calcium sulphate
  13. Ammonium sulphate
  14. Calcium Peroxide
  15. Calcium Phosphate Monobasic
  16. Calcium Phosphate Dibasic
  17. Ammonium Phosphate Dibisic
  18. Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate
  19. Whey Powder
  20. Modified Corn Starch
  21. Ascorbic Acid
  22. Sodium Bicarbonate
  23. Calcium Carbonate
  24. Lecithin
  25. Salt
  26. Calcium Propionate
  27. Cellulose Gum
  28. Natural Lemon
  29. Mace
  30. Cinnamon and Vanilla Flavours
  31. Artificial Pentosanase
  32. Protease
  33. Corn Maltodextrin
  34. Sodium Caseinate
  35. Corn Syrup Solids
  36. Agar
  37. Locust Bean Gum
  38. Sodium Phosphate Dibasic
  39. Sorbitan Monostearate
  40. BHT

Glaze may also contain:

  1. Calcium Carbonate
  2. Agar
  3. Locust Bean Gum
  4. Disodium Phosphate
  5. Sorbitan Monostearate

Manufactured by your local Krispy Kreme Doughnut Store under the authority or Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.


Keeping with the topic of junk-based foods in Tyler’s last post, I find it absolutely comical to list the ingredients of Krispy Kreme’s recipe for their original glazed donut. Krispy Kreme likes to boast that it’s their original recipe from as far back as 1937 – and this highlights the problem. We eat crap. People eat crap – and they would hate to stop. Continue reading


“Prostitutes raise temperatures” at COP15

18 Dec

Prior to the grand opening of COP15 and the Climate Summit for Mayors, hundreds of hotels, delegates and journalists received a letter from the Copenhagen’s mayor, along with a stack of postcards proclaiming, “Be sustainable: Don’t buy sex!”

The postcards were part of a campaign launched by the City Council urging the international delegates and press to refrain from buying sex during their stay in Copenhagen.

BUT the postcards caused a prompt reaction from a sex worker organization (SIO), recommending its members offer free sex to delegates who are able to show their accreditation and a copy of the postcard.

City Council member Margrethe Wivel, however, believes that it is imperative Copenhagen takes a clear stand against prostitution, even though it is legal (since 1999): “The only reason it is legal is that you do not want to turn socially marginalized women into criminals. To be frank, we have modern slavery in the streets of Copenhagen. Consequently, we need to decrease the demand for sexual services and explode the myth of the happy whore. Life as a prostitute is rough and we have to make that very clear to potential clients. That is why we have made the postcards. Finally, it is worth noting that SIO only represents 79 prostitutes i.e. SIO only speaks on behalf of approximately one percent of the prostitutes in Denmark. And as far as I know, only five of their members are actually willing to offer free sex in return for a postcard.”

Ironically, one of the “hotels” that received a batch of postcards from the mayor’s office was Studio Freya, which is reportedly a brothel!

The Nest International ( is an organization which fights against women trafficking. Sorry, no equivalent site in English available.

Other sources:

Prior to the grand opening of COP15 and the Climate Summit for Mayor

7 Sins of Greenwashing

15 Dec

With the rise of the global environmental movement, citizens (=consumers) need to be responsible consumers. The seven sins of greenwashing, developed by TerraChoice has the purpose of “maintaining the pressure for truth and clarity in environmental marketing”.

Green-wash (verb): the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.

Risks of greenwashing (by TerraChoice):

If more greenwashing means that marketers are increasingly responding to the demand for sustainable products, this could be a positive trend. If left unchecked, greenwashing creates significant risks:

  • Well-intentioned consumers will be misled into purchases that do not deliver on their environmental promise. When this happens, the consumer’s trust is misplaced and the potential environmental benefit of his or her purchase is wasted
  • Competitive pressure from illegitimate environmental claims will take market share away from products that offer legitimate benefits, thereby slowing the spread of real environmental innovation in the marketplace
  • Greenwashing will lead to cynicism and doubt about all environmental claims. Consumers will give up on marketers and manufacturers, and give up on the hope that their spending might be put to good use
  • The sustainability movement will lose the power of the market to accelerate progress towards

Resources on green purchasing:

Responsible Puchasing Network:
My Big Green Purse:
Green Your:
The Daily Green:
Sustainability Purchasing Network:

A Talk with Galen Weston – CEO of Loblaws

14 Dec

This morning at the contact group on the Annex 1 parties emission reduction meeting, we bumped into Galen Weston, the CEO of Loblaw Companies Limited. He graciously accepted a quick interview following the session however he did not allow us to take video. When asked about his role at the conference as an advisor to Jim Prentice, he told us that he was there to listen to feedback from people like us and provide his opinion on matters as the head of the largest grocer in Canada. So, we discussed Canada’s low targets with him, the possibility of Canadian leadership at this conference, and the issue of financing for other less developed countries for adaptation and technology transfer. 

When we asked him about the tar sands in Alberta, his response was that they are not going to be closed down because of their enormous money generating capacity, so it is best to look for the most environmentally friendly way to continue oil extraction and put a regulatory framework in place for oil companies to adhere to. He mentioned the urgency for this to take place as the developments are occuring so quickly and haphazzardly right now because oil giants know that stricter regulations are on their way. He gave a pretty standard doom and gloom answer about losing all jobs in canada if we attempt to move for a green energy economy and likened it to slow European growth over the past decade. Also, some of the difficulty with slowing down tar sands development lies within our political system, as the provinces have a lot of power over energy policy and therefore Alberta will need to get on board (obviously unlikely). 

We heard more about creating a new carbon market and trading emissions credits and he expanded a bit on how a framework for this in Canada will make it easier to have long term investment in green energy projects. Investment is already coming as we know that legislation is on it’s way he said. 

We talked with him also about the need to have the U.S., China, India, and Brazil brought into a new agreement as they are accounting for somewhere in the range of 90% of new emissions. 

As any advisor to a Conservative government would be expected to say,
“Don’t underestimate the market’s power to make change” was heard at least once. And it is difficult to disagree with this statement when we’ve seen Loblaws take reusable shopping bags and organic foods to the forefront of the Canadian food industry.

Orange in a Sea of Black

11 Dec

Today in the Bella Center youth are unmistakable. YuFuGe Day, or rather Young and Future Generations Day, has been marked in the Bella Centre by a sea of extremely bright orange shirts worn by youth. The shirts, which read “How old will you be in 2050?” on the front and “[Don’t bracket our future]” on the back are strengthening the point that climate change is not just an issue for adults in spiffy suits.  Youth are taking a stand and being a voice to show their concern for what is going on and to put pressure on decision makers at this conference. Today several activities were set up by youth and for youth on many topics, one being intergenerational equity (, this is a copy of what I read today here at the Bella Center). Yet youth are not only being active on YuFuGe Day, but protests involving both youth and adults are seen inside and outside the Bella Center daily. If you have been keeping up with our Facebook page you may have noticed some of our own UWSP delegation members participating in protests as well (nonviolent, of course).

I can’t say I wear the colour orange well, but I  have to admit that the shirts have been very effective. In 2050, I will be 59  years old, and many of the decision makers here at COP15 will no longer be around. The youth of today are as concerned as adults about climate change, and these vibrant orange shirts we are all decked out in only prove the point that these decisions will be affecting our generation.

Tyler and Sylvie with the orange YuFuGe Day shirts.

Canada Beats Around the Bush at Delegation Meeting

11 Dec

Every morning there are meetings where Canadians are able to meet with Michael Martin, Canada’s Lead Negotiator at COP15. Today Tyler, Sylvie and Emily from UWSP attended this meeting in order to get some more insight as to what is going on with Canada and why we aren’t saying anything. Our goal was to hear first hand why the government of Canada is not speaking up and what their plans are in terms of meeting commitments.

The meeting today was similar to most meetings that occur with our government – UNANSWERED AND OPEN-ENDED. Many questions were asked from a variety of youth and press. The youth put pressure on the government, but in all cases they were ignored with the annoying use of jargon coming from Mr. Martin. A key question that was asked was: Are Canada’s Current Targets Good Enough? [In regards to the melting of the ice caps and 2050]. Michael Martin answered – or didn’t answer – with a vague statement by saying, “I am not a scientist.” He went on to say that there are a group of scientists that provide recommendations to the delegation and give them the “scientific facts”, but would not answer the question whether or not Canada’s targets will have a negative effect on the earth by 2050. Caroline, a CYD delegate then attempted a different strategy by asking what the scientists have to say about our emission targets. He avoided the question by using governmental jargon. Mike Martin continued to say that it isn’t OUR problem, it is the global community’s problem. He repeatedly stated that Canada will step up only if other countries [AKA the United States] also start making decisions. It is obvious that Canada is not a leader and we as the youth at this COP are embarrassed by Canada’s lack of positive actions.

There are podcasts available so that you can hear what Michael Martin has to say. These will be posted shortly on the Canadian Youth Delegation website, There are previous podcasts from the week which are also available on this website.

Canadian Delegation Orders Youth to Tear Down Oil Sands Display at Climate Negotiations

10 Dec

This is quite disturbing. Our UWSP delegation was not involved in this and as far as I know, none of us even had the chance to SEE this display at the conference because it was so short lived. this is directly quoted from the Sierra Club Canada blog “Climate Crisis – Countdown to Copenhagen”:

In a blatant attempt to cover up Canada’s dirty little secret – the Alberta Tar Sands – the official Canadian Delegation successfully filed a complaint to the UNFCCC secretariat about a photo display put on by Canadian Youth. The display featured several large photos of the Alberta tar sands project with captions describing the multitude of environmental and human health effects of the project and even went so far as to say that Alberta has a right to emit because it’s a fossil fuel producer. The photos were on display for less than one day.

This followed on the heels of a youth meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner which youth described as shocking and heartbreaking. Tears were shed as the minister refused to acknowledge the impacts of the tar sands. When an indigenous youth from Fort Smith Alberta asked his opinion of the two-jawed fish found in the Athabasca River, he replied that these things happen in nature and that there is no link to downstream effects of the mega project.

Canadian Youth Delegate Christel Hyshka had this to say, ‘‘Minister Renner tried to convince us that Alberta was a climate leader, but there is no denying that the oil sands are the fastest growing source of emissions in Canada, and that its unrestrained development will make meeting any significant greenhouse gas reduction target nearly impossible for our country. They acknowledge the risk, but are unwilling to take responsibility. Quite frankly, as an Albertan I’m embarrassed that this is a message they are bringing to the international stage”.

Canada is not acknowledging the impact of the tar sands. Sarah, Sylvie, and myself were involved in a protest yesterday regarding the tar sands in Alberta. It garnered what seemed like a fair amount of media attention (though you can’t see any of us in the photos). The CBC was there to pick it up. 

Sierra Club Blog Post: 

CBC Article: (I’ll warn you now that the comments from Canadians pretty much show exactly why our Country isn’t backing down)