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Here’s an article from our local paper on contaminated drinking water around the state and the country.  Scroll down to the EWG “data base” and click.  Enter your zip code and it will tell you how healthy or contaminated your drinking water is.  And will list the chemicals.  Was rather shocked to see that my area had 6 contaminants listed … all cancer-causing …
Next thing I’ll be doing is to look into the type of water filter I have (I bought a pretty good one a year ago), and see if it filters out the chemicals listed.

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https://www.nasa.gov/feature/fertilizer-technology-plants-pioneer-in-hall-of-fame

By Frank Gonzales NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Pushing envelopes isn’t just for test pilots at NASA — Ed Rosenthal’s agricultural creativity has been so successful that it is getting ready to take its place in the Space Technology Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Fertilizer helps crops grow better, but nutrient runoff can lead to serious environmental problems. Ed Rosenthal, founder of Sarasota, Florida-based Florikan, had an idea to control the nutrient release to avoid runoff and maximize the benefit to the plant. He perfected the formula thanks to 40 hours of NASA consulting, and the fertilizer is now sold around the world—and also used on the ISS for project Veggie.“NASA’s expertise helped us advance our development by years. We were happy to pay it back.” — Ed Rosenthal, Florikan

https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2017/index.html

https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2017/ee_2.html

http://www.spacefoundation.org/programs/space-certification/certified-partners/certified-companies/florikan-esa-llc

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http://www.spacefoundation.org/programs/space-certification/certified-partners/certified-companies/florikan-esa-llc

Florikan E.S.A., LLC The Company

TRUST • RESPECT • BALANCE • OWNERSHIP • PROGRESS

Florikan® is a Proud Family Owned U.S. Based Manufacturer | Evolving Plant Nutrient through Advanced Fertilizer Technologies

Founded in 1981 by Ed and Betty Rosenthal, Florikan ESA has grown from a man selling goods from the trunk of his car to an industry leader in plant nutrition. Florikan’s entrepreneurial drive, continuous innovations, and pioneering work formed the basis for introduction of Nutricote® controlled release fertilizer to the U.S. market over 30 years ago. This drive helped form NASA partnerships, for research and development work, on the recently patented Gal-XeONE™ controlled release fertilizer, and ‘Veggie’ production programs on the International Space Station.

Florikan® is a Proven Performance Leader | Bringing Plant Nutrition, Production and Conservation together

Florikan’s commitment to quality, and a solution driven technical sales process, has earned a loyal customer base of over 3000 end-user growers and industry professionals, who rely on Florikan’s crop recommendations and product performance. From production, fulfillment, to complete customer satisfaction, Florikan’s pledge is “We Make it Right”. Florikan has been recognized with awards from industry, community, government, and environmental organizations for the tireless efforts to develop solutions that bridge the demands of economics, crop production, and stewardship.

Florikan® is a Solution Driven Industry Leader in…

Horticulture

Nurseries
Greenhouses
Tree Farms
Propagation
Agriculture

Citrus
Sugarcane
Sod Farms
Specialty Crops
Golf and Turf

Golf Courses
Sports Fields
Municipal Parks & Schools
Recreation Facilities
Professional Landscape

Commercial Parks
Malls & Shopping Centers
Resorts & Hotels
Theme Parks
To learn more about Florikan, please visit the website at http://www.florikan.com

Partner Level:
Certified Companies
Website:
Florikan E.S.A., LLC
Phone:
800-322-8666
Fax:
941-377-3633
Street:
6801 Energy Court
Additional:
Suite 100
City:
Sarasota
State:
FL
Postal code:
34240
Country:
USA
Certified Products and Services by This Partner:
GAL-XeONE™ & Nutricote® by Florikan

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Algal Blooms are the result of man made pollution of organic nitrogen

Submitted as a Public Service by the editors and moderators of APP Advocate Precautionary Principle

For more information visit the APP Blog https://appprecautionaryprinciple.wordpress.com/about/
To combat the algal blooms near shore in Florida we must first admit the scientific proven fact. The fact is that algal blooms are the result of land based activities (man made pollution of organic nitrogen) from sewage spills septic tanks leaks and and overuse of organic nitrogen from manure on lawns.  All of this we can abate if we have the will. (more…)

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Dr. Marvin Herndon, PhD., a nuclear chemist, geochemist, and cosmochemist – most noted for deducing the composition of the inner core of Earth as being nickel silicide, not partially crystallized nickel-iron metal – has published a groundbreaking paper in the peer-reviewed journal Current Science (Indian Academy of Sciences) titled “Aluminum poisoning of humanity and Earth’s biota by clandestine geoengineering activity: implications for India.”

The paper goes on to discuss and cite publications which have detected heavy metals like aluminum, barium, strontium, and more in rainwater, fly ash, and more. For example, during the period between July 2011 and November 2012, 73 rainwater samples were collected and analysed for aluminum and barium; 71 were collected from 60 different locations in Germany, 1 from France, and 1 from Austria. Aluminum was detected in 77% of the rainwater samples, there was also a very high barium concentration and a very high Strontium concentration. It also discusses how these concentrations of metals are not the result of natural phenomenon, like volcanic explosions, for example.

Within the past couple of years alone, the concept of geoengineering has sparked a growing interest (which seems to be accelerating at a rapid rate) within the academic world. It’s also ignited a heavy interest in policy making, which is no surprise given the fact that we are talking about “geoengineering” the entire global climate in response to global climate change. That’s exactly what geoengineering is – a response to destructive human activity which we have yet to cease – and it involves injecting stratospheric particles/aerosols into the atmosphere to, again, reduce the effect of global climate change.

For example, SPICE is a United Kingdom government funded geoengineering research project that collaborates with the university of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Bristol to further examine the idea of Solar Radiation Management (SRM).

Some of the candidate particles to spray in the air proposed by SPICE (to name a few) are (source):

Sulphate/Sulphuric Acid/Sulphur Dioxide
Titania
Silicon Carbide
Calcium Carbonate
Alumina
Silica
Zinc Oxide

http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/108/12/2173.pdf

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UAB study suggests oil dispersant used in Gulf oil spill causes lung and gill injuries to humans and aquatic animals.

The study findings suggest that Corexit exposure caused oxidative stress to epithelium cells, leading to a breakdown in their ability to function as a barrier. The exposure also increased the frequency of apoptosis, or programmed cell death. “The evidence that Corexit causes structural and functional abnormalities in airway tissue includes dispersant-induced cell detachment, edema, contraction in cell diameter and increased permeability

New research from investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that Corexit EC9500A, an oil-dispersal agent widely used in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, contributes to damage to epithelium cells within the lungs of humans and gills of marine creatures. The study also identifies an enzyme that is expressed in epithelial cells across species that has protective properties against Corexit-induced damage.

The investigators say that finding a way to boost or enhance that enzyme, heme oxygenase-1 or HO-1, could prevent lung damage in cases of exposure to oil dispersal agents in future. The study, published in PLOS ONE on April 2, 2015, looked at epithelium cells — the cells lining the airways of humans and the gills of certain marine species, in particular zebrafish and blue crabs.

The Deepwater Horizon spill, which began April 20, 2010, involved 205.8 million gallons of crude oil that spilled from a well head blow-out during the next three months. A dispersant, Corexit EC9500A, was used to degrade and break down the oil. A total of 1.84 million gallons of chemical dispersant was sprayed on the water or applied below the surface of the water.

The epithelium is a thin layer of cells that provides a continuous, critical and a highly regulated barrier to environmental insults. Inflammation of these cells can lead to a loss of integrity of the epithelium, causing an increase in permeability across the airway. Swelling of the airway with a corresponding reduction in airflow also can occur

There were some 48,000 workers involved in the cleanup operations, and it is possible that workers were exposed to Corexit via inhalation,” said Veena Antony, M.D., professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine and senior author of the paper. “Cough, shortness of breath and sputum production were among symptoms expressed by workers.”

http://www.uab.edu/news/innovation/item/5923-uab-study-suggests-oil-dispersant-used-in-gulf-oil-spill-causes-lung-and-gill-injuries-to-humans-and-aquatic-animals-also-identifies-protective-enzymehttp://www.uab.edu/news/innovation/item/5923-uab-study-suggests-oil-dispersant-used-in-gulf-oil-spill-causes-lung-and-gill-injuries-to-humans-and-aquatic-animals-also-identifies-protective-enzyme (more…)

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