Monday, 30 January 2012

Milk is natural

...unless it is dairy milk!

Staff at Aberystwyth University's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) are working on a laboratory-designed food additive to artificially manipulate the content of dairy milk. They say "it could provide a financial boost for dairy farmers and feed manufacturers." Another step removed from being in any way natural, then. Their next step is to begin experimenting by making cows eat the supplement.

Monday, 23 January 2012

More trees and green spaces, less waste of money

Ceredigion County Council is planning on using Welsh Government funding to make changes to the prom in Aberystwyth. You can see their current plans for the large pot of money here. We''ll summarise our thoughts on some of the ideas below.

It is amusing that the Council show photos of the worst-looking bits of the bandstand as a way of making their case, when the reason they look like that is because Ceredigion County Council neglect the building. Would they look after a new building any better? There's no reason to believe they would. Currently it is a building with some history (built in 1935). It should be repaired, and more importantly, clear permanent information on how to book it and what events are coming up in the next month or so, and costs (with no charge for local, non-profit events). There is no point having a community building and then putting up barriers to its use - the community pay for this, and deserve a better service. Sure, tart the building up a bit, more windows or better natural lighting or eco-features like solar panels. If someone can't make use of what they have then don't let them waste money on some new toy to mismanage.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

'Trojan Horse' Tesco criticised in public meeting

[Updates at the end of this post.]

On Wednesday 14th December around 40 people attended a snap public meeting organised to give Aberystwyth residents a chance to urgently find alternatives to the Mill Street proposals. The development is expected to see demolition of the existing day centre, possible compulsory purchase orders on houses on Glyndwr road in order to make way for a large Tesco store.

The meeting was initialised by mid and west Wales Green Party in response to the growing clamour of concern about the council backed development. The meeting was the first chance for many to have their views aired publicly. Many of those attending said how they were most critical about the lack of openness and lack of consultation with the council using commercial sensitivity to avoid providing information on the proposals. St Boulevard Road, one participant said, could be a beautiful gateway to the town centre but instead was being turned into a bland runway lined by sheds of shops.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Let's have some good news


To start off 2012 we'll include a few pieces of good news from the last year. All are very different, but each one has some element to be positive about.
  • Bolivia Set to Pass Historic 'Law of Mother Earth'
    "The piece of legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical shift in conservation attitudes and actions, to enforce new control measures on industry, and to reduce environmental destruction."
    A sign of respect that would sadly never happen in the UK/US.
  • Ceredigion agrees cruelty-free purchasing policy
    "Ceredigion Council have adopted a cruelty-free purchasing policy for cleaning products."
    From Alun Williams' blog.