Mexico and It’s Environmental Progress
Bimbo to Use Wind Farm to Power its Mexico Plants
Grupo Bimbo SAB, the world’s largest bread maker, has announced that it will use a wind farm to supply electricity to its Mexico plants and distributions centers. (Bloomberg, 2010) The wind farm project will be built by Renovalia Energy SA of Spain. Bimbo, along with other companies such as the Mexican unit of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Cemex SAB will be using wind power to help reduce the consumption of fossil fuels as well as to reduce their costs of ever rising oil prices.
Mexico City Bans Plastic Bags
In August of 2010 Mexico City became the second largest city in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw the distribution of plastic shopping bags. This is a huge step in the forward direction to help lesson the impact that plastic bags have on the environment.
In the best scenario, high density polyethylene or plastic bags will take more than 20 years to degrade. In less than ideal situations, like decomposing in landfills or as general trash, a bag can take up to 1,000 years degrade! (Reusit.com)
Throughout the world, plastic bags are either completely banned or significantly taxed. The following countries have been the leaders in the bans on plastic bags: South Africa, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, China, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, and several cities in India. The United Kingdom and Australia are considering similar measures. Sadly, the United States as a country is not one of the leaders, leaving the mandates up to individual municipalities. (Care2Care, 2010)
Puerto Penasco Recycles!!!
What can you do for the environment while you are here in Rocky Point? We now have a wonderful recycling center that will take almost all of your plastics (bags, chairs, bottles, packaging), glass (green, clear, amber, blue, and brown), all metals, and cardboard and papers. Please, please, please, take the time to drop off your recyclables at the center. It may take a little more effort on your and my part but the rewards to our fabulous Sonoran desert and the incredible ocean cannot be measured! We have all seen plastic bags, bottles, etc., everywhere throughout Rocky Point and say “gosh, someone needs to do something about all this trash”, well….here is your chance! The center is incredibly easy to find and to get to. Directions: At the first stop light as you head into Penasco, HWY 8 turns into Blvd. Benito Juarez with Blvd. Samuel Ocana the cross street. At the light turn east (left as you are headed into town towards Las Conchas) and now the street becomes Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez and head South. Go approximately 2 blocks and at the 2nd stop sign the recycling center is located on the East side of the road. All you have to do is drop off the recyclables, you don’t even have to separate them, how easy is that?
Mexico Rejects Monsanto's GMO corn. Johnathan Benson, staff writer naturalnews.com Feburary 11, 2011
(NauralNews) Mexican officials seem to have more common sense than American officials, with their continued denouncement of Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) corn. Mexico has kept in effect a moratorium on Monsanto's GM corn since 2005, citing a lack of safety studies and evidence showing the "Frankencorn" is safe, and that it will not cross-contaminate non-GM crops. The Mexican government recently denied Monsanto's request to expand a pilot program for its crops in Northern Mexico as well. For full article click here....