Archive for October, 2009

Chickens and Catholics

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

This is interesting.  Last summer the Pope wrote about the same values that resulted in the purchase of more than 6,000 chickens in Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Tulsa and Tahlequah this month.

“Global interconnectedness has led to the emergence of a new political power, that of consumers and their associations. This is a phenomenon that needs to be further explored, as it contains positive elements to be encouraged as well as excesses to be avoided. It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral — and not simply economic — act. Hence the consumer has a specific social responsibility, which goes hand-in- hand with the social responsibility of the enterprise. Consumers should be continually educated regarding their daily role, which can be exercised with respect for moral principles without diminishing the intrinsic economic rationality of the act of purchasing. In the retail industry, particularly at times like the present when purchasing power has diminished and people must live more frugally, it is necessary to explore other paths: for example, forms of cooperative purchasing like the consumer cooperatives that have been in operation since the nineteenth century, partly through the initiative of Catholics. In addition, it can be helpful to promote new ways of marketing products from deprived areas of the world, so as to guarantee their producers a decent return. However, certain conditions need to be met: the market should be genuinely transparent; the producers, as well as increasing their profit margins, should also receive improved formation in professional skills and technology; and finally, trade of this kind must not become hostage to partisan ideologies. A more incisive role for consumers, as long as they themselves are not manipulated by associations that do not truly represent them, is a desirable element for building economic democracy.”

“Caritas in veritate” – Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI

“Recycling” Hazardous Waste in OK

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Yesterday, the Hazardous Waste Advisory Council of the ODEQ considered adopting rule allowing hazardous waste to be “recycled” with very little regulatory oversight.  This a 2008 EPA rule that opens the door to abuse and “sham recycling.”  According to ODEQ staff, 28 states have announced they will not adopt the rule and the EPA has announced that they will be modifying the rule. By adopting the EPA rule, Oklahoma would be one of the first states to loosening the regulation of hazardous waste. The ODEQ’s  Hazardous Waste Advisory Council decided not to adopt the rule … at least for now.  Here is a link to the HWAC web page with the proposed rules.