"The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) review panel rejected
claims by Washington that its lumber producers had suffered damage as a
result of Canadian imports.
The panel ordered the US International Trade Commission to reverse its
determination on the lumber imports, which resulted in the laying of 19
percent countervailing duties on Canadian wood, within 10 days."
1. the news reports here indicate its a 27% duty and
2. The US can appeal, dragging this out (it seems) interminally..
Its already been going on 2 years..it seems they'll just keep it up til they
get the result they want, meanwhile, the extra overhead is passed on to who
The US consumer..
And the Canadian millworkers also suffer too. This all sucks. The
NAFTA panel has told the US Govt to stop fighting the rulings.
Today's Globe and Mail Report on Business reports that the WTO has
"given Canada the go-ahead to slap trade sanctions on the U.S., which
could amount to billions of dollars if Washington hands the more than
$2.7-billion (U.S.) in softwood levies collected from Canadian timber
over to American forest companies."
A common debating tactic with both conservatives and liberals in the United
States is to assume that the most radical positions of the opposite side
represent the views of every opponent. For example, "those loony tree
huggers want to ban all logging." In fact the vast majority of
conservationists call for RESPONSIBLE cutting and reforestration rather than
the clearcutting that was the industry norm a few years ago. Even the
lumber industry has bought into that for its own long-term good. In fact,
shipping a few conservationists to Canada would be a benefit for its
industry and a loss to ours.
You're right. However, the problem with many current "reforestation" efforts
is the same problem with tomatoes in the grocery store ... product is
genetically designed for the benefit of the corporation, not the consumer.
Then again, a tasteless red biomass with soft seeds is marginally better in
a salad than nothing for those who never experienced the difference .... and
add a corollary for a tubafour while you're at it.
And force-grown. It's still better than a depressing bald spot in what once
was a forest.
Corollary: never include reforested wood in your salad.
Are you saying you don't like square tomatoes that ship well? You oughta see
the hardwood peaches we get up here in Wisconsin.
No, you shouldn't
I got a kick out of the clear-cut
practice/subterfuge/token-to-the-environmentalist (however you want to view
it) in Southern Arkansas where the land is flatter ... they leave strips
along the roads so you can't see the clear-cut and, as you're driving
through, you'd swear there wasn't a logging company for miles.
Probably what the suits tritely refer to as a "win-win" ... but, of course,
they win more.
Along those same lines, I am looking for some "heirloom" tomato seeds for
next year ... anyone know of a good source for old stock, genetically
Got any wood-frame (Obww) farmer's tomato stands in your area? We're just
wrapping up the second coldest summer on record, and I finally, today, the
First of September, found ripe tomatoes at the local stand. Sheesh.
Global warming, eh?
We do have an abundance of farmer's produce markets and stands down here in
Texas, but most of the tomatoes are still of the hybrid variety that are
"engineered" more for shelf life than taste. I've been growing my own for a
while, on the front porch in an "earth box", but the varieties available as
seedlings are the same, basically tasteless, hybrids that you get at the
Taste being one of the last things to go, and wanting to take full advantage
of that fact, it is apparent that if I want to taste a real tomato again,
like the one's we had as kids on the farm, I am going to have to go to
extraordinary measures to do so. Next year I want to plant some old heirloom
seeds, in a flat like we used to do, then transplant to the "earth box", and
see if that doesn't improve things.
I've got a shaker with a combination of salt and pepper in it out in the
shop (Obww), and always keep a couple of tomatoes in the shop fridge ...
keeps your hand steady for those taper jig cuts. :)
Ah, you see, it's so hard to tell when someone is only _acting like_
they don't understand science and saying "It was cold today therefore
global warming is false", and when they're actually saying that and
meaning it. I've had that conversation with more than a few people
who don't understand short-term vs. long-term trends, and I thought you
were one of them. I'm sorry; I didn't see that you were joking.
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