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Friday, August 01, 2014

A Message from Neil

Neil Young
2014-07-12, Hyde Park, London, England
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July 31, 2014
A message from Neil Young:
Friends, on my last tour of Europe, I started to give our music loving audience free organic cotton T-shirts as a way to show that we appreciate you. Your shirts' cotton is grown in the most earth friendly way. Feel it. Isn't it the best cotton you have ever felt?

      When you wear your Earth shirt, vow to protect Earth in any way you can. Change things in your life to save Earth.

      Today, I have taken the steps to remove sales of non-organic T-shirts and other products that damage the
Earth from my concerts and my web stores. Wherever I can, I vow to protect Earth.
Here's why:

      Unlike the shirt we have given to you, if your t-shirt is made of non-organic, polluting and damaging cotton - the most widely used textile crop on earth - covering almost 5% of Earth's cultivated land, you are supporting:

      25% of all petrochemical based pesticides, fungicides, herbicides used globally.

      The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in the United States as "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin). (Source: EPA)

      Cotton ranks second for most pesticide use of all crops. In the US, it takes about 1/3 of a pound of pesticides and
herbicides to grow enough conventional cotton for just one T-shirt.

      Pesticides used in non-organic farming of cotton can enter the human food chain.

      Because cotton is grown primarily for its fiber, it is regulated as a non-food crop. In fact, the majority of the cotton plant in the form of cottonseed, approximately 60% by weight, ends up in our food supply. These chemicals would seep into the grounds and absorb into the soil which would affect nearby crop plantations, get into household water supplies, or be drained into the river where the aquatic animals and plants will die.
Other Chemicals

      According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 84 million pounds of pesticides and 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to 14.4 million acres of cotton in the US in 2000.

cotton is heavily processed with stages and stages of procedures like stripping, waxing, bleaching, dying and softening. Non organic cotton is chemically dependant, hooked on pesticides and fertilizers to grow, and accounts for:

      10% of all agricultural chemicals used worldwide every year.

      25% of all pesticides used worldwide every year.

      A non-organic cotton T-shirt uses enough water to flush your toilet 270 times.
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      One t-shirt made from conventional (non organic) cotton represents 2700 liters of water, and a third of a pound of chemicals, which often contaminate water supplies.

      Growing cotton accounts for 2.6% of the world's yearly water usage.

      One Cotton T-Shirt accounts for:

      9 years of drinking water for 1 person

400 gallons of water to grow the cotton required, not including processing, dyeing etc....

      & there's the energy too!
ORGANIC COTTON is the best option for both the health of consumers and the environment.

      Uses no chemicals or pesticides.

      Organic farming uses only animal & vegetable.

      (Best crop would be hemp -takes less water & needs no pesticides)

      A whopping 75 to 80 percent of your garment's lifecycle impact [the sum of environmental impacts caused by a product's existence] comes from washing and drying.

      Greening your laundry habits can enormously multiply the benefits of organic cotton T shirts:

     Line dry

      Wash when load is full & less often

      Wash with cold water

      Use non toxic biodegradable cleaners - they work and they don't damage Earth.

      Take a personal vow, as I have, to make a difference in any way you can. Share the information you find here and elsewhere that illuminates the threats to Earth.

Neil Young


At 8/02/2014 02:27:00 AM, Blogger Andre said...

I will celebrate the day that Neil Young invites Geoff Lawton to Broken Arrow Ranch to make it a permaculture ranch. Neil might not know how close his values are to permaculture.

I hope this intersect and that he can bring the message of Permaculture more mainstream.

Long live Neil and Long live Permaculture.

At 8/02/2014 05:40:00 AM, Anonymous chromedream said...

I didnt know about the tshirt at the concert! How can i have one now? Any shipping possibility with the concert ticket number?

At 8/02/2014 07:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know how to purchase these 2014 tour shirts/merchandise for us stateside? Hopefully neil puts on his site eventually

At 8/02/2014 08:03:00 AM, Anonymous Cathy said...

I didn't know about that cotton processing .. thank you Neil for the information and Thrasher who relayed it.... well well well.... this is just scaring ..:-( ...I think that for my thirtieth neil's gig in Belgium,( and fourth on this tour), and in Colmar too, I 'll go naked, boys will like it for sure, especially Poncho....seriously now....recycle is cool also,for instance you can buy second hand in second hand shops who give their profit to charity; at least, you will less subsidise the big clothing companies who are manufacturing their products in Bengladesh or other countries, where people work for nothing in awful conditions ...well, there is a lot to say about this.... after all, this is a blog about Neil's music, so long may we rock a better world...

At 8/02/2014 04:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil's rage againstbt-shirts! Very funny oh he's not joking

At 8/02/2014 06:27:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I wear practically nothing but cotton. Felt it was better than all those chemical clothes. But you have opened my eyes to what's real yet again!
But like you say, HEMP is better! Much better! Jeans that last like they once did! No needs for pesticides, it's a weed! Far less water, it's a tough weed! How can we bring THAT change about?

At 8/02/2014 07:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Neil really cares about the earth he'd come out as a socialist. Capitalism is at the crux of all our global ills.

At 8/02/2014 09:42:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

Sounds like great tunes in Europe this summer .
Curious if Mr Green is using a Lintvolt powered jet on his Mid-East Vacation ?
I've used four and a half litres of good ole Canadian Tar Sands gas to cut my lawn this summer .
How much fuel Has Mr Earth used on his Mid- East vacation , numbers we will never hear from him , but numbers the common man knows well . Keep burning that hole in the sky Neil !
Nice Earth T-shit preacher man ...... Ha !

At 8/03/2014 06:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biggest Neil fan here, I love himand all but he can be a bit nutty.

At 8/03/2014 07:49:00 AM, Anonymous Warrior84 said...

Shut up and Rock, Neil.

At 8/03/2014 07:57:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

We all love Neil for just being Neil. And Neil wouldn't be Neil if not for his idiosyncracies.

At 8/03/2014 10:30:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

got my T-shirt
got no T-bone... ;-)

At 8/03/2014 01:16:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Hey John EH Connelly--I notice that you've increased your use of gas significantly recently. Just a few days ago you'd only used a "half a gallon of canadien fuel" and now you've doubled that to over a gallon.

Please respect the earth, slow down your ever increasing consumption! I'm worried that if you keep up at that rate, we're all doomed. Maybe you can let your grass grow a little higher next time. Please think about the harm you're doing. Just a thought, I believe they make rotary mowers that are powered only by human sweat and power. Please consider if you're really serious about your own carbon footprint...

Sarcasm? Yes, powered by purely natural thoughts. Take care of your own house as you see fit, and let Neil do the same.

Keep on Rocking (and mowing)!

At 8/03/2014 01:36:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

TD - well played (golf clap)

At 8/04/2014 12:51:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

got mashed potato
got nutty Neil
aint got no t-shirt
aint got no US date

At 8/04/2014 07:50:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Got Thrashers Wheat
Got thoughts a flowin'
Just take a seat
and you'll be knowin'

Neil quote running through my head today: It has often been my dream to live with one who wasn't there.

Nuff said...

At 8/07/2014 05:18:00 AM, Blogger geertpeeters said...

I'm a proud owner and share the ideologic idea behind his choice.
Great he keeps challenging environmental subjects. I admire his never stopping courage to speak up for the good cause.

At 8/08/2014 09:16:00 AM, Anonymous Warrior84 said...

It doesn't take a whole lot of courage to preach to the Thrasher's Wheat choir. We all may not agree with Neil, but we all love him anyway.


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