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Saturday
Dec132014

Patagonia 100% Organic Cotton 

In the 1990s Patagonia started looking more closely into their cotton supply chains. At that time, fully 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals in the United States were used to produce cotton, grown on just one percent of all major agricultural land. Conventional cotton crops in California alone were dusted every year with 6.9 million pounds of chemicals. And research showed that extensive and intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, soil additives, pesticides, defoliants and other substances wreak terrible havoc on soil, water, air and many, many living things.

In 1996 Patagonia made the commitment to using 100% organic cotton in their clothes, or to stop using cotton all together.

One of Patagonia's first partners in growing organic cotton in the mid-90s, the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) is still farming strong out on the high plains of Texas.

As consumers we should choose organic cotton.

Manufacturers with cotton based products in their line should at a minimum be offering some organic cotton choices to their customers. While a bit more expensive than the conventional variety, the additional cost is an investment in a cleaner environment.

Saturday
Dec132014

Dead steelhead in the Salmon River and other Lake Ontario tributaries

Scientists and the state Department of Environmental Conservation have been puzzled by dead steelhead turning up on the banks of the Salmon River in Oswego County in recent weeks. There's also been anecdotal reports of the same thing happening in other Lake Ontario tributaries.

Brooks Robinson, public relations and social media manager for the Cortland Line Company, is a regular on the Salmon River.

"In October, there were a ton of dead steelhead at the bottom of the Douglaston Salmon Run. You had spin and bait guys blaming fly fishermen, and fly fishermen blaming gear fishermen. It got ugly," Robinson said.

LINK (via: Syracuse.com)

Saturday
Dec132014

Bait

 

 

Friday
Dec122014

Sign of the Tides

Original, hand-painted rustic fish carvings from reclaimed wood by native Florida artist, writer and urban beachcomber Steve Rice.

LINK (via: Natureboy Designs)

Friday
Dec122014

90 miles teaser

90 miles is a fly fishing documentary about the relationship between the Florida keys and Cuba. Produced by World Angling for the 2015 Fly Fishing Film tour.
Friday
Dec122014

Friday Pinup