Distibuted Wind & WTO Progress

Distibuted Wind & WTO Progress

Distibuted Wind & WTO Progress plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

The interest in distributed wind generation - the use of small wind turbines to produce clean energy for individual homes, farms and small businesses - is growing at a rapid pace. With this technology - people are able to generate their own power, cut their energy bills and help protect the environment. National Wind Technology Center Senior Project Leader Trudy Forsyth.

FORSYTH: I really think you can learn to do this yourself and maintain it yourself. If however you decide you want to hire somebody to do that then you need to look for somebody who’s been in the small wind installation role for some time but another point that’s as important is working with an installer who’d local.

The World Trade Organization has released a series of summaries covering progress made in the 10-year old Doha Round of Trade Talks. The 628 pages of thought and graphs cover every aspect of the negotiation, including agriculture. WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy says for the first time since the Doha Round of Trade Talk was launched in 2001, - members will have the opportunity to consider the entire Doha package. Lamy calls the progress achieved so far, - impressive and realistic.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

Can you believe it? Earth Day has been around now for forty-one years! Meaning we old folks had something going for us at one time; we at least had the wherewith all to recognize that Earth saving efforts needed to be made by more than just a handful of greenies. Now, after more than four decades, Earth Day is more than one day out of the year when people around the world unite for a common cause. And just in case you realized you missed the actual date which was last Friday, it’s not too late to join in the Earth Day spirit. Earth Day every day is what we should all aim for anyway. Like “little acts of kindness”, acts of caring for the world we live in don’t have to be done on a monumental scale. Doing something as simple as picking up a little trash you see while lunching in the park, recycling instead of pitching your discarded clothing or electronics, or planting a backyard garden are all ways to help mother earth on a daily basis. So don’t be overwhelmed into thinking you have to change everything in your life on a drastic level. Just starting a greener lifestyle, no matter how small your efforts may seem, is a step in the right direction.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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