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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The letltbttdge Herald Third Section Lclhbridgc, Alberta, Wednesday, June 7, 1972 Pages 31-33 Polar ice cap melting maintains specialist LOVE IN BUND When this one-week-old killen was rejeded by its mother, Tasha the dog took over. The shaggy-faced dog, a member of a Communication has been neglected Calgary household has taken guidance from her heart rather than her hair-impaired vision. Tough chore for agriculture By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) Agri- culture spokesmen say one of the toughest chores facing ag- riculture is getting Canadians to realize they are paying less for food than consumers in other parts of the world. But they add that they don't know where to start. During the last five years, on the been so con- cerned with internal prohlems that communication with con- sumers has been neglected. Food prices appear to ba in- creasing, hut (he net return to producers remains static or, in some cases, slightly lower. It is hard to convince a con- sumer that a hog producer gets only 27 cents a pound for a dressed hog when pork chops sell in the local super- market at a pound. report; Statistics Canada cited "steeply climb- ing food prices" as the culprit in pushing the cost of living Tanco Miliwork Products DIVISION OF TANNER BUILDING SUPPLIES LTD. Now Located in Larger Facilities at 1415-2nd Avenue S. PHONE 327-5161 index in April to 138.2 from 137.4 in March. This is Hie type of informa- tion to consumers that frus- trates the producers because what the figures don't indicate is Iliat most of the increased costs go to processing, trans- portation, packaging and re- tail profits. The Canadian Feder.atinu.cL Agriculture, in a report last year, said that 04 cents of each dollar paitl by consum- ers for food was "received as income by somebody ether than the Canadian farmer, whether through the channel of processing, distributing or transportation costs. TOUCilY ON FOOD COST Gordon Harrold of Calgary, Alberta Wheat Pool president, said that "without exception it seems any increase in the price of food seems to concern consumers more than any other commodity." "Why it should is a mystery when one considers that less of a percentage of their in- come is going for food now than ever before." George Franklin of Winni- peg, Manitoba Farm Bureau president, said consumers argue about the price of food. "But I doubt if they ever DON'T MISS IT! LE BARONS CAR CLUB THE NINTH.ANNUAL LE BARONS ROD AND CUSTOM SHOW AT THE LETHBRIDGE EXHIBITION PAVILION SAL, JUNE 10th-Noon to Midnight ADMISSION 1.50 PER PERSON All 65 yrs. and over, ADMITTED FREE! See the best in RODS, Customs, Bikes get to understand that even if we gave the wheat away it would hardly reduce the price of a loaf of bread." Stuart Thiesson of Saska- toon, National Farmers Union secretary-treasurer, said the problem of low returns to pro- ducers won't be realized by consumers until there is a .shortage, of "Our farmers have re- sponded to lower prices by trying to increase their effi- ciency and production and as a result have been able to creale enough food to en- sure there's no shortage. he said. SHARES COST Consumers have a "legiti- cause to compfain about rising food prices, but they must understand their concern has to be directed at the middle area of the food pre-pack- aging and "the over-expan- sion of many retail Mr. Thiesson said. "The consumer is sharing with the producer the cost of that waste, under-utilizalion and over-expansion." Jack M e s s e r, Saskatche- wan's agriculture minister, said consumer education is the ultimate answer. "If the consumers want to relate it to the costs of the other commodities that they are purchasing, they will find that their food dollar, even though it takes up a major portion of a Jot of people's earnings, is vastly dispropor- tionate in relation to what it should be." A. M. Runciman of Winni- peg, United Grain Growers president, said he is optimis- tic that the attitude and awareness of the general pub- lic to the financial problems of the agriculture industry is changing. "I suppose it took the bad experience two years ago, when net farm income fell right on the floor and it made people realize that here was a desperately troubled segment of the he said. "It did not just affect the seven or eight per cent of the population who actually farm for a living, but it rubbed off onto such a large area of the total scene with about 35 per cent or more of all Canadians' jobs relating to agriculture in some way or another. "If you suddenly weaken this large segment, you have weakened the total economy and perhaps this realization is coming." Most farm spokesmen, v.hile not fully in agreemenl on Its merits, agreed that the introduction of a two-price system for higher price psid for wheat used do- mestically than that sold on the international markets-is an indication of a growing public awareness. Mr. Runcitnan said that fol- lowing the announcement, a lead editorial in a Toronto newspaper "came oul strongly in favor" and said il was something that shook have been done a long time ago. "I just can't visualize tha editorial appearing in th; newspaper two to five year ago and I took it as a reflec lion of the changing attitud in Canada." ce-free Arctic Ocean? WASHINGTON (AP) Arctic ecialist Bernt Balchen says a tneral warming trend over the orth Pole is melting the polar e cap and may produce an ce-free A'rctic Ocean by the ear 2000. The gradual change in cli- late, Balchen says, eventually lay make possible tanker ship- icnt of oil from Alaskan and anadian fields, and pave the for water transport of the 'ar North's wealth of uranium, ickel, iron, lead and zinc. Balchen, 72, is recognized as leading specialist on the Arc- c. Forty-seven years ago he 'as u pilot-engineer with Nor- vay's Arctic explorer, Roald and in 1929 he flew J.S. Admiral Richard E. Byrd n the first crossing of the iouth Pole. During and after the Second Vorld War, he played a key olc in development and opera- ion of U.S. air bases and sup- ily stations in Greenland and elsewhere in the North. In a study on the polar cli- mate, Balchen says the ice pack over the Arctic Ocean de- creased from 43 feet in depth in 1893 to a current average thick- nes of six to eight feet, winter and summer, over an area of ive million square miles. "Calculations indicate that if he pack ice were to disappear, the Arctic Ocean surface fcm- jerature in the coldest months would be about 42 degrees fali- renheit, and the pack ice cover ivould not form again." CHANGE WEATHER Milder weather would shift [lie revolving cyclonic wind sys- tems of the northwest Pacific northward into the Arctic Ocean to form a new low pressure sys- tem, Balchen says. The moist air from these lows would dump a great amount of snow over Alaska, Northern Canada, the northern Atlantic seaboard, central Greenland, Scandinavia and the Soviet Union, increasing annual snow- falls by eight to 10 feet and giv- ing those areas cold winters. Weather across the northern hah! of the United States would be 20 to 25 degrees warmer than it now is, Ealchen adds. "The central part of the United States would get dry winters, with a large water defi- ciency. The southern region Florida, the area between 15 and 30 degrees north would have it 10 degrees cooler in winter." Other natural phenomena oc- curring simultaneously could in- clude an accelerated melting of the polar ice cap, Balchen says. Five scientific reports since 1953 have supported predictions that, if the warming trend con- tinues, the Arctic Ocean will be free of ice by the end of the cen- tury and will remain an open ocean. Balchen said melting of the floating ice would have no bear- ing on the world's ocean level, which has risen only nine Inches in 100 years by the gradual melting of glaciers over the last century. Aroma of Tacoma will disappear By DOUG NINE TACOMA, Wash. (AP) Can a northwestern American city find happiness without the dis- tinctive odor which has hung over it for 40 years? A native of Tacoma once said that when he was away for long, he missed the odor he had grown up with. A couple of en- terprising country-and-Western singers recorded a song a few years ago called The Aroma of Tacoma. The St. Regis Paper Co. has announced that the key ingredi- ent of the unmistakable aroma will be virtualy a thing of the past by late summer of 1973. The company's kraft mill has provided an olfactory experi- ence for the residents and for great numbers of per- sons who have driven through the city. Robert F. Lynch, St. Regis' resident manager, said In March that the company was way through a project to eliminate 95 per cent of the mill's odor. The job should he finished well ahead of state air pollution control stand- ards set for 1975, he said. The pulp mill is not the only Industrial odor producer here but its acrid aroma has addet the conspicuous touch to that special blend which, to the dis- tress of local citizens, is whal many persons think of when they think of Tacoma. 'TAKES YOUR BREATH' "The aroma of Tacoma takes your breath Jim Torr nee and Don Lemon sang on heir record. "You can tell You can smell you're 4 miles away." The disc was distributed in Hie northwest and good play on a lot of tavern uke boxes. M. C. Gaumer, administrative assistant to Mayor Gordon N. Johnston, says the mayor is 'exceedingly excited at the prospect" of reducing the in- dustrial smell. The city plans to transform several blocks o( a downtown street into a pedestrian mall, he says, and although it still is a developer has an- nounced plans for a world trade centre in Tacoma, George Hoivik of the city planning department says the tide flats industrial region where the pulp mill sits will be "more appealing to some types of industry" when the strong odor is gone. A clothing firm once consi- dered putting a mill in the dis- trict but decided against it be- cause the odor might cling to fabrics, he says. Yet, Hoivik says, the copper smelter located within the city limits is a worse culprit than tile pulp mill. Various persons have learned to live with the pulp odor in var- ious ways. A Seattle resident re- calls thai when her family used to drive through a pulp mill town, her father would sing out as the car windows rolled up: "Just pretend it's roses." jGaibha Furi with the same; natural bubbles Calonal4li Wines blW that btibWy, champagne feeling thatswhypeoplelQvethem, v p OP them open and youlT why- t, bright Sparkling Canada Duple sparkKns white wlnw. ;