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Mon Apr 18 2011 (Updated 04/19/11)
Brought to You by Oil and Cancer: Modesto Earth Day Festival
"Modesto Earth Day Festival Is a Joke and a Farce" - Modesto Anarcho
Modesto Anarcho writes: The Modesto Earth Day celebration held every year is an exercise in how the world is not changed. The event, which is put on by the Modesto Parks and Recreation Department, manages to rake in thousands of dollars through corporate sponsorships and food and tabling vendors. Looking at these sponsors, the event itself becomes even more laughable.

The sponsors of this year's Earth Day Festival include Boyett Petroleum, The Modesto Bee, Modesto Irrigation District (MID), Gallo Wine, Covanta Energy, and Frito Lay, just to name a few. So, we have the only large newspaper in town sponsoring the event (the Bee), two of the largest employers (Gallo and Frito Lay), MID, which provides power to Modesto residents, and major polluters such as a petroleum company and a waste incinerator.

The Modesto Earth Day Festival is a marriage of corporate, state, and media interests, united together in brandishing themselves as protectors of the environment and friends of the earth.

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