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Research Details Deluge of Spending by Opponents of GMO Labeling 4.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Is America ready to re-embrace rabbit meat? 4.3.2015 TreeHugger
A new generation of farmers is trying to reintroduce this tasty yet oh-so-adorable animal to our tables.
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An Organic Future 2.3.2015 Environmental News Network
The words ‘organic’ and ‘sustainability’ are bandied around quite a bit. While some won’t eat anything but organic, others deny that there’s any future in organic farming. After all, with a population that’s seven billion-strong and growing, how can we possibly expect organics to feed the world? Or so the critics ask. In their view, feeding the masses simply can’t be done without strong chemicals and genetic modification.
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The Truth About Organic Products, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you absolutely cannot afford a 100% organic diet, green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu has a helpful resource for deciding which produce items you should absolutely spend the extra money to buy organic. Each year, the Environmental Working Group puts out a study on what the 12 most contaminated produce items will be, and which 15 fruits and veggies will be the cleanest. This changes each year based on the way things are grown and cleaned, so be sure to visit EWG.org before heading to your supermarket. Remember, pesticides are absorbed by the dirt and soak into the root of the plant, so items that have built-in shields like corn or bananas aren't always the least contaminated choice! For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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The Most Dangerous Household Cleaners On The Market, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What are the most dangerous household cleaners on the market? According to green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu, do to patent laws, the actual formulas of household cleaning products are protected, so it's hard to know what exactly is in each product. One surefire way to know that a cleaning product is not safe to be used in your home? A skull and crossbones warning, which signifies that the product is poisonous. Avoid products that contain ammonia or chlorine as well. Find an eco-friendly replacement by going to an organic grocery store, and pay attention to what's written on each label! For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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How To Tell If A Product Is Actually Eco-Friendly, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How can we tell if a product is really eco-friendly? Green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu says that in order to really know if a product is green, you need to do your homework and be a smart consumer. Do research on the products you're buying, especially the food brands and cleaning products you're taking into your home. True green products will have a certification, not just a claim that it's green. For guidance, you can use Alexandra's website to see which products are truly green. For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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The True Root of Hunger: The Economics of Organic Farming 26.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Sustainable cotton: a need for investment 26.2.2015 Earth Times
Who can stomach the great environmental costs of growing cotton? It has destroyed seas and bankrupted many farmers . It is now down to manufacturing brand names to support their growers in ways they have not managed before. In the modern tradition, fair trading has reached the clothing industry.
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Food + Enterprise: bringing together farmers and financers to strengthen local, sustainable food industry 26.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Yerina Mugica, Managing Director, Center for Market Innovation, New York City: In just two days we will be kicking off Food + Enterprise, a first-of-its-kind conference at Industry City in Brooklyn dedicated to financing a better local food system by connecting impact investors, foundations, and other patient capital with food entrepreneurs,...
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Only Agroecology Can Tackle the Global Food and Health Crisis 25.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Amplifyd.com Challenges Starbucks and Peet's Coffee to Use Organic Milk 24.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo courtesy of Stonyfield Organic. As a DIVA, once I learned where the milk is sourced from at my local Starbucks and Peet's Coffee, I decided to to search for a new coffee joint that serves organic milk in their lattes. Diva, or not, you too deserve safe milk in your delicious, over-priced coffee drink! These coffee giants both purchase milk from large, industrialized farms who feed their cows a diet comprised of genetically modified corn, soy, alfalfa and cotton seed. Plus, a high dose of antibiotics. Non-organic livestock production is responsible for 80% of all antibiotic use in the world, and the dairy industry in particular, uses the strongest and most dangerous forms. As an example, a super potent antibiotic drug used by commercial dairy farmers called Ceftiofur creates resistant bacteria after only one dose. Scott Blankenship, founder and CEO of www.amplifydpledges.com , a social activism startup based in Berkeley, California, is concerned about the health risks. "Most people are aware that ...
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Should We Experiment With Climate Geoengineering? 23.2.2015 Truthout.com
The US National Academy of Sciences announced its long-awaited reports on climate geoengineering in mid-February. The reports intelligently state at the outset that geoengineering is no substitute for reducing emissions. But the call for experimentation and research - and for federal government funding for it - is pervasive, loud and clear. And worrisome. A similar call for research was published as a commentary in Nature. Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced its long-awaited reports on climate geoengineering in mid-February. The reports intelligently state at the outset that geoengineering is no substitute for reducing emissions. But the call for experimentation and research - and for federal government funding for it - is pervasive, loud and clear. And worrisome. A similar call for research was published as a commentary in Nature, conveniently timed just a few ...
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Will Richmond Reject Roundup? The Case for Banning Glyphosate 23.2.2015 Truthout.com
Richmond, California. (Photo: Wikipedia ; Edited: JR/TO) On Tuesday, the Richmond, California, City Council will consider banning the use of all pesticides by city employees and contractors to protect its residents' health from glyphosate, key ingredient in Monstanto's Roundup, which has been shown to cause fetal deaths and birth defects in animals and DNA damage in humans. Richmond, California. (Photo: Wikipedia ; Edited: JR/TO) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! In July of 2012, the city of Richmond, California, adopted an Integrated Pest Management Ordinance to guide the work of city departments tasked with weed and pest control. The ordinance championed Integrated Pest Management (IMP) as the solution of choice. Pesticide use is to be considered only after all other means of control have failed. The ordinance states : "Pesticides shall be used only as a last resort ...
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Meatless Monday: The Joy, the Soy, the (Sub-)Culture of Tempeh 23.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Betsy Shipley has seen the future, and it is an eco-loving foodie's wet dream -- honest, local, sustainable, organic, free of genetic modification, green, delicious, affordable and accessible to all. Yes, you say, I want that, too. It all revolves around tempeh. Still with us? Tempeh, the Indonesian soy superfood, dates back to sometime in the 16th century. And yet to the uninitiated, tempeh still provokes blank stares. Or fear. "It's the mold," sighs Betsy's husband, Gunter Pfaff. "The moldy culture. Edible mold in cheese or sauerkraut is totally acceptable, but with tempeh, it's still a little weird." Gunter knows weird. A former documentary filmmaker, he found himself at 50 overeducated and unemployed, a victim of the recession. Sound familiar? This happened 30 years ago. "It was Michigan, 1980, the previous recession," says a wry Gunter. "You could either drink yourself to death, jump off a bridge or do something constructive. I decided to make tempeh." Now you can find packaged tempeh at natural ...
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US Force Feeds GM Crops to African Nations, says New Report 23.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The 10 American Cities Most Obsessed With Eating Organic Food 23.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Philadelphia, PA Washington, D.C. Investigators combined the findings of original research and existing related research and data on this topic to find the most popular cities for organic eating. The data was based on metrics related to consumers' preferences for organic foods. A poll conducted on Sperling’s Best Places website, which yielded 6,500 responses from participants across the U.S. in three days, was included, as well as Yelp results for "Organic Grocery Stores" and "Organic Restaurants," local farmers' markets and community supported agriculture groups (CSAs), and consumers' buying habits at the grocery store. So what exactly does "organic" mean , besides more expensive? The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as food that is "produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations." One hundred percent organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products are produced from animals ...
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Big Ag’s Fight for Twitter Credibility 18.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Urban fish farm expanding in St. Paul 18.2.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Urban Organics will expand at the old Schmidt Brewery site to meet demand.
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4 Strange Sources of Roundup 14.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com There are a lot of studies asserting that organic is better for you, but if you read nothing else about it, know this: Many nonorganic foods contain dangerous levels of GMOs and glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup. You won't find it anywhere on the ingredients list, but this potent herbicide is a new staple of the modern American diet. Here are 4 strange places Roundup hides in your food supply: 1. Your cereal. GMO Free USA recently published lab testing detecting glyphosate in Kellogg's Froot Loops. But how is this happening? "Farmers are spray increasing amounts of glyphosate on their genetically modified crops that are engineered to tolerate the herbicide. As a result, glyphosate is seeping into both animal feed and human food," Ken Roseboro, author of the GMO Report, recently told me. These real-world levels of glyphosate have also been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. Kellogg's also pays big ...
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5 Ways to Show Your Love for the Environment This Valentine's Day 14.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The environment is always there for us: providing food, goods, peace, and joy. And that's a pretty great relationship if you ask us. Why not allocate some love in this deserving direction this Valentine's Day. Here are 5 ways how: 1. Start a compost. Every day organic material is sent to landfills, prohibiting the biological decomposition of this waste from occurring. When decomposition occurs through composting and anaerobic digestion, organic material can be reused as fertilizer. Instead of allowing this natural process to occur, when organic waste ends up in landfills it is the major contributor to methane emissions (a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide). By separating your organic waste such as fruit and veggies that are leftover from cooking, you be helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And why not start with those Valentine's Day flowers once they start withering? Check out our post " To Compost or Not to Compost... A Helpful List " to learn more about the benefits and ...
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