Should “Frankencrops” be Frightful?
Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:26
Everywhere, USA, November 2014—Genetic engineering (GE) is the process whereby DNA from unrelated species is combined to produce improved or novel organisms. Proponents of GE insist that the benefits of increased crop yields and less agricultural waste outweigh the potential risks. But many environmental and public health advocates aren’t convinced.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), one risk of GE is that our new “frankencrops” could become invasive, toxic to wildlife, or dangerous in other, as yet unknown ways. But the most damaging impact of GE in agriculture so far is the phenomenon of pesticide resistance. Millions of acres of American farmland are infested by weeds that have become resistant to Monsanto’s popular herbicide glyphosate (aka, Roundup). Overuse of Monsanto's ‘Roundup Ready’ trait, which is engineered to tolerate the herbicide, has promoted the accelerated development of resistance in several weed species.
Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:16
Remember that now iconic line (and the way it was delivered) in the now classic Mike Nichols film, The Graduate? In so many ways, things have changed.

The argument today is that we while we must continue finding new ways to feed our growing global population, we must not kill our planet to do it. A good example is getting rid of those ubiquitous little plastic bags we use to carry home the bacon. But even though it’s used here to grab your attention and encourage you to read further, ridding ourselves of plastic bags are just one of many problems we face.
18 Rabbits
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:35
San Francisco, California, October 2014—18 Rabbits, a family of organic, artisan granola products, continues its course of distribution, signing deals in 1700 new locations across the US.

Close to 1000 Target stores will carry exclusive new flavors of loose granola made especially for youth, plus their signature “Jr.” bars, portioned for smaller appetites. They’re also made without nuts, making them school-friendly. In addition, 18 Rabbits granola, select granola bars, and Jr. bars will be available in more than 250 Wakefern stores starting this month.
Ban Those Bags!
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:21
Everywhere, USA, October 2014—California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015.

Beginning last July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State were no longer able to send shoppers home with plastic bags. Convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers can continue to dole out the plastic a big longer—but must join ranks next year.

Back in 2007, San Francisco became the first U.S. municipality to ban plastic shopping bags. In intervening years upwards of 132 other cities and counties in 18 states and the District of Columbia instituted similar measures. Of course, Americans are late to the party when it comes to banning plastic bags: The European Union, China, India and dozens of other nations already have plastic bag bans or taxes in place.
How Clean is Your Laundry Detergent?
Friday, 26 September 2014 16:22
Tampa, Florida, September 2014 — Many consumer branded laundry detergents contain toxic ingredients, like diethanolamine, and a string of other chemicals with difficult to pronounce names. That being the case, it’s a good idea to understand the harmful potential that ingredients such as these can pose to you and your family.

For starters, it’s good that you know about potentially harmful ingredients NOT shown on the label—particularly Dioxane (1,4-dioxane). The Organic Consumers Association explains that 1,4-Dioxane is a by-product of the process called ethoxylation, a cheap shortcut many companies use to provide mildness (reduce risk of skin irritation) to harsh cleaning ingredients.

Many top laundry detergent brands contain this synthetic petrochemical, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers a probable carcinogen. This is a by-product contaminant of the manufacturing process and is not required to be listed on product labels.
Patches of Pink
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:40
Columbia, Missouri, October 2014—As most of our readers will know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And a few years ago, in our neck of the woods, a young business professional came upon a wonderful and creative new idea to promote breast cancer awareness: Pink Pumpkins.

While most people pick their way through patches of orange pumpkins to adorn their front porches, Alisha Moreland stands amidst patches of pink in an effort to do her part to raise breast cancer awareness and encourage women to schedule annual mammograms.

Since 2007, Moreland has held “Alisha’s Pink Pumpkin Painting Parties” during the month. At these parties, she invites participants (people of all ages) — to paint pumpkins. They have four colors from which to work: black represents cancer, white is purity from cancer, pink for awareness, and silver represents hope. These “Pink Painting Warriors,” using small to medium sized pumpkins as their canvas, paint away, adding other decorations such as feathers, flowers, and rhinestones, and attach a message that reads, “Encourage a woman you care about to get her mammogram, or schedule yours today.”
Exercise in Anti-Obesity
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:27
San Diego, California, October 2014—Welcome to National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the obesity rate among American youth has tripled in the past 30 years. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) also recognizes the need for greater awareness and education on how to address the issue. As a result, ACE has launched the Ash Hayes Scholarship to provide professionals with the tools to more effectively address the disturbing trend.

The Ash Hayes Scholarship furthers the legacy of Dr. Asahel “Ash” E. Hayes. It provides individuals working with youth all the materials they need to prepare for the ACE Certified Personal Trainer exam at virtually no cost. Dr. Hayes, former executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, has served as a prominent member of the fitness industry for 60 years. He is a renowned author and presenter, holds leadership positions for eight international and national organizations, and is an ACE board member.
A New Kind of Subscription Service
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:16
New York, New York, October 2014—Here’s a new take on subscription service.

Farmbox Direct is a new subscription-based company that delivers seasonal 100% USDA certified organic and pesticide-free produce from New York to Washington DC. For those looking to embark on a healthier, cleaner lifestyle, Farmbox Direct offers seasonally selected produce. Farmbox Direct produce is boxed, assembled and delivered weekly, helping families rediscover the health benefits of a seasonal and local diet.
Natural Fix
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:57
Everywhere, USA—Much as we hate to admit it, the cold and flu season is coming around again. That means the increased possibility of runny noses, sore throats, watery eyes and worst of all, nagging headaches.

And taking stuff for these aches and pains don’t always cut it. Some have little effect, while others may make your head-pounding subside for awhile, but then rebound at a higher level of hurt.
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