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  • China’s Growing Hunger for Meat Shown by Move to Buy Smithfield, World’s Leading Pork Producer

    Pork is by far China’s favorite protein, which helps to explain the late-May announced acquisition of U.S. meat giant Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s leading pork producer, by the Chinese company Shuanghui International, owner of China’s largest meat processor. China already buys more than 60 percent of the world’s soybean exports to feed to its own livestock and has been a net importer of pork for the last five years. Now the move for Chinese companies is to purchase both foreign agricultural land and food-producing companies outright. More

  • Farmer Sues Monsanto Over Illegal GMO Wheat

    Kansas farmer Ernest Barnes filed suit against Monsanto this week, seeking damages related to unapproved GMO wheat. Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat never gained USDA approval, but was recently found growing on an Oregon farm. That discovery prompted Japan and other countries to drop some US wheat exports like hot potatoes. In this suit, Barnes claims Monsanto’s carelessness with unapproved test crops have led to irreparable harm to US farmers. This suit marks the first action filed against Monsanto over GMO wheat — but it probably won’t be the last. More

  • Harvesting Justice 16: Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture – Reviving Native Food & Farming Traditions

    Native peoples’ efforts to protect their crop varieties and agricultural heritage in the US go back 500 years to when the Spanish conquistadors arrived. Today, Native communities throughout the US are reclaiming and reviving land, water, seeds, and traditional food and farming practices, thereby putting the culture back in agriculture and agriculture back in local hands. More

  • 5 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About GMOs

    What’s all the fuss about? Even if you’re out of the loop on the GMO debate, here are five things you want to know about GMOs and the food supply. 1. GMOs are hidden in many foods. It turns out that genetic engineering is used in the production of countless products. For example, additives made from GM […] More

  • 5 Ways to Reduce Waste and Save Money at the Same Time

    You may be surprised to learn that you can produce less waste and actually save money at the same time. It may require a bit of research and a change in habits, but the rewards are worthwhile. If you want to leave the world a better place for your kids and simultaneously cash in, check out these tips. More

  • The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home (review and recipes!)

    I love a good cookbook, even though I don’t really follow recipes very often. Cookbooks are more like jumping-off points around here, and if there’s one thing I love as much as a good cookbook, it’s a good cocktail. That’s why when the folks at New World Library offered me a review copy of The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home, I couldn’t say no! More

  • Give LED Bulbs the Green Light (and Save Some Green!)

    LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are now poised to take the small business and residential lighting market by storm with their drastically-reduced up-front costs. Here are a few more facts you may want to consider when deciding whether the time is right for you to give LEDs the green light. More

  • Marine Conservation in the U.S.

    A new study rates marine conservation in the U.S. by state. Which states fare the best? Which states could use the most improvement in their marine conservation strategies? More

  • Long-Term Trends of Global Warming: Fact vs. Fiction

    The debate on global warming has been going on for over 25 years now. It is without doubt a hotbed topic for both environmentally conscious and big business manufacturing. The rhetoric being thrown back and forth has gone from discussion to polarizing debate to plain myth – from both sides. A look at the discussion based on some recent facts and studies is in order as well as a way to get past the rhetoric. More

  • Hepatitis-A Outbreak Linked to Frozen Berries

    The CDC, FDA, and other agencies are investigating a hepatitis outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries, purchased from Costco. So far the illness has affected at least 30 people. No formal recall has been issued yet, but a freezer check may be in order! More

  • LL62 Rice and the GMO Database

    It all started when I saw a reference to LL62 rice and decided to google it. And that’s how I stumbled upon the GMO Database. Want to know for which food products or plants gene technology plays a role? The GMO Database contains information on every GM plant that has been approved or is awaiting […] More

  • Green Senior Living & Lifestyle Choices: Five Ideas for Eco-Minded Elders

    Some estimates suggest that the 85 and older population is going to more than triple over the next 40 years. And yet the environmental movement rarely discusses their need as a separate demographic. Today’s seniors, as well as seniors in generations to come, may be wondering what they can do to join the green movement and live more sustainable lives. More

  • Reader Recipe: Kale Chips

    Kale chips are a nutritious, delicious, and easy snack to make. This recipe allows for customization and adding your favorite seasonings will turn this simple snack into a must have vittle! More

  • New York Gets a Second Chance to Protect Sharks

    Though sharks have survived mass extinctions and environmental changes to swim in our waters for more than 400 million years, their resilience is now being put to the test because of the worldwide practice of shark finning. Shark populations may have the chance to thrive again, however, thanks to recent action on state bills, to ban the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins. More

  • Better Buildings Challenge Achieving Greater Commercial Building Energy Efficiency [Infographic]

    Most of us associate “green building” with “energy-efficient homes”; when we think of buying energy, we immediately think of our own utility bills. But, as you might expect, commercial buildings and industrial facilities are huge users of energy, so President Obama and the Department of Energy launched the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011 to get more efficiency out of the $400 billion spent each year to power these installations. More

  • US Government Shills for Monsanto, Pushes Biotech Products Overseas

    Thanks to WikiLeaks and Food and Water Watch, we know more than ever about the stranglehold Monsanto has on our alleged democracy. A new report reveals U.S. government officials routinely acted as PR reps for Monsanto, to ‘twist the arms’ of small countries in order to sell biotechnology products around the world. More

  • How do I cook…?

    Whether you’re a cooking newbie or an old pro, we all come across veggies from time to time that we’ve never prepared before. Or maybe you want to cook up an old favorite in a different way and aren’t sure how to go about it. Either way, this infographic has you covered! More

  • Biotech Playing Catchup – New GMO Purple Tomato Same Benefits as Old Non-GMO Purple Tomato

    Scientists in England developed a genetically modified purple tomato with higher antioxidant levels than the average red supermarket tomato. They hope to have it on the market in three years.

    Meanwhile, a few years ago, scientists in Oregon developed a non-GMO purple tomato with higher antioxidant levels than the average red supermarket tomato. You can buy it online now, if you’re looking for a boost of antioxidants. More

  • Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Red Covers May Leach Dye

    According to a recent email from the Feingold Association of the United States,  Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Mild Cheddar suggests that Laughing Cow “was unable to be sure if the dye in the red plastic cover will leach out into the cheese.” You know which red plastic (I thought it was wax!) covers we are talking […] More

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