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Friday, November 16, 2007

The trials are over, and Dole has been ordered to pay a total of $5.7 million to banana plantation workers. The Nicaraguan employees were not warned that the pesticide they were being exposed to had sterilized workers in California, and -- well, the Nicaraguan employees won't be having any children either. Aside from being incredibly unjust, it also has a sort of dystopian eugenics feel to it, doesn't it?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Photo: Encyclopedia Britannica If you live in Pennsylvania, you should know that your state's Secretary of Agriculture thinks you're stupid.

Actually, he seems to think all consumers are stupid, but his reach only extends to those in his state. Unfortunately, Monsanto's money and influence extends a lot further.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

river_bangladesh.jpgThere are two sides to every issue, including global warming. Nope, I am not talking about the "is it really happening" aspect, because we all know there are no questions that our lovely planet is in a poor shape.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

California oil spill MurreA little light reading. . .

It's looking like the farm bill debate will resume in the Senate this morning. Meanwhile, The Washington Times is confused about payment limits. Dan Owens at CFRA straightens them out.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

tractor trailer truckI grew up in rural western Massachusetts, in an old farmhouse with a brook running through the yard and an old barn in the back. It sounds quaint until you find out who the neighbors were.

Monday, November 12, 2007

FEMA trailersWho do you turn to when the government agency that comes to your rescue ends up making you sick?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The documentary Renewal is

the first feature-length documentary to capture the breadth and vitality of America's religious-environmental movement. In rural communities, suburbs and cities, people of faith are rolling up their sleeves in practical and far-reaching ways.

This clip is from a segment of the film called "Food for Faith." Enjoy!

Friday, November 9, 2007

rubber duckyA new CDC analysis demonstrates that when it comes to bisphenol A, EPA's so-called safety standards are woefully inadequate.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

aquadots_thumb_sstudio.jpgI occasionally talk to people who don't understand why lead in children's toys is such a problem.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

world_cow.jpgA little light reading. . . but first, a call to action:

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

school of fishSometimes, all it takes to get a point across is a clear statement of the facts. Let's have a look at some startling ones, shall we?

  • Most of the seafood we eat in America is imported.
  • Only one percent of imported seafood is inspected by the FDA.
  • What seafood is inspected is frequently found to contain levels of chemicals that make it unsafe for human consumption.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

white_house.jpgThe Bush administration will unveil a plan today to give the FDA and CPSC more authority over imports. Congress, you may know, is already considering what action to take on consumer safety; their plan has been met with resistance by manufacturers (shocked, aren't you?) and, unfortunately, by the administration.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Environment vs. Profit Most people around the world are ready to make personal sacrifices for the benefit of the planet, according to a new BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries.

According to the BBC article:

Monday, November 5, 2007

Parent's Guide to Children's Personal Care ProductsBy now you've heard of Skin Deep, the cosmetics database in which you can search through 23,764 products with 6,924 ingredients. Skin Deep allows users to choose products -- mascara, shampoo, nail polish, sunscreen and the like -- with fewer health hazards.

Monday, November 5, 2007

child_ct_scan.jpg So I've been reading Dr. Devra Davis' new book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer. It's a remarkable book, incredibly detailed and full of information I can almost guarantee you've never seen before. It makes a very compelling case.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

A few weeks ago, during the discussions around the industry-funded recommendations advising women to eat more fish, an important point was frequently raised (on this website and others): While we're all worrying about how much fish to eat, the world's fisheries are steadily being depleted.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Grant's TombThere's an old joke that asks, "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?"

Thursday, November 1, 2007

coal-fired power plant Usually when we talk about toxicity, we talk in parts-per-billion (ppb). South Carolina fisherman Perry White's body contains 6.5 parts-per-million of mercury -- that, in case you weren't sure, is a lot.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

lead paint in toysEarlier this week some key members of the United States Senate decided that if lead had no place in gas or paint, it probably shouldn’t be in children’s toys.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Extreme Pumpkins 2005 entryA little light reading. Happy Halloween!

Eco-conscious but on a budget? David at The Good Human has the list you've been looking for: 35 low-cost ways to green your lifestyle.

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