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Decorate with Nature for Thanksgiving!
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There are some beautiful, eco-friendly options out there for making your house festive for Thanksgiving. They are also a fun way to get your family involved in the decorating. Here are a few ideas: Pumpkins: Use Pumpkins, gourds and squash around the house and as center pieces. Hollow out a pumpkin as a candle holder or for fresh flowers. Pinecones: You can create pinecone name-tag holders to place at each setting. Maybe you could scent them with cinnamon or have the children create turkeys out of them. Pinecones also look great in a glass vase. Acorns: Use acorns with strings tied around them as napkin holders. Or fill a glass vase with them, and they will serve as an anchor for tall autumn branches. Fall Leaves: Fall leaves can be used in a garland or to surround a candle. You can also put them in a glass bowl with water and use floating candles for a beautiful center piece.

 
Pork Removed from Federal Prison Menus
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Due to decreasing demand, pork has now been removed from all federal prison cafeterias in the United States for the new fiscal year. This decrease, according to Prison Bureau spokesman Edmond Ross, is due to the fact that prisoners are becoming more health conscious. Ross also explained that pork continues to be rated low by inmates and asked, “Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” Earlier this year, a federal court in Michigan ruled in favor of a vegan prisoner who was denied vegan meals during his sentence. The 2016 national prison menu will include items such as tofu fried rice, soy burgers, and steamed vegetables such as peas, green beans, and broccoli.

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=7077&catId=1

 
Not Just for Halloween...
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If you're purchasing or making a brand new costume for your kids this Halloween, why not make it one that your child can enjoy year round. Fairy costumes and ninja suits are just a few costumes that your kids can play with after the holiday, and maybe even use again next year.

 
Should Government Issued Dietary Guidelines Address Sustainability?
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The question of whether government-issued dietary guidance should address sustainability has been in the headlines. A report issued by the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) earlier this year recommended that sustainability be a factor in determining the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Of the 29,000 public comments received on the DGAs during this year’s comment period, 19,000 focused on sustainability, and of those, 97% were positive on its inclusion. Notably, the US Conference of Mayors passed a resolution supporting sustainability in the DGAs. If history is the teacher, we should not be too discouraged that sustainability is not yet part of the DGAs. Consider the precedent of physical activity, a topic that could also be ruled “out of scope,” as it is not specified in the DGA law. It took three cycles of DGA discussions before physical activity was included in 1995: “Balance the food you eat with physical activity: maintain or improve your weight.” Ever since, the DGAs have included physical activity, and the connection is considered obvious and necessary.

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Plant-Based Diet May Save Planet
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Human consumption of animal products is one of the most powerful destroyers of ecosystems and biological diversity.

A new study slated for a December release in Science of the Total Environment reports that adopting plant-based diets instead of animal-based diets can significantly reduce ecosystem destruction and loss of biodiversity while benefiting human health. “Human carnivory is likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions, since it is not only the major driver of deforestation but also a principle driver of land degradation, pollution, climate change,overfishing, sedimentation of coastal areas, facilitation of invasions by alien species, and loss of wild carnivores and wild herbivores,” the study says. One of the study's graphics shows that carbon dioxide emissions are almost 60 times higher for free range, grass-fed beef than for beans, peas, and soy per kilogram, and 25 times higher for feedlot-produced beef than beans. “Ideally,” the study says, plant-based diets will constitute “a global average of 90 percent of food consumed” to slow the adverse effects of animal-based diets, even accounting for a three billion-person population increase. Given extensive evidence that “diets based largely on plant foods are associated with health and longevity and shifts toward diets richer in animal products often lead to less-healthy populations,” scientific studies increasingly prove that vegan diets are best for the environment, human health, and animals.

 
Los Angeles to Lease Electric Vehicles; Aiming for Sustainability...
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Los Angeles just made a big change to their municipal fleet, with energy-efficient vehicles. The LA Police Department announced that the city is leasing 160 battery-powered vehicles and 128 plug-in hybrids, which makes Los Angeles “the largest city-owned fleet of battery-powered rides,” Engadget reports. Read more: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/n...

 
California unveils plan to build overpass for wildlife
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The $30 million overpass across one of Los Angeles County’s busiest freeways will be designed for wild animals, whose habitats are shrinking because of urban sprawl. Washington state broke ground on its first wildlife crossing in June. Ben Tracy reports on how the largest animal bridge in America could help save one of the last big carnivores in the western U.S.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/california-unveils-plan-to-build-overpass-for-wildlife/

 
The Newest Yoga Mat is Made from the Strangest Source: Algae
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Algae—enemy of ponds, lakes, and middle-school bio quizzes everywhere. That is until recently, when scientists discovered that the long-derided life form could be used to produce environmentally sustainable foam. Clean tech company Algix and material development company Effekt just announced their big plans to take algae and use it in multiple lifestyle products, including footwear, sporting goods, and the universal favorite, the yoga mat. Read more: http://magazine.good.is/arti...

 
Adding These Foods to Your Diet May Improve Memory!
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Here are some foods you can add to your daily diet that have been shown to improve cognition: Blueberries: Berries contain anthocyanin, an antioxidant pigment that increases your ability to remember things. One three-month research study showed improved learning recall in older adults who drank blueberry juice to improved learning recall. Almonds: Almonds are an excellent brain food because they contain a protein component that boosts production of a nerve chemical shown to enhance memory. Dark chocolate: Varieties of dark chocolate that are comprised of at least 70-percent cocoa contain flavanols that increase blood flow to the brain. Extra-virgin olive oil: This type of olive oil contains a chemical called hydroxytyrosol that tends to increase messages to the brain and improves your memory. Green tea: You've probably heard about its antioxidant power, but green tea has also been shown to help reboot your memory.

 
Clean Power Plan Is Good for Our Children's Health
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There are many reasons to be committed to taking care of our environment, but as a parent, I have two very important ones: my son and daughter. Their lives, and their health, are so important to me, as all children's are. When we think about the choices we make for our kids, from healthy food to fun exercise, it's important to remember that the quality of air they breathe is just as important. We are shaping our world for them to live in, not just in some distant future, but today. That's why President Obama and our colleagues across the federal government just finalized a rule that will help leave the planet safer and healthier for our children and our grandchildren. The Clean Power Plan is a historic step in cutting carbon pollution from the largest source of emissions in our country. Here are five reasons our children need us to commit to creating a safer and healthier environment: Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/s...

 
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