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Consuming a Plant-Based Diet Results in a More Sustainable Environment... Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 July 2015 14:50

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It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, while improving longevity, according to new research from Loma Linda University Health.

A study and an article, produced by researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, will be published in full in the July issue of theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and were first presented at the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition in 2013. Based on findings that identified food systems as a significant contributor to global warming, the study focuses on the dietary patterns of vegetarians, semi-vegetarians and non-vegetarians to quantify and compare greenhouse gas emissions, as well as assess total mortality. The mortality rate for non-vegetarians was almost 20 percent higher than that for vegetarians and semi-vegetarians. On top of lower mortality rates, switching from non-vegetarian diets to vegetarian diets or even semi-vegetarian diets also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The vegetarian diets resulted in almost a third less emissions compared to the non-vegetarian diets. Modifying the consumption of animal-based foods can therefore be a feasible and effective tool for climate change mitigation and public health improvements, the study concluded. Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140625145536.htm

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 July 2015 15:02
 
Pipeline Operator in Santa Barbara Oil Spill has a Bad Safety Record Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 July 2015 11:46

175 Safety and Maintenance Infractions since 2006,

According to Federal Records...

A Times analysis of data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows Plains' rate of incidents per mile of pipe is more than three times the national average. Among more than 1,700 pipeline operators listed in a database maintained by the federal agency, only four companies reported more infractions than Plains Pipeline.

The company, which transports and stores crude oil, is part of Plains All American Pipeline, which owns and operates nearly 18,000 miles of pipe networks in several states. It reported $43 billion in revenue in 2014 and $878 million in profit. Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-oilspill-pipeline-20150521-story.html?fb_action_ids=928804043809137&fb_action_types=og.shares

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 17:57
 
San Luis Obispo bans Styrofoam Food Containers... Print E-mail
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Saturday, 20 June 2015 09:39

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A grassroots movement started more than a year ago has resulted in San Luis Obispo becoming the first city in San Luis Obispo County to ban Styrofoam. To the delight of members of SLO Foam Free, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the use of expanded polystyrene food and drink containers and require food vendors to use eco-friendly alternatives. The new rules, which will come back for final approval at an upcoming meeting, also prohibit the retail sale of Styrofoam products not covered with a more durable material. Products that would be exempt could include coolers encased in hard plastic, for example.


Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/06/02/36617...

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 June 2015 18:42
 
"Agrihoods" - Suburban-Living Makeovers! Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:32

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When a new $1 billion Florida development of 2,900 homes centered around a nine-acre farm was announced recently, some journalists didn’t mask their enthusiasm for the project. “What has you most excited about new $1B agrihood near UCF?” asked theOrlando Business Journal. Because what’s not to love? Housing and farms! Call them agrihoods, agritopias, or community-supported development—whatever the term, residential development where farming and housing coexist could be the next wave of sustainable agriculture, proponents argue. Last year, the Urban Land Institute estimated that about 200 such developments had been built or were under construction across the country. Not everyone is thrilled with the idea, however. Critics call it a way to greenwash otherwise undesirable development projects. It’s a criticism that has been raised in Orlando too. “It’s still sprawl, sprinkled with some salt and pepper to make it taste better,” read an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel.

Read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/04/30/agrihoods?cmpid=foodinc-fb

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 June 2015 18:41
 
Demand for Organic Food Growing Faster than Domestic Supply... Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:39

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Got organic Milk? That's the question more and more consumers are asking in supermarkets across the nation. | Sales of organic food have grown dramatically over the last decade - soaring from $3 billion in 1997 to more than $10 billion in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sales of organic food have grown by 20 percent annually, and experts predict that the industry's share of the U.S. food market is expected to grow from about 2 percent to roughly 3.5 percent by the end of the decade. In fact, demand for organic food is growing so fast that consumer demand is outstripping some domestic supplies. Once a net exporter of organic products, the United States now spends more than $1 billion a year to import organic food, according to the USDA, and the ratio of imported to exported products is now about 8-to-1.

https://www.minds.com/blog/view/4391373289...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:44
 
Monsanto GMOs Defeated by Oregon Organic Farmers as Federal Judge Upholds Seed Ban... Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:42

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Oregon, May 30, 2015: A coalition of Oregon organic farmers has beaten Monsanto—the corporate agriculture giant—in a landmark federal lawsuit that will make national waves by the way that their rural county banned the use of genetically modified seeds. Mark D. Clarke, a federal magistrate judge, dismissed a legal challenge brought by commercial farmers who use Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa seeds. The non-organic farms sought to overturn a 2014 ordinance passed by Jackson County voters that banned the use of such seed stock, claiming that the anti-GMO ordinance violated their right to farm.

http://www.alternet.org/activism/monsanto-gmos-defea...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:44
 
New Zealand Officially Recognizes Animals As ‘Sentient Beings’ Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 18:48

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New Zealand just took a huge a step forward for animal welfare by legally recognizing them as “sentient” beings. The amendment to New Zealand law on behalf of the The Animal Welfare Amendment was passed on Tuesday. The new bill states that animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings — meaning they are able to perceive and feel things. “To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee. “The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.” The bill also includes banning cosmetic testing on animals, which was recently put into law last month. Read more: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2015/05/14/new-zealand-officially-recognizes-animals-as-sentient-beings/

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 15:55
 
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