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Nation's First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 August 2015 22:25

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When schools in California's Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City and Willow Creek Academyin Sausalito will eat fresh, local food year-round, thanks to a partnership with the Conscious Kitchen, a project of the environmental education nonprofit Turning Green. Moreover, the program will address the controversial issue of GMOs in school food. As environmental news outlet EcoWatch reports:

This program is the first to take a stand against GMOs. While the long-term effects of GMOs are still uncertain, a growing body of evidence links them to a variety of health risks and environmental damage. An estimated 80 percent of items on most supermarket shelves contain GMOs, and they are ubiquitous in school food programs.Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/19/meet-nations-first-school-district-serve-100-organic-meals

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 22:36
 
One of the Country's Leading Hospitals Is Giving McDonald's the Boot Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 August 2015 21:33

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Cleveland Clinic's Golden Arches will come down after 20 years of business.

Come September, heart disease patients at the Cleveland Clinic will no longer be able to enjoy a post-checkup Big Mac. The hospital will close its on-campus McDonald’s location on Sept. 18, Cleveland.com reported Wednesday.

The franchise had a long-term lease on its space and has been a presence in the hospital’s food court for 20 years—and the hospital’s leadership has been trying to push the chain out for at least a decade.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 21:36
 
Millions Of 'Shade Balls' Protect LA's Water During Drought Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 August 2015 15:21

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Los Angeles can't make it rain, but it can shield its precious water with "shade balls" -- 96 million of them to be exact. By deflecting UV rays, the opaque spheres are expected to protect more than 300 million gallons of water from evaporating in Southern California's harsh sunlight every year. The shade balls also deter wildlife from contaminating the reservoir, shield the water from wind-blow dust and discourage algae from forming on the water's surface. City officials hailed the shade balls as very cost-effective.

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Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 21:24
 
Josephine County to issue GMO order Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 August 2015 21:19

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Attention all farmers growing GMO crops in Josephine County (if any): Please notify authorities you are growing said crops, in order that you may be penalized if you continue to grow them past Sept. 4. That's the essence of a public notice due to be published by the county, following voter passage last year of a local measure banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. County Counsel Wally Hicks said last week that his office is fine-tuning the notice in preparation for publication in the Daily Courier.

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Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 21:23
 
Pope Francis Scheduled to Address Congress in September, Regarding Sustainability... Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 17:44

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The upcoming June ’15 Papal Encyclical will address ecological sustainability. Environmentalists have their fingers crossed, hoping the Pope hits the ball out of the park. Climate change deniers, to a great extent, hope he strikes out at the plate. In preparation, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Vatican’s research unit, recently hosted a one-day conference, bringing together scientists and spiritual leaders from around the world.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 02 August 2015 17:57
 
Hawaii Will Soon Get All Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 August 2015 12:48

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Hawaii is on its way to having the greenest grid in the nation. The state legislature sent a bill to the governor’s desk this week that moves the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) up to 100 percent by 2045 — which means that all electricity provided by the electric companies will have to come from renewable sources like solar and wind. Nationwide, electricity generation makes up about a third of all carbon emissions. “We'll now be the most populated set of islands in the world with an independent grid to establish a 100 percent renewable electricity goal,” State Senator Mike Gabbard (D) told ThinkProgress in an email. “Through this process of transformation we can be the model that other states and even nations follow. And we'll achieve the biggest energy turnaround in the country, going from 90 percent dependence on fossil fuels to 100 percent clean energy.”

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Last Updated on Sunday, 02 August 2015 17:57
 
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/r...

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 August 2015 17:58
 
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