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Texas Bill Bans Sustainability Program, Based On A Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:54

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Two Texas lawmakers have proposed a pair of bills that would prevent the state from funding programs which attempt to implement the ideas of Agenda 21, a non-binding and voluntary United Nations plan for sustainable development signed by the United States and 178 other governments in 1992. According to the Texas Tribune, the bills proposed by Republican state lawmakers Rep. Molly White and Sen. Bob Hall would prohibit funds from states, counties, and public universities from going to organizations “accredited by the United Nations to implement a policy that originated in the Agenda 21 plan.” The Agenda 21 plan — signed by President George H. W. Bush — includes recommendations to conserve public lands, rein in air pollution, build more sustainable cities, combat poverty, and strengthen the voices of women, indigenous groups, and farmers. Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/0...

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 15:06
 
Congressman Tim Ryan Wants to Start a Food Revolution Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:33

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When it comes to changing the food system, Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) might be the most outspoken member of Congress yet. Now in his sixth term, Ryan is the author of Real Food Revolution, Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm Former President Bill Clinton describes the book as “a straightforward and much-needed prescription to help transform our country’s food systems and improve our well-being.” We spoke with Congressman Ryan about added sugar, the farm bill, and his guilty food pleasures. See more at: http://civileats.com/20...

http://civileats.com/2015/03/11/congressman-t...

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 10:38
 
Designing for Happiness: The Ultimate Sustainability Solution? Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 April 2015 10:30

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We've all been there before—took a wrong turn and ended up in a “scary” neighborhood. Quickly now, roll up the windows, lock the doors—one-fourth inch of glass will save our lives. What causes us to react this way? Humans are incredibly in tune with their surroundings, subconsciously analyzing environmental factors that drive mental and physical responses—it is the basis for our survival. Our favorite restaurant might evoke a sense of relaxation and familiarity, while a busy elevator makes us feel cramped, anxious, and insecure. Neighborhoods incite similar responses, causing our bodies to prepare for battle or for peace. Some of us are able to live in neighborhoods that make us feel safe, secure, and at home. Others aren't as fortunate, often a result of dis-investment and poor planning policies. Consider, for a moment, how your neighborhood makes you feel. Now, take it a step further: How happy does your neighborhood make you feel? Happiness is a common value we all strive for and deserve the opportunity to pursue—each and every one of us. Read more: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_ten...

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 10:39
 
Six Myths of Sustainable Design... Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:28

Six Myths of Sustainable Design

Recent reports show that LEED-certified buildings can cut greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption by half, while costing 25 percent less to operate and enjoying nearly 30 percent higher occupant satisfaction and lower interest rates. If green is so great, why does it account for only one percent of one percent of the total U.S. building stock, according to Yudelson? Recently, my team and I surveyed hundreds of architects and designers to understand the obstacles to going green. What emerged were six misperceptions about sustainable design. Read more:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lance-...

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 10:39
 
New Report Debunks 'Myth' That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 April 2015 09:49

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Study upholds value of traditional methods 'shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production.'

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/01/new-report-debunks-myth-gmos-are-key-feeding-world

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 09:55
 
Is the Junk-Food Era Drawing to a Close? Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:26

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Not long ago, the great processed-food companies like Kraft and Kellogg's towered over the US food landscape like the high hat that adorned the head of Chef Boyardee, the iconic canned-spaghetti magnate whose empire is now owned by ConAgra.

But now, Big Food has fallen on hard times. Conagra, which owns Hunts, Reddi Whip, Ro-Tell, Swiss Miss, and Orville Redenbacher, along with Chef Boyardee, recently slashed its 2015 profit projections and sacked its CEO. Kraft—purveyor of Oscar Mayer deli meats, Jell-O, Maxwell House coffee, and Velveeta cheese—also recently shook up top management and reported sluggish sales in 2014. Cereal titan Kellogg's has seen its sales plunge 5.4 percent over the past year, Advertising Age reports. What gives? Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/to...

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 10:39
 
Aluminum, Fluoride, and Glyphosate: A Toxic Trifecta Implicated in Autism and Alzheimer's Disease Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 April 2015 20:07

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Glyphosate (the key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) has been linked to autism, infertility, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and many other illnesses. Why does the government allow more and more of this chemical to be dumped on our food? Learn more:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/article...

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 20:09
 
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