General Mills responds to petition to not oppose state GMO labeling laws

Participating in online petitions are an easy way to make your voice heard and have it count. 

I recently signed one asking General Mills to back off and not oppose state GMO labeling laws that are in process across the country, such as in Washington state. Interestingly enough, The following is the response I just received from General Mills’ Consumer Services division.

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Greenpop teaches kids about the importance of trees and reforestation

Deforestation in Africa

With deforestation, less than 30 percent of Africa’s rainforests still exist

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the world has lost 80 percent of the forests that originally blanketed the earth. Since trees are the largest source of breathable oxygen and carbon storage, that’s a huge deficit we’ve created.

Deforestation in Africa is a critical issue. Logging and conversion of forest land to agriculture are the main culprits.  According to figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, only 22.8 percent of West Africa’s moist forests remain, much of this degraded.
Education and planting trees to reverse deforestation are the goals of the non-profit Greenpop, which was founded in 2010 as an effort to educate underprivileged schoolchildren about the importance of protecting the planet. It’s become o a movement backed by thousands of volunteers who’ve “joined the “treevolution”” and are helping facilitate the planting of over 40,00 trees in 286 communities throughout Southern Africa.

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A story of survival and hope – the Survival Pear Tree at the World Trade Center

 

Survivor Pear Tree at ground zero World Trade Center

On this anniversary of 9/11, it’s important to remember not only those we lost that day but also the stories of hope and inspiration. Such is the story of the pear tree that remarkably survived in the rubble after the World Trade Center towers came down.

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DEA allows return of unused medications to pharmacies

John DrzycimskiIn a surprise move, Monday the  Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. Patients and their relatives will now also be allowed to mail unused prescription drugs to an authorized collector using packages to be made available at pharmacies and other locations, like libraries and senior centers.

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Making Sense of California’s Water Restrictions

Water drop photoWith summer’s blistering ever-present heat, northstate residents are facing serious water issues.

Since the California State Water Resources Control Board implemented its new drought emergency water conservation measures on July 29th, many cities have implemented water use restrictions.

To learn more about California’s water restrictions and really understand what’s called for, click here.

Benefit Corporations: What they can mean to your business future and your bottom line

Do you think business should be about more than making profit? You’re not alone. Many corporate CEO’s feel the same way.

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An exciting option became available in 2007 when the non-profit B Lab introduced the Benefit corporations business certification. B Corps were designed for for-profit entities wanting to focus on social issues and the environment along with profit. This certification was created by three young successful entrepreneurs who, says Bryan Welch, CEO of B corporation Ogden Publications, “decided to revolutionize businesses in a non-pretentious, serious way.”

B corps fit in-between the legal structure of a C corp and a 501c3, says Chaz Berman, CEO of Growers Secret, a San Francisco B corp that produces top quality organic fertilizer products. Continue reading

A real case for upcycling instead of landfilling

As more companies look for ways to upcycle their unwanted materials, more waste is diverted from our landfills

As more companies look for ways to upcycle their unwanted materials, they divert waste from our landfills

I was perusing old emails and came across one that not only was interesting but inspiring.

I’ve written a number of articles about the growing trend of upcycling. It’s much more than simply recycling something. It’s taking what once was considered trash and turning it into something useful, giving it a second life

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