Posted on February 28, 2014 by Debra Atlas
A reservoir in the Sierra Nevada’s shows the effects of drought. Photo by BitHead, from flickr
I’ve often thought that we consumers waste inordinate amounts of water everyday. Now that California has finally declared a drought, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee so to speak.
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Posted on February 14, 2014 by Debra Atlas
There are a lot of water bottling companies out there, and a lot of so-called “green” water and water bottles. I have to admit I’m a bit skeptical when I hear about yet another one. But I did a bit of checking and there’s one that’s caught my eye and imagination.
There’s a new Kickstarter campaign for Treeson water that’s piqued my interest.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Recycling | Tagged: Carlton Solle, Costa Rica, deforestation, environment, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Kickstarter, natural spring water, petroleum-based products, plastic pollution, product sustainability, recycling, restore the rainforest, Treeson water botles | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 10, 2014 by Debra Atlas
When President Obama has signed the Farm Bill last week, it included a little touted but exciting amendment – one that would allow State Agriculture Departments and colleges and universities to grow hemp. Continue reading
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Posted on February 4, 2014 by Debra Atlas
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, check out my new logo. I think it represents more of what this blog is about. What do you think?
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Posted on February 4, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Lynn Clarkson founded Clarkson Grain, which accepts only non-GMO grain. Photo by Dan Charles, NPR
As the groundswell against GMO crops and genetically modified ingredients in our food grows, farmers are taking notice. Many are realizing that more demand for non-GMO means better prices for their crops.
Supply and demand always dictate what’s available to consumers and the more we speak up, the louder consumers get, manufacturers, grain processors and farmers will deliver.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: Clarkson Grain, Dan Charles, farmers, genetically modified ingredients, GMO labeling, grain processors, mandatory labeling, non-GMO corn, non-GMO ingredients | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 17, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Today more than 200 organizations and businesses called on President Barack Obama to uphold his 2007 campaign pledge to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
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Posted on January 14, 2014 by Debra Atlas
I rarely plug an event and, if I do, and rarely before it starts. But this one’s an exception.
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Posted on January 3, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Cereal giant General Mills has bowed to pressure from consumers and their demands for healthier food. The company announced yesterday on its corporate Web site that its “original” Cheerios are now produced without genetically modified ingredients. It said that the company was “able to change how we source and handle ingredients to ensure that the corn starch for original Cheerios comes only from non-GMO corn and our sugar is only non-GMO pure cane sugar.” Continue reading
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Posted on January 2, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Ford’s newest concept car is solar powered – a big step forward in the industry
The idea of using solar power for energy is gaining traction in a wide variety of industries. The auto industry may have been a bit slow to the party but it seems that at least one brand has its eye on the future.
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Posted on December 26, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Solana solar farm’s salt battery lets it keep generating energy when the sun isn’t shining
As we wind down towards the end of the year, it’s worth taking a moment to review some of the remarkable technological and environmental breakthroughs we saw occur during 2013. Here are some of these great innovations.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Renewable Energy | Tagged: AC current, electric car batteries, energy efficiency, General Electric, innovation, Nissan Leaf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ocean energy, renewable energy, Solana solar power farm, solar energy, USB technology, wind turbines | Leave a comment »