Posted on May 9, 2016 by Envirothink
The controversy of GMO versus non-GMO continues. The state of Vermont appears to be a pivotal factor in getting food manufacturers to finally begin labeling their products despite the huge pushback and enormous amounts of money thrown against the mandatory labeling fight.
Another sign that consumers will finally get the information as to what’s in their food that they consistently report they want has appeared. Continue reading
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: A Greener World, Certified Grassfed, Certified non-GE, environmental, food labels, genetically engineered, non-GE certification, non-GMO, sustainability, sustainable farming, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 5, 2016 by Envirothink
Poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking are decimating Africa’s iconic wildlife. African elephants and rhinos are seriously at risk of becoming extinct in the wild in our lifetime.
The Maasai – a semi-nomadic people who live predominately in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley – have been fighting for decades to defend their land, their environment and their wildlife. Poachers, billionaires who want to buy up their traditional lands for safari lodges, and sketchy government officials are their main opponents to their way of life.
Filed under: wildlife conservation | Tagged: Africa, Avaaz, conservation, endangered wildlife, Maasai, Masai Mara National Reserve, self determination, Serengeti, wildlife corridor | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 27, 2016 by Envirothink
Yogurt lovers have received a much welcomed announcement about their favorite snack food.
Dannon, which owns the Oikos®, Dannon® and Danimals® yogurt brands, has announced that it will switch to non-GMO, non-synthetic ingredients.These brands represent 50 percent of the company’s current volume. This move is a pledge to farmers, customers and consumers to further improve sustainable agriculture practices for its milk supply, to increase transparency for its portfolio of products and evolve to more natural and fewer ingredients for flagship brands.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: animal welfare, Dannon, GMO ingredients, healthy food, mandatory labeling, non-GMO, non-GMO ingredients, sustainability, sustainable agriculture, Vermont's GMO labeling bill, yogurt | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 22, 2016 by Envirothink
Would this wildlife overpass at Banff, Alberta, Canada be the model for the new Liberty Canyon/ 101 Wildlife Corridor overpass through L.A.?
Wildlife in and around one of the countries biggest metropolises is about to get a lifesaving reprieve.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles’s City Council Planning unanimously voted to approve a Regional Wildlife Linking Zone in the hillsides of Los Angeles between I-5 and I-405, which will be added to the City’s municipal code. This will establish a zone to protect open space connectivity in any new building permits.
Filed under: Wildlife | Tagged: Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity, Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, Griffith Park Connectivity Study, habitat, mountain lion, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Urban Wildlands Group, wildlife, wildlife overpass | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 13, 2016 by Envirothink
Photo courtesy of Territorio de Zaguates
The desire for “designer” pet breeds continues to grow. Eager consumers seek out breeds that were unheard of years ago like Ratese (American Rat Terrier and Maltese cross), Bagle Hounds (Basset Hound and Beagle cross), Spanadors (Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever) and Golden Newfies (Golden Retriever and Newfoundland) to name a few. Yet there are literally millions of stray dogs desperate for homes around the world, leading to the unnecessary euthanasia of perfectly healthy adoptable pets on a daily basis.
But a sanctuary in Costa Rica has come up with a brilliant and unique marketing strategy that’s turning this tide and capturing the imagination of would-be dog adopters.
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Posted on April 12, 2016 by Envirothink
Since 2010, we’ve reported the top Worst and Best lists of fruit and veggie pesticide residue from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). It’s that time of year again – and you may be surprised (again) as to what’s now higher up on the worst list and what got a bit better.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: Environmental Working Group, healthy eating habits, organic produce, pesticides, pesticides in produce | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 6, 2016 by Envirothink
The cotton association of the African nation of Burkina Faso announced that it’s suing Monsanto for approximately $84 million (48.3 billion CFA francs) – compensation it says is due because the U.S. company’s genetically modified cotton caused a drop in quality.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: Bollgard II, Bt cotton, Burkina Faso, genetically engineered, genetically modified, GMO, Monsanto, West Africa | 1 Comment »