Texas bans cities from banning fracking. Will this trend become a movement?

Ban Fracking Now 2Yesterday, both houses of the Texas legislature voted to ban cities from banning fracking. This bill, if signed by the Texas governor, would prevent communities from exercising their right to determine the health and welfare of their citizens who want nothing to do with fracking in their areas nor the earthquakes that appear to be related to it. This ban on bans pits communities against the powerful oil and gas lobby, as well as against the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.

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Superfoods are a must in our daily diets. See what nutritionists choose

SuperfoodsSuperfoods – those grains, nuts and fruits that are chock full of antioxidants and other critical nutrients we need – have gained a lot of press – and shelf space at the local supermarket. But contrary to common perception, they’re not all super expensive or imported.

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Wilted: How Pesticides Are Weakening Our Food

Crop Duster Spraying Fields

Photo by TPMartins, flickr

Chew on this – The nutritional value of food has dropped as much as 50 percent from what it was a generation ago.

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Breyers says no to using milk with artificial growth hormone

Breyers Ice CreamIn a stunning announcement, Breyer’s, the mega-giant ice cream company, says it will stop using milk from cows treated with the controversial hormone rBST. The artificial growth hormone, which stands for recombinant bovine somatotropin, is a genetically engineered hormone that farmers inject into cows to increase milk production. It’s been linked to a number of serious health problems in cows, and in humans who drink the cows’ milk.

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Are you watering your garden with lead and phthalates?

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

As an avid backyard organic gardener, I always have my eye out for things to help me improve how I garden and how to live a more healthy lifestyle. So when I came across an article about how garden hoses leach toxic chemicals, I was a bit stunned. Though I generally water my garden by hand and/or with drip lines, I do use the hose to water other things around my yard, and to fill my dog’s outside water dish. This article is definitely a wake-up call.

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Those silver fillings in your mouth are mercury in disguise

Dental WorkAs a kid, I was among those who didn’t really get it about great oral hygiene. Consequently I ended up with a lot of fillings in my mouth. Over the years, I’ve wondered about how safe these “silver” fillings really were, especially with all the media attention about mercury. An article today brought the seriousness home.

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Guardedly optimistic progress in obesity in children

Childhood obesity for babies 2As a journalist, I’m skeptical when I read about the latest report showing remarkable progress or “breakthrough results”. All too often the test group is much too small to really demonstrate large sweeping results.

So it’s with a somewhat jaded view that I read the news that there’s been a large drop in childhood obesity.

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