Monsanto named “Best Corporate Citizen”. Who’s voting and for how much?

Monsanto graphicFor the 5th year in a row, CR Magazine, whose focus is on corporate responsibility, has named Monsanto to its “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for its corporate responsibility performance.

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California cities could run out of water

Shasta Lake in drought

The clay sides of Shasta Lake loom tall and bare with the drought

Last week, the governor of California made it official. California is going through a serious drought. We residents have known this for some time. Nice to know he finally agrees with the obvious.

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An orangutan speaks up about rainforest destruction

Palm oil is one of the ingredients in a wide variety of our everyday foods. Few of us think much about it, yet where it comes from and its impact on our environment is huge.

Palm plantations are being created at the expense of rainforests, which are decimated in order to keep up with the global demand for palm oil. The impact of this effects biodiversity and, even more importantly, the wildlife that live and depend on these beautiful, old growth natural wonders.

Here is a moving video that brings it all home in its simplicity. If you take anything away from viewing it, it’s that being aware of what’s in the food you eat means something, is connected to the natural (or unnatural) order of things and that what you buy matters.

Concerns for toxic chemical use in the news

Pesticides signConsumers have reason to be concerned. The use of toxic chemicals is seriously on the rise. And their effects, although our federal “watchdog” agencies are officially touting them to be safe, look to be real cause for concern (to put it mildly).

Here are a few stories that hit the news today. Judge for yourselves, then you might want to make some changes.

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Saturday mail from the Post Office to continue

Saturday mail deliveryA news bulletin just announced that the US Post Office will cancel plans to end Saturday mail delivery early this summer.They say the new stopgap budget that Congress recently passed would prohibit the move.

A short-term funding plan that Congress and the President recently approved includes language requiring six days of delivery.

A statement from the agency said the postal service’s board of governors made the decision Tuesday.

Great news for consumers. What would weekends be without mail on the weekends, even though it usually comes later than usual? Gotta have it – and now we will!

Ben & Jerry’s stands up for non-GMO labeling

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's, speaks out for mandatory GMO labeling

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, speaks out for mandatory GMO labeling

More than 200 Connecticut residents gathered today at the State Capital in Hartford to testify on behalf of HB 6519, a bill to require the labeling of genetically modified food sold in the Constitution state.  Among these outspoken gatherers were top international scientists, leading national grassroots activists and the co-founder of the famous Vermont ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, who traveled to Hartford to testify in front of the Public Health Committee in favor of passing a bill to require the labeling of GMOs.

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Update on rescued bald eagle

eagleA report released today says that the bald eagle that was recently rescued from a Rhodes Island landfill    was shot in the head. According to clinic director Jennifer Brooks, a CT-scan of the young eagle convalescing at the Wildlife Rehabilitator Association center has revealed that the pellet is lodged in the right side of the eagle’s brain.

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