Posted on October 11, 2013 by Envirothink
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.
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Posted on April 26, 2013 by Envirothink
Consumers 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.
Filed under: Health concerns, Uncategorized | Tagged: cancer, Clean Water Act, environment, environmentalists, federal watchdog, food security, glyphosate, health, herbicides, infertility, Parkinson's, Roundup, scientists, toxic chemicals | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 10, 2013 by Envirothink
A 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!
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Posted on March 15, 2013 by Envirothink
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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Posted on February 22, 2013 by Envirothink
A 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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Posted on February 5, 2013 by Envirothink
This is the 2nd segment of the short series on recycling opportunities.
The list of what’s recyclable continues to grow, as do the opportunities of where and how to do so. Here is a current list and links to help you locate drop-off points.
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Posted on December 23, 2012 by Envirothink
Giving to World Wildlife Fund supports conservation of important natural places and endangered animals
True giving is to give something that you’d rather keep foe yourself and/or that makes a difference. If you still have a few gifts to get, consider giving something that in some way gives to others. Here is my list of reputable ”give back” suggestions for this holiday season. Most if not all are tax-deductible and offer an array of choices.
To discover some great, last minute, affordable gifts, see the full story at http://bit.ly/ciunmo.
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