California ag-gag bill is dead

Farm animalsA number of states have recently moved to criminalize those who would go undercover and document abuses to farm animals. However there’s good news.

California’s efforts in this direction have now failed.

AB-343 is now dead in the water. The bill would have criminalized undercover photography and video footage captured at farms and slaughterhouses. It even would have exempted farms from turning over any footage of animal cruelty captured on surveillance cameras.

It’s a victory for farm animals and for those who care about how they’re treated. Hopefully this will send a signal to other legislatures that similar bills should be quashed.

California’s Proposition 37 – a chance to speak up for better, healthier food

As we get closer to the November election, things are heating up in California. A fast and furious controversy over the consumer’s right to be informed is centering around Proposition 37. This measure, if passed, would create mandatory labeling for food containing GMO’s – food crops / ingredients made from genetically modified organisms.

As the  most common GMO’s are corn, sugar beets, soy and canola are key ingredients in so many foods, it behooves consumers to read labels and become more educated about this issue.

Check out this newly released poster about this important topic. It’s an eye-opener.

If California does manage to get this proposition passed, will it be a harbinger for the rest of the nation?  To date, at least 19 states have tried to pass similar labeling laws but failed. Perhaps California will lead the way to success – and to improved health for the nation.

Recycling green glass can be tricky

Green glass isn’t always easy to recycle; photo by David Tames, Flickr

Most consumers think that any colored glass can be automatically recycled. And technically that’s true. But recyclers know all glass isn’t created equal.

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New California law requires commercial and apartment recycling

California's new law requires businesses and apartments to recycle

Generally considered at the forefront of environmental regulations, California now has another green law in place. Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill that requires all California commercial businesses, institutions and apartments to implement recycling programs.

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Corn Lobbyists don’t get the final word

 

The ill-fated SB-1454 would have banned "biodegradable" plastic

The recent demise in California of legislative bill SB-1454 took some by surprise. This cleverly written piece of legislation was designed supposedly to clarify misleading labeling claims and would prevent the sale of plastics in California whose packaging is labeled not only biodegradable but also compostable.

 

But the bill’s backers were stunned when California’s Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, noting the possible “unforeseen consequences could result from such a vast expansion” of existing law.

For more on this, see http://3.ly/aQ3W.

Target charged with illegal dumping of hazardous products

Target has had a preliminary injunction filed against its retail stores by the city of Los Angeles and California state prosecutors for allegedly dumping hazardous consumer products that were returned or damaged. If found guilty, the retail giant faces civil penalties.

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Woodchuck Cider teams with American Forests to plant trees in California

Woodchuck Cider logoOn Earth Day 2010, Woodchuck Cider – a premier maker of handcrafted hard ciders based in Vermont – took an unusual stand. They launched a Facebook Global ReLeaf campaign, saying that by the end of the day, they would donate a tree for every Facebook fan they acquired.

The excitement streamed across social networks with fans cross-promoting the campaign via Twitter. The results were astonishing. Woodchuck had gained 8,432 fans.

Today Woodchuck announced they would plant that many trees as part of the ReLeaf program, American Forests tree planting arm. Global ReLeaf is the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the U.S.  This year Global ReLeaf plans to plant 4.8 million trees as part of 43 projects in 14 states and 10 countries that will work to restore forests critical for endangered wildlife, clean water, and carbon Global Releaf Logosequestration.

Woodchuck and Globel ReLeaf chose California to be the recipient of these trees to help rebuild forests devastated  by numerous wildfires tover the past several years.

The tree planting will begin this summer and continue through the rest of the year.

This results of this kind of campaign just shows how amazingly integral social networks have become – and the real potential they pose for making a difference.