Posted on March 8, 2017 by Envirothink
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the December-January issue of AgMag magazine
Photo courtesy of normanack
Compost – a decaying mixture of organic matter that can include dead leaves, food waste, animal manure, even coffee grounds – is a solution to many soil-related problems.
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Posted on February 29, 2016 by Envirothink
Glyphosate is all over the news. The World Health Organization declared it a likely carcinogen yet the U.S. EPA continues to drag its feet adding it to the list of chemicals banned for use.
For those who don’t know or aren’t sure, glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. It’s also found in 750 or more other products in the U.S. Tests have shown that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies. Another study revealed that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drives breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range. And in February 2012, a shocking study published by the journal Archives of Toxicology showed that Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: A Curious Harvest, educated consumer, EPA, glyphosate, herbicide, Maximus Thaler, Monsanto, Roundup, toxic, U.C. Berkeley, World Health Organization | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 25, 2016 by Envirothink
Consumers should be concerned that the toxic chemical glyphosate, shown here being sprayed on crops, is being found in places we really don’t want it to be
The push to get glyphosate – – a key ingredient in Monsanto’s cash cow RoundUp – banned by the U.S. EPA as a highly toxic pesticide continues. Even more of a concern to consumers is the fact that traces of glyphosate are showing up in a lot of things Americans use every day.
Filed under: Food Safety | Tagged: carcinogen, endocrine disruptors, EPA, German Brewers’ Association, glyphosate, herbicide, Monsanto, Munich Environmental Institute, obesity, pesticide, Roundup, toxic, toxic chemicals, World Health Organization | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 3, 2015 by Envirothink
Bee collapse is a serious problem in this country. And while there is still discussion as to what the underlying cause of this is, there is much evidence that toxic neonicotinoids are harmful to wildlife, especially to bees.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: bee collapse, consumer demand, EPA, European Commission, Home Depot, neonicotinoids, pesticides, pollinators, toxic, US Fish and Wildlife | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 12, 2015 by Envirothink
Flame retardants have been shown to have serious effects on childhood development, from as early as prenatal exposure. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a class of brominated hydrocarbons that are used as flame retardants.
According to the EPA, PBDEs are all around us in fabrics, upholstery, and polyurethane foam. Phased out over the past decade, unfortunately these toxic chemicals are still all around us. They’ve been detected in fish, surface water, and in the air. Researchers have linked them to attention deficit and impulse control problems in children. The EPA even reports that PBDEs are possible endocrine disruptors.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: childhood development, dopamine, EPA, flame retardant, hydrocarbon, neurotransmitter, non-toxic, University of Texas | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 8, 2014 by Envirothink
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household spends over $2,200 a year on energy bills. Nearly half that goes to heating and cooling costs. Utilizing a programmable “smart” thermostat can take a bite out of that.
Filed under: Technology | Tagged: energy, energy bills, energy consumption, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, indoor climate, Programmable thermostats, smart thermostats | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 24, 2014 by Envirothink
Last night’s episode of HBO’s drama “The Newsroom” featured an interview with a supposed EPA representative who spoke about climate change. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say the EPA guy finally said what our government, politicians and federal agencies haven’t or haven’t been able to get said for the past several decades. It’s plain talk – brutally honest, devastating “news”
that we’ve gone beyond our ability to fix the effects of climate change and are 20 years too late. Continue reading
Filed under: Climate Change | Tagged: Aaron Sorkin, climate change, climatologists, effects of climate change, EPA, HBO, Ice Age, Jeff Daniels, politicians, The Newswoom, truth | Leave a comment »