Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… hardly stop to think about what we are putting in our mouths. Why eat organic? People often ask. We might be busy, but we have the resources available to learn more about our food. More importantly, we are lucky enough to be in the position where we can choose to act out against poor practices. Let’s face it: eating organically might be the only savior for our bodies, the environment and our society. Listed below are important considerations as to why we should all be eating organic. Toxins …

Big Food Brands Lose Consumer Trust | CMO Strategy – Advertising Age

… “re-establish our identity in the natural foods movement.” The RFP, which was recently obtained by Ad Age, is a small but telling example of how the food industry has been shaken from its core, forced to reinvent itself in the face of shifting consumer demands. Families once reliably heaped their plates with products such as Stove Top stuffing from Kraft Foods, Hamburger Helper from General Mills and Kellogg cereals, along with similar products from other processed food titans. But …

Legislature considers banning microbeads: Oregon environment news | OregonLive.com

  Oregon could join the list of states to ban microbeads, a popular exfoliating agent found in face wash and other hygienic products. House Bill 3478 would phase in restrictions on the plastic beads, which often slip past water treatment systems and into the ocean. There, fish mistake them for food, eat them and become contaminated with toxins. Oregon’s ban would not apply to the sale of over-the-counter drugs. Effective immediately, neonicotinoids can no longer be used on Portland …

Lakewinds announces grants to local farm groups – Chanhassen Villager: Business

From SW News Media, Posted March 16 2015 Lakewinds Food Co-op, a natural foods co-op, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Grant Program (LOFF). LOFF began in 2011 as a way for Lakewinds to deepen its commitment to providing local, organic food to the communities it serves. Since its inception, the program has given over $100,000 to support local farmers and farm associations. “The financial burden these farmers face to maintain their commitment to sustainable …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

… chemisorptive process,” said Professor Christine McKenzie from the University of Southern Denmark. “The material is both a sensor, and a container for oxygen – we can use it to bind, store, and transport oxygen – like a solid artificial hemoglobin.” Varying the constituent structure of the material can also bind and release oxygen at different rates. This means it could be used to regulate oxygen supply in fuel cells or create devices like face masks that use layers of the …

‘Man-made’ climate change a major woman’s problem – Business Insider

By Marianne Barriaux, AFP – Posted 7th March 2015 Geneva (AFP) – Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again. Countless studies show that natural disasters on average kill more women than men — 90 percent female fatalities in some cases, prevent girls from going to school, increase the threat of sexual assault. And the list goes on. This issue has leapt to the …

AGL’s Camden coal seam gas claims spark transparency fears

… opponent of coal seam gas mining near homes. Asked on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday if he would take up the coal seam gas issue during the NSW election campaign, Mr Jones said the Baird government would have to “face the consequences” unless public concerns were addressed. On August 31 last year, coal seam gas was released from a well about 200 metres from homes at Camden after a pressure valve was activated. Alarmed residents reportedly heard a loud hissing noise and …