Do you want healthier food? Start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

… even use actual black pepper to season its beef. (Does anyone even want to know what they were using before?) These aren’t isolated incidents. Chipotle Mexican Grill is dumping genetically modified ingredients from its menu, and both McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A plan to stop selling chicken that’s been treated with human antibiotics. There’s a new category of chain restaurants called “healthy fast casual,” and its market share appears to be growing. It isn’t just restaurants. …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

… conflict. “I’m a geologist by trade as well as being an environmentalist. I don’t have a problem with human requirements,” he said. “I guess I call myself pragmatic.” Along with several partners he “bought a hill” in the valley with a plan to extract diatomaceous earth from the ground. Diatomaceous earth is a soft sedimentary rock used in various applications from cat litter to insulation. “But we use it primarily for an organic …

AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas licence to NSW government | The Australian

Published in The Australian by Sarah-Jane Tasker, Reporter, Sydney, March 9th 2015 AGL Energy has sold back a coal seam gas licence to the NSW government because it was not “commercially viable”. The Australian-listed company said it had taken advantage of the state government’s petroleum exploration licence (PEL) voluntarily buyback scheme, which forms part of the state’s NSW gas plan. AGL (AGL) said it had deemed that the PEL it was selling back to the government was not commercially …

All gas activities in NSW now require a licence from the EPA — Gas Today — The magazine for Australia’s natural gas industry

In case you missed news of this development over the Christmas break, all gas activities in NSW will now require an environment protection licence from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The change came on the back of the commencement of the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (NSW Gas plan) Regulation 2014 on 19 December 2014. NSW EPA Chief Environment Regulator Mark Gifford said the Regulation amends the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 and the …