Is Your $40 Skirt Hurting the Environment?

… of the problem. (Ever dipped into Topshop to grab a new dress for a party because “It’s only $60!” even though you have five perfectly pretty dresses already hanging in your wardrobe?) To keep prices low and meet demand, fashion giants now outsource 97 percent of production, paying workers as little as $1 a day and hurting the environments and economies of already unstable and impoverished developing countries. To continue reading this article and to view the video, please …

Special Report: The war on big food – Fortune

… mouth, or made your lips purse with disdain, you are part of Big Food’s multibillion-dollar problem. In fact, you may even belong to a growing consumer class that has some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies scrambling to change their businesses. Lest you think this is hyperbole, consider the commentary in February at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference, the packaged-goods industry’s premier annual gathering. To continue reading this article, please click on this …

Goodall on GMO’s: “I Truly Believe We’re Poisoning Ourselves” | KUER

… says without genetically modified crops, we would not have the levels of food productivity that we have today. “I’ve never heard in all of the literature that I’ve reviewed of one single case of a GMO related plant or animal causing a health problem for a human being or for an animal for that matter,” he says. “I think this is an activist, radical viewpoint.” The 80-year-old Goodall apologized at the end of her talk for a few stumbles where she lost her train of thought, but she says …

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 …

Defining organic – Parksville Qualicum News

… value, and with that came the need for developing standards for organic farming. “Unfortunately it sounds like the legislation is going to tell those organic farmers that don’t follow the certified organic business model that they are no longer organic,” he said. “The problem is the standards for organic farming are being written for global trade interests not for the local community.” To finish reading this article, click on this link: via Defining organic – Parksville Qualicum …

Slippery slope? Heated debate in Uganda over super crops | Zee News

… Uganda`s parliament to pass a contentious bill permitting the use of GMO crops in the hope it will deliver disease-resistant bananas. Supporters of the GMO bill argue that the crops are both safe and vital for the health of Ugandans. “We are interested in solving a problem,” said Professor Wilberforce Tushemereirwe, director of research at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories. Uganda has been conducting trials of disease-resistant GMO bananas since 2007. In 2010 government …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… grows and sells our food, how it’s marketed, and what technologies were used to produce it. By selling seeds to farmers, peddling pesticides, forming corporate monopolies, and funding academic research on GMOs, agribusiness giants like Monsanto have one goal in mind: controlling the food system. The millions of people calling for labeling of GMO foods have a problem with that. Furthermore, it is disappointing to see such beloved science advocates as Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson being …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

… more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them… I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more,” Prof. Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, told The Siberian Times. “It is important not to scare people, but to understand that it is a very serious problem and we must research this.” Researchers ventured deep inside one of the holes last November, …

Can a new form of accounting save animals from extinction? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

… protocols around reducing biodiversity loss”, but the biggest challenge to the problem is that it competes with attention on environmental sustainability and climate change. “Companies get fatigued,” he says. In a recent report, published in the New Nature of Business, Elliot and his team studied 10 pioneering companies – including Syngenta, Dow and Wipro – that are taking action on biodiversity. The report doesn’t address big companies like Unilever, but Elliot says they hold …