Health + Wellness

Organizations Urge U.S. Rejection of Smithfield Takeover

Organizations Urge U.S. Rejection of Smithfield Takeover

EcoWatch A letter addressed to members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. was delivered today by a broad coalition of farm, community and consumer organizations, urging the members to recommend that the Obama Administration reject the proposed Shuanghui International Holdings, Ltd. acquisition of Smithfield Foods. The significant risks of a Shuanghui takeover […]

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    The Hidden Hazards in Your Laundry Basket

    The Hidden Hazards in Your Laundry Basket

    Amy Mathews Amos I did something on vacation this spring that I normally never do: I sent my clothes to the laundry. Usually I pride myself on packing so wisely that I can last a week out of a carry-on bag, and I’m typically not staying in a place swanky enough to actually “do” laundry. […]

    U.S. Coal Exports Causing Deaths in Europe

    U.S. Coal Exports Causing Deaths in Europe

    Sierra Club Greenpeace By Justin Guay and Lauri Myllyvirta Increasing coal burning in Europe caused 2,000 additional premature deaths, with exports from the U.S. accounting for two thirds of that increase. Coal-fired power plants are silent killers. Hour after hour, these plants fill the air with toxic pollutants, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and tiny […]

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Greenpeace By Rex Weyler We know what is killing the bees. Worldwide Bee Colony Collapse is not as big a mystery as the chemical companies claim. The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air […]

    Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Continues to Destroy Appalachia

    Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Continues to Destroy Appalachia

    Appalachian Voices By Brian Sewell In April, millions of Americans who oppose mountaintop removal celebrated two major court rulings that dealt “major blows” to the coal industry’s use of the destructive practice. But a grim reminder of the work ahead came a week ago, when residents of West Virginia’s Coal River Valley received a letter […]

    China’s Growing Hunger for Meat Leads to Copycatting U.S. Factory Farms

    China’s Growing Hunger for Meat Leads to Copycatting U.S. Factory Farms

    Earth Policy Institute By Janet Larsen Half the world’s pigs—more than 470 million of them—live in China, but even that may not be enough to satisfy the growing Chinese appetite for meat. While meat consumption in the U.S. has fallen more than five percent since peaking in 2007, Chinese meat consumption has leapt 18 percent, […]

    Connecticut Makes History as First State to Pass GE Food Labeling Law

    Connecticut Makes History as First State to Pass GE Food Labeling Law

    This week, Connecticut won the honor of becoming the first state to pass a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled. (The governor has indicated he will sign.) It was really only a matter of time. The disappointing defeat of Prop 37 last fall in California—thanks to a massive industry disinformation campaign—sparked a national […]

    A Menu for a Sustainable Food Future

    A Menu for a Sustainable Food Future

    World Resources Institute By Craig Hanson and Tim Searchinger A bean farmer checks her crop in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo credit: Neil Palmer, CIAT How can the world feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? This is one of […]

    Fighting Big Food’s Deceptive Marketing Campaign

    Fighting Big Food’s Deceptive Marketing Campaign

    Michele Simon Last month, the City of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against Monster Beverage over the marketing of the company’s highly caffeinated products to youth children. This is just the latest example of using the legal system to hold the food and beverage industries accountable for deceptive marketing practices. With the federal government all […]