Health + Wellness

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 […]

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    Global Environmental Leader: Samuel Duo Helps Build Liberia’s Sustainable Community

    Global Environmental Leader: Samuel Duo Helps Build Liberia’s Sustainable Community

    Ford International Fellowship Program In 2001, the Ford Foundation granted $280 million—the largest single donation in the Foundation’s history—to a new initiative called the Ford International Fellowships Program (IFP). IFP set out to prove that an international scholarship program could help build leadership for social justice and thus contribute to broader social change. What followed […]

    New Buycott App Makes Voting with Your Dollar Easier Than Ever

    New Buycott App Makes Voting with Your Dollar Easier Than Ever

    EcoWatch Voting with your dollar has never been easier. “Have you ever wondered whether the money you spend ends up funding causes you oppose?” Thanks to the new Buycott app, you can organize your consumer spending to support causes you care about, and oppose those that you don’t—all by using your smart phone. The program […]

    Industrial Fluoride Additive in Tap Water Impacts Your Health and Pocketbook

    Industrial Fluoride Additive in Tap Water Impacts Your Health and Pocketbook

    Fluoride Action Network Industrial-grade fluoride chemicals added to U.S. public water supplies contain arsenic that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies as a human carcinogen. Switching to low-arsenic pharmaceutical-grade fluoride will save society $1 billion to $14 billion annually, according to research published in Environmental Science & Policy, led by former EPA senior scientists […]

    Dozens of U.S. Cities Join the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon

    Dozens of U.S. Cities Join the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon

    Earth Policy Institute By Janet Larsen When New York City opened registration for its much anticipated public bike-sharing program on April 15, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Eager for access to a fleet of thousands of bicycles, they became Citi Bike members weeks before bikes were expected to be available. Such […]

    The Other Side of the Taj Mahal

    The Other Side of the Taj Mahal

    Charles Depman Taj Mahal, Agra India. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flood into the city of Agra, India, every year to see the gleaming marble of the Taj Mahal, a site immaculately kept since its completion in 1653. Emperor Shah Jahan, who had the Taj Mahal built as a tomb for his wife, kept the […]

    Polluting Hog Farm Threatened With Lawsuit for Violations of Clean Water Act

    Polluting Hog Farm Threatened With Lawsuit for Violations of Clean Water Act

    Waterkeeper Alliance Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN) and Waterkeeper Alliance have filed a notice of intent to sue the owners and operators of the JC Howard Hill and Taylor swine concentrated animal feeding operation in Jones County for violations of the Clean Water Act. The […]

    Food Imports from China Under Scrutiny for Fraud and Lack of Inspection

    Food Imports from China Under Scrutiny for Fraud and Lack of Inspection

    The Cornucopia Institute The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats gathered information yesterday regarding concerns being raised about imports of food from China that are entering the U.S. “We don’t trust, for good reason, the Chinese to supply ingredients for our dog and cat food,” said hearing witness Mark […]

    EPA Approves New Pesticide Highly Toxic to Bees

    EPA Approves New Pesticide Highly Toxic to Bees

    Beyond Pesticides Photo courtesy of Shutterstock In apparent contradiction to its stated intention to protect pollinators and find solutions to the current pollinator crisis, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the unconditional registration of the new insecticide sulfoxaflor, which the agency classifies as highly toxic to honey bees. Despite warnings and concerns raised by beekeepers […]