Who’s walking the green walk ... and who isn’t?
Discover the heroes working for a better world (and the villains who aren’t) in these cutting-edge articles from June. You'll find them all here...Local Food, Farming & Community GMOs: Content & Controversy Energy/Climate Change The Rocky Road to Business Sustainability Environment aaaaa
Local Food, Farming & Community
Food Hero: Will Harris is the Sustainable Livestock Producer Winner of the 2014 Growing Green Awards
FoodTank explains: After decades of raising cattle on pastures purged by pesticides and finishing them on a diet of grain, hormones and antibiotics, Will Harris drastically changed his practices and converted to organic and grass-fed on his Southwest Georgia farm, White Oak Pastures.
From YouTube: Located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles,The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken eggs, 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.
From The Guardian: We've grown skeptical of big-picture environmentalism. A greener future lies in 'just doing it' at grassroots level.
From the Des Moines Register: Arkansas farmer Tommy Young says Southern growers have lived through nearly a decade of torment, fighting a destructive, fast-growing weed that can carry a million seeds, grow as tall as an NBA player and is unfazed by several herbicides
From FoodTank: Robert Egger is a nonprofit leader, speaker, author and activist who takes pride in the community kitchen he started and helped run, taking leftover food from hospitality businesses and farms and providing meals for the community and community agencies. His kitchens also provide culinary arts training and jobs programs for people who want careers in the food service industry but are unemployed, underemployed, previously incarcerated, or homeless.
Urban Organics: An abandoned brewery in Minnesota gets a second life as an agricultural business and fish farm
From The Intelligent Optimist: An abandoned brewery in Minnesota gets a second life as an agricultural business and fish farm.
The Cornucopia Institute explains: 20 organic farm and consumer groups file legal petition with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak to protect the independent authority and permanence of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) set by Congress.
From EcoWatch: The U.S. is in the midst of a public health epidemic due to poor diet. While much of the focus has been on obvious culprits such as sugary soft drinks and fast food, dairy foods often get a pass. The dairy industry, propped up by government, has convinced us of the health benefits of milk and other dairy products. But the context of how people consume dairy matters.
GMOs: Content & Controversy
From GMOSeralini: Previously retracted study of the chronic toxicity study on the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize is republished, restoring the study to the peer-reviewed literature so it can be consulted and built upon by other scientists.
Wired.com explains: The first of a new generation of genetically modified crops is poised to win government approval in the United States, igniting a controversy that may continue for years, and foreshadowing the future of genetically modified crops.
From RT.com: As one of the preconditions to authorizing close to $300 million in aid, the United States is pressuring El Salvador to purchase genetically modified seeds from Monsanto instead of non-GM seeds from local farmers.
From SustainablePulse.com: Austrailian farmer Steve Marsh, who could lose his farm fighting for the right to farm without the threat of GM contamination, appeals the decision against him in the Western Australian Supreme Court last month.
The Cornucopia Institute explains: While saving kids from malnutrition in Africa makes for great headlines and is a very noble cause, the attempt to alleviate this problem through increased nutrition via the genetic-modification of one food, also known as biofortification, is just a horrible idea. Find out why.
“Go ahead, bring it on!” Helen SlottjeHelps Small Towns Stop Fracking
From EcoWatch.com: In a precedent-setting case decided by the New York Court of Appeals, local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders.
From CommonDreams.org: Coastal Maine residents push to formally prohibit tar sands from being shipped from their port.
EcoWatch.com explains: Concerned citizens have started a petition asking Canadian and U.S. to block approval of the proposed nuclear waste repository near the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site in Kincardine, Ontario.
From EcoWatch.com: New York’s general assembly passes a moratorium on fracking Monday with a sensible question in mind—why rush?
From RenewableEnergyWorld.com: How can a community take control of its energy future from a 100-year monopoly electric utility? Citizens of Boulder, CO, are testing answers to that question, trying to discover how a single city can do more for its economy and the environment with more power over its energy system.
Resilience.org explains: The International Energy Agency releases a new special report that should send policy makers screaming and running for the exits — if they are willing to read between the lines and view the report in the context of current financial and geopolitical trends.
The Rocky Road to Business Sustainability
From MotherJones.com: Ben & Jerry’s has publicly supported the fight to GMO labeling on foods since its decision a year ago to start phasing out genetically modified foods from its products. So why is it still getting boycotted by organic-food activists?
From EnvironmentalLeader.com: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the patents for his company’s electric vehicle technology “belong to you.” What exactly does he mean?
From Truth-Out.org: In 2013 Walmart hauled in $16 billion in profits. Americans for Tax Fairness estimates Walmart's low-wage and part-time workers are forced to rely on about $6.2 billion worth of food stamps and other taxpayer-funded benefits per year. What’s going on?
TheGuardian.com explains: 'People get that we're fundamentally good' says the CEO, but putting the chain's new policies into practice won't be easy.
From BBC.com: Neonicotinoid pesticides are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species and are a key factor in the decline of bees.
From IndependentScienceNews.org: Dr. David Lewis blows the whistle on the US EPA’s 503 sludge rule.
From TheGuardian.com: International team of scientists concludes that regulations on pesticides have failed to prevent poisoning of almost all habitats.
From TheGuardian.com: Ministers cancel permit for five controversial dams on two rivers in Patagonia.
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