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Michigan Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7

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WASHINGTON, May, 19, 2014 – Wolverine Packing Company, a Detroit, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The ground beef products were produced between March 31, 2014 and April 18, 2014. For a full list of products that were recalled please see the attached document. The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the ...

Breakfast cereals loaded with too much sugar for U.S. kids: report

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(Reuters) - U.S. children are consuming more than 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of sugar annually if they eat a typical morning bowl of cereal each day, contributing to obesity and other health problems, and cereal makers and regulators are doing little to address the issue, according to a study released on Thursday.The Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based health information non-profit, said its report covers more than 1,500 cereals, including 181 marketed to children. As part of the report, the group re-examined 84 cereals it studied in a similar report ...

Where Do Food Stamps Go the Furthest? At the Farmers Market

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Shopping at the farmers market is about to get a whole lot easier for hungry residents of Los Angeles County. Despite the cuts to the program brought about by the new farm bill, a $2.5 million grant from First 5 L.A. will make SNAP recipients’ food assistance go ...

Colony collapse disorder's link to pesticides strengthened by new study

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The pesticides, called neonicotinoids, are 'highly likely' to be triggering bee deaths, say researchers.The researchers also used six control colonies that were not exposed to the pesticides. Only one of the six experienced mass fatalities, which they linked to a common intestinal parasite called Nosema ceranae. The earlier ...

Move Over Chickens, Here's Something Duckier For The Backyard

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hide captionDaniel Paduano's Pekin ducks search the grass for slugs, snails and insects, which make up a big part of their diet.Daniel Paduano's Pekin ducks search the grass for slugs, snails and insects, which make up a big part of their diet. When we did our egg taste ...

French ban on GMO maize cultivation gets final approval

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PARIS May 5 (Reuters) - The French parliament gave final approval on Monday to a law prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize in the European Union's top grain producer, where a majority of people remain strongly opposed to foods based on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.The French Senate voted on a law already adopted by the lower house of parliament last month that banned GMO maize (corn) cultivation, even though it has been cleared at European Union level, saying it poses a risk to the environment.

New Design Delivers Round-the-Clock Solar Power

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LONDON - Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s ...

New nature preserve will be the largest on Earth

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Covering more than 320 million acres, the marine park in New Caledonia is twice the size of Texas, three times the size of Germany and much larger than any other protected area on the planet.Corals grow just below the ocean surface near Maré Island, New Caledonia. (Photo: Ethan ...

Monsanto GM Soy is Scarier Than You Think

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Californians, stop watering your lawns — for real this time

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With every square foot of California now affected by crippling drought, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has urged residents, yet again, to avoid wasting water – such as by watering their lawns more than twice a week. And in his latest drought-related proclamation, issued on Friday, the governor struck ...

How To Convince Conservative Christians That Global Warming Is Real

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Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, has had quite the run lately. A few weeks back, she was featured in the first episode of the Showtime series The Years of Living Dangerously, meeting with actor Don Cheadle in her home state of Texas to explain to him ...

Climate change is clear and present danger, says landmark US report

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Climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no American will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on Tuesday. The National Climate Assessment, a 1,300-page report compiled by 300 leading scientists and experts, is meant to be the definitive ...

Nightingale has best birdsong because of its complex brain, research finds

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No wonder they celebrated it in a song. The common nightingale is top of the feathered crooners, according to research highlighted on International Dawn Chorus Day that suggests the bird's impressive vocal range is down to the composition of its brain. The secretive bird, immortalised in the romantic ...

EWG's Dirty Dozen Report Lists The Most Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies Of 2014

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For the 10th year in a row, nonprofit advocacy agency the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce, and once again apples top the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen, part of the EWG's yearly Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, is compiled ...

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

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They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green ...

Asian farmers unite to stop Golden Rice

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MASIPAG et al | 30 April 2014 | technologies, seeds & biodiversity | Indonesia, PhilippinesQuezon City, Philippines – Citing impending commercialization of Golden Rice, farmers and sectoral organizations here and abroad have united to stop the commercialization of the said GM crop, saying that this will decimate indigenous ...

More Herbicide, or More Innovative, Sustainable Farming?

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As another growing season begins, production agriculture is confronted with important choices. Among them is whether the farming community and policy makers will heed the clear warnings from herbicide-resistant weeds that industrial monoculture farming methods are not sustainable.The epidemic of weeds that have developed resistance to glyphosate herbicide,

Obama's Last Shot

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12 mentions6 months ago
Obama's Last Shot The president came into office promising to make fighting climate change a priority. Now, he finally seems to be getting serious about itEDITOR'S NOTE: On Friday April 18th, after the print version of this story had closed, the State Department announced that the decision on ...

Why Bitter Is Better

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I'm heartened to see that popular media has sharpened its focus when it comes to what's wrong with the typical American diet. I'm seeing more articles now that identify sugar, not saturated fat, as the major dietary contributor to elevated heart disease risk and to increased disease risk ...

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things …Like the Ocean

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On April 22, Senator John Kerry made an announcement of a new global conference that was going to be held in Washington DC, bringing experts from around the world together with scientists and environmentalists, in 7 weeks time. The announcement is an example of some of the chronic ...

Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL battle

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On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more toxins into the air. These toxins are brimming with ...

Which U.S. Universities Are The Greenest?

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In a recently released free book by the Princeton Review, three-hundred and thirty universities in the United States and two in Canada are profiled as green four-year higher education institutions. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, released on April 17, set out to profile these institutions ...

Coal Company Cuts Off Ex-Miners From Their Health Benefits

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More than one-thousand ex-coal miners are losing their promised health benefits in eight months. Murray Energy redirected the blame in its announcement this week to the Obama administration, insisting that the largest independent coal company in the U.S. is the real victim here — of the so-called war ...

The Health Effects of GMO Foods

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Vermont is poised to become the first state to require labels on genetically modified food, but will these "frankenfruits" actually hurt the people who eat them?Swapping genes in and out in a lab may sound a little different than cross breeding crops for hundreds of years, but according ...

Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering

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PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young,

Overfishing Remains Biggest Threat to Mediterranean, Study Confirms

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Marine reserves bring back large predators like this Mediterranean dusky grouper at Cabrera National Park, Spain. (Photo: Enric Sala / National Geographic)Overfishing is still the most important threat to Mediterranean underwater ecosystems, “more than pollution, invasive species, or climate change”, says Enric Sala, one of the authors of ...

Monsanto GM Soy Is Scarier Than You Think

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Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of American farmland. We grow more soybeans than any other country except Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically ...

Map: Is There a Risky Chemical Plant Near You?

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Last April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people, injured at least 200, and destroyed dozens of homes, schools, and a nursing home. In the wake of the disaster, we wondered: Can we locate the industrial sites in your community where similar ...

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

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Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.J. Scott Applewhite/APhide caption Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli,

Flower Power Rises Again as Gardeners Rally 'Round the Bumblebee

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Gardeners are planting record numbers of flowers rich in nectar as the public throws itself firmly behind the plight of the endangered bumblebee. Sales of lavender, sunflowers and dahlias have risen significantly this year following reports of a dramatic decline in the population of honey, bumble and other ...

5 Things You Should Know About the State of Walking and Biking in the U.S

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Select Month April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 ...

Why you should be skeptical of Walmart’s cheap organic food

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Out on the mean streets of the U.S. organic foods industry, Walmart has stepped onto the corner with both guns drawn. On Thursday, the superstore behemoth announced its plan to partner with Wild Oats (which you may recognize as a former subsidiary of Whole Foods) to offer a ...

The Bike-Powered Coffee Cart That Could Take On Starbucks

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It won't be easy, but it could help an entire new wave of young entrepreneurs on smaller budgets to start their own mini-shops. The designers want to make a chain that a younger generation might actually want to invest in (and that they can afford--in Europe, where Starbucks ...

Bus travel gives other modes run for the money

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Buses are starting to give airlines, trains, and even cars a run for their money. With spiffed up coaches, internet reservations, and often significantly cheaper fares, bus travel is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to flying, taking the train and even driving your own car, according to a ...

These 11 graphics show how bad local food insecurity can be in America

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Approximately 49 million people in the United States live in food-insecure households, with nearly 16 million of them being children, according to September Department of Agriculture data. A new analysis by hunger nonprofit Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap report seeks to quantify that at the county and ...

Groups rally against ocean seismic blasts

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Add Cape Canaveral to the list of coastal communities against proposed seismic airgun testing, which would shoot dynamite-like underwater blasts to survey for oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor.Earlier the same day, the nonprofit Oceana announced that 110 local elected officials and 155 conservation and ...

This beautiful electric carriage is tearing New York City apart

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Here in New York City, politicians, activists, and celebrities are renewing a hundred-year-old battle between automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. This time, however, the war isn’t over the future of personal transportation: it’s about the 68 horse-drawn carriages that offer tourists meandering rides around Central Park.The rides are a ...

These 8 Depressing Bike Theft Statistics Show Just How Bad the Problem Is

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One of the biggest problems with stopping city bike theft is that cities don't even understand the extent of the problem. Police departments often consider the incidents a low priority and fail to pursue thieves, which in turn discourages riders from reporting later incidents. Great as cities know ...

Video Tour of an Overnight Train

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Travel blogger Kelley Ferro recently trained on one of our awesome overnight trains. Check out her video tour above of the epic Southwest Chief which connects Chicago and Los Angeles! If you don't know anything about the Southwest Chief, it's one of Amtrak's long-distance trains. In fact, it's ...

22 Ridiculous London Cycle Lanes That Hate Cyclists

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This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Make it your default.This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Switch to USHave you seen BuzzFeed English? Come check it out! Most of London is badly designed for cycling, but these bike ...

Greening the Nation’s Classrooms with School Gardens

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years [Updated]

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The concentration of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that drives climate change, hit 402 parts per million this week — the highest level recorded in at least 800,000 years. The recordings came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which marked another ominous ...

Ugo Bardi on Resource Depletion: The Banquet of Consequences

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"Growth is the problem; not the solution" says Ugo Bardi, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Italy's University of Florence and author of the recent book Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet. In this week's podcast, Professor Bardi and Chris discuss resource depletion and ...

We Have What We Need To Solve the Climate Crisis

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Today, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chance released the final portion of their Fifth Assessment Report. Their conclusion is clear: we have all the tools we need to solve the climate crisis, but we must act quickly and decisively to stave off climatic disaster.Solving this crisis will ...

Eat the Invaders Program Is Working in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans.Some four years after a national campaign got started to slash numbers of ...

Up To 1,000 Times More Methane Released At Gas Wells Than EPA Estimates, Study Finds

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An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,

China water contamination affects 2.4m after oil leak

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China's biggest oil company has been blamed for water contamination affecting over 2.4 million people in Lanzhou.State media said the city's environmental protection chief, Yan Zijiang, blamed it on a leak from a pipeline owned by a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation. Lanzhou Petrochemical Co., is the ...

Uncle Sam Wants You to Drive: 5 Tax Breaks for Cars in the U.S. Tax Code

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It’s April 15. If you bought an electric car in 2013, you can claim a tax break today. If you bought a plug-in hybrid, you can get a tax break today. But if you don’t own a car and walk to work instead? Sorry, Charlie.Bought a shiny new ...

Pledge to Stop Using Your Cellphone While Driving

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Yesterday as I was standing on my pedals to bike through a green light, I was passed by four people in cars. Two of them were looking at their phones. One of these drivers looked up just in time to avoid hitting me, then returned her focus to ...

How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?

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There are many reasons for considering making an electric car the next car you buy or lease. Besides the many environmental benefits, the promise of energy security, the silky-smooth driving experience with instant torque available without delay and low maintenance, one of the best characteristics of electric vehicles ...
 

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