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Babies Who Eat Rice Cereal Have Higher Arsenic Levels, Study Finds

From NPR, April 25, 2016 – When it comes to introducing babies to solid foods, rice cereal is often first. And rice is a staple in many baby and toddler foods. But, as we’ve reported, multiple studies have found that rice-based foods contain traces of arsenic, and sometimes levels are surprisingly high. Now comes a new […]

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Point Back to the Land – Mark Your Calendar!

Point Back to the Land, is a series of weekend trips and tours around the Stevens Point Area serving as a gateway for you to experience sustainability. Tour sustainable homes, farms, and businesses; have fun outdoors; and take advantage of deals offered at the local eateries, craft breweries and distillery, local lodging facilities, and more! […]

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Emerald ash borer found in Stevens Point

From the Stevens Point Journal, April 7, 2016 – STEVENS POINT – The destructive emerald ash borer beetle that has wiped out millions of trees across the Midwest has been found in Stevens Point, marking the first time the insect has been detected in Portage County. The invasive, metallic-green bugs were found in the 2900 block of Center Street, according to a […]

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Some Sunscreen Ingredients May Disrupt Sperm Cell Function

From the Endocrine Society, April 1, 2016 – Boston, MA – Many ultraviolet (UV)-filtering chemicals commonly used in sunscreens interfere with the function of human sperm cells, and some mimic the effect of the female hormone progesterone, a new study finds. Results of the Danish study will be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 98th annual […]

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FDA: Limit Arsenic Levels in Baby Rice Cereal

From NBC News, April 1, 2016 – Concerns about the potential health risks from arsenic in infant rice cereal has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to propose limits for one of America’s favorite baby foods. The FDA is taking steps to reduce inorganic arsenic (the more toxic form) in infant rice cereal. Long recognized […]

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New study says Wisconsin’s electricity rates are highest in Midwest

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 24, 2016 – Electricity rates paid by businesses and residents of Wisconsin now rank highest among eight Midwest states, but frugality may be keeping us from bearing the brunt of those rates. An analysis of the state’s energy situation released Thursday found that residential electric bills in Wisconsin actually […]

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In win for beekeepers, Minnesota links insecticide to damaged hives

From the Minnesota Star Tribune, March 20, 2016 – In the first test of a landmark environmental law, Minnesota has compensated two beekeepers whose hives were severely damaged last spring by toxic dust that drifted off the fields of a neighbor planting corn. Investigators from the state Department of Agriculture confirmed, in effect, what beekeepers […]

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Surge in renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions

From The Guardian, March 16, 2016 – Falling coal use in China and the US and a shift towards renewable energy globally saw energy emissions level for the second year running, says IEA Falling coal use in China and the US and a worldwide shift towards renewable energy have kept greenhouse gas emissions level for […]

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Nonorganic Foods Have Pesticide Residue-but Is It Bad for You?

From TakePart, March 14, 2016 – On a recent snowy February morning, Melissa Green strolled through the grocery aisles with her family at a Whole Foods in Brooklyn, New York. Her husband, Mike O’Hagan, palmed a package of organic crackers and tossed it into the shopping cart. Their son, Marlowe, just shy of two years […]

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Dead Bees Tell a Tale of Dozens of Pesticides

From TakePart, March 13, 2016 – As bee colonies continue to collapse worldwide, a team of European researchers has found that poisoned bees carry a lethal cocktail of dozens of different pesticides. “It is the broadest spectrum of pesticides and their metabolites till now detected in honeybees,” according to the study, which appeared in a […]

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Wind power’s Wisconsin dry spell may be ending

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 12, 2016 – To tally up the wind turbines built in Wisconsin over the past five years, you’ll need all of two hands. At a time when wind farm development is powering ahead in nearby states including Michigan, Illinois and Iowa, Wisconsin has basically been an afterthought for wind […]

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Organic: Sustainability interest grows

From Agri-View, March 3, 2016 – LA CROSSE, Wis. – Now in its 27th year, the Organic Farming Conference organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service drew more than 3,600 people. It was yet another year of record-breaking attendance. The three-day conference in La Crosse was highlighted by the naming of Steve Pincus […]

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Wind turbine project planned for Lafayette County township

From THONLINE.COM, February 29, 2016 – SEYMOUR, Wis. — A long-planned wind energy project should finally become a reality next year. As many as 49 wind turbines will be installed in Seymour Township in 2017. Project leaders say the effort will create around a dozen full-time jobs and support more than 200 temporary construction jobs […]

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More Pollinator Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply

From NPR, February 26, 2016 – A major global assessment of pollinators is raising concerns about the future of the planet’s food supply. A U.N.-sponsored report drawing on about 3,000 scientific papers concludes that about 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species (such as bees and butterflies) are facing extinction. Vertebrate pollinators (such as bats and […]

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