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Pressure Mounts to Reform Our Throwaway Clothing Culture

From environment360, August 9, 2016 – Americans dispose of about 12.8 million tons of textiles annually — 80 pounds for each man, woman, and child. In the U.S. and around the world, a growing number of environmentalists and clothing industry executives say it’s time to end the wasteful clothing culture and begin making new apparel out […]

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HealthyFoods

The Farmers Market Miracle on Main Street

From the National Farmers Union, August 9, 2016 – Even though I’m one of those first-generation “niche” farmers, I always vowed I’d never do a farmers’ market. I got into farming because I like playing in the dirt and listening to frogs and crickets while I work. My dream revolved around shepherding animals, growing plants, shaping […]

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Social costs of Flint, Michigan, water crisis total $395 million: study

From Reuters, August 8, 2016 – The social costs stemming from dangerous levels of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, such as the effect on children’s health, amount to $395 million, according to an analysis by a professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The total takes into account some 8,000 […]

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Meet the Bee Heroes Working On the Front Lines to Save Pollinators

From Civil Eats, August 2, 2016 – Most everyone agrees that the bees are in trouble. The U.S. and Canada have lost one-third of their managed honeybee colonies for seven consecutive years now, and their wild bee counterparts are also suffering significant declines. The loss of bees matters because one out of every three bites […]

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How car charging is going the way of Airbnb

From E&E Publishing, LLC, August 2, 2016 – Tim Thomson needed a charge, quickly. With his all-electric Nissan Leaf fast losing battery power and no places to plug in along the highway from Fresno, Calif., to San Francisco, Thompson turned to his iPhone. He pulled up an application called PlugShare that maps charging stations for […]

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4 percent of Wisconsin water systems exceeded contaminant limits

From ABC WISN, Milwaukee, July 29, 2016 – A new report says 4 percent of Wisconsin’s public water systems exceeded contaminant limits last year. The Department of Natural Resources released its annual report on drinking water on Friday. It found that 11,036 of 11,470 systems, or about 96 percent, served water to customers without exceeding […]

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Sustainability: Made in Germany, debated in perpetuity

From Rural, July 29, 2016 – Farmers around the world are finding themselves in a never-ending quest to become more sustainable. The difficulty is, while everyone wants to decide how food should be grown, those who eat it consistently show in their buying habits that no matter how food is grown, they still want it […]

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Study: Common pesticide appears to reduce live bee sperm

From the Charlotte Observer, July 26, 2016 – WASHINGTON – A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honey bees, one reason why the bees are dwindling. The class of insecticide called neonicotinoids didn’t kill the drones. But bees that ate treated pollen produced 39 […]

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Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

From NPR, July 26, 2016 – The trip had mechanical setbacks, and the plane’s average speed would be legal on many American streets. But when the Solar Impulse aircraft touched down in Abu Dhabi in the early morning darkness Tuesday, it successfully completed a round-the-world voyage using only solar power. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André […]

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What we’re doing to the environment may be costing us our drinking water

From the Washington Post, July 26, 2016 – The human footprint on the environment may have affected one of the Earth’s most precious resources — our drinking water — in a major way throughout the last century, according to new research. A study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests […]

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Human Consumption of Earth’s Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years

From EcoWatch, July 25, 2016 – Humans’ appetite for gnawing away at the fabric of the Earth itself is growing prodigiously. According to a new UN report, the amount of the planet’s natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in 40 years. A report produced by the International Resource Panel (IRP), part of the […]

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HealthyFoods

How to spot ‘farmers market fraud’

From the Chicago Farm Report, July 20, 2016 – I’ve been trying to write this piece for a couple of months now, and while some of the delay is just from traveling or being busy with other things on the farm, a lot of it is because this is a delicate issue. It’s the elephant in […]

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