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In Defense of Food

From PBS, Michael Pollan explores a cure for today’s industrially driven Western diet in the full length video, In Defense of Food. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, US-based journalist Michael Pollan distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health […]

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Aldo Leopold Program: Current Status of Sustainable Energy

January 20, 2016 at 7 PM. Location: Portage County Public Library Learn about the current and future energy status of the United States and the World. Hear from experts on current availability and the possibility of additional energy options. Open to the public. For additional information visit www.aldoleopold.org.


New Berlin Letterhead Press taps large solar project to cut power bill

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 15, 2016 – New Berlin Letterhead Press Inc. is turning to the sun to help it manage a rising energy bill. The commercial printing and finishing company at 16800 W. Ryerson Road is operating the largest solar installation in Waukesha County. Madison-based SunPeak Power built the project last fall, […]


Measure to help fish farms stirs controversy

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 14, 2016 –  Republican-sponsored legislation that relaxes regulations for the state’s aquaculture industry will help an industry that is growing nationally, supporters say. But conservationists say they were blindsided by the bill and fear it could harm public waterways. The bill addresses digging, dredging and repair work in and […]

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Vertical Works Inc. may have a big hit with tiny houses

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 7, 2016 – It’s a house with a 12-foot ceiling, a full kitchen, sleeping quarters for four, a 60-inch flat-screen TV mounted on the living room wall, a party deck that could easily accommodate a dozen people, enough windows to fit out an observatory — and five axles. Straddling […]


Campbell Labels Will Disclose G.M.O. Ingredients

From the New York Time, January 7, 2016 – Breaking from its industry rivals, Campbell Soup will become the first major food company to begin disclosing the presence of genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and sugar beets in its products. The company, the maker of brands like Pepperidge Farm, Prego, Plum Organics and V8 […]


FDA Revokes Use of Three Perfluorinated Chemicals

From Bloomberg BNA, January 6, 2016 – The Food and Drug Administration has revoked its previously approved use of three perfluorinated chemicals, grease-proofing agents that coat paper wrappers and containers that come into contact with food. “Although it appears that manufacturers generally have stopped using these products [chemicals], FDA’s action means that any continued use […]


Cornucopia’s organic egg scorecard aims to help inform consumers

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 2, 2016 – Consumers are buying more cage-free and organic eggs, but a Wisconsin nonprofit that promotes natural foods says the products aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. In a new report called “Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture,” the Cornucopia Institute […]

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EPA Says Insecticide May Pose Risk to Bees

From the Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that bee colonies may face health risks from a class of controversial insecticides called neonicotinoids in certain situations, adding to a debate over how the chemicals affect insects that are critical to U.S. agriculture.   Read full article here.


Renewables Boom Expected Thanks to Tax Credit

From Scientific American, December 21, 2015 –  The U.S. solar and wind power industries will mark the holidays with heightened spirits after receiving multiyear extensions of their coveted renewable energy tax credits from a divided Congress. On Friday, the House and Senate agreed by significant margins to grant extensions to the 30 percent investment tax […]

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One-third of wells in Kewaunee County unsafe for drinking water

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 21, 2015 – More than one-third of wells in dairy farm-intensive Kewaunee County were found to be unsafe because they failed to meet health standards for drinking water, according to a new study. Researchers say it’s too early to blame cattle as the source of pollution. But the findings […]


Study Shows Climate Change Rapidly Warming World’s Lakes

From NASA, December 16, 2015 – Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new NASA and National Science Foundation-funded study of more than half of the world’s freshwater supply. Using more than 25 years of satellite temperature data and ground measurements of 235 lakes on […]