Showing posts from November, 2004

Healthy food doesn't have to be pricey

Americans spend about 15 cents out of every food dollar on fruits and vegetables, according to household survey data. But they spend about 19 cents on such foods as cakes, cookies, pies, soda pop, potato chips, candy, and pudding.

The cost of good nutrition

Why the poor eat so poorly

Food Without Fear

So while Mom asked us, "Did you eat your fruits and vegetables?" today we might well ask: "What are our vegetables eating?"

EPA's New Stealth Campaign to Kill Regulation of Harmful Air Pollutants

Not only did EPA reward one company at the expense of public health, it set a precedent for future administration giveaways to industry.

In battle of bulge, soda firms defend against warning

A draft of federal dietary guidelines, now under review and expected in final form by February, says there is ''positive association between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain

Thanksgiving In America

As the holidays unfold, we find ourselves on the heels of a divisive and contentious presidential election. It has been a difficult November for those of us concerned about environmental degradation and a tightening grip on the middle class and poor. Informal support groups for progressives seem to be the order of the day as we ask ourselves " what is happening to America?" Months before the Presidental Election, I tossed around which new person would I vote for come election time. As John Kerry was appearing more and more like a republican "look alike" except for a few important issues (environment and energy), I began considering the hated Ralf Nader. My thinking was this: Why would any democrat want to inherit the clean up job required to follow George W. Bush? It would take 4 years to clean up the mess GW left. Perhaps another 4 years of GW would help energize folks and the problems with his policies would reap real fruit. Looks like we are going down th

Conservationists Rethink Global Poverty

The world's poor may soon find a new ally stepping into their communities with a sympathetic ear to help lift them out of poverty - the global conservation movement.

Chemicals Linger in Environment, Study Says

The chemicals go down the drain, but in the environment they remain. Researchers have found that a complex brew of everyday compounds -- from products as ubiquitous as shampoo, bug spray and even that morning cup of coffee -- lingers in Minnesota waters even after they're showered off or dumped down the sink.

Towards Alternative Cities, the Green-Friendly Way

Alarmed by the pace at which consumer-driven lifestyles are destroying the planet's resources, a leading environmental body has set its sights on creating a green-friendly haven replete with houses, restaurants, shops and hotels.

As Income Gap Widens, Uncertainty Spreads

More U.S. Families Struggle to Stay on Track Of the 2.7 million jobs lost during and after the recession in 2001, the vast majority have been restructured out of existence, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

An independent state of mind

"while speaking at an anti-war rally at Johnson State College, the students wanted to know about alternatives to war, so Naylor offered up his notions about Vermont’s secession. He found a receptive audience for his beliefs and the Second Vermont Republic was born."

Illegal Tuna Fishing and Farming Leads to Demise of Species

WWF Calls on Gov'ts. to Restrain Rapidly Growing Tuna Farming Industry

US States Defy Bush Over Greenhouse Gases

Some insiders even believe that unilateral action by US states will eventually force Bush to join Kyoto, by showing that it can work in the US. You can get more information about this project at: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Materialistic madness

The great Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson, said in his 2002 book "The Future of Life" that if the rest of the world were to actually live like we do, it would take four planet Earths.

Perks of a vegan boss are many, but not meaty

Virginia CEO offers workers free meals in firm's 'Vegeteria'