Environment

New Bedford Declared America’s Top Fishing Port: 2013 Landed Value at...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:30

In a NOAA report released yesterday, the Port of New Bedford was once again ranked as the most valuable fishing port in the nation. Driven largely by the region's highly successful and highly...

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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Perky-Pet® Introduces the Classic K-Feeders® Product Line

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:30

The addition of K-Feeders® allows Perky-Pet® to continue to offer bird enthusiasts a wider variety of high quality seed feeders.

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New Preventative Maintenance Contract from JULABO USA Offers Customers...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:30

JULABO USA, Inc. recently announced the launch of it‘s new preventative maintenance contract, JULABO Shield.

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Limited Tickets Available for Seedstock’s Highly Popular Sustainable...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:30

Will growth of urban farming soon explode in US cities? This unique event will bring together farmers, urban planners, economic and community development directors, entrepreneurs, investors and others...

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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The Dr. Luciana Show – Aging & Falling, by CSU, Northridge...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:30

Professor Luciana Lagana receives an honorable mention award for best webisode at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards with the Dr. Luciana Show – Aging and Falling (the 4th win for this...

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West Virginia Division of Tourism Hosts “Go Outside and Fly Fish” in...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:30

Curtis Fleming of ‘Fly Rod Chronicles’ and pro staff along with the West Virginia University Fly Fishing Club teach students the science and techniques of fly fishing and tying.

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Yes, candy is evil, but denying yourself on Halloween will only make you healthy and boring

Grist.org - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:21

Candy is bad for you and often unethical. It’s not even very satisfying. But here’s the thing: My mouth loves it. One sentence into writing about candy, my salivary glands are spilling slobber. I’m craving a king-size Kit-Kat, or at least a bite of Krackle.

Last week, the Huffington Post blog alerted us once again to an ancient evil long practiced by the mega-confectioners that rule Halloween: Candy, like nearly everything that comes in a package, is made with lots of palm oil, a.k.a. orangutan blood. You probably know pervasive palm products arrive in our homes thanks to rainforest habitat hack-downs and horribly treated workers. But! Buying less candy is NOT the answer. Why not? Because — as fellow Gristfellow Eve Andrews reminded us in an story about the absurdity of lamenting toast’s environmental impact — conscious eating does not equal life hating.

The palm oil news (newsflash: not news) is disappointing but far from surprising. These days, candy makers serve up more tricks than treats. They trick well-intentioned buyers with meaningless green labels and fat-free candy corn. A few years back, Hershey’s got caught tricking foreign students into a “summer work and travel” program that’s effectively a summer of slavery in the company’s packing plants.

Earlier this week, funny guy John Oliver brilliantly reminded us how the sugar industry sneaks sugar into, well, everything, exacerbating our well-documented health problems. His point, though, was one Grist made four years ago, with a piece called “In defense of candy“: The problem is not sweets, it’s the candification of the rest of our food — from high-fructose corn syrupy drinks to mountains of sweetener in all types of secretly sugary packaged foods (like”healthy” granola bars and freezer pizza).

So: Big Candy is about as evil as the rest of Big Food, but candy itself is most definitely not the problem. And even if it were, we’re not about to forego gobblin’ up Gobstoppers in our goblin suits this Hallow’s Eve. Giving out bullshit-healthy “treats” like Nutri-Grain bars is a good way to get your house TP’ed. Taking the actual-health-food route isn’t any better: It’s Halloween. (Ask your dentist if anyone likes her better for handing out baby carrots.)

Which all begs the question: What sweets do we buy for trick-or-treaters (and then inevitably keep for ourselves to snarf all evening and into the next week)? Spendy ethical chocolate, perhaps from a fair-trade cooperative? Soulless vegan M&M knockoffs? Home-cooked almond joy?

These are all yummy options for the mindful sweet-tooth, but is your 7-year-old neighbor in a Batman costume really going to notice he’s eating a carefully crafted eco-candy in the three-second interval between grabbing the wrapper and emptying its contents directly into his esophagus?

The HuffPost article misses the mark. After painstakingly describing the myriad threats palm oil poses to life and the climate, Diana Donlon of the Center for Food Safety earnestly touts a list of less tricky treats that won’t cost the planet as much, but will probably cost your wallet more than you want to spend on candy.

The solution isn’t to deny ourselves what we love and then spend wads of money on things we don’t love much more but enable us to emit smug out our buttholes. And the solution is definitely not to boycott candy. We all have sugar addictions to feed (guilty as charged).

Allow me to pontificate for one moment: In the fight for a more ecological and fair economy (and food system), voting with our puny candy change does not do much to destabilize the status quo. In fact, shitty candy is the exact right place for Big Sugar. Better to enjoy your once-a-year-binge. Or hell, fuel up on partially hydrogenated palm kernels any old time for a sugar-powered protest against deforestation and human rights abuses — or a transparent food system that doesn’t coddle Big Sugar.

In fact, leave the candy aside (or in my mouth): A better celebration of Halloween might start by not contributing to the $350 million Americans spend on brand-new costumes for pets. But I’ll save that for next Halloween (or tomorrow). Until then, check out all the great ideas from Grist’s guide to a green ‘ween.

Just remember: No handing out pumpkin hummus to trick-or-treaters, you ignorant hipster.


Filed under: Food, Living
Categories: Environment

PetRescueRx.com: "A Pets Before Profits Pharmacy," Now...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:30

PetRescueRx.com "A pets before profits pharmacy" is the nation's only online pet pharmacy that donates 100% of the profits to support animal adoption efforts. A new breed of business...

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Cali Bamboo Fossilized® Flooring Takes the Title of World’s...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:30

Scoring an unprecedented 5,574 lbs. on the Janka Hardness test, Cali Bamboo’s Fossilized® bamboo flooring is the hardest wood flooring in the world.

(PRWeb October 30, 2014)

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NPG Releases New Photography Scholarship Calendar

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:30

Featuring winning images from NPG’s annual Scholarship Contest, the calendar depicts environmental treasures threatened by U.S. population growth.

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Adventure Life Announces the Beginning of Antarctica's Travel...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:30

Adventure Life reminds travelers that the Antarctica travel season is now beginning! Don't miss your chance to explore the mysterious Great White Continent.

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Inmar and GS1 US to Provide Effective Recall Management Course for GMA...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:30

Inmar product recall management experts will team up with GS1 US and the GMA to facilitate training.

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Equal Earth Expands Footprint, Grows Portfolio of Renewable Energy...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:30

Equal Earth, a renewable energy financing company, just two months since the company secured $90 million to finance clean energy projects is rapidly expanding. The company recently announced that it...

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Is carving jack-o-lanterns wasteful?

Grist.org - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:06

Q. Between the bags of candy, scary movies, and pumpkins, Halloween is high on my list of favorite holidays. But it does all seem a bit wasteful. Am I unleashing some sort of environmental horror by buying and carving a pumpkin? What’s the best way to be a responsible jack-o-lantern carver? 

Laura O.
Seattle, Wash.

A. Dearest Laura,

Does Halloween have its own version of the Grinch? You know, a grouchy character who attempts to ruin All Hallow’s Eve by filling people with guilt about their plastic masks, sugar-bomb treats, and profligate pumpkins? What would we call such a character – the Hallomeanie? In any case, while I must occasionally remind you all about palm oil in candy, I do not relish the Hallomeanie role. Halloween is fun. Carving pumpkins is fun. So it delights me to not have to tell you to cease and desist with your holiday merrymaking: I think it’s fine to enjoy a spooky pumpkin once a year.

To do this right, Laura, I recommend that you consider all stages of the pumpkin life cycle, from growth to distribution to use to disposal. To begin at the beginning: The guidelines we use for food also apply to food-turned-décor. If you can, go for a jack-o-lantern that grew to round, shiny maturity on an organic farm. True, organics tend to be spendier than conventional squash, and they might be harder to find, but a fungicide- and pesticide-free pumpkin protects both you (should you eat it, but more on that later) and the planet. Pumpkins rank No. 25 out of 51 types of produce on the Environmental Working Group’s pesticide guide, meaning that while they’re not the worst offenders, they’re still turning up positive for some chemical residues.

Then there’s the distribution question. Naturally, we want to minimize the distance our squash travels from patch to porch. That’s why farmers markets are such an excellent place to shop: You’ll be guaranteed a locally grown pumpkin (assuming, of course, that your market carries only local produce — which not all markets do), and shipping a load of them in one truck from the farm to the neighborhood market is fairly efficient. Compare that to 100 cars driving to a pumpkin patch to take home 100 individual pumpkins, and you’ll see what I mean. This is not to condemn pumpkin patches, mind you; I like a good hayride as much as the next environmental advice columnist. Just be mindful of your own transportation emissions and get there without driving if you can.

Naturally, growing your own backyard pumpkin is best of all, but I’m guessing it might be a bit late for that this time around. Maybe next year?

Once you have pumpkin in hand, it’s time for the fun part – decorating! And I suspect this may be where your concerns about waste kick in, Laura. After all, pumpkins are food, and here we are leaving all that beta carotene to rot on our front steps. It’s worth noting that the sturdy, Headless Horseman-size pumpkins we typically use for carving jack-o-lanterns are bred for looks, not for taste. Even so, you don’t have to throw away those stringy guts: Use them in soups, breads, and muffins. And of course, roasted pumpkin seeds make for one of the best seasonal snacks out there.

And if you simply can’t abide by wasting any part of an edible squash? Choose a smaller, yummier variety (think sugar pie or cheese) and adorn it with marker, stickers, ribbons, construction-paper cutouts, whatever – as long as it leaves the surface intact. Then whip up a nice pumpkin puree on Nov. 1 (a wonderful antidote to too many fair-trade chocolates).

Finally, there’s the question of disposal. You live in a city with compost pickup, Laura, so if you opt not to eat your jack-o-lantern, composting it will be simple for you. Those who aren’t so lucky can also return their pumpkins to the soil from whence they sprung, no compost pile necessary: Just take it out back, smash, cover with leaves, and let Mother Nature do her thing (I wonder if we could tap America’s reserves of rowdy teens to do this for us). You might also consider donating your spent squash to the zoo – plenty of them will gladly hand it over to their elephants, tigers, and bears for a snack or enrichment item (we’re talking puzzles for meerkats, people).

Pumpkins are just one part of Halloween, of course, so before we go let me point you to some perennial advice on treats, costumes, and home decorations. And may I also suggest a scary movie or two, Laura? Something tells me you’d love a triple feature of this, this, and definitely this.

Glowingly,
Umbra


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Categories: Environment

Westinghouse to Supply Advanced Safety System to Ukraine Nuclear Power...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:30

Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine (NNEGC Energoatom) to provide a passive hydrogen control...

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PlanetShoes Adds Dije California Shoes

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:30

Lifestyle retailer PlanetShoes.com further develops their ever-expanding line of casual footwear to include newly launched Dije California.

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EasyTurf Joins Local Charity Efforts

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:30

EasyTurf is scheduled to join the DogFest Walk and Roll November 22 at Liberty Station in San Diego, Calif.

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ROA Airport Parking Rates Newly Revised as Greenbee Parking...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:30

Greenbee Parking, a fast growing airport parking firm, has announced a strategic partnership with Airport Plaza Hotel in Roanoke. This partnership will allow them to offer better and safer parking for...

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Pixel Film Studios Released Pro3RD Vol. 7 Plugin Exclusively for Final...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:30

Announced today was the release of new fun animated lower 3rd plugin entitled Pro3RD Vol. 7 from Pixel Film Studios.

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Top 10 Best SEO Hosting Has Recently Announced That Arvixe Is One Of...

PR Web - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:30

Top 10 Best SEO Hosting has recently compared plenty of Web hosting companies and announced that Arvixe is one of the most recommended suppliers in 2014.

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