Get On The Bus

GET ON THE BUS!

This action is EQAT joining the call by the Sierra Club and 350.org to converge on the White House and demand President Obama block the Keystone XL pipeline…

“The first step to putting our country on the path to addressing the climate crisis is for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. His legacy as president will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis.” 350.org

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Soaring BPA Levels Found in People Who Eat Canned Foods

Nov 22, 2011 | 4:00 PM ET | Karen Rowan, MyHealthNewsDaily Managing Editor

Eating canned food every day may raise the levels of the compound bisphenol A (BPA) in a person’s urine more than previously suspected, a new study suggests.

People who ate a serving of canned soup every day for five days had BPA levels of 20.8 micrograms per liter of urine, whereas people who instead ate fresh soup had levels of 1.1 micrograms per liter, according to the study. BPA is found in many canned foods — it is a byproduct of the chemicals used to prevent corrosion.

When the researchers looked at the rise in BPA levels seen in the average participant who ate canned soup compared with those who ate fresh soup, they found a 1,221 percent jump.

Read more and the original article at http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/1946-bpa-bisphenola-levels-canned-soup.html.

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Monsanto and Food Inc. Mobilize against Organics: In Debate About Food, a Monied New Player

Monsanto and Food Inc. Mobilize against Organics: In Debate About Food, a Monied New Player

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s All About Organics page, Genetic Engineering page, and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

Last week, a new public-relations campaign about agriculture got off to a splashy start. With full-page ads in newspapers and panel discussions live-streamed on the Internet, the newly formed U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance began what it called a bid to “reshape the dialogue” about the American food supply.

“When did agriculture become a dirty word?” the Alliance asks on its Web site.

Chris Galen, a founding member of the group and head of communications for the National Milk Producers Federation, said, “There is a feeling across the board in agriculture that Americans have concerns about the food supply, and those are best addressed by farmers.”

To assure Americans that food is safe, abundant and affordable, farmers can use their voices and faces to fight the label “Big Ag,” the organization’s leaders say. But the group’s members include the largest agriculture marketing groups in the country, with billions of dollars to spend. They include the American Egg Board (“The Incredible Edible Egg”) and the National Pork Board (“The Other White Meat”)

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Join the Virtual March Against Monsanto!

ALERTS OF THE WEEK

Join the Virtual March Against Monsanto!

The Millions Against Monsanto campaign is revving up for World Food Day Right2Know rallies, marches, flash mobs, recruiting drives, film screenings, potlucks and house parties. 10/16/11 is going to be the single biggest day of action for labels on genetically engineered food in U.S. history.

It’s time to check in and let us know you’ll be with us on World Food Day standing up for your “Right2Know about GMOs!” Join the virtual march against Monsanto, a slideshow of Millions Against Monsanto activists around the country that will be screened at World Food Day events on October 16.

Take a photo of yourself with a home-made sign that says “[YOUR TOWN OR NEIGHBORHOOD] against Monsanto! We Have the Right2Know About GMOs!” and add it to the Virtual Rally for the Right2Know About GMOs on Flickr.

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New Millions Against Monsanto World Food Day Events Map

Alerts of the Week

New Millions Against Monsanto World Food Day Events Map

This World Food Day, October 16, 2011, Millions Against Monsanto activists are going all out to make October 16, 2011, the biggest single day of action for labels on genetically engineered food in U.S. history.

Check out our new U.S. map where you can zoom in to see what’s happening in your town.

Don’t see an event in where you live? Start one up!

Go to MillionsAgainstMonsanto.org for information or ideas.

Go to your Millions Against Monsanto state page to get involved locally.

Questions? Need help getting an event started? Contact the Millions Against Monsanto campaign.

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Being Green – Is it just like Kermit the frog?

Well, obviously not. But Kermit should remind us of what is good about nature and how our children need it. Being green is being moral. We should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. If only each and every person on the planet adhered to this. But they don’t.

I have always been concerned with nature and our planet. I have always tried to conserve and re-use and certainly reduce what things I use. However, even in my own family, lights are left on and water left running while not being used and things being purchased for use some time in the future. So, even I have to continually preach to my family. And the same holds true for friends and others I meet. We do have to be continually reminded about using up our planet’s limited resources.

And so, a few years ago I got re-interested in becoming active in promoting “green”. I’m not in the business and so have nothing to gain except knowing that I’m helping to save our planet. I’ve connected with people of like mind and spirit to help move forward. Some friends have even gone further by starting a business to help people understand what is happening and how we can act to reduce, reuse and recycle.

One of these is Bob Seiple, a very passionate person when it comes to helping our environment. He acted by wanting to sell compostable products that can be recycled and composted. Unfortunately, people aren’t quick to spend a little extra money on their bar-b-que or party needs in order to help our environment. And, there are also some so-called compostable products that are advertised as such but don’t really meet the standards. So, one has to beware of false advertising, even with “green” products. Bob helps by doing a lot of research into what products he handles on his web site (whynotbobstore.net). He wants to make sure that the products he sells are made out of the correct materials that will actually decompose in a compost.

Bob also provides services to do zero-waste events. This kind of event is one which uses compostable, recyclable and reusable products to minimize the amount of waste that goes to the incinerator, thus reducing air pollution. Once your event or party is over, Bob picks up the food waste and takes it to a compost where it will be broken down and recycled back to nature.

And to provide these “zero-waste” services with an even smaller carbon footprint, Bob is looking to use local farms (CSAs) to accept the food waste and is also looking to set up something in Delaware County like the Compost Co-op that was started by Philly Compost.

So, besides me composting in my backyard, I support people like Bob in their actions to help reduce, reuse and recycle. And you should, too.

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CPLA VS. PSM Cutlery

Okay, let me start off by saying the title to this post is not a secret code word that I am asking you to decode. They are actually names of product materials used a lot in sustainable foodservice manufacturing.

CPLA stands for Crystallized PLA, basically corn in a resin form. PSM stands for Plant Starch Material, basically corn, potatoes, plastic and possibly some other stuff in a resin form. I decided to write this post because a question was posed earlier regarding PSM vs. CPLA Cutlery and their compostability factor. First, CPLA cutlery is one of the only available products I know that is fully compostable in a commercial facility. Oh, and it is provided by Vegware which is a participating supplier for The Green Market place  (thought I would throw that out there:). PSM is a biodegradable cutlery option but is not fully compostable due to the material including some forms of plastic. Initially, many manufacturers were making PSM as an alternative to straight plastic products which was great. However, now people are learning more about composting and care where there waste goes after it is tossed, so compostability weighs higher than just being biodegradable. But, do not get me wrong…choose PSM over plastic is still a better choice.

Remember, you can always do the burn test and get a quick answer to the question ”plastic or not?” Now, make sure to try this test near water, with gloves on and a mask (okay you may not need all that but I need to emphasize BE CAREFUL). So, once you have your bio cutlery in hand…all you need to do is light it and blow out the flame quickly. If you see black or white smoke with a burning ash smell, you have plastic in your midst. If you see more of a haze than smoke with a fruity, grainy smell then it’s a compostable winner folks.

I hope this helps and thanks to Robert at Northwest Polymer for the great “how to” on spotting plastics. I know I am usually about meetings, events and all things in between but wanted to make sure you had your lesson in bio-cutlery, everyone needs that:) Until next time…

Ashley!
Original article found here

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