In coordination with Earth Day 2011, Open Road Media is releasing Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea Wind, The Sea Around Us, and A Sense of Wonder as eco-friendly ebooks. Open Road Media got in touch with us to partner up on a book giveaway contest for The Sea Around Us.
Last August, I wrote about Mike Tyson’s transformation to veganism. At the time, he had been vegan for 8 months. While he was very enthusiastic about the diet and said he felt great (“I get these explosions of energy. I don’t know how long they last, but they’re like explosions. So powerful.”), I’m sure I wasn’t the only one wondering if he would stick to it.
If you’ve been a regular reader of Eat Drink Better, you know that we covered the San Francisco Happy Meal toy ban pretty extensively. And in December, I wrote a story titled “More Happy Meal Toy Bans on the Way?” in response to some push in Wisconsin to enact a similar ban.
Well, now, a little city in the Northeast that sometimes goes by the nickname “the Big Apple” is looking at implementing a similar ban as well. Yeah, you may have heard of this place, officially called New York City (formerly New Amsterdam).
Following up on my post yesterday on the horrible but not at all surprising news that 13 scientific studies have linked GMOs to organ disruption, as promised, here’s a little more info on how to get involved in the citizen movement against GMOs.
Yeah, if you haven’t worried about GMOs up until now, that headline might have you doing so. Unfortunately, it’s true.
A new review of the scientific literature on GMOs published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe reports that numerous scientific studies have found a link between the most common GMOs (in particular, GM corn and soybeans) and severe organ problems in rats and mice. Data from several independent studies “indicate liver and kidney problems as end points of GMO diet effects,” the authors write.
BPA is a great concern to many people these days, and for good reason. BPA is a hormone disruptor that can considerably harm one’s health. BPA has been linked to endocrine disruption in animals and in some human studies (see links on the bottom for more on that). How to avoid BPA? Take a look…
In January, February, and March, I discussed the link between climate change and rising food prices. Well, there was big news out of Texas recently bringing us back to that topic yet again. Texas is experiencing its worst drought in 44 years and it is damaging the state’s wheat crop. This is driving up the price of wheat and meat (ranchers have had to reduce the size of their herds).
The new Congress seems to be spending too much time drinking Tea and not catching up on the latest science (or it is just gets all its science information from the fossil fuel industry). It has launched a full out attack on science and the environment. The Endangered Species Act and certain iconic species haven’t been spared.
Following Oprah’s lead, Martha Stewart had an hour-long all-vegan show this week.
Farm Sanctuary is an amazing organization that I would give a ton of props to. And, news to me, the organization apparently convinced Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to go vegan. Martha Stewart had both Biz Stone and Farm Sanctuary’s co-founder and president Gene Baur on the show, as well as Kathy Freston, author of the Veganist (who was also on the Oprah vegan show and helped lead the Harpo staff of 378 on a one week vegan challenge).
I felt tremendously disheartened and somewhat shocked last year when I reported on the European Commission’s approval of BASF’s GM Amflora potato (aka the ‘Frankentstein potato’), the first authorization of a GM crop in 12 years and the second overall.