Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Ninety Four.

December 5, 2008
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Well we are settling into our new house this week and we are very pleased with our decision to move here. One extra bedroom but one less bathroom and it all seems just fine with me. While I go back to unpacking some boxes, here are some articles that caught my eye this past week when I had a chance to go online…

Passionate Green has pointed out a rough article about Walmart – “Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?” from 2003. I can only imagine how bad Walmart is for our country right now in 2008. The results of saving a dollar are very, very bad and have lasting effects.

Traces of the industrial chemical melamine have been detected in samples of top-selling U.S. infant formula, but federal regulators insist the products are safe. Melamine is the chemical found in Chinese infant formula (in far larger concentrations) that has been blamed for killing at least three babies and making at least 50,000 others ill. Yea, um – I would not care what level was in my baby food – this is quite scary.

After years of debate and planning, the St. Paul, MN city council has voted unanimously to move forward with a unique plan to produce biogas from manure and ethanol waste in rural farms and pump it miles to power an enormous paper recycling plant. The energy-efficiency of recycling paper is not the best, so this plan is a welcome alternative-fuel twist to the standard process.

What if a drug company experimenting on critically ill children doesn’t get the proper parental consent, 11 of those children die and a whistleblower is fired? Those are the charges leveled against Pfizer in a legal battle that has dragged on for the past seven years in Manhattan federal court and in Nigeria, where the government is seeking $8.5 billion in restitution and damages–and jail terms for various Pfizer officials, including former chief executive William Steere.

Bread. Most of us love it, lots of kids could live off it, we seem particularly drawn to the white pappy stuff that has no resemblance to ”˜real bread’ but there we are. Trouble it, when your on a zero waste challenge, bread comes wrapped in non recyclable plastic. We love plastic don’t we? It keeps things fresh, protected and it’s lightweight. So what is a green family to do when they’re on a zero waste challenge?

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