Green News For The Weekend Volume 293

January 4, 2013

It’s time for the first green news roundup of 2013! Here are some stories you may have missed from the past week. After all, I imagine many of us were very, very busy!

Accolades for the Canadian-born executive director of the Rainforest Action Network, who died last week in rough surf on a Mexican beach, focused not just on her accomplishments but on her relative youth.

America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead. New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing. As with most problems, ignoring it only makes it worse and more expensive in the long run.

In Appalachia, children are 42% more likely to have birth defects — if they live near a mountaintop removal coal mine. Individuals are 50% percent more likely to die from cancer. It’s time to take action to stop this, now. This is important and most of us never see it happening.

In India, farmer suicides have become commonplace. Farmers, misled by government agents and advertisements into using GMO seeds, after planting, learn details like this: unlike old school seeds, frequent, costly chemical treatments are needed to keep these GMO plants alive. Irrigation is needed. Too late they learn that their inability to read English fine print has cost them their season’s harvest, their incomes, the food their children need to survive. It is bone chilling. Open Suicide Letter to Monsanto.

Food fight 2013 is taking shape. And the food police have gone from being on the offensive, to simply being offensive. Their radical and unpopular agenda has driven them to demonize industry, paint Michele Obama as a corporate shill, and to characterize food marketers as akin to child molesters. Yes, because eating good food is terrible and calling out those poisoning us is wrong.

Information technology can propel you forward and help you make smarter and more eco-friendly lifestyle choices. These fifteen smart phone apps provide much of the information you need for those choices. Always good to learn about new ways to make better “green” lifestyle decisions!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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