A few green news stories to wrap up the week…
First off, I wanted to let you guys know about a product line I recently tested. Earth Friendly Products sent me a few items for free to test out around the house and I have to say I was pretty pleased with them. I usually make my own from vinegar and essential oils, but they sent me a bottle of Parsley Plus Cleaner that I seriously cannot get enough of. Non-toxic and made from 100% natural, plant-based, biodegradable ingredients, never tested on animals, and packaged in recyclable containers? Sold. The parsley smell is enough for me to want to clean the entire house repeatedly and I imagine I will run out of my sample bottle quite soon. Guess there’s a reason it was named “Most Addictive Cleaner” by Real Simple Magazine recently. Check it out if you are looking for a new cleaning product to try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Anti-GMO rallies and petitions are nothing new and the outcry is seemingly getting a little bit louder. But would it surprise you that when asked about environmental issues, concern about GM crops ranks last amongst US citizens but much higher for people living in China and India?
Speaking of China, it seems that the United States is no longer the hotbed for the electric car business. China is taking charge of the industry, as they invest a fortune in the technology. Ford and GM are losing out.
Like him or not, NYC Mayor Bloomberg keeps moving along on his priorities. This time, he has laid out an ambitious plan to protect his city from the effects of climate change. While I think his large soda ban was ridiculous, he has my full support in doing whatever he needs to prevent climate change from destroying his city. It may be too late to stop most effects we will be facing, but we still need to try to protect ourselves.
Meanwhile, President Obama continues to do nothing about climate change and environmental issues. So much for being the “environmental President” as many called him. The White House is now blocking several Department of Energy regulations to require that appliances and buildings use less energy, bypassing a 1993 executive order requiring action within 90 days. White House review times are now the longest in 20 years.
And finally, some good news. In a weird, you have to really read into this ruling way, a federal appeals court has put it on record that Monsanto cannot sue farmers for accidentally growing small amounts of patented crops – something they have been doing for years. By telling farmers that they were “imagining a threat that doesn’t exist” when they tried to sue Monsanto to protect themselves, the court basically told Monsanto that if the farmers don’t have to sue to protect themselves, then Monsanto can’t sue these farmers either. Confusing, I know.
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