Green News For The Weekend Volume 317

June 21, 2013

A few green news stories to finish out the week strong…

145 former Obama Campaign staff members are calling on President Obama to force his commitment to action on climate change. After all, he was supposed to do a lot to help on this issue, yet not much has happened. These former staff members want the President to do the right thing on issues like Keystone XL.

Sadly, Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom recently announced that “the UK must embrace GM food and crops or be ‘left behind’ in the ‘global race’, and that EU rules on GM must be ‘relaxed’ to facilitate this.”

We are now farming more fish than we are cattle. Sound strange? It’s true. For the first time, the total tonnage output of farmed fish reached 66 tons in 2012, compared to the 63 tons of beef.

Care to be grossed out? Buzzfeed covers 8 foods that we still eat here in the United States that have been banned in other countries. Number 1? Artificial food dye, which has been banned in Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom.

On Thursday, the House voted down its own version of the massive farm bill, 197 yeas to 232 nays. The bill is 629 pages long and would have cost nearly one trillion dollars over the next 10 years. But what is in the bill and why was the White House threatening to veto it anyway?

And now for some good news. McDonald’s is closing all its restaurants in Bolivia due to the nation not being interested in fast, crappy food.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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