Green News For The Weekend Volume 295

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The weekend is here yet again! While it often feels like it’s never going to arrive, it does seem to be here right in time. When you get a chance, check out these green news pieces from the past week…

One of Big Green’s biggest outfits, the Nature Conservancy (2011 revenue $997 million; assets $6 billion), is once again under fire. The new accusation is that it used improper influence over an elderly landowner to get her to donate her family property. This should come as no surprise to anyone, really. They have been involved in a few of these and continue to take millions from Monsanto.

100 Days of Real Food: Easy Ways to Cut Back on Processed Ingredients. Whether you prefer to go cold turkey or take baby steps, these eight tips will help you trim the junk from your diet in the new year. Tip #1? Read the ingredients before buying anything. It may make your grocery trips a little longer, but it’s time well spent.

It has been estimated that the average person generates 4 1/2 pounds of waste each and every day. Unfortunately not all, or even a large part, of that waste is recycled. Most of it ends up in landfills. This is despite the fact that reports show close to 75% of all solid waste can be recycled. But what can we do about it?

The news last week that the New York Times is dismantling its environment desk and reassigning the reporters throughout the newsroom provoked an outpouring of reaction, much of it suggesting that now isn’t the time to take risks that could diminish the coverage of climate change. There are now Fewer Than 10 Environment Reporters Left at Top 5 U.S. Papers.

Whole Foods’ outspoken founder and co-CEO John Mackey is not the crunchy granola liberal one might conjure while perusing aisles of earnestly labeled blue corn chips and gently misted red peppers. In fact, he’s a self-styled libertarian: a vegan who sells sustainably raised meat, a man who compares the government’s health care overhaul to “fascism” but wants to improve American diets.

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