Green News For The Weekend Volume 329

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And now, a few green news stories for you. We have a mixed bag this week, talking about GMOs, coal vs. renewables, eco-friendly habits, and biodegradable plastic trash bags.

Are Junk Food Corporations Hiding Behind Lobbyists to Stop GE Food Labeling in Washington State? My friend Michele Simon fills us in on how the nation’s largest food makers, including PepsiCo, Kellogg and General Mills, and of course, everyone’s favorite biotech giant Monsanto (especially The Nature Conservancy, which takes millions from Monsanto) are pouring money into an effort to defeat a GMO labeling effort in Washington.

Social costs of electricity from coal make it uneconomical. And now for something I am sure most of you already knew, even without spending money on a study: “the cost of producing electricity from renewable resources like wind and solar is lower than that of conventional coal-fired generation when factoring for the adverse costs of climate change and human health impacts.” Duh.

Grasslands, Forests Being Converted to Cropland at Alarming Rates. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has released data stating that between 2011 and 2012, more than 620 square miles of grasslands, forests and other lands were plowed, cleared or otherwise converted to cropland. Know what happened last time we plowed over all native grasses and plants to make cropland? The dustbowl.

Biodegradable plastic bags carry more ecological harm than good. I have been saying this for years. Besides the fact that these types of bags require a lot of energy to make and don’t actually biodegrade when encapsulated in landfills, the European Plastics Recyclers Association made an even clearer point by stating that “plastic bags take a lot of energy and oil to make so why waste them by creating bags that self-destruct?” Amen.

24 Eco-Friendly Habits Worth Adopting. It doesn’t matter if you adopt 1, 2, 10 or all 24. What matters is that you add something new into your normal habits and routines. Make a decision to make an eco-friendly change and then follow through and do it. You and yours depends on it.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

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