Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Seventy Nine.

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Real estate is a scary prospect, isn’t it? I mean, how do you make that final decision about house A, B or C? We are not buying today, but we are starting to take a look around town to see what kinds of things we could get into. But it sure is nerveracking! While I weigh pros and cons, check out some news that caught my eye this week:

Interested in composting but don’t have a backyard to do it in? Check out these vermicomposting bags, made by Robyn. Quite ingenious, I must say!

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer has rejected calls to ban downer cattle from the U.S. food supply. Downer cattle are those too sick or injured to stand. Because these cows are at a higher risk of carrying the fatal, incurable neurological disorder known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, the USDA prohibited their slaughter in 2004. This regulation was relaxed in 2007 to allow the slaughter of any animal that collapses after an initial veterinary inspection, as long as it is re-examined and slaughtered separately.

As summer vacation ends and children head back to class, they might need a new school supply: face masks. About one third of American schools are within an “air pollution danger zone” near major highways and the pollutants that stream from cars and trucks, a new study finds.

Neither party is exhibiting the type of leadership needed by the people of the United States and the rest of the world on this offshore drilling issue. It’s a simple repeat of the gas tax pandering from earlier in the present election cycle–except that this time we can’t be proud of the outcome. Here’s the thing. There is no question that high gas prices are killing people at the pumps and that this is awful. But what we absolutely don’t need are false solutions that do nothing but perpetuate the illusion that we can continue to depend on fossil fuel. AMEN.

In addition to becoming trendy, being ecofriendly can benefit your wallet in ways you probably didn’t imagine. We all know that consuming fewer fossil fuels is one way to be ecofriendly and help your wallet, but are there other ways? Other ways to save the planet and dollars besides carpooling and hypermiling? Yes, here are five areas you can contribute to the Earth and save yourself some green.

You can probably imagine what it’s like to work for EWG and be a parent. In a word: fraught. In two words: consumer paralysis. Of course, for many, my husband included, consumer paralysis is a wonderful condition and he is glad to see I have it. All that said, my kids do need to drink liquids occasionally and their grubby hands aren’t the solution. So, in my spare time (ha!), my quest for the perfect BPA-free sippy cup began.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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