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Farm to School Programs Invest Nearly $800 Million in Local Economies

Survey Results Show Major Increase in Local Food Purchasing on the Local, State, and National Levels

Schools across the United States purchased $789 million in local foods from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors and manufacturers in school year 2013 – 2014, according to results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Census released. That represents a 105 percent increase over the 2011-2012 school year when the first census was conducted, signifying the deepening commitment of schools nationwide to bring local food into the cafeteria and strengthen their local economies.

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10 of the Worst-sited Wind Energy Projects for Birds Identified

10 of the Worst-sited Wind Energy Projects for Birds IdentifiedGroup has petitioned for new regulations to protect birds from wind turbines

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) released a list of 10 of the worst-sited existing and proposed commercial wind energy projects from the perspective of bird conservation. As the hunger for alternative energy grows, thousands of new wind energy projects are being planned and built—often without regard for the serious risks they pose to birds and other wildlife. (View report on blog.)

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Millennials More Likely than Older Adults to Donate Clothing Rather than Trash It

In 2012, Americans sent more than 14 million tons of textile waste to trash dumps around the country, despite many options for consumers to repurpose or recycle textile waste, including donating old clothes to charities and recycling the materials to be remade into other products. In 2012, Americans sent more than 14 million tons of textile waste to trash dumps around the country, despite many options for consumers to repurpose or recycle textile waste, including donating old clothes to charities and recycling the materials to be remade into other products. Pamela Norum, professor and interim department chair of textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri, found that younger adults from ages 18-34 are much less likely to throw old clothes and other textile waste into the garbage than older adults. She also found that millennials were more likely to donate clothing to secondhand stores such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

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Share the Beach: Help Coastal Birds This Summer​

 

Beachgoers Asked to "Fish, Swim, and Play from 50 Yards Away"Beachgoers Asked to "Fish, Swim, and Play from 50 Yards Away"

Memorial Day marks the start of summer, when millions of Americans head to beaches to enjoy time in the sun. It’s not just people who flock to the shore this time of year. Many birds have already staked out their own space on the beach, choosing nesting sites on the sand and raising their young along the shoreline, in the dunes, and in nearby marshy areas. American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is urging beachgoers to be mindful of breeding birds that share our vacation spots and help coastal birds this summer.

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UCSF Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People Across America

UCSF Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People Across AmericaGlyphosate, the most used herbicide in the World, has been found in the urine of 93% of the American public during a unique testing project that started in 2015.

Glyphosate, labeled a ‘probable human carcinogen’ by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC in 2015, has now been revealed to be ubiquitous in the first ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America.

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Looking To Create A Hydraulic Society

As World Oceans Day Is Observed June 8

Anyone who follows the news knows that the dangers to the ocean are many.

Spills and leaks, dying reefs, depleted fisheries.

And that means the dangers to humanity are many, too, because humankind’s future hinges on how well we preserve and protect the planet’s greatest resource, says Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory (www.worldoceanobservatory.org) and author of “The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society.”

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Air pollution linked to higher risk of preterm birth for mothers with asthma

Pregnant women with asthma may be at greater risk of preterm birth when exposed to high levels of certain traffic-related air pollutants, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.

The researchers observed an increased risk associated with both ongoing and short-term exposure to nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, particularly when women were exposed to those pollutants just before conception and in early pregnancy.

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Healthy snacks from Simply7 just in time for Memorial Day

      Healthy snacks from Simply 7 just in time for Memorial DayMemorial Day is fast approaching, and with it the official kick-off to summer parties, BBQ’s and weekend beach trips. Here are a few light and easy recipes from Simply 7 Snacks for your upcoming summer entertaining. 

Simply7’s better-for-you snacks include Quinoa, Hummus, Lentil and Kale Chips and their newest innovation, Organic Veggie Chips (which just launched this month). Simply7 chips are Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free, Kosher Certified, and have no trans-fats, preservatives or artificial flavors, making them an ideal addition to any recipe or as a standalone snack. Simply7 snacks have fewer calories and fat than traditional potato chips (Source: USDA), and deliver a tasty crunch that will satisfy chip cravings all summer long.

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