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{Wednesday Roundup} 2/22/2012 This Week’s Top Eco Stories

by Lindsay E. Brown

Pass the Ketchup, Test-Tube Burger On the Menu Soon?
A dutch scientist is creating the world’s first burger made from stem cells. It sounds a tad cooky, but he’s a man on a mission: The project aims to significantly reduce the amount of cattle raised for food, and consequently reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Three Meals That Matter
Greenovate China created a video which cleverly breaks down the food issues we face, including our reliance on corn and GMOs, the effects of advertising, and the overly industrialized food production system.

Activists Get Amazon to Stop Selling Whale Meat
If you’ve had the chance to see the recently released film “Big Miracle” starring Drew Barrymore, then this story will seem particularly poignant. Amazon was selling whale bacon, whale stew, whale jerky, and canned whale meat right up until the Environmental Investigation Agency called to boycott. Since then, all whale products have been removed from Amazon.

Tracking How the World Guzzles Water
A recently released study addresses global water consumption patterns and breaks downs the different ways people use water (the United States, is the third largest consumer of freshwater). Researchers hope the findings will help governments evaluate the factors that contribute to national water footprints, and ideally then adjust the unsustainable practices accordingly.

New York State May Ban the Sale of Shark Fins
Scientists from Oceana estimate that New York could be the largest consumer of shark fins on the East Coast. Shark fins are considered a delicacy in traditional Chinese cuisine, but scientists estimate that up to 73 million sharks are killed annually to make shark fin soup. The industry has led some species to the brink of extinction, not to mention eliminating a key ecosystem predator in our oceans. The proposed bill would would ban the sale, trading, possession and distribution of shark fins.

This post was written by eco-contributor Lindsay E. Brown. She’s the managing editor at Eco-Chick.com, publisher of BrownLovesGreen.org, an author, and regularly contributes to EarthHour.org and a host of other sites across the web. Follow her on Twitter: @LindsEBrown

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