By Lindsay E. Brown
Could Prop. 37 Kill Monsanto’s GM Seeds?
It’s been said that Proposition 37 in California — a regulation that would mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods — could spur a food revolution felt across the country. At least 70 percent of processed foods in our country contain genetically modified ingredients.
But the GM seed industry is fighting back. The group “No on 37 Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme” raised $32 million to fight pro-labeling groups. Major donors against Prop. 37 include Monsanto ($7.1 million), DuPont ($4.9 million), Dow ($2 million), and PepsiCo ($1.7 million).
The parent companies of major organic brands have also lined up against Prop. 37, including Coca-Cola (Honest Tea), General Mills (Cascadian Farm), Kellogg (Kashi), and Dean Foods (Horizon Organic), according to Mother Jones.
5 Ingredients That Make Any Meal Healthier
Americans have been eating out more and cooking at home less often over the past few decades, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. But when you cook at home, you have more control over portions and nutritional quality. Even if you consider yourself less like Michelle Bernstein and more like a cooking amateur, toss these 5 herbs into any home-cooked meal to make the meal healthier, without sacrificing flavor.
Majority of Americans Now Think Climate Change Influences Weather
Nearly three quarters of Americans now believe that climate change is influencing the extreme weather we’ve seen more recently, according to a new poll from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications. Among the findings, 73 percent of Americans were most likely to connect global warming to the record high temperatures in the summer of 2012 and 74 percent of Americans say “global warming is affecting weather in the United States.”
7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home
Your five-minute morning shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses for an entire day. And 780 million people lack access to clean water (that’s more than 2.5 times the United States population). If those stats didn’t make you want to re-think your water consumption, try this: The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. Here are easy tips to help you conserve water.
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