Natural and organic have become buzzwords that are as important when applied to pet food as to food for humans. People who are wary of possible toxic additives and contamination in what they eat also want their pets to have the healthiest, most wholesome diets.
Some of the weeds Tennessee Valley farmers are battling this year seem more like something found in a 1950s science fiction flick than in a cotton, corn or soybean field.
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform set off the worst oil spill at sea in American history, it was flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. Registering there allowed the rig’s owner to significantly reduce its American taxes.
With the Gulf of Mexico oil spill heavy on minds everywhere these days, taking care of the environment seems even more important.
Scientists have called for a government crackdown on pesticides that they warn are putting pregnant women at greater risk of having children with cancer. The researchers say studies have shown that pesticide exposure either before conception or during pregnancy increases the risk of childhood cancer.
A recent NY Times article by James McWilliams examined the claim that organic agriculture can mitigate climate change and cited carbon sequestration research done by Rodale Institute.
People must be protected from exposure to fragrance ingredients that may cause cancer or fetal, hormonal or reproductive toxicity, the Cancer Prevention Coalition warned today. But federal agencies are not regulating these ingredients, leaving the public at risk due to the “recklessly irresponsible” behavior of the fragrance industry, says CPC Chairman Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
In the waning days of the Bush Administration, the EPA executed what will likely go down as the single most egregious decision in its less-than-stellar history: Ignoring strong warnings from independent scientists, it approved use of a pesticide so carcinogenic that scientists had previously used it to induce cancer in tissue samples. The chemical, a fumigant called methyl iodide, swiftly went into use in states with significant production of fruit, mainly strawberries.
The U.S. political economy is failing across a broad front-environmentally, socially, economically, and politically. Deep, systemic change is needed to transition to a new economy, one where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities. Policies are available to effect this transformation and to temper economic growth and consumerism while simultaneously improving social well-being and quality of life, but a new politics involving a coalescing of progressive communities is needed to realize these policies.
The fundamental truth of our time is that this culture is killing the planet. We can quibble all we want-and quibble too many do-about whether it is killing the planet or merely causing one of the six or seven greatest mass extinctions in the past several billion years, but no reasonable person can argue that industrial civilization is not grievously injuring life on Earth.