Bees, the Pollinators

This special blog edition features two articles. The first describes the threats our U.S. government is posing to bees – which actually threatens our ability to pollinate the plants that produce the food we need.  The second report, from a British source, details specific actions we can take to help the bee populations.

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Trump EPA OKs ‘Emergency’ Use of Bee-Killing Pesticide on 13.9 Million Acres

 

Jordan Simmons

EcoWatch

Jun. 25, 2019

 

More than 40 percent of insects could go extinct globally in the next few decades.… Keep reading

Food Hurting Health

Here’s an insightful article about what we can do to improve the healthfulness of our food supply. The Rodale Institute was a forerunner of organic food, and has continued in its research concerning ways farmers can produce food that’s healthier for the land and for us.  (Notice that the article came from a non-U.S. publication.)

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From chicken to tomatoes, here’s why American food is hurting you

 

The recent news about glyphosate and cancer only

highlights a broader problem with our system: our

obsession with killing the natural world is poisoning us.Keep reading

Sever Food Supply Threat

We’ve previously blogged reports regarding food supply and food health. Most sustainability-related articles in the mainstream media focus on energy, fossil fuels, climate change, etc.  But, on the physical side of sustainability, nothing is as important to our future as a supply of healthful food.  Here’s a new UN research report, based on data from 91 countries.  While I steer away from fear-based scare tactics, we do need to be aware of this problem, so we have time to take corrective measures.… Keep reading

Diets & Longevity

Here’s some new data about how our usual dietary intake can improve both our everyday health and the more positive feeling we have then – a part of “sustainable living” – as well increased longevity.

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Bad diets killing more people globally than tobacco, study finds

 

Eating and drinking better could prevent

one in five early deaths, researchers say.

 

Sarah Boseley Health editor

The Guardian

3 Apr 2019

 

Unhealthy diets are responsible for 11m preventable deaths globally per year, more even than smoking tobacco, according to a major study.… Keep reading

Seaweed Straws

Well, polluting our vast oceans may be “the last straw” that breaks the back of our global ecosystem. But at least here’s one new unique option to remedy a situation that has grown to global epidemic proportions in polluting our oceans and killing sea life.

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Seaweed straws could

soon replace single-use

plastic straws

 

“Single use plastics should never be built to

last; they should be designed to disappear.”

 

Ashley Curtin

NationofChange/News Report

March 15, 2019

 

In an effort to phase-out single-use plastic straws and curb the effects that plastics have on climate change, one company came up with an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic straws.… Keep reading