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Beyond antibiotics: Separating fact from fiction

Natural News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Antibiotic literally means "anti-life." Any drug that's anti-life is undoubtedly going to cause varying degrees of harm or even death in some cases. "When once you interfere with the order of nature, there is no knowing where the results will end." -- Herbert Spencer...

Following 5 simple daily habits can help you boost your metabolism and lose weight

Natural News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) When it comes to weight loss, nearly everyone is looking for a quick fix. Many of us live complicated lives filled with stresses originating from all angles. Unfortunately, Western society normalizes the constant flow of activities, distractions and pressures, tricking...

New baby biometric monitoring devices threaten to disconnect parents from their newborns

Natural News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) There's a new device out to allow parents to know what's going on with their newborn baby's vital signs and the environmental status of the room in which the baby is sleeping, and even when the baby is due to awaken. On one hand, with all the SIDS (sudden infant death...

Scoop on Lyme disease and progress

Natural News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) On May 22 and May 23 members from the Lyme disease community held a protest at the headquarters of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Arlington, Virginia. Members from the chronic Lyme community held a sign of 722 names of those who wished to have been...

Is Walmart threatening organic food?

Natural News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) In the Michael Pollan sense, a bowl of fresh vegetables and whole grains that have been grown organically, without the use of industrial toxins, does not necessarily mean that it is "good food."Writing in the Rim County Gazette's blog, Arun Gupta says that, today...

Americans Spend $1.8 Billion on Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know)

Yes! Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:00

Photo by RTimages / Shutterstock.

Driest year in recorded history for many areas of California: 2013

Percentage by which California Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to voluntarily reduce water use in January 2014: 20 1

Actual percentage reduction in water use in California between January and May 2014: 5 2

Amount Americans are projected to spend per day eating out in restaurants in 2014: $1.8 billion 3

Percentage of American adults who don’t know how to cook as of 2011: 28 4

Percentage of all adult American consumers at least 18 years old who report still calling their moms for cooking advice: 35 5

Number of rubber ducks in the world’s largest collection at the last official count in April 2011: 5,631 6

Estimated number of rubber ducks in the collection as of June 2014: 7,000 7

Number of nonfatal violent and property hate crimes against persons 12 and older in 2004: 281,670

Number of nonfatal violent and property hate crimes against persons 12 and older in 2012: 293,800

Percentage of victims who perceived crimes were motivated by ethnicity bias in 2004: 22

Percentage of victims who perceived crimes were motivated by ethnicity bias in 2012: 51 8

Percentage of children ages 3–5 below the federal poverty level with untreated tooth decay: 25

Percentage of children ages 3–5 above the federal poverty level with untreated tooth decay: 10.5 9

Percentage of coffee growing area affected by leaf rust in Central America, highest since first appearance in 1976: 53 10

Estimated number of jobs lost in Central America because of leaf rust between 2012 and 2013: 394,000

Total amount Central America lost because of leaf rust between 2012 and 2013: $500 million 11

Value of Central American unroasted coffee imported to the United States in 2013: $1 billion 12

Drop in ocean’s pH level since start of Industrial Revolution: 0.1

Percentage increase of acidity represented by this drop: 30 13

Percentage of acidity increase by the end of this century if current carbon emissions continue: 150 14

Percentage of Americans without health insurance as of September 2013, the highest since Gallup began tracking the statistic in 2008: 18

Percentage of Americans without health insurance as of June 2014, the lowest since Gallup tracking began: 13.415 15

Total number of newly insured Americans since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law: 15 million 16

Sources:

1. California Department of Water Resources, 2014. 2. California Water Boards, July 2014. 3. National Geographic, May 2014. 4. Impulse Research, April 28, 2011. 5. Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink, 2012. 6. Guinness World Records, 2014. 7. Personal communication with collection owner. 8. Bureau of Justice Statistics, February 2014. 9. National Center for Health Statistics, August 2012. 10. International Coffee Organization. 11. International Coffee Organization, May 13, 2013. 12. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2014. 13. The Royal Society, June 2005. 14. Oceanography, December 2009. 15. Gallup, July 10, 2014. 16. Obama Care Facts, 2014.

Dana Drugmand and Yessenia Funes wrote this article for The End of Poverty, the Fall 2014 issue of YES! Magazine.

Dana and Yessenia are YES! editorial interns.

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Categories: Ecological News

More calories from fewer sources means less nutrition, more profit

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:41
It's a global phenomenon - we are consuming more calories, and more of those calories are the same, writes David Nally. Just ten crops produce 75% of our food, as factory-farmed meat, sugar, wheat, corn, soybeans and palm oil displace more nutritious and diverse diets. It's not good for us, or the planet - but it's great for corporate food monopolists!
Categories: Ecological News

Photo Essay: Indigenous Farmers Gather in the Andes to Plan for Climate Change

Yes! Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:40

A Quechua woman harvests potatoes at a site more than 13,700 feet above sea level. It's the highest local point at which potatoes are grown. All photos by Adam Kerby.

Editor's note: Last month we published an article about indigenous farmers who  recently gathered for a week in Peru's Cusco region to discuss climate change, its effects on their ancestral farmlands, and ways that they could work together to improve the resiliency of their agriculture.

The farmers, who came from Peru, China, and Bhutan, made plans to exchange plant varieties in an effort to protect the diversity of their crops in the face of an increasingly unpredictable climate. There were tons of great photos from the event that we were unable to include in the original article, so we’ve compiled a collection of them here.

The pictures below were taken by photojournalist Adam Kerby and offer more information about the gathering in Peru—as well as a peek into the lives of some of the farmers who attended.

A farmer from Yunnan Province, China, attends the biodiversity summit held in Peru in April 2014.

An administrator from the Cusco-based nonprofit Asociación ANDES accompanies Quechua farmers on a tour of the Parque de la Papa—22,000 acres of conserved land where more than 1,400 varieties of potatoes are grown.

A Bhutanese farmer and a translator learn about the agricultural technology of the ancient Incans while touring ruins near the town of Pisac.

A community leader from the Bhutanese district of Bumthang learns about local medicinal plants.

Quechua farmers conduct a ceremony to thank Pachamama, or Mother Earth, for the potato harvest.

A young Quechua girl thanks Pachamama for the harvest.

A Quechua woman collects wild medicinal plants.

A Quechua woman weaves fabric on a loom.

A Quechua woman displays blankets woven by the textile collective at Parque de la Papa.

A Quechua farmer harvests a mixed crop of corn and beans.

A Quechua farmer carries local varieties of corn and beans back to his home.

A Quechua farmer husks corn at home.

A Quechua farmer eats a meal of corn and beans at home. The fresh flowers are from his personal garden.

Quechua farmer Lino Mamani and his wife rest after climbing to the top of a local mountain peak.

Adam Kerby took these photographs during a gathering of indigenous farmers organized in part by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). They are used here with permission.

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Categories: Ecological News

Detroit: what happens when water is a commodity, not a human right

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:22
The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit residents, the proposed privatization of the water system, and the diversion of the system's revenue to banks are possible, writes Pete Dolak, because water - the most basic human need - has become a means to extract profit from the City's people.
Categories: Ecological News

Toxic Algae Scare Prompts Backlash Against Farms

ENN Health - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:55
What do a no-drink order in Toledo and a backlash against factory farming have in common? A lot, as it turns out. Residents of Ohio's fourth-largest city were advised for multiple days earlier this month to refrain from drinking their tap water because it had been contaminated by toxic algae. As residents struggled to deal with their contaminated water supply, the culprit behind the problem became readily apparent: factory farms. The Ohio Agriculture Advisory Council (OAAC) is proposing a regulatory crackdown that could forever change industrial farming practices in this Midwestern state.
Categories: Ecological News

Ogoni - a paradise raped and neglected.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
It's been three years since the United Nations Environmental Programme asked Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, and the Nigerian government to clean up the oil spill in Ogoniland, but that has not happened for a surprisingly long time.
Categories: Ecological News

Public concern grows over use of pesticide linked to bee deaths.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
As the Ontario government eyes restricting the use of an agricultural pesticide blamed for the deaths of bees and other pollinators, there are new signs the public is worried about the widespread use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
Categories: Ecological News

A new frontier for fracking: Drilling near the Arctic Circle.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments.
Categories: Ecological News

In Santa Barbara County, oil firms and environmentalists square off.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
Supporters of a November ballot measure say it would have no effect on conventional oil drilling and leave all existing operations intact. What it would ban, they say, are aggressive oil and gas extraction methods that can trigger earthquakes, contribute to global warming and deplete groundwater supplies.
Categories: Ecological News

Getting shafted? Indiana town's survival hinges on coal regs battle.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
Peggy and Martha Marlow worry for the industry that has sustained Dugger since it was founded as one of Indiana’s first mining towns. They fear a federal plan to combat climate change may kill hundreds of coal-related jobs, and in turn accelerate the flow of people out of town.
Categories: Ecological News

Alaska's uncertain food future.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
Successful hunting and fishing in the Bering Sea have always depended on weather and ice conditions. But climate change is now disrupting the seasonal patterns and threatening the food sources – and cultural traditions – St. Lawrence Islanders and other Native Alaskans have relied on for millennia.
Categories: Ecological News

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. Disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden.
Categories: Ecological News

Should we regulate poop as a drug?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
The future of fecal transplants, and a bevy of entrepreneurs, hinges on how the FDA decides to regulate the procedure.
Categories: Ecological News

Formaldehyde and cancer.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
Formaldehyde, a substance widely used in consumer products and industrial processes, has been authoritatively judged a carcinogen despite the best efforts of the chemical industry to confuse the issue.
Categories: Ecological News

Pilgrim's progress.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30
For years, the Cape’s anti-nuclear activists have fought a two-front battle. One goal, to press for the closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, remains elusive. The second, to expand the emergency planning zone around the station, may get a badly needed boost this November.
Categories: Ecological News
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