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Levi's Wellthread stitches design together with worker well-being

Levi's Wellthread stitches design together with worker well-being | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The new Levi's Dockers Wellthread process creates a pattern for sustainability in clothing production.

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit, Jocelyn Stoller
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Give thought to the production process and workers when shopping and we will all be better off. That moment of thought and reflection and sometimes a bit of research can really change our behaviors for the best.

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Urbee 2 to attempt US crossing using ten gallons of fuel | GizMag.com

Urbee 2 to attempt US crossing using ten gallons of fuel | GizMag.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Urbee 2, the first road-ready, fuel-efficient car built using 3D printing, is the subject of a collaboration between design firm KOR EcoLogic, direct digital manufacturers RedEye On Demand, and 3D-printing manufacturer Stratsys. Their aim is to put the 7 hp (5 kW) three-wheeled, rear-steering eco-hybrid on the roads by 2015, and then demonstrate its capabilities by crossing the US using only ten gallons (38 L) of fuel.

 

The first Urbee, introduced in 2010, combined a fuel-efficient 5 hp (3.8 kW) hybrid drive and a 3D-printed body with excellent aerodynamic performance to achieve over 200 mpg on the highway. However, the original 3D-printed body was made using a great deal of excess material to produce strength without the benefit of careful designing. The safety of the car in a crash was also questionable. As a result, the Urbee was a successful concept car, but stopped there.

 

Stopped, that is, until the Urbee 2 came along. Urbee 2 shares the same general design, being a three-wheeled two-seater that is steered by a single wheel in the rear of the vehicle. It will weigh about 1,200 lbs (550 kg), some thirty percent less than the original Urbee.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Great new techology may be soon on it's way to us.

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Yet More Pollution Shame For China?

Yet More Pollution Shame For China? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Thousands of fish have mysteriously died in a lake in China, in what could be yet another example of the pollution plaguing the country.
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Sad news and this matters to many people in China at all levels so I hope they can work to find a fix and make this better soon.

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Top Climatologist Slams Science Magazine For Getting The Extreme Weather Story Very Wrong

Top Climatologist Slams Science Magazine For Getting The Extreme Weather Story Very Wrong | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Reinsurer Munich Re’s data show climate-related catastrophic events have soared in three decades while geophysical events like earthquakes haven’t significantly changed.
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Here is the case against Science Magazine.

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Oil Train Derails And Explodes In Alabama

Oil Train Derails And Explodes In Alabama | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
W tanker train carrying crude oil burns after derailing in western Alabama outside Aliceville, Ala., early Friday.
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Rail or pipes? Which is safest? Pipelines may put linking water systems and soil at risk and ground rail may put soil and air at risk.

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Taxpayers Stand To Lose $49 Billion In Offshore Drilling Gambit

Taxpayers Stand To Lose $49 Billion In Offshore Drilling Gambit | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File Less than four years since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and with the cleanup and lawsuits ongoing, Congress is considering a proposal to incentivize the expansion of offshore...
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Let's see who wins and who loses on this. Taxpayers stand a better chance of winning if we open their eyes and minds and then their mouths to the right officials.

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REVEALED: Why Late Nights Really Are Bad for You

REVEALED: Why Late Nights Really Are Bad for You | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Jet lag, shift work, and even late nights staring at your tablet or smartphone may be making you sick.
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Here's some news on staying healthy.

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Washington State Votes YES to GMO Labeling

Washington State Votes YES to GMO Labeling | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Washington State is the first US state to vote YES on a law to label genetically modified organism (GMO) in foods.
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The last I heard it didn't pass but was very close with many sending votes in to be counted later. He makes a good point in this article that the Washington effort was a win even if the final count on this 1st effort turns out to be a weak no vote.

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USDA Approves 2nd Generation GMOs

USDA Approves 2nd Generation GMOs | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The USDA has just approved a new generation of GMOs for use with more deadly herbicides than the toxic glyphosate that currently taints farms across America- Bayer has developed a soybean that can withstand applications of the...
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Wonder who the USDA works for these days? .....We need to fire them  from our payroll if this is the best they can do for us!

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Mexican Coke May Switch Its Cane Sugar To Corn Syrup; Why The Change Could Endanger Your Health

Mexican Coke May Switch Its Cane Sugar To Corn Syrup; Why The Change Could Endanger Your Health | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Mexico's sales tax on soft drinks could force a switch from real cane sugar to high-fructose corn syrup in Mexican Coke.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Too bad I almost will not buy a soda product anymore. The Mexican Cokes are what I do buy usually when I get sodas. They might be surprised to see how easy it is to leave the soda habit and rarely miss it..

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Water Shortages Threaten Shale Gas Development

Water Shortages Threaten Shale Gas Development | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
If water is the new oil and shale gas is the new energy savior, something has to give. That’s because the exploration for the unconventional form of natural gas uses so much water that it is encroaching on society’s other needs.

Via Sylvain Rotillon
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The pipe lines needed are also crossing close to healthy water supplies as they cross many areas to pipe very toxic liquid gas across the country side. The planned Bluegrass Pipeline in Kentucky, USA is one such example. http://www.wdrb.com/story/23883716/bluegrass-pipeline-expected-to-run-through-13-kentucky-counties

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Biodiversity offsetting - an end to environmental protection?

Biodiversity offsetting - an end to environmental protection? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The UK Government plans to allow biodiversity destroyed by development to be recreated elsewhere. Hannah Mowat of FERN believes the idea is both wrong and dangerous. The official consultation ends on 7th November 2013.

Via Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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Here is an interesting approach. It is a practice in finding out if just because we wish something we can make it so even if  nature did not design such a change.

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How Wind Turbines Work (Introductory Video)

How Wind Turbines Work (Introductory Video) | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The following video is a cute, succinct, and easy-to-understand primer on wind energy and how wind turbines work.

Via SustainOurEarth
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Here is a great lesson on wind turpines and how they work!

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Low big for sewage treatment plant project comes in under budget in Summit

Low big for sewage treatment plant project comes in under budget in Summit | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
SUMMIT, Mississippi - The low-bid for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Summit is nearly $250,000 under the budget for the project.

Via Sylvain Rotillon
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Here is some interesting local news for those in Mississippi!

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FDA issues new safety rules for imported food

FDA issues new safety rules for imported food | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
FDA issued long-awaited rules that require imported food to meet the same safety standards as food produced in the United States on Friday
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New rules for the safety of imported food.

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Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out Against GMO Dangers

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out Against GMO Dangers | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Another former pro-GMO scientist has turned against GMOs, explaining how numerous studies have pointed to the ineffectiveness and dangers of GMOs.
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As Global Emissions Rise, Countries Prepare For 2013 Climate Talks In Warsaw

As Global Emissions Rise, Countries Prepare For 2013 Climate Talks In Warsaw | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
CREDIT: Associated press
World leaders are preparing to gather in Poland this month for the 19th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP19.
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Please be there, even if you only can "be there" online!

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How A Modest, $12,000 Electric Car Could Be The Future Of The U.S. Urban Market

How A Modest, $12,000 Electric Car Could Be The Future Of The U.S. Urban Market | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
CREDIT: EcoV Electric
In what may be a prelude of the future urban market, a Detroit-based manufacturer named EcoV Electric is offering an electric vehicle for just under $12,000.
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Wow! Could it be?

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Kyle J. Norton Health Tips for Better Living and Living Health: Raw Food Diet - How It Reduces the Risks of Stroke Caused by the Typical American Diet in Conventional and TCM Perspectives

Kyle J. Norton Health Tips for Better Living and Living Health: Raw Food Diet - How It Reduces the Risks of Stroke Caused by the Typical American Diet in Conventional and TCM Perspectives | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
RT @kylejnorton: Raw Food Diet - How It Reduces the Risks of Stroke Caused by the Typical American Diet http://t.co/ahLVZ8JjXY
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We hear a lot about raw food lately here is a good source of information!

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Washington state GMO labeling measure headed for defeat-opponents

Washington state GMO labeling measure headed for defeat-opponents | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Opponents of a Washington state ballot measure that would have required labeling of foods containing genetically modified crops declared victory on Tuesday, citing early voting results.The...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Did 22 million dollars buy only a 10% lead? All I can say is keep on fighting for our right to know! There have been  mega millions spent to defeat labeling bills in the States and all that money to buy propaganda ads is only barely beating back the demand for labeling and the right to know what is in our food!  Most of those that want to avoid GMOs just have cut way back on lots of junk and processed foods overall since no one can be sure what has what in it.

 

 Eventually  that lack of trust in the food industry and farmers and chemical companies alone will undercut the money these groups have to buy ads. Anyone who has cut unknown source foods and junk foods from their shopping list will tell you it is rarely missed once the habit is changed. To change the bad food habits just keep getting informed, pay attention to your body and what it really needs  and it's a natural change.

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Monsanto Propaganda Defeats Monumental GMO Labeling Bill

Monsanto Propaganda Defeats Monumental GMO Labeling Bill | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Monsanto's massive campaign to defeat your very right to know what's in your food has been backed by over $22 million.
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Sad day! Money talks, and talks, and talks, and talks!  The fact that these companies had to put that much money out shows how scared they are for people to know what is in their food!  

 

 

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Flying the Coop: Antibiotic Resistance Spreads to Birds, Other Wildlife: Scientific American

Flying the Coop: Antibiotic Resistance Spreads to Birds, Other Wildlife: Scientific American | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
New research provides evidence that antibiotic resistance has spread beyond hospitals and farms to wildlife

Via Anita Woodruff, Jocelyn Stoller
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Bianchetti Truffle Hunting Video

Fresh truffles are one of the world’s most highly prized ingredients, but they’re also one of the hardest to find.  Expert foragers search the forests of Europe for these little culinary gems, using their knowledge of the fungus’ preferences to find the most likely spot.

Like other wild produce (wild mushrooms, wild vegetables, etc) truffles grow where Mother Nature dictates.  They actually have a symbiotic relationship with tree roots.  Which trees they prefer can vary with the truffle species, but in general oak, hazelnut & beech glades are a good place to look.

They’re often obscured by debris on the forest floor, so foragers usually employ animals to help uncover them – typically trained pigs or dogs.  Truffles evolved to reproduce by being consumed (their spores are distributed through animal excrement), so when they’re ripe they emit a powerful aroma to attract animals to eat them.

Justin had a chance to forage for bianchetti truffles during a recent trip to Italy, and he brought a camera along so you could see what it’s like. [...]


Via Mariano Pallottini
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Julie Thompson's curator insight, February 7, 2015 2:43 PM

Do what?!  I want so much to try truffles, and would love to get my shepherds trained to truffle hunt. On my to do list for sure.

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Twenty-First-Century Land Grabs: Accumulation by Agricultural Dispossession - Center for Research on Globalization

Twenty-First-Century Land Grabs: Accumulation by Agricultural Dispossession - Center for Research on Globalization | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Center for Research on Globalization Twenty-First-Century Land Grabs: Accumulation by Agricultural Dispossession Center for Research on Globalization And the last three or four decades has been a time of heightened concentration and control of...
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This matters and with the oil and gas pipelines wanting to cross many lands that also matters as a land grab,

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Relocation of Endangered Fish Spurs Recovery in Grand Canyon [Slide Show]: Scientific American

Relocation of Endangered Fish Spurs Recovery in Grand Canyon [Slide Show]: Scientific American | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Against long odds, a milestone is reached in the efforts to improve the humpback chub's chances of survival

 

Some 300 fish took a most unusual trip. Freshly delivered from their winter base camp at a hatchery in southeastern New Mexico earlier this year, the live swimmers—ensconced in aerated coolers—were helicoptered to the base of a dazzling turquoise-blue waterfall in the remote western region of Grand Canyon National Park.


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Here is hopeful news for the efforts in recovering the ecologically lost past.

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