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Is the Food and Safety Modernization Act of 2009 necessary?

As a result of recent foodborne illnesses from crops such as spinach, peppers, and peanuts the Food Safety Administration has proposed the Food and Safety Modernization Act of 2009 to protect the health of consumers. Though this act may be beneficial to the general public the organic farming ind...

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Tags: Fda, Food, Organic food, Policy
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Maybe 1872 Mining Law Will Finally Bite the Dust

I read recently that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is going to make it a priority to reform the The General Mining Act of 1872. Hey, better 137 years late than never. This law was enacted to promote the development of public lands back when such lands were just sitting there, unused and unloved ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Environment, Policy, Waste
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Should your city enact a fine for not recycling properly?

Treehugger has been following San Francisco's move to reprimand those who don't recycle--with a stiff fine. City officials are now about to make recycling and composting mandatory for each and every San Franciscan. And if they don't comply? They can say hello to a $500 fine—it's the first time i...

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Tags: Fine, Law, Policy, Recycle, Trash, Waste
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The Human Side of Green

Grist's recent post Can human rights be the climate movement’s moral guide? touches on some questions that have come up before in this blog: How do you reach people on a personal level with the urgency about climate change? How can the green movement itself keep in touch with the human costs of...

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Tags: Advertising, Human rights, Marketing, Policy
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Globalization, Food, and Piracy

A recent post by Mother Jones asked Somali Pirates=Environmental Avengers? The roots of these modern-day pirates, the article suggests, may lie in the shocking levels of pollution endured by Somali coast-dwellers. Not only is European pollution ending up on shore, but European ships are looting t...

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Tags: Africa, Food, Piracy, Policy, Scarcity, Shortage, Somalia
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First Vacation Bill Before Congress

A vacation is a luxury for many American workers, but time away from the work routine is actually a necessity. Now there's a vacation bill before Congress... From Take Back Your Time's press release: TAKE BACK YOUR TIME is pleased to announce that Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) will introduce ...

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Tags: Government, Leisure, More of what matters, Policy, Vacation, Work
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The Green Revolution Will (not?) Be Televised

This blog has been following the debate on language within the green movement--how to communicate the urgency to act without turning people off? A recent NYT article, Seeking to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus, The problem with global warming, some environmentalists believe, is “global warming...

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Tags: Advertising, Green movement, Messaging, Policy, Public awareness, Un
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Score One for the Trees: San Francisco Passes Junk Mail Resolution

It's always exciting when a long process begins to bear fruit. From first addressing the issue in 1997, since 2000 New Dream has been one of the louder voices advocating for junk mail reform. San Francisco's recent resolution calling upon California to create a Do Not Mail Registry is a great mom...

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Tags: Activism, Junk mail, Policy, San francisco, Trees
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NYT: Rich-Poor Divide Still Stalls Climate Accord

Developing nations demanded that the US and other developed countries cut their carbon emissions by more than 70% by 2020, according to the New York Times' Dot Earth blog. Developed countries have a historical debt – a historical responsibility. The more they pay now they less they pay later -- ...

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Tags: Class, Developing, Global warming, Human rights, Policy, Poor, Resources, Rich
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WIC: Bringing Local Foods to WIC Customers in Los Angeles

The Ethicurean reports on a new WIC Local Foods Line which launched in Los Angeles County. Like other government subsidy programs, WIC, (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) supplements the diets of low-income women, infants and children at the expense of s...

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Tags: Benefits, Children, Governmnent, Policy
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