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GE Sugar: Coming to a Store Near You in 2008

GE Sugar: Coming to a Store Near You in 2008

In 2008, genetically engineered (GE) sugar will be available in your local grocer, deli, or supermarket.  Six years after Monsanto pulled its Roundup Ready beets due to pressure from consumer groups and hesitancy from corporations, American Crystal, Kellog, and other sugar companies have announced plans to use GE sugar beets.

December 3, 2007

Holiday Parties and Decor Sled into Eco Consciousness

Holiday Parties and Decor Sled into Eco Consciousness

Tis the season of office parties and celebratory gatherings of the family clan and friends. Whether it’s a mega-party event like a museum opening or a small get together with friends in a city apartment, parties this season are decked in eco-friendly green. The trend-setting party planners and designers of New York are taking parties into eco-consciousness with verve and gusto.

December 3, 2007

Packaged Foods Lobby Group Fights Efforts to Reduce America's Salt Intake

Packaged Foods Lobby Group Fights Efforts to Reduce America's Salt Intake

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has in the past brought us efforts to end the sale of sugary soft drinks in schools, is once again encountering resistance from America's largest trade group, The Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Products Association. CSPI wants the FDA to step up its regulation of salt by improving its labeling mechanism, requiring food manufacturers to reduce the levels of salt in packaged food, and revoking salt's "generally recognized as safe" status.

November 30, 2007

Agritourism: Vacation on a Farm

Agritourism: Vacation on a Farm

Looking for a new type of vacation? Maybe you should consider agritourism—agricultural tourism—where vacationers go to farms and can participate in a variety of farm activities. A growing part of the tourism industry, agritourism is being touted as a way for local farmers to supplement their income, educate the public, and expand people’s appreciation of how food is made.

November 25, 2007

What to Buy at the Dollar Store

What to Buy at the Dollar Store

There is no question that dollar stores provide bargains and more consumers have started to look toward them for basic needs.  Yet, dollar stores bargains are accompanied by products that may be health hazards.  Consumer Reports tested some of the more popular products bought from dollar stores and found both bargains and dangers.

November 24, 2007

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  • Numerous ethical problems with largest maker of household products in U.S.
  • World's largest oil company--human rights, oil spills and misinformation about climate change
  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.
  • Maker of violent anti-social video games
  • Genetic Engineering and Monopolistic behavior = Monsanto