A year ago, the school board in Seminole County, Fla., teamed up with the owners of local McDonald's franchises to create a junk food rewards program for students with good grades and attendance records. Rewarding good academic performance with a Happy Meal may not seem so bad, but the partnership between the school board and McDonald's didn't end there.
December 7, 2007
Ski resorts in the U.S. (and the world) view themselves as chic poster boys for global warming. With temperatures rising, one of the first visible phenomenon is less snow at resort-level altitudes. Projections in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and the Rockies look at 5-6 degree temperature increases by 2100 if global warming is not dramatically reduced. Snow pack would fall by 89%. Ski resorts have embraced anti-global warming politics and measures with a bear hug.
December 7, 2007
Twenty states have failed the Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual school foods report card, and nearly two-thirds received grades of "D" or lower. The biggest factor in keeping grades so low this year was a lack of health standards for so called "competitive foods," which are any foods and beverages sold in schools that don't fall under the school lunch plans. Most schools now have vending machines offering such items as flavored water, sodas, and potato chips.
December 5, 2007
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
In early 2007, owners began reporting that their cats and dogs mysteriously died after eating tainted pet food. Menu Foods issued a recall, but for months, it was unknown why pets were having kidney failure. Veterinarians began to share information and the FDA found melamine (used to make plastic) and cyanuric acid (used to chlorinate pools) in the food. Neither is approved to be used in pet foods and raises questions about how pet food is produced and how owners can protect their pets from future problems.
December 2, 2007