News for September 1, 2011

News Today includes stories about Avoiding cholesterol, Willie Nelson, Chilean sea bass, Biodegradable cigarets, Soda Consumption, Jamie Oliver, compassion, National Park Service, adding love, dumbest ways to save the environment, Chicken Rescued, U.S. Army Planning to Poison Monkeys, Fur, Animal Welfare Standards, Green Bodhisattva, Potatoes, Reuse Cork, Electric Cars, Katya, Drone Delivers Food, beer, Health-Care Workers, Ladybugs, Animal Blood, Sunscreen, gout, ivory seized, minestrone soup, battery hen ban, Dirtiest Fuel, Ganesh’s birthday, Elephant, Monsanto, Summer Squash and Zucchini Recipes, The Chew, cookbooks, Vegan Labor Day, Non-Violence, Beekeeping, Bio-degradeable Pots, Black Bean Chili Soup with Zucchini Pancakes, Noise Pollution, Podcasting 101, and Hurricane Evacuation Zones.

Avoiding cholesterol is a no brainer

Eggs and brains are the two most concentrated sources of cholesterol in the diet.

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Super-charming sustainable farming video, featuring Willie Nelson

Okay, so this video was sponsored by Chipotle, but if you can ignore a small amount of logo placement and posturing, it’s really adorable. Look at the little propane-canister-looking pigs! Listen to Willie Nelson make a Coldplay song sound genuinely emotional! Watch the rotund farmer guy have a change of heart and let his animals go free-range! RUN FREE, PROPANE PIGGIES!

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Chilean sea bass test yields fishy results

The international seafood labeling organization, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) got some boat-rocking news last week, when researchers discovered that a significant portion of what had been labeled MSC-certified Chilean sea bass was in fact something else.

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Biodegradable cigarets that grow in nature

Greenbutts are all-natural, 100% biodegradable cigarette filters with a unique feature. When placed under a thin layer of soil, they sprout into green grass shoots or even blooming flowers. Organic cotton and natural de-gummed hemp form the filter body. Wheat flour and pure water bind the filter elements as they are spun together. Nothing synthetic or artificial.

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Cities, CSPI, & Health Groups Announce Major New Campaign to Reduce Soda Consumption

Reducing the consumption of soda and other sugary drinks will be the focus of a new campaign to reduce diet-related disease announced today by health departments in several major cities as well as the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and other groups.

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The triumph of Jamie Oliver’s ‘nemesis’

It was all I could do not to scarf the entire stromboli, neatly packaged for me in a Styrofoam clamshell, while in the car. The dough was soft. The balance of ham and mozzarella, just right. And so, only about half was left when I parked on Third Avenue, the main drag in Huntington, W.Va., and offered a bite to some friends.

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The compassion instinct

“If you want others to be happy,” reads the first part of his famous formula, “practice compassion.” Then comes the second part of the prescription: “If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

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National Park Service Unveils New Action Plan to Protect America’s Parks

As the National Park Service (NPS) commemorates its 95th anniversary this month, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today voices strong support for the Park Service to implement their action plan to prepare national parks for their second century of service. The plan, A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement, identifies 36 specific action areas for the Park Service to better connect people to parks, advance educational opportunities, preserve America’s special places, and enhance organizational excellence.

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The benefits of adding love to your school’s curriculum

As an educator who has taught for over 14 years, I have lamented this question. Year after year I have had some of the best individuals clamor for success. They have worked industriously to achieve grades indicating a certain level of success attained. I have seen students balance the many demands of a “successful” high school life: work, sports, clubs, theatre, dance, math school, friends, family, health, SAT prep, college prep. In doing so, I have also seen students become unbalanced as individuals.

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8 dumbest ways to save the environment

Regardless of political affilations or persuasions, every human being with a working set of lungs, eyes and nostrils can agree that the world is worth saving. Some of these actual ideas, however, make me wonder if our brains are beyond being rescued.

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Chicken Gets Rescued Twice

A driver in Alabama spotted Laura the chicken and scooped her up off the road on a route frequently used by trucks headed to the nearby slaughterhouse. Then, in an attempt to find her a home, she unwisely posted an ad for a free chicken on Craigslist. Laura could have ended up as chicken soup! Fortunately, a vegetarian PETA supporter spotted the listing and offered to take in the bird until PETA could find a permanent home for her. Now a chicken who was once bound for slaughter is saving other chickens by convincing people to give up meat for good. It happens whenever people get to know her.

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U.S. Army Planning to Poison Monkeys

Next week, the U.S. Army plans to start poisoning African vervet monkeys with massive chemical overdoses as part of a crude and cruel “show and tell” training exercise at Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in order to demonstrate the effects of a nerve-agent attack. The overdoses will cause the monkeys to suffer from uncontrollable twitching, seizures, and vomiting, and some will even stop breathing. In a laboratory worksheet that PETA obtained from Aberdeen, one trainee compared a monkey’s violent reaction during the exercise to “a chiwawa [sic] sh*tting razor blades.”

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Sweltering in August … in Fur

Imagine how it must feel to have to wear a heavy coat outside in August! PETA members in Lansing, Michigan, no longer have to wonder after sitting in cages on a hot sidewalk in order to illustrate the misery of animals on fur farms during hot weather, when they have no escape from the heat.

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Ohio Enacts Landmark Farmed Animal Welfare Standards

Thanks to the unwavering efforts of thousands of Mercy For Animals supporters and other compassionate Ohioans, who have spent the past couple of years tirelessly speaking up on behalf of animals, the state of Ohio has given final approval to enact a wide-ranging set of farmed animal welfare reforms as part of an agreement reached last year between animal welfare advocates and the animal agriculture industry.

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The Green Bodhisattva: Trees, Butterflies, and the Buddhist Moral Life

In our current issue, Clark Strand continues his Green Bodhisattva series with, “Trees, Butterflies, and the Buddhist Moral Life.” In this series, Strand advocates a 12-step approach similar to that of Alcoholics Anonymous for addressing our planetary ecological crisis—citing that as a species we are sick, “addicted to everything from petroleum products to that ubiquitous soporific we call ‘media.'” In his recent offering he discusses Step 4 on the Green Bodhisattva path:

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Can Potatoes Give Your Health A Boost? A Chemist Thinks So

Potatoes have gotten a lot of bad press as major contributors to obesity and diabetes. But Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, aims to rehabilitate the humble tuber. When he had overweight people eat potatoes daily for a month, their blood pressure dropped, and they didn’t gain weight.

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11 Great Ways to Reuse Cork

Contrary to popular opinion, cork is not endangered. In fact, it’s renewable and helps the environment by encouraging vegetation. It’s just being produced less because there’s less of a demand from the wine industry, who’s turning more and more towards using plastic and metal caps.

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Top 10 Electric Cars Most Likely to Succeed

The crystal ball is still cloudy on electric and plug-in hybrid cars. They’re still being made in limited numbers, and delivered to very specific test markets. And half the really exciting ones aren’t even here yet. Still, it’s time to make some predictions about what will succeed and what will fail in the marketplace. Here are my top 10 leading candidates:

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Please Don’t Forget Katya the Bear

A month ago I wrote about Katya, a Russian bear who performed to adoring crowds at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Katya retired in 2009 and is currently living in horrific conditions in a rusty cage. There is a petition about Katya, but her terrible fate has led many to feel that an immediate response to help her is called for.

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Student-Built Drone Delivers Food, Aid to Roadless Rural Areas

Not all dogs to go heaven, not all Republicans hate the environment, and not all drones are remote-controlled by guys in Langley, Virginia, smoking out Al Qaeda do-badders hiding in the caves of Afghanistan.

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Getting our suds on

McGillin’s Olde Ale House has already turned its taps over to the Germans for the month. Brauhaus Schmitz has plans to shut down South Street for a pig roast with an oompah band. And local Oktoberfest lagers, from brewers like Victory and Sly Fox, are currently flowing at watering holes around town.

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They SHARE the bounty, and the work

On a Tuesday in mid-August on Hunting Park Avenue in Nicetown, Jeff Campbell, 70, is putting long, thin, flexible hoops in place for a solar greenhouse that volunteers are building. Sajir Hightower, 9, sells okra and onions picked here a few hours ago to Lois Barton, 82, who pays for her purchases with a $5 coupon from a Farmers Market Nutrition program set up for older adults.

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Want to Lower Your Cholesterol? Eat a Plant!

WSJ’s Shirley Wang reports on a new study showing that eating plant-based fat and proteins such as peanuts and soy milk is far more effective in lowering bad cholesterol than a diet low in saturated fats.

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The Art of Picking the Perfect Beer for a Meal

Many diners put considerable thought into the best wines to pair with their meals. Hayley Jensen, beer sommelier at Taproom No. 307, a bar/restaurant in New York City, believes a carefully chosen beer can also enhance the flavor of a dish.

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Changing One Word to Get Health-Care Workers to Wash Their Hands

Ah, the simple act of hand-washing. It’s a simple, cheap way to prevent spreading infection in hospitals. And yet, research suggests compliance with so-called “hand hygiene” guidelines is less than 50% in many hospitals.

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72,000 Ladybugs Keep Sanctuary Animals, Trees Safe

The animals at the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center are shaded from the California sun by mature Eucalyptus trees. Recently the trees came down with the lerps, or Redgum lerp pysyllids, a nonnative invasive species. Not only do the lerps kill the trees, they attract yellow jackets.

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The Animal Blood that Saves Lives

Its blood is blue and comes from a creature more ancient and resilient than dinosaurs – and even medicine itself has claimed this animal to be “a new life-saving tool”. Not only serving great purposes towards its natural habitat, but now saving countless human lives is the remarkable and bizarre horseshoe crab.

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Sunscreen in a pill? Coral compounds may be key

Sunscreen! You dutifully slather or spray it on before heading outside, but forget to reapply — and you get burned. Or, you miss that spot on your back that’s impossible to reach without asking for help — and you get burned.

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More Americans developing gout; obesity blamed

A growing number of Americans are being diagnosed with the painful form of arthritis known as gout — thanks in large part, researchers say, to the national obesity epidemic.

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Potatoes may help lower blood pressure. Purple ones, that is

Pity the potato. It’s widely blamed for the fattening of America . But a new study found that daily consumption of a certain type of potato — purple ones, that is — can help lower blood pressure, without causing weight gain.

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2 tons of elephant ivory seized in Hong Kong

Hong Kong customs officers have seized a large shipment of African ivory hidden in a container that arrived by sea from Malaysia.

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Raising the lunchbox bar

Here’s a back to school lesson — don’t try to cram a whole day’s worth of nutrition into a single bar. And yet we always do. With every new school year comes a wave of new promises and new “smart,” “healthy” products to pop into a lunchbox. When will we learn?

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How to cook perfect minestrone soup

Minestrone is a big bowl of carb-based joy with a hefty garnish of vegetables to gladden the heartstrings of health. Is there a British equivalent of this soup for all seasons?

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Hundreds of European farmers expected to flout battery hen ban

UK farmers, who are on course to comply with EU-imposed welfare improvements, fear cheap imports from countries where directive is ignored.

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The Dirtiest Fuel on the Planet

The leaders of the top environmental groups in the country, the Republican Governor of Nebraska, and millions of people around the country — including hundreds of people who have bravely participated in civil disobedience at the White House — all agree on one thing: President Obama should block a planned pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2011

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival of Lord Ganesh. It is a 10-day festival marking the birthday of Ganesh, who is widely worshipped for auspicious beginnings. Ganesh is the patron of arts and sciences, and the deity of intellect and wisdom.

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Elephant In Thailand Gets New Prosthetic Leg

A 50-year-old elephant in Thailand who lost her left front leg a few years ago is now kicking it up with a new prosthetic.

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Beetle Develops Resistance To Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Corn

Corn beetles have been consuming plants that were genetically modified to be resistant to that very beetle, raising fears that a new superbug could develop or that farmers could be forced to increase the use of pesticides.

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The 9 Best Summer Squash and Zucchini Recipes

We love zucchini’s mild flavor, melt-in-your mouth texture, and amazing versatility. But by summer’s end, we all get a little weary of it, and the thought of throwing one more zucchini plank on the grill becomes something exciting no longer. Still, we gotta appreciate August’s bounty, even when it’s a little too bountiful. Look no further for tasty and creative ways to use up the rest of your summer squash yield.

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Previewing ‘The Chew’: ABC Hopes New Food Show Can Perform In Daytime

Gnaw on this: Can some of food and style TV’s biggest stars, Mario Batali and Clinton Kelly among them, help ABC soap fans get over cancellation of their favorite stories? The network’s counting on it for “The Chew.”

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Commodities Farmers Rake It In But Remain Cautious Due To Economy

More than 600 companies set up tents and booths at the annual Farm Progress Show, but a list of the companies that didn’t get in gives you an idea of the strength of the country’s farm economy.

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‘Time’ Top 100 Nonfiction List Includes Julia Child, Three Other Food Books

Time Magazine released its list of the 100 best non-fiction books published since 1923 yesterday. Many of their choices are pretty safe — it’s not exactly shocking to see Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Speak, Memory or In Cold Blood on there. Indeed, it feels, at times, like a 100 most-influential list than a 100-best list. (Where’s John McPhee and Gay Talese?) But one surprising element of the Time picks is the preponderance of food-based books in their top 100.

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Vegan Labor Day

Whether you’ve sizzled through summer, counted the days until autumn’s cool relief, or blissfully soaked up the sun for three months, it’s time to give the season a fond farewell. In order to truly toast summer, the government has conveniently given nearly everyone the day off. Labor Day parties can be some of the best of the year, and it’s easier than ever to throw a vegan celebration that will leave you smiling all the way to daylight savings. So put your white party pants on one last time and get started!

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Non-Violence, Service & The Path: Jainism, Sikhism and Daoism on the Environment

In previous posts in this serious we’ve focused on how the largest of the world’s religions regard the environment and environmentalism. But that leaves out a good number of ancient and influential paths, ways of viewing the world, that still are relevant and active today. It’s by no means intended as an exhaustive list (no offence is intended if your path has been omitted) and the presentation will be briefer than the already thumbnail views previously presented.

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Teaching Beekeeping to Children Improves Behavior

When I wrote about beekeeping with children for our sister site Parentables, I noted that bees can be a fantastic tool for encouraging emotional literacy. For the same reason that beekeeping is great for those with felony convictions, it can also help children to better understand and control their anger and improve their behavior. As any beekeeper will tell you, opening a hive when you are in a bad mood is a very silly idea. One UK school is finding this out in very practical terms, having gone from trying to remove an uninvited swarm, to adopting a school hive of its own. While revenue from honey sales is a welcome boost, it’s the improvement in unruly kids’ behavior that has been most striking.

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Plants in Bio-degradeable Pots At Long Last!

One of the most annoying aspects of gardening is the left-over black plastic pots that no gardening centre will take back and no recycling or garbage collections will pick up. They accumulate until finally…well, we all have our secrets about how we get rid of them.

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Weekday Vegetarian: Black Bean Chili Soup with Zucchini Pancakes

Right about now people are wondering about how to use up their tomatoes, and of course, all the zucchini they have from their garden. Here is a soup that takes advantage of both of those while adding some protein from the black beans. I used tomatoes and zucchini from my own garden, and garlic from my neighbour’s garden.

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Noise Pollution Causing Songbirds To Cheat On Each Other

Noise pollution from humans is guilty of many things — causing whales to lose their way, killing giant squid, leading baby fish away from good habitat, and generally stressing out animals. But while we know noise pollution in the oceans is causing whales to yell their songs, scientists have only just discovered that it is also causing birds to change their tune — and it seems to lead to a problem with fidelity and mate selection.

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Podcasting 101

At last week’s inaugural Vida Vegan Bloggers Con in Portland, OR (where else would there be a vegan bloggers conference?), one of the panels I had the pleasure of being part of was Podcasting 101. With the inspiring company of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau from Vegetarian Food for Thought — also check out the recent podcast interview she did for us), Webly Bowles from Stumptown Vegans, and Erika Larsen and Jordan Lyon Mackenzie King of The Cosmopolitan Hour, this panel focused on using podcasts as a tool for social change (not to mention fun — and sometimes contentious — discussion). The Our Hen House podcast is approaching episode 86 (“Sunriiiiiiise, sunset…. sunriiiiise, sunset… Swiftly flow the years….”), and in the past year and a half (plus) since we’ve started recording, we’ve not only gained listeners, but also insight.

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Map of Flood Risks and Hurricane Evacuation Zones Wakes Up NYC Residents

As Hurricane Irene trundles toward the densely populated cities of the U.S. Northeast, residents and officials in municipalities large and small have been preparing for a full-force tropical cyclone. “All implications point to this being a historic hurricane,” President Barak Obama said in a speech Friday morning.

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The Minute You’ve Been Waiting For

You’ve heard a million times about the copious health benefits of meditation: everything from enhancing memory to curing pain. But for many of us, the prospect of sitting still and clearing your thoughts is so intimidating we won’t even give it a swing.

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About James Lucas


James has been a graphic designer for over 18 years and owns Wave Hound Surf Shop. James started Doylestown Movie Fans, who meet once a month to see movies at the County Theater in Doylestown, PA. He and his wife Chris started Bucks County Vegan Supper Club in 2009, whose members meet once a month to have a vegan potluck dinner. They are currently working through the Veganomicon cookbook, which inspires experienced and recent vegans to try new recipes. James is proud to support Farm Sanctuary and The Surfrider Foundation.

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