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Not All Apples Are Created Equal

Scientists Say Organic Foods Are More Nutritious – Are Government Officials Listening?

Don’t ask the US federal government whether there are any health benefits to eating organic food. It won’t tell. No mere coincidence, then, that no pictures of farmers or farms (or fertilizers or pesticides) appear in the USDA food pyramid logo. The federal government encourages the consumption of more fruits, vegetables, and grains, but stops short of evaluating the farming systems that produce these same foods. An apple is an apple regardless…
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by: coyotl – Spring 2008

Safe Food and Fertilizer

Food Is a Four-Letter Word

Each year, approximately 110 billion pounds of fertilizer are applied to farm fields throughout the US. Unfortunately, almost one-half of that total is non-nutrient material of unknown composition. The fertilizer industry has acknowledged that about 150 million pounds of hazardous waste end up in the agricultural system each year — wastes from steel mills, tanneries, film processors, and coal-fired power plants that are “recycled,” supposedly to provide some benefits to crops —…
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by: coyotl – Spring 2008

The Competition is Melting

Secondlife.comOne way to fly to a climate summit in Bali.   In recent years, hockey players and competitive skiers have warned that rising global temperatures are affecting their beloved sports. Now it appears global warming may ruin another winter contest — The Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival. The event, held every January in the Chinese city of Harbin near the Russian border, is the largest event of its kind, and attracts…
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by: coyotl – Spring 2008

We’re Winners

We are pleased to announce that Earth Island Journal was recently awarded the prize for top environmental coverage in Utne Reader’s 2007 Independent Press Awards. In recognizing our work, the Utne editors wrote: “The Journal impresses us with its global perspective on environmental news, its clear presentation of complex issues, and an editorial gutsiness in its well-researched features and hard-hitting commentaries. … The environment is surely the biggest news story of our…
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by: coyotl – Spring 2008

Borneo Project

Burning for Biofuels

Several years ago, energy reformers were sure that a “biofuel revolution” would be a key to stabilizing global climate while providing abundant, renewable energy. Along with corn, soybeans, and sugarcane, palm oil was supposed to be one of the main ingredients in the world’s shift to biofuels. The plans for palm oil biofuel were great news to Malaysian and Indonesian agribusinesses, which together produce 83 percent of the world’s palm oil, much…
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by: coyotl – Spring 2008

International Marine Mammal Project

Saving Dolphins

Surfer’s Demo Gets Worldwide Publicity Thanks to recent worldwide publicity, the truth about the Taiji dolphin slaughter is now reaching millions of people. Last November, a group of committed surfers, actresses, and filmmakers joined Save Japan Dolphins Coalition’s director Richard O’Barry in the remote Japanese fishing village of Taiji to pray for the world’s original surfers — the thousands of dolphins that are slaughtered here every year. Japan allows more than 20,000…
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by: coyotl – Spring 2008

Earth Island Project Reports

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) recently announced that Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is a finalist for the 2008 Outdoor Industry Ambassador Award. Each year, the OIA Award recognizes a company that has made significant and ongoing achievements toward the growth of participation in outdoor activities. BAWT’s mission is simple: to provide Bay Area youth service organizations with professional wilderness-leadership training and quality outdoor equipment, so these adult leaders may safely lead…
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by: coyotl – Spring 2008

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