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Feeding Fish Oils to Cows Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Bovine Farts

Posted July 31, 2009

Adding fish oil to the diets of cows and other ruminants may significantly reduce the amount of methane that the animals emit via belching or flatulence, according to a study conducted by researchers from University College Dublin and presented at a meeting of the Society for General Microbiology.

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Monsanto GM Corn a Disaster in South Africa

Posted July 30, 2009

Farmers in South Africa have reported an inexplicable failure to seed in three different varieties of corn genetically modified (GM) by the Monsanto Corporation. “One can’t see from the outside whether a plant is unseeded,” said Kobus van Coller of Free State province. “One must open up the cob leaves to establish the problem.”

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Our environment quickly affects our genetic blue-print

Posted July 29, 2009

Weíre all being told that our genes are responsible for our health, and they produce a blueprint that determines everything for life. But new research has found they are not set in stone ñ and that our genes can be altered by our environment, and almost instantly.

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Study: Parental Stress Increases Kids’ Risk of Asthma

Posted July 28, 2009

Asthma is one of the most common ailments of young childhood – rates among children under age 5 have risen 160% from 1980 to 1994 in the U.S. But while the list of triggers that set off bouts of wheezing and shortness of breath (allergies, pollution or strenuous exercise, for example) are well known, it’s still not clear exactly how the various factors that cause asthma – including genes, environment and exposure to pollution – contribute to children’s chances of developing the disease.

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Experts: Government changes to environment can make us fit

Posted July 28, 2009

You drive to the office, sit at a computer all day, drive home and then park yourself on the couch. If that’s your life, leading obesity experts say, the government should be changing your environment and making it possible for you to become more active.

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Do foods live up to the organic label

Posted July 28, 2009

At the sunny Morningside Farmers Market in Atlanta, Sharon Barrington is checking out the organic arugula and chatting with the man who grew it. Having shopped at this organic food market for 11 years, Barrington knows many of the farmers and trusts that they donít use prohibited pesticides, herbicides or chemicals.

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Farms and Antibiotics

Posted July 27, 2009

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that 70 percent of the antibiotics used in this country are fed to farm animals. These animals do not receive these drugs the way humans do ó as discrete short-term doses. Agricultural antibiotics are a regular feed supplement intended to increase growth and lessen the chance of infection in crowded, industrial farms.

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Beware Dangers in Teflon and Non-Stick Cookware

Posted July 27, 2009

It seems today that everyone is trying to market their product as “green”. Consumers need to be aware, though, that just because their merchandise is labeled as “green” or “good for the environment,” it does not mean that it actually is. A perfect example of this can be found in the cookware aisle.

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Kids’ lower IQ scores linked to prenatal pollution

Posted July 23, 2009

Researchers for the first time have linked air pollution exposure before birth with lower IQ scores in childhood, bolstering evidence that smog may harm the developing brain. The results are in a study of 249 children of New York City women who wore backpack air monitors for 48 hours during the last few months of pregnancy.

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Do contaminants play a role in diabetes? Evidence is growing

Posted July 23, 2009

Eat right and exercise, conventional wisdom has it, if you want to avoid joining the diabetes epidemic. But a new study adds some muscle to a growing body of research suggesting those steps, although beneficial, might not be enough for people exposed to chemicals in the environment. The scientists linked diabetes and peopleís body burdens of DDE, a chemical produced as the body breaks down the pesticide DDT, banned in the United States more than 35 years ago.

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