Food scraps, gas drilling, radioactive water and more from the week-end readings

Learn about how You Can Afford Wholesome and Organic Food from Mother Earth News.

Food scraps make up the largest percentage of waste in landfills—21% (followed by plastics at 17% and paper at 16%). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that in 2010, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated—and only 3% was diverted from landfills. The greenest city in the US keeps an astonishing 80% of solid waste out of landfills. Can your city do it? Trash lessons from E – The Environmental Magazine may help to answer some questions.

What are Four Questions You Should Never Ask at a Farmers Market?  (Civil Eats)

Unfair Share: How Oil and Gas Drillers Avoid Paying Royalties provides another example of how landowners from Pennsylvania to North Dakota have been promised a better life and generous compensation by big oil/gas companies when allowing them to drill for natural gas on their land. [However] manipulation of costs and other data by these companies is keeping billions of dollars in royalties out of the hands of private and government landholders.

Fukushima leaks 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean daily (NaturalNews). Japan’s nuclear watchdog has declared the situation a “state of emergency” and it appears that it will only get worse –  the entire Northern hemisphere has been placed at risk by a bunch of corporate bureaucrats who thought building a nuclear facility in the path of a sure-to-happen tidal wave was a fantastic idea.

Lemons may be considered another little miracle of nature. View 9 Awesome Facts About Lemons You Should Know.

If there is too much salt, sugar and/or fat in your diet, Mark Hyman, MD offers 10 Ways to Ditch Your Cravings for them.

Picking Organic Produce from E – The Environmental Magazine provides useful information about buying organics at the supermarket while being on a budget. The Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s just-released 9th annual “Dirty Dozen” list documents pesticide contamination for 48 popular fruits and vegetables.

Three-soda-a-day sugar habit could be toxic, Utah study finds. In a new study out of University of Utah, researchers have discovered that even a small amount of refined sugar consumption results in catastrophic consequences. Male mice fed a diet with 25 percent extra sugar — equivalent to about an additional three cans of soda a day in humans — were less likely to defend their territory and reproduce, while female mice on the same diet died at twice the normal rate.

The harmful effects of pesticides and fertilizers are slowly but surely becoming evident, more every day. They have a negative impact on all of us, but especially farmers and farm workers who are directly exposed to the toxic chemicals as described in Pesticides Taking Toll on Farmworkers (Civil Eats).

Recall being a child. Although as the article points out – wisdom comes with age – 6 Childhood Habits To Take Into The Real World offers little pearls to be followed faithfully for a more content living.

Let’s Keep the Pressure on to Save the Bees! Please, help the bees and our future!And another plead.

Please, Tell the FDA: GMOs Aren’t Natural.

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