Do we eat genetically modified (GE) foods? The quick answer is: almost certainly. Remember that the vast majority of US corn and soy come from GE seed, and that these crops are generally used as feed for cattle, hogs and poultry, or otherwise used in the many processed foods found in grocery store aisles. Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the US and is most commonly used to feed dairy cows and beef cattle. So, if you drink milk, eat beef, enjoy the occasional slice of bacon with your breakfast, order chicken in your Caesar salad or ever indulge in processed foods, cereals and desserts with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and soy lecithin, THEN GE crops are most certainly a part of your food chain. How’s that make you feel? What’s worse, you can’t be sure when you eat them or in what form, because there is no requirement to label foods with GE ingredients.
One by one, the establishment is picking off the favorite foods and supplements that millions of Americans rely upon to keep us healthy and out of the clutches of the drug and medical industries. Two weeks ago it was eggs. We showed that it was another research group that was heavily influenced by it’s funders that skewed their own research data.
Wasting food is bad for US Family Economy: For the average US household of four, food waste dumps $1,350 to $2,275 of our food budget down the drain each year! Wasting food is bad for our waistlines, too. Research shows that people unintentionally eat more calories when they’re faced with larger portions. This translates into a lot of extra — unneeded and unwanted — calories (and pounds).
Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile – Regulatory pressure to address coal emissions not only douses electric utilities’ enthusiasm for new coal plants, it also has utilities — and their customers — examining whether the cost of scrubbing emissions from its current coal fleet is worth the cost.
Even in Wyoming — the nation’s largest coal-producing state — industrial customers are insisting that their utility more carefully scrutinize the value of adding pollution controls to existing coal-fired power plants compared to spending that money on alternative sources of energy.
In its current rate increase request in Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Power is under scrutiny for having spent hundreds of millions of dollars in pollution controls for its fleet of coal-fired power plants — three of which are in Wyoming. The utility estimates it will spend an additional $1.3 billion over the next 10 years adding pollution controls to its multi-state coal-fleet.
“The ‘placemaking dividend’ is about creating a place where people want to stay, spend money, and come back.” It’s an old concept with a new look to it – a new name for real estate folks to throw at us. But it means that place – being a part of a place – is a dividend that many companies want. They don’t want the old stress and driving 40-50 minutes to work or to shop. That’s where Main Street comes in and returns to the heart of what the American dream is all about – time with family and friends and work that is close by to maximize that time. The ‘placemaking dividend’, as McMahon calls it, is the concept that highlights what we want in our lives and futures and where we are willing to put our dollars to make that happen. It is, he says, our future.