Lifestyle

Saving the California Redwoods, Again
September 18, 2007 11:45 AM - Amy Arcuri and John Griffith, Special to ENN

Eureka, California - Daylight and mist chase away the last of the night’s moon shadows, revealing a fern-dominated woodland floor and a forest defined by ancient redwood trees. A sense of peace rains down from the dense canopy in showers of bird song. Centuries have passed untainted in this place. At more than 2,000 years old, Spooner has stood witness over a long era of harmony. Spooner is a redwood that lives in this beautiful grove nestled in the Nanning Creek watershed—a tributary of the Eel River. Spooner, named by those who visit it, is among the last of the unprotected giants. But just two miles away at the Pacific Lumber mill, plans are being made to see Spooner--and his ancient neighbors--chopped down and turned to lumber.

Stevia Used in Japan, China and Brazil, But FDA Declares Herb "Unsafe"
September 18, 2007 11:31 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators warned Hain Celestial Group Inc about a potentially unsafe herb in some of its herbal teas, saying it might be dangerous to blood sugar, reproductive, cardiovascular and renal systems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Hain dated August 17 calling the herb, a natural sweetener made from a South American herb called stevia, "an unsafe food additive." The agency released the letter on its Web site on Tuesday.

Eco Lips Organic Lip Balm - Providing “Lip Service” to the Best Organic Brands in Natural Products!
September 18, 2007 08:13 AM -

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Eco Lips, America’s premium organic lip balm, has a lot to say about the importance of the organic body care movement especially when it comes to lips! Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt maker, wants consumers to know that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet! With a common vision for delivering quality organic and natural products to consumers everywhere in order to effect dramatic change towards sustainability, the two companies have teamed up to do some co-promoting.

New Solar Plane Breaks Unmanned Plane Record
September 18, 2007 07:54 AM - Simmons, Environmental Graffiti

London - An unmanned solar-powered aircraft that soared for 54 hours more than 50,000 feet above New Mexico may hold the record for unmanned flight, defense research company QinetiQ announced Monday. The record is currently 30 hours, 24 minutes in a flight on July 23, the company said. The plane, the Zephyr UAV, may not hold the official record because officials did not see the actual flight.

Let There Be... Organic Food
September 18, 2007 07:39 AM - Reuters, Ed Stoddard and Jessica Rinaldi

COMMERCE, Texas - The Hale family has embraced organic farming because it is healthy, good for the environment and less cruel to animals. But do not mistake them for nature-worshiping New Agers or back-to-basics hippies.They are part of a small movement of conservative Christians who believe the Bible demands an organic or natural approach to agriculture.

Mars Says No to Changing Chocolate
September 17, 2007 05:37 PM - The Associated Press

The maker of M&M's and Milky Way bars says it would be a mistake to mess with its chocolate.

Mars Inc. said Monday it will continue to use 100 percent cocoa butter in its U.S. chocolate products, bucking an industry campaign to allow cheaper vegetable oils to be substituted.

Retailers push reusable bags to save money, environment
September 17, 2007 12:10 PM - Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press

When Katrina Gamble goes grocery shopping, she brings her list and her bags — a pair of sturdy canvas bags she bought a few months ago for $4.99 at her local grocery store."It works just as well," said Gamble, 30, a political science professor at Brown University, adding, "It's better for the environment."

Greenspan Says Iraq War Is Largely About Oil", Creates Political Storm
September 17, 2007 08:04 AM - JoAnne Allen, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Clarifying a controversial comment in his new memoir, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he told the White House before the Iraq war that removing Saddam Hussein was "essential" to secure world oil supplies, according to an interview published on Monday.

More Christians Embrace Organic Farming
September 17, 2007 07:59 AM - Ed Stoddard and Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters

COMMERCE, Texas (Reuters) - The Hale family has embraced organic farming because it is healthy, good for the environment and less cruel to animals. But do not mistake them for nature-worshiping New Agers or back-to-basics hippies.

They are part of a small movement of conservative Christians who believe the Bible demands an organic or natural approach to agriculture.

Report: Fewer Soft Drinks at Schools
September 17, 2007 07:47 AM - Associated Press

School vending machines are stocked with fewer high-calorie soft drinks today because some states have banned the sale of sodas on campus and the beverage industry is phasing in healthier drinks, according to an industry report.

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