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Environmental Issues Emerging from Wreckage of Asian Tsunami
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - UN Environment Programme

As the Asian earthquake and tsunami death toll is now feared to be approaching 100,000 people, emergency humanitarian assistance remains the top priority, but urgent environmental concerns that threaten human health must be addressed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said.

Pyramid Decision will Shape Food Industry
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Delroy Alexander, Chicago Tribune

About 80 percent of Americans recognize the food pyramid -- the triangular reminder to build a diet on whole grains, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, have some meat and sprinkle in a few sweets -- but only about 4 percent actually use it, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Canada Suspects Case of Mad Cow
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Sparshott, The Washington Times

Canadian officials yesterday said they may have discovered the country's second case of mad cow disease, one day after the Bush administration outlined a plan to reopen the U.S. border to imports of Canadian cattle.

Waste Processing Plan at Dade City, Florida Juice Plant Fizzles
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Chase Squires, St. Petersburg Times

For would-be environmental entrepreneur Brian "Jack" McCully, his vision of a brave new world of industrial waste processing wasn't to be.

Peru Offers U.S.-Based Metals Producer More Time to Clean Up Toxic Contamination
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

The Peruvian government on Wednesday published a decree that could give U.S.-based Doe Run Co. more time to clean up toxic emissions from a metallurgical plant that has contaminated La Oroya, a bleak, smoke-choked town high in the central Andes.

McDonald's Studying More Humane Chicken Slaughter
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

McDonald's Corp. said Wednesday it is studying whether to require its chicken suppliers to use a more humane slaughter method following a proposal by an animal rights group that holds shares in the fast-food chain.

Lodi, California Winery to Be Solar-Powered
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Bruce Spence, The Record

Since grapevines are solar-powered, The Lucas Winery should be no less, owner David Lucas concluded.

Monks, Planes Help Distribute Tsunami Aid
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Buddhist monks gave out rice and curry to grieving tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka and aircraft dropped food to isolated Indonesian towns Wednesday as Asia's disaster relief operation struggled to kick in.

Kansas is Proving Ground for Federal Conservation Program
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

For more than four decades, Rod Arbuthnot has run his farm in a fashion many conservationists love.

Farm Uses Waste Cooking Oil to Heat its Greenhouse
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Tess Nacelewicz, Portland Press Herald

Ralph and Lisa Turner of Laughing Stock Farm have a new recipe for salad this winter: Take a vat of used cooking oil from restaurants, strain out food bits ranging from bread crumbs to chicken bones, then use it as fuel to heat a greenhouse.

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