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McDonald's Studying More Humane Chicken Slaughter

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. >> Read the Full Article

Lodi, California Winery to Be Solar-Powered

Since grapevines are solar-powered, The Lucas Winery should be no less, owner David Lucas concluded. >> Read the Full Article

Monks, Planes Help Distribute Tsunami Aid

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. >> Read the Full Article

Kansas is Proving Ground for Federal Conservation Program

For more than four decades, Rod Arbuthnot has run his farm in a fashion many conservationists love. >> Read the Full Article

Farm Uses Waste Cooking Oil to Heat its Greenhouse

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. >> Read the Full Article

Tsunami Threatens Survival of Indian Tribes

Some primitive Indian tribes could be on the verge of extinction after a deadly tsunami slammed into the far-flung Andaman and Nicobar islands, experts say. >> Read the Full Article

Notes from Anna: Organic Jazz, and More Food For The Spirit

Recently I attended a series of jazz shows played by some of my friends in Boston's small venues. Prior to the shows, witnessing these musicians practice on a day-to-day basis, I also saw how their primary dedication to music grew into a broader commitment to things that are beautiful, fair, and just. >> Read the Full Article

Timber Sale in Estacada, Ore., Area Has Potential for Peace

New ground is being broken in efforts to manage the Mount Hood National Forest in ways that don't end up in federal court. >> Read the Full Article

North Charleston, S.C., Company Recycles Leftovers into Sealer for Roofs

Entrepreneurs often pour their hearts -- not to mention their money and time -- into business ventures other people think are, well, crazy. >> Read the Full Article

Israel-Palestinian Program Sends Delegation to Texas to Learn Water Management

In some Middle East countries, water is an issue that affects the lives of tens of thousands of people. >> Read the Full Article