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Why recycling is so important

Why is recycling important? You asked Google – here’s the answer – Adam Vaughan – the guardian

Recycling is not about rubbish: it’s valuable commodities you’re chucking in your wheelie bin, according to sustainability expert Marcus Gover, not rubbish. “It feels like you are disposing of things, but really the things we’re putting out in the bin are raw materials and commodities: they’re plastic and paper, steel and aluminium, and they’re all quite valuable,” says Gover, a director at the British waste agency Wrap. “Aluminium is worth somewhere between £800 to £1,000 a tonne. Old Guardians [newspapers] are worth about £80 a tonne. It’s not rubbish in any way.” Myths persist about recycling, with some people still claiming that material in recycling bins is secretly sent to landfill rather than recycled and made into new products. (See episode one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s TV show if you don’t believe me.) But the truth is that recycling is more important than it has ever been, with the global population at 7 billion and rising, and a growing middle class in developing countries hungry for the same consumer pleasures that richer countries’ citizens already enjoy…”

Oceana Reveals Mislabeling of America’s Favorite Fish: Salmon

“Oceana study reveals mislabeling of America’s favorite fish – salmon. Oceana collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that most of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as wild-caught product. Oceana found mislabeled salmon everywhere it tested, includingContinue Reading

WHO – Monographs evaluate red meat and processed meat as carcinogenic

24 October 2015 — “The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer research agency of WHO, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. A Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by IARC classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans andContinue Reading

Study – which foods may be addictive and why

Which foods may be addictive? The roles of processing, fat content, and glycemic load. PLoS One. 2015; 10(2): e0117959. Published online 2015 Feb 18. doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.011795 “We propose that highly processed foods share pharmacokinetic properties (e.g. concentrated dose, rapid rate of absorption) with drugs of abuse, due to the addition of fat and/or refined carbohydratesContinue Reading

Estimation of countries’ interdependence in plant genetic resources provisioning national food supplies and production systems

“The Contracting Parties of the International Treaty recognize that plant genetic resources for food and agriculture are a common concern of all countries, in that all countries depend largely on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture that originated elsewhere. Nearly 20 years ago, an initial research on interdependence mong countries on crop diversity provided informationContinue Reading

GAO Reports -Defense Additive Manufacturing, Federal Real Property, School Nutrition, Sole Source Contracting, Department of Energy

Defense Additive Manufacturing: DOD Needs to Systematically Track Department-wide 3D Printing Efforts, GAO-16-56: Published: Oct 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015. Federal Real Property: Performance Goals and Targets Needed to Help Stem GSA’s Reliance on Lease Extensions and Holdovers, GAO-15-741: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015. School Nutrition: USDA Has EffortsContinue Reading

Economic Census Data on Accommodations and Food Services

“The 2012 Economic Census concludes the Geographic Area Series for accommodation and food services. The accommodation and food services sector includes establishments primarily engaged in providing customers with lodging and/or preparing meals, snacks and beverages for immediate consumption. Geographic Area Series data are presented for the nation, states, combined statistical areas, metropolitan statistical areas, countiesContinue Reading

Child Nutrition Programs: Spending and Policy Options

CBO Report – September 25, 2015 – Child Nutrition Programs: Spending and Policy Options “Several federal programs support children’s nutritional needs. In 2014, the federal government spent about $20 billion to reimburse schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for children’s meals. Those programs benefit mainly school-age children from low-income households. Other nutrition programs provideContinue Reading

HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

News release: “Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR),Continue Reading

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief. Emily M. Lanza, Legislative Attorney. September 22, 2015. “Genetically engineered (GE) foods, sometimes referred to as genetically modified foods (GMO foods), are foods that are derived from scientific methods used to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. The labeling of GE foodsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Adaptive Sports, DOD Financial Management, Medicare, Food Assistance, Biosurveillance, Public Transit

Adaptive Sports Grant Program: VA Has Taken Steps toward Better Grantee Selection and Oversight, but Additional Actions Needed, GAO-15-791: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. DOD Financial Management: Continued Actions Needed to Address Congressional Committee Panel Recommendations, GAO-15-463: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. Drug Compounding for Animals: FDAContinue Reading

Organization requests seeds from rare vault to renew growth away from Syrian war

“The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has requested the backup seed that they deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to restart their collection away from the horrors of the Syrian Civil War. “The collection holds some of the world’s most important diversity of Wheat, Barley, Grasspea and other crops.Continue Reading