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After reading one too many reports about corporations going “zero waste,” I began to wonder what this means for landfills. Could we really be headed toward a world without trash dumps and Superfund sites?
Considering that there’s possibly as much as 30 tons of industrial trash for every ton of municipal solid waste, we are talking a lot of trash; though corporations have even trashed the word and now consider their castoffs the fodder of new “profit centers.” But what happens to these newly branded “resources” after they’ve been “reduced, reused or recycled”? I learned it’s far from a straightforward question. Read the story on Alternet.org.
Posted in Carbon footprint, Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsiblity, Environment, environmental justice, Global Warming, Green Living, Incineration, Landfills, Waste-to-energy, Zero Waste
Tags: Alternet.org, Apple Inc., Christine MacDonald, Cradle to Cradle, Dell, Dupont, Food and Water Watch, industrial waste, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Michael Braungar, National Solid Wastes Management Association, Starbucks, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Unilever, Wal-Mart, Waste Management, William McDonough, Zero Waste Network
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Check out the GMO corn-fish car built by members of Washington’s intrepid artist/activist collective DC51. These local talents supply the visuals for a wide variety of environmental and human rights marches here in the nation’s capital. Usually, they silkscreen posters, banners and the occasional limited edition T-shirt. This repurposed sedan takes art-for-the-revolution to a new level. But the car is not just cute; It’s meant call attention to concerns about farmed fish raised on GMO corn. It’s also road worthy. The corn-fish navigated the interstate highway system last month to attend a New York City protest of genetically modified organisms such as lab-altered corn and soybeans used not just to feed the fishes but in so many of the foods we find in the supermarket.
My new blog post on the E Magazine site discusses current efforts to makeover GMOs and frankenfish, among other parts of our industrial food system. here’s an excerpt:
October is proving a busy month for the country’s old guard food industries. After a decade of books and documentaries exposing the more unsavory aspects of how our food is produced, Big Ag and consumer brand companies are striking back with campaigns aimed at quelling the country’s growing disaffection with CAFO-raised beef, fake “fruit” snacks and sugary cereals.
In Washington, D.C., in recent weeks, members of the food and advertising industries urged Congress to dump a planned update to federal nutritional guidelines on foods marketed to kids. The draft rules, announced last April by the Interagency Working Group, made up of representatives from the Food and drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aimed at combating child obesity.
Posted in Activism, Art, CAFOs, Carbon footprint, Climate Deniers, Climate politics, Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsiblity, Corporate sponsorship, DC green, Environment, environmental justice, Food, Frank Luntz, Frankenfish, GMOs, Green Living, locavore, organic, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, sustainability, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Washington
Tags: activism, art, CAFO, CAFOs, Climate Deniers, climate politics, Corporate Citizenship, corporate social responsiblity, DC51, Dupont, Food, food safety, Frank Luntz, Frankenfish, global food supply chain, GMO, GMOs, Green Living, locavore, Monsanto, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance