Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town

I remember reading Wendell Berry writing about the concept of  a biography of place. In Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, the author Kelly McMasters takes that concept to heart.  She approaches the biography from all sides, from the personal to the geographic to the ecological. Once she has firmly placed us in […]

NYT: Fracking Injects Millions of Gallons of Hazardous Chemicals Into Wells

Oil and gas companies injected hundreds of millions of gallons of hazardous or carcinogenic chemicals into wells in more than 13 states from 2005 to 2009, according to an investigation by Congressional Democrats. The chemicals were used by companies during a drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, which involves the high-pressure injection of […]

8 known carcinogens to remove from your house on Shine

IW:  When Yahoo is warning you about carcinogens, you know its a problem Second only to heart disease as a leading cause of death in the United States, cancer is responsible for close to 500,000 deaths per year. Many products we use in our homes contain ingredients linked to or suspected to cause cancer, not […]

Are your almonds really raw?

ALERT UPDATE: RULE REQUIRING PASTEURIZATION OF RAW ALMONDS GOES INTO EFFECT Despite massive opposition from almond producers, retailers and organic consumers, the USDA has implemented its ruling to require that raw almonds be pasteurized. The rule went into effect on September 1st, and since then, all retail outlets have been forced to remove truly raw […]

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