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Fight Back Against GM Alfalfa

Posted in Activism,Food, Gardening, & Agriculture by luvmyplanet on 29/01/2011

As you may be aware, the USDA has approved Monsanto’s genetically modified alfalfa, despite the potential side effects that it could have on the people and animals who consume it. Almost as soon as the decision was publicized, Food and Water Watch responded with an action alert, calling upon President Obama to reverse the decision.

Now, I know you may ask what the point is, with the president having some of the pro-GMO crowd in his advisory circle. However, we can do this. Remember earlier this week, when Social Security cuts did not make the State of the Union address? That was due to public pressure. If we can convince him to preserve our post-retirement safety net (for now, anyway), we can convince him to keep this garbage out of our food supply.

And after you have taken action at Food and Water Watch, check out this article at Organic Consumers’ Association. It explains how Whole Foods, Stonyfield, and Organic Valley have caved and are now calling for coexistence with Monsanto. Be sure to read the entire article. At the end of it, you should be fired up enough to sign the petition calling for truth in labeling.


A New Use for Dryer Lint

Posted in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by luvmyplanet on 27/01/2011

I’m sure we all know that, if we must use a dryer, that we should clean out the filter after each use, but what do we do with the lint? Well, if you have a compost heap, you can add the lint to it.

But what if you don’t have that compost heap? Laura Bell of Michigan has a possible answer to that question, using her lint as media for her artworks. It just goes to show that everything has a re-use, if you are willing to put the cerebral energy into it. Way to go, Laura!

Support the FRAC Act

Posted in Activism by luvmyplanet on 15/01/2011

Currently, hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a “fracking”) is exempt from the provisions in the Safe Water Drinking Act. Last summer, both houses of Congress introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act to repeal that exemption.

Although the current makeup of Congress spells little to no progress in environmental protection legislation for the next two years, it is still important that we make our voices heard. Josh Fox, the documentarian behind Gasland, has added an action alert to the film’s website to provide us with an easy way to do just that — tell Congress where we stand. Click here to show your support for the FRAC Act.
[If you do not know what fracking is, click here for an informative introduction.]

Some Good News for a Change

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 14/01/2011

A huge victory in the fight against mountaintop removal mining (MTR) occurred yesterday, when the EPA vetoed what would have been a picture of destruction unlike anything West Virginia has experienced to date. The following is from an email that I received today from Friends of the Earth, one of the most progressive voices in environmental justice. As the excerpt correctly points out, this was the result of activism on the part of concerned citizens. It just goes to show that we should never stop lobbying to protect our planet.

The largest mountaintop removal project proposed to date in West Virginia, the Spruce No. 1 mine, was vetoed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This bold, science-based decision will save 2,278 acres of forest from destruction, prevent the burying of 7.5 miles of streams, and protect the health of Appalachian residents.

We wanted to make sure you heard about this victory because you helped make it possible.

Back in September, you sent messages urging President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to veto the Spruce mine — and end mountaintop removal altogether — in solidarity with citizens from across Appalachia and the nation who gathered in Washington, D.C. for Appalachia Rising, the largest ever mobilization to end mountaintop removal.

The EPA’s decision demonstrates what we can achieve when we work together.

Fun with Plarn

Posted in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by luvmyplanet on 01/01/2011

As you may know by now, I never throw something in the regular trash if it can be repurposed or recycled. Therefore, for longer than I care to admit, I have been adrift in a sea of plastic bags from loaves of bread, packaging, etc. A few months ago, I discovered the phenomenon of plarn – that is, yarn made out of strands cut from plastic bags. (For a tutorial, visit

For a while, I was using plarn as a kind of thread to stitch together the chains I had made from granola bar wrappers to make purses, place mats, and tablecloths. Then, I came across a back issue of an old knitting magazine that included step-by-step instructions for the novice knitter. Before I knew it, I had mastered casting on, basic knitting, and purling – all with plarn. (Still mustering the courage to attempt binding off.)

I have no idea what my creation-in-progress is going to be. Because my plarn is a mix of old bread bags, produce bags, Christmas candy bags, and plastic pillows randomly linked together, the end result is going to lack any of the five design principles we learn about in art class. However, on a positive note, its media will not be breaking down in a landfill or waterway, poisoning wildlife and ground water.

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