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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Popular Anti-Science Site Likens Journalists to "Nazi Collaborators" Over GMO Coverage

For years, Natural News—a conspiracy-minded alternative medicine website that attracts roughly 7 million unique visitors each month—has been crusading against the practice of genetically modifying food. This week the site's proprietor,...Show More Summary

Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

From all of the commotion around the new federal school lunch standards, you'd think they were really Draconian. Republican legislators have railed against them. Districts have threatened to opt out. The School Nutrition AssociationShow More Summary

California Farmers Facing the Greatest Water Loss "Ever Seen"

California, the producer of nearly half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, plus export crops—four-fifths of the world's almonds, for example—is entering its third driest year on record. Nearly 80 percent of the state is experiencing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. Show More Summary

The Great Barrier Reef Will Be Ravaged By El Niño

This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Great Barrier Reef is set to be ravaged by the expected El Niño weather phenomenon and scientists warn that similar...Show More Summary

One of the Biggest Opponents of GMO Labeling Is Offering More Non-GMO Products

Cargill, a giant privately held food manufacturer, is one of the biggest enemies of laws requiring companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. But even as it fights GMO-labeling laws in state legislatures...Show More Summary

"Make It a Quickie," "Get Paid for Doing It," and Other Advice From San Francisco's Water Agency

In response to California's ongoing drought, San Francisco's water agency has come out with a hilariously creepy ad campaign to make saving water sexy. In addition to the commercial above, featuring a water-efficient showerhead being...Show More Summary

Nature Is Magical—And These Ten Stunning Photos Prove It. Happy Birthday, Yosemite!

On this day 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act to protect Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in California. It was the first time the US had set aside wilderness, in this case roughly the size of Rhode Island, especially for preservation. Show More Summary

Chick-Fil-A's Twee New Food Journalism Site

Perhaps hoping to distance itself from its horrendous display of homophobia in 2012, the fast-food chicken chain Chick-Fil-A has launched a folksy new food journalism site called Let's Gather: Image from Let's Gather Yes really. Check out the actual site, which is now hosting the project's second issue. Show More Summary

This Guy Just Summed Up America's Climate Inaction Beautifully in 15 Lines

Pretty much as a rule, the comments section below any post on climate change will contain all the same dreary back-and-forth about how the world hasn't actually warmed in 15 years, or some thing; how fat cat Al Gore is profiting off global warming; and all those petty attacks over intellect/punctuation/spelling. Show More Summary

Is This the Beginning of the End of Junk Food at Stadiums?

Blueberries, avocados, and kale, fresh-picked for salads and small plates. Rows of water-saving aeroponic towers that grow as many as 44 veggie plants each. Fertilizer made from coffee a baseball field? That's right: Below...Show More Summary

If You Think Climate Politics In the US Are Crazy, Wait Till You See What Just Happened in Australia

Hold on to your hats! Australia's already-bizarre carbon price adventures veered into the utterly surreal overnight. Picture this: an eccentric billionaire mining baron, most famous outside Australia for commissioning a replica of the...Show More Summary

How the Sweetener Industry Sugar-Coats Science

Food companies have spent billions of dollars to cover up the link between sugar consumption and health problems. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). From...Show More Summary

Is Your Cereal Giving You a Vitamin Overdose?

Those bran flakes with "original antioxidants" or "extra vitamin A"? You might be better off without the added nutrients. A report released on Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that cereals and snack bars that have...Show More Summary

These Maps Show How Many Brutally Hot Days You Will Suffer When You're Old

Risky Business One of the main difficulties in getting people to care about climate change is that it can be hard to notice on a daily basis. But the prospect of sweating profusely through your golden years? That's more arresting. If...Show More Summary

What Does "Natural" Mean?

Last year, according to Nielsen, foods labeled "natural" generated $43 billion in sales. That's more than five times the figure for foods carrying an "organic" label ($8.9 billion). A new Consumer Reports survey of 1,000 people found...Show More Summary

Weather-Sensitive Watering, and 4 Other Simple Fixes for California's Drought

There's been a lot of scary news on the drought front lately. In the midst of its third dry year in a row (and what's shaping up to be the driest in 500 years), California faces worsening wildfires and drinking water shortages. The state will likely have to rely on dirty and costly fossil fuels instead of hydropower for energy. Show More Summary

Don't Believe Anything You Read About Pomegranate Juice

In ancient Greek mythology, pomegranates symbolized death. They were certainly a source of grief for Coca-Cola on Thursday morning, when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the pomegranate juice company POM Wonderful can sue Coke...Show More Summary

Watch Live: Can China Survive a Fracking Revolution? The United States Sure Hopes So.

Watch live streaming video from asiasociety at China is on the brink of an energy revolution: fracking. And it's enlisting American energy companies to help implement the technology that blasts shale rock formations deep underground to unlock natural gas. Show More Summary

Has This Chilean Architect Figured Out How To Fix Slums?

In the United States, we tend to think of the suburbs as the historic domain of the middle class. It's where the boomers went after fleeing the cities to accommodate their growing families (although the demographics of the suburbs are...Show More Summary

SunnyD's New Teen Energy Drink Has More Calories Than Coke

From the people who brought you the "fruit-flavored beverage" SunnyD comes a brand new product: SunnyD X, a caffeine- and taurine-free energy drink just for teens. For now, it's available only in convenience stores in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Show More Summary

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