Families Waste Up to $2K Per Year on Uneaten Food
Waste is unavoidable but we can minimize the waste. Research says people tend to overestimate what they need
‘The average U.S. family of four spends from $500 to $2,000 a year on food they never eat, according to researchers’ estimates.
‘Food is the second-largest component in the U.S. solid waste stream, after paper and paperboard. Once paper and paperboard are removed for recycling, food ends up as the largest component in U.S. landfills and incinerators, weighing in at 33 million tons in 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency…’
GMOs and Freedom of Speech
‘Arpad Pusztai and Ignacio Chapela have two things in common: They are distinguished scientists and their careers are in ruins. Both scientists choose to look at the phenomenon of genetic engineering. Both made important discoveries. Both of them are suffering the fate of those who criticize the powerful vested interests that now dominate big business and scientific research.
‘Statements made by scientists themselves prove that 95% of the research in the area of genetic engineering is paid by the industry. Only 5% of the research is independent. The big danger for freedom of science and our democracy is evident. Can the public ? all of us ? still trust our scientists?…’
Be Careful What You Say
Words Impact Kids More than their Experiences
‘For young children, being taught prejudiced ideas trumps positive experiences when it comes to attitudes toward other groups of people, a new study finds.
‘First-graders who are told by an adult that another group of kids is “mean” evaluate that group negatively even if they have a positive interaction with the supposedly mean kids. By fifth grade, however, children rely more on their own experiences with the “mean” kids to make judgments.
‘The findings could have implications for how schools teach about diversity and prejudice…’
Safer Dating Sites
‘Match.com, eHarmony and Spark Networks agreed Tuesday to screen their prospective online dating clients for histories of sexual assault, violence and identify theft, California Atty. Gen.Kamala D. Harris announced.
‘The agreement stemmed from a lawsuit brought last year by a Match.com client who was raped on a date with a repeat sex offender to whom she had been matched by the dating service.
‘The companies also promised to improve safe-dating advice offered online and to educate clients about the risks of being targeted in financial scams…’
CGI Says Bird Man is a Hoax
‘The internet is hysterically flapping its wings over a video that portends to show a man flying. Flying like a bird! But is it real? There’s no consensus, but George Lucas’ CGI masterminds say it’s a big avian hoax.
‘We spoke with Ryan Martin, Technical Director at preeminent Industrial Light & Magic, who not only offered his own take, but that of over a dozen coworkers. He asked me to forgive the delay in their response because they’ve “all been pretty busy finishing up The Avengers.” Yeah.
‘Here’s their case:…’
Tobacco Killed 6M Last Year
The six biggest tobacco companies made a combined profit of $35.1 billion in 2010
‘Tobacco use killed almost 6 million people last year and was the top cause of death in China, the world’s biggest cigarette market, the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation reported.
‘Four of every five deaths were in low- and middle-income countries, and 1 billion people may die from tobacco use and exposure this century if current trends continue, according to the report, released in Singapore today.
‘Tobacco-related deaths almost tripled in the past decade amid a 17 percent jump in cigarette production and increased affordability of the cancer-causing products in low-income nations. The tobacco industry generates about $500 billion in annual sales, with the six biggest companies making a combined profit of $35.1 billion in 2010, said Judith Mackay, who co- wrote the report…’