Why American ranchers are feeding Skittles to their cattle

January 25, 2017 by  
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The next time you bite into a burger , do not be surprised if you taste the rainbow. American farmers have been secretly feeding rejected Skittles to their cows as an alternative to grass or corn. The great Skittles cowspiracy was brought to light after thousands of Red Skittles, bereft of their signature S, were found scattered across a rural road in Wisconsin . The X File was closed relatively quickly as experts asserted that these Skittles were likely en route to a cattle troth. Although Skittles are packed with high fructose corn syrup, as so many foods are , they are nonetheless cheaper than the real thing and surprisingly more nutritious, at least according to some experts. Joseph Watson, owner of United Livestock Commodities, said that sweets like Skittles have “a higher ratio of fat [than] actually feeding them straight corn.” Skittles also may be a greener feed product than corn, simply because they would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. Instead, these candies, edible but not nearly up to the mass production standards of a multinational corporation, are converted into animal mass, meat and fat. Related: This all-natural native corn is bejeweled with brilliantly colored kernels These particular Red Skittles, at first perplexing, were investigated and explained by local authorities. “The Skittles were confirmed to have fallen off the back of a truck,” wrote the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. “The truck was a flatbed pickup and the Skittles were in a large box. Due to it raining at the time, the box got wet and gave way allowing the Skittles to spill out on the roadway.” While the average consumer has no idea that they may be eating candy-fed sirloin, this practice has been ongoing for several years. The use of this diet is believed to increased in 2012, when corn prices increased dramatically. This particular absurdity of growing corn to make the candy to feed the cows to make the burgers, while entertaining, is another sign that our food system has become disconnected from natural cycles. Via the Independent Images via Tim Green  and Gareth Jones

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6 Super Common Food Additives That You Should Avoid

July 26, 2014 by  
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It’s difficult for even the most dedicated person to make all of the daily meals from scratch and that often means relying on store-bought foods for condiments and other must-have kitchen items. But lurking in those kitchen staples are some food additives that can wreak havoc with the human body. Even worse, some of these pesky additives are hard to avoid because they are used in so many foods. Learn where they are hiding and how to avoid them with this handy guide. Read More > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aspartame , avoiding food additives , bad food additives , BHT , big food , caramel coloring , corn , food additives , gluten free , harmful food additives , homemade condiments , homemade foods , tartazine , unhealthy food additives , wheat

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Using Crops to Feed People Instead of Cows and Cars Could Substantially Reduce World Hunger

August 19, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Currently 36 percent of the food produced worldwide is used to feed animals, according to new research published in Environmental Research Letters . The study found that halving the amount of corn, soy and other grains we use for biofuel or to raise meat could feed an additional two billion people around the world. And while it might not have been mentioned, having less cows on the planet could substantially reduce methane emissions that contribute to climate change too. Read the rest of Using Crops to Feed People Instead of Cows and Cars Could Substantially Reduce World Hunger Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agricultural productivity , biofuel , corn , crops to feed humans , Drought , food for people not cows , food waste , greater food efficiency , soy , world hunger        

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Monsanto Drops Bid to Grow GMO Crops in Europe

July 22, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock It’s no secret that European countries are less welcoming of genetically-modified crops than the US is; several European countries, including Germany, France and Italy, have even placed bans on GMO foods. Now, in a sign of just how difficult it has become for GMOs to gain a foothold on the continent, Monsanto recently revealed that it has withdrawn nearly all of its pending applications with the European Commission, basically giving up on selling GMOs in Europe . Read the rest of Monsanto Drops Bid to Grow GMO Crops in Europe Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , biotech , corn , Europe , genetic engineering , genetically modified organisms , GM corn , GMO crops , GMO farming , MON810 , Monsanto , Monsanto crops        

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US Military Drops Four Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

July 22, 2013 by  
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The US military dropped four bombs weighing a total of 4,000 pounds on the Great Barrier Reef as part of a training exercise last week. The bombs, which were unarmed, were supposed to be jettisoned over the nearby Townshend Island , but that mission was aborted when it was reported that hazards made it unsafe to follow through as planned. Instead, the pilots of four AV-8B Harrier jets unloaded their bombs over the World Heritage Site because they were low on fuel and could not land with the heavy load. Read the rest of US Military Drops Four Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Environment , Great Barrier Reef , natural resources , Nature , News , queensland , UNESCO world heritage site , US drops bombs on Great Barrier reef , us military , US Navy , world’s largest marine reserve        

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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

January 24, 2013 by  
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Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun’s energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology investigated the relative efficiencies of the two technologies by focusing on traditional methods of turning corn and other plants into ethanol, turning energy crops into electricity, and using photovoltaics to directly convert sunlight into fuel. The team found that PV’s were far more efficient at creating “sun-to-wheels” energy for vehicles. Read the rest of Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biofuel , cellulosic biofuel , CO2 , corn , david stoms , electric vehicle , environmental science & technology , ev , ghg , greenhouse gas emission , james kallao , Norwegian University of Science and Technology , photosynthesis , pv , roland geyer , solar , uc santa barbara , US

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Even As Climate Change Denial Soars, Its Effects Are Felt in U.S. Agriculture

September 7, 2011 by  
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Image: TheGiantVermin via flickr There’s a lot of talk in these pages about the link between climate change and extreme weather events , and about the impacts of climate change

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Stonyfield Adds Corn-Based Yogurt Cups

October 13, 2010 by  
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 Stonyfield Farm is switching its yogurt multi-packs to corn-based bioplastic and will fund the growth of enough non-GMO corn to equal the amount used in its new packaging.

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GRI Steps Up Efforts to Improve Reporting by US Firms

October 13, 2010 by  
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With the ambitious goal of making sustainability reporting mainstream for U.S.

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16 Cities Sue Atrazine Maker for Contaminating Their Water

March 9, 2010 by  
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Atrazine (the most common herbicide on Earth) has been clogging the news waves lately with a recent study that showed it caused male frogs to become female.

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