Twenty-seven communities in 22 states will participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal program that helps communities increase economic opportunities for local farmers, create vibrant places, and promote childhood wellness by improving access to healthy local food.
Developed as a partnership by six federal agencies, the program is part of the White House Rural Council's Rural Impact work to improve quality of life for children and families in rural communities.
"The community where a child grows up impacts her odds of graduating high school, health outcomes, and lifetime economic opportunities," said Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Projects like these help us learn how to better coordinate and target federal assistance as we work with communities to ensure zip codes never determine a child's destiny and every part of America prospers."
A lawsuit has been filed against Monsanto in California on behalf of state residents who developed cancer linked to RoundUp following exposure.
It follows a lawsuit filed last week by Monsanto aimed at blocking California from protecting state residents by listing glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer RoundUp – as a known carcinogen.
“Monsanto’s misinformation campaign is costing lives,” said Michael Miller, attorney for the Miller Firm, which filed against Monsanto Thursday on behalf of California residents Brenda and James Huerta. “Brenda and James’ lawsuit will force Monsanto to face the human consequences of their lies.”
It requires cooler temperatures and needs to be watered less often in the fall for buds to develop. Once flower buds have formed, temperature and watering should be increased. After the plant stops blooming, keep it in a cool, sunny location out of direct light.
Twenty percent of consumers plan on shopping online this Thanksgiving instead of going to stores, compared to 16 percent in 2014, according to a survey conducted for Offers.com.
For Black Friday online shopping, slightly more than one in five say that they plan to shop mainly online, 22 percent, while only 16 percent plan to shop in stores. For those who will be shopping both online and in stores, it’s 17 percent.
Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
A study by Harvard researchers offers evidence that children’s exposure to household insecticides is linked to higher risks of childhood leukemia and lymphoma, the most common cancers in children.
The analysis also found an association between use of outdoor herbicides on lawns and gardens and higher risks of leukemia.
“It is very troubling, albeit not surprising, to see additional scientific evidence linking pesticide use to childhood cancer,” said Ken Cook, president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group. “The findings confirm parents’ worst fears that they could be unknowingly exposing their children to harmful chemicals that can lead to serious, even life-threatening, illnesses.