What can we as consumers do about the future of food and agriculture systems? There’s no one answer, no one starting point, and certainly no one silver-bullet solution, said Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank, a think tank on food.
It’s the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Here are tips from consumer organizations and government agencies to help you have a safe Memorial Day and safe activities all summer long as you enjoy great weather and being outdoors.
With the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline, people began lining up at the pumps in the Southeastern United States. Since Friday, most of the pipeline, from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast, has been offline. The pipeline was shut down after a ransomware attack. On Wednesday, Colonial restarted the pipeline.
Only 25 percent of the sunscreens rated this year by the Environmental Working Group offer adequate protection and no worrisome ingredients such as oxybenzone. EWG researchers rated the safety and effectiveness of more than 1,800 products that advertise sun protection.
Food Tank, a think tank for food, and Compass Group are offering a virtual event to discuss food wastage on Stop Food Waste Day at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday. In the United States, up to 40 percent of the food that is produced every year is wasted. That’s an economic loss of $218 billion per year.
Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to steal money from people. During these chaotic times, knowing about possible scams is the first step toward preventing them. Scammers are inventing new schemes as well as repurposing old ones. Be alert as you go about your covid daily lives.
HD Hudson is recalling about 64,000 illu-Mist Battery-Powered Garden Sprayers. The firm has received four reports of batteries overheating, including one report of a battery melting and catching fire resulting in property damage of less than $100. No injuries have been reported.
Collard and mustard greens join kale among the most pesticide-contaminated fresh produce on the Environmental Working Group’s 2021 Dirty Dozen list. For the first time, bell peppers and hot peppers have made the list.
When I was writing my weekly Helpful Money Tips for You newsletter (see Newsletter heading above to subscribe), I ran across an article by a women who was upset because a new coffee shop in her area turned out to be secret “nutrition club,” a recruiting tool for Herbalife.
Injuries related to some consumer products increase substantially during pandemic despite drop in number of all emergency room visit
During the pandemic, more people are going to emergency rooms for injuries from some consumer products such as batteries, fireworks, all-terrain vehicles, and skateboards, although emergency room treatments for all product-related injuries decreased by 24 percent.