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7 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in Legislation, EPA, FDA, USDA, environment, agriculture

Legislation That Shaped Our Current Environmental Movement, Agricultural Industry and Food Safety

legislation, EPA, FDA, USDA

It is hard to progress forward unless you know where we have been. Therefore, I thought it vital that we review the history of environmental, agricultural and food safety legislation, including the development of important government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Although this list is not all-inclusive of past legislation, it should help you understand how certain government agencies developed and the role of government regulation.

1862 United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA

21 Sep. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in GMOs, genetically modified, GM-food

Uncontrolled Experiment: Genetically Modified Food

Bt corn, GM-food, GM-maize, GMOs, genetically modified organisms

Our natural environmental was not created in a lab, but now with biotechnology our natural environment is being tampered with in a way unimaginable. It is called genetically modified foods or organisms, also called GMOs. Mind you that this is not a ploy to help create a better environment and healthier food, but to gain control over food sources and create large financial gains.

29 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in Bt cotton, GM cotton, pesticides, insecticides, cotton products

Cotton: Soft, absorbent and toxic

Bt cotton, cotton, organic cotton, pesticides, toxins

When you hear the word “cotton,” what do you think? Do you think white, fluffy, soft and absorbent? Do you think about t-shirts, socks and summer dresses? What many people do not think about is the process and chemicals used to get those cotton products we know and love. Now when I think about cotton, I cannot help but think about chemicals, toxins and health risk factors.

Here are some numbers to consider. 

15 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in politics, leaders, politicians, president, trust

No Trust No Leaders

leaders, leadership, politicians, trust

When I listen to the news on the television or read it on-line, I notice a common theme, political disputes. It seems our politicians cannot seem to get along. With all the arguing and personal attacks, it is a wonder our political leaders get anything done at all. Then I hear how Americans have lost faith in our politicians in part because of financial distress and this political upheaval. The consequences of this lack of trust in political leaders include the loss of leadership, little to no progress with programs and poor outlooks on future leaders.

10 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in water supply, Great Lakes shrinking, water crisis, water usage

Quenching Humans' Thirst: Depleting our water supply

water supply, droughts, water crisis

When I walk throughout my neighborhood in the middle of the hottest and usually driest months of July and August, I find that I am dodging the water shooting from sprinklers and jumping over puddles of water on sidewalks. Because clean water is so accessible to us, we consequently tend to be wasteful with its uses like leaving sprinklers on too long, creating a saturated yard and those sidewalk puddles. In our ignorance, we are taking advantage of a natural substance – water- without any regards to its limitations.

29 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in dandelion greens, weeds, herbal remedies

Mistaken Identity: The common dandelion

dandelion greens, weeds, herbal remedies

The dandelion is probably one of the most common weeds. The bright yellow flower is considered an eyesore whether they are in our yards, thriving on the side of the road or growing between cracks in a sidewalk. By definition a weed is a plant that is considered unwanted and a nuisance, which is a very subjective definition. Meaning, virtually anything could be considered a weed. So what do you know about dandelions besides the fact that they are considered a weed?

22 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in phthalates, fragrance, perfumes, dangers chemicals, household products

Deceiving Our Noses: Dangers of Household Products

fragrance, dangers of perfume, household products

Now most of us know that sticking our noses in a bleach bottle is harmful to us and that drinking any household product is equally as dangers, if not deadly. But what about wafting and smelling the scents left behind, from the smells of our fabric softener to the air fresheners strategically placed throughout our homes? Although we are made to believe that all of these smells equal fresh and clean, these smells are the result of chemicals. They are deceiving our noses and us.

A 1991 “Environmental Health Perspectives” article said it best,

21 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in clean renewable energy, windpower, solar power, hydropower

Moving Forward or in Circles With Clean Renewable Energy?

wind turbine, windpower, solar power, hydropower

If the clean renewable energy sources prove too problematic, should we continue to pursue them as clean renewable energy sources? And if these sources are so problematic are they really clean renewable energy sources? The answers to these questions and the decisions we make both nationally and internationally will effect generations to come.

13 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in politics, government, citizens

Politicians' Speeches: Promises and lies

politics, government, citizens

It seems that politicians, the people we claim represent us, are far to eager to give speeches, gallantly proclaiming their beliefs and making promises. Although these politicians and their speeches at first sound like music to your ears, it soon turns into annoying relentless chatter. Politicians’ beliefs and promises quickly turn into lies and broken promises.

28 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in land use, sprawl, development, destruction, history

Forests and Fields to Towns and Cities: The history and future of our land

forests, fields, land development, destruction

Although many of us live in an area we are not indigenous to, it does not mean we should not be aware of the history of the area we live in. A clear understanding of what was there and how it became what it is now, is the best way for us to be able to make smart development decisions for the future. Was the area a forest, prairie, desert or swamp? Who were its past inhabitants: Indians, bears or wolves?

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