News for October 6, 2011

News Today includes stories about Tuna, Barbie, Biomass, Sea Lions, Animals, Eating Baby Animals, Foodborne Illness, and Calves.

The effect of canned tuna on future wages

From nutritionfacts.org

The mercury contamination in tuna and other fish may adversely impact future earnings by impairing brain function and leading to a loss of intelligence (IQ).

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Greenpeace Claims Victory In Barbie Fight, Mattel Drops Destructive Packaging Company

From Huffington Post

Greenpeace is claiming victory after Mattel announced it will stop wrapping Barbie dolls in environmentally-damaging packaging.

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Biomass Land Grab Could Spell Trouble For World’s Poor

From Huffington Post

The food-versus-fuel debate has typically been used in reference to farmers in industrialized countries growing food crops, such as corn, to sell to biofuels producers. However, there is another side to the debate. The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a non-profit research institute based in London, is raising concerns that rising global demand for biomass fuels could lead to a race for land acquisition in the developing world, with serious implications for communities that grow their own food.

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Sea Lion Threat To Fish Will Be Reduced, Panel Hopes

From Huffington Post

Wildlife officials have tried shooting them with rubber bullets, chasing them with boats and scaring them with flares. Nothing has worked for long. Now federal lawmakers took the first step Wednesday toward making it easier for states and Indian tribes to kill some of the California sea lions that feast on endangered and threatened salmon in the Columbia River.

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Eating Baby Animals: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

From Huffington Post

In his weekly food column for TIME, Josh Ozersky writes about “The Gastronomic Case Against Eating Baby Animals.” The self-professed meat lover and founder of Meatopia takes an unusual point of view on the subject of consuming young mammals. While he acknowledges the hypocrisy of “the peculiar blindness of people who fawn over puppies and kittens and devour their barnyard analogs,” he does not fall in the animals-are-too-cute-to-eat camp. Instead, Ozersky thinks we shouldn’t eat baby animals because they simply don’t taste as good as older animals.

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The Gastronomic Case Against Eating Baby Animals

From Time

It’s odd, given American meat eaters’ sporadic bursts of conscience, that as a nation we are so O.K. with infanticide. Veal cutlets, suckling pigs, spring lambs, game hens — with or without the euphemisms, I know that I’ve made my peace with eating very young animals. But it’s hard not to be struck by the peculiar blindness of people who fawn over puppies and kittens and devour their barnyard analogs.

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One-Fifth of Americans More Vulnerable to Foodborne Illness

From Food Safety News

As many as 20 percent of Americans — 60 million people — are more vulnerable to foodborne illness due to their age or health conditions that affect their immune systems, according to a newly published study by British medical researchers.

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Calves Are Soul-less, Live Shorter Lives Than Flies

From Your Daily Vegan

Friese makes the claim that one can still eat veal (baby calves) and still maintain your ethics (which ones he doesn’t specify). The premise of his argument seems to be that if the veal (baby calves) are raised happily and at their parents side, then it’s okay to slaughter them for food.

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About James Lucas


James has been a graphic designer for over 18 years and owns Wave Hound Surf Shop. James started Doylestown Movie Fans, who meet once a month to see movies at the County Theater in Doylestown, PA. He and his wife Chris started Bucks County Vegan Supper Club in 2009, whose members meet once a month to have a vegan potluck dinner. They are currently working through the Veganomicon cookbook, which inspires experienced and recent vegans to try new recipes. James is proud to support Farm Sanctuary and The Surfrider Foundation.

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