Monday, November 23, 2009

Three big stories not to miss

1. Sewage is contaminating our drinking water 37% of the time. Gross. Thanks, treehugger and New York Times for exposing some scary facts about our infrastructure and its ill effects.

2. Ground beef contaminated with E. coli is more common than it ought to be. Which may seem like a scare tactic, but not if you read this extremely well-researched article in the New York Times. I'm a big fan of red meat, even though I know it's not the best use of the planet (being completely honest here), but I buy from local sources here or organic, if available. We also eat venison that we kill during season. We meaning my dad. I can't kill it, but I can eat it.

3. Persistent synthetic chemical contaminants found to travel the globe and concentrate in remote places like the Arctic. Sad. Sickening. "A network of more than 40 sampling sites has found evidence of synthetic chemicals that do not break down into nontoxic components--a mix of pesticides, fossil-fuel emissions and industrial compounds--virtually everywhere it looked, from Antarctica, North America, Australia and Africa to Iceland." (ScientificAmerican)

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