10 Tips to Avoid Food Waste on Passover

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Passover matzah ball soup. There are ways to make this holiday greener. Image via DavidMarcel. Jews in Israel and around the world are preparing for the week-long Passover holiday beginning Monday evening, March 29, 2010. Passover, more than any other Jewish holiday, is all about the food. We get rid of the chametz (leavened food), […]

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How Green and Lean Is the New USDA Food Pyramid?

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Potatoes are bad for heart health, according to recent research. The United States Department of Agriculture released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, a little bit late–on January 31, 2011. And according to the Harvard School of Public Health, the recommendations are behind the times as well. The new USDA guidelines emphasize a diet rich […]

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Make Your Own Green Purim Costume

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Design your own environmentally-friendly Purim costume this year. For kids, the most important part of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim is the costume. There’s no shortage of stores trying to sell the latest superhero trend to your child. But why buy something that’s likely to end up in a landfill? Fortunately, young kids usually […]

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Who’s Watching Baby’s Food? Plea Bargain in Infant Formula Scandal

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The death of helpless newborns makes us wonder about the quality of all manufactured foods. Haaretz reports that the Israeli court accepted a plea bargain for Israeli Health Ministry officials who failed to inspect infant formula. The faulty soy powder ultimately caused the death of three babies. In 2003, Remedia Israel imported soy formula, manufactured […]

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Shark Attacks Up 25% Worldwide

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Environmental changes may have led to Middle East shark attacks and a worldwide increase. Shark attacks increased a whopping 25% worldwide, including recent attacks in Egypt. In the 2010 report released by the University of Florida International Shark File, file director and shark expert George Burgess said that “the most unusual shark incident of my […]

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Acetaminophen, Passive Smoking, Low Vitamin D in Pregnancy Lead to Epigenetic Changes

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Environmental factors can change the genes of a fetus, leading to illness later in childhood. When a pregnant woman takes Acetomeniphen (Tylenol) or is exposed to tobacco smoke, spray cleaners or pesticides, her fetus has a greater chance of devloping atopic asthma  within a few years.Nonatopic asthma, wheezing, and shortness of breath is often diagnosed […]

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American Wasteland’s Jonathan Bloom Shows Creative Ways to Reduce Food Waste

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Jonathan Bloom, author of “American Wasteland,” explains why the environmental impact of food waste is rarely acknowledged. Because most food decomposes into the ground (even McDonald’s), people assume that leftover food makes a small impact. But by the time food reaches our table, it has already used enormous amounts of natural resources for growing, harvesting, […]

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Formula Companies Harm Saudi Babies by Promoting “Safe” Formula

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Pfizer’s Saudi Arabia campaign to teach doctors safe baby milk practices is  like cigarette companies  promoting cancer prevention. In the book Understanding Breastfeeding in the Middle East, author Modia Batterjee laments the decline of breastfeeding in Saudi Arabia. At first glance, the 26 Club Forum for Child Health and Nutrition founded to “raise awareness on […]

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How Oily is That Dress? 10 Tips for Reducing Petroleum Use in the Middle East

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Plastic bags, however you use them, is one reason for an increase in petroleum production in Middle Eastern countries. How greasy is that outfit you’re wearing? People don’t always realize that today’s modern fabrics may contain petroleum. And petroleum is used in a surprising number of consumer items. Petroleum production and consumption increases greenhouse gases […]

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10 Hyper-Miling Techniques for Greener Driving

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Your mileage can vary —with driving techniques that save fuel. Here at Green Prophet, we’re in favor of increasing “green” mass transportation and reducing dependence on private vehicles. But people who need to drive fuel-based vehicles, whether for work or emergencies, can use “hypermiling” techniques to save gas. There have even been contests to get […]

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