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Subject: President Obama and Monsanto
President Obama’s USDA recently issued a decision to allow the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) alfalfa. It is highly likely that the uncontrolled spread of engineered genes from GMO plants will put the organic dairy and beef industry in peril.
The fight against GMOs is a long one, but now is not the time to back down. We need to hold President Obama accountable for his decisions, and let him know that we won’t stop fighting until he stands up for farmers and eaters, and not Monsanto and Big Ag.
Sign the petition today and tell him you won’t back down:
- If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
Sprint Nextel Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday they will sell a $49.99 “eco-conscious” phone with a casing of biodegradable plastic made partly from corn.
Several manufacturers have made “green” phones, but they have generally been bare-bones devices, like Motorola Inc.’s Renew, carried by T-Mobile USA. Nokia Corp.’s Evolve is also a simple, low-end phone and lacks the backing of a U.S. carrier.
The new Samsung Reclaim is a more fully featured phone, sporting a slide-out alphabetic keyboard, e-mail and Web access, a camera and GPS navigation. The phone goes on sale Aug. 16.
The plastic of the casing is 40 percent corn-based. The phone’s charger lights up when the phone is fully charged, to remind the owner to unplug it to save electricity.
David Owens, Sprint Nextel Corp.’s director of product marketing, said the company is paying more than the usual amount of subsidies to Samsung to bring the price down to $49.99 for customers signing two-year contracts.
“We took a big step to put it under the $50 price because that’s where we know there’s a lot of volume,” he said.
The price applies after a $50 mail-in rebate.
Glass food storage containers are healthier than plastic ones, but that doesn’t mean you need to buy something specific for the job. Just reuse jars from peanut butter, mayonnaise, jam and other food items. If you happen to have plastic takeout containers at home, you should try to find a use for those too! (They’re great for sorting and storing hardware or craft supplies.) If you just won’t give up on disposable sandwich or freezer bags, consider extending their life span by washing and drying them out between uses
Take that mid-summer outing to the zoo up a notch: Zoos and nonprofit organisations like the World Animal Foundation and the Audubon Nature Institute offer the opportunity to “adopt” wild animals, from alligators to zebras and everything in between. Your money goes toward preserving nature and your recipient gets a warm and fuzzy (or scaly, or feathery) feeling.