Issue In-Depth: Food Safety: Broken System Demands Inspectors, Standards
from Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Americans eat food imported from 150 foreign countries and processed in 189,000 plants scattered from China to Fiji. In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration inspected 96 of those plants. Here in the United States, FDA inspectors visit every food processor about once every 10 years, a record that makes its recent inspection of the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely something of a coup.
Florida Seeks Per-gallon Water Fee from Bottlers
from The St. Petersburg Times
In a rural North Florida town where the water tower bears the motto "Tiny but Proud," residents have a big secret: They give the cold, clear spring water that bubbles up from the aquifer below their soil to the nation's largest bottled water company — for free. The cost to the company for the water: a one-time $150 local water permit. And the payment to Florida? Not a dime.
SBA Readies Emergency Biz Loans
from CNN Money
Small businesses owners struggling to keep up with their bills may see some relief from a new $255 million emergency loan program authorized this week as part of the economic recovery bill. Congress is pushing for the money to start flowing fast: It gave the Small Business Administration just 15 days to issue guidelines for the brand-new program.
Can Coffee Ward Off Skin Cancer?
from Boston Globe
Skin cancer affects more than a million people in the United States every year. The risk of developing skin cancer increases with exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, radiation - a form of energy in sunlight that is generally beneficial for health but, at high levels, can damage cells. And with increasing recreational sun activities, tanning-bed use, and the loss of the ozone layer, the incidence of these skin cancers is expected to go up. New research shows that one promising therapy could be the ingredient found in America's daily indulgence: caffeine.
'Eat Your Vegetables': For Kids, It Means Fries
from USA Today
Kids aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables, and when they do consume produce, they are more likely to eat french fries than nutrient-rich dark green or orange vegetables, a study shows. That won't surprise parents who have been trying to tempt their kids with better diets for years. Researchers at Ohio State University analyzed government data on 6,500 children and teens, ages 2-18, and found that the children were consuming an average of 2 cups of fruits, vegetables and juice a day. Teens ate only slightly more than that.
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In Economic Downturn, Energy Efficiency and IT Take on Green Sheen
In some ways, the news from two reports on the economy and the environment are more of the same: Companies believe it's important to make their operations more environmentally friendly. About half of all companies do (or don't, depending on how you look at it) have a green strategy in place. And concerns about the cost behind implementing these projects dominate the list of obstacles.
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