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USDA Announces Nationwide Expansion of Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional support for schools working to serve school children healthy meals with the nationwide expansion of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative. The initiative will provide school nutrition personnel across the country tailored technical assistance and peer to peer mentoring. This allows schools to address their individual resource and training needs. USDA conducted a pilot of the Team Up effort in the southeast region last fall and will now expand the program to other regions of the country.

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USDA Awards Grants to Support Schools Serving Healthier Meals and Snacks

Up to $25 million will be provided for new food service equipment; $5.5 million for training

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarding over $30 million in grants to help schools prepare healthy meals for their children. Twenty-five million dollars in grants will help schools purchase needed equipment to make preparing and serving healthier meals easier and more efficient, and up to $5.5 million will provide additional training for school food service professionals.

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Population Connection Announces Winners of “World of 7 Billion” International Student Video Contest

Population Connection Announces Winners of  “World of 7 Billion” International Student Video ContestThirteen students from four countries and seven U.S. states earned the top spots in the “World of 7 Billion” video contest sponsored by Population Connection. The competition encouraged high school students around the world to create and enter videos on population growth relating to one of three topics: universal education; diminishing farmland; and the sixth mass extinction.

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Panera Bread Becomes First National Restaurant Company to Share List of Unacceptable Ingredients

Panera Bread Becomes First National Restaurant Company to Share List of Unacceptable IngredientsCompany Details ‘No No’ List of Artificial Additive s to be Removed and Introduces ‘Clean’ Salad Dressings

Panera Bread shared progress on its commitment to remove artificial additives by publishing a list of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives that the Company has eliminated or intends to remove from its U.S. Panera Bread® and St. Louis Bread Co.® bakery - cafe food menu s by the end of 2016 . Panera is the first national restaurant company in the U.S. to publically share a comprehensive list of ingredients that will be removed from or never appear in its menu items.

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Keep America Beautiful, Ad Council Join with Unilever to Encourage Recycling in the Bathroom through 2015 “I Want To Be Recycled” Campaign

Your old shampoo bottle wants to become your new hairbrushSecond Phase of National Campaign Targets Nearly Half of Americans (45 percent) Not Consistently Recycling Their Plastic Personal Care Products, through PSAs and Digital Outreach

Typical bathroom products like shampoo bottles, toilet paper rolls and toothpaste boxes are significantly less likely to be recycled than kitchen products according to survey results released today by the Ad Council. Nonprofits Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council have joined with Unilever to expand the conversation around recycling and motivate more Americans to remember to recycle in the bathroom by launching a new phase of the national, award-winning “I Want To Be Recycled” communications campaign, featuring a brand new series of broadcast and digital PSAs.

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Team Up for the Possum at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

37th annual POSSUM TROT 10K June 14, 2015 This is a fun, flat and fast course along the banks of the Chattahoochee RiverGO WILD IN ROSWELL at the 37th Annual Possum Trot 10K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run
Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 7:00 AM
Location:
Chattahoochee Nature Center – 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075

This popular 10K race was started by dedicated nature center staff 37 years ago to ‘make payroll and keep the gates open’ for the oldest and largest private non-profit nature center in Georgia.  The race is now a great tradition and a signature event that draws runners from across the region in preparation for the annual Peachtree Road Race held in celebration of our country’s anniversary.  The Possum asks that you gather your friends to form a team to run with you at this amazing annual race along the beautiful Chattahoochee River which provides cool breezes and great views for early morning runners. Condition yourself for the Peachtree Road Race and qualify for next year’s PT2016 on this fast paced scenic course! The event is part of Go Wild In Roswell, a month long celebration encouraging nature and fun in the outdoors. 

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Latest Studies Show Alarming New Impacts of Common Insecticide on Bees

Latest Studies Show Alarming New Impacts of Common Insecticide on Bees

Two new studies in the journal Nature highlight additional cause for concern with neonicotinoids. In one study, researchers from Newcastle University found that honey bees and bumblebees prefer food sources laced with neonicotinoid insecticides, highlighting the potential  neurological effects the chemicals may have on bees’ brains (similar to the effects of nicotine addiction in humans). Attraction to contaminated flowers is particularly alarming given the results of a second study published in Nature, which indicates that neonicotinoid seed coatings pose a substantial risk to wild bees in agricultural landscapes. In that study, researchers from Lund University in Sweden examined impacts from uses of neonicotinoid coated seeds and concluded that the “contribution of pesticides to the global decline of wild bees may have been underestimated.”

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BPA Can Disrupt Sexual Function in Turtles, Could be a Warning for Environmental Health

BPA Can Disrupt Sexual Function in Turtles, Could be a Warning for Environmental HealthUnderstanding the effect on turtles could help researchers determine human implications

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as food storage products and resins that line plastic food and beverage containers. Often, aquatic environments such as rivers and streams become reservoirs for BPA, and fish and turtle habitats are affected. Now, a collaboration of researchers from the University of Missouri, Westminster College, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Saint Louis Zoo have determined that BPA—which mimics estrogen—can alter a turtle’s reproductive system and disrupts sexual differentiation. Scientists are concerned findings could indicate harmful effects on environmental and human health.

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