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Shop at your fave farmers market; help them win recognition

June 18th, 2014

The American Farmland Trust has started a contest to recognize farmers markets. It starts with shoppers, who can help their market win recognition by pledging to spend a certain amount.

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Where’s the local, greener beef? It’s about to get taxed in Texas

May 19th, 2014

Texas ranchers are about to get hit with a tax that’s being portrayed as a benefit for the beef industry. But the money fails to help local producers when it’s put into a fund advertising meat that could come from anywhere, according to the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. The group is urging ranchers to act quickly to vote this proposal down.

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What to look for in an eco-friendly smartphone

May 2nd, 2014

Smartphone use represents a waste hazard. Make sure your phone is as green and energy efficient as it can be by using our checklist.

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Austin’s annual Give 5 % to Mother Earth Day is next week

April 15th, 2014

In Austin, people can give back to Mother Earth on Earth Day in a direct way, by shopping and dining at businesses participating in a special giveback program. This Earth Day, be ready with the list.

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Energy efficiency from digital technology bringing radical change to commercial buildings, report says

March 13th, 2014

The building automation and controls industry will be fundamentally transformed by digital technologies in the coming years, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

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Trouble for Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska

February 19th, 2014

A judge has overturned a law approving passage for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska, saying that Gov. John Heineman overstepped his authority in the case when he granted permission in Jan. 2013 for a new pipeline route through the state.

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Texas lags behind California — and other states — in solar jobs

February 18th, 2014

A new report by the Solar Foundation shows California continuing to surge ahead with jobs in the sector, while other states, including Texas, lag behind.

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Fracking threatens water supplies in several states; Texas is ‘ground zero,’ report concludes

February 6th, 2014

Business investment group CERES sounded the alarm Wednesday, issuing a major report about the billions of gallons of fresh water being lost to natural gas fracking operations across the United States and in Canada. CERES researchers evaluated oil and gas water use in eight regions, concluding that gas companies need to improve their water conservation and investors should take heed of the risks involved with fracking in arid and water-stressed regions.

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Joel Salatin, farmer on a mission

February 4th, 2014

Joel Salatin, local food advocate, author and owner of Polyface Farms in Virginia, has spent the last several years telling people what they must do to build local, healthful food networks that support farmers and bring fresh, quality foods to customers. Here he offers a sampling of his philosophy at a Texas appearance.

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Undercover investigation exposes cruel treatment of veal calves

January 27th, 2014

Another undercover investigation exposing cruelty toward animals bound for slaughter has surfaced, resulting in calls to close a loophole in the law to better protect veal calves.

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How gas drilling can frack up your foundation (hint: it causes an earthquake)

January 15th, 2014

A fresh bevy of small earthquakes — 32 so far — north of Fort Worth has rattled area residents over the past two months. They’ve been jamming town meetings to complain about cracks in buildings and sink holes in yards that appeared following the quakes. See a video about how gas injection wells destablize the ground.

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GM foods you’re probably already eating (surprise!)

January 15th, 2014

Here’s a poster we commissioned a few months ago that remains among the most current infographics showing that the vast majority of the sugar beets, soybeans, canola, cotton, field corn and papaya grown in the United States have been genetically modified.

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