February 17th, 2011 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Roseanne started out as a housewife, went on to become a standup comic, got her own a sitcom, starred in movies, sang arguably the worst rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner ever, became Roseanne Arnold, then back to Roseanne Barr, hosted her own talk show, and now, she grows nuts in Hawaii.
It’s an unlikely next step for the former loudmouth comedian, but Roseanne’s new life with her family on a 5,000 tree macadamia nut farm will be filmed for a 16 episode reality TV show on Lifetime.
Read More:Watch Roseanne Grow Macadamia Nuts On Her New Reality TV Show
December 1st, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Sushi is in trouble. Tuna is on pace to become an endangered species. Conservationists claim Bluefin tuna stocks in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean have dropped 60% between 1997 and 2007.
So environmental advocates have been asking the European Union to impose strict limits on fishing, but after intense negotiations the EU has abandoned a plan to put stricter fishing quotas on Bluefin tuna.
Read More:European Union Bails on Saving the Bluefin Tuna
October 1st, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
When researchers at the University of Las Vegas tested mercury levels in canned tuna, they were in for a rude awakening.
Of the 300 samples tested, representing three top national brands (unnamed):
- 55% exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for mercury levels ( 0.5 parts per million, or ppm).
- 5% of the samples exceeded 1.0 ppm.
Read More:Canned Tuna Fails Mercury Test
November 27th, 2008 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
You hear a lot about mercury contamination in fish, specifically shark and tuna, but researchers in New York’s Catskills have uncovered alarming amounts of mercury in the blood and feathers of bald eagle chicks. And the toxin build up is happening faster than the eagles can get rid of.
This is bad for a couple reasons. Similar levels of mercury accumulation have been associated with reproductive problems in other parts of the Northeast. And since bald eagles are so sensitive to contamination, they are good barometers for the overall health of an environment.
Coal is being blamed. Coal-burning plants release mercury. And when the wind blows it eastward it ends up in lakes, rivers and streams, contaminating the fresh water fish that bald eagles feed on with methylmercury, which can lead to neurological disorders in both animals and humans.
Obviously, the peril of a national treasure is reason for concern. Especially since just last year bald eagles were removed from the federal government’s list of endangered species. These potential reproductive and neurological problems are not the best way to welcome them back.
Via The New York Times.
Read More:Bald Eagles Testing High for Mercury
April 19th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
When I was growing up, my grandfather used to go fishing to catch the evening’s main course. After scaling and cleaning the fish, he’d save their heads—quite icky to a little girl’s sensibilities—and plant them in his backyard garden. The fish remnants were (and still are) an extremely effective fertilizer because they boost soil’s nitrogen levels.
Casey Kellar, author of The Good Earth Home & Garden Book, has a not-too-messy alternative for organic gardening enthusiasts who want to give their plants a helping hand. She recommends mixing equal parts of water and tuna “juice”—the liquid you normally drain from canned water-packed tuna (about 1/2 cup each). Then add a drop of unscented mild detergent to the mix, and pour it into a bottle. Shake and use immediately.
It’s a bit stinky, Kellar admits, but she says plants absolutely adore her “fish fertilizer.” You can order her book through Amazon.com.
Read More:Tuna: A Plant’s Best Friend?