5/19/15 — “White House makes bid to save honeybees but ignores toxic pesticides” (Guardian). The White House has announced an ambitious plan that makes millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly. Unfortunately, it does not ban the use of neonicotinoids, which research shows are closely linked to bee life loss.
You've probably already heard of Jon Gaffney, or of his moniker The Van Man. He's been driving back and forth across the country with his girlfriend Gale Straub in a sprinter van. They spent last summer at Jon's family home in Maine retrofitting the van before hitting the road. With a fresh paint of coat, a snazzy Huckberry logo, and a few essential mechanical fixes, they headed West! We caught up with Jon during one of their pit stops to talk about the major year they've been having, their new company Sap Lines, and what adventures are in store for the summer.
We religiously follow articles and news about toxic chemicals at Ursa Major HQ. But we're also keen on reading about health and wellness. We'll be sharing some of our favorite articles here on the Blog Cabin, along with our regular Toxics in the News series. What are some of your favorite resources for health articles? Share in the comments.
As you're already aware, we're avid sky gazers here at UM HQ. So it won't come as a surprise when we share our giddiness over this Stellarscope from Best Made Company. This highly portable sky gazing tool can help you quickly locate and identify more than 1,500 stars that are visible to the naked eye.
“The Story of Stuff takes on the microbead” — Treehugger, May 5, 2015
“Panera Bread Plans to Drop a Long List of Ingredients” — New York Times, May 4, 2015. The restaurant chain wants to banish a variety of artificial preservatives, flavors and colors, as well as different kinds of sweeteners and meat from animals raised with antibiotics.
It's officially May and even more exciting than the May flowers, is Burger Night at Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne. One of our favorite local events in the summer, Burger Night brings together amazing food (right off the farm), local community, and great music. Lucky for us, its a weekly event happening every Friday, 4:30-7:30pm, May 7th through September 11th. We recommend reserving a spot ahead of time as they tend to sell out, especially when the weather prediction is warm and sunny. See you on the farm!
In honor of Mother's Day this Sunday, May 10th we reached out to one of the coolest moms we know for this month's She Lives Major profile. Hannah Pingree is an innovative politician and chemical safety activist from Maine where she lives with her husband and two children. It was truly an inspiration talking to her about her impressive political career, her battle against toxic chemicals in the environment and household items (especially flame retardants), and raising her kids on a small island community.