Eco-friendly practices

December 19, 2018 - 3:13 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer is accused of marketing $140 million worth of non-organic corn, soybeans and wheat as organic over a 7½ year period. The U.S. attorney's office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, charged Randy Constant with fraud on Wednesday. The Chillicothe, Missouri, man is expected...
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December 16, 2018 - 10:40 am
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — At the dead end of a dirt road in northeast Georgia, one local community has created its own neighborhood known as Earthsong within the wilderness. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the sustainable living community is tucked away in between small roads behind Athens' Georgia...
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December 04, 2018 - 7:43 pm
DENVER (AP) — A utility serving 3.6 million electricity customers in eight states said Tuesday it will try to eliminate all its carbon emissions from electrical generation by 2050. Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke acknowledged that not all the technologies the company needs to meet that goal are available...
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A worker talks on his cellphone as he uses his laptop computer at the command center at the headquarters of e-commerce retailer JD.com in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Online shoppers spent more than $14 billion within the first two hours of China's annual buying frenzy on Sunday, once again breaking records as the consumer tradition enters its 10th year. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
November 11, 2018 - 9:52 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Online shoppers in China have shattered last year's record of $24 billion in sales on the country's annual buying frenzy Sunday, as the tradition marked its 10th year. The spending binge has for years eclipsed Cyber Monday in the U.S. for online purchases made on a single day. This...
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October 16, 2018 - 12:03 pm
ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) — An Indiana company that makes outdoor furniture from recycled plastic is opening a new North Carolina manufacturing site that expects to employ about 380 workers in five years. A committee of North Carolina officials that approves major tax breaks on Tuesday cleared Poly-Wood...
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October 12, 2018 - 5:43 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Three farmers who pleaded guilty Friday in a large-scale organic grain fraud scheme were lured into participation by a Missouri businessman who was its mastermind, a defense lawyer said. The farmers "convinced themselves to look the other way" while Randy Constant marketed...
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October 11, 2018 - 3:29 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Three Nebraska farmers will plead guilty to knowingly marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic as part of a lengthy, multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday. Tom Brennan, his son James Brennan and family friend Michael...
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In this May 8, 2018, photo, organic dairy farmer Francis Thicke holds the label for milk produced on his farm in Fairfield, Iowa. Small family operated organic dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business while large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding. Many traditional small-scale organic farmers are fighting to stay in business by appealing to consumers to look closely at the organic milk they buy to make sure it comes from a farm that meets the idyllic expectations portrayed on the cartons. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 09, 2018 - 1:03 am
FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Small family operated organic dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business while large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding. Many traditional small-scale organic farmers are...
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In this Monday, July 23, 2018 photo, the sun beats down on downtown Phoenix. Already devilishly hot for being in the Sonoran desert, Arizona’s largest city is also an “urban heat island,” a phenomenon that pushes up temperatures in areas covered in heat-retaining asphalt and concrete. Phoenix officials say they are tackling urban warming, monitoring downtown temperatures, planting thousands of trees and capturing rainwater to cool off public spaces. (AP Photo/Matt York)
July 26, 2018 - 6:33 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — When temperatures soar as they have this week in downtown Phoenix, homeless people ride the air-conditioned light rail to avoid a heat so brutal it killed 155 people in the city and surrounding areas last year. An occasional siren wails as paramedics rush to help people sick from the...
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This July 17, 2018 photo shows wrapped plastic straws at a bubble tea cafe in San Francisco. Eco-conscious San Francisco joins the city of Seattle in banning plastic straws, along with tiny coffee stirrers and cup pluggers, as part of an effort to reduce plastic waste. It also makes single-use food and drink side items available upon request and phases out the use of fluorinated wrappers and to-go containers. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 24, 2018 - 3:25 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a bid to further cut down on waste, eco-conscious San Francisco is expected to join Seattle in outlawing plastic straws used to suck down Mai Tais and slurp up bubble tea. The proposal, to be taken up by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, also would make the novel move to...
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