Green-News: Wednesday 6.24.09

 

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Green-News: Wednesday 6.17.09

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Green-News: Wednesday 6.10.09

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Rooftop Farm Grows in Brooklyn

I’m a city rat. I love the muck, grime and skyscrapers, and the last thing you'd expect to find in a city like New York is a farm. Think again! A group of city hippies setup an amazing rooftop farm on top of an old bagel factory in Brooklyn, selling fresh fruits and vegetables to local restaurants.

The farm has been great for the community. Volunteers can be seen hauling bags of compost upstairs, shoveling dirt and tending to vegetables. And another farm in Little Italy is raising fruit trees and even chickens. I think this is awesome and a smart use of wide open sunny spaces.

Via Serious Eats.

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Green-News: Wednesday 6.3.09

 

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Well Water May Be Hazardous to Little Kids

A new report in the journal Pediatrics claims small children are vulnerable to waterborne illnesses originating from well water. Private wells can become contaminated with chemicals, germs and bacteria. Experts recommend well water be tested annually, at least. Currently, private wells are not subject to federal regulations, leaving owners responsible for proper care and safety testing; ScienceDaily reports.

And earlier this year, it was reported that pharmaceuticals, such as cholesterol medications, anti-depressants and blood pressure pills, are turning up in America’s streams and rivers. Bottled water is no better. One study found bottled water is just as impure as water out of the tap.

In 2006, water in Seattle area schools was found to be contaminated with lead. Most of China’s groundwater is polluted and India’s water has shown harmful levels of arsenic. Eek!

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