Daily Green Wrap-Up 7.July, 2012

We admit it: We’re a little bit obsessed with homemade popsicles this summer. But with the oppressive heat wave that has gripped much of the US since summer began, there’s no better way to stay cool. One of our favorite homemade popsicle recipes is the Cherry Tofu Pops recipe from the book Ice Pop Joy. All you need is some organic silken tofu, some organic Bing cherries, orange juice, agave nectar, wheat germ, and of course, some good popsicle molds.
On Friday July 6th, the California State Legislature passed a bill authorizing the state to begin selling $4.5 billion in bonds. This includes $2.6 billion approved to build the initial 130-mile stretch of the high-speed rail line in the Central Valley.
As we continue to retire aging dirty coal plant after aging dirty coal plant nationwide (we just hit 112 coal plants secured to retire), we are also pushing hard to replace them with clean energy, and as little natural gas as possible. That’s why we were excited this week to see two very large clean energy announcements from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The idea of trash as food may be a bit controversial (especially if you bring your dumpster-dived delicacies to a pot luck), but trading trash for food has proven wildly popular in Mexico City.

The sprawling city’s 20 million residents generate some 12,600 metric tons of trash a day, a figure the government is keen to reduce, especially following the closure last year of the massive Bordo Poniente landfill. One of the solutions it has devised is a monthly barter market, the Mercado de Trueque, where people can swap recyclables for farm-fresh produce.

The Nikkei reports that the nationwide average price in Japan for regular gasoline was ¥139.8 per liter ($6.65 per gallon US) as of Monday, dropping for the 13th straight week to a 16-month low, according to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.

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  1. I have now read twice that Monsanto wants to spray a form of Agent Orange on our food now that they have created super worms and super weeds, thnkas to their chemical spraying. And with Michael Taylor, old VP of Monsanto is helping to run the FDA we don’t have a fighting chance! UGH!! This country has been bought out and we our now the science experiment.

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