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Would You Like Your Milk With Or Without Pus?

If you look hard at the carton of milk in your fridge right now, you may find the following in very small type: "Made from milk from cows not treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone. According to the FDA, no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBGH-treated and non-treated cows." Wait, what? So is it or isn't it good for you? The milk doesn't have it, but even if...

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New Sustainable Packaging Trade Group is Formed

In order to give industry a voice on policy issues relating to sustainable packaging, The American Institution for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) was founded to represent the North American market and includes companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, The Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Kellogg Company, MeadWestvaco (MWV),...

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Industrial Production Inches Downward in February

Following several months of steady growth, U.S. industrial output decreased in February for the first time since October 2010, although manufacturing continued to post strong performance. Industrial production in the United States decreased 0.1 percent in February, following an upwardly revised 0.3 percent increase in January, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest industrial sector...

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Pizza Packaging Saves Trees

There is new look to frozen pizza at your local supermarket. Breaking away from the pizza wrapped in plastic and then in a box, the makers of Freschetta pizza are innovating the industry by doing away with the box for their Freschetta® Simply...Inspired™ line of pizzas.   The new Fresch-Taste Seal packaging is made up of  30% less weight than a traditional pizza box and saves...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Japan Crisis Ripples through Global Supply Chain

Plus: Economic Indicators Look Promising, Conveyor Orders Increase and OSHA Releases Crane Compliance Guidance for Small Biz. Japan Crisis Ripples through Global Supply Chain The scale of the disaster still unfolding in Japan is stunning and will cause major problems for the country for a considerable period. Looking at the global picture, supply chains are disrupted for many firms, yet a new...

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New Web App Gives Users the Buzz on Economically Green Building Products

Developed by the NIST Engineering Laboratory's Office of Applied Economics, BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) Online web application, aimed at designers, builders, and product manufacturers, provides environmental and economic performance data for 230 building products. BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the life-cycle assessment...

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Light Friday: The Solution to Space Junk

Plus: Mind-Controlled Insects, Saving the World with Fake Trees and Big Business in Ireland. Remote-Controlled Cockroaches No one likes cockroaches, but even though we may consider these insects disgusting, there's a surprising amount we can learn from them. In fact, high school students are soon going to be able to install special devices that allow them to control a cockroach's movement as if...

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Sustainability Spot-lite: Toast St. Patrick with Really Green Beer

Breweries across the country, large and small, are taking steps to lessen the impact of their operations on the environment. Consider some of these alternatives when choosing your libation as you celebrate the green on St. Patrick's Day, in more ways than one: Brooklyn Brewery has opted to buy energy from an upstate wind farm, which has earned them the distinction of being the first building in...

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Soda Becomes Environmentally Friendly

Home soda making is becoming very popular and is a step in the right direction ecologically and maybe even nutritionally (maybe). It reduces the amount of cans and bottles ending up in landfills and the carbon emissions by eliminating transportation requirements. SodaStream International, Ltd., makers of the SodaStream home beverage carbonation system, is improving their eco-friendly product even...

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Counterfeit Goods Crackdown in 2010

The number of counterfeit-product seizures rose dramatically in 2010, reaching nearly 20,000, while seizure value dropped significantly, according to the latest data. There were 19,959 counterfeit-product seizures in fiscal year 2010, up 34 percent from 14,841 in 2009, according to a new report this week from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

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