The Green Community week in review: Arsenic in poultry, local green gift guide, vermicomposting and more

[image-1] - In a press release, Benjamin says, "As a city council member, I will push hard for forward thinking legislation, disaster preparedness, and ways to make Tampa a greener, more sustainable city for the future."


DIY green: Decorate your holiday dinner table with natural and found items - Forget spending money on sprucing up your table -- use your imagination to come up with ways to reuse and recycle things you already have lying around.


Thanksgiving turkey with a side of arsenic, anyone? Go for antibiotic-free poultry - Arsenic was classified as "toxic" and "dangerous for the environment" in the European Union and its use was banned there back in 1999, but our FDA claims that it's "safe" to consume up to 0.5 parts per million of arsenic in poultry muscle (though not taking into consideration its long-term effects on the human body or its impact on the environment).


Vermicomposting 101: Super fertilizer from worm poop (video) - Researchers have found that not only does it aid plant growth without the use of synthetic fertilizers, vermicompost can reduce plant loss and fight plant disease and infection.


Tiny MP3 player looks like a Band-Aid and is powered by body heat - The battery charging strip is located on the under side of the device and uses heat from the human body to power up.


Sierra Nevada's Organic Estate Homegrown Ale and their eco-friendly brewing practices - This year, Sierra Nevada's Estate line is Certified Organic, featuring hops and barley grown on their own grounds.


EarthTalk: Why not a national recycling law? - Although there have been a few attempts to push legislation through Congress to mandate minimum national recycling rates, none have made it out of committee hearings. Federal lawmakers are loathe to take waste management regulatory powers away from individual states which have vastly different needs from one another.


Shop local on Small Business Saturday, be eco-conscious on Green Gift Monday - Shop at small, local businesses tomorrow and be extra eco-conscious about your online shopping this Monday. Let's hope these new shopping trends catch on and continue every year from now on (though we should strive to put them into practice year round).


Don’t forget to check out our Green Community Calendar for green events and workshops in the Bay Area!

What’s the buzz on the latest issues in the Green Community? Check out what you may have missed last week:

Undercover investigation of Publix egg supplier reveals 'animal abuse and food safety threats' - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has reportedly witnessed food safety issues and abuse of caged chickens after a recent undercover investigation of Publix's main egg supplier.

EarthTalk: Environmental links to prostate cancer - Prostate cancer occurs about 60 percent more often in African American men than in white American men, although rates for African men living in their native countries are much lower. When native Africans immigrate to the U.S., prostate cancer rates increase sharply, suggesting an environmental connection related to high-fat diets. The take-away for men concerned about prostate health? Eat healthier.

Kathy Castor introduces new legislation to ensure that BP pays for Gulf restoration - Overton said that in lieu of receiving any compensation, he's had to make up for the loss of revenue by reducing all his employees' paychecks by 6.5% since the repercussions of the spill began affecting bookings in the spring. There's also the fact that the "brand in Florida has been significantly damaged," Overton said, referring to the tourism industry overall.

A local, green gift giving guide for your holiday list - Here are some great eco-friendly gift ideas that come from local businesses right here in Tampa Bay.

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