The Green Community week in review: Plastic-free February, antibiotics overuse in farm animals, agave as biofuel and more

[image-1] - The program focuses on lifestyle changes. Each session is designed to teach psychological skills to help modify behavior that undermines weight loss.


Take the challenge: Go plastic-free in February! - Do you think you could live plastic-free for a month? Take the challenge You'll not only be helping out the environment -- because every little effort counts -- you'll also be living greener and healthier.


Agave plant has "high biofuel potential" - Scientists at the University of Illinois have been studying the use of the agave plant as biofuel -- yes, the same plant that tequila is made from -- and have found that two particular species of agave produce greater biofuel feedstocks than other sources like corn, wheat, soybean, and sorghum.


EarthTalk: Are recent winter storms a sign of global warming? - We must keep in mind the difference between climate and weather. Climate is the average of weather over at least three decades, which means that specific storms or even individual snowy winters, let alone other types of extreme weather, cannot be considered evidence of either the existence or nonexistence of global warming.


Young farmers of Gambia taught sustainable living practices through Home Farm Project to increase profits (video) - The Home Farm Project has been established to help the rural communities of The Gambia increase profits from farming by introducing more sustainable farming practices.


Save some trees: Log on to Yellow Pages opt-out site to halt phone book deliveries - So, instead of letting them sit on your porch for a few weeks and then just chucking them in the trash, you can save a few trees by visiting the Yellow Pages Association's National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site to get them to stop dropping off unwanted phone books.


ECHO Farm field trip with the Permaculture Guild (video) - ECHO teaches third world countries how to develop sustainable farms and food systems at their headquarters and working farm in Fort Myers, Florida.


EarthTalk: Are antibiotics being over- and misused in raising farm animals? - According to the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, the routine use of antibiotics in food animals -- used not only to treat sick animals but also to offset the health effects of crowding and poor sanitation and to spur animal growth  --  presents a serious and growing threat to human health because it creates new strains of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


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:

EarthTalk: Reducing global population pressures - Global population numbers continue to rise, as does the poverty, suffering and environmental degradation that goes with it. Has the U.S., under Obama, increased or at least restored its family planning aid to developing countries that was cut when the Bush Administration first took office?

REHAB sustainability presentation at The Roosevelt 2.0 (video) - The presentation covered the group's projects, including the Earthship Florida and The Roosevelt building itself, and ways to make Tampa Bay more sustainable.

Local officials meet for grand opening of Tampa's streetcar extension - Tampa streetcar now extends into downtown with a new station at Whiting and Franklin streets.

Four-part permaculture course at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve begins this Saturday, February 5th - Whether a gardening expert or newbie, everyone will gain something from these educational workshops that will educate participants on this method of organic gardening that encourages planting species that will work with the surrounding ecosystem to produce more, consume less, and help neighboring plants thrive without the use of chemical fertilizers.

10/100/1000 Challenge: Great green ideas for Tampa Bay - These are just some of the numerous hopefuls with great ideas to make Tampa Bay a better place to live who need your votes to see their ideas come to fruition.

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