If it seems like we're obsessed with plastic this week at OnEarth (see this and this), it might have something to do with the fact that the stuff is all around us, from litter on the side of the road to the giant floating garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (and, uncomfortably, even inside our bodies). Now here comes a new documentary by filmmaker Angela Sun providing further evidence that the Plastic Paradise we've created isn't exactly good for us—or the world. (Even if it sure looks cool on film sometimes—don't be fooled!)
Other things to know this morning:
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which today keeps nearly 110 million acres safe and pristine. In celebration of the act’s past, present, and future, here are 10 wilderness areas protected by the legislation, 10 reasons why the act was “one of the best ideas ever,” and thoughts on what we can do to make sure the law stays strong. Enjoy!
When is antibiotic-free chicken not antibiotic-free (but still OK for companies to say so on the label)? When the chicken was injected with drugs before it hatched. Now Perdue Farms, the third-largest chicken producer in the United States, says it has stopped doping its eggs, meaning the company has, in its words, "reached the point where 95 percent of our chickens never receive any human antibiotics, and the remainder receive them only for a few days when prescribed by a veterinarian." If Perdue can do it, what's to stop all the others from doing the same?
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program says 21 species of bottom-dwelling fish are now good to eat thanks to more than a decade worth of efforts to rebuild the population. Who wants rockfish?
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