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Jamie Oliver gets ready for part two of the Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver gets ready for part two of the Food Revolution Jamie Oliver ran into many obstacles in his campaign for healthy eating in the US and UK. He fought against a culture that is fond of fast and inexpensive food rather than fresh alternatives. The showdown between food quality and money is the main obstacle in his fight, but he may have a few tricks up his sleeve.

During his time in Huntington, Oliver found out that schools have to walk a fine line between USDA guidelines and their tight budgets. Just look at the labor differences between a box of chicken nuggets and Oliver’s dish of brown rice with carrots, raisin and orange dressing. Oliver’s side dish has more than five steps for the rice alone while popular chicken nugget brands bake in minutes.

James Cameron uses his “Avatar” mojo to stop a dam in Brazil

James Cameron uses his “Avatar” mojo to stop a dam in BrazilDirector James Cameron can be called a lot of things but wallflower isn’t one of them. He famously shouted “I’m the king of the world!” after winning an Oscar and called Fox News’ Glenn Beck “a f---ing a--hole.” Cameron has toned down his act a bit to save what many are calling a real life Pandora in Brazil.

Cameron freely admits that filmmaking isn’t the greenest profession around but tries to make smart choices in his personal life. He drives a hybrid car, has an organic garden, and his wife wore a sustainable dress to the Oscars. He wanted to use the worldwide attention he got from Avatar to shed light on worthy environmental causes.

Google & Nokia pause brewing rivalry, sign energy letter to Obama

Google & Nokia pause brewing rivalry, sign energy letter to Obama Google and Nokia are both vying for dominance in the mobile operating system world and while both of them have plans in motion to accomplish that goal, they’ve both paused a moment to sign an energy letter to Obama. That letter spells out several specific suggestions for the President which essentially make it easier for consumers and businesses to monitor their energy usage.

The letter describes how blind most energy consumers currently are because they have no idea how individual devices are affecting their bill every month. The only thing they can easily discern is the dollar amount due.

Chinese drywall deemed dangerous by the Feds

Chinese drywall deemed dangerous by the Feds Contractors, builders, and other professions within the housing industry have been busy in recent years. New home construction kept some occupied while others cleaned up after Hurricane Katrina. They may have repaired or erected thousands of homes, but they also left behind toxic drywall made in China according to a new report.

The problem with drywall manufactured in China is the ridiculous amount of hydrogen sulfide. According to the findings of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some Chinese made drywall had levels 100 times that of non-Chinese samples.

Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” equals better test scores

Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” equals better test scores Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” is happening right now in the city of Huntington in West Virginia, but it really started back in the schools of Greenwich in London, England. A new study found that offering healthier school lunch choices had an added benefit of raising the test scores of students in Greenwich.

Before 2004, Greenwich schools fed students pre-packaged and processed food to their kids much like Huntington. Burgers, fries, fish sticks, turkey bites, and common British fare like sausage rolls were often on the menu. After Oliver’s campaign for fresh food, the schools adopted a menu to match his plan. They served lighter and healthier items like vegetarian chow mein, salads, chicken and mushroom casserole, and Mexican bean wraps.

Blogger proves Jamie Oliver isn’t alone in the Food Revolution

Blogger proves Jamie Oliver isn’t alone in the Food RevolutionJust a few months ago, chef Jamie Oliver set out to change the eating habits of the residents of Huntington, West Virginia. He had cameras document the experience for a show on ABC called “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” However, one blogger has shown that Oliver isn’t alone in his passion to change the way students eat.

Known only as Mrs. Q, she is the anonymous blogger behind “Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project.” As a new mom, she got angry with the quality of food being fed to children. The idea for the blog borrowed a little from the “Julie & Julia” project and a some tips from spy movies. Mrs. Q would act as a teacher for most of her day but turned into a blogger for her twenty minute lunch break. Her daily goal is to eat and document the very same food being served to her students.

Brit chef Jamie Oliver hopes to cook up a “Food Revolution”

Brit chef Jamie Oliver hopes to cook up a “Food Revolution” Jamie Oliver may be known to most Americans as a TV chef but he’s been concentrating more of his efforts on healthy eating programs. He started a campaign to scrap processed food in favor of fresh ingredients in the UK and brought the fight to America with tonight’s premiere of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

Oliver started the campaign in 2004 to get schools in the UK to dump processed food which culminated in a TV series and a movement called “Feed Me Better.” The government caved under public pressure and banned junk food from schools and invested $400 million to help students get better meals.

MTV cleans up its act with “Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro”

MTV cleans up its act with “Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro” MTV isn’t exactly the home of highbrow television with shows like “The Hills” and “Jersey Shore.” They are trying something different on March 14th by airing a new documentary about the clean water crisis called “Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro.” The ninety minute show focuses on a ragtag group of scientists, educators, and celebrities like Jessica Biel and Santigold who dared to climb the mountain to publicize the cause.

It’s easy to take clean water for granted because it’s all around us from bottled water to the nearest tap. Imagine a world where your water supply was also where the local cows defecated or your government had no laws that prevented water pollution. That’s the reality for over one billion people in the world and the cause of 80% of the world’s illnesses.

Is Obama's risk in Homestar the key to creating green jobs?

Is Obama's risk in Homestar the key to creating green jobs? President Obama's insistence, and for that matter persistence, to stick to his plan of reigniting the job market and stimulating the economy can certainly be admired by those finally back at work. Increased governmental intervention in unemployment, has perhaps, prevented an even more deflated job market than the 9.7% recently reported.

Although stabilizing, the unemployment percentage is still daunting and one question remains to be seen: Is President Obama's next step in his unemployment and stimulus plan finally going to turn the tides on the recession and unemployment?

As President Obama openly admits, the 9.7% unemployment is unacceptable. In Virginia on Friday he said, "Far too many Americans remain out of work, far too many families are still struggling in these difficult economic times."

Melting arctic ice may release billions of tons of greenhouse gas

Melting arctic ice may release billions of tons of greenhouse gas Global warming is a contentious issue again because skeptics have pointed out inconsistencies with the data scientists are using to measure how much humans are impacting the environment. Setting that debate aside for a moment, scientists have discovered that somewhere around 7 teragrams of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, has been released each year from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. That’s around 7.7 million tons of methane, and the data was aggregated from 5,000 locations. Sound credible?

In a situation like this the argument over who is causing global warming – man or nature – becomes almost irrelevant. It’s important for us to understand how that much greenhouse gas drifting into the atmosphere will affect the climate. Our ability to adapt or prevent that shift in climate may determine the next step in our collective bloodline.