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2015 Feb. 6: China Corporate Social Responsibility site article says "Chinese Consumers Gain Healthy Milk Option Via Internet Channel".

", the B2C Internet shopping subsidiary of Alibaba Group, announced that it will cooperate with Danone and Nestle to launch direct sales and delivery of milk powder under six brands of the two groups, allowing Chinese consumers to enjoy the safe importation of milk powder products."

"Milk powder and milk supplies in China are a touchy subject, and currently it is illegal to bring more than a small amount of milk powder into mainland China via Hong Kong. Chinese consumers are also wary of buying domestic milk powder because of a rash of reports in recent years of tainted milk-based products from companies such as Mengniu and Yili." Other companies alleged to have problem milk products in recent years are Wyeth, Shandong Zibi Lvsan'er Dairy Company, Liaoning Tieling Wuzhou Food Company, Hebei Tangshan Leting County Kaida Cold Storage Plant, and Beingmate.

2015 Jan. 23: NPR blog, "Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

Lots of info on vegan alternatives to meat and fish, plus links to other sites with vegan alternatives. Many comments about use of plastics in cooking and packaging,"fake" vs. "real", and environmental effects of vegan vs. omnivore diets.

2015 Jan. 6 Humane Society of U.S. (HSUS) accuses Butterfield Foods in Minnesota of inhumane slaughter of spent hens

Spent hens are those that are no longer profitable egg layers. They are supposed to be stunned before being moved through scalding water to remove their feathers, but "HSUS alleges that birds regularly made it through this process still alive."

2014 Dec. 28 From Global Possibilities: Good energy news from New England. Renewable energy, compared to fossil fuels, has been criticized as 1) "not dispatchable, i.e., a grid manager cannot reliably and predictably deploy [renewable energy sources] to meet demand", and 2) more expensive. The New England grid manager is addressing the first criticism by working on "algorithms that will enable it to dispatch renewables when" wind, sun, and water variables are favorable. It is addressing the second criticism by adjusting the bidding process for selling energy to the grid to allow renewable energy producers to have increased opportunities to sell the excess energy they produce when, for example, there is a lot of sun. "Within the next year or two, New Englanders are going to enjoy cheap, dispatchable renewable energy...."

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Of Special Concern

Special Report: Chocolate

2013: How to make sure your chocolate purchases do not support child slavery.

Special Report: Torture

There is hope! Please see the post on a January 2012 anti-torture resolution by the city of Chicago, and how other municipalities can do the same. If you do not see it at first, refresh the page by clicking the refresh button on your browser bar or pressing the f5 key.

Special Report: Fair Trade

2013 update summarizes changes in standards and controversy over increasing availability of products with the certification by making it easier to get certified vs. maintaining more rigorous standards. Fair World Project offers suggestions for resolving the conflict by making product labels more transparent about percentage of ingredients that are certified.

Special Report: Modern-Day Slavery