Oct232014By: HHI Admin
October 23, 2014
Today most executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into their organization's core strategy — not to say that they necessarily understand why. In fact, too many are still content wearing some kind of sustainability PR badge just because the "About Us" section of their website gives sustainability a one-paragraph mention....
New poll reveals overwhelming majority of doctors concerned about antibiotics use on healthy food animalsBy: HHI AdminFor Immediate Release THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 MASSPIRG
Boston, Massachusetts - The overwhelming majority of doctors--a total of 93 percent--are concerned about the common meat industry practice of using antibiotics on healthy animals for growth promotion and disease prevention, according to a new poll released today commissioned by Consumer Reports and released by Consumers Union and U.S. PIRG.
The results of the poll were presented today at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston to members of the Massachusetts medical...
Oct152014By: HHI Admin
October 15, 2014
EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing
In response to the growing need to address environmental issues related to health,EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing is now publishing a new column on health and the environment written by Gary Cohen.
[From EXPLORE] We live on a sick planet. Just like a patient, the signs are all there. Our life support systems—the air, oceans, and land—are under siege by a global economy driven by our societal addictions to fossil fuels, toxic chemicals, and industrial agriculture. As these...
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Oct142014By: HHI AdminAlex Krefetz October 14, 2014 Environmental Working Group The staggering amount of antibiotics used in raising industrial livestock continues to rise, according to a recent (Oct. 2) Food and Drug Administration report. And most (70 percent) of those drugs are considered “medically important” for humans. The report documented a 16 percent increase in antibiotic use in food animals from 2009 to 2012. This is bad news in the global fight against antibiotic resistance, which the World Health Organization calls “a major threat to public health.” The report completely refutes the industry...
Oct82014By: HHI Admin
October 8, 2014dolphfyn/Shutterstock
Last week, the FDA released a report on the gross amount of antibiotics purchased by the livestock industry in 2012. The results are a bit startling. Between 2009 and 2012—a period of increasing awareness about the perils of antibiotic use in livestock facilities—the FDA found purchases of the drugs rose 16 percent. Over the same period, annual production of beef, chicken, and pork barely budged, suggesting that the industry...
Hospital Sustainability Gets Shot in the Arm: 80% Now Expected to Consider Sustainable Product PurchasingBy: HHI AdminErol Odabasi October 6, 2014 Sustainable Brands It’s that time of year: vaccine season — your local hospital is probably already advertising free flu shots. But this fall, something’s different. If your provider is like the 300 global healthcare professionals my company, Johnson & Johnson, and Harris Poll recently surveyed, chances are your hospital has “gone green” — 80 percent of global respondents now expect their hospitals will consider sustainability when purchasing products within the next two years. Sustainability in the healthcare space has been on the rise for some time and,...
Oct32014By: HHI Admin
By Bob Herman
Posted: October 3, 2014
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis., will freeze all future investments in fossil fuels as part of a strategy that executives said will help “set the standard for environmental stewardship in healthcare.”
Gundersen CEO Dr. Jeff Thompson, a pediatrician, said the health system's board and finance committee backed the decision, making Gundersen the first U.S. healthcare organization to publicly revise how fossil-fuel securities fit in its portfolio.
Under the new plan, Gundersen will not...
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Oct12014By: HHI Admin
October 1, 2014
Hazardous medical waste once made hospitals the biggest US emitter of dioxin. Now, waste is more likely to be sterilized. Photo: Robert Giroux/Getty Images