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Meatless Monday for the Media: Tools and Resources for Media

Media attention can be all it takes to turn your local campaign into a keystone of the worldwide movement. Use this media kit to get the notoriety that your event and organizational efforts deserve. Find helpful hints on working with reporters, planning a successful interview and writing a compelling press release. Use in conjunction with the Meatless Monday general starter kit and there's no telling how far your campaign will take you!

What a Slaughterhouse Looks Like From the Inside

Two reporters went on their first slaughterhouse tour as part of Harvest Public Media's series on the precarious working conditions of many slaughterhouse workers, "Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat." [Harvest Public Media]

The Rise of Ocean Optimism

Since the hashtag #OceanOptimism was created to share uplifting news of ocean resilience for World Oceans Day 2014, at least 40,000 tweets have been sent and millions have been reached. This social media movement coincides with research that shows that positive messages - just like negative ones - are contagious and can encourage hope. [Hakai Magazine]

Europe's Weedkiller Wars

Monsanto thought that getting their controversial weedkiller Roundup re-approved for use in the EU would be easy. They were wrong. Advocacy groups seized a World Health Organization report from last year, which connected Roundup's active ingredient glyphosate to cancer, to inflame politicians on the European Commission. The fight underscores a challenge facing big institutions and their ability to adapt quickly to deal with insurgent campaigns fueled by social media and savvy NGOs. [Politico]

10 Kids' Food Myths--Busted!

Feeding kids in our crazy media environment can be downright confounding. One week, news headlines may say that a certain food is "bad." The next week, it's touted as a superfood. To clear up the confusion, asked experts like Diana Rice, RD of The Kids Cook Monday, to give them the bottom line on what advice to take--and what to ditch, pronto. []

Feeding Bacteria to Livestock Could Cut Antibiotic Use

In the US, roughly 80 percent of all antibiotics are administered to livestock as a means of promoting growth and preventing disease. This overuse of antibiotics has contributed to the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can affect human health. Scientists are now experimenting with feeding "healthy" bacteria to animals as a means of preventing disease and reducing reliance on antibiotics. [Harvest Public Media]

Instead of Leaving Leftovers to Rot, Why Don't We Turn Them Into Electricity?

In the US, we waste roughly 40 percent of all the food we produce annually. Most of this food decomposes in landfills, emitting methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Using anaerobic digester technology, municipalities are able to capture this gas and convert it to electricity, turning food waste into a valuable commodity. [Harvest Public Media]

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