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iEat Green – Costa Boutsikaris – 09.08.16

Costa Boutsikaris is an award winning filmmaker based out of Upstate New York. He graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts with a BA in Visual Arts and began his first feature documentary INHABIT:A Permaculture Perspective, driving around the Northeast for two years documenting permaculture design strategies. Costa shot, directed and edited INHABIT and it premiered in March 2015 screening all across the the USA winning multiple awards including the Audience Choice Award at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival and Yale Environmental Film Festival. He has also been creating content for small farms and design courses helping promoting sustainable ideas and learning opportunities through film. When not working with cameras he works with a forestry crew managing woodlands and wildlife habitats in the Finger- lakes Region.

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Horses are being born without the ability to swallow — and fracking could be to blame

In New York’s Southern Tier, local newspapers are investigating the connection between a local racetrack owner’s sick foals and the fracking fluids present on his farmland. The Ithaca Journal featured a report by Tom Wilber in which he investigated the ongoing issue with foals being born without the ability to swallow — seventeen of them so far — on the breeding farm of Jeff …

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‘US drug industry, doctors contribute to overdose deaths’

“Many doctors overprescribe painkillers because they have relationships with pharmaceutical companies and they get pay offs,” said James Petras, a professor emeritus of sociology atBinghamton University in Binghamton, New York, and adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s Universityin Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. The US pharmaceutical and health industry as well as economic distress are largely responsible for the surge in drug overdose deaths across the country, an …

Fracking waste

Long-Awaited EPA Study Says Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water – Anastasia Pantsios

In 2010, Congress commissioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the impact of fracking on drinking water. The U.S. EPA released its long-awaited final draft of its report today, assessing how fracking for oil and gas can impact access to safe drinking water. The report refuted the conclusion arrived at by the U.S. EPA’s 2004 study that fracking poses no threat to drinking water, a conclusion used to exempt the …