I’m a bit late getting this week’s good news to you as it’s almost Tuesday. I hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed Easter Sunday.
We had a beautiful day Sunday (and Monday) temperatures were in the 70s. Rather than have a traditional Easter dinner sitting inside we took to the outdoors. We took sandwiches outside and soaked up the sun in the field. I had been missing Zakk, my son’s family’s dog so they surprised me by bringing Zakk with them. Poor thing, I think he missed me as much as I missed him as he refused to leave my side. He, too, enjoys the field because we can let him off his leash to run around.
I showed you a picture of the crocheted dress I made for my youngest granddaughter. She loved it, had to have it on before she would even open her card. :-)
After a long weekend how about some good news for the week?
McDonald’s is in the news again this week struggling to find profits “in 2013 — the number of people going to McDonald’s stores fell 1.9%,” This is believed to be the result of many factors including “function of the world’s economies, of growing competition, of changing dietary goals,…” I’d like to believe it’s because we’ve decided we want better tasting, healthier food.
So far in 2014 the top 92.1% of all new US electricity capacity comes from renewable sources. This graph shows the breakdown of how new electricity is being created.
One German owned grocery chain has taken a stand on junk food, banning it from the check out aisles. This must be good news for parents who have to distract their children from asking for a candy bar while waiting in a long line.
Canada has made a stand against GM alfalfa. “”For spring of 2014, Forage Genetics will not be commercializing Roundup Ready alfalfa in Canada anywhere. That’s the only decision we’ve made so far. We’re just going day to day on the decision making process, but we have made a decision about spring. This is a huge turn of events in Canada, since the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) granted registration of the GM variety in 2013 and gave FGI exclusive rights to begin commercializing the seed in 2014.” I love seeing more resistance to GM crops.
The USDA has set some very stringent food rules for schools starting July 1, 2014. “The USDA’s Smart Snacks in School “will ban all junk food in vending machines, a la carte lunch, student stores, and fundraisers such as bake sales.” The list of approved foods is very specific and can be found in the complete article. Knowing my grandchildren will be entering the school system shortly I am thrilled to see they will have access to better food at school. I also foresee a decrease in the profits of the soda and junk food manufacturers.