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A round-up of VT editors’ favorite links this week.
Here’s a bright idea: Eat colorful vegetables to help prevent the development of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease (a neurodegenerative disease that affects muscle movement). Think sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and broccoli—veggies with an abundance of good-for-you carotenoids. [Huffington Post]
Thanks to the work of environmental activists, the world’s third largest paper company will stop logging in Indonesia’s natural rainforests (which are home to several endangered animal species). [Washington Post]
The USDA lays out a proposal for healthier food options in schools—like swapping vending machine candy bars for granola and dried fruit, and requiring snacks to be 200 calories and under. Score! [Bloomberg]
Major food companies and Wal-Mart are discussing nationwide labeling of foods containing GMOs. Until then, you can support the cause by looking for organic and Non-GMO Project–certified products. [New York Times]
It was National Pancake Day this past Tuesday! Read about why people normally only eat pancakes for breakfast. (We like them at all times of day. Just sayin’.) [Slate]