Digest: Dirty salmon, Washington organic fees, Inc’s Green 50, and more

Seattle P-I: The EPA has launched a website that covers the ecosystems of Puget Sound and Canada’s Georgia Basin. The site includes a lot of information about air quality, water quality, wildlife health, human population health, and a bunch more! (MoLM discloses: I interned for a state air-quality agency and think this stuff is really cool.)

Seattle P-I: Puget Sound’s water system is polluted to such a degree that consumers should limit their consumption of native fish, such as blackmouth chinook salmon. The Washington Dept. of Health has a color-coded guide that lists which species may be consumed and which avoided. The guide pairs nicely with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Guides covering which fish are sustainable to eat.

Seattle P-I: Increasing sales of organic food in Washington may mean increased certification fees for farms and food processors.

Mother Jones: Restaurant takeout packaging leaves a lot to be desired environmentally. But will Americans really bring their own Tupperware for doggie bags?

Inc.: The small-business magazine devotes a whole issue to the Green 50, its list of market-driven yet eco-friendly companies, which includes the Burgerville chain of Oregon and Washington state.

Reuters: More of samples of E. coli 0157:H7 have been found on the California ranch that match the strain fingered as the culprit for the recent E. coli outbreak in spinach.

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