Category Archives: Environmental Health


E. Coli: The Spread of Drug Resistance

In May 2016, the Department of Defense announced the discovery of the first MCR-1 gene found in E. coli bacteria cultured from a human in the United States.  A woman in Pennsylvania with a urinary tract infection tested positive for the gene, which had not

Food For Thought: The Environment and Nutrition

The Berkeley Student Food Collective builds community while upholding sustainable food practices. by Nikita Bhasin It’s two in the afternoon on a Wednesday and the Berkeley Student Food Collective is brimming with excitement. Students are lining up at the register, amidst a backdrop of colorful, fresh

Put Down Your Plastic Water Bottle

The Dangers of BPA by Nikki Sherry Smoking causes lung cancer. Sleep and exercise are important for your health. Loud music can damage your eardrums. Plastic water bottles are not good for you. What is one similarity between all of these statements? They are all

Monsanto Corporation: Roundup Pros and Cons

by Kevin Yuan Since the late 1900’s Monsanto Corporation, an organization focused on agricultural biotechnology produces biotechnology and herbicides for different plants such as corn, cotton and vegetables. Monsanto is considered one of the Big 6 Biotech Corporations because of its prominence in the agricultural

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By Vincent Man Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials, are types of medications that are used to treat infections by killing or inhibiting the growth of bacteria. For the most part, our immune system is highly competent of destroying the bacteria and naturally fighting off the

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UC Berkeley offers a certification program to encourage student organizations to be environmentally friendly.  The program consists of a training program, requirements and certification.  PHA decided to go green and successfully completed the program and requirements. The certification program suggests strategies for being smart when

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The Growth of Community Gardens and Eco-Friendly Lifestyles By Annie Wong In the past few years, the concept and implementation of urban farming and community gardens has sprouted across America, including Berkeley and nearby Oakland. Instead of spending money at grocery stores for organic products, more consumers are shopping at