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  • Eating the Right Food: 3 Medical Benefits You Can’t See

    Everyone knows that they should be doing what they can to eat better, but it’s not always easy to do so. If you work a busy schedule, you might find that eating healthy can be a bit difficult, and that it’s easier to resort to fast foods instead of paying close attention to their diet. While most people realize that healthy eating will result in better looking skin and a more toned body, there are health benefits to eating well that you can’t see with the naked eye.

    The following are just a few reasons to consider eating healthier foods, even if you can’t physically see the difference as it occurs. More

  • Plant-Powered Holiday: Beet and Pomegranate Seed Salad

    Food-filled festivities are inevitable this time of year. Whether it’s a workplace potluck, a cocktail party, or a good old-fashioned family gathering, food ultimately plays a starring role. And while health is often put on the back burner this time of year, perhaps it’s time to start a new holiday tradition – a tradition that embraces both good food and good health. This is where a plant-powered diet comes into play. More

  • Rainwater Harvesting Options for Homeowners

    Water is a precious commodity you can’t live without. Depending on where you live, your water bill can be one of your larger monthly expenses, especially during the summer. With the help of landscapers, you can set up a rainwater harvesting system that helps you save money and reduces the demand for water in your community. More

  • Green Your Water, Save Green With Eco-Friendly Plumbing Fixtures

    As the crises surrounding the environment and spending in the U.S. (and the world) begin to enter their crescendo – I believe we haven’t even begun to see the full force of pushback on environmental issues yet – it’s important to keep track of all facets of our carbon footprint.

    Often times we don’t really look at our water consumption, though, until water conservation efforts our put into place by our communities. Even then, it’s kind of an afterthought. More

  • The Frugal Ecological Mother’s Guide to Quirky Ways to Save Water

    Saving water is one of the top ways homes are doing their part to help the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. Ecological mothers in particular are teaching their children about the benefits of this practice, as well as the easy ways they can save water with their daily habits. More

  • Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe for World Vegetarian Month

    As fall comes around I start craving something hearty like this to warm me up. It’s such a lovely time to get outside and enjoy our farmers’ markets and local gardens, so throw on a scarf and have fun in the fresh air searching through the bounty for ingredients! More

  • Is Organic Food Healthier? Recent Study Biased by Biotech Dollars

    A recent study by Stanford University researchers made international headlines when it claimed that organic foods are no more safe or nutritious than conventional foods. Organic researchers, farmers and advocacy groups immediately recognized the study as woefully flawed, and alleged underlying political motivations. More

  • Water Conservation for Hoarders

    Chronically insecure individuals sometimes develop hoarding tendencies as a way to gain a sense of control over their environment. Economic uncertainty and global instability have caused many people to seriously stockpile food and water. More

  • Why Organic? A Big Picture View

    I have enjoyed a virtually exclusive organic diet for the past 30 years. But I was deeply unsettled by a September 4 New York Times article and a similar Associated Press story casting doubt on the value of an organic diet. More

  • 8 Water Myths and Facts

    Water is important, we all know that. But what you may not know is the falsity of many claims about water and a few common myths that you may not be aware of! More

  • Create a Rainwater Harvesting System for Your Yard

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average single-family, suburban household uses 260 gallons of water a day, and at least 30% of that water is used for irrigation. At that volume, maintaining a lush, green landscape can be hard on your budget, especially if it hasn’t rained in a while. If you’re concerned about wasting water on the lawn and are interested in a greener solution, you may want to consider rainwater harvesting. More

  • Say Yes to Saving Turtles

    The federal government will soon have an important decision to make that could affect the lives of thousands of sea turtles every year. One of the worst dangers sea turtles currently face is getting caught in fishing nets, often facing injury and death by suffocation as a result. Some of the worst culprits are the trawl nets that are slowly dragged behind boats, trapping many marine species in their wake. More

  • Four Alternatives to Bottled Water

    If you are anything like me, then you are sick of paying loads of money for bottled water. Not only are you paying big bucks for it, the bottles themselves are not good for your or the environment. Plastic contains tons of toxins which can seep into your water, making it really unhealthy to drink. On top of that, plastic also takes up a lot of space in landfills and never goes away. Why damage yourself, the environment, and your pocketbook? Try one of these four alternatives to bottled water today: More

  • Hidden Costs of the Farm Bill

    The 2012 Farm Bill is currently being debated in Congress, and it’s going to have a massive impact on our food system from what farmers plant and grow, how they do it to grocery shelves and what’s on your dinner plate. But do you know the hidden costs obscured by the bill’s monster $500 billion price tag? And that between 2008 and 2010 the Farm Bill gave eight times more in subsidies to commodity crops than to fruits, nuts and vegetables? Find out what action consumers can take and check out this new infographic from TakePart.com. More

  • Ocean Acidification: Some Simple Things You Can Do About It

    June 8th is World Oceans Day, the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean. This year, take a moment to make change on two little-known but all-important issues: global warming and ocean acidification. More

  • Seafood Mislabeling: I’ll Take the Mystery Fish

    Summer has officially started. Cars are packed for trips to the beach, grills are fired up in backyards and friends and families are sitting down to enjoy their favorite dinners. Fresh seafood is likely to appear on most summertime menus, but did you know that much of the seafood on the market today is mislabeled? The key question is – are we getting what we’re paying for? More

  • Eating Vegan: Vegan Sports Nutrition

    When thinking of making a transition to a healthier and cruelty-free vegan diet, one concern I often hear voiced, particularly in men, is whether or not a vegan diet can support muscle building and athletic performance. More

  • Organic Farmers Appeal in Case Against Monsanto

    Family farmers have filed a Notice of Appeal challenging Judge Naomi Buchwald’s February 24th ruling dismissing Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Manhattan will hear the farmers’ appeal, seeking to reinstate the case, which has received worldwide attention. More

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    The Health Benefits of Beans (and a vegan chili recipe!)

    Beans are the picture of convenience, readily available in canned or dried varieties, but I tend to lean to toward the dried variety, so that I can control the salt in my food and avoid the dreaded BPA in canned food. The flavor of cooked dried beans always seems fresher than their canned counterparts, and their texture tends to be more pleasing to the palate. In a few easy steps, you can prepare dried beans easily, and they tend to be cheaper than the canned variety. More

  • Floods in Eastern Australia Leave Thousands Stranded

    Just one month after southeastern Australia marked the tragic anniversary of the disastrous floods in early 2011, new floodwaters are threatening Queensland and have already stranded over 15,000 people in New South Wales. More

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