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Alice Walker and the Many Soul Food Traditions

Writer Alice Walker is not shy about discussing food. In a recent interview with the Vegetarian Times she discussed her own diet. In novels like In the Temple of My Familiar she describes the preparation of crab gumbo with such loving precision you could almost use the passage as a recipe. One o...

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Sales of Used Clothing for Kids to Hit a Snag After Feb. 9

Children outgrow clothes and even toys so quickly that many parents either buy clothing used, donate their gently-used togs and toys to thrift stores, or sell them on consignment. When the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act goes into effect on February 10, however, these used articles upon w...

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Tags: Add new tag, Charity, Contaminants, Kids, Second-hand, Shopping, Thrift

A second life for books

One of my holiday gifts to myself was a pile of new books. Normally I try to go to the library or buy used books, but these are titles that weren't available used. Now that most of the pristine editions have been devoured, I've started thinking about the carbon footprint of these new books. The M...

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Tags: Books, Carbon offset, Second-hand, Trade, Volunteer

One Last Thought About the Holidays

Well, the holiday season is over. Lights were taken off the houses, menorahs were carefully wrapped and put away, and trees set on the sidewalks for recycling. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the post-holiday sales! My, I'm really going to miss all those advertisements for cars with really ...

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Food Deserts: Grassroots Response

City dwellers band together and start their own community gardens in Detroit. Watch this video from Red State Road Trip, Detroit: Necropolis Reborn - Could this be the city of the future?

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Food Deserts, Rural and Urban

While certain areas of the country are naturally more arid than others, one would think that access to foods from a supermarket would not vary starkly by region. Food deserts are areas where grocery stores and healthy restaurants are in short supply while corner stores and fast food restaurants a...

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Food, Pleasure and Science

Michael Pollan created a famous seven-word rule of thumb for a good diet: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." In an interview with Tara Parker-Pope about his book, In Defense of Food, he mentions three of the biggest players on the playing field when it comes to diet: food, pleasure, and sci...

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Simplify Your Resolutions

During the holidays, advertisers bombarded us with cookie commercials and equally-sweet depictions of joyful get-togethers. Now, they sing a new, more austere tune as they incite us to look inward...and downward at expanding waistlines. Advertisements for weight-loss aids, gyms, and supposedly he...

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Tags: Diet, Fitness, Health, New year's, Resolutions

Regift for charity and other year-end donations

Once the gifts were all opened, right in the middle of holiday thankfulness, you may have experienced a twinge: "Where am I going to put all this stuff?" Or perhaps certain items made you want to say, "You shouldn't have." With more stuff coming in the door during the holidays, it's only natural ...

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Tags: Charity, Holiday, Regifting, Thrift

You are what you eat - but do you change when your diet changes?

Ben Adler's in-depth article: Are Cows Worse Than Cars? also tries to answer another question: Why are many environmentalists reluctant to take on meat-eating as a key climate-changing behavior? "Environmentalists, who know they must change the stereotype that they are all either tree-hugging rad...

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