Millennium Consumption Goals—Part 2

The Millennium Consumption Goals are moving forward—and thanks to all the great comments we received, they’re getting more nuanced too!

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Health, Policy

Fight Germs the Natural Way

This past weekend President Obama declared swine flu (H1N1 virus) as a national emergency outbreak. Before you rush out and buy harsh and unnatural soap to fight against the virus, keep in mind the recent studies showing that antibacterial soap is no better than traditional soap in helping preven...

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Tags: Antibacterial, Clean, Health, Soap, Swine flu

Socrates and the Win/Fail of Everyday Life

Death declines during depressions, reports Mother Jones' Blue Marble Blog. Blogger Julia Whitty traces the causality back to the stressful working habits, overindulgent fast-food eating practices, and increases in cardiovascular and respiratory deaths related to atmospheric pollution. This all g...

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Tags: Health, Material, Mortality, Philosophy, Recession

Green Dieting Without Gimmicks: Seeking a Healthy Relationship to Food

Food is as essential to the environmental movement as it is to life. From genetically modified and organic produce, deforestation and meat consumption, transport and fossil fuels, packaging and paper/ waste, food cuts across our most basic relationship to the environment. Perhaps no o...

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Tags: Diet, Food, Health, Social, Tips

Should cooling homes efficiently be a priority?

Part of the stimulus package is going to the weatherization of homes across the country, something the federal government has been doing since the 1970s for low-income people, according to the New York Times. This time, there's a difference. A greater portion of the program's money is going towa...

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Tags: Air conditioning, Global warming, Health, Heat, Summer

Why We Have a Coke and a Smile

An article in Civil Eats today brought up a subject I've been trying to avoid: soda addiction. It's a subject covered in this blog before: why is it so hard to kick the soda habit? In my own case, soda addiction is something I really do struggle with. Since dietary restrictions keep me from drink...

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Tags: Beverage, Consumer, Consumption, Diet, Health, Recycle, Soda

Carpets: Soft Under Your Toes, Long-Lasting in the Landfill

You may already know that carpets can be hazardous to your health...if you have dust mite allergies. What you may not realize is how toxic carpets are to the earth. The vast majority of carpets are plastic, and most of those end up in the landfill. The New York Times has the story: The E.P.A. es...

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Tags: Carpet, Clean, Floor, Health, Home, House, Rug

Aiming for the Heart and the Stomach: Food Reform

"I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach," said Upton Sinclair about his book The Jungle a story of workers' rights set in the filthy stockyards of the early 20th century. At the time, readers focused more on the tainted sausages and less on the men, women, and chil...

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Tags: Factory, Food, Food safety, Health, Processing, Worker

Healthy, Convenient, Inexpensive: The Three Dietary Pillars

My post the other day referred to a cashier's wish that she could afford to feed her family as well as a health-conscious customer. My point was that the more challenges you have in your life, the harder it is to make lifestyle changes. Then I came across a post in the always thought-provoking V...

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Tags: Diet, Food, Health, Money, Vegetarian

Cook with Homegrown Herbs for Simple, Inexpensive, Satisfying Meals

Science may have created all sorts of artificial flavors that we may have learned to seek out in processed foods, but there's no substitute for real flavors. A handful of just-picked basil, rosemary, or sage will give any dish a burst of savory freshness that can't be found in the high-salt seaso...

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Tags: Diy, Flavor, Garden, Health, Herb, Taste

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