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Communicating the Urgency of Our Shrinking Biodiversity

"If we want to do something about future food crises, we should name them today, and name them properly. Problems unnamed or improperly named are problems left unsolved," writes guest blogger for Grist, Cary Fowler. This post, similar in nature to the one about naming the climate crisis, also in...

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Tags: Biodiversity, Disaster, Heirloom seed, Language, Marketing, Seed, Semantics

The Remote Control: Keeper of Stories, Waster of Resources?

This great quote about TV and resource use comes from Duane Elgin in Yes! Magazine, via No Impact Man: Someone once observed that people live by stories, including nations, and that if you can control people's stories, you don't need to control their armies or legislatures, because you already c...

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Tags: Advertising, Consumption, Media, Television, Tv

Green Jobs, Greenwashing, and the Importance of a Green Semantics

Joel Makower from GreenBiz.com asks an important question: "'Green jobs' has become a rallying cry for activists and politicians alike. They're soon to arrive, and in big numbers -- right?" Everyone is waiting to unwrap the "stimulus package," hoping that inside they will find a financial soluti...

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Tags: Bailout, Green jobs, Language, Policy

The Egg of Discord: Unclear Ethical Concerns Lead to Controversy

If you're among the majority of Americans and don't keep your own egg-laying hens, you may still want the most ethical egg that money can buy. The New York Times' article, Sorting Through the Claims of the Boastful Egg, can help demystify your egg purchases, distinguishing between the labeling a...

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Tags: Eggs, Ethics, Fair trade, Food, Local, Organic

The Refrigerator: Cause of Energy Waste or Solution to Food Waste?

The New York Times' article "Trashing the Fridge" was a great example of passionate environmentalists on both sides of an issue without a clear-cut right or wrong. For those on the anti-fridge side, coolers, maybe a small freezer, frequent trips to the grocery store and smart planning have helpe...

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Tags: Appliance efficiency, Culture, Food packaging, Food waste, Fridge, Refrigerator

Imagining the Climate Impact of Fast Food

Funny that just the other day I posted that menus could go farther than just posting calorie counts by including the carbon impact of each entree. Grist posted about the disconnect between fast food and its global ramifications today in much more graphic terms: "Fast food chains are part of a va...

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Tags: Fast food, Imagination, Oil, Petroleum

Dairy Cow Dreaming, New Zealand Style

The social hierarchy of a dairy herd is such that, if left to organize, they will be milked in the same order every day. The older, wiser cows jostle to the front of the herd. The younger, unruly members follow along reluctantly, offering the farmer a kick when possible. Like humans, cows menstru...

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Tags: Cows, Dairy farming, New zealand

The Experts Say "Go Veg" - But Will We?

Ok, ok, we get it - going vegetarian (and eating locally grown, in season food) is the best thing for the environment. It's better for our overall health to throw more veggies into the mix. It can be better for our wallets. It's better for everything ever! So why are so many adults resistant to ...

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Tags: Food, Meat, Trial, Vegan, Vegetarian

Little Food and Prep Changes Add Up

I'm preparing for my Eat Clean Diet trial and have already started phasing a few things out of my diet and adding some others in. Out goes soda, most candy, potato chips, and the little Bob Evan's sausuage biscuits that I adore. In comes more veggies, water, and dried fruit and nuts. Making my b...

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Tags: Cater to the eart, Eat clean, Food resolutions

Europeans Have Their Own Climate Change Skeptics

Apparently not all Europeans are snooping into each other's garbage looking for recycling infractions. Some, like Czech president Vaclav Klaus don't believe in global warming, and even worse, like to take out their frustrations on everyone's favorite target, Al Gore. I don’t think that there is ...

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Tags: Climate change skeptic, European union, Global warming, Science

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