Fair-Trade Toast for Valentine's Day

Want to celebrate Valentine's with your main squeeze without putting the squeeze on poor farmers? Pair up a few morsels of your favorite organic, fair trade chocolate with America's first fair trade beer! Maine-based Peak Organic recently brewed up their first batch of Espresso Amber Ale. It's ma...

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Tags: Beer, Fair-trade alcohol, Valentine's day

Jelly-Filled Dreams - Week 3 High-Fructose Corn Syrup Free

January 27, 2009 On the way to work this morning, in the elevator to the 9th floor, I remembered the terrible nightmare I had… I was stuffing my face full of Boston creams and raspberry jelly-filled pastries. I was grabbing them ravenously and taking huge bites to satisfy some primeval craving....

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Tags: Corn, Cravings, Hfcs, New year's resolutions

What's In a Name? With Climate Change, We'll Still Feel the Heat

Does the environmental movement need to market a "little green pill"? Grist brought up a fascinating question today in the post Naming the climate disaster. Gar Lipow writes, "After all, denier blather about a new ice age also describes a (discredited) type of climate change," but says that "glo...

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Tags: Advertising, Green movement, Marketing

A Salty Tale of Dietary Stumbles

My New Year's food resolution had two related components: 1. Eat less processed food (and thus more homemade, fresh stuff) 2. Eat less salt. Like resolutuions tend to, things began rather well. I rediscovered a love for eggplant, made several large batches of soup that with a handful of fresh spi...

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Tags: Diet, New year's resolutions, Salt

Does Being German Mean You Have to Eat A Lot of Meat?

From the Guardian; Schnitzel off the menu as Germans are told to cut down on eating meat. Germany's federal environment agency has issued a strong advisory for people to return to prewar norms of eating meat only on special occasions and otherwise to model their diet on that of Mediterranean cou...

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Tags: Europe, Meat reducation, Reducing meat

Children of the Corn: Week 2 Without High Fructose Corn Syrup

I’ve been off corn syrup for about two weeks. To be honest, it has been a little heartbreaking. I have seen a pattern in the tempting foods I have had to cut out. A sense of nostalgia tends to accompany items that contain corn syrup, high fructose or otherwise. Not to be a Little Debbie Downer, ...

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Tags: Corn, Hfcs, Mj hfcs, New year's resolutions

Everybody Here With Us Chickens - The Urban Chicken Coop

No Impact Man blogged about an intriguing movement going on in New York City: big-city henhouses. For a refreshingly bucolic touch among the city's blocks packed with human dwellings, city slickers are beginning to keep their own egg-hens, which is suprisingly not forbidden by city codes. Readin...

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Tags: Eggs, Food, Urban gardening

Good News: Cleaner Air Extending Lives

It's always good to start off a Monday on a positive note. In a rare upbeat article about the environment, the New York Times says, Researchers at Brigham Young University examined changes in life expectancy in 51 metropolitan areas, comparing those figures with improvements in air quality in ea...

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Tags: Air quality, Health, Quality of life

The EPA Wants You to Think of the Super (Porcelain) Bowl

Forget the carbon footprint of all those chicken wings and hero sandwiches, and think about Super Bowl Sunday in terms of water. About 90 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl--if everyone took a pit stop at half time, that would mean 300 million gallons flushing almost simultaneous...

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Tags: Epa plumbing

CDC Study: 1 in 200 Kids has Adopted a Vegetarian Diet

This article sure took me back... From Pass the tofu: 1 in 200 kids is vegetarian CDC study is government’s first estimate of how many children avoid meat: from article about CDC study Vegetarians say it’s animal welfare, not health, that most often causes kids to stop eating meat. “Compassion...

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Tags: Kids

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