Cater to the Earth: Tastebud-friendly, Tofu-optional

What's for dinner today and how does it affect our tomorrow? Is it possible to eat conveniently, tastefully, and frugally at the same time? What attitudes about food do we bring to the table, and should all of them (or any of them) be changed? What facets of the food industry can be made more ...

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Can the recession save the rainforests?

There was a great article in the New York Times today, dealing with deforestation in Brazil. It's always mystified me why we are still allowing thousands of acres of irreplaceable rainforest to be cut down every year. Maybe once upon a time it seemed like the forest stretched on forever, but now,...

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Homelessness and the Environment: Squatting on the Edge of a Planet in Crisis

See full size / source Homelessness and the environment are two issues not usually discussed together unless one is enumerating pressing problems of our times. Yet homeless individuals are at the nexus of a number of environmental issues. For example, homeless people are perhaps the most visible...

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Fair Trade and the Environment: The big picture

Source It's less and less defensible for business interests to make decisions resulting in short-term profit for some at the expense of the earth itself (see an earlier post on this topic). While it's important for our thinking to include the environment, we can't stop there. Our current economi...

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The Give List

Now is time of truth. The last few days before the holidays are when simplicity is most likely to be tested. Unexpected last-minute gifts may arrive, forcing us to make fast decisions about expectations for reciprocity from family and friends. Parties that have been planned for are now taking pla...

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Tags: Charity, Community, Generosity, Givelist, Giving, Shopping, Volunteer

Dwight K. Schrute would definitely be a New Dreamer

There is a great blog called Cheap Healthy Good that does an amazing job at providing, well, cheap healthy good recipes and food tips that are eco-friendly and money-conscious. Plus, they writers are pretty witty. Check out the following blog post they wrote a while back: 11 Things Dwight K. Schr...

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Tags: Cater to the earth, Local food

A Letter to the President-Elect: Food Democracy Now

In a New York Times Op-Ed yesterday, Nicholas D. Kristof suggested a change in nomenclature and thinking about food in the next administration: Obama’s ‘Secretary of Food’? "A Department of Agriculture made sense 100 years ago when 35 percent of Americans engaged in farming. But today, fewer than...

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Tranquility is Green: Serene Gift Ideas

Kimberly Wilson is a DC based teacher, author, activist, entrepreneur and designer, who owns the Tranquil Space yoga studios in Dupont Circle, Arlington, and Bethesda. As a student at Tranquil Space, I am often blown away by the Center's commitment to mindful living, environmental justice, and a ...

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Tags: Gift ideas, Memories, Traditions

The No-Plastic Holiday Challenge

While most of us have a vague sense that plastic is part of almost every aspect of our lives, Beth Terry measures every ounce that passes through her household. She keeps a graph of her personal plastic waste output at the top of her blog, Fake Plastic Fish. Reading about the creative ways she fi...

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Tags: Gifts, Packaging, Plastic, Reduce waste, Wrapping

The gift of experience

If it seems like the word "economy" is on every adult's lips these days, an awareness of our shaky economic situation has also entered many kids' minds. Node Research, a youth opinion research company, found that "84% of America's 39 Million 9 to 17 year olds are very or somewhat worried about cu...

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