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DIY Seed Pots from Common Household Items

By Kim Robson: It might be hard to believe, depending on where you live, but summer is fast approaching, and so is planting season. Lots of folks in colder climes like to start seeds on a sunny windowsill to give plants a head start. Of course, all garden centers sell …

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Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

By Fredrica Syren: My friend Cori gave me lots of large pumpkins that she grew this fall. I roasted and pureed most of them, and froze them. Cooking with pumpkins is lots of work but so worth the time and effort. Not only does it taste great but it is …

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The Inconvenient Truth about the Convenience of Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: Let’s be real about plastic, shall we? It’s wonderful how it’s light, cheap — and everywhere. You buy big rolls of it to wrap and cover foods; you get plastic for your produce; and you carry your groceries home in it. You buy plastic toothbrushes, toys, and …

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The Impact of Recycling and How You Can Make a Difference

By Larraine Roulston: In 1984, the Recycling Council of Ontario proclaimed “Recycling Week.” By 1990, Ontario’s ambitious objective was to reduce its solid waste stream through recycling by 50% over the following decade. Europe’s goal was 60% – 80%. Sadly, we have not met those lofty objectives. To date, however, …

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Green Printing: An Eco-friendly Printing Solution

By Adele Vitolo: Printing is mandatory in any business. It is true that digital communications are becoming increasingly popular in current scenario, but there would always be times when printing the traditional way would be necessary. You would then need paper and printer for communication, but you can’t do with …

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Earth Day 2015

By Fredrica Syren: Happy Earth Day!!!  Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet and to reflect on what is going on with Earth. Now the most celebrated environmental day worldwide, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day on April 22, 1970, to promote ecology and respect for life on …

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Add to Your Health — Safe Tips for Dietary Supplements

By Dawna Matthews: As children, we often were told to take our vitamins. I trusted that these little cartoon shaped vitamins were filled with goodness for me, and would make me stronger and give me more energy to play each day. As we grow older, we now are advised of …

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Sustainable Paper Towel Helps Farmers: A New Market Opportunity

By Fredrica Syren: On the horizon are new paper and tissue that will be environmentally friendly as well as create a new market for farmers. Made by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the paper towels and tissues are called the Green Harvest line. They will include 20 percent wheat straw in hopes of …

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Has Seed Sharing Been Made Illegal in the United States?

By Kim Robson: For thousands of years, farmers have reclaimed and cleaned seeds from the harvest, then kept them over the winter for replanting the next spring. Agri-business giant Monsanto had had enough of that. They developed genetically modified (GM) seeds that resist Monsanto’s own herbicide, Roundup™, allowing farmers to …

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Getting Ready for Earth Week Events

By Larraine Roulston: During the 1960s, a small but vocal group of environmentalists began spreading the word about soiled beaches, unchecked pesticide use, polluted waters and toxic waste. This action led to the creation of Earth Day on April 22,1970. The activities that fired the imaginations of citizens quickly expanded …

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