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Is Your Sofa Killing You?–Chemicals Lurking In Your Home

By James Harker-Syren Last week, if someone had asked me, “What about this picture is potentially killing your kids?” I would have looked at them like they were crazy.  This is my Facebook profile picture, for crying out loud. What are you talking about? One day while driving to work, I …

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Support Small Farms-Farm Apprenticeships

By Kim Robson: Are farmers going extinct? Some experts believe the collapse of our current big agribusiness food system may be imminent because of its dependence on three fragile conditions: cheap petroleum, plentiful clean water, and a stable climate — none of which are guaranteed in our future. Our aging …

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Going Meatless One Meal a Week to Help Save the Planet

By Fredrica Syren: I know that whenever I talk about eating less meat people start to roll their eyes at me because, well, I’m a vegan, so “of course I want everyone to join me in the vegan life.” Actually, the truth is that I tend not to preach a …

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Fighting Food Waste Worldwide: Part II 

By Larraine Roulston : To follow up on Fredrica’s recent article that noted nearly 800 million people do not have enough food to live a healthy life, Green-Mom feels this issue is serious enough to merit even more attention. As well as knowing that up to forty percent of all our food …

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Got Too Many Tomatoes?

By Kim Robson:  This is the time of year when our backyard tomato plants are heavy with ripe fruit. Every day brings a few more and they start to pile up. I can use only so many. But I don’t want to give them away, either. How to best preserve the season’s bounty? My favorite standby method is this great …

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We’re Quickly Depleting Our Natural Resources

By Larraine Roulston: Ecological Debt Day, later to become Earth Overshoot Day, was established to monitor the rate at which humans are consuming the earth’s natural resources. It was originally developed by Andrew Simms of the UK think tank New Economics Foundation. Results posted annually show that, globally, humans are demanding more ecological resources and services than the earth has capacity to …

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Avocado—The Green Gem

By Fredrica Syren:   After living in Sweden for 3 years, we just moved to sunny San Diego; and the very first thing I did when I arrived was … eat an avocado! Yes, for 3 years I have endured not only a colder climate but also bad avocados (at least that’s my opinion). Avocado is one of the purest foods ever and can be eaten …

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Protect Your Fur Babies

 By Amanda Wilkes: My boyfriend and I are proud pet owners of a 2 ½-year-old English Labrador, whom we treat and spoil as if it were our firstborn child. Our little fur baby always has been healthy, happy and full of love. However, last week we faced a full-blown nightmare after treating our pup with Frontline Plus, which …

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Redefining Beautiful Fruits & Veggies    

By Larraine Roulston: In a league of their own are classy carrots with a twist, popular potatoes sporting scars, delicious apples decorated with dimples, and beets boasting blemishes. These fruits and vegetables with character are beautifully nutritious from the inside out! Due to an aggressive attempt to combat food waste, …

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DIY Apple Cider Vinegar

By Kim Robson:  For centuries, vinegar has been used for countless purposes: pickling, pest control, personal and household cleaning, and cooking. But did you know that vinegar, specifically apple cider vinegar (ACV), is also an ancient folk remedy? Hippocrates is said to have prescribed ACV for a variety of ailments. Be wary of books and websites that …

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