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Asha Kreiling

Asha Kerilling wrote for Green-Mom.com in 2012 and 2013. She is now working in environmental policy analysis and implementation in US cities.

Losing Touch with Nature in the Cyber World

By Asha Kreiling Since when are computer and television screens more exciting than the outdoors? When did iPads and video games replace fort building and tree climbing? Are we, especially younger generations, losing touch with the natural world as technology advances? It seems we are spending more time working, communicating …

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What It Means To Be an Environmentalist

By Asha Kreiling I’m no John Muir, but I do recycle! Am I an environmentalist? I’d like to say so, but what does that even mean — to be an environmentalist? I think it means many different things to many different people. To some, it means doing simple things to …

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Why CSA?

By Asha Kreiling On a quick stint to my local neighborhood market this afternoon, I left with bag of carrots, a head  of celery, and a package of blueberries. After further inspection of the produce labels on these items, I discovered they were all grown in California. Hmm … I …

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Serving of Seafood & a Side of Mercury

 By Asha Kreiling Sorry, pregnant ladies, no fish for you. If you’ve ever had a baby in your belly, then a doctor’s warning to limit or remove fish from your diet during pregnancy probably sounds familiar. I first heard of this while I was having a family dinner at a …

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Eating Organic on a Budget

By Asha Kreiling Eating organic means eating healthier, more sustainable, pesticide-, chemical-free food. Unfortunately, it also tends to mean buying more expensive food. When you buy organic, you’re paying for extra production labor, processing time, marketing, and organic certification. While conventional produce and food products are typically easier on your …

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It’s May! Get on Your Bike and Ride Away!

 By Asha Kreiling May is National Bike Month, which means it’s time to hop onto your two-wheeled apparatus of fun and pedal to school, work and everywhere else. Bicycle riding can improve your health, save you money on transportation or gasoline and reduce your impact on the environment. National Bike …

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Blue Zones-Lessons for Longevity

By Asha Kreiling In the U.S., the average life expectancy is about 78 years. Living past 90, 95, or 100 years seems almost inconceivable, but in some parts of the world, century-long lifespans are considered the norm. There are five of these places in the world, called Blue Zones, where …

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Cut Back on Corn!

By Asha Kreiling Corn is ubiquitous in the American food system. Take a gander at the ingredients label of a few food items on the shelves in a regular grocery store, and you will find that an astonishing number of them will list at least one corn-derived ingredient. High fructose …

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Animal Abuse Whistleblowing Attacked by Proposed Ag-gag Bills

By Asha Kreiling ​Few things disturb me as much as violence towards animals. I can’t tolerate more than a few seconds of footage of the animal abuse that seems to occur so nonchalantly in factory farms and slaughterhouses, but even the short clips I have managed to watch have had a …

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