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High Demand for Avocados Fuels Mass Deforestation in Mexico

By Fredrica Syren, a.k.a. Green mom: Last week I wrote a post about the health benefits of avocados, then someone pointed out that this popular food causes lots of problems for the environment. I have to admit that, at first, I had no clue what he was talking about — …

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Hawaii to Ban Swimming with Spinner Dolphins

By Kim Robson: Hawaii’s Spinner dolphins are nocturnal – they hunt for food at night and then come closer to shore during the day to rest, socialize and nurture their young. Unfortunately, daytime is when tour groups interact with the dolphins. Spinners are famous for their acrobatic displays, leaping from the water and spinning along their longitudinal axis as they soar through the air. Federal regulators are …

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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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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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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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What Can You Do to Help Save the Rainforest?

By Fredrica Syren:  The problem of deforestation in the Amazon is not new. But it has gotten much worse since the early 2000s, when Brazil’s government allowed substantially more farming in the Amazon as global demand for beef and animal feed increased. Is this a problem for us? Well, yes, because the Amazon, known as the lungs of our planet, provides 20% of the entire world’s oxygen, which …

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Six Most Polluted Countries in the World

 By Amanda Wilkes: Most of us know about pollution. In fact, many of us live in it every single day. What may be more shocking than the pollution itself is discovering which countries have been named as the biggest polluters in the world. Is your country included on the top six pack …

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Fighting Food Waste Worldwide

By Fredrica Syren: Did you know that almost 800 million people around the globe do not get enough food to eat, and that poor nutrition kills 3.5 million children each year? It’s shocking and even more frustrating if you add that about 40 percent of all food grown for humans …

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Beating the Heat in the City

By Kim Robson:  Big cities are heat islands. All that concrete, asphalt and glass absorb heat, then reflect it. Rooftops and cars heat up quickly in the summer sun. Add to that a dearth of shade from green spaces and mature trees, and being in the city during the dog days of summer can be downright intolerable. Plus, air-conditioning units are …

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Soy No Longer a Threat to the Rainforest

By Amanda Wilkes: Nearly 6 times the size of Texas, the Amazon, also known as the “lungs of our planet,” is under constant pressure because of the human race’s demands for commodities. However, the Amazon may be breathing a little easier these days, thanks to the efforts put forth by …

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