Organic Produce and Why It Matters (or, My Letter to the Manager at Giant Eagle)

What follows is a letter I wrote tonight to the manager of my local grocery store.  I was really irritated by a response I got from his produce manager last week when I asked about organic grapes.  Instead of just ranting about it and letting it go (otherwise known as complaining, which no one needs) I took a step towards solving my problem by communicating my dissatisfaction to him.  Cross your fingers!  I'll let you know if I get a response.  (*Personal names and location have been changed.) *...more

for taking the time to read. Isn't it scary to think about the things we expose our kids to, ...more

Worth it? Apples to Apples

I’ve decided to do a little Q & A on Inspire Planning. I ‘d love for readers to comment on this post! Please leave the name of an eco-friendly choice in the marketplace and I’ll tell you if it’s WORTH IT or NOT, hopefully every Wednesday. Any thing from bamboo floor to toothpaste!...more

And speaking of organic...

My brother is a farmer. Up until 5 months ago, I would have told you that he would never be a farmer.  And suddenly, he is wanting my grandpa's old overalls and works shirts and jackets.  Because my grandpa was a farmer. My brother's girlfriend has a farm.  I don't know  if they are currently, but if they aren't, they would like to become a CSA farm (Community Supported Agriculture).  They are dedicated to growing food organically.  This is great!  I'm happy they are doing what they love and are committed to. They li...more

Living Nicely: Is Cadmium Shrek's Kryptonite?

Poor Shrek! It appears he and his cohorts have fallen victim to cadmium. Am I making light of a serious subject? Maybe, but the media seems to be making a circus of this latest recall....more

Pesticides and ADHD: Having Salad with a Side of Suspected Toxins

 I try to buy organic fruits and veggies, at least the dirty dozen.  Organic milk too. Pasta, once or twice....more

Evironmental Clothes Shopping

• Think about where your clothes come from. Clothing made under fair-wage and labour practices will usually advertise it. • Wear organic. Though cotton is marketed as clean, fresh, and natural, conventional varieties are anything but. It takes a third of a pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides READ MORE... ...more

Ever since I started blogging for hip & zen I've gotten ...more