By Theresa Noll, cross-posted at On The Issues MagazineIt has been nearly 50 years since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring and exposed the harmful effects of DDT, but the lessons of her story remain as important as they were half a century ago....more
CNN reported on a book "Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living" by Robert and Brenda Vale, which asserts that dogs are as bad for the environment as driving an SUV, because they are carnivores and a lot of land is required to produce dog food....more
Of course, when you focus on tackling those bigger problems -- childhood obesity, say -- they can seem so vast that you get discouraged from ever getting involved in finding solutions. Still, changing what you eat in your own home is a relatively simple task that clearly has much bigger environmental and health consequences. If you've made personal changes -- whether it's to eat more fresh veggies, to seek out more local produce, or to opt for organic products whenever possible -- you're already part of the solution.
I polled my other green blogging friends to find out what their eco-resolutions were for 2011, and I got a variety of answers. Some want to simplify and relax. Others want to jump into new challenges. Have a look at the responses and see if any of these goals match ones you’re pursuing this year.
Okay I jumped on the bandwagon, I have reusable bags that I to take to the grocery store for my purchases. These bags are everywhere. Businesses are selling them or giving them away and slapping a brand name logo on the side. Everyone's doing their part for the environment, right?
My friend Joy, the bargain shopper, brought me a bag from TJ Maxx that was HUGE. I couldn't believe it....more
MSNBC did a news feature today about feral pigs and boars in the mid west bothering residents and destroying property. They are large, feral, smart, plentiful and definitely winning the battle of wits. The proposed solution, and one that appears to be embraced by the government, is to hunt and kill them, or "manage the population". These pigs were originally brought here for the convenience of wealthy land owners who wanted the ability to hunt near home rather than traveling to where the pigs were indigenous. So - humans are lazy - shoot the pigs....more
As a college graduate deciding where to begin my career, it didn't occur to me to use air quality as one of the criteria. I was blinded by love for my husband-to-be. His home, western Pennsylvania, became my home. I could have returned to Ohio or relocated to Hawaii. But no, I chose to reside north of Pittsburgh.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is not just a worrisome chemical in hard plastic water bottles, baby bottles, and sippy cups. Almost all canned foods are full of the stuff. And our biggest source of exposure could be the thermal paper cash register receipts we handle every time we shop, especially during the holiday season. The fact is that BPA is in a lot of surprising products we touch every day and in higher levels than we previously thought. Will our government protect us from this chemical? Or must we as consumers take matters into our own hands?
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