Environment

Whoops! ‘Safe’ Weedkiller Now a ‘Probable Human Carcinogen’

  by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com For years, chemical reps assured farmers that Roundup was safe and “biodegradable.” Fast-forward and farmers now spray more than 185 million pounds of glyphosate—the active ingredient in Roundup—on U.S. food crops. It’s also the most popular weedkiller used in yards, gardens, parks, and playgrounds all […]

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Change Makers: Danielle Vogel, Leveraging the past to Create a More Sustainable Future

by guest blogger Lily Oswald, freelance environmental and garden writer Danielle Vogel, a young entrepreneur out of Washington DC, is shaking up Capitol Hill one bite at a time by delivering tasty foods to the community via Glen’s Garden Market. Glen’s is a grocery store with a unique mission: to populate the shelves with local […]

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Are You Eating These 12 ‘Dirty’ Fruits and Vegetables?

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com Here’s a not-so-fun fact you need to know: Even if you rinse, scrub, and peel your fruits and veggies, harmful—sometimes even brain-damaging—pesticides often remain. That’s because many weed- and bug-killing chemicals on the market are systemic, meaning they are taken up inside of the food you […]

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Save the Date: Earth Gratitude Wave, April 22, 2015

I was sitting outside this past Thanksgiving, surrounded by beautiful trees and rolling hills and feeling grateful for the crisp, clean air, when it occurred to me that we should have a similar holiday of thanksgiving for the earth. However, we don’t need a whole new holiday for Earth; we have Earth Day. We also […]

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The Latest Scientific Research on Why Organic Is Better for You

In preparation for an upcoming talk, I thought it would be a good idea to check in on the latest scientific research regarding agricultural chemicals and our health. I did extensive research for Organic Manifesto, but that was published in 2009, so it was time for an update based on more recent scientific studies. Therefore, […]

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GMO Mosquitoes, Oh, My! 5 Reasons to Support a Non-GMO Future

by guest blogger Courtney Pineau, associate director of the Non-GMO Project In GMO news, 2015 has started off with a bang. From Arizona considering mandatory labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms to the recently released Nielsen’s Global Health and Wellness Survey, which showed that younger people are continuing to seek out organic and non-GMO […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: Health & Healing

Toxic chemicals are all around us—in our foods, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, soaps, and lawn and garden products. These chemicals (in “fragrance,” BPA, phthalates, and other ingredients) harm our bodies and our earth. And when it comes to healing ourselves, often many of us are reaching out to what is ultimately a toxic product. But what […]

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My Dream for All Farmers

I know farmers in Brooklyn who raise bees on rooftops and kale in former junkyards. I’ve spoken at hippie organic-farming conferences in California at which I’ve met organic farmers, used to being considered outsiders, who are passionate about what they do. I’ve been in the homes of Mennonite farmers who speak Pennsylvania Dutch into their […]

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