Environment

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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Why All States Should All Have a New York State of Mind

  Photo by Adam Welz/CREDO/Flickr, licensed under CC 2.0 by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper Where were you when New York banned fracking? December 17, 2014, has now joined the list of “where were you when” moments for everyone involved in the fight to end fracking in the U.S. Based on an […]

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A Surprising Way to Help Farmers in 2015

by Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com Lately, I’ve been noticing a new kind of stress on the faces of fellow family farmers in my area. The worried eyes and furrowed brows aren’t the result of low crop yields, predator pressure, high feed prices, or even damaging storms. Those sorts of farming setbacks, while devastating, […]

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Where True Quality of Life Comes From

The following is an abridged version of the speech Maria Rodale delivered at the United Nations on Monday, December 8, 2014, upon receiving Auburn University’s International Quality of Life Laureate Award. The award recognizes outstanding global citizens who have made a significant contribution to improving the lives of people worldwide. Past laureates have included Archbishop […]

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In Gratitude

by guest blogger “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director Every day, when I get dressed, I put on something green. It’s a joke around the office that, if anyone sees me without green, I’ll give him or her $100. Thus far, I’ve never had to make a payout. I have a lot more green […]

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Bringing Our Money Back Down to Earth

  Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted with permission from the pamphlet “Commons nth: Common Sense for a Post Wall Street World,” by Woody Tasch, the founder of Slow Money. Over the past five years, more than $38 million has been invested in 350 small food enterprises via dozens of local Slow Money networks and […]

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