Environment

Support Earth Month by Taking the Non-GMO Challenge

by guest blogger Courtney Pineau, acting director of the Non-GMO Project For the past 44 years, people across the globe have celebrated our beloved planet during Earth Month in April. Originating from the first Earth Day, which occurred on April 22, 1970, this monthlong celebration serves as a reminder of the many steps we can […]

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Cultivating Wildness

For all of you lazy buns out there who don’t want to start a garden but still want to help heal nature (and humanity, by the way), I have an idea for you. Take a piece of your yard—any piece—and make it a designated wilderness zone. Cultivate some wildness! It seems a little scandalous, doesn’t […]

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Just say NO to Nanos!

by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate What are they? Nanoparticles are miniscule particles, measured in billionths of a meter, that have introduced a new generation of potentially risky and broadly used ingredients into personal care products. Many of these ingredients’ health effects are not fully studied or understood, and are largely unregulated. […]

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5 Reasons Why This Is the Most Important Year Ever to Start a Garden

Sure, every year is a great year to start a vegetable garden, but this year I kind of realized how Noah must have felt when he decided it might be a good time to build an ark. I first got the feeling when I saw all the dead and dry fields of California. A little […]

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What We Can Learn from the California Drought

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus, author and environmental health advocate Maybe you’ve heard about the ongoing drought in California. Maybe you haven’t because you don’t live there, and you think that a lack of water in one state has nothing to do with the 49 others. But we’d all be wise to pay close attention […]

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Save the Monarchs, Spread the Milkweed

I’m one of those people who need to explore my surroundings, so when I found myself in Pacific Grove, California, for a conference, I couldn’t leave without visiting the Monarch Sanctuary. This was especially necessary because the monarchs are “wintering” in California right now. I wasn’t about to give up a chance to see thousands […]

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California’s Very Big Drought

The problem with California is that it’s just so beautiful. And sunny. All the time. Of course, that’s why it’s known as “sunny California.” Apparently, though, winter is the rainy season. You wouldn’t know it from being here, though. The state is experiencing its longest drought in more than 100 years. And that’s a bad […]

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Balancing Act

by guest blogger Elizabeth G. Craig My boys have been sick all week with fevers. A little bit of the sniffles, too, but mostly this incessant fever that, when it spikes, leaves them glassy-eyed and lethargic. These normally healthy, energetic boys are going to bed during the day on their own, with no urging from […]

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