Environment

What an Extra $10 at Your
Farmers Market Can Do

by guest blogger Susan Sink, vice president of development and external affairs for the American Farmland Trust We all have seen it: endless miles of malls, parking lots, and red lights in a world scaled for bulldozers and cars but not humanity. The sprawl of unchecked development eating into the fertile lands closest to our […]

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The Other Fracking Problem

by Maya K. van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper The natural gas industry and its pipeline partners are constantly assuring us, through commercials on TV and radio, about the safety of their operations: They don’t hurt the environment; they don’t harm public health; they don’t contribute to climate change; they don’t make life in their host communities […]

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How Fracking Affects Your
Farmer’s Market

by guest blogger Harriet Shugarman, executive director and founder of ClimateMama and a mentor and climate leader for the Climate Reality Project As we become more careful about what we put into our bodies, options and opportunities to be more health conscious abound: organic, non-GMO, gluten free…the list goes on. Will we soon be adding […]

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A New Hive Mentality

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. This past winter was another tough one for the humble honeybee. Winter losses as reported by beekeepers nationwide rose from 22 percent in 2011/2012 to 31 percent in 2012/2013. Bees pollinate more than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world’s food.

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Break Up with Your Makeup:
It Could Be Toxic

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. Spring is in bloom, and romance is in the air. But before puckering up, you’d be wise to consider the results of a new analysis that found troubling levels of toxins in cosmetics—particularly lipstick.

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5 Reasons We DON’T Need More
Oil Pipelines

by Emily Main. It’s a topic that’s nearly yawn-worthy, environmentalists spouting their rage at an oil company trying to build a pipeline. Big deal, right? We all want lower gas prices, and more oil means cheaper gas. Except that’s not the way the world works anymore, and there really is a
 serious threat to our food and water from a pipeline, the fate of which is
expected to be decided this summer.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Air Fresheners

by guest blogger Cassidy Randall. Have you ever wondered what’s in those myriad air fresheners that make your home smell like a tropical vacation or a woodsy cabin surrounded by wildflowers? It’s certainly not roses… Here are five reasons we think you should avoid air fresheners altogether.

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A Recipe for Great Growth

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. When it comes to growing food, it takes a village. But not the kind of village you might think. Communities of bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other microorganisms are the villagers that truly affect how our plants grow. It’s these micro-villagers that gardeners, farmers, and landscape professionals should be focused on luring onto, and into, our land.

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