Organic Issues

4 Tips for Beating the Greenwashing Game

by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate We live in a world where companies use terms like “natural,” “botanical,” “pure,” and “free” when their products are actually full of harmful chemicals. These companies spend millions on slick advertising campaigns to get you to buy their products—stacking the deck against you, the consumer. Many […]

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A New Resistance

by guest blogger Ed Brown, documentary filmmaker I really thought I’d learned enough about toxic chemicals to last a lifetime. After directing the film Unacceptable Levels, which took me more than four years to create, I really believed there wasn’t anything left to say. I knew that we have 80,000-plus chemicals in our system of […]

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Is the Grocery Manufacturers Association a Relic?

by guest blogger Robyn O’Brien, author and former financial and food-industry analyst The Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage, and consumer-product companies, but is it a relic of the 20th century? Questions that are starting to pop up about the Grocery Manufacturers Association include: Is it still delivering […]

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Your Climate Bill Is Due

by guest blogger “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director Americans have a serious spending problem. Our nation is $17.5 trillion in debt; we finance new homes, cars, and educations pretty much as a rule; we use credit cards like free money. And we spend way beyond our means when it comes to the environment. […]

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This Is What a Happy Pig Looks Like!

The Internet is filled with horrible pictures of pigs confined in tiny cages with their tails cut off. The Internet is also filled with adorable pictures of cute little piglets that are typically pets or cartoons. But Internet, I would like to introduce you to a happy, healthy ORGANIC farm pig. This Rodale Institute pig […]

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5 Disgusting Facts about Roundup

by Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com Pesky weeds popping up in your yard? Here’s what to not reach for—Roundup. While glyphosate, the active ingredient in America’s favorite weedkiller, Roundup, has been marketed as “safe” and even “biodegradable,” the science is pouring in, and, well, the results are gross. 1. You’re eating it—in “excessive” levels. […]

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Your Plate Is the Answer

by guest blogger Ellen Gustafson, sustainable food-system activist, author, innovator, and social entrepreneur Our global food system is a pretty powerful thing. The system produces enough calories to feed every person on the planet more than each of us needs, and many of us have more diverse food options than our grandparents could have ever […]

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Free the Bees from Forced Slavery!

It feels like I’ve written this blog before, but a quick search tells me I haven’t. Either way, a recent story brought this topic to my attention again… On May 21, 2014, a tractor-trailer full of beehives crashed on the highway in Delaware, “accidentally” freeing millions of bees. No one was seriously injured, other than […]

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