July 17, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
How To Green a Restaurant
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by guest blogger Alberto Gonzalez. Restaurants are, without a doubt, big contributors to environmental degradation. However, things are changing in a very positive way. As more people become aware of how our everyday actions affect the planet, the demand for sustainability is rapidly growing, and now the question is not “Should we go green?” but rather, “How should we go green?”
July 12, 2012 • in Environment
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by Marcia Ishii-Eiteman. Imagine an invisible cloud of a cancer-causing 2,4-D weedkiller drifting slowly across your state. Well, one just blew 100 miles across California. How much of that drifting cloud settled on play structures, parks, schoolyards, and clothes drying on the line on the hot summer day? It’s hard to tell, but this invisible threat puts us all at risk.
July 05, 2012 • in Food & Recipes
People Don’t Want to Eat Pesticides
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by guest blogger Alex Formuzis. Millions of Americans have come to rely on Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce so they can eat plenty of healthy organic and conventional fruits and veggies without a bunch of pesticides. But the Alliance for Food and Farming, a front group for pesticide sprayers, is demanding that we cease publishing our list immediately.
June 12, 2012 • in Environment
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by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. A crib rail pinches a finger and in short order the product is recalled. Why isn’t it the same true for 2,4-D or glyphosate? Why don’t we hold toxic, man-made chemicals to the same sort of standard we hold other products?
June 05, 2012 • in Gardening
Organic Farming in a NYC
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by guest blogger Alberto Gonzalez. Hatching chicks from eggs, growing kale, and making homemade vanilla ice cream with only five ingredients. I’m not talking about life on a bucolic farm, or a culinary studies program for potential farm-to-table chefs—this is what’s going on at a public school in New York City.
May 31, 2012 • in Environment
Create an Edible Ecosystem:
No Fertilizer or Pest Control Needed
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by guest blogger Kristina Jones. The idea behind an “edible ecosystem” garden is that it’s a different but complementary approach to organic farming that mimics a natural ecosystem, like a forest, but with food plants instead of trees and shrubs. Nobody fertilizes the forest or sprays pesticides, but the oaks still make gazillions of acorns. So we’re learning to garden like a forest.
May 21, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
How to Make Organic Food Shopping
Fun for Kids (and Parents!)
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Food-shopping with kids can be an exercise in saying no over and over again until one is so exhausted and depressed that one finally says yes just once, and that’s how bad things come into the house. So, I created a game. It’s a fun game that works very, very well. It’s kind of like a cross between Where’s Waldo and I Spy…