• 01
    Aug

    Green Steps 101

    Living green experts for years generally agree that the top three steps to take toward a green and sustainable home begins with bedding (we spend up to 1/3 of our lives in direct contact) and goes on to include flooring, paint, etc. We would argue that the number one...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Factory vs. Farm Food

    In 2013, the Washington Examiner reported that the National Corn Growers Association had declared Virginia Organic Corn production the world’s largest harvest. David Hula, a farmer near Richmond Va., broke Iowa’s 12-year record of 442 bushels of corn per acre with 454 organic bushels! Critics are now questioning just...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Microban Ban?

    Studies dating back to 2003 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Kaiser Permanente continue to confirm that there is “no evidence that environmental surface finishes or fabrics containing antimicrobials assist in preventing infections”. Most commonly known as Microban, Triclosan was...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Realize Rail-Wise

    Trains move 2,000 lbs of freight between 430 and 600 miles on a single (one) gallon of fuel!

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  • 01
    Aug

    Keystone XL Pipeline Question

    Will it really cost less to build a pipeline dividing an entire country (Canada to the Gulf of Mexico) and endangering an aquifer than building a new local refinery close by fostering a regionalized distribution system that would directly benefit those producing it in the first place?

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  • 01
    Aug

    Reason to do something or nothing.

    “One man’s imagined community is another man’s political prison.” (Anderson, 1983)

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  • 01
    Aug

    Random Act(s) of Kindness

    We are all familiar with “paying the toll for the car behind.” I live in a city where older people still genuinely mean the best when they nod or even say hello, but Cathy O’Grady and friends (as reported initially in Boston Magazine and later by The Good News...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Oz on Alz

    I was recently told about an episode on Dr. Oz where he brought in some of the top minds working on Alzheimer’s. One of the gentlemen was a leading surgeon who has studied the brains of Alzheimer’s patients postmortem. Unlike most studies that find a percentage of evidence that...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Paper vs. cloth

    According to a new book titled “Your Water Footprint,” Stephen Leahey reports a cloth napkin that is reused costs about 1.2 gallons of water per use whereas a disposable paper napkin is 4 gallons! Flax or Hemp napkins can reduce this, he says, to as little as .25 gallons!...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Chemical Warfare for the new Millennium

    US law currently restricts a mere 11 ingredients from cosmetics. The EU regulates and restricts 1300! Out of over 60,000 industrial chemicals, US regulators have only been able to demonstrate “sufficient risk” for five (asbestos) under a law dating back to 1976. The EU is currently looking at legislation...

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