An Intro to GMOs and the Path of Less Consumption

The buzz around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has grown to a fever pitch in recent months, with approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of three new kinds of genetically engineered (GE) foods: alfalfa (which becomes hay), a type of corn grown to produce ethanol, and sugar beets. And the approval by the Food and Drug Administration of a super-fast-growing salmon — the first genetically modified animal to be sold in the U.S., but probably not the last — may not be far behind.

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Is Our Sexuality (and our Future) at Stake? Maria Rodale’s take on the impact of Atrazine

There are several studies emerging on the herbicide Atrazine that raise serious questions about our ability to reproduce as a species…unless we stop poisoning ourselves, and our children, with chemicals. Wake up America!

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Wind Farms and Bike Lanes? Not In My Neighbourhood

After two groups in a progressive area of Brooklyn, New York called aggressively for the removal of a 9 month old bike-lane this month, Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times noted in an article in the Week In Review that “in Europe, bike lanes crisscross cities, wind turbines appear in counties with high-priced country homes and plants that make green energy from waste are situated in even the wealthiest neighborhoods.” What’s going on here?

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Fifty-Three Percent of U.S. Backyard Gardeners Growing Vegetables

A nationwide survey indicates that spending for vegetables and fruits grown in household gardens now surpasses spending for lawns, trees, shrubs – and even flowers.

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From Libya: Poems of War, Peace, Women, and Power

Where are the Libyan women’s voices in our media right now? Check out the incredible and powerful Suheir Hammad in a public performance as she explores the power within pacifism with her strong and beautiful poems.

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Action and Inaction with Julia Butterfly Hill

When I hear the word “green,” I think about the fact that without a healthy and thriving planet, there are no healthy and thriving people. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. Living “green” is about celebrating the Sacred Interconnection of All Life.

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Is it “Tilt: Game Over”? A Sobering Conversation with Hunter Lovins – show 41

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Hunter Lovins has been a vocal citizen of the planet for over 40 years – teaching, educating, consulting scores of businesses from start-ups all the way to conglomerates like Wal-Mart on sustainability and the bottom line. Right out of the gate in my interview with her she says, “We are very near a tipping point in which it comes to be recognized that behaving in ways that are responsible to people and to the planet are simply better business.” In her next breath, she qualifies this with a sobering smack, “At the same time, we’re losing every major eco system on the planet.”

Hunter believes that our current economic collapse was caused by the “fundamental unsustainability of the way in which we do business.” I would agree. So is it “Tilt: Game Over?” Or are we as a species going to collectively rise up and meet the enormous challenges in front of us? Listen to this podcast and you decide.

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The War On Elizabeth Warren

We need to ask who’s instituting consumer protection standards and what they look like. We need to know who defines “organic” and “natural” and why and when some information is so hard to come by (hint: there’s always a reason).

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Moving Beyond the Untouchable Topic by Phila Hoopes

I believe that this is the key to real and lasting change, not on behalf of the planet, but in partnership with Spirit, the People, and the Earth, and that each of us is capable of that partnership.

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Disaster Aftermath: Making Women’s Health a Priority

Upon the heels of one of the recent earthquake, we can only hope that all the parties involved in the disaster response – from aid groups to foreign militaries to friends and neighbors – will make women’s health and safety a priority.

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