July 2010

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Global Briefs

Economic Security

Poll after poll points to Americans’ preference for locally produced goods; the real question is if we are willing to look for them and pay more.

Donate a Day

Across the country, crop mobs comprising dozens of mostly 20-something volunteers periodically gather at local sustainable small farms to donate their time to make immediate improvements.

New Paradigm

A benchmark study says that it’s possible to sustainably feed the world’s estimated 2050 population of 9 billion, while still preserving the planet.

Worse and Worse

While chemical dispersants prevent leaking oil from surfacing, it may do far more to hide the true magnitude of the disaster from public scrutiny than to save the beaches.
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Health Briefs

Eating Sewage

Avoid Sludge Used and Sold as Fertilizer

Flaxseed Oil Strengthens Bones

Benefits Bone Mineral Density and Reduces Risk of Osteoporosis

Another Strike Against Saturated Fat

Brain Hit with Saturated Fats Fails to Signal the Body to Stop Eating

Slow Down at Mealtime

Eating Quickly Reduces Release of Hormones that Induce Feelings of Being Full

Exotic Superfruit

Drink this Juice to Prevent Certain Diseases

Why Mangos are Good For Us

Mango's Bioactive Compounds Prevent or Stop Certain Cancer Cells

Vitamin D Makes News

Daily Dose of Sunshine has Big Health Benefits

A Perspective on Soy

The Risk of Overexposure to Isolated Soy Compounds

Skip Nonstick Pans

High Heat Emits Toxic Particles and Gases
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Health

Gentle Remedies for Weekend Warriors

Founded on a reputation for helping people suffering from chronic diseases, natural homeopathic medicines also are becoming recognized for their effectiveness in treating common sports injuries.
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Fit Body

Bike to Work

People might start commuting by bicycle to improve their fitness, save money or support sustainability, but they continue because it’s fun.
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Conscious Eating

Locavore Nation

Place-based foods taste better—and are better for us, too. Learn about America’s regional foods and find out how to locate your own local bounty.

Backyard Gardening

Whether this is your first year growing a kitchen garden or your thumb glows green from years of use, it’s possible to quickly turn dreams of bountiful organic harvests into a reality.
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Green Living

Affordable Vacations

Enjoy rich experiences while cutting costs and doing good for communities here and abroad. Here are some ways to travel, get involved and avoid tourist traps while walking lightly on the Earth.

Backyard Gardening

Whether this is your first year growing a kitchen garden or your thumb glows green from years of use, it’s possible to quickly turn dreams of bountiful organic harvests into a reality.
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Inspiration

America's Power Colors

America’s first Continental Congress likely didn’t consult a color glossary when choosing the colors for Betsy Ross to sew into the stars and stripes of our national flag. Yet her choices were uncanny at pinpointing the true message of the country...
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Wise Words

A Conversation with Mariel Hemingway

It’s important to connect nature with food—knowing where foods come from, knowing about local farms and farmers’ markets. My perfect meal is something that is very simple, fresh and seasonal. The key is to use the right ingredients...
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Healthy Kids

Out of the Mouths of Babes

A Dozen Ways Children Teach Us to Eat Mindfully
Children are born with the ability to eat instinctively, fully tuned in to internal cues of hunger and fullness.
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Natural Pet

Tackling Ticks

No one likes ticks, but like fleas and cockroaches, they are a fact of life. After a winter break in the northern states, they’re back with a vengeance come warmer weather and plague parts of the south all year round.