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Tests performed Saturday food supply found radiation in spinach from farms six 60-75 miles south of Japan’s stricken reactors. Radioactive iodine in the spinach exceeded government safety levels three to seven times, reported food-safety officials. High levels of radioactive iodine are linked to thyroid cancer. Milk at a dairy 20 miles from the leaking reactors […]

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Readers, a woman who works for the Nature Conservancy asked me to post this article debating fake vs. real Christmas trees, by the Conservancy’s Frank Lowenstein. It’s also posted on the Nature Conservancy website. The debate is worth thinking about this time of year, although the solution is murky, for me.  Following is Frank’s article […]

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My mom was a meat, eggs, and milk gal.  To her way of thinking, animal protein was the key to good health.  Breakfast was bacon, eggs, and milk, period.  If my brothers and I were running late for school with no time to eat, she made us gulp down a blend of raw eggs and […]

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This post now on Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice.com Two young girls lead the way I was asked to review the new DVD, “What’s on YOUR Plate? The Film about Kids and Food Politics”. The stars of the movie are two 11-year-old multiracial girls in NYC, Sadie Hope-Gund and Safiyah Riddle. The film […]

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This post now on the syndicated BasilandSpice and on Google News We’re facing mass wildlife extinctions this century.  One big reason: the human population explosion and resulting habitat loss. You might be surprised to learn how our personal hygiene choices affect wildlife-habitat loss.  Yes, I mean toilet paper.  Toilet paper and you. Americans flush 54 […]

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Photos and text by Sally Kneidel On my weekly shopping jaunt yesterday, I was irked to find the grocery store was out of organic baking potatoes. Frustrating. I was planning to have them for supper last night, and I already had the vegan chili beans for a topping. I thought about it for a minute […]

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By Dan Grifen, a guest blogger for Veggie Revolution “In other environmental issues we tell people to stop something, reduce their impact, reduce their damage,” – U.S. Ecologist Gary Nabhan Since the beginning of the green movement, there has been a rise in the number of organizations and businesses that are doing their part in […]

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I was asked to write a review of “Dirt! The Movie,” a documentary about our worldwide destruction of soil versus our absolute dependence on soil for our survival. The movie is an inspiring blend of interviews with scientists, farmers, and activists, as well as footage from around the world of the traditional uses and modern […]

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I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about Burmese pythons and other giant constrictors now living wild in Florida.  Thousands of them are successfully breeding there.   I got a lot of pingbacks from that post, mostly from indignant owners of giant constrictors. As you probably know, introduced and invasive plants and animals are […]

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