There’s plenty of literature out there about healthy eating and what a healthy diet looks like, however there’s much less about sustainable diets (i.e. what’s the best diet for the planet). Studies on the former are starting to be done (especially in Europe), and researchers are beginning to explore the connection between a healthy diet … More Is a sustainable diet a healthy diet?
Last week was Earth Week, which led up to Earth Day this past Sunday. My office shared a ton of recycling, composting, and other waste reduction tips with staff. I had the honor of putting together recycling information, which I’d like to share with you below. The nonprofit Recycle Across America works to increase recycling rates by … More Earth Week Continued: Recycle Right
Following up on my post from January 2nd, here’s an update on the proposed Regenerative Agriculture standards. To recap these new standards would not replace USDA Organic Standards, but rather build upon them in certain areas. The Regenerative Agriculture Foundation defines regenerative agriculture as “any system of agriculture that continuously improves the cycles on which it relies, … More Regenerative Agriculture Update
Planting organic seeds is a requirement for organic farmers certified under the National Organic Program (the United States’ organic program). However it might come as a surprise to learn that if certain organic crop seeds are not available for a farmer to buy, they are allowed to plant non-organic seed. It’s important to note that … More Organic Seed Production
What is it? Regenerative agriculture is a new proposed agriculture standard from the Rodale Institute. Essentially it takes the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) and expands on it. This new standard includes areas that are unfortunately not a part of the NOP, such as “social fairness” (i.e. farmworker rights). A farmer that meets all program … More Regenerative Agriculture – a new farming standard?
Nutritional Content: The nutritional value of fruits and vegetables has been decreasing over time. Generally speaking the vegetables of today, are not as healthy as those from a decade ago. Sugar content in plants is rising, and protein content is falling due to increased carbon dioxide levels, according to Dr. Irakli Loladze in Politico’s article … More Is organic food more nutritious?
Setting up a clotheslines in your backyard is a simple way to save some energy and money. Every time you do a load of laundry, you have an opportunity to let the power of the wind and sun dry your clothes. Take advantage of the last few weeks of nice weather this fall and get … More Save energy and money: clotheslines
What is Rainwater Harvesting? Rainwater harvesting is the collection of rainwater by “capturing, storing and directing rainwater runoff and putting it to use”, says the Colorado State Extension. Generally rainwater is collected from a residential roof and stored in a container (barrel or plastic tank) of some kind. Water can also be collected from concrete … More Harvesting water to harvest more plants
We’ve all heard about organic food, but what about organic clothes? I don’t eat cotton, so why should I care if the stuff that goes into my clothing is organic? What does organic clothing even mean? Well we can begin by looking at conventional (non-organic) and genetically modified cotton production, compared to organic cotton. Just … More What’s the deal with Organic Clothes?
While Earth Day was officially last month, Earth Day is every day for me. I’m always evaluating my life for ways to live more sustainably. Whether it be diet, mode of transportation, or other consumption habits, there’s always room for improvement somewhere. I took this Carbon Footprint Quiz to see how my lifestyle choices stack up compared … More What’s your footprint?