Category for activism
Posted on April 9, 2011
Photo by Annabelle Breakey from Gluten-Free Cupcakes
Everybody loves strawberries. At least everybody I know. They’re an absolute favorite food in our house. Luckily, we are fortunate enough to have access to, and can afford organic strawberries. For those who are not so lucky, sadly, the dangers are many. First and foremost, a toxic pesticide called methyl iodide is used to grow our favorite berry, and according to John Froines of UCLA, it is “one of the most toxic chemicals on ... read more →
Posted on July 1, 2008
Yesterday my son and I made the delicious strawberry sorbet pictured above.
As July 4th approaches, our ice cream maker has been getting a real workout. It’s hotter now so we’re always looking for good frozen treats to cool us off. When I asked my older son what he thought about the sorbet, he simply said, “yum.” That sums it up fairly well. I find it light, sweet and refreshing.
On another note, I enjoy using holidays throughout the ... read more →
Posted on January 20, 2008
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”.
Posted on January 8, 2008
Eight days into the New Year and it seems as though the post-holiday blues have hit.
We’ve had more than our usual share of cold dark weather here in Colorado, and all I want to do is go into hibernation, sleeping day and night. Of course, that’s not what’s taking place in my reality.
This time of year I find myself spending a good deal of time cleaning and sorting. I cleaned out the pantry and fridge the day we returned from ... read more →
Posted on August 9, 2007
A debate is brewing here in Boulder about a survey that the City Council wants to send out to 3,500 citizens. The cost of the survey would be $100,000 and the results would come in just before at least 4 (though possibly 7) of our 9 incumbent council members vacate their seats.
Below is a letter I wrote to the editor of our local newspaper, The Daily Camera, that was published online August 6th and printed in the paper the following ... read more →
Posted on June 7, 2007
Creekstone Farms wants to protect your health. The USDA, however, is against this.
This premium producer of high quality beef sued the USDA for denying it permission to test their cattle for mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse). Creekstone Farms has their own slaughterhouse and processing facility. They do not use hormones or antibiotics and feed their herds pesticide free grains. They want to take their high standards one step further and test their herds for ... read more →
Posted on June 1, 2007
I never, ever thought I’d be calling the Terminator an activist, however, Ahhhnold is my new hero. He not only sued the EPA once for failing to implement carbon dioxide regulations, he is now threatening to do so again!
That’s the short of it. The whole story is quite convoluted. The EPA claimed that it does not have the “authority” to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Go figure? Supreme Court told EPA otherwise. In the face of EPA foot dragging, the ... read more →
Posted on May 3, 2007
David Steinman, founder of the Green Patriot movement, is an acclaimed author, environmentalist and health consumer advocate.
Steinman has testified before Congress as an expert witness on the levels of chemical contaminants in the blood of persons eating locally caught fish from Southern California bays. It was his landmark study, published in the Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, that led to the historic movement to clean up the Santa Monica Bay.
Steinman is an advisory board member for The Green ... read more →
Posted on April 3, 2007
The Slow Food Movement was born in Italy in1986 when Carlo Petrini organized a protest against the building of a McDonald’s in Rome.
Petrini founded Slow Food International three years later, renouncing not only Fast Food, but the overall pace of Fast Life. Issuing a manifesto, the movement called for the safeguarding of local economies, the rediscovery of authentic culinary tradition and a sustainable, ecologically aware consumerism.
At the table, Slow Food advocates a return to traditional recipes, locally grown foods ... read more →
Posted on March 1, 2007
Monica Moore is a founding member of the worldwide organization Pesticide Action Network and has worked on pesticide issues for close to three decades. Although she keeps a low profile, she is a hero in the environmental movement, having received numerous awards, most recently “Advocate of Social Justice” from the Ecological Farming Association.
She co-founded Pesticide Action Network North America in 1984 and was an Executive Director there for over 20 years. She currently serves as an advisor and board member ... read more →
Posted on February 24, 2007
Did you know that farmers are being sued for growing food? Did you know that a company can purchase the genetic “patent” for a seed that has existed for thousands of years? Did you know that one company could eventually “own” all of the seeds in the world and that you could be arrested for planting them in your own backyard?
Multinational corporations are genetically engineering “impotent” seeds, ones that are incapable of reproduction –altering, no, stealing the life-giving energy ... read more →
Posted on February 1, 2007
Posted on December 9, 2006
According to Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet – 1594), “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” unless it’s not actually a rose, that is.
Unfortunately, when it comes to avocados, we have a problem here. More specifically, guacamole. You see, Kraft is calling a green dip it makes “guacamole.” However, this dip is in fact made out of soy bean oil, corn syrup and green food coloring. Well, let me not exaggerate, 2% of its ingredients are made up ... read more →
Posted on December 4, 2006
Some school fundraisers are very desirable –a true service to both the school and the people that buy into them. One such fundraiser is the satsuma sale at my children’s Waldorf school. I like to think of this sale as more of a fun raiser, than a fundraiser.
Every year, their school, Shining Mountain organizes the sale of delicious organic satsuma tangerines right before the winter holidays.
And every year, I buy cases and cases of these spectacular fruits for friends ... read more →