Between California and Hawaii lies a gyre (jir), one of the five areas in the world’s oceans where the currents maintain a circular pattern. The North Pacific Central Gyre is nicknamed the Eastern Garbage Patch due to multiple “islands” of… [read] “Gyre”
Back in March, I was in the checkout line at my local farmers market when the checker asked, “Paper or plastic?”
“Damn it!” I yelled, loud enough for everyone to hear. “I forgot my canvas bags again!”
I don’t usually… [read] “Canvas Bags”
Here we go again. Just when I thought I had picked the right plastic, I discover I’m drinking toxic water. I stopped microwaving with plastics after reading about dioxins leaching into foods. Soon after, I threw out my microwave. What… [read] “Plastic Everywhere”
It takes roughly 430,000 gallons of crude oil to produce 100 million plastic bags.
With groups like the Worldwatch Institute estimating that Americans discard as many 100 billion plastic bags each year, we’re talking about using tens of millions of… [read] “More on Plastic Bags”
You’re standing in the checkout line at the grocery store and you’ve made enough decisions for one day. You decided what you’ll be eating all week and what you’re having for dinner tonight. You’ve taken the time to choose which… [read] “Paper Vs. Plastic”
When organic certification began, each state set its own standards. In time it was decided one uniform code was necessary. The USDA began a nationally recognized certification program in 1990.
Consumers think organic means organic. No pesticides. No herbicides. Nothing… [read] “Farming with Organic Certification”
In the simplest terms, any food grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides can be labeled organic. People who do not understand the organic food movement often argue that there is no significant difference between organic and so-called conventional food. There… [read] “What is Organic Food?”