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Seattle Natural Awakenings Magazine Launching April 2011
Natural Green WorldBeginning this spring, a new free healthy living, healthy planet magazine will feature articles and resources to support holistic and sustainable lifestyles. Seattle Natural Awakenings' regular departments will include News Briefs, Global Briefs, EcoBriefs, Wise Words, Healthy Pet, Healing Ways, Inspiration, Conscious Eating, Fit Body, Healthy Kids, and Green Living, in addition to a calendar and a resource guide. Major features will cover a wide range of topics from cohousing, composting, climate change and kayaking to holistic medicine and natural beauty.

Seattle Natural Awakenings will be distributed at about 300 locations around Seattle. Distribution locations include health food stores, health and education centers, recreation centers, libraries, healing centers, practitioners' offices and wherever free publications are generally seen.

 
Richard Louv’s Well-Being Rx: Reconnect with Nature
April 2011

Richard_LouvIf it’s true that people are self-interested creatures at heart, journalist Richard Louv has a message for humankind: Think not only what we can do for nature, but what nature can do for us.

Louv’s seminal book, Last Child in the Woods, launched a national dialogue about the disconnection between children and nature, a state he calls nature-deficit disorder. Now, in The Nature Principle, Louv vividly portrays how a nature-infused lifestyle can enhance the quality of our health and relationships, benefiting every facet of experience. He asserts that the more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need, and offers a roadmap to a future that incorporates nature into every aspect of our lives, from our homes to our workplaces.

The recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, Louv is the author of eight books, and the founder of the Children & Nature Network.

 
Cashing In
April 2011

College Students Annually Repeat Recycling Bonanza

collegeWhen Lisa Heller Boragine discovered that college students moving out of their dorms dump tons of perfectly good stuff that wind up in landfills, she organized her nonprofit Dump & Run. Now, schools across the country are corralling leftover belongings and getting them into the hands of people who will give them a second life.

She recently helped Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, organize a collection drive and sale that netted more than six tons of items from departing students. Clothing, food and bedding went to local charities. Mini-fridges, desk lamps and plastic storage containers were sold to incoming students, with proceeds benefiting on-campus sustainability efforts.

Boston College’s Cleansweep program makes it even easier; students simply leave their excess stuff in their rooms, to be collected by volunteers. Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, prefers to focus on generating cash for charity via massive yard sales, one of which recently yielded $40,000.

“It’s a win-win-win,” remarks Keisha Payson, Bowdoin’s sustainability coordinator. “The housekeepers like it because there is less stuff to deal with; the community likes the great bargains; and students like it because they feel bad about putting stuff in the dumpster.”


For information, visit DumpAndRun.org or call 508-579-7188.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

 
Easter Eggs
April 2011

Don’t Pay More for Fraudulent Labels

EasterEggs“Unlike beef, chicken and other dairy labels that must be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, egg labels fall through the cracks,” reports Richard Wood, executive director of Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). “This loophole enables egg producers to freely use any language they choose to describe their products, regardless of accuracy.” The resulting consumer confusion is producing healthy, possibly fraudulent, profits, via steep markups.

FACT recommends that people know the farmer that supplies their eggs and inquire about hen care. At the grocery, only trust the USDA Certified Organic seal or labels approved by the American Humane Association, Humane Farm Animal Care or Animal Welfare Institute. “Vegetarian fed,” “grass-fed or pastured” and “omega-3 enriched,” while positive, don’t guarantee the quality of animals’ living conditions. According to FACT, terms such as “free-range,” “cage-free” and “natural” may be loosely interpreted and offset by other inhumane practices, unless one knows the producer.


Source: FoodAnimalConcerns.org

 
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