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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

The Environmental Working Group compiled 2011's lists of The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen.  They used data from the USDA to analyze pesticides in produce.

The lists are a little different than last year -- for instance, cherries dropped off The Dirty Dozen, but now lettuce is there.

Here's The Dirty Dozen, which are fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residue:... read more

  1. Apples 
  2. Celery 
  3. Strawberries 
  4. Peaches 
  5. Spinach 
  6. Nectarines (imported) 
  7. Grapes (imported) 
  8. Sweet bell peppers 
  9. Potatoes 
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce 
  12. Kale/collard greens

10 Reasons Why Farmers Markets are Awesome

Farmers market season is in full bloom in much of the U.S.  Farmers markets are awesome and any greenie should go and support their local farmers market.  

Here are my top 10 reasons why farmers markets rock:... read more

How Far Does Your Food Travel?

With Earth Day quickly approaching (April 22), I am reminded to think about where I am in the world and where in the world my food is. I am in Canada and most of our food is not.

We are not far enough into spring to plant an outdoor garden and the Farmer's Market has not yet opened. Everything comes from the grocery store. I bought a beautiful bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Well, at least they were fresh when they were picked and hopefully just as fresh when they were packed.... read more

Chatting with a Whole Foods Eco Czar

whole foods newtonville ma

Last week, I had the opportunity to talk to Lee Kane, the Eco Czar for Whole Foods Market's North Atlantic Region.  I learned all about the various green initiatives going on at Whole Foods and how hard they work to be a truly sustainable grocery store.  

What does an Eco Czar do?

"Anything that has to do with the environment falls under my umbrella," explained Lee.   The Eco Czar also supervises the Green Team for individual stores.

Four regions have Eco Czars.   Lee was the first Whole Foods Market Eco Czar, which he has been since 2003.  

Green initiatives at Whole Foods Market 

Waste reduction is a huge one.  "We work very hard to get to zero waste," Lee told me.   They currently divert 80% of their waste by composting and recycling.   Additionally, they work to use as much sustainable and responsible packaging as possible.  For instance, the salad bar containers are made of bulrush, a renewable resource harvested annually in the wild. ... read more

Guest Blog Post: Earth Day 2011

kids konserve

Today I am excited to share a guest blog post by Christy Aune from Kids Konserve, a company that makes waste-free lunch products.  Thanks, Christy, for a great piece about the importance of saving the planet by reducing waste.

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Kids Konserve Eco-Resolutions for 2011 was about adopting the 5th 'R' – REMEMBER - into our daily life.  I would like to ask if you are writing a piece for Earth Day to REMEMBER Kids Konserve.  Earth Day is April 22, 2011.  Each year on this day thousands of people celebrate the Earth and what it means not only to them, but to the human race as a whole. Others use this day to bring the public’s attention to Earth and the effects our lifestyle is having on the planet. This day is a great day to spend time with your children and teach them more about the environment around them.  Our children are the leaders of the future. It is important that they learn the importance of the environment now, instead of waiting until they have grown.  (http://earthday2011.net/)... read more

Annie's Root 4 Kids Contest

Root 4 Kids, a project encouraging families and schools to eat well, is running a new contest.   All you have to do is sign up for Root 4 Kids.  The school with the most sign-ups between April 5 and May 31 will win either a new Farm to School program or a school garden.

Root 4 Kids is brought to you by Annie's, makers of some of my favorite mac and cheese and other yummy snacks.  For the contest, Root 4 Kids partnered with National Farm to School Network, an organization that connects schools to local farms. The winning school will be connected with a local farm, and the farm will provide healthy food in the school cafeteria and nutrition education in classrooms or through a school garden.   Parents, family members, teachers, and administrators can sign up at www.root4kids.com/join!  ... read more

A Waste-Free Lunch

thermosSay good-bye to single-use sandwich baggies, brown paper lunch bags, and Ziplocs. Let's look at some safe and eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional ways to pack a lunch.

Pyrex Containers:
While not great for little kids, these are perfect for a work lunch because if you need to heat something up in the microwave, you can heat it up and eat from it as well.

Stainless Steel:
Life Without Plastic has many wonderful options. They're air tight, and you can use them for your lunch or storing food at home as well.

Reusable Baggies:
Forget about Ziplocs and buy reusable snack and sandwich bags.  I love The Lucky Butterfly because they're cute, reusable, and easy to clean. They're great for your own lunch, kids lunches, or packing a picnic lunch.... read more

Ellen Page on "Real Time with Bill Maher"

Last week, actress Ellen Page appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, discussing the film she recently narrated:  Vanishing of the Bees.   The film discusses Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon causing honeybees to disappear worldwide.  Check out this video of Ellen Page discussing the problems associated with the disappearance of honeybees.  ... read more

Home Farming Day is April 12

home farming dayTriscuit (yes, those yummy little crackers!) has proclaimed Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Home Farming Day, with events in NYC, LA, and Tampa.  

Triscuit launched a new social network, Home Farming, helping people start their own home farm.  Members can share photos, receive badges a la FourSquare, and ask and answer questions about growing your own food.  The site also has lots of tips for growing veggies in your backyard and even recipes, too!

There's also a sweepstakes to win $1000 towards your farm.  ... read more

Make Your Own Organic Ice Cream

In a desperate attempt to bring on summer, I've been making a slew of fresh organic ice cream. My kids think I'm a super-hero and I think the kids could be eating worse things than ice cream made from real ingredients.   The perfect bowl of icy refreshment is just 20 minutes away...

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