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Dawn has written 57 posts for Iowa Compact … let’s be “Green” together

Reality or Myth?

Will eating locally grown foods reduce your carbon footprint? It’s estimated that the average meal travels well over 1,200 miles by truck, ship and/or plane before it reaches your table. Locavores often cite “food miles” — that is, the distance food is shipped to market — as a reason to eat local. Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott … Continue reading

Nourish Your Neighbors

Feeding the hungry is the challenge of America. It’s something that calls us all to help and change things for the better. By donating time, money or resources — just choose one of those that suits you. If you like to garden this project just might be for you. Creating a garden and growing food … Continue reading

Food Insecurity tells me the Dog Days are Not Over

Food insecurity is a reality for millions of Americans. According to the USDA, as of December 1, 2011, there are more than 50 million individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps. Recipients of the SNAP program include the homeless, elderly, disabled, unemployed and underemployed individuals and children from all … Continue reading

Subsidizing Sickness

Have you ever wondered why a hamburger at Mickey D’s costs less than a bunch of spinach? It IS odd isn’t it? You may not know it, but we’re subsidizing the production of hamburgers to keep them nice and cheap — all over the world. Our government spends billions of dollars in subsidies that go … Continue reading

Reality of Genetically Altered Food

High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff?  Or is it going to eat us?  -Annita Manning About 70% of the food we eat contains genetically modified ingredients and is not labeled. The biotechnology industry is spending $50 million a year to convince us that this technology is our only hope … Continue reading

Choose your Milk

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” -Sir Walter Scott Not all is well on the US milk front. Dr. Samual Epstein’s research points to that conclusion and researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health recently sent a strong message to the United States Department of Agriculture challenging the … Continue reading

Let Your Footsteps Leave No Trace

When the forsythia bushes begin to bloom it marks the time of year when crop dusting Iowa farmland with pesticides begins. This toxic brew is not only distributed onto the soil, it ends up in our water and air. And this is the time of the year my young daughters body is made ill with … Continue reading

Dispose with Love

“Americans store an estimated 65 million old desktop computers in their homes.” -US EPA Like virtually every home and office across the nation, my family has accumulated its own small computer graveyard over the years. And this spring as we ponder what to do with our outdated ‘stuff’ taking up precious space in our closets, … Continue reading

I Bought a New Mug

Yup, I bought a new thermal coffee cup today. I had the same coffee cup for 5 years until a couple of weeks ago. It was a warming red color with a tree hugger symbol on it when I found it at Houseworks in Iowa City, a consignment store I used to love. Over the … Continue reading

More Stuff You and I Don’t Need

I found a new product at the grocery store; Kleenex handtowels. No I didn’t buy them, but I did visit their website. It was so informational: “People in the U.S. dry their hands on cloth bathroom towels approximately 200 billion times a year. The CDC guidelines for hand washing recommends hand drying with a single-use … Continue reading