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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

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 And this spring as we ponder what to do with our outdated ‘stuff’ taking up precious space in our closets, … Continue reading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

Des Moines Community Garden

A leap to Des Moines nearly two years ago from Iowa City planted me and my children into an urban apartment. The transition from a home with a garden in the midst of rolling pastures to living downtown in Des Moines was BIG. I’ve wished to have a garden of my own for several months … Continue reading

Spooked About Winter Energy Costs?

Before you hook up the string of pumpkin lights outside the house, check out Google’s energy conservation calculator for how you can save some money this chilly fall and winter. Pop in some quick facts about your household — like whether you’ve closed your fireplace’s flue damper, and cut the power to your gaming consoles … Continue reading

Hazardous Trash

Reducing the hazardous waste in landfills begins at home. Millions of households are producing billions of pounds of solid waste. Products used every day in our homes leach hazardous chemicals after entering landfills. We all realize there is a growing problem but nobody likes to admit that their garbage is contributing to the problem. Here … Continue reading

How Replacing Toilet Paper is More Fun than Hawaii

My family has been on a real adventure this year, and I am not talking about a vacation to an exotic location. I am talking about about replacing those disposable items that are so very costly to the pocketbook and the planet. We’ve replaced paper towels with real cloth towels, no more disposable razors, we’ve … Continue reading