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Avoiding Factory Farm Foods

If you believe that it’s wrong to subject animals to a lifetime of pain and deprivation, you should be very careful about what you eat. Virtually all animal foods in this country — not just meat, but milk, cheese and eggs — are produced by a system of agriculture that subjects farm animals to just […]

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Fall Pasta with Swiss Chard, Apple and Maple Syrup

This is a very earthy, satisfying and quick fall recipe with no animal products. If you’re not in a rush, you could try making it with quinoa or barley instead of pasta for a more nutritious meal. Ingredients for 2 servings A small handful of pistachios or halved walnuts 4 tbsp olive oil 1/2 c […]

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Green Living in Summer

Summer, in a temperate climate, lends itself to a more natural, less energy-intensive way of living, as I explain in my July column for NRDC, Summertime and Green Living is Easy. (In hotter regions, make that “spring and fall.”) The key is working with the weather, not fighting it. Don’t insist on the same habits […]

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12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2011)

Try the 12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic for 2013 instead. More up-to-date! Pesticide residues often remain on produce even after you wash it. Therefore, it’s best for your health and your family’s to buy organic fruits and vegetables. If you can’t afford to by everything organic, the best strategy is to focus on […]

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Panzanella Recipes

Panzanella (Tuscan bread salad) is a great no-cook dish for those summer days when temperatures get into the 80s and beyond. It’s simple, delicious and can be made with local, seasonal produce — tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil. Here is a traditional recipe, which uses no animal products, and some variations with cheese and other […]

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Green Gifts and Entertaining for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s

Interested in having a high-spirited, low-impact holiday celebration, but stymied by the culture around you — maybe even within your own family? You can make it happen! Just do the usual things — from gift-giving to feasting — sustainably. For instance, buy durable gifts that will last, avoid overly packaged products, use real plates and […]

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Green Restaurants

If you’re interested in maintaining a low-impact lifestyle, watch where you eat. The restaurant business is extraordinarily wasteful — of food, water, packaging and most particularly energy. In fact, among commercial businesses, restaurants squander more energy per square foot than any other. Restaurants that have been certified green by the Green Restaurant Association are a […]

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Easy Fall Salads with Cucumbers, Fennel and Cabbage

I love fall vegetables — their earthy flavor seems so appropriate to the season. These 4 simple recipes for salads are great for September and October when the weather is still warm. They all use vegetables that are local and seasonal for New York, where I live, and the Northeast generally. Spicy Cucumber Salad Servings: […]

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Green Eating

Local, seasonal, organic, unprocessed, etc. I’ve covered these food topics and more in my writing over the years. My new Green Eating page explains the principles and links to the pieces. Among the more interesting items are columns on sustainable wine, coffee and chocolate, as well as a couple on the importance of eating less […]

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12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2010)

Try the 12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic for 2013 instead. More up-to-date! Last weekend, I got a friendly warning from a farmer at our local Greenmarket. Holding up the big, beautiful bell pepper I’d selected, he said, “You may find a little friend inside.” Friend? I cast an uncomprehending look at him. “We […]

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