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Benefits of Native Gardens

Learn more about the benefits and how to plan a native garden of your own. (Many great resources.) Have you ever wondered why your garden requires so much work? The birds and bees who visit know how to care for themselves, so why not the plants? The trouble is, most American gardens are planted with […]

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12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2013)

When it comes to fruits and veggies, there are 4 things the Environmental Working Group (EWG) wants you to know

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To Help Save Monarch Butterflies, Buy Organic

I was devastated to learn last week that the number of monarch butterflies who made it to their winter stomping grounds in Mexico plunged 59%

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12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2012)

Try the 12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic for 2013 instead. More up-to-date! Fact: You cannot get rid of all the pesticides on conventionally grown fruits and vegetables simply by washing them. In the latest government tests analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), pesticides were found on 68 percent of food samples after […]

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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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To Raise Healthy Children, Reduce Exposure to Toxins

Nowadays, raising healthy children requires more than keeping them safe from germs. It also requires protecting them from toxic chemicals pervading their everyday environment, from phthalates, BPA, organophosphates and PBDE flame retardants to lead and mercury. For tips on how to reduce your children’s risk, read, print and share my latest This Green Life column […]

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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

The invisible chemicals present in everyday products include toxins that pose serious long-term health risks. That’s why I pulled together a new page for you on Staying Healthy. Take the time to learn about these hidden dangers and how to avoid them. Your health is worth it. Really.

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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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Safe Bug Spray for Kids and Adults

Is it safe to use an insect repellent on your kids — or yourself — that contains DEET? And are there any safe and effective alternatives? IN SHORT: DEET-based bug repellents may carry some risk, depending on the concentration of DEET in the product and the individual’s health and chemical sensitivity. For a safer, effective […]

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