If healthy rich soil serves as the digestive system of the planet then, trees are the lungs. They play a major role in absorbing carbon dioxide, filtering air pollution and making oxygen. Trees help control erosion and support healthy soil, which sequesters even more CO2. But how often do you/we go out and plant a tree? Since many of us are responsible for cutting one down every year, what if this year’s Christmas tree was alive and potted, to be planted after the Holidays? Sure, its just one tree, but with so many of us out there, enough people catching on to an idea like this, can make a big difference. Join us for info on how live Christmas trees can help create positive changes in the climate.
Since quality food is our best medicine and since children are the future of our species, when kids learn about the benefits of locally produced food, there is hope. Thanks to the Internet, farmer’s markets and widespread media reporting on the dangers of industrial food, consumers are starting to see the importance of seeking better food options – real values like superior nutrition and health, reduced pollution and local jobs. Educators are learning that teaching kids about healthy, local food can create pathways to a saner future. Join us to hear about Farm Camp, one woman’s effort to help create future leaders and stewards of a healthier world.
With food prices going through the roof, folks across the nation are returning to an age old tradition, planting beautiful, money saving and edible landscaping. Instead of just colorful vegetation, growing beautiful and edible yard plants can save money on the food bill, provide a very local source for nutrition and help reduce one’s food related carbon footprint. Find out how edible yard plants and trees offer a way that many consumers can get involved in shaping a better world.
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If your gramma couldn’t pronounce it, well, you might not want to eat it. With over 80,000 largely untested, man-made chemicals in use today, whole, organic food is still known as one of gramma’s best medicines. Non-organic factory foods, routinely made with chemicals known to increase shelf life and sales, damage our health and make good nutrition difficult for the average shopper. After decades of processed factory foods and man-made chemicals, alarming levels of long lasting, toxic synthetics such as pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics and hormones are found in our bodies and the biosphere, promoting America’s health crisis. The effects are self-evident. Join us to hear why reading labels is a simple, positive action we can take to help reduce the pollution that’s affecting our personal health and that of the planet.
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Links/ Info/ Sources
Organic Consumers Association
1832 Biltmore St., NW #4
Washington, DC 20009
They do have a place in the modern world but just as lead poisoned the Romans, plastics, of all kinds, are toxic to every living thing. Widespread for less than 50 years, we toss over 30 million TONS of plastic waste, including bags, bottles and packaging for food into the ground each year. Made from oil and designed not to decay for up to 1000 years, plastics are a major cause of climate change, decomposing into poisonous molecular bits, affecting soil, water and air. And at sea, the UN estimates there are 46,000 pieces of plastic waste in every square mile of ocean. Swirling plastic gyres that dwarf Texas, daily strangle, starve and poison millions of creatures that support sea life. On land, plastics slow-poison our food chain. Join us for simple ideas on how you can reduce plastic use and waste in your life.
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