Food in Its Natural State

Eva Lewandowski Recently I was enjoying some dried organic apricots, when I noticed that the package stated that the fruit appeared somewhat brown in color because it did not contain any dyes or other ingredients to preserve color.  Indeed, the apricots were a somewhat dull orange-brown color, rather than the lurid orange that …

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Green Garment Cleaning

Soo Chang Colonial Cleaners at 37th and Lyndale in Minneapolis If we ask anybody to characterize the 21st Century, they might say that it is the age of technology, but also the age of pollution resulting from all of this technological progress. The present day pollution is actually mostly caused …

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Eco History: The Life Cycle of Recycle

Emily Plucinak Carver County Historical Society Reduce, reuse, recycle. We have known the old adage since grade-school, seen the triangular-shaped symbol on the bottom of plastic containers, and have even crushed soda cans and brought them to our local supermarket’s parking lot. A century ago, however, waste not, want not …

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Tasty Condiments Can Benefit Digestion

Jennette Turner Wedge Co-op Newsletter Believe it or not, ketchup was originally a naturally fermented condiment. So was mayonnaise. Instead of being health liabilities, they contained beneficial enzymes and nutrients that actually enhanced digestion. In fact, people all over the world have included naturally fermented foods in their diets – …

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Fashionable, Functional, and Light on the Earth: Green Clothing

Jessie Houlihan Do It Green! Minnesota Making clothing, like any other product, has an impact on the environment. In order to reduce the negative impact, buy reused clothing from thrift stores or good quality, long-lasting new products that are made from recycled content or unconventional fibers. Organic cotton or alternative …

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Raising Urban Chickens: Understanding the Legal Basics

Jennifer Harmening Urban Gardener Urban chicken laws vary from city to city in Minnesota. Recent laws have made it easier for residents to raise backyard chickens in the Twin Cities and many neighbors are taking advantage of the opportunity for fresh eggs and a closer connection to their food supply. …

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