Backyard Composting

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Composting is the microbial process whereby organic yard wastes are converted into to a highly desirable, organic, soil-like material. Gardeners have used compost for centuries to increase soil organic matter, improve soil physical properties, and supply some of the essential nutrients …

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Eat and Play to Support Sustainable Agriculture

Beth Munnich Renewing the Countryside As consumers, every dollar we spend is effectively a vote in favor of a company’s way of doing business. Since the beginning of the organic movement, concerned consumers have voted with their dollars for foods grown without pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or antibiotics, often combining their …

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The Myth of the Homeless Person

Joshua Lang St. Stevens Homeless Shelter The image that most people identify with a homeless person is the panhandler on Nicollet Mall, the vodka-guzzling man on the bus, or the mentally ill person hearing voices on the corner. These stereotypes are the visibly homeless. In reality, they are the exception …

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What’s all the Buzz about My Plastic Bottle?

Eureka Recycling Recently there has been much discussion about the safety of drinking water. Concerns about tap water, bottled water, and reusable plastic bottles can be overwhelming. The main issue concerning plastic bottles is the leaching of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) which is used in the manufacturing of polycarbonate, the …

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Global Warming: What Is Winona Doing About It?

ANNE MORSE Winona County Sustainability Cdtr. Environmental change is coming to the historic Mississippi River town of Winona, and that change is coming fast. The summer of 2007 saw the development of a groundbreaking collaboration to integrate sustainable behaviors into the institutional fabric of the community. Demonstrating genuine leadership, all …

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Young Adult Novels with Environmental Themes

Eva Lewandowski When most people think of environmental literature, they think of nonfiction works like Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac or Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.  I read a great deal of nonfiction, but I have always preferred fiction.  Happily, there are a number of wonderful novels with environmental …

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Healthy and Responsible Eating on a College Student’s Budget

Since moving away from home and subsequently being forced to become more self-sufficient, one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is how to eat healthy with a limited budget. The following is a bit about how I changed my diet for the better both for myself and for the environment. …

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Simplify for a Richer, Eco-Friendly Life

Betsy Barnum Great River Earth Institute In our complicated, stressed-out modern life of speed, consumer pressure, money worries and jam-packed schedules, the concept of living simply has crossed everyone’s mind. The truth is, it’s an appealing, attainable idea, and could make a real difference in your life. Voluntary simplicity has …

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