The Scoop on Cruelty-Free Products

Dallas Rising Animal Rights Coalition Given the inherent cruelties involved in animal testing, consumers are growing more conscious of their purchases. Unfortunately, cruelty free labeling is not always clear. Currently, there are no specific laws that regulate the labeling of products with regard to animal testing, so conscientious shoppers need …

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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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Bartering Services Taking Off in Twin Cities

Harvey Meyer Community Barter Network Bartering? I thought that was something people did in the old days. You know, like, “I’ll trade you this sack of potatoes if you help me put up a fence.” Or something like that. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover bartering – primarily, exchanging …

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Suburban Communities Going Green

Sean Gosiewski Alliance for Sustainability Highlighting the Minnesota Cities of Burnsville, Edina, and Oakdale City of Burnsville’s Sustainability Guide Plan During 2008, city staff worked with a consultant team to develop a 105-page Sustainability Guide Plan based on best practices and the Natural Step framework. The guide plan delineates 37 …

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