Green Birthday Gifts

Dan Marshall/Amee Whittaker Peapods/The Green Goober In generations past, children had fewer toys and their playland was the back yard and surrounding community. Families had less disposable income, and gifts were often handmade. Today, many children actually have their own playroom full of toys, gadgets, dolls and vehicles. Between birthdays …

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Contaminants in Your Own Backyard

Mark Snyder Do It Green! Minnesota With recent news stories about asbestos contamination in the Iron Range, arsenic in South Minneapolis or perfluorocarbons seemingly appearing everywhere in Minnesota, it is not surprising that Minnesotans may be growing increasingly concerned about what kinds of chemical hazards may be lurking in our …

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Greener Cleaning

Reprinted from www.coopamerica.org Feel like you’re killing yourself trying to keep your house clean? You may laugh, but you’re closer to the truth than you think if you’re using expensive commercial cleaners, says Karen Logan, environmentalist and author of Clean House, Clean Planet: Clean Your House for Pennies a Day …

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Cooking Locally in Minnesota

Jenny Breen Local Chef/Educator I take great pleasure in cooking and feeding people, and I love to teach others how to use simple, delicious ingredients to find that joy. One of the deepest sources of that pleasure is knowing that the food I am using has been raised and tended …

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What is a Vegan?

Unny Nambudiripad, Kara Fancy and Ami Voeltz Veganism is a lifestyle which avoids using animals for food, clothing, or other purposes. Vegans try to minimize suffering and cruelty by not purchasing products that are derived from animals. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being …

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Oily Food

Steven L. Hopp Americans put almost as much fossil fuel into our refrigerators as our cars. We’re consuming about 400 gallons of oil a year per citizen-about 17% of our nation’s energy use-for agriculture, a close second to our vehicular use. Tractors, combines, harvesters, irrigation, sprayers, tillers, balers, and other …

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Twin Cities Community Radio

Dan Richmond KFAI Community Radio / Program Director The state of commercial radio in the Twin Cities is horrible. In my opinion, it always has been. Fortunately, our community is blessed with a number of non-profit, non-commercial radio stations that offer more to listeners than commercials and contrived corporate programming. …

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Greening My Child’s School: A Local Story

Julie Jones EcoMom Edina Cafeteria waste contributes immensely to our ever-growing landfills. Considering this, it was easy for me to implement no-waste lunches in packing for my three school-age children, but I thought we could take it one major step further and reduce the waste for their entire school: Edina …

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