Grain Free Waffles with Cassava Flour

cassava flour at greenwomanstore.comAre you thinking about going Grain Free? Well, me too:) I have been grain free for a few months now and have experienced a real reduction in inflammation. I lost 8 pounds without trying and I seem to be okay with that. I do love my breakfasts, and have tried several waffle recipes and this one is the best so far.

So, I am sharing it with you here. I’ve given you links for finding most of the ingredients at wholesale prices at Thrive Market online:

Cassava Flour Waffles

Makes 2 1/2 waffles or 10 break off sections.

Preheat  your Waffle Iron.

4 pastured or omega 3 eggs from farmers markets or neighbors or your own backyard

1/2 cup Cassava Flour

1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil melted or already liquid in your cupboard if it’s hot like mine is right now

1 Tablespoon honey 

1/2 teaspoon aluminium free Baking Soda 

1/4 teaspoon good pink or mineral sea salt

Mix in your small smoothie blender until well blended and foamy, or you can

Wisk eggs, oil and honey by hand and then add the dry ingredients.

Pour 1/4 cup onto waffle your iron. These Cook Quickly, so watch your waffle iron!

 

Here are some handy facts about shopping online at Thrive Market:

Thrive Market at GreenWomanStore.com

Parthenon of Banned Books – The Good News Wins

'Parthenon' made of books built at site of Nazi book burningEvents of the world take turns toward the good in abundance. A Parthenon of Banned Books and the good news wins again!

The news of an art exhibit showcasing books banned by nazis built in exactly the place where nazis burned the same books, and with exactly the same dimensions as the Parthenon, is very good news in deed for Germans and the world.

We are consistently amazed at how creative today’s artists and activists are in their responses to political affairs, past, present and future. Young feminists carrying their rape soaked mattress to class because the perpetrator is still on campus unpunished. Black Lives Matter founders and activists standing up daily speaking truth to power.

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Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.

Activists hanging a “RESIST” sign above the white house days after the recent presidential election. Food activists producing documentaries to educate us all on what goes on behind the scenes of our food industry. Global scientists and health educators gathering in all sorts of ways to educate us about glyphosate/RoundUp and the health and environmental harm of the past three decades.

2017 world environment day : connecting humans with natureThe United Nations’ 2017 World Environment Day is dedicated to “Connecting People to Nature.” The modern coming together of science and religion, or spirituality, is making evident the connection between humans and nature vs. humans having power over nature. This ancient way of living in respect of nature/Mother Earth will bring about sustainability quicker than anything. We humans will demand balance between consumerism and borrowing resources from future generations. Judy Grahn says in her interview for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit: “We make greener choices when we have ways to really identify with Nature.” 

Vegetarianism is growing worldwide, conscious consumerism is gaining ground especially here in the U.S. where it can really make a difference, corporations are being forced to use less toxic ingredients, the number of organic farms is increasing with the number of women farmers growing daily.

scientists-marchStates are responding with increased participation in the Paris Climate Agreement when our nation state announced it is pulling out. South Africans are organizing boycotts of U.S. corporations causing the climate change and the desertification of their rich agricultural lands. Scientists are organizing for climate change exactly when need them to do so.

PussyHat Project eve-olves to the Welcome Blanket ProjectCitizens of the world are planting milkweed to support dwindling numbers of Monarch Butterflies, and the number of backyard beehives is growing in response to the tragic collapse of bee colonies worldwide. The PussyHat Project has Eve-volved to become the Welcome Blanket Project: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”

This list of good news grows every day. Let us not stay in despair too long when we hear the bad news, because the good news is soon to follow. Search it out and then share it.

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017

Venus of LausselOn this Menstrual Hygiene Day — May 28, 2017, let’s celebrate the knowledge that 30,000 years ago, humans knew that we women bleed 13 times a year in sync with the Moon — and we do not die. Reverence behold for the women of Planet Earth during this pre-history time and beyond. A time when we lived in balance and in awe of Woman and Nature, natural truths we are re-membering today. This 30,000 year old bas-relief “Venus of Laussel” cave art from France, records a woman holding a crescent moon-shaped horn engraved with 13 lines — one for each of the 13 moons of the year — while she points to her womb. Perhaps this was a menstrual teaching manual for our ancestral sisterhood. This women’s knowledge is our millennia-old inheritance.

 

Today’s girls and young women are clamoring for silence to be removed from Our Periods – our lives and cycles in tune with Mother Nature. The world is moving toward re-membering our woman-rite in so many ways:

Menstruation-MattersWomen’s Voices for the Earth fight for non-toxic menstrual products.

Support Women, Period in Minnesota provides Menstrual products to homeless shelters, transitional housing and shelters for victims of domestic violence – all places that depend on donations of supplies.

WASH United in Africa is making Menstrual hygiene management a worldwide priority.

Global Citizen shares new magazines on women’s health and women’s rights, period dramas and girls in Nepal.

Oxfam in Nepal is teaching women to sew menstrual napkins and earn a living doing it!

See what’s happening in classrooms right now​​​​​​​ around the world and a great video!

Menstruation-Matters-3And just in case you doubt the wisdom and artistry of humans 30,000 years ago, it has recently been discovered that the depictions of animals on the walls of caves at that time were seen to move or gallop in place with the flickering of cave fires. Our ancestors were in fact videographers – a person who records images.

Celebrate International Menstrual Hygiene Day this May 28th, and the knowledge that “We Bleed and Do Not Die” with women around the world and through time!

Our organic, non-gmo, chlorine free tampons are on sale 20% to 30% Off!

Womyn’s Gathering – France 2017

Womyn’s Gathering in France
August 9-16, 2017

Womyn's Gathering - France 2017

I met one of the organizers this winter and she shared her passion for this yearly festival in France, just an hour’s train ride from Paris. She was visiting the U.S. and friends introduced us by email. We had a wonderful day together talking U.S. and French politics for hours. She was excited to get her toes in the sand and waves of the Pacific Ocean while we walked the southern coast of California. I want to share the news of this Womyn’s Gathering with all of you.

The Womyn’s Gatherings in France began in 2014 and continues each year. These festivals are an international feminist gathering organized by a team of feminists coming from Australia, Algeria, France, Serbia, the USA and the UK open to all women of all ages and origins.

This Womyn’s Gathering in France was started in 2014 by a small group of womyn who wanted to create something that combined the best of feminist gatherings. They were inspired by everything they loved in women’s festivals, such as the ‘Michigan’s Women Music Festival’ in the United States, with lots of creative and leisure activities, time to eat and celebrate together, sharing magical community moments, and the feeling to be in a safe space, close to nature and far away from patriarcal urban pollution with the ability to sing and dance around the fire, and immerse ourselves in a festive and joyful atmosphere.


The organizers are also inspired by the flourishing of intellectual and activist work that feminist gatherings bring about,  the possibility to discuss at length and in small groups with other feminists, to deepen our understanding of important topics, to make our contribution to the movement while learning new practices and theories.

Womyn’s Gathering – France 2017 – All the workshops and talks will be interpreted into English and French. See the Video:

 

Statement of Purpose:

– Because we believe in womyn-only spaces; we are convinced of their necessity and ready to fight for them. 

– Because we believe in solidarity; and we want to work towards a feminism that is womyn-centred, anti-racist, anti-colonialist and that takes into consideration womyn’s contexts and womyn’s backgrounds. 

– Because we believe in sisterhood; we want to exchange lovingly, build bridges and theorize together starting from our own experiences to better understand how patriarchy works and how it can be smashed. 

– And because last year was a huge success; because it made us stronger as individuals and as a community.

Womyn's Gathering - France 2017This gathering is a space designed for the re-discovery of the joy and freedom to be found in women-only space, to re-energise ourselves, to get to know each other and to reinforce our feminist networks in Europe and North Africa. The gathering is open to all women of all ages and origins.

“Our experience is that women-only spaces facilitate the development of collective awareness, the building of hope, energy and joy and lead to action for protecting and organising ourselves. They allow us to create our own spaces, resistance and survival practices, theories and cultures centred on our own realities and needs, where we are the subjects and we have value as women.”

Womyn's Gathering - France 2017

The outline of the week:

THEME 1: HETEROSEXUALITY IN PATRIARCHY
THEME 2: LESBIANISM AND FEMINISM
THEME 3: ANTI-RACISM AND FEMINISM
THEME 4: UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA; FEMINIST HEALING AND COLLECTIVE WELL-BEING IN FEMINISM
THEME 5: STRATEGIES OF COLLECTIVE RESISTANCE AND ALTERNATIVES TO LARGE SCALE SYSTEMS OF PATRIARCHAL POWER

A typical day at the gathering:

9 am A whole-group session introducing the theme of the day, to learn more about it and ask questions
10.15 am-12.30 pm Multiple workshops running simultaneously related to the day’s theme
12.45 pm Lunch
2.15-4.45 pm Multiple workshops running simultaneously related to the day’s theme
5-7 pm Creative workshops and discussions related to the day’s theme.
7.30 pm Dinner
9 pm Film screenings, open mic sessions, concerts, singing around the fire, dances and parties.

For many more Frequently Asked Questions, Check out this page of the official website. 

More specific information regarding the content of the workshops will be available in May, 2017.

Womyn's Gathering - France 2017Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see you there! This womyn’s gathering meets at the same time we would be at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival if it was still taking place. Let’s put this on our calendars and dream of arriving in Paris to board the train together to Sarthe:) Bee Well!

Women Rising for the World – We’ve Only Just Begun!

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue wearing her PussyHat

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue wearing her PussyHat

We have great reason to be proud! The Women’s March on Washington DC was in deed the largest march in U.S. and world history. Sixty nations participated in this march, and five to six million world citizens came out to speak truth to power. Herstory was made on that day, January 21, 2017. It is the beginning when we begin again what has been a 5,000 year old effort by women to bring peace and justice to our world.

Women Rising around the world as leaders to resist climate ignorance and the oppression of women and citizens by nation states globally. What a wonderful display of human integrity and strength.

“Any issue which affects women globally,” says Kenyan entrepreneur Ritah Mutheu, “affects women everywhere.” But, she says, “We want to also tell the government, to impart a message that anytime a politician decides a policy that violates women or human rights, women will not take it. We will rise up and fight against it.”

Lima, Peru: Focusing on the 2016 U.S. presidential election with a strategy to open “the Pandora’s box of hatred.” This is not a rally about Peru, though Lima saw a massive outpouring of women rallying for their rights this past August, at a protest that drew thousands and clogged the streets of Peru’s capital.

Nairobi, Kenya: Focusing on issues specific to Kenya. The official Facebook page for the march lays out their platform: the importance of the women’s vote, demand reproductive rights, women’s land and inheritance rights, to end sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, and the trafficking of women and children; and to end discrimination against LGBTQ people, sex workers, disabled women, HIV positive women, refugee women, women in the informal sector and other marginalized groups, and the difficulties women have, in Kenya, prosecuting rapists.

Prague, Czech Republic: That the women’s march in Prague was non-partisan, non-violent, and inclusive of all, and held in historic Wenceslas Square , a historic space of opposition and peaceful resistance from the student demonstrations against the Nazis bringing in co-sponsors from all sorts of different activist groups: women’s rights groups, Greenpeace and Amnesty International, the Czech Writers Association, groups advocating for the rights of Roma, and pro-LGBTQ groups.

Tbilisi, Georgia: Focused on the rights of women in Georgia itself. This is not the first time Tbilisi has had protests against issues of a “patriarchal society,” domestic violence, securing equal pay for equal work, and political representation. This rally was also an expression that Georgia is part of the global community and that people there support women’s rights and human rights and fundamental rights around the globe.

Tel Aviv, Israel: Took place outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. A second event, organized by Democrats Abroad, took place in the Mediterranean port city of Jaffa and was nonpolitical and nonpartisan, not taking on local issues but delving into the Israeli-American relationship. What was troubling to a lot of people during the election was the rise of white supremacy and racism and anti-Semitism.

Full article here. See an estimated total of crowd numbers here. 

10 ACTIONS / 100 DAYS

We all know this is just the beginning of a worldwide effort if we are to change the lives of women, men and children and to save this beautiful planet we call home. It doesn’t end with this amazing Women’s March on Washington DC January 21. Now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes and put our pink pussyhats into the closet. It is the time to get our friends, family and community together and continue making Herstory!

Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. Get printable postcards here.

Next: Sister Giant Conference, February 2-4, 2017

History is repeating itself before our very eyes. These same corporate elite tactics were used in Germany and preceded a time in human Evolution when individual heroes stood up to help those different from themselves. Now, we must do the same and make coalitions, support organizations on the front lines, educate ourselves by listening to and supporting alternative news sources, boycotting the companies doing harm to our families and our planet. We have a lot of work to do and we are up to the task. Together, with women leading the way, we will all rise to meet the challenges of our time. I see it happening daily at home and around the world. Widen your scope of news to include global events and your spirit will never be squashed. Believe in our strength to overcome:) All shall bee well, All shall bee well, All manner of thing shall be well, Genny

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Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.

 

Feminist Scholars on the U.S. Presidency

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Just so we all know we are not acting alone in our coming efforts to maintain a peaceful world and functioning democracy, you will be strengthened by reading this all-encompassing public statement by scholarly women of grit:

Summary of Statement:

  • We must protect the right to protest and dissent.
  • We must insist that the media be allowed to do its job.
  • We must reject compromise.
  • Our number 1 priority is to Resist.
  • We must denounce militarization at home & abroad.
  • We must resist climate change denial.
  • We must resist autocracy.
  • We must push ourselves into more precise, radical analytical frameworks.
  • We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, a sizeable minority of the U.S. electorate chose to send billionaire Donald Trump, an avowed sexist and an unrepentant racist, who has spent nearly forty years antagonizing vulnerable people, to the White House. Spewing hatred at women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and those with disabilities is Trump’s most consistent, and well-documented form of public engagement. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women because, as he quipped, his celebrity made it easy for him to do so. We can only assume that the hostile climate and anxiety about what is to come were contributing factors. The political shift we are witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper class.As a community of feminist scholars, activists and artists, we affirm that the time to act is now. We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic hierarchy. We must also denounce militarization at home and abroad, and climate change denial that threatens to destroy the entire planet.

We must also reject calls to compromise, to understand, or to collaborate. We cannot and will not comply. Our number one priority is to resist. We must resist the instantiation of autocracy. We must resist this perversion of democracy. We must refuse spin and challenge any narratives that seek to call this moment “democracy at work.” This is not democracy; this is the rise of a 21st century U.S. version of fascism. We must name it, so we can both confront and defeat it. The most vulnerable, both here and abroad, cannot afford for us to equivocate or remain silent. The threats posed by settler colonialism and empire around the globe have never been more real, nor has our resolve to oppose these injustices ever been stronger. Concretely, within the U.S., we oppose the building of a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, and the establishment of a registry for Muslim residents.

We owe this moment and the communities we fight for our very best thinking, teaching, and organizing. We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. We must push ourselves into new, and more precise and radical analytical frameworks that can help us to articulate the stakes of this moment.

The most important thing we can do in this moment is to make an unqualified commitment to those on the margins through our actions, insist that the media be allowed to do its job; and protect the right to protest and dissent. We recognize clearly that our silence will not protect us. Silence, in the aftermath of 11/8 is not merely a lack of words; it is a profound inertia of liberatory thought and praxis. So – what are we waiting for? We are who we are waiting for. We pledge to stand and fight, with fierce resolve, for the values and principles we believe in and the people we love.

See all the signatories here. 

 

Winter Blues – Get Mud on Your Hands

Winter Blues - Molly's Organic FarmWinter Blues
Get Mud (Serotonin and Dopamine) on Your Hands
And Shoes!

Improve your Winter Blues by digging in your garden! Hunting and gathering the fruits of your labor also add to your your happiness level.

Serotonin and Dopamine are 2 natural anti-depressants that boost your mood and your immune system. We didn’t need science to tell us that Gardening makes us happy, but it’s always fun when science catches up with women’s wisdom.

TIP: Garden without gloves and get your hands into the dirt and compost heap.

Here are some facts:
– Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.
– Soil contains Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacteria that triggers the release of serotonin in your brain.
-Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, found in our soil, waterways, mothers’ breast milk, food plants — and in non-organic Roundup-ready wheat, corn and soy — depletes your serotonin and dopamine levels. Depression is a global epidemic right alongside Monsanto’s worldwide sale of Roundup.
The Immune System Link

Soil bacteria cause immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which activate the nerves that relay signals from the body to the brain. The stimulated nerves cause neurons in the brain to release serotonin into the prefrontal cortex, an area of your brain involved in regulating your moods.


Winter Blues Remedy - i love dirt! by Jennifer Wardi love dirt! by Jennifer WardLet Your Kids Spend More Time Getting Dirty!

Studies link early childhood exposure to bacteria to protection against allergies and asthma in adulthood, suggesting that bacteria-exposure boosts your immune systems and alters your vulnerability to conditions such as depression as well.

Check out Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne and Giselle Potter. A clever twist on a classic fairy tale, this story stars a whip-smart girl instead of traditionally lazy, not-so-bright Jack. It stays pretty true to the original, but has a surprising ending.

Holiday Boycott Buycott

Buycott App to boycott consumer goods

Women decide how 85% of every consumer dollar is spent! It’s time to spend our shopping dollars wisely. A Holiday Boycott Buycott is called for to protect our progressive social and economic priorities. Boycott the corporations that are controlling our government, our votes, our media, and our food supply.

Definition of fascism: Corporations + Government

Boycott Consumer Goods –  Here is an APP that will make it Easy: BUYCOTT

Boycott Trump: Many of Trump’s major business relationships have already cut ties with him. Still, many of the products we buy continue to have stores in Trump Buildings. Here’s a great list of companies to Boycott Trump: #GrabYourWallet.

Boycott Koch Media, Koch Foods, Koch Industries (261 products), Koch FirearmsHere is how we stop the Tea Party control of local elections, local media, higher education, oil and fracking and their environmental destruction. Many of our household and office paper products are Koch products.

Boycott Monsanto, GMOs, Nestles, etc. Vote with your consumer dollars. I look forward to using this Buycott APP too!

Boycott Corporate Media

It seems we have just experienced a “Media Coup” in our country. The only candidate on television news was D. Trump. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, there are no regulations limiting the number of media outlets any one person can own. Literally all of our television news stations are controlled by right wing Libertarian corporate billionaire supporters of D. Trump  — especially Fox News — the only on air news available in many parts of the U.S. Boycott corporate media! Don’t let yourself be uneducated. Listen, watch, and support Independent Progressive Media where critical issues are discussed.

Here are some suggestions for our Holiday Boycott to begin and continue into the New Year:

Free Speech TV – National Independent News

Link TV – Quality Television Without Borders

ThomHartmann.comNews, Opinion & Debate

DemocracyNow.org – Daily Independent News

In the l960s federal laws brought about social justice reform despite several states that were determined to keep segregation, etc., in place.

Now, in 2017, with the Libertarian right wing and tea party having fought so hard to establish State’s Rights, we will have a different kind of Revolution over the next few years. These newfound States’ Rights will help us to fend off the federal/trump/fascist reforms the right wing establishment will attempt to bring about.

That’s the good news. But we still have to resist. We will have to find rest where we can, and vote with our dollars. Women decide how 85% of every consumer dollar is spent! It’s time to spend our shopping dollars wisely. A Holiday Boycott Buycott is called for to protect our progressive social and economic priorities. Boycott the corporations that are controlling our government, our votes, our media, and our food supply.

Austerity programs (economic/structural reform) promoted by the U.S. and the IMF in countries like Greece and Egypt, are now being promoted to U.S. Citizens in the name of “privatization”  — a  new word for Reagan Economics — which has been responsible for the 30-year decline of America’s blue collar and middle class workers. The demise of our unions was part of this targeted decline because the unions were the biggest financial contributors to the Democratic Party. With the demise of the unions has come the disappearance of our progressive liberal democratic party and it’s funding support base.

With only the Republican Party having financial support, largely from corporations and the Billionaires who own them, some of whom swing back and forth between government positions and their positions as CEOs, our government is now a corporate bureaucracy. These same billionaires own our media, giving rise to the escalation of hate crimes we are seeing today.

So, now, we rise, and women are leading the way. Here are some great articles to brighten your Holy Days:

Bee well and check out our solution to Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change:

 

Don’t Migrate! Donate! & How the Electoral College Works

After Election MigrationDon’t Migrate North with the Canadian Geese, or South with the Monarch Butterflies. 

Become a Member of Your State’s Electoral College – Find out what your state’s process is for electing citizens to the Electoral College. Apply and walk through that process. Become an involved citizen, represent your fellow citizens, and become one of those who decide who our next President will be — until the Electoral College is abolished.

Run for Office – OurRevolution.com is Empowering a New Generation of Leaders to Transform American Politics

Volunteer – There are lots of Progressive Organizations that need Your time

Donate to Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support. Non-Profits and NGOs need Your dollars to make Positive Change

Search Out Groups of Like-Minded Citizens to march with and talk with.

March With Those Groups Attacked 1st to Slow the Climb of Oppression.

​​​​​​​Monitor Congress on CSPAN. Then Call, Write & Email Legislators.

Read Books about Diverse Cultures here.​​​​​​​

Explore Women’s Spirituality in all its forms and traditions here.

How the Electoral College Works

Grabbing at straws to keep our democratic voices and votes alive, I had to find out How the Electoral College Works – the next step in our electoral process. Then, I had to explore the possibility that these 538 “Electors” could vote to save us.  I learned they could!

How the Electoral College Works

1) Individual citizens vote for presidential candidates.

2) In all but 2 states, the Candidate who wins each state gets all the Electoral College votes allotted to that state. The Electoral College is made up of 538 “Electors” (the number of Senators and members of the House of Representatives in our Congress) who are party-chosen “wise and informed men,” party loyalists, government officials, donors, etc. (Doesn’t sound too promising.)

3) On December 19, 2016, “Electors” gather in their respective state capitals to cast their votes for president. “Electors” are not absolutely required to vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged by the results of their state’s vote. “Electors” can vote for either candidate or another person. If “Electors” vote against the way their state voted, they usually pay a fine or are charged with a misdemeanor. These penalties can only be applied after the fact and do not change Electoral votes. Only Michigan and Minnesota currently have laws that void Electoral votes different from pledged votes.

Purpose of the Electoral College

1) to prevent a person unfit to govern from attaining office.
2) to prevent a charismatic tyrant who could manipulate the will of the people from attaining office.
(Although I was in favor of ending the Electoral College in favor of the Popular Vote, in this instance I thoroughly appreciate the wisdom of our founders.)

History

No “Elector” has changed the outcome of a U.S. presidential election by voting against his or her party’s designated candidate. However, it is technically constitutional, theoretically possible, and wholly unprecedented in American history.

But I can hope AND sign the petitions that are being circulated asking Electors to vote their conscience. I think we will see these petitions increasing in number in the next 30+ days prior to December 19.

Below is one such petition by Change.org that currently has over 4 million signatures by citizens like me who are hoping to bring the Electoral College votes more in line with the popular (you and me) votes.

How the Electoral College WorksMy Sources

Change.org PETITION 

Bill Moyer 

Snopes 

 

 

Healthy Kitchen Tips

healthy kitchen tips - eat the rainbowWe are all trying to eat and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. Here are some green and healthy kitchen tips for you and your family:

Choose recipes that call for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat the Rainbow of antioxidant colored foods. Wash them with water and a few drops of vinegar or lemon.
Eat GMO Free and Organic to make sure you are not eating RoundUp which is sprayed on GMO foods and on many non-GMO foods — especially grains — just before harvest. I know these are a little more expensive, but it will save you money in medical bills treating cancers, diabetes, obesity, autism and other diseases being connected to GMOs and Glyphosate (RoundUp herbicide) in our diet and our environment. Farmer’s Markets and growing your own backyard and kitchen window gardens help to save money and give great pleasure.
 
Green and Healthy Holiday Kitchen TipsKitchen clean-up can be green too! Try natural alternatives like vinegar, baking soda and water. Make your own DIY cleaner or buy it healthy. An easy and very economical cleaner that I use for kitchen counters, mirrors, etc., is turning your vinegar bottle into a spray cleaning bottle by attaching a sprayer from an empty spray bottle. They fit the glass vinegar bottles! Add water and a small amount of any vinegar and you have a very effective, versitile and economical cleaner.
 
Select organic meats and dairy to limit exposure to hormones and antibiotics creating resistant strains of bacteria. Meat production is the biggest creator of climate change and the destruction of our lands and seas, so limit eating meat and dairy and consider becoming a vegan. See our favorite book on this subject below.
 
Use cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic cookware. Non-Stick pans release Perfluorochemicals into food and air, and have been linked to cancer.
 
 
Buy foods packaged in glass rather than plastic or cans to reduce your family’s exposure to endocrine disrupting BPA – bisphenol A, also linked to cancers.
diy freeze in glass jarsStore leftovers in glass. The chemical additives in plastic can migrate into foods and liquids. You CAN freeze in glass jars! You can see here that I have frozen hot peppers that I got at the Farmer’s Market. Too many to use immediately, so I froze them. The secret is keeping the lid off until the food is frozen. When you defrost, make sure you do it slowly so you don’t crack the glass.  Do not immerse the cold glass jar into hot water.
 
Never microwave in plastic, even if it says “microwave safe.” Heat can release plastic chemicals into your food and drink. Living an anti-cancer lifestyle requires never letting your food touch plastic!
 

Enjoy the smells and the togetherness of the Seasons. Take a walk outside and breathe in the Joy! And check out our FREE Lean Into Green Telesummit for more tips and ideas for more Healthy Kitchen Tips here. 

Remember: Help the bees and other pollinators, don’t use toxic garden pesticides.” I am doing some “companion gardening” and planting garlic in with my Milkweed to keep the aphids off for the Monarchs. Center for Food Safety

Here are some helpful products from our female entrepreneurs to have healthy meals and families:

 

Bee Health Improving

Bee Health ImprovingBee health is improving with the removal of Neonicotinoids from agriculture in the U.S. and worldwide. Neonicotinoids are based on nicotine, a natural insecticide produced by the tobacco plant. In addition to being a highly addictive neurostimulant in humans, nicotine is toxic to insects and pollinators like bees. Another reason to Stop Smoking!

Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides that are devastating bee populations and threatening our nation’s food supply. Neonicotinoids act as an insect nerve agent. They are mostly used as a seed treatment, meaning the chemical pervades the plant, including the nectar and pollen on which bees feed. Neonicotinoids have been in use for more than a decade and are thought to be harmless to humans and other mammals.

Neonicotinoids were banned in the European Union two years ago. Fast-declining-populations of pollinators, including bees, have been identified as a serious risk to global food production. 90% of pollination is performed by wild bees, moths, hoverflies and other insects. Neonicotinoids have only ever been tested by regulators on honeybees, and these tests were only conducted for a few days to check for immediate lethal effects. The sub-lethal effects that could, for example, weaken bees’ defences against disease were never tested. Cocktails of pesticides used by farmers are not tested either. The ban on Neonicotinoids in France is not a total ban. Only three neonicotinoids will be suspended and only from flowering crops, on which bees feed. Neonicotinoids will still be used on winter crops, when bees are dormant, and in greenhouses.

2nd Largest Popcorn Supplier Commits to Phasing Out a Bee-Killing PesticideBee Health Improving - Center for Food Safety - Victory Pop Corn
– Popcorn Lovers Beware!
There are roughly 40 insecticides currently registered for use as an active chemical on popcorn, including 3 bee-toxic neonicotinoid chemicals: clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and imidacloprid. Between 79 and 100 percent of corn seed in the U.S. is coated with neonicotinoids, and popcorn is no exception. In October 2015, one week after The Center for Food Safety (CFS) launched their campaign, the popcorn giant, Pop Weaver — the second largest popcorn supplier in the U.S. — made a precedent setting commitment to phase out bee-toxic popcorn seed coatings. This is the first U.S. food company to commit to phasing out uses of neonicotinoid seed coatings. CFS’s campaign also targeted Pop Secret, which sources much of its popcorn from Pop Weaver, and is working to secure a similar commitment from the company.

“We are pleased to see a leader in the popcorn industry make this commitment to protecting bees and the environment. With a large share of the market, Pop Weaver has the ability to not only become leaders in pollinator protection but to also influence their competitors in the popcorn seed market to do the same. This is a very important market shift. We have offered to work with Pop Weaver and other popcorn companies to effectively reach these benchmarks and ultimately phase out the use of bee-toxic seed coatings all together.” Larissa Walker, Pollinator Program Director at Center for Food Safety.

Bee health improvingSeed coatings are a common but relatively new method of applying pesticides to crops. The seed is covered with the pesticide or pesticide mixture (fungicide, herbicide, and insecticide combinations are common), allowing the chemicals to be taken up into the plant as it grows – ultimately rendering the whole plant toxic. Yet only 5% of the active chemical pesticide on the seed coating enters the plant, leaving the remaining 95% to enter the environment through seed dust or soil contamination and water runoff.

bee health improvingThe widespread use of neonicotinoid seed coatings on popcorn is particularly alarming because of their documented harm to pollinator species, like bees, that are vital to our food supply and environment. To date, more than 4 million Americans have called on the government to take stronger actions to protect bees from toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids.

Pop Weaver is not alone in taking action to protect bees from neonicotinoids: In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that their agency is banning neonicotinoid insecticides from being used on all wildlife refuges nationwide by January 2016. The European Union has a moratorium on the most toxic uses of neonicotinoids. The Province of Ontario, Canada plans to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-coated corn and soybean seeds by 80 percent by 2017.

Bee Health Improving4 Million Signatures to Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides were presented to the White House by conservationists, beekeepers, farmers, and ordinary citizens demanding a ban on pesticides implicated in the die-off of pollinators.

A coalition of 125 groups including eleven of the nation’s top environmental organizations gathered these 4 million signatures in an effort to keep pressure on the Obama Administration to take action, urging the President to take meaningful action on neonicotinoids.

Lowe’s & Home Depot are phasing out Bee-Killing Pesticidesbee health improving – I stopped shopping at Lowes as part of the “Bee Boycott.” After nearly two years of pressure from the public, in April 2015, Lowe’s Home Improvement announced it will begin taking steps to protect bees and similarly affected pollinators from neonicotinoids.

Lowe’s is committed to regularly reviewing the products and information we offer customers and we’re taking the following actions to support pollinator health:

  • Including greater organic and non-neonic product selections
  • Phasing out the sale of products that contain neonic pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available (Alternatives can be worse, so the public needs to keep an eye on this one)
  • Working with growers to eliminate the use of neonic pesticides on bee-attractive plants we sell
  • Encouraging growers to use biological control programs
  • Educating employees and customers through in-store resources such as brochures, fact sheets and product labels

In December 2015, Home Depot announced it would stop pretreating plants with neonicotinoid pesticides by 2018. They have already stopped treating 80 percent of plants with the harmful chemicals. Last summer, Home Depot announced it would start labeling neonicotinoid-treated plants after a Friends of the Earth study found that more than 50 percent of plants sold in Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Walmart were treated with bee-killing pesticides. Hurray for public pressure! We can vote and make big changes with our consumer $$!

White House Introduces Plans to Improve Bee Healthbee health improving – In May 2015, the Presidential Task Force released its strategy on reducing honey bee population declines and how to improve Bee health and habitat. The USDA and Department of Interior also introduced a set of guidelines for land planners and overseers outlining how to maintain pollinator-friendly properties.

 

Bee Health ImprovingFederal Court Rules in Favor of BeesBees Win!  In September 2015, a federal appeals court overturned the EPA’s approval of Sulfoxaflor, another pesticide that is known to be highly toxic to bees. When sprayed on crops, this pesticide kills insects instantaneously and absorbs into the plant itself. Bugs that eat the plant die as well. Judge Mary M. Schroeder wrote that the EPA “unconditionally registered” Sulfoxaflor without sufficient research into the toxicity of the chemical compound. Judge Schroeder ordered that Sulfoxaflor be pulled from stores by Oct. 18, 2015. In response, the EPA issued a cancellation order on Sulfoxaflor products, prohibiting the distribution and sale of these bee-killing pesticide-laden items.

Chemical companies warn of a return to older pesticides that are even more harmful to bees. But, there is little evidence for this and recent farming trends are towards using natural predators and crop rotation to control any pests. That’s the good news.

U.S. Considers Listing the Rusty Patched Bumblebee as EndangeredBee health improving – There are no bees or bumblebees listed under the Endangered Species Act. This move comes amid growing concern about the decline of honeybees which pollinate a third of the world’s food supply. Once common to the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest, the rusty-patched bumblebee has disappeared from 87 percent of its historic habitat. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in January 2013 petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the rusty-patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. After no action was taken, the group followed up with a lawsuit in 2014. Last week the FWS finally responded and agreed that the species may merit protection. The agency will conduct a 12-month review to determine if an Endangered Species Act listing is warranted.

“This is a pretty big deal, even though this is just the first step in the listing process. Listing the species could not only help preserve it, but also help the many plants that it has historically pollinated, including wildflowers and commercial crops such as blueberries, cranberries, apples, and alfalfa.” Sarina Jepsen, Endangered Species Program Director for the Xerces Society. She cowrote the initial petition.

So, it seems, the tobacco industry has found another market for its toxic nicotine. But like all issues at this time, consumers and activist organizations are fighting this greed too. Remember to use organic farming and gardening methods, and to add flowering plants to your home gardens to help grow our bee colonies — and to save the bees, ourselves, and our planet. Bee well!

COP21 Highlights – Women and Action

Cop21 HighlightsWorld leaders and global activists have met to finalize a climate agreement at the Paris Climate Summit COP21. This is a pivotal point for environmental politics and  how individuals and communities can take action to support the planet. Here are some COP21 Highlights:

Women and Gender Constituency – Over the past several years of international climate change negotiations, it has been established and agreed by governments across the world, who are Parties toCOP21, that gender equality and ensuring women’s human rights are necessary to effectively act on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Women were active at COP21 both inside the meetings and outside in the streets and many organizing meetings that brought global activists together in protest and negotiations.

North Dakota indigenous leader Kandi Mossett: “We are sacrifice zones” – Man camps are where thousands of men live in hovels. They’re FEMA trailers or RV parks or wherever they can find space. Man camps are in what used to be wheat fields or a sunflower fields that are now oil-fracking operations. As a result, we’ve seen an great increase in crime, violence, and drug abuse. I have buried two young girls, my friends, this last year, who got addicted to the heroin, because we now have organized crime. As far as the environmental toxins, we won’t even feel the effects for 20 years. And I’m so worried that at this COP21 my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter won’t have a say, but she will be experiencing the worst impacts. And it just doesn’t make any sense to me that this is the 21st COP and we are considered sacrifice zones in my community.

COP21 HighlightsClimate Justice Movement “Extremely Disappointed” in COP21 Draft’s “Failure to Set Up” – Chee Yoke Ling, legal adviser to the Third World Network, based in Beijing: “There’s no agreement, actually, because the question is: How do we share? How do we share the responsibility of doing the actions that will bring us to 1.5? Many vulnerable countries, small island states, and even some of the bigger developing countries want strong action. But the 1.5 has to be in the context of actions that are fair, so that the rich and those who can do more should do their share, and then the poor should be helped to actually do their share. So what we see here, to get to the 1.5, where everybody is treated the same, where we see the rich countries, like the United States and the European countries or Japan, saying that they will try to do their best, on a voluntary basis, and they’re backing off from what they agreed to do 20 years ago. They are not cutting emissions at home, in Europe or North America. They are not going to give money to help other countries do it. So, 1.5 is a nice number, but how do you get to 1.5 in terms of real actions?”

Young Feminist Day at the Women and Gender Caucus: Alina Saba – Thailand, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development: “Living with climate change is a reality, it keeps us awake at night. Climate Change is further pushing us into a cycle of inequality. We are trading away our life.” Report from WEDO *Women, Environment & Development Organization begun by Bella Abzug): The room was filled with engaged participants eager to hear the voices of young feminists who participated and hope to continue the conversation and establish a young feminist working group in order to ensure that all generations are included in climate change negotiations, international policies, and advocacy spaces.

Cop21 Highlights naomi kleinNaomi Klein Decries Climate Deal as Extraordinarily Dangerous – “We know, from the paltry levels of financing that wealthy governments have brought to the table, that COP21 is going to steamroll over equity red lines, which means that wealthy countries that have been emitting fossil fuels on an industrial scale for a couple hundred years will continue to fail to do our fair share of emission reductions, or pay our fair share for the impacts of that, for loss and damage caused by climate change, and also the resources that are badly needed so that poorer countries can leapfrog over fossil fuels and the car culture, and go directly to renewable energy, community-controlled renewable energy, energy democracy. It takes resources and technology transfers to happen. We also know that it’s going to steamroll over our legal red lines, because the U.S. has come to these negotiations announcing that the deal cannot be legally binding. Any talk of penalties was off the table before it even began.

Which is why on December 12th many activists will be in the streets of Paris peacefully demonstrating against the violation of these red lines. We will also be mourning the lives already lost to climate disruption…”   Check out Naomi’s newest book here: Capitalism vs. Climate.

Jane Goodall at COP21: “I’m Here to Save the Rainforests” COP21 Highlights– “Our misuse of fossil fuels, the emissions—from agriculture, from industry, from households—the vast impact that’s being made by this intensive farming of animals. And in order to feed the billions and billions of cows and pigs and chickens, even if you don’t care about the cruelty, even if you refuse to admit that these are individuals with feelings, who feel pain and have emotions, even if you don’t admit that, you have to admit huge areas of forest are cut down to grow grain to feed them. Intensive cattle grazing is turning forests to woodland, to scrubland. And food in one end, gas out both ends, that’s methane. And that’s an even more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. It’s about 36 percent of all methane emissions come from this intensive farming.”

Greenland Glaciologist Says, Voluntary Pledges Aren’t Enough 
“What we need to be talking about is the atmospheric carbon level that we can tolerate. And unfortunately, it’s too high now, so the conversation, the missing conversation, is also about atmospheric drawdown of carbon. And that’s why I bring up trees and grasslands and restoring growing parts of our planet. We’ve lost one-third of arable land on our planet in the last 50 years. We need to start reversing that. And we can bring humidification back to the Mediterranean. The Roman Empire began deforesting the Mediterranean long ago, and that desertification trend is behind the drought. And we can actually begin reversing that. And it actually—besides bringing moisture back to some of these places and sequestering carbon, it also gives people hope. And it can be a gesture of peace that we can offer around the world.”

COP21 HighlightsGreenpeace commissioned 80 activists from Germany, France and Belgium to paint a large, yellow sun on Paris’ Etoile — the roundabout that encircles the Arc de Triomphe. They used washable paint that isn’t environmentally harmful.

Today, 12/12/15, climate activists are protesting in the streets of Paris, calling all of us to action.

Paris isn’t the end of the story, but a conclusion of a particular chapter. Now, it’s up to us to strengthen these promises, make sure they are kept, and then accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and toward 100% renewable energy. Videos from Paris here.

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags

How to Say NO to Plastic BagsIt’s time to re-think the faceless, disposable, environmentally harmful plastic bags you’ve been using for produce and everything else — Say NO to Plastic Bags! — and reduce your carbon footprint.

Quickly used, and even more quickly thrown away, plastic bags are not so easily disposed of — they are NOT biodegradable for 500 to 1,000 years. Every plastic bag ever manufactured, is still on this planet today.

Another important fact is that to live an anti-cancer lifestyle, you don’t want your food to touch plastic. The chemicals in plastics mimic estrogen and your body takes those toxic chemicals everywhere in your body that you use estrogen. A big contributor to environmental cancers. You can sign up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit here.

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. bunch bags reusable produce bags for everythingWe suggest using reusable Bunch Bags. They store more product, are easier to carry, and can even be used to prevent the seemingly inevitable loss of socks in the dryer!.

amy ferguson ceo of bunch bagsBunch Bags began as Amy Ferguson’s way to cut down on the amount of one-use plastic bags that thousands of shoppers toss away every day.

Ceo, Amy Ferguson, is dedicated to consumer awareness to reuse, recycle, and refuse to use plastic bags. Amy has been a volunteer for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida, working closely with the rehabilitation of sea turtles, and is also involved in community beach cleanups.  Amy is very passionate about marine life and animals, and helping to protect them from environmental harm. Bunch Bags is a 100% woman owned business.

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. REUSABLE BUNCH BAGS FOR EVERYTHING

Here are some facts about one-use plastic bags

Plastics now comprise one of the biggest threats to marine environments.

Plastic does NOT biodegrade.
Over a trillion plastic bags are consumed each year. Scientists estimate that it takes 500 to 1000 years for a plastic bag to break down.

100,000 marine mammals and turtles
die per year because they eat, swallow, or get tangled up in plastics.

Using reusable bags could replace roughly 1.3 trillion plastic bags in our life time! 

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. BunchBags Reusable Produce Bags

Isn’t it time to make Bunch Bags part of your reusable bag habit?
You can make a difference!

Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary General

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALThe United Nations is 70 years old. Lets make sure that the next UN leadership includes women of merit and nerve, significantly gifted to make the United Nations work —  It’s time! Join the Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary General.

There have been 8 male Secretaries General, but never a female — though women represent half the world’s population. The current UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, will step down at the end of 2016. You can get involved with this Campaign to elect a woman in 2016.

There are female presidents, prime ministers, chancellors and foreign ministers, distinguished diplomats and others with deep experience in foreign affairs who deserve to be considered.  The excuse that there are not enough qualified women to choose from is no longer valid.

– Add your voice to this Campaign by signing up online: http://www.womansg.org

– Meet the core group launching this campaign, including Charlotte Bunch here!  A group of like-minded women have come together representing academia and civil society with long records of engagement with the UN. These women decided that the time had come for a woman to lead the UN. They welcome others — YOU — to join the campaign. It’s time!

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALOne of the U.S. organizers is Charlotte Bunch. She has been an activist, writer and organizer in the feminist, LGBT, and human rights movements for over forty years. A Distinguished Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and a founder of Washington DC Women’s Liberation, The Furies, and Quest: A Feminist Quarterly.

Charlotte, has served on the Board of Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the MS Foundation for Women, and the Global Fund for Women. She was actively involved in feminist organizing for the 1980 Copenhagen, 1985 Nairobi, and the 1995 Beijing World Conferences on Women, and was the coordinator for the CWGL led Global Campaign for Women’s Human Rights at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993. She has been advocating for the creation of UN Women where she serves on the Global Civil Society Advisory Board.

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALAnother organizer is Shazia Z. Rafi, former Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action. She was the first woman on the ballot and runner-up finalist for the Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General election. Shazia was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and lives in New York City.

Carolyn Gage interviewed Shazia Rafi on “Diplomacy at the Highest Levels” for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to our interview with Shazia here. Shazia talks about her work on Abortion Rights, Environmental Law, and How to Strategize for Change. (Sign Up for the entire Telesummit Here).

Shazia Rafi is a SheSource Women’s Media Center Expert on international security, arms control, international law, international treaties, international women’s rights, international human rights policy and violations, political Islam, Africa, Asia, diplomacy, environment, international issues, Middle East and North Africa, politics and religion.

The next U.N. Secretary General will be chosen by the U.S., Russia, China, England and France. Please contact President Obama: “You must not allow any nomination for U.N. Secretary General to go forward unless the nominations include at least 50% women on the ballot.”

– Call President Obama: 202-456-1111

– Write President Obama: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.

– Email President Obama: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALWe’ve learned recently with the TPP, marches on campuses, GMO legislation, etc., that our voices make a difference. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the world — outside our own borders. Our domestic policy mirrors our U.S. foreign policy, so international law effects us greatly. And it’s important for women — as World Citizens — to have a voice at the highest levels. These women workiing at the U.N. are our voices. Let’s support them as they support us!

Give Peace a Chance:) Elect a Woman U.N. Secretary General in 2016! Download the Women for Secretary General Brochure here. 

Preventing Cancer in Your Home

Beth Greer on preventing cancer in your homeWe interviewed Beth Greer, an environmental health expert and best-selling author of “Super Natural Home.” Beth shared practical and affordable ways to eliminate carcinogens and other toxic chemicals found in everyday products.

“A Healthy Home Creates a Healthy Body!” 

Beth’s first-hand experience of eliminating a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery by making small but significant lifestyle shifts is a great example for us all that Cancer can be healed, and that we have the power and the tools to do just that.

We do have to make safe and healthy product choices. We do have to read labels on food, personal care products and cleaning products. And we do need a greater awareness that what goes IN, ON and AROUND us, radically impacts our health and vitality.

“The average woman uses 9 personal care products a day, containing over 100 unique ingredients, some of which are linked to cancer and reproductive harm. Start giving your personal care products a safety makeover.” Women’s Voices for the Earth

Especially important is our use of safe and natural menstruation supplies, water filters, and EMF radiation protection. Diet plays an important role as research teaches us that some sugar replacements cause and feed cancers. I remember going to a friend’s memorial who had died of cancer, and seeing that the foods served by her family were full of carcinogens. She was a mother who wanted to live, and who wanted her family to be healthy. She didn’t have the benefit of the information we have today.

We interviewed Beth Greer, a woman who has personal experience with making lifestyle changes for family and mother health. We learned a lot. We know you will too.

Join us on this collective quest to find real cures, our lives and our family’s health depend on it.  LISTEN HERE Preventing Cancer with Beth Greer: Good Health Starts in Your Home: Learn How to Purge Your Home of Products that Have Health Risks   

Preventing Cancer Telesummit Sign Up

Sign-Up for our entire series on Preventing Cancer: Exposing and Exploring the Environmental Risks here.

You will hear from Scientists, Environmental Researchers, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors. Meet Your Experts here. 

Learn steps you can take to help prevent cancer and its recurrence.

 

 

Preventing Cancer & Its Recurrence

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Green Woman Store, we are advancing awareness about the environmental causes and steps you can take to prevent cancer and its recurrence.

New scientific evidence is emerging daily, making it clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It’s clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our cancer risk.  But we rarely hear about this new scientific evidence.

It is difficult to examine and address the effects of individual chemicals and their risks for a disease as complex as cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades. We may not know which chemicals we’ve been exposed to, and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comWe invite you to sign up for our free Telesummit on Preventing Cancer. We Expose and Explore the Growing Evidence of Cancer’s Environmental Connection & Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Cancer & Its Recurrence:

As an informed consumer, you can begin to control your exposure to chemicals and radiation through personal and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to cancer and take action to reduce your risk.

Here are some interviews from the Telesummit:

Preventing Cancer with Connie Engel at the Breast Cancer FundConnie Engel is Science and Education Manager at the Breast Cancer Fund.

Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Here are some points from her interview:

  • Breast Cancer is 5 different diseases.
  • Focus on chemicals and radiation.
  • How you can reduce your risk.
  • Mamography alternatives.
  • Low-dose exposures.
  • Cosmetics without cancer.
  • Questioning BPA alternatives.
  • Working to stop this disease before it starts.

Watch Connie’s Breast Cancer 101 Video here.

 

Preventing Cancer with Kristie Marsh Protecting Those You Love with Kristie Marsh, a Breast Cancer Warrior! Diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 Cancer, she has become a nationally recognized advocate for women’s environmental health. Hear the “Little Changes” she made that help us deal with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products.

Woman to woman, Kristi shares the “Little Changes” she made that help us move through the emotions of dealing with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products. We’re all advocates when we share articles, books, emails, etc. Advocacy is also marching on City Hall and Washington D.C., bringing the attention of the press, elected officials, and mainstream women to these issues.

Kristie will encourage you to become a role model for others and an advocate for a healthier environment. The good news is that you don’t have to do this alone. Kristi Marsh will share tools, resources, and lessons learned from her journey from mainstream mom to advocate and educator, creating not just a healthy home, but a better world.

 

 

 

What’s Your Shopping Carbon Footprint?

shipping-mail-boxes shopping carbon footprintOur personal carbon footprint has become increasingly important to us all as we understand our role in climate change.

Here at GreenWomanStore.com, we definitely support Shopping Local. Our 100+ Female Entrepreneurs are Local Business Women serving their communities as well as online shoppers, and we feel privileged to share their visions and passions for a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

What’s your shopping carbon footprint? The statistics are now in and show us that Online Shopping typically has a lower carbon footprint than shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. There are exceptions, like Manhattan where bicycling is the trend. Walking and bicycling always improve our impact on the Earth as well as our own physical and mental health.

Here are some tips to lower your shopping carbon footprint whether shopping online or in your local marketplace:

usps shipping go green stamp shopping carbon footprint* Minimize the number of miles you drive to purchase each item. Plan your shopping trips so that you save time and fuel. Purchasing just one item online delivered by truck has roughly 1/2 the carbon footprint of driving to a local store to buy that one item.

usps shipping go green stamp shopping carbon footprint* Give yourself plenty of time to plan and allow for more flexible online shipping options. And choose U.S.P.S. as your online shipping choice whenever possible. The U.S. Postal Service is the only mailing and shipping company in the world whose packaging meets the Cradle to Cradle standards for human and environmental health and recyclability!

usps shipping go green stamp*Shop Woman Made – Female Menstruant Entrepreneurs are in touch with what the world really needs vs what will satisfy a growing greed. Our menstrual cycles are connected to earth’s lunar cycles, and our menstrual visions become our passions and our products. We make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity and conservation. We women are menstrually and intimately connected to the Earth, her Lunar Cycles, and Her Natural Resources. Our cycles are her cycles.

At GreenWomanStore.com, we’ve done the safe and non-toxic research for you. And it’s easy because we have only women to work with here, only woman made visions and products. We trust the Menstrual Minds of our partners, and the direction of their visions. We encourage you to support female owned businesses locally and online. Increasing women’s share of world trade will change your shopping footprint!

Bee Habitat

Here in California alone, we have more than 1,600 native bee species. Bee habitat has become a priority for many home gardeners as agri-business continues to decimate our bee populations.

Dryscaping your outdoor habitat with succulents and native plants not only saves precious water, but creates a more welcoming habitat for bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
california bumble bee

California Bumble Bee

Some species of the North American native bumblebee have declined by more than 95 percent, alongside a massive increase in the use of pesticides.

Here are some helpful tips:
– Avoid pesticides by choosing the right plants. Pests don’t bother drought-tolerant plants as often, and many scented plants are helpful in your garden to keep plant eating pests away. Marigolds, Society Garlic, and many others are beautiful to look at and their scent is helpful in deterring garden pests.
Appalachian Bee

Appalachian Bee

– Minimize the use of insecticides and never spray on open flowers where bees and pollinators are busy doing their daily work.

– Make your garden inviting to birds and they’ll do the job of non-toxic bug-catching for you.
– Plant fragrant plants like lavender, yarrow, salvias, and California lilac to entice and feed pollinators like hummingbirds and bees with their nectar. Monarchs love Milkweed, an endangered plant. So plant Milkweed whenever you can and watch the Monarchs lay their eggs. The cocoon process is educational and thrilling for all ages.
Cape Cod Blueberry Bee

Cape Cod Blueberry Bee

For more information on bee species and how to help them, check out U.C. Berkeley’s Urban Bee Lab’s helpful guide to native and exotic plants that bees love here:   http://www.helpabee.org/native-bee-info.html

For dryscaping tips on adding drought tolerant succulents to your garden, check out our previous blog here. 

You will love our all natural Aroma For Health Chapsticks made with Unfiltered Beeswax, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil:

Dryscaping Our Lawns for Drought, Beauty & Wildness

Dryscaping Our LawnsHere in California, we are beginning to see a lot of Dryscaping our lawns. The result is a new and different kind of beauty. Where better to start saving water than outside your front door — adding a more varied, wild and natural look to your outdoor habitat.

Californians are part of a long drought cycle caused by Climate Change/Disruption and just plain wasteful water use by individuals, farmers, animal agriculture, fracking, etc. Lush lawns with wasteful sprinkler systems are coming under fire and being replaced as we are called on to rip out millions of square feet of lawn and replace it with drought-tolerant plants fed by drip irrigation.
Dryscaping Our LawnsDryscaping our lawns is our outdoor landscape rescue plan. Here are a few steps you can take to Dryscape your garden and lawn areas for more of Mother Nature’s variety, beauty, and wildness:
  • Use “Sheet Mulching,” stacked layers of cardboard, compost and mulch, to kill parched grass and prep your yard for a different kind of beauty.
  • Drought tolerant Wild Flowers and Succulents add variation, beauty, texture and form to outdoor living landscapes. The mixing and matching never stops.
  • When small plants appear alongside your “Mother Plants,” snip or break them off, let the stem dry a couple days, and then plant your “pups” in cactus soil mix somewhere in your garden area and watch them grow.
  • Pests don’t bother drought-tolerant plants as often, so you can greatly reduce the use of insecticides — — the  Bees and other Pollinators will thank you and thrive along with your garden!
  • Edible plants like potato, squash and eggplant, are drought-tolerant and practical. Put straw or mulch around them to help keep water from running off or evaporating.
  • Planting a diverse collection of potted succulents into a mix of soil, pumice and lava rock, will cut your watering to as little as twice a month in sunnier times and never in the winter.
  • When small plants appear alongside your succulent “Mother Plants,” just snip or break it off, let the stem dry a couple days, and then plant it in cactus soil mix somewhere in your garden area and watch your “pups” grow.
  • Installing a drip irrigation system of rubber tubing (about $3 per square foot for the initial makeover) means your family can cut outdoor water use by more than 90 percent. This results in a much lower water bill.

Dryscaping Our LawnsFor Californians and others weary of drought in the U.S., this is music to our  eyes and ears. I just planted 3 more small Succulent Gardens yesterday. There are more species than I can keep up with. Local Farmer’s Markets are a wealth of inspiration and resources. You will find yourself adding new plants regularly.

It is amazing at how fast the newly landscaped areas fill in. Beauty abounds in Mother Nature’s Backyard — and front yards too!

Dryscaping Our LawnsSummer may not be the right time to do begin major Dryscaping replacement projects because all plants, even succulents, need more water to get established. But, you can begin to plan ahead for fall and think about features you’d like to incorporate into your outdoor landscapes and habitats. You have scrumptious options like meadow grasses, wild flowers, succulents, garden boxes, and assorted flowering and non-flowering shrubs.

Tama Matsuoka Wong on Foraging for FlavorEnjoy the Wildness that Dryscaping provides — and Listen free to Tama Matsuoka Wong as she talks about Foraging for Foods in meadows, farmers markets, and your own backyard. Safe foraging for flavor and nutrition. Watch her beautiful video: The Wild Farm!

 

It’s Summer Solstice 2015

Summer Solstice 2015 - Solstice Cards byTerrea Bennett Rising Tide ArtsSummer Solstice 2015 – Here comes the sun! We feel the Solstices in our bodies, moods and energy levels — there is a difference in our cellular make-up between Summer and Winter Solstice. And we see it in our environment and in the plants that appear and disappear.

We wake up earlier, and tend to stay up later with the sun.
Worldwide, in parks, seasides, forests, and community streets, folks celebrate the growing strength of the Sun. Celebration brings sacredness and hope for a good future to our lives. A reaity we can see all around us and in us. We are part of Nature, and She is a part of us. Re-membering this can be healing and reassuring to our mind, body and spirit.
Here are some ways you can join with women and communities around the world in strong Sisterhood celebrating Summer Solstice – the week of June 21 to 25:
  • Summer Solstice 2015 - Summer Solstice art cards by Terrea BennettWear local flowers in your hair. Pick them and string them for your Self and others. Put a few in a vase and under your pillow for Good Magic and Good Dreams!
  • Head for the river, sea, and poolside and build a bon fire or light a Duraflame log to boost the Sun’s energy here on Earth! This tradition is thousands of years old and as multicultural as matriarchy itself. Truly, a global Sisterhood tradition!
  • Jump the fire when it has burned down to a jumpable size — to purify your mind, body and soul. Close the door on the past and open to a future of your own choosing.
  • Build a mid-Summer May Pole and then dance the night away and welcome in the morning Sun! A wonderful experience whether experienced solo, with friends, or as a multi-generational urban, rural, or tribal community.
  • Summer Solstice 2015 - Summer Solstice Cards by Terrea BennettPick the bright yellow St. Joan’s Wort flowers (aka St. John’s Wort) and tincture them to stabilize your moods and ensure your emotional health all year long! Dry a few and keep them on a little altar to remind you of the sacred light of Summer Solstice to inspire your work and Menstrual visions.
  • Turn off your lights at dusk to see the night sky. Watch the moon cycles change, and command your wishes and change your future!

    Summer Solstice 2015 -  Artist, Terrea Bennett. Enjoy her beautiful and inspiring art cards.Check out Terrea Bennett’s beautiful frameable Summer Solstice 2015 art cards above and below. Add them to your altars, walls and refrigerator art. A wonderful way to inspire you all Summer long!  Happy Solstice from GreenWomanStore.com.

100% Natural Sun Protection

100% Natural Paleo Sun Protection by Primal Life OrganicsIf you are like me, you’re hearing a lot of new information about Sunscreens causing more harm than good. While daily exposure to the sun is essential to your overall health, 100% Natural Sun Protection is difficult to find.

We’re excited to share one woman entrepreneur’s recipe for Paleo 100% natural sun protection. SunUp Before Sun Protector by Primal Life Organics is Organic, Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan and Handcrafted. It’s truly Cavegirl Skincare that works for Caveboys too!

– 100% natural ingredients
– Full strength (NO Water)
– Sun-Up Balms are designed to stay on the skin and repel water while protecting your skin and your internal body
– Sun-Up has been tested and has remained on the skin for hours after application and water activity
– A VERY little bit goes a VERY long way
– Broad-spectrum protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays.

sunup before sun protection by primal life organics starts with raspberry seed oilIt all starts with Red Raspberry Oil which has an SPF of 25-50 and contains vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that protect you against free radical damage. Free radicals in the body can cause health issues such as cancer, immune suppression and signs of aging. Commercial sunscreens contains chemicals that promote free radical damage, and when you add that to sun exposure, the sun becomes your foe – not your friend!

SunUp Ulta Balm and Roll-On Stick contain Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, a non-toxic, and typically non-irritating, effective broad-spectrum sunblock. “Non-Nano” means that the zinc particles are too large to be absorbed through the skin. The zinc particles sit on the outermost layer of your skin, scattering and absorbing UVA and UVB rays, protecting the skin below.

The Ingredient List is all things familiar! Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Pure Filtered Beeswax*, Avocado Oil*, Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Virgin Coconut Oil*, Vitamin E Oil*, and Essential Oils of Carrot Seed*, Lavender*, Myrrh*, and Sandalwood*.

Trina Felber, founder of Primal Life OrganicsMeet our Woman Entrepreneur of the week: Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO and Founder of Primal Life Organics. Trina is a true 21st Century Cavegirl in search of other 21st Century cavemen and women looking for quality skincare that “fits” their lifestyle and habits. She is a wife, mother of three, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, CrossFitter, Paleo advocate, and educator.

Learn more about SunUp Before Sun Protector in this lively video with the enthusiastic creators discussing the benefits, cost, ingredients, and comparison to commercial sunscreens.

 

 

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor spaces. Here are some tips to improve indoor air quality in your home and office:

– Open your windows daily.

As soon as the weather warms up, open your windows and let in that fresh air. When the weather is still cool, open them up during the warmest part of the day for a fresh invigorating breath of fresh air. When the days are going to be hot, open your windows early in the morning, and then close them up to keep the house cool. Nature’s air conditioning is the safest and most refreshing.

African Violets to help clean your indoor air quality– Bring plants indoors, they actually create clean air.

There are any number of flowering and non-flowering plants that do well indoors and are not toxic to cats and dogs. My favorite at the moment are African Violets which I am actually getting to rebloom with a product named VF11 that can be used indoors and out to increase flowering. The secret with orchids and African violets is not to overwater. Once a week is enough, and test the soil to make sure it is dry before watering. These plants are natural to rainforest where the ground is sheltered from direct hot sun, so mimic that environment for your plants if they are not friends with hot sunny windows.

grow herbs in your window sills to clean your indoor air quality– Grow herbs in your window sills to save money and improve indoor air.

Many herbs are antiviral and antibacterial, such as thyme, basil, dill, oregano, garden sage, and others. And if they are right in front of you when you are in the kitchen, you are more likely to include them in your salads, sandwiches, and main dishes. People around the world use their food as medicine, and we can too!

Use natural non-toxic body products that don't off gas toxins– Use skin products that are safe for all family members.

“The average woman uses 9 personal care products a day, containing over 100 unique ingredients, some of which are linked to cancer and reproductive harm. Start giving your personal care products a safety makeover.” Women’s Voices for the Earth. We know that what you put on your skin is in your your blood and filtered through your liver. Make sure it is nourishing!

– Don’t use candles and air fresheners with the word “fragrance” on the label.

Fragrances are especially toxic and contain any number of carcinogens and neurotoxins. Manufacturers are protected from telling us what ingredients make up their proprietary fragrance recipes, so beware. Buy and use products that use natural ingredients for scent. Essential Oils of familiar plants like lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass and others are scents you can trust. Essential Oils come in small 1/4 to 1 oz. bottles and can be found at all your healthy food stores.

The Joy of Green Cleaning by Leslie Reichert– Use vinegar and baking soda to clean with.

There are many new products on the market that are safe with ingredient lists you can understand. You can make your own cleaning supplies by adding water to the last couple ounces of table vinegar and putting a spray top on the bottle. We use this for cleaning counter tops, breadboards, tables, stove tops, floor spots, and more. Easy and affordable.

– IMPORTANT: Don’t use dryer sheets or laundry detergents with fragrance.

Synthetic fragrances that last many hours or days are particularly hazardous to your health and your indoor air quality. Bed sheets and clothes that off gas fragrance neurotoxins are particularly hazardous. Many detergents now come Fragrance Free!. These are your safest choices. Add a little lavender or peppermint Essential Oil to your laundry if you want a real clean fresh smell. And dry clothes outside whenever possible to save on gas and electricity. Solar is still available for free:)

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenMore tips from 21 Green Lifestyle Experts: Sign Up for our FREE Lean Into Green Telesummit and Podcast Series here. You receive the interviews in your email box and you can listen at your convenience.

BBQ Condiments to Avoid

bbq condiments to avoidBBQ Condiments to avoid on holidays, at the beach, and backyard parties are the ones we love and expect to see on the table.

I recently watched a chef making her own Ketchup. I was amazed at how easy it is, and how many different versions of it she added to her table.

Here are some tips to keep your meals healthy:

bbq condiments to avoid– BBQ Sauce & Ketchup are loaded with sugars and salt, causing the root of all disease: Inflammation.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (the leading cause of “fatty liver” in America) doesn’t require any digestion and is absorbed rapidly into your bloodstream, triggering a massive spike in your insulin levels. High Fructose Corn Syrup overworks your liver, coats your organs with fat, forces your body to store fat, and overworks your pancreas which leads to Diabetes.

Plus the 136 to 160 mg of salt per Tablespoon of both BBQ Sauce and Ketchup, and you have a combination that is not supporting your good health.

Here is a recipe for DIY Ketchup: Keep toxic chemicals out of your Ketchup by storing in Glass  

Blend together in food processor or blender:

1 cup diced and drained fresh or BPA-Free canned tomatoes – make sure to drain your tomatoes so your Ketchup isn’t too thin. Tomato Sauce will also result in too thin Ketchup.

1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar – or other homemade vinegar you have flavored

1/8 tsp raw, unprocessed, mineral-rich salt like the Pink Salts or other flavored healthy salts

1/8 tsp organic paprika to give a nice color

Add pepper, garlic and other spices to taste

Add a healthy sweetener like Stevia or date sugar and sweeten to taste

Enjoy! Keeps about 1 week in the fridge.

bbq condiments to avoid– Mayonnaise, Mustard & Dry Rub, here’s the salt content: TBS Mustard = 171 mg salt; 1 TBS Mayonnaise = 90 mg salt; and 1 TBS Dry Rub Seasoning = 420 mg salt! And if you add salt to anything on your plate, well, you have gone over the safe limit.

A safe amount of Sodium is 1500 to 2300 milligrams per day!  That’s about 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon total – remembering that a lot of processed foods have high quantities of sugar and salt in them already.

I believe we need good mineral rich salts in our diet every day. But excess Sodium can collect in your bloodstream where it can contribute to water retention and high blood pressure, forcing your heart to pump harder to move the blood through your body and adding to the discomfort and pain of arthritis.

bbq condiments to avoid– Peppers belong to a family of foods called Nightshades that contain a chemical called Solanine which can create stiff muscles and increase the inflammation and pain of arthritis.

Because these condiments are so common at every backyard party and barbecue, and they’re usually eaten together in the same meal, one on top of another, multiplying their toxic effects in your body. So, eat them in small amounts if at all, and make them yourself so you know what’s in them. You can substitute better ingredients, add spices, fresh garlic and ginger to give you additional enzymes to aid in good digestion, and  minimize the harmful effects.

Eat Well, Bee Well, and Enjoy Sharing your DIY Condiments with Family & Friends!

Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet – New Video

Small-Scale Farms Cool the Planet - new video with Vandana ShivaSmall-scale farmers and conscious consumers can cool the planet! Respect to the seed, the soil, the farmer, and the consumer.

Twenty years ago, working with international environment and development organizations, I learned that small is better, and the truth that small farms feed more people. Now, the Fair World Project has a short video narrated by women, farmers and scientists sharing this not so well known but important science: Small is Better: Small Farms and Regenerative Organic Farming can reverse Climate Change. 

“Organic agriculture produces more food per acre and is the most effective way to deal with climate change. Too much of the climate movement is based on fear. It now needs to move to cultivating hope – Gardens of hope on your balcony not a giant industrial farm.” Vandana Shiva

New! 17-minute documentary with Vandana Shiva: Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet

  • Photosynthesis and good healthy soil biology can mitigate 100% of current emissions.
  • Industrial agriculture’s role in climate change.
  • How small farmers are combating the climate crisis through regenerative organic agriculture.

Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People. What you can do:

Natural Egg Dyes from Veggies & Herbs

Natural Easter Egg Colors with veggies and herbsHere are some fun recipes for vibrant all natural egg dyes made from veggies and herbs you have in your refrigerator and cupboards.

We used the dry outer onion skins last year and the result was beautiful eggs that looked like carved mahogany! Have fun with these recipes and methods, and improve upon them each Spring. You will be amazed.

Here’s how you begin:

1) Room Temperature eggs so they don’t crack when boiling
2) 2 cups of water plus 1 Tsp vinegar to hold the color
3) Bring water to a boil with colorants and fully hard boil eggs for 12 to 15 minutes
4) Remove eggs and pour colorant and colored water into a jar (or bowl)
5) Put eggs into the jar so they are covered with colorants and colored water
6) Let the jars cool then place in refrigerator 24 hours
7) Remove the eggs, rinse, and polish with vegetable oil

Ideas for Vegetable & Herbal Colorants:

Green: 3 TBS Dill and 3 Dry Outer Red Onion Skins
Yellow: 2-3 TBS Turmeric and/or a lot less Saffron
Gold: Espresso or 3 TBS Dill Seed
Mahogany: Red Onion Skins and/or 1 TBS Paprika
Light Blue: Spinach
Dark Blue: 6-8 Red Cabbage Leaves
Purple: Cranberry and Raspberry Juice or Red Zinger Tea Bags
Orange: 4 Carrot Tops and 4 Yellow Onion Skins
Textured Shell: Red Wine will form crystals on the shell

Colors will vary depending on whether you use white, brown or pastel eggs, so mix and match your colorants to experiment with your own unique colors!

Wrapping cooled hard boiled eggs with rubber bands before placing back into the colorant will give you stripped eggs.

You can also very carefully color designs on the raw eggs with crayons or wax, make a small hole at both ends, blow out the insides of the eggs, dye them, and then spray with a sealant to keep these decorated beauties a long time! The sealants are not edible.

 

reproductive-acts-heather-latimerFor the “Fertility” aspect of Spring, read up on Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in N. American Fiction and Film by Heather Latimer.

Striking a balance between fictional, historical, and political analysis, Reproductive Acts makes a compelling argument for the vital role narrative plays in how we make sense of U.S. reproductive politics. Read more here.

 

Let us know how your eggs turn out!

Feminism – A Sustainability Tool – Free Telesummit:

Feminism A Sustainability Tool - Free Telesummit -

“Women do not want to be mainstreamed into a polluted stream: We want the stream to be clean, clear and healthy.” Bella Abzug, U.S. Senator and co-founder of WEDO (Women’s Environment & Development Organization)

Feminism has facilitated women’s complex experiences, actions, and solutions being examined and treated with the respect they deserve – linking women’s emancipation with the care of the earth.

Women play a major role in managing natural resources in agriculture and animal husbandry, food planning and preparation, forestry and managing the raw materials used in commercial enterprise and in our households.

The growth of Feminism has resulted in the growth of environmental action by women and women’s groups around the world to help tackle the problems of environmental devastation. From the grassroots to international agencies, women’s roles in education and training, family planning and consumption patterns, seed saving and natural resource conservation, and in creating businesses that reflect our socio-environmental values, are among the most important actions to bring about sustainability.

Case Studies from the U.S. & Around the World

In this Telesummit, you will hear from Sustainable Development Experts, Activists, Movement Leaders, Authors, Cultural Theorists, and Common Women making a difference. You will hear case studies, and gain an international and intergenerational perspective on just what it takes to grow a movement that doesn’t leave anyone or anything out. Sustainability means going forward in a way that respects future generations’ ability to live and thrive on Planet Earth.

No matter what you think Feminism is, your understanding will be heightened. You will be strengthened, and your resolve for alliances for the future will be restored as it becomes clear that none of us are alone. 

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Non-Toxic Shopping Guide & Holiday Twitter Party

Women have so much economic power to convince companies to make safer products! Let’s use our power for good this holiday season and join Women’s Voices for the Earth’s #safeshopping Twitter party to get green gift ideas straight from the experts!

This time of the year, we are tasked with trying to find the perfect gift. No one wants to commit the dreaded faux pas of accidentally giving a gift laden with toxic chemicals that could harm your family, friend or colleague’s health. Plus, we exercise so much economic power during the holiday season that we want to make sure we’re supporting those companies doing good things!

Women's Voices for the Earth 2014 Non-Toxic Shopping GuideIt is possible to find the right gift that’s thoughtful, comes from an environmentally progressive company, and is non‐toxic. And here’s is where WVE’s 2014 Non‐Toxic Shopping Guide comes in handy. Green Woman Store is a proud sponsor of this Annual Guide.

On behalf of all our female entrepreneurs and artisans, we love partnering with WVE and being a part of their Non-Toxic Shopping Guide another year. Our goal is to provide fair trade, green, and woman made products that increase family health and sustainability. We love to support women and women’s safe choices, and it comes full circle at WVE — and everyone benefits!

With sections that cover clothing, personal care products, fitness products, baby products, home décor, toys, DIY gift ideas, and more, WVE’s Non‐Toxic Shopping Guide is poised to become your wingwoman for the 2014 Holiday Season.

Women's Voices for the Earth Twitter Party November 20, 2014 to launch their Holiday Non-Toxic Shopping GuideJoin our #safeshopping Twitter party on 11/20 to get:

Top Picks from Experts in the Guide: Women’s Voices for the Earth asked for safer product ideas from some of the most eco‐friendly, conscientious women in the WVE community who are experts in their field.

Guide Links, Tips & Resources – Green ideas and sustainable shopping resources to help you avoid giving toxic gifts this season below:

See the Guide here!

Safe Non-Toxic Toys here!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – From Awareness to Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness Month : From Awareness to Prevention

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”
This October, we are changing the discussion from Awareness to Prevention

New scientific evidence is emerging daily, making it clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It’s clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our cancer risk.  But we rarely hear about this new scientific evidence.  

It is difficult to examine and address the effects of individual chemicals and their risks for a disease as complex as cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades. We may not know which chemicals we’ve been exposed to, and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.

Sign Up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes.In this Telesummit and Podcast Series, we will bring this new evidence to your attention. We will examine Hormones and Hormone Disruptors, EMF Cell Phone and Computer Radiation, Fluoride in our water and Fracking in our communities, GMOs and Toxins in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Flame Retardants in our furniture and bedrooms, BPA and it’s more toxic replacements, and causes of the 90% unexplained sporadic non-hereditary breast cancers.

As informed consumers, you can begin to control your exposure to chemicals and radiation through personal and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to cancer and take action to reduce your risk. 

During this Telesummit, you will receive one interview emailed to you each Tuesday and Thursday. You will hear from Scientists, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors of Cancer who have made lifestyle changes that combat disease. If you miss any Podcasts, you will have a chance at the end to catch up. 

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An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

an indigenous people's history of the united states by roxanne dunbar-ortizDid you know, there are more than 500 federally recognized indigenous communities and nations comprising nearly 3,000,000 people in the U.S. today. Read the newly published “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.”

These Peoples are the descendants of the once 15,000,000 people who inhabited this land, and the subject of the latest book by noted historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist, and designed to crush the original inhabitants.

For a span of more than three hundred years, this classic bottom-up history significantly reframes how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire.

Author, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the 20th Century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism.

She has lived in San Francisco, California, since she was 18 years old, and graduated from San Francisco State College, majoring in history and transferring to University of California, Los Angeles to complete her doctorate in History. Roxanne taught in the newly established Native American Studies program at California State University at Hayward, near San Francisco, and helped develop the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women’s Studies. In 1974, she became active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to international human rights.

Be one of the first to read this newly published book. Just out in hardback: An Indigenous People’s History of the U S.  ISBN 978-0807000403. Let us know what you think.

Re-Growing Veggies & Reusable Shopping Bags

green woman news with ideas about re-growing veggies and reusable shopping bagsI love the idea of “reusing and recycling” veggies, and using reusable shopping bags! Before composting or throwing away your vegetable scraps, here are some fun ways of  re-growing veggies:

Celery
-Re-growing veggies like celery is easy. Just chop off the bottom of a head of celery and place it in a shallow container of warm water.
-Wait roughly a week for leaves to grow and thicken. Transfer and pot in soil with the leaves sticking out.

Ginger Root
-Put a piece of Ginger Root into a pot or garden plot in direct sunlight.
-Cover it completely with dirt with the small buds facing upward.
-Water regularly. Ginger flowers are beautiful, delicate, and so aromatic!

Green Onions
-Put the ends of green onions with the roots attached, into a glass of water.
-Wait a week for three to four inches of fresh growth on top that you can cut to garnish salads and veggies.

Romaine Lettuce
-For re-growing veggies like lettuce, just fill a wide glass container with 1/2″ of water and put the unused bottom or stump of a head of lettuce inside and place in a cool, bright spot.
-Replace the water every other day. Your lettuce will grow new leaves.

Avocado
-Wash the avocado seed and suspend in a glass of water with 3 toothpicks.
-Make sure the bottom half of your avocado seed is under water.
-Put the glass in a window with indirect sunlight.
-When the stem is about 6 inches, snip off three inches.
-When leaves appear, your avocado tree is ready to plant in the ground keeping half the seed above the ground.
-Wait 5 to 13 years for your mature tree to bear fruit!

My Mother always had an avocado seed growing in her kitchen window. She would let it grow and grow until it was tall full of leaves. I don’t think she ever planted one. But I have, and we have two young avocado trees now. No Avos yet:)

Say “NO” to plastics, and get those hormone disruptors out of your family’s food supply while you help to protect marine life from plastic waste. Try reusable bags to keep organized and healthy. Here are some great reusable shopping bags from Dawn and Holly, two eco-conscious, re-purposing moms busy raising their families.

Mountain Girls by Stephanie Kadel Taras

Mountain Girls by Stephanie Kadel Taras about Appalachian Mountains HerstoryMountain Girls by Stephanie Kadel Taras is a memoir and social history that weaves seamlessly between the past and present lifelong friendship of two girls from Elkins, West Virginia. This book is inspired by stories from other West Virginia women, generations of Appalachians.

These irreverent and poignant tales are of beans and cornbread, forest clear-cuts, old-time music, Scots-Irish tempers, and sex after Sunday school. Mountain Girls will make you long to be a hillbilly — or praise-the-Lord-and-pass-the-moonshine if you already are.

I bought this book because I am always looking for Appalachian Herstory. My Swedish grandmother married into Elvira Hatfield’s family and lived a short time in Appalachia naming her 5 pound baby daughter, Virginia Elvira. Elvira Hatfield was a large woman, and an artist. She helped my Swedish grandmother escape the domestic violence of her son, and a return to her family in California. My mother named me Virginia too, keeping my Appalachian curiosity alive. I am still reading this memoir, and glad to learn more about the roots of my mother’s red-haired strength, courage and perseverance.

mountain girls by stephanie kadel taras

You’ll enjoy Mountain Girls. The author, Stephanie Kadel Taras is a storyteller and biographer. ISBN 9780991035809.  Check it out here and let us know what you think!

Going Green: Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth & Happiness

Lean Into Green Telesummit: Increase your health wealth and happiness by going green LISTEN FREE: 21 Incredible Women Experts on Going Green

You will discover how to increase your health, wealth, and happiness by going green. Thank you for joining us on our Collective Quest Toward Sustainability.

Simran Sethi at Lean Into Green Telesummit by GreenWomanStore.com
Simran Sethi, “The Environmental Messenger”
The Gendered Brain:
Women’s Unique Value in Sustainability.

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Hunter Lovins at Lean Into Green Telesummit by GreenWomanStore.com

Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions
Sustainability Will Make You More Profitable.

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Rebecca Spector Center for Food Safety at Lean Into Green Telesummit by GreenWomanStore.com

Rebecca Spector, Center for Food Safety 
Food Safety, GMO Foods & Allergens, Cool Foods & Cool Facts.

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Kim Freeman Brown Green for All at Lean Into Green Telesummit by GreenWomanStore.com

Kim Freeman Brown, Green For All
Jobs, Food, Leadership, Clean Air & Water in Communities of Color.

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Deirdre McGuigan, Indego Africa
African Women Artisans, Global Markets, and Education!

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Charlene Spretnak at Lean into Green Telesummit

Charlene Spretnak, Relational Reality
New Discoveries of Interrelatedness that are Transforming the Modern World.

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Judy Grahn at Lean Into Green Telesummit

Judy Grahn, PhD, Cultural Theorist, Scholar, Poet, and Activist
We Must Go Back to Go Forward Sustainably:
Women’s Spirituality is Green Spirituality. 

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Diane MacEachern Big Green Purse at Lean Into Green Telesummit

Diane MacEachern, Big Green Purse Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World.

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Morra Aarons Mele at Lean Into Green Telesummit

Morra Aarons Mele, The Mission List & Women Online
Connecting Women, Igniting Action.

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Dr. Asoka Bandarage at Lean Into Green Telesummit by GreenWomanStore.com

Dr. Asoka Bandarage, Sustainability and Well-Being
The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.

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Denise O’Brien: Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN)
Raising Women’s Voices in Agriculture

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Katherine Leonetti Handcrafting Justice at Lean Into Green telesummit by greenwomanstore.com

Katherine Leonetti, Handcrafting Justice
Fair Trade & Handcrafting Justice in Africa, Asia, South America.

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Beth Terry, Living A Plastic Free Life
How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.

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Tama Matsuoka Wong, Foraging for Flavor
Weed? Food? Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer’s Market.

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Erin Switalski: Women’s Voices for the Earth
Our Health. Our Future. Toxic Free!

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Renee Loux, Easy Green Living
Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home.

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Terri Treat at Lean Into Green Telesummit by greenwomanstore.com

Terri Treat, Cotton Cloud Futons
Living Sustainably with Natural Bedding: Organic Cotton, Eco-Wool, Natural Latex & Wellspring

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Lori Alper at Lean Into Green telesummit by greenwomanstore.com

Lori Alper, Groovy Green Livin’
Simple. Change. = Greener. Life.

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Helena Norberg-Hodge
Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, The Economics of Happiness

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Leslie Reichert - "Green Cleaning Coach" at lean into green telesummit by greenwomanstore.com

Leslie Reichert, Green Cleaning Coach
She will take you on a green cleaning tour of your home, garden, and automobile, with tips and tricks for cleaning green!

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Katy Farber, Non-Toxic Kids
We can and do have an impact as parents. We can organize and act on issues of children’s health.

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What if Everyone Became a Vegetarian?

Climate Change oftentimes feels like a catastrophe too big to make a difference on a personal lifestyle level. But if we take just one piece, one of the major contributors: The meat industry directly and indirectly produces about 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. As population grows, and we eat more animal products, the consequences for climate change, pollution, and land use could be catastrophic.

What if Everyone became Vegetarian?What if everyone became a vegetarian, and the global community came to eat less meat, no meat, or no animal products at all? Universal vegetarianism or veganism would go a long way toward mitigating climate change, and at a much lower cost than carbon taxes and renewable energy technology:

– Agriculture-related carbon emissions reduced by 17%

– Methane emissions reduced by 24%

– Nitrous oxide emissions reduced by 21%

– The economy would tank. Livestock production accounts for 1.4 percent of the world’s total GDP and 1.3 billion jobs.

– Industrial farmers who grow corn to feed animals on factory farms would shift to in-demand plant-based food production (fruit and vegetables).

– Expanses of new land would become available and at a cheaper price: grazing land is 26% of the world’s ice-free land surface – plus 386,000 sq mi of land is used to grow crops for livestock.

– The risk of antibiotic-resistant infections would plummet – at least 2 million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant pathogens every year.

We can all stop giving our money to factory farms, the biggest and worst offenders from a pollution and public health perspective. We can eat less meat than we currently do, especially meat from methane-releasing ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, etc.) We will be giving the market time to adjust to our change of lifestyle. With the world’s population slated to grow to 9 billion by 2050, we will need to take some of the 25 percent of the world’s land area back from the cows.

Baby steps:

– meatless Monday
– vegan before 6pm
– fake chicken
– vegie burgers

Taking meat out of my diet feels like a way that I can “lean into green” a little deeper. You will be seeing more posts about my journey. Please comment with tips and tools to inspire us toward Universal Vegetarianism! (More from Mother Jones here.)