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.

Maternal Death Rates & U.S. Health Disparities

pregnant-bellyIn the news this week: Why is the U.S. maternal mortality rate going up?


The U.S. has the only rising maternal mortality rate in the developed world. Rita Henley Jensen broke this story in Women’s eNews! The emphasis now is on keeping premature and low birth weight babies alive vs. maternal care to increase the birth weight of their babies. The reasons women die are embolisms, infections, hemorrhaging and Pre-eclampsia — which is 50% avoidable!

Carolyn Gage interviewed Rita Henley Jensen
for our Feminism Telesummit.

carolyn gage and rita henley jensen on maternal mortality

(You can listen to the free interview here.)

Here is What We Learned: Maternal Death Rates & U.S. Health Disparities

U.S. hospitals are not prepared or equipped to deal with obstetric emergencies!

Women’s mortality rates indicate the effectiveness of a nation’s healthcare system. There is no consistency in state’s reporting of maternal death due to their refusal to add this reason for death on Death Certificates.

African American women die 3 to 4 times more often of pregnancy than white women.

The World Health Organization (WHO) U.S.  Maternal Death Rate statistics are higher than the CDC’s.

African American women experience racism by Medicaid when in pain.
Women need a partner or advocate in delivery! “Every pregnancy needs a Midwife and a Doula,” says Rita.

100 Anti-Abortion Laws were introduced in the first two months of 2015!

What becomes news and what becomes the national conversation is determined by money and polls. Women journalists are widely unreported advocates of women’s stories. Rita Henley Jensen has a tremendous love for basic fairness. She founded Women’s eNews and is impassioned to “change journalism.” Women’s eNews has a focus on optimism, and the push-back by women toward solutions and advocacy to make things happen.

You have to stay informed to make change.” Rita Henley Jensen

More articles:

Jane Crow: Black Maternal Health
To Curb Maternal Death, U.S. Hospitals Urged to Weigh Bleeding Pads
California Project Quietly Battles Maternity Risks
Doctors Open Window on U.S. Maternal Care Crisis
NYC Reports Black Moms’ Risks 12 Times Above Whites
Hospitals Train to Track, React to Maternal Bleeding
Healthy Births, Healthy Moms: Black Maternal Health in America
In Detroit Hospital, Black Babies Are Latching On
Simple Language Helps Catch a Killer: Preeclampsia
National Initiative Tackles Rising U.S. Maternal Deaths
U.S. Hospitals Hinder Black Women’s Breastfeeding
New Twitter Storm Is About Public Breastfeeding

 

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:

 

Summer Natural Pest Control

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Marcie, a NORSLED.Org Rescue Huskie

Your Family’s Health Matters! Summer is bringing bugs, ants, fleas, flies, moths, weevils and silverfish. They can be a nuisance for sure, and there are natural non-toxic solutions!

Don’t put your family’s health at risk. Hot weather natural pest control is easy and easily available. Here are some tips and information to guide you:

Very similar to the RoundUp/Glyphosate studies:

Common Insect Repellents – Insect studies show that pyrethroid exposure affects the brain and nervous system, increases thyroid and liver cancers, damages male reproductive organs, and reduces testosterone levels and fertility. The Cancer Assessment Review Committee classified pyrethrins as “likely human carcinogens” if ingested.

Pyrethrins concern environmentalists and lawmakers who are introducing legislation that explores links between hormone-disrupting chemicals such as pyrethroids and the dramatic increase in autism, hyperactivity, diabetes, obesity, and breast and prostate cancer.

Propoxur, commonly found in ant and roach killers, depresses the central nervous system and respiratory tract, and overexposure can cause muscle weakness, dizziness, headaches and nausea. This noxious chemical also damages DNA and negatively affects fetal growth. The chemical N-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide which is found in ant and roach sprays, household foggers, and flea and tick repellents is an excitotoxin that can depress the central nervous system, causing decreased heart rate, loss of consciousness and possibly death.

Infants and children, whose internal organs and brains are still developing, and who are especially sensitive to the health risks these pesticides pose, require us to be very careful about the ingredients on the labels of the products we use — especially in our gardens and play areas. Researchers have found that exposure to home pesticides and insecticides more than doubles a child’s chances of developing neuroblastoma, a rare type of malignant brain tumor, and increases the risk of leukemia.

An American Cancer Society study suggests children exposed to household insecticides are three to seven times more likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is terrible knowledge to live with, and we would think it enough knowledge to take these products off our store shelves. We can’t depend on every citizen to do the research required to protect themselves and their families and neighbors!

Here are some DIY Non-Toxic Solutions for You, Your Family & Neighbors:

natural pest controlAnts – If they aren’t too bad, I put a spot of honey on the counter and let them sugar-up. It seems to distract them from other foods. Borax mixed with sugar at entry points will help too. Vinegar washes away the scent trail ants leave so other ants can find and follow them. Here’s the recipe:

1⁄4 cup vinegar
2 cups water
10 to 15 drops of peppermint, clove, eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil.

Keep ants out of your cupboards too: Sprinkle powdered cinnamon, paprika or cayenne pepper across their trails.

Fleas, Silverfish & Mites Hate Diatomaceous Earth!

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (cheap at feed stores) is fabulous, I hear lots of great things about this product that is new to me. Here’s how to use it:

Fleas: Bathe your dog or cat in natural flea shampoo containing cedar or other essential oils
Rub Diatomaceous Earth on your dog or cat
Sprinkle it in your carpets and vacuum dead fleas after 4 days
Repeat frequently to kill newly hatching fleas

Also, a little vinegar in the water bowls will help keep fleas off animals, and add a little Hymalayian salt for the minerals they need.

Mites: Mix Diatomaceous Earth with dry cactus soil to make a dust bath for chickens and birds to kill mites.

Silverfish: Vacuum the area to remove food particles and insect eggs
Dust with either diatomaceous earth or boric acid (do not use boric acid if you have pets)
Trap silverfish in a small glass jar by wrapping the outside with tape so they can climb up and fall in
The silverfish will be trapped inside because they can’t climb smooth surfaces

Moths & Weevils in Your Grains, Flours and Pasta?

Put a cinnamon stick or bay leaf in the containers to repel the insects without affecting the food’s taste or smell.

House Flies hate Mint, Bay Leaf, Clove and Eucalyptus! Make your own DIY flypaper:

Mix 1⁄4 cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar in a small bowl

Cut strips of brown kraft paper and soak it in the sweetr mixture
Let dry overnight
Hang by making a hole in the top of each paper strip and hang with string.

Moths Hate Cedar Chips & Lemon Peels!

Cedar for making sachets hand picked by Yolanda Martinez

Cedar for making sachets – hand picked by Yolanda Martinez

Make Moth Sachets with cheesecloth squares, dried lemon peels and cedar chips.
Place them in your drawers and cabinets, and hang them in your closets.

(Commercial mothballs contain naphthalene, a hydrocarbon derived from coal tar. This toxin destroys red blood cells and has been found in human breast milk.)

Stay healthy! And shop fair trade, green and woman made with us. We do the research for you!

 

 

Don’t Use Monsanto’s RoundUp

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpAre We Creating Cancer Clusters, Putting Our Health & Property Values at Risk When We Use RoundUp in Our Yards and Gardens, Parks and Recreation Areas, Schools and Senior Communities?

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is predicted that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2016. We’re experiencing a cancer epidemic, and evidence is growing that pesticide exposure is a key contributor to this disturbing trend.

I would like to see a 1970 to 2016 graph paralleling the growth of cancer rates globally alongside the worldwide growth and sale of Monsanto’s RoundUp-Ready Crop/Seed/Fertilizer/Herbicide Systems.

DIY – Safe Weed Killer = No RoundUp:

1 gallon of white vinegar. (More Uses for Vinegar Here.)

4-6 oz lemon juice.

½-cup castile soap. (More uses here.)

Salt for extra strength! (Not good for brick or plants.)

Fill your spray bottle and label with the recipe.

 

When transitioning from lawns to sustainable landscaping, the last thing we want to create is a “Cancer Cluster” in our neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Don't use Monsanto RoundupUnless we are very specific about what chemicals we want and don’t want used on our properties, landscaping companies are using pesticides and herbicides like Roundup to kill existing lawns and weeds, as well as other systemic neonicotinoid insecticides that have been identified by the EPA to weaken bees’ immune systems causing colony collapse.

Important: Let your landscapers and Home Owners Associations know you do not want RoundUp used on your property!

The international scientific community announced two very loud wake-up calls in March 2016.

First, the U.N. World Health Organization’s prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer released a consensus report that RoundUp is a “probable carcinogen.” A few days later, a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that RoundUp can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria.

In addition to these findings, there’s a growing body of evidence of health impacts associated with exposure to RoundUp such as endocrine disruption, organ damage and birth defects. The facts are established: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to humans and animals.

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ RoundUp/Glyphosate

Don't use Monsanto Roundup

Use Organic Tampons!

Most of the cotton production in the U.S. is genetically modified cotton that is resistant to RoundUp. The cotton is sprayed with RoundUp when the bud is open and the RoundUp/glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.

RoundUp is the most popular weed killer in the U.S. and Roundup Ready cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand applications of the RoundUp – but we cannot withstand this toxin without experiencing health effects! And if we are not using organic cotton in all instances, we are using RoundUp in these intimate applications. We carry organic Menstrual options here.

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected Roundup in 75% of our rain and air samples.

Roundup is also found in our food supply, streams, ground water, and Mothers’ Breast Milk. Roundup is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied, contaminating our drinking water.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpDo we want to contribute to this contamination?

We are trying to save water with our new more sustainable landscapes and conservation efforts — not destroy it, along with our health! To make matters worse, weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to RoundUp, prompting a new stronger product that’s a mix of glyphosate and the herbicide 2,4-D.

Do we want to contribute to this resistance? Let us heed Rachel Carson’s 1962 warning! Today’s experts are saying RoundUp is worse than DDT.

The U.S. and Canada are conducting formal reviews of RoundUp’s safety, lawsuits are pending, and some groups are calling for a global ban.

The European Union Parliament voted to ban RoundUp for most uses in April 2016; 30,000 of Argentina’s doctors have demanded Roundup be banned because it is associated with spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin disease, neurological disease and respiratory illness.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, said RoundUp has been found in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, showing the chemical has been absorbed by the body. A summary of this study was published in The Lancet Oncology.

I do think landscape companies are unethical that offer RoundUp as a viable solution for our transition to drought tolerant landscaping. Why endanger the ground water when we are trying to save ground water???

Please consider the health of humans, pets, wildlife, bees and other pollinating insects – not to mention property values if cancer rates skyrocket in your community creating a “Cancer Cluster.” There are safe and sustainable options to RoundUp.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpMonarch Butterflies are becoming extinct due to RoundUp.

RoundUp has killed off most of the Milkweed plant across our nation, and it’s the only plant Monarch caterpillars eat while fattening up to become butterflies. I plant Milkweed in my yard to give the Monarchs food and a place to lay their eggs.

Let’s give Monarchs and our Self a helping hand by demanding our local stores stop selling RoundUp. Boycotts are a good call in this situation. Let your local store owners know that you will be back when they discontinue these products.

I called my local Ace Hardware that I rely on often, spoke to the manager, and let her know that local health and our water supply trumps corporate policy. I will not shop there as long as RoundUp is on their shelves.

Bee well, and vote Genny

Lean Into Green with Erin Switalski – Women’s Voices for the Earth

 Lean Into Green with Erin Switalski - Women's Voices for the EarthOur Health. Our Future. Toxic Free!

We interviewed Erin Switalski for our Lean Into Green Telesummit. Erin is the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE)
(www.WomensVoices.org).

WVE is one of those organizations you want to be involved with. Sign up for their Newsletter, and they make it very easy to add your voice to their tremendously important campaigns to keep toxins out of our lives.

Listen to Erin Switalski as she shares with us WVE’s top 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure. Erin also shares recipes for making your own products and saving money, and your family’s health!

WVE’s campaign to get Tide to reformulate its laundry detergent and leave the carcinogens out is one of her amazing success stories. Listen in for healthy tips, recipes, and ways that you can join her campaigns for change, it’s as simple as opening your email!

Become a WVE ActionistaBecome an Actionista! Women’s Voices for the Earth Actionistas are a group of Sheroes who help spread the word on WVE campaigns, go the extra mile to take action, and build leadership among women for a healthy future. Click here to learn about some amazing Actionistas. 

Safe Cleaning Products: Certain chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to fertility problems, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma and respiratory disorders, and hormone disruption. There is no federal law requiring cleaning product companies to list all the ingredients in their products on the label. This means companies can keep toxic chemicals a secret from you. Warning: Products you clean your home with shouldn’t contain toxic ingredients in the first place. Take Action here. 

Join Women’s Voices for the Earth “No Secrets” Campaigns: Are Air Fresheners, Feminine Care Products, and Musk Fragrance disrupting your hormones? Plus 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure, recipes for saving money and your family’s health!

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comSign up for all our Lean Into Green Interviews with 21 amazing women leading us toward a Collective Quest Toward Sustainability!

Hunter Lovins Sustainability & Profitability!

 Hunter Lovins - Natural Capitalism SolutionsLean Into Green with Hunter Lovins and her Natural Capitalism Solutions! Hunter has been my Hero since the l980’s when she was working to bring conservation and sustainable development solutions to the U.S. and the world.

Businesses big and small are becoming more profitable by operating sustainably. Hunter Lovins is part of the new direction our world is moving in. She works with businesses, young people in MBA programs, and international environment and development experts to collaborate in education, strategies, and all aspects of sustainability.

Hunter Lovins inspires me because she has been at this work for decades and is now seeing the results of her work: Corporations are becoming less toxic as the public demands safer products. We consumers are educating ourselves for the sake of our health and our family’s longevity.

Thirty years ago, we never imagined that businesses would “Go Green.” and we can thank women like Hunter all around the world who, through their leadership and organizations are doing the work of real heroines

Young inventors are bringing sustainable development solutions we couldn’t have dreamt of in the past. This is one of the most exciting aspects of today’s developments, and Hunter Lovins is right smack in the middle of inspiring and educating young people around the world, and being inspired by them!

Listen to our interview with Hunter and hear how the safest investment is “Green Investment,” and about becoming an “Impact Investor.” Discover an accredited online course where you can learn from the best thought leaders on green development from around the world.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comYou can sign up here to listen to all our Lean Into Green Interviews. You will wake up with a smile on your face:)

 

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin - Control What You Can: Your HomePreventing Cancer with Audra Conklin, “Control What You Can: Your Home”

In our Telesummit Series, “Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes” we explored toxins, radiation, hormone disruptors, cell phones, sunscreens, fluoride, fracking, GMOs, flame retardants and BPA — and Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cancer and its Recurrence.  

Audra Conklin is the former owner of Modern Mermaids Eco-Products. She built her business with kitchen chemistry and Essential Oils, sleepless nights and a lot of humor. She manufactured and sold non-toxic cleaning products in a very competitive market. Audra grew up “green” so she has walked the walk her entire life. She educates the public and businesses on switching out your toxic products for non-toxic ones. You can listen free to Audra Conklin’s interview here!

In our interview, Audra taught us about the connections between Allergens, Asthma, Scented Candles, Plug-Ins, and Air Fresheners — and how eliminating the very small daily doses of these toxins can help prevent chronic health problems, cancer, and it’s recurrence.

She had some good advice for us to get started:

  • Switch out a product or a room at a time with safer healthier products.
  • “Fragrance” means synthetic, made in a lab with petrochemicals.Fragrances can cause health problems, neurotoxicity, headaches and breathing problems. Synthetic Fragrances are irritants, allergens, and can cause Asthma. The good news is most Asthma is preventable.
  • Safely wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.Triclosan in Anti-Bacterial Soaps, Toothpastes, and Fabrics may be associated with endocrine and hormonal toxicity, allergenic effects, organ toxicity, eye and skin irritation, and is suspected of being a carcinogen and environmental toxin.

Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes

 

 

Sign up and listen to all the interview in our “Preventing Cancer” telesummit series here. 

 

Earth Day Feminism with Farmer Denise O’Brien at WFAN

Earth Day Feminism with Denise O'Brien and WFANWe interviewed Denise O’Brien for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. Earth Day Feminism for those of us in and out of agriculture!

Women farm differently and we farm a lot more sustainably. We are changing the face of agriculture. Women own over 50% of rented farmland in the U.S., and grow 75% of the world’s food. CSAs allow consumers to share in the risk and help break the farmer debt cycle. Land Trusts are leasing farmland to beginning farmers. Hear the good news of Feminism and Sustainability!

“My life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. My dream is that the landscape of industrialized agriculture will change as women become the decision makers on their land. To that end, I will devote my time on this earth — to women, prairie restoration, and seed saving.”

Denise O’Brien is a woman whose life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. She married a farmer and became one at a time when women still called themselves “farmer’s wives.”

Denise O’Brien is the Founder of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, a community of women in sustainable agriculture. Denise was president of the National Family Farm Coalition, and a USDA adviser in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Farmer’s Union, and in 2000, Denise was inducted into Iowa’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

Listen to our free interview with Denise O’Brien here

Here’s a timeline of Denise’s work and life:

1970s – Denise married a farmer and learned how to drive a tractor, plant crops, and care for animals. She learned that the language of farming is about the weather, the soil, and fertility.

l980s – The Farm Crisis hit, and Denise met a lot of women farmers calling themselves farmer’s wives. Denise read “The Invisible Farmer” and “Farmer’s Wives,” and learned that women farmers everywhere were stepping forward and adding to the economic well-being of their families. Feminism was growing among women in agriculture and they began seeing themselves as farmers.

1990s – Denise did international work and found out that 75% of the world’s food is grown by women without any recognition. That’s when she started WFAN to link and amplify women’s voices, and to address the insurance and pay inequality of the time.

2000 – Corporations own everything from beginning to end, and farmers had become the “workers.” Women were at the forefront, sounding the alarms, regarding GMOs, fracking, pesticide use, and the connections between processed foods and health issues.

2015 – Due to women living longer than men, women are inheriting family farms. Women own more than half of the “rented” farmland in the U.S., but men continue to make the decisions. WFAN’s Programs are linking and empowering women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just and sustainable.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network WFANCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms are increasing in number. You buy a membership and receive a weekly box of seasonal produce. This is a way for consumers to share in the risk the farmers take with weather and pests, and to help break the “cycle of debt” for the farmers by providing dependable economic support.

Women are farming smaller sized farms with the goal of feeding their communities. Food to eat vs. commodity crops.

Some women are donating their farmland to Land Trusts to keep their land in crop production in perpetuity. Land Trusts are then leasing this farmland to beginning farmers who could not otherwise afford to get into farming.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitDenise speaks at conferences and events on topics like women and agriculture policy, organic agriculture, practical approaches to organic farming, women’s relationship to the land, sustainable living, food security and international perspectives on women in agriculture.

Sign Up Here and receive all the interviews in our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit and receive Case Studies from the U.S. and Around the World in your email box weekly.

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Lean Into Green with Denise O’Brien on Women, Food and Agriculture
earth day feminism Denise O'Brien - Women, Food and Agriculture

We also interviewed Denise O’Brien
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
LISTEN TO THAT INTERVIEW FREE HERE


Deepen your connection to your food and to the land!
From the farm, to the U.N., to State Politics, and back to the land, Denise O’Brien shares farm facts and information on Prairie Restoration and Seed Saving. 

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comLearn how women’s commitment to our communities, and our relationship to the land, has women farming organically on ten to twenty-acre farms. Experience the growth of sustainable farming first hand!

WFAN is a community of women in sustainable agriculture whose mission it is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.

 

 

Feminism & Civilization with Dr. Bonnie Morris

Earth Day Feminism with Professor Bonnie Morris - Women’s Role in Sustaining CivilizationWomen’s Role in Sustaining Civilization with Professor Bonnie Morris.

Carolyn Gage interviewed Bonnie Morris for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit where Bonnie shared her experiences as a Women’s Studies Professor: international students and events, the next generation of students, and women’s longevity.

“The sustainability success story is that Feminists have succeeded in making it mainstream to take Women’s Studies because it’s offered in thousands of  schools and in forty or more countries around the world.”  Dr. Bonnie Morris

Case Studies shared in our interview with Bonnie Morris:

– The education of women and girls as a tool for empowering entire communities.
– Mainstreaming women’s history as heritage everyone should know.
– How learning about their foremothers empowers young women and teaches men to respect women.

In our interview with Bonnie Morris she shared stories about Gerda Lerner, Islandic Vagina Monologues, Kay Gardner, Ubaka Hill, MichFest, the Women’s Music Movement, Fidel Castro, Chris Williamson’s lullaby at the Temple of Diana, the Golden Age of Lesbianism, and the “Treasure Hunts” of the past to recover women’s history.

Earth Day Feminism with Bonnie Morris

At the Temple of Diana in Kusadasi as guest lecturer for Olivia Cruises in 2007.

Bonnie Morris is a Professor, Award Winning Author, Poet and Performer. She is the author of eleven books, including “Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor,” and “Eden Built by Eves,” and “Women’s History for Beginners.”

Bonnie was the first graduate to complete American University’s then, new minor in Women’s Studies. After earning her PhD, she taught one of the first-ever graduate seminars on Jewish women’s history at Harvard.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitProfessor Morris joined the women’s studies faculty at George Washington University in 1994, and at Georgetown in 1996. She teaches Women and Western Civilization, Gender and Athletics, Women and War, and Introduction to Women’s Studies.

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Earth Day Feminism with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being

Feminism Telesummit with Dr.Asoka Bandarage - Women, Sustainability and Climate ChangeWe interviewed Asoka for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. This is what Asoka said about Earth Day Feminism:

Women are responding to climate change not only as mothers and nurturers, but also as economic producers. It is important to actively and consciously keep women’s relational perspectives alive, we bring a more qualitative, humanist, and ecological approach. Women are taking leadership roles in many grassroots, regional, national and international initiatives.

Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront of bringing ecological consciousness and our connection to nature into the climate conversation, and they need to be supported. Bolivian and Peruvian Indigenous Women’s Groups say, “Change the System, Not the Climate.” You can’t talk about climate policies without looking at the economic system.

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Many peoples of the world see terrorism and the “war on terror” as a global struggle between extremist forms of Islam and Christianity. Women are targeted, victimized, and used as fighters. Religious extremism should not take center stage.

earth day with dr. ashoka bandaragePoor women are especially effected by natural disasters due to poverty and the lack of infrastructure and resources to respond to crises. Cultural norms, clothing restrictions, and traditions victimize women who are not able to relocate as easily as men.

  • Most of the world’s farmers are women but we don’t necessarily own the land.
  • Health issues in other countries are related to pesticides manufactured and banned in the U.S.
  • Climate Change has different effects on different populations, especially women and coastal and island nations.
  • Land based people have a greater eco-consciousness but are losing it to technology.
  • Proselytizing among vulnerable communities is controversial and raises moral and ethical issues.
  • There’s a lot of greenwashing by corporations. Women’s groups keep the real issues in the forefront.
  • Communities and countries should become self sufficient and not have to depend on external aid.
  • 1/3 of the world’s population do not have access to clean water.
  • The Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, funded by David Koch, downplays the dangers and global impact of human activity and fossil fuel extraction on climate change.

“There are enough resources for everyone. We need a global ethic that connects us to each other. We have to pull together to address these issues for planetary survival.”

Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Women, Sustainability and Climate Change

We also interviewed Dr. Bandarage
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
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Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being  – The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.

Here is the story of Wholeness! Dr. Asoka Bandarage makes the connections for us — the connections between all things human and environmental. Our health, wealth, and happiness go hand-in-hand with sustainable development.

Dr. Bandarage speaks of our growing consciousness of interrelatedness, and our collective economic dilemma and environmental survival. Listen, and be encouraged by the unsustainability of dualism as we move from domination to partnership, with each other and with the earth.
Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the EconomyDr. Bandarage is an Author, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” Asoka believes that social science and universal ethics – combined – give us perspective, deep and comprehensive enough, to bring about the partnership of humanity necessary to solve the climate crisis and broader challenges of human and planetary survival.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comAsoka’s areas of interest include: women and gender studies, multiculturalism, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology.

Dr. Ashoka Bandarage has devoted her scholarly career to environmental sustainability, and studying and teaching how social science
can advance human well-being. Dr. Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Georgetown, American, Mount Holyoke where she received tenure, and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Katy Farber on Non-Toxic Kids

Katy Farber - Non-Toxic Kids LISTEN HERE Listen free to Katy Farber, a Mommy Blogger who says, “We can and do have an impact as parents. We can organize and act on issues of children’s health. Climate Change is a children’s health issue." Katy Farber - Non-Toxic Katy Farber is a Mommy Blogger who says, “We can and do have an impact as parents. We can organize and act on issues of children’s health.”

Mommy Bloggers like Katy Farber are changing consumption patterns and promoting healthier products as an answer to our lack of federal food and health regulations. Non-Toxic Kids are her personal priority.

Katy Farber says, “Climate Change is a children’s health issue. We need to protect our kids from significant pollution.” 

We can buy organic dairy and store our foods in Mason Jars vs. plastic to reduce our family’s exposure to the hormone disrupting chemicals in plastic.

Katy Farber teaches Service Learning: finding and solving problems in local communities to increase children’s self-esteem, and to change a community’s perception of kids and teens.

Listen FREE to our interview with Katy here.

 

 

Rebecca Spector at the Center for Food Safety

Rebecca Spector at the Centor for Food Safety InterviewWe interviewed Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director at the Center for Food Safety. Listen and learn about food issues and how to join with her to change our world.

Rebecca ran an organic farm for ten years, and she studied organics and environmental issues in college. California farming showed her the intersection between the environment and farming.

In our interview, Rebecca talked about how we can avoid GMO foods by avoiding 5 specific crops: Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton, Sugar Beets, and GE Alphalfa mostly used for animal feed.

Myth: 80% of our food is GMO. This myth refers to processed foods. Whole foods that we buy fresh are primarily not GMO. Processed foods like crackers and breads with lots of ingredient or made with corn, soy and canola may very well contain GMOs. We now have the availability of foods with the “No GMO” label. Look for them at your healthy food stores.
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Hear Rebecca talk about the connection between GMO crops and allergens. GMOs create new allergens by splicing one food into another. This will result in an allergic reaction in the final product if a person is allergic to the food that was spliced in.

Good News! So many countries around the world require GMO labeling, or they have banned GMO crops all together! The numbers increase almost weekly, and you can get involved by joining with Center for Food Safety.

Confused about which fish are safe? Listen to Rebecca’s interview and hear why wild salmon is better, and Pacific vs. Atlantic. She suggests getting the SeaFood Watch APP from the Monterey Bay Aquarium on your cell phone so it is close by when you shop.
Rebecca Spector at the Center for Food Safety

Bees and butterflies are critical to our food supply. Rebecca is working on that too!

Check out the FREE reports, fact sheets, videos, Non-GMO shoppers guide, and a lot more at the Center for Food Safety. Get involved, join their newsletter and receive notices and easy to sign petitions on issues you care about. Let legislators know what you want and make change in how your food is produced.

 

Food Waste and Climate Change

food waste and climate changeOur food choices have environmental consequences, and our food waste is no different. Farming uses about 70% of our water, and pollutes rivers with fertilizer and waste that in turn create vast coastal dead zones. The food on your plate literally touches everything.

Let’s talk about our trash: In the U.S., 40% of our food is thrown away every year. It’s an environmental tragedy. An estimated $165 billion per year — that’s $1,500 per family of four.

Kitchen food waste is not harmless. Food Waste = Methane Gas = Climate Change — it generates significantly more of the greenhouse gas methane when it’s buried in landfills than when it’s composted. The environmental benefits of composting make it a far better choice. Putting your food waste in the compost bin can really help reduce methane emissions from landfills, and it’s an easy thing to do that can have a big impact.

I learned about the food waste problem this past holiday season when a friend visiting questioned my practice of tossing food waste into my kitchen trash. I did my research and learned that we should all definitely pay attention to where we put our food waste. In the U.S. 95% of food scraps are thrown in the trash and eventually end up in landfills. The best thing is to not have food scraps or waste in the first place. But what you do with them makes a big difference for our environment and our climate.

food waste and climate change

Pollution from Methane Gas: When organic material, such as food and garden waste, rots under anaerobic conditions it produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas, which contributes to climate change, so it is important to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere. Reducing food waste is one important way we can each do that.

Most of us are aware that our food choices have environmental consequences. Who hasn’t heard about the methane back draft from cows? Well, we are contributing methane through landfill food waste in much the same was as the cattle industry.

Here are some ways that you can change the way you think about and treat the food at your house and table:


Do you compost your food scraps?
Some cities have curbside compost pickup. If yours doesn’t, you can do some kitchen composting and feed your garden (big or small) with your kitchen waste.

Shop Smart: Make a shopping list and plan meals. So many times we are tempted by sales but never eat the temptations. Ask yourself, “Will I really eat that?”

Do you eat leftovers? Soups, stews and smoothies are great ways to use up aging foods. Only toss out the non-edible parts of produce. Freezing leftovers in small portions — and in glass or ceramic dishes — will provide welcome snacks and healthy meals when time to prepare a meal from scratch is in short supply.

food waste and climate change

Would you buy or eat bananas with brown spots? They don’t have potassium until the spots appear. You can put spotted bananas in the refrigerator and they stop aging — although the peelings will continue to get dark. The peelings will make your roses happy, they love the potassium too!

What do you do when you can’t finish a meal? At home and when eating out? Portions are so large in most restaurants that leftovers are almost a certainty. Bringing our own non plastic containers are the best way to ensure that our food doesn’t touch plastic and the estrogen mimicking toxins in plastic. Glass or ceramic containers make it easy to stick the leftovers in the freezer when you get home. Label and date leftovers — and remember to eat them!

What do you do if you find a can of soup in the pantry that is 2 months passed its best before date? Use by and best before dates are not expiry dates, they indicate peak freshness. These dates are often not definitive — except for tomato and green bean products. These two vegetables can give you food poisoning — along with meat products.

What temperature is your fridge?  Set your fridge at 33-41 F/1-5 C to keep your foods fresh. First in First Out: Organize your foods newest in back, oldest in front. Make a section for foods that need to be eaten ASAP, or freeze, dry or dehydrate it.

Does your family serve up their own plates, or does the cook or host serve portions? Best to leave portion choice to the person eating the food, this leads to less waste. Put less on your plate, eat family style, or ask for smaller portions.

Cosmetic standards lead to copious food waste. Buy the funny looking produce. It tastes just as good and you will reduce the waste. Does the grocery store you shop at have a food recovery program where they donate excess food? Many do, and if yours doesn’t, suggest they begin one.

Check out the Movie “Just Eat It: A Story of Food Waste”

Share leftovers with a friend, a pet, or compost it –Food does not belong in the landfill. The Good News: We have the opportunity to effect change and save the planet three times a day!

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.

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan DietThe UN reports: “Less consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.”

– The UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet because a substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”

– Moving to Meat & Dairy-Free Diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change as the global population surges toward a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050. Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products.

– U.S. diets rich in meat and dairy are unsustainable. Rising affluence is triggering a shift in our diets toward more meat and dairy products. Environmental impacts rise roughly 80% with a doubling of income. Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet Biomass (animal waste) and crops for animal food are as damaging as burning fossil fuels. Livestock consumes much of the world’s crops and a great deal of freshwater, fertilizers and pesticides. Animal products cause more damage than producing construction sand or cement, plastics or metals.

The UN report cites the following pressures on the environment as priorities for governments around the world: climate change, habitat change, wasteful use of nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers, over-exploitation of fisheries, forests and other resources, invasive species, unsafe drinking water and sanitation, lead exposure, urban air pollution and occupational exposure to particulate matter.

See the entire U.N. Report “Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production: Priority Products and Materials” here.

Listen Here to our interview with Carol J. Adams. “You can get all your protein needs from plant-based foods. No cholesterol in a Vegan Diet.”

Green and Healthy Holiday Kitchen Tips

winter owl We are all trying to eat and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. Here are some green and healthy holiday kitchen tips for you and your family during this wintery time of the year:

 
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.
Choose organic foods when you can, these are also non-GMO which is a big plus until we get more labeling legislated.
 
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 this Winter Season. Take a walk outside and breathe in the Joy!

Remember: “No Bees, no pumpkin pie, cranberry relish, stuffed celery, or green bean casserole! Help the bees, don’t use garden pesticides.” Center for Food Safety 

 

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!

Water Filters and Endocrine Disruptors

Good and effective drinking water filter systems can play a vital role in a comprehensive strategy for reducing a person’s exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds found in our local water supplies.

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Water Filters and Endocrine Disruptors – Connecting the Dots:

Endocrine disruptors are known to mix up signals in the body and trigger unwanted actions such as increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.

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Multipure’s Solid Carbon Block Filters reduce a broad spectrum of harmful contaminants.

If you do not have a water filter, YOU are the water filter!

The Multipure drinking water systems have been certified for the widest range of contaminants.  You are not just getting any water filter, you are getting the best filtration system available on the market today.

We never know when contamination is going to happen.  In the news, we are constantly hearing about pollution in our water.   Having a Multipure in your home will ensure that your family is getting the best quality of water for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, steaming and cooking foods and making beverages like juice, tea and coffee.

The Environmental Working Group has identified 12 noteworthy endocrine disruptors (The Dirty Dozen):

BPA – Multipure NSF 401 Certified for the reduction of BPA
Dioxin – mostly found in food supplies
Atrazine – Multipure NSF 53 Certified for the reduction of Atrazine
Phthalates – Found in plastic food containers, and personal care products
Perchlorate – Multipure RO system NSF 58 certified for the reduction of Perchlorate
Fire Retardants – Multipure NSF 401 certified for the reduction of TCPP, a fire retardant
Lead – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Lead
Arsenic – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Arsenic
Mercury – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Mercury
Perfluorinated Chemicals – No certification available.  Although exposure comes from cookware (and some water resistant products), the carbon block has shown effective at reduction of PFOAs
Organophosphate Pesticides – Multipure NSF 53 certified for some Organophosphate Pesticides such as Carbofuran
Glycol Ethers – exposure from cleaning products, paints and cosmetics

For a detailed contaminant reduction list for Multipure Water Filters, click HERE.      

Your body is 70% – 80% water, doesn’t it deserve the best quality water?

We spend thousands of extra dollars each year for gym memberships, organic fruits and vegetables, foods that are GMO free.  But healthy living has to start with the cleanest water.

MultiPure Water Filters - Water & Endocrine Disruptors - Connecting the DotsPollution Can Happen anywhere..

The EPA reports that 44% of streams, 64% of lakes and 30% of bays and estuaries are not clean enough for fishing and swimming (let alone drinking)

Bottled water is expensive, of unknown quality and bad for our environment.

Two million tons of plastic bottles end up in landfills each year. The cost of bottled water is about $3.55 per gallon, it’s inconvenient to use, and no one opens bottles of water to cook with or wash fruits and vegetables — it’s just too inconvenient!

MultiPure is your best choice:

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MultiPure Water Filter Systems for Above & Below Your Sink.

Just 9 cents per gallon or 19 cents a day! No bottles to store or dispose of.

Easy to use for cooking, washing fruits and veggies and making beverages.

Certified to reduce widest range of contaminants..

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New Certification – MultiPure Water Filters reduce Pharmaceuticals from the water like ibuprofen, hormones, deet, and more.

 

Live an AntiCancer Lifestyle

I am convinced that in this day and age with chemicals in everything we eat, breathe and wear, that in order to prevent cancer, we want to Live an AntiCancer Lifestyle.

It is possible, and a lot of us are already doing it. Take the fear out of the word “Cancer” by ridding your life of carcinogens and strengthening your immune system. By eating well, exercising and consuming consciously, we can cure the disease if it does occur, or prevent it entirely. With the fear of cancer gone, we won’t be forced into surgery, chemotherapy and radiation before we have a chance to investigate the alternatives. We can research natural remedies that are specific to different cancers, or are overall cancer cures. We can witness the stories of people around the world who have used these cures and be profoundly strengthened through our own process by knowing we are not alone in this journey.

Here are some tips for Living an AntiCancer Lifestyle:

  • living an anticancer lifestyleEat the Rainbow – the colors in foods fight and prevent cancer. It’s true that the colors in our fruits and vegetables are indeed cancer curing, cancer fighting, and add to our longevity and overall health. This time of the year, many colorful fruits and vegetables come available that weren’t there in the Spring and Summer. Enjoy learning new recipes for winter squash and add many new spices and herbes to soups and salads. Tumeric, green tea, and Resveratrol fight cancer at it’s stemcell root so it doesn’t metastasize. Eating the Rainbow adds a whole new palate to our meals every season!
  • Eat locally grown organic foods in season. Of course, organic foods are preferred, and some foods are especially important to buy organic, like apples, strawberries and potatoes. (See the whole “Dirty Dozen” list here.) Buying organics in bulk help us to get the price down, and growing as much of our food ourselves that is absolutely possible adds to the quality of our life and our connection to Mother Nature.
  • look for non-gmo certification to live an anticancer lifestyleEat GMO-Free foods – look for certification. GMO foods are created by adding carcinogenicchemicals and organisms of other plants and animals. Our own DNA can be altered by these genetically modified frankenfoods. They are also designed to blow open the bellies of the insects that might eat the plants. The result is that today we have a much higher rates of gluten sensitivity and leaky gut syndrome in humans and livestock than ever before.
  • Sugar feeds cancer cells – eat as little of it as possible – and NO artificial sweeteners. Cancer cannot live without sugar, and each of us consumes large amounts of sugars unless we mindfully decide to limit our consumption. For me, this is my most difficult journey. Eating gluten free also adds a lot of useless sugars to our diet if we are not careful. And please research artificial sweeteners if you are not already aware of their serious health effects, including obesity.
  • Good fats are a better form of energy than sweets. Good fats like coconut oil give us a much better afternoon energy spurt than any candy, ice cream, or pastry ever will.  If it’s energy you are looking for, go for the good fats.
  • exercise regularly for an anticancer lifestyleOxygen kills cancer cells so exercise regularly. Cancer cells cannot live in oxygen nor an alkaline environment. Many of our foods are acidic, so it’s very important to balance our Ph through our diet. Exercising is a great way to oxygenate every cell in our body, as well as drinking filtered and even alkaline water.​
  • Cook with stainless steel, cast iron, and ceramic – NOT non-stick or aluminium cookware. The manufacture of non-stick cookware even destroys our ozone, so you know it can’t be good to cook in. We only have to look at how our grandmothers cooked using cast iron skillets and ceramic bakeware to see how they lived to  be old and wise! Add these wonderful olde cooking tools to your kitchen, along with stainless steel — and toss out the aluminium and non-stick cookware — and you will be serving up delicious and healthy meals.
  • reusable produce bags for an anticancer lifestylereusable bags for an anticancer lifestyleNever let your food touch plastic! For me, this is the most important take-away from our Lean Into Green Telesummit. Wax paper is available again in healthy food markets, and with the help of saved rubber bands, it is possible to keep leftovers fresh in the fridge. Wax paper or cloth food bags also work for lunches and food storage. This isn’t as difficult as it may seem, and it adds to the mindfulness of our eating and food prep activities.
  • Be really particular what you put on your face and body, it’s all absorbed into your liver and other organs. This includes hair products and nail polishes. There’s a lot of carcinogens in these products. Shop carefully and read labels. Check out our natural beauty products here. 
  • Since we are talking about cancer, protect your kidneys and all your vital organs from carcinogenic materials by drinking and cooking with Multipure Drinking Water Systems. These systems are tested and certified to reduce the widest range of contaminants than any other filter in the industry.Genny, hope this helps women connect the dots a bit more to protect from breast cancer and other cancers.

audra conklin on live an anticancer lifestyle

 

We interviewed Audra Conklin for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit. You can listen to her free by clicking here. She has a wealth of information that will enhance your knowledge base as you gear up for your Cancer Free Lifestyle.

Preventing Cancer Telesummit Sign UpSign up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes here. You will learn how easy it is to control what you can, your home and your consumer choices.

Bee well, and please share your AntiCancer Lifestyle tips with us!

Why Vegan? There’s More to Climate Change than Fossil Fuels

Why Vegan? Animal Agriculture and Forest DestructionDid you know that the key actors in climate change are cows, pigs, and chickens! Animal Agriculture is THE leading cause of environmental destruction, ocean dead zones, habitat destruction, and species extinction.

I thought that if I drove less and showered less, if I ate organic and used fewer plastic bags, I could turn climate change around for my daughters and future generations. What I really need to do is stop eating meat and dairy for a real and faster return to climate stabilization and environmental sustainability.

Why Vegan?

Animal Agriculture produces more greenhouse gasses than all cars, trucks, trains, boats and planes combined.

Methane gas from livestock is 86 times more destructive than carbon from vehicles. Animal Agriculture produces 65% of the world’s nitrous oxide, a gas with a global warming potential 296 times greater than Co2. 

If we reduce the amount of methane emissions from Animal Agriculture, the level in the atmosphere goes down within decades. If we reduce the amount of Co2 emissions from our transportation needs, we won’t see a reduction in the atmosphere for 100 years.

Why Vegan? Dead zones are often caused by the decay of algae during algal blooms, like this one off the coast of La Jolla, San Diego, California.The health of our oceans also begins with animal Agriculture.

Farm animal waste produced by land based animal agriculture (116,000 lbs produced every second in the U.S. alone) has created more than 500 nitrogen-flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans, comprising more than 95,000 sq miles of areas completely devoid of life.

Why aren’t Greenpeace, Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, and other sea-loving organizations focusing on Animal Agriculture? They believe it would hurt their fundraising.

One hamburger uses 660 gallons of water to produce — that’s 2 months of showers!

30% of the world’s water, and 55% of U.S. water, is used for animal agriculture. The average Californian uses 1500 gallons of water per day. Half is related to the consumption of meat and dairy products. Animals eat water intensive grains and these are part of the water footprint of that meat or dairy product.

Animal Agriculture consumes 34 trillion gallons of water per year. Fracking uses 100 billion gallons per year.

Why Vegan? Smoke from man made forest fires to clear land for cattle or crops.Cattle ranching is the the leading cause of rain forest loss.

One acre of rain forest is cleared every second to to graze animals and grow their feed crops. 136 million acres lost to date. Every day almost 100 species are lost due to rain forest destruction.

Livestock are a major driver of global trends in land-use including deforestation (the conversion of forest to pasture and cropland), desertification, and the release of carbon from cultivated soils.

Is the Problem Over Population or Animal Agriculture?

– The world’s 7 billion humans raise 70 billion farm animals.
– The world’s humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water daily. The world’s 1.5 billion cows drink 45 billion gallons of water daily.
– The world humans eat 21 billion pounds of food daily. The world’s 1.5 billion cows eat 135 billion pounds of food daily.
– Nearly half of U.S. land is dedicated to animal Agriculture.

Globally, livestock production and consumption and contribute:

35% of methane (296 times times the Global Warming Potential of CO2). What this means is that if we stopped eating meat today, the planet would recover in a few decades  vs. the 100+ years recovery will take by reducing oil and gas emissions.

80% of agricultural methane emissions (2.2 billion tons of manure per year). If you’ve ever driven past a cattle farm you know what the stench means to passers by and the families who live and work near these factory farms.

This is the quote that put all the pieces together for me:

“You can’t be an environmentalist and eat animal products, period.”

Fossil fuels are not the problem Animal Agriculture is. I recently watched a film titled Cowspiracy on Netflix. It changed my priorities and my dietary choices. I interviewed Carol Adams and Lisa Kemmerer for our recent Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit, they tried to educate me/us on the impact of Animal Agriculture on climate change, but I didn’t get it. Cowspiracy got me, and I’m glad it did!

“Animal Agriculture is the alcoholic in the family no one wants to talk about. Raising and killing animals for food is what’s killing the planet — not driving our cars, and taking showers.”

Eating vegan can be as difficult as being an informed citizen. Dairy and meat are as available to us as violence on t.v. If we want a better world we have to educate ourselves, and our love for the world can’t be casual. I have gone off the vegan wagon a few times now, I’ve made a few attempts. Cowspiracy has helped me to get serious and join my granddaughters in their vegan lifestyle. I know I will be healthier and happier for it. I know I will be a better world citizen. And I know my spirit will be more at peace with my professional goals.

Here are the tools I’m using. I invite you to explore these books, and Veganism, with me:)

What is Your Plastic Footprint?

What is Your Plastic Footprint?Step by step you can create a plan to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and create less plastic waste.

Plastic toxins mimic Estrogen, and your body takes these toxins to all the places you use Estrogen. Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that is added to hard plastics, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, DVDs, linings of food cans and household goods — is an endocrine/hormone disruptor . BPA has been linked to reproductive disorders, heart disease, asthma, breast cancer and memory problems.

What is Your Plastic Footprint?Here are  some tips to help you avoid plastics in your life:

1. Never let your food touch plastic. This is revolutionary! And a really important way to reduce your family’s exposure to the toxins that leach from plastic containers into your food — especially when the food is put into the containers while it is warm!

2. Don’t cook with plastic utensils. Why contaminate all those organic ingredients by stirring them with plastic spoons and spatulas that leach toxins into your otherwise healthy meals??

3. Choose natural gum alternatives like ginger chews, fennel seeds or mint leaves. Most chewing gums are made out of a plastic called polyvinyl acetate, manufactured using vinyl acetate, a chemical shown to cause tumors in lab rats.

4. Ask your Barista to fill your reusable cup or thermos. Plastic cups are often made of polystyrene, and you won’t be the first person to bring your own thermos or car mug.

5. Use reusable bamboo, metal or glass straws — or none at all.

6. Bringing your reusable containers to restaurants when you go out to eat is one great way to avoid disposable packaging and exposing your warm leftovers to plastic containers.
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7. Carry your own bamboo or metal cutlery to avoid plastic utensils. And remember to ask for no plastic cutlery for your take out orders. We usually never use it, and it collects in our drawers and eventually becomes landfill that never biodegrades.

8. Rent or borrow items from family, friends and neighbors that you rarely use or only need for a one time use. This helps to reduce plastics used in manufacturing.

We interviewed blogger, Beth Terry, who has done much of the research for you on reducing your family’s exposure to toxins and  generating less plastic waste. Hear Beth share some of her favorite cool plastic-free innovations,  how it’s not just sea birds who are eating plastic, and how she convinced Clorox to make Brita Filters recyclable.

Beth Terry, Living a Plastic Free LifeBETH TERRY’S INTERVIEW: LIVING A PLASTIC FREE LIFE

How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too!

 

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!

2015 UN Year of Soils

2015 UN Year of Soils. Soil, where food begins.Soil – The Nearly Forgotten Resource. The top six inches of soil are the most precious.

Without healthy soil, life on earth would be unsustainable. Soil is the foundation of agriculture, and the largest pool of organic carbon essential for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

New approaches must be adopted. As much as one-third of all soils are degraded due to:

– erosion
– compaction
– soil sealing
– salinization
– soil organic matter and nutrient depletion
– acidification
– pollution
– other processes caused by unsustainable land management practices

It takes up to 1,000 years to form one centimetre of soil. Investment in sustainable soil management is be cheaper than restoration and is needed for the achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development.

2015 UN Year of SoilsSoil – the nearly forgotten resource:

– Soils are the foundation of agriculture. They provide vital ecosystem services and the basis for food, feed, fuel, fibre and medical products important for human well-being.

– Soils are fundamental for the appropriate storage and distribution of water.

– 1/4 of the world’s biodiversity lives underground, where, for example, the earthworm is a giant alongside tiny organisms such as bacteria and fungi.

– Organisms and plant roots act as the primary agents driving nutrient cycling and help plants by improving nutrient intake — in turn supporting above-ground biodiversity.

– Organisms boost soil’s ability to absorb carbon and mitigate desertification, so that even more carbon can be sequestered.

2015 UN Year of Soils2015 UN Year of Soils

In 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented more than 120 soil-related projects around the world and produced together with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Soil Map. Among the most urgent priorities is to update, standardize and render accessible the world’s knowledge of soil types and distribution. One of FAO’s priorities is to establish a global soil information system that could assist with reliable data decision-making regarding soil management.

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:

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

Water Conservation Tips at Green Woman NewsWater conservation efforts ensure that there will be enough for the future. Outdoor water use typically makes up 50% to 70% of home water use.

Many of us love the summer months and wish we knew more ways to conserve water during droughts and dry seasons. We’ve gathered a few helpful hints here that are easy to do, and easy to remember!

Here are 5 outdoor water conservation tips:

#1 Victory Gardens are back in style! Use your garden water for edible plants.
#2 When your existing inefficient hoses and sprinkler heads need replacing, buy water saving ones. Ask your local family owned nursery or hardware store what options they have available.
#3 In drought areas especially, think about replacing your brown lawns with drought tolerant plants, beautiful rock gardens, and even a vegetable garden so at least your outdoor water use is producing food.
#4 Share the water conservation methods you learn and use with your friends, family, neighbors and landlords. Everyone is willing to join in the efforts to save our planet, most of us just need more information.
#5 Take the “Dirty Car Pledge” and wait 60 days or more — until absolutely necessary!

We have a whole section of books on Eco-Feminism. We are sure you will find something that peaks your curiosity or satisfies your thirst for knowledge. Here are some of our favorite titles:
EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95
A multicultural anthology of writings by women that provide vital insights into the causes of current environmental crises, and important recommendations for addressing them.

Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!
Meet the 30 exceptional Women of Farmer Jane. This is a celebration of all women that vote for sustainability every time they shop, eat, farm, and advocate for change.

Let us know your conservation ideas and tips, and we’ll share them with our readers:)

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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I’m your host, Genny LaMorgan, owner of GreenWomanStore.com where we enjoy creating educational events, like this telesummit on topics of interest to us as women. If you have any questions, please contact me at genny@greenwomanstore.com or 800 479 4439 / 619 228 6201.     

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Eco Friendly Office Tips for Working Mom’s Day

7 Eco-Friendly Office TipsMother’s Day is a great time to integrate some Eco Friendly Office Tips. Here are several simple changes you can make your working experience more Earth-Friendly. If your home is already green, bring some of that earth friendliness to your office and create a less toxic place to spend a large part of your day!

Here are 9 Eco Friendly Office Tips:

1. Install Recycle Bins around your office place encouraging proper disposal of glass, plastic, aluminum, and used batteries and ink cartridges.

2. Conserve Paper Use as much as possible, especially at your copy machine or printer. Set it for two-sided, and email or text what doesn’t need to be printed.

3. Use Green Office Supplies, replacing with eco-friendly products as you make new purchases: LED task lighting (see the video), bamboo pencils, and always used the highest percentage of recycled paper available.

Eco friendly office tips for working moms.4. Reusable Dishware in the Kitchen cuts down on plastic bowls, coffee mugs, plates, and utensils, and encourages colleagues to bring their own. Biodegradable dinnerware is available now also in bulk at money saving prices.

5. Encourage Portable Glass Water Bottles instead of selling bottled water by providing good filtered water for refills.

6. Stock Wax Paper in the Kitchen as well as wax sandwich bags in the kitchen for plastic free, non-toxic food storage.

7. Carpool, Train, Bike & Bus to Work at least two days a week to save money and gas, and reduce air pollution. If we all did it, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,600 pounds a year! And think of all the great conversations and friendships you will make with workmates and colleagues. Have a bike rack built at work to encourage this healthy eco-friendly mode of transportation!

8. Create a Sustainabilty Team of office members to research and encourage the greenest office practices possible. Come up with some fun contests and prizes to reward green ideas, eco-friendliness, and friendly competition!

9. Conserve Energy by shutting down computers, monitors, printers, and business cell phones at the end of the day. That means the kitchen too: Unplug those microwaves, coffee makers and toasters!

Happy Mother’s Day! You can enjoy your workplace more when you take steps to make it non-toxic, green, and earth friendly! Organize a “Sustainability Team” to adopt as many of these Eco Friendly Office Tips as you can. Comment below and let us know what you think.

 

Lean into Green Telesummit – Call for Presenters!

Our Lean into Green Telesummit is a terrific way to learn from our curated list of experts in the green and sustainability movements.

Join us in our collective quest for sustainability by reviewing what our presenters have to share.

Last year’s course offered presentations by:

  • Simran Sethi, “The Environmental Messenger”
  • Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions
  • Rebecca Spector, Food Safety, GMO Foods & Allergens
  • Kim Freeman Brown, Green For All
  • Deirdre McGuigan, Indego Africa
  • Charlene Spretnak, Relational Reality
  • Judy Grahn, We Must Go Back to Go Forward Sustainably
  • Diane MacEachern, Big Green Purse
  • Morra Aarons Mele, The Mission List
  • Dr. Asoka Bandarage, Sustainability and Well-Being
  • Denise O’Brien: Women, Food & Agriculture
  • Katherine Leonetti: Fair Trade & Handcrafting Justice
  • Beth Terry, Living A Plastic Free Life
  • Tama Matsuoka Wong, Foraged Flavor
  • Erin Switalski: Women’s Voices for the Earth
  • Renee Loux, Easy Green Living
  • Terri Treat, Living Sustainably with Natural Bedding
  • Lori Alper, Groovy Green Livin’
  • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Ancient Futures
  • Leslie Reichert, Green Cleaning
  • Katy Farber, Non-ToxicKids.net

For this year’s course, register for free access at:

http://www.leanintogreentelesummit.com

Let’s continue to make a difference through living green, together!

Are you interested in presenting via our online course? Drop us a line if you’d like to share your specific field of knowledge or area of practice with our community of women who are interested in learning about how to live more sustainably.

 

Living “Clean” with Truth, Integrity, and Clarity

Meadow FlowersWith so many influences in our life, you may find it a daily challenge to live in a manner that keeps you happy and healthy. While there is always murkiness, gray areas, and places where you may have “leakage” from toxic, irresponsible, or impure influences, each of us have a new opportunity, every day when we wake up, to live in a more “clean” manner.

Here are three ways that you can think upon, which may help you bring more clarity and a sense of “rightness” to your days.

1) Tell the truth:
It’s so easy for us to tell white lies, to ourselves and others. It’s also a steep slope when we base our entire lives on a mistruth, a half-truth, or a hidden motivation. Be true to yourself, be true to others, and take the time each day to meditate or to gain clarity about your own ability to stay true to your innermost being. When you tell the truth on a regular basis, you no longer feel the need to build up a web of lies, deception, or “fogginess” about your daily interactions in the world.

Make things right by staying on the path of truthfulness. We all make mistakes, we are all capable of good things as well as bad things, and we all experience pain and suffering. It is possible to maintain a cheerful attitude when we acknowledge the issues that have caused us difficulty, then continue on the path of telling the truth about how we feel, what we believe, and why we believe we exist.

2) Maintain integrity:
It is one thing to “greenwash” and it’s another to make daily efforts, no matter how small, towards living a greener life. It is one thing to say positive things, and another to actually act in a positive manner – to let your actions speak louder than your words. It is one thing to behave irresponsibly, damage your spirit or body, blame others, and lash out, and it is another to understand how much your own decisions, actions, and beliefs affect your perception of reality.

Even if you are failing, dealing with destructive influences, or struggling each and every day — do so in a manner where you keep your soul, mind, and body intact instead of tearing yourself apart.  Respect yourself and others, get adequate rest and nutrition, sleep as much as you need, and take daily steps to keep yourself on your desired path. Keep at it — remember that even though we all experience one day at a time, the time we have is more fulfilling (and you like yourself better) when you keep true to yourself.

3) Seek clarity:
We may become confused by the great illusion of the world around us, where false measures of success may make us feel down on ourselves and others. Let’s always remember to meditate on the great gift of our life and the reality that, when you are still alive, you still have a life mission to accomplish.

If you do not believe that you are clear about your vision and values, take the time to coalesce and clarify what you are here to do. Each of us has a great task to accomplish – and when we are clear about what that task is to be, we feel lighter, stronger, and more up to the task.

 

International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit

AsokaBandarageHuffingtonPostDr. Asoka Bandarage spoke recently as part of our Lean Into Green Online Education Series.  She also writes for the Huffington Post, and has authored a new book, “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy” is available on her website here. In a recent Huffington Post article, Asoka Bandarage writes that Climate Change is a woman’s issue, and reports on an important event that just took place: The First International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit.

What I enjoy most about Asoka’s work is that she brings the environmental, cultural, social and spiritual aspects of our life together into one whole reality. This makes it much more possible for women, in our relational thinking, in this relational era, to wrap our head around the problems and come up with relational solutions. I am sharing here some of Asoka’s recent Huffington Post article on the First International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit held in Suffern, N.Y., on Sept. 20-23, 2013. This Summit drew women leaders from 35 countries to bring attention to the climate emergency. An excerpt from their Declaration states (read the entire document here):

“We are the mothers and the grandmothers, sisters and daughters, nieces and aunts, who stand together to care for all generations across our professions, affiliations and national identities. . .We are gathering to raise our voices to advocate for an Earth-respecting cultural narrative, one of “restore, respect, replenish” and to replace the narrative of “domination, depletion and destruction” of nature. We are committed to a transition from a future of peril to a future of promise, to rally the women around the world to join together in action at all levels until the climate crisis is solved.

The science is clear. There is no more debate. The time for action is NOW. We will answer humanity’s increased vulnerability with our increased commitment. We know that while women are among the most negatively impacted by climate disruption, we are also key to creating climate solutions…

ChipkoWomenHuggingTree“Women have often spearheaded environmental movements in their countries and regions. The Chipko Movement against deforestation in India, the Green Belt movement for tree planting in Kenya, and the movement against nuclear testing and toxic dumping in Micronesia are just a few examples.”

“Climate-related disasters have different impacts on different social groups; poor communities in the Global South and women face the most severe deprivation. Worldwide an estimated 80 percent of climate refugees, people displaced by environmental disasters, are women. .In the Bangladesh cyclone of 1991, almost five times more women died than men because women could not swim, wore restricting clothing, or were forced to place themselves in extreme danger because they had to wait for a male to accompany them. Men who had access to public spaces were able to warn each of the danger but did not always inform their families left at home.”

“The feminization of poverty has led to a sharp gender disparity in poverty levels. Thus, women on average have a smaller carbon footprint than men. Yet poor women around the world are more vulnerable to climate change, destruction of biodiversity, and loss of livelihood than groups with higher levels of consumption and pollution…Unpredictable temperatures, drought, and flooding pose enormous challenges for women who, as the primary and often sole caregivers for their families. They are responsible for providing food and water, and oftentimes firewood for their families. With reduced access to water and crops, the time spent on obtaining necessities increases, and women’s lives get harder.”

“Climate change may negatively impact female farmers more than male farmers by increasing burdens placed on women…” Read Dr. Asoka Bandarage’s entire article here. Asoka’s new book, “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy” is available on her website here. 

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