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April 22, 2013

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As Earth Day approached this April (and as I tried to sort through all of the various promos and messaging), I began to reflect about environmental activism – on scales both large and small.

As someone who considers herself concerned with the environment generally, I continually strive to contribute to the betterment of our Earth – whether reducing waste, preserving resources, or involvement on more of a policy level.  Also, as a nutritionist involved in food system work in different ways throughout my career and in school, I receive tons of emails and and literature about environmental issues and taking action in various ways.

Over time, it seems as though I’ve gone through phases with what I pursue and make an enduring habit. For example, while in school, I barely purchased bottled water. I refilled my large water bottle religiously, toting it with me wherever I went. As I now travel by plane more frequently (another environmental issue!?!), a large wat...

March 23, 2011

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Eating local beef is important for many of the same reasons that “eating local” in general is important.  Food is fresher, tastier and more nutritious, it leaves a lighter environmental footprint due to decreased transit time and use of fuel, and promotes environmental/food system sustainability and biodiversity.

Eating local beef has significant impact.  Industrialized livestock facilities have replaced most family farms over the past 30-40 years in this country and practices in those facilities leave much to be desired.  The massive amount of waste from these facilities lead to air and water pollution; animals suffer and are pumped with antibiotics and artificial hormones; workers are mistreated; the surrounding communities fall apart. 

Meanwhile, our health is compromised because this industrial beef leads to outbreaks of food-borne illness and contributes to antibiotic resistance (in addition to genera...

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