CropMobster helps local farmers eliminate food waste

Cropmobster produce gleaning  with Petaluma Bounty, photo by Gary Cedar, courtesy of CropMobster

Cropmobster produce harvesting with Petaluma Bounty, photo by Gary Cedar, courtesy of CropMobster

It’s almost unthinkable but more than fifty percent of the fresh produce grown in the U.S. goes uneaten. Continue reading

Climate change and the impact of rising seas for California

San Francisco in 5 years with the projected sea level rise

San Francisco in 5 years with the projected sea level rise

With all the news about the hazards and dire impact of rising sea levels from climate change. nothing brings this home more than actually seeing it.

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A great guide for choosing a safe and effective insect repellent

Bug repellentThe Environmental Working Group – known for their ratings on popular sunscreens and for raising awareness about pesticides on produce and chemicals in cosmetics – has just released its new Guide to Bug Repellents.

Having read through it, it features some surprises and some useful advice. You’ll want to look through all the pages to learn what will work for you and your family. And, as they say, not everything works the same for everyone, so decide which repellent will be a good fit for you.

Good to know that the EWG is looking out for consumers. Now if the EPA and the FDA would only meet the same high standards.

Nicora Johns shoes to bring shoe manufacturing and jobs back to America

Shoemaker/entrepreneur Stephanie Fryslie aims to bring shoe craftsmanship and manufacturing jobs back to America

Shoemaker/entrepreneur Stephanie Fryslie aims to bring shoe craftsmanship and manufacturing jobs back to America

Americans spend around $20 billion each year on footwear. According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, about 99 percent of all footwear sold in the U.S. is imported.

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Ice Pop Makers – a colorful fun and healthy way to beat the heat

Ice Pop Makers are made of flexible food quality silicone - perfect for frozen treats

Ice Pop Makers are made of flexible food quality silicone – perfect for frozen treats

During the summer, you know the value of staying hydrated and cooling down. Cold water and juices are great but it usually takes something colder to really get your body temperature down.

Kids have the right idea with popsicles, but the high sugar content that many of them have is a real concern. Ice Pop Makers from Accidental Shopping is a great and easy solution.

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FDA agrees to ban BPA in baby formula packages

Long Favored By Shoplifters, Baby Formula Goes Under Lock And KeyThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has agreed to ban the chemical BPA in infant formula packaging.  The agency’s decision to prohibit of bisphenol A (BPA) comes at the urging of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who filed a petition calling for the action last year.

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New recycling campaign from Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council

Recycling bins in San Jose, CA

Recycling isn’t new although many towns across the country still don’t have regular curbside pick-up. But the just released “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign by a partnering of Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council gives recycling efforts a new perspective.

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