Hidden Costs Series: Light Pollution

Very few of us ever get to experience real darkness. In fact, many city dwellers go through their entire lives having never experienced a dark sky. This can have all sorts of interesting consequences, including stars and planets being reported to authorities as being UFOs during blackouts. Our night sky Continue Reading →

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You Are What You Eat

A big part of what defines us is our diet. Nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and our thoughts work together to create the life we experience. We can’t ignore the quality and quantity of the foods we consume; they play a vital role in our well-being and the health we enjoy. Or Continue Reading →

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Gene VI and GMO: What You Need to Know

The European Food Safety Authority published a study in GM Crops and Food that brings to light a disturbing problem with the majority of GMO products in North America: A hidden viral gene that has far-reaching health implications. The gene, called Gene VI, is found in many GM crops, including Continue Reading →

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Feeling SAD

As winter settles in for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, many people will find themselves in the rut of the winter blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a complex issue, being a mix of environmental and lifestyle elements that create the potential for deep and lasting depression. Continue Reading →

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Proposition 37: Facts or Fiction?

California is coming down to the crunch over the next few days. The issue of knowing whether GMOs is present in a certain food is up for grabs. As a voter, are you going to believe that somehow Americans’ rights to know about GMO in products is somehow different than Continue Reading →

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Food is Love: Vote Yes on Proposition 37!

As the United States nears its always important election day, one of the more pressing issues has been percolating on the West Coast. Californians are facing an epic decision regarding food labelling and GMOs. Proposition 37 is all about the right for consumers to know what’s in the food they Continue Reading →

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The True Nature of Healing

What is the true nature of healing? That question has been on my mind a lot lately. This October marks the 6th anniversary of the passing of my mother from a combination of cancer and Wegener’s Granulomatosis. As this anniversary crawls closer and closer, I find myself being ever more Continue Reading →

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How Much Food Are You Wasting?

Part of the big picture of a Utopian future must include efficient use of resources. Efficient use of resources often is depicted as limiting our use of fossil fuels and preserving our forests. These are both important elements of efficiency, but they aren’t the whole picture. Food waste is a Continue Reading →

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CAFOs/Big Agri vs Family Farms: Biodiversity At Risk

There’s a struggle going on between Big Agriculture and small, family owned farms. It doesn’t get much coverage on the news, but the family farm as we grew up to know it is disappearing. And with it, not only is a way of life being left behind, the biodiversity that Continue Reading →

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The Optimism Bias: Shaping Reality, Creating The Future

One of the more interesting elements of human thinking is our tendency towards optimism. The vast majority of emotionally healthy individuals exhibit a strong bias of believing that things are going to turn out for the best. Regardless of whether that be getting a promotion, not getting cancer or our Continue Reading →

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