Stay Hydrated Sure, But Why Are We Paying for Filtered Tap Water?

Talk about the miracle of brilliant marketing: Did you know most bottled water is actually filtered municipal water? Put it in a pretty bottle, throw on a sexy label and mention something about a mountain spring, and we’re willing to shell out  2000 times the amount of money it costs for something we could get virtually free (from whence it came to begin with!) Eee-gads have we been hoodwinked! I know, I know, there is something to be said for the convenience …

Our Food Supply: Are We Ready for ‘Enviropig’ and ‘Agent Orange Corn’?

When did it get so hard to know what was healthy, wholesome food? Most Americans, roughly 90% of us, believe that genetically modified foods,  or GMO’s, should be labeled as such. Yet if you asked that same 90% to name a GMO food, could they? Would they, and are you, surprised to learn that about 80% of the processed food we eat contain GMO’s, and a significant portion of our farm crops are grown with GMO patented seed? I know …

What price are we paying for perfect lawns?

 Here’s another frightening example of the lack of prudent examination BEFORE new chemicals are put on the market.  Introduced in 2010 as an eco-friendly weed killer for lawns, this one is responsible for killing or damaging hundreds of thousands of trees. “Weeks after homeowners and lawn care professionals began applying the new product on lawns, golf courses and cemeteries around the country in the spring last year, many trees on those properties, primarily conifers, started turning brown and dying. By August, DuPont had …

It’s dinner time – do you know where your Obesogen is?

This definitely falls into the “I’ve got good news and bad news” category – it’s not JUST the food we eat that’s packing on the pounds.  It’s almost everything we use, eat, drink, touch and smell in our modern lives – and it’s even affecting our babies. (That’s the worst of the bad news to this new grandma. Shout out to Lorelei Grace born 6/20!) They’re called obesogens, and they’re ubiquitous. Much of the plastic we store and buy food in, many …

One Down, The Rest Of My (Long) Life To Go

Guest Post: As AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations. One year ago this month, I heard the words that turned my world upside down. “You have breast cancer.” I’m not alone. At 56, the chances …

Meat, Antibiotics And Superbugs: FDA Is (Finally) On The Case

Guest Post: As AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations. We’ve probably all heard about ‘superbugs’, those drug-resistant strains of bacteria thought to be caused by the overuse of antibiotics in modern life. I was surprised …