Healthy Communities

About Our Healthy Communities Work: Chemicals—including heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, as well as manmade chemicals—are always around us, whether we realize it or not. Humans and wildlife are exposed to chemicals in myriad ways: through food, dust, clothing, and incinerator pollution, not to mention as a result of the toxic products dumped into landfills, which leach chemicals into our ground and drinking water. Even small amounts of chemical exposure have been linked with neurological harm, endocrine and reproductive disorders, cancers, learning disabilities, and birth defects.

Environmental Advocates of New York is focused on reducing our exposure to dangerous chemicals and requiring chemical producers and distributors to share information about such chemicals so the public can be better educated about potential dangers.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Welcome to May’s Thrifty and Organic Meal Planner post. Last month I shared several recipes for April’s organic seasonal ingredients, Oranges, Spring Greens, New Potatoes, Cream Cheese, Herbs and Salmon, a light spring menu with lots of ideas for leftovers too, and with the main celebratory meal coming in at a very low £3:70 a head.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lip balm is one of the easiest natural beauty products to make at home. Once you invest in the basic tools, you can make lip balm for less than you’d pay at the store. When you make it yourself, you know exactly what goes into it. Aromatherapist Andrea Butje shows us how to make easy DIY coconut lime lip balm at home.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

It’s summertime! Are you ready for fun in, on, or next to the water? Lucky for you, New York State has an abundance of summertime getaways and family vacations on the water.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tezo and the farmers went on to create an 85-acre, worker-owned, cooperative organic farm out of a rough, scrubby plot of land in Buttonwillow, California, about 100 miles outside the city. Farmers rent a bus to travel back and forth to the farm, and bring the produce right back to the original South Central site to sell to the community. The group also founded the South Central Farmers Health and Education Fund (SCFHEF), a grassroots nonprofit that helps bring fresh, organic produce to low-income urban areas, supports new farmers and promotes the establishment of new community gardens.

Monday, April 29, 2013

FarmedHere is a commercial, indoor farming initiative in the Chicago area, dedicated to bringing fresh greens to local consumers in an innovatively sustainable way. Using a combination of vertically integrated, indoor aquaponic and aeroponic systems, FarmedHere is able to grow several varieties of basil and arugula in a way that, they say, cuts waste, maximizes production, and reduces environmental impact.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Designers are rethinking infrastructure in favor of regenerative systems that harness wasted energy and redistribute it where needed.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I became a vegetarian nearly 13 years ago for ethical and environmental reasons, and I do my best to keep animal welfare and the environment foremost in my mind in all purchasing choices for my home. This includes the pet food, treats, and treatments I buy for my seven cats.

While cats are carnivores, there is no reason that what they eat and use canミt be mindful of the planet and other animals at the same time.

Monday, April 15, 2013

"If kids grow kale, they eat kale," Ron Finley, a famed guerrilla gardener, asserts during his 2013 TED talk. He also believes that food gardening is a revolutionary move with the ability to change the world. In an act of rebellion against the food desert of South Central Los Angeles, he began converting a small strip of city land into a free organic vegetable patch.

Monday, March 18, 2013

An increasing number of community policy makers, planners and residents around the world want their communities -neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities- to be more liveable.

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