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Women of Green
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 20:05
This podcast is worthy of a rerun. Liberty Phoenix Lord took a deeply painful experience, the death of her baby due to toxic out-gassing in his nursery, and started a green building store so no other parent would have to ever experience what she did. Ever. Liberty’s transparency and willingness to tell her story is deeply moving.
FYI: Liberty is the sister of River and Joaquin Phoenix, and this podcast is the first time she has spoken about her tragedy in public. Listen to her unbelievably moving story right here on Women Of Green.
About my guest: Liberty Phoenix Lord has been a resident of Gainesville, FL since 1989. She is married and has 3 beautiful children; and is on the Board of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC the heart of Florida chapter). Liberty owns and runs INDIGOGreen, a Green Building supply store. The mission of INDIGO is based on her commitment to the environment and the health of our planet.
What to do with your pumpkins?
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 19:53Compost Your PumpkinsReduce garbage, and make healthy soil.
By Brian Clark Howard
After you've finished celebrating Halloween, compost your jack-o-lanterns, instead of tossing them in the garbage (unless, of course, you are going to be turning them into yummy pumpkin pie, muffins or even flan).
Pumpkins, which of course are 100% natural, will break down quickly as compost in your yard, providing you with valuable nutrients for your lawn or garden. As you probably know by now, pumpkins aren't exactly light, so they otherwise take a considerable amount of fuel to haul to the landfill -- plus their bulky size means they take up space.
To get the best results in your compost bin, act like Billy Corgan and smash up the pumpkin a bit to provide more surface area. Layer with other types of materials, like shredded leaves, green weeds or grass clippings. If you really want to go all out, add manure, or a nitrogen supplement like cottonseed meal, bone meal or dried blood. Keep the pile moist and turn it over frequently.
If all that sounds like too much work, don't worry about it. In most areas, you can simply toss things in a pile, and just alternate materials as you get them. It may not make the most super-dooper compost, and it may take a little longer to break down, but you'll still get some nice nutrients, and you'll be helping the planet one little bit at a time.
Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00
moksa organics launched our community project / fundraiser 2 days ago. I would like to ask each of you to 1) make a pledge. A pledge is a full retail order! 2) each pledge benefits all 10 of our partners that we consider to be part of our family. Our partner's mission and values are also an extension of moksa's. Our local partners: Rwanda Sustainable Families, Earth Givers, Conservation Initiative for Asian Elephants, Sierra Club - Suwannee St Johns Group, Gainesville Loves Mountains, and several more...
Upon conclusion of the campaign, each organization will have a designated soap line that will pay a designated proceed for each bottle sold for both retail and wholesale. This fundraiser is helping us launch our product expansion and to start the process of our off the grid facility. I hope you enjoy the video. It will explain everything. Please let me know if you have questions!
We work to promote peace and justice for all beings and we practice these beliefs in our personal lives and in our business. We'd like to ask your support and help us spread the word through whatever creative means that you feel is appropriate. Newsletters, fb, emails, etc. Thank you, thank you!
Big Chem? Big Harm?
Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:00
August 25, 2012
Big Chem, Big Harm?
NEW research is demonstrating that some common chemicals all around us may be even more harmful than previously thought. It seems that they may damage us in ways that are transmitted generation after generation, imperiling not only us but also our descendants.
Yet following the script of Big Tobacco a generation ago, Big Chem has, so far, blocked any serious regulation of these endocrine disruptors, so called because they play havoc with hormones in the body's endocrine system.
One of the most common and alarming is bisphenol-A, better known as BPA. The failure to regulate it means that it is unavoidable. BPA is found in everything from plastics to canned food to A.T.M. receipts. More than 90 percent of Americans have it in their urine.
Even before the latest research showing multigeneration effects, studies had linked BPA to breast cancer and diabetes, as well as to hyperactivity, aggression and depression in children.
Maybe it seems surprising to read a newspaper column about chemical safety because this isn't an issue in the presidential campaign or even firmly on the national agenda. It's not the kind of thing that we in the news media cover much.
Yet the evidence is growing that these are significant threats of a kind that Washington continually fails to protect Americans from. The challenge is that they involve complex science and considerable uncertainty, and the chemical companies - like the tobacco companies before them - create financial incentives to encourage politicians to sit on the fence. So nothing happens.
Yet although industry has, so far, been able to block broad national curbs on BPA, new findings on transgenerational effects may finally put a dent in Big Chem's lobbying efforts.
One good sign: In late July, a Senate committee, for the first, time passed the Safe Chemicals Act, landmark legislation sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, that would begin to regulate the safety of chemicals.
Evidence of transgenerational effects of endocrine disruptors has been growing for a half-dozen years, but it mostly involved higher doses than humans would typically encounter.
Now Endocrinology, a peer-reviewed journal, has published a study measuring the impact of low doses of BPA. The study is devastating for the chemical industry.
Pregnant mice were exposed to BPA at dosages analogous to those humans typically receive. The offspring were less sociable than control mice (using metrics often used to assess an aspect of autism in humans), and various effects were also evident for the next three generations of mice.
The BPA seemed to interfere with the way the animals processed hormones like oxytocin and vasopressin, which affect trust and warm feelings. And while mice are not humans, research on mouse behavior is a standard way to evaluate new drugs or to measure the impact of chemicals.
"It's scary," said Jennifer T. Wolstenholme, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia and the lead author of the report. She said that the researchers found behaviors in BPA-exposed mice and their descendants that may parallel autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit disorder in humans.
Emilie Rissman, a co-author who is professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics at University of Virginia Medical School, noted that BPA doesn't cause mutations in DNA. Rather, the impact is "epigenetic" - one of the hot concepts in biology these days - meaning that changes are transmitted not in DNA but by affecting the way genes are turned on and off.
In effect, this is a bit like evolution through transmission of acquired characteristics - the theory of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the 19th-century scientist whom high school science classes make fun of as a foil to Charles Darwin. In epigenetics, Lamarck lives.
"These results at low doses add profoundly to concerns about endocrine disruptors," said John Peterson Myers, chief scientist at Environmental Health Sciences. "It's going to be harder than just eliminating exposure to one generation."
The National Institutes of Health is concerned enough that it expects to make transgenerational impacts of endocrine disruptors a priority for research funding, according to a spokeswoman, Robin Mackar.
Like a lot of Americans, I used to be skeptical of risks from chemicals like endocrine disruptors that are all around us. What could be safer than canned food? I figured that opposition came from tree-hugging Luddites prone to conspiracy theories.
Yet, a few years ago, I began to read the peer-reviewed journal articles, and it became obvious that the opposition to endocrine disruptors is led by toxicologists, endocrinologists, urologists and pediatricians. These are serious scientists, yet they don't often have the ear of politicians or journalists.
I'm hoping these new studies can help vault the issue onto the national stage. Threats to us need to be addressed, even if they come not from Iranian nuclear weapons, but from things as banal as canned soup and A.T.M. receipts.
Sunday, 01 July 2012 00:00
Vampire Loads or Phantom Loads. How Much Do They Cost Us?
Free Screening of BULLY
Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 00:00
What is IndieGainesville?
IndieGainesville was conceived to support independent businesses in Gainesville, Florida and to encourage the self-expression of individuality that truly makes Gainesville unique. In the same spirit of the Keep Austin Weird campaign, we stand firmly against Big Box retailers and support our local businesses, as well as the running man (you know what we're talking about) and other local characters.
Questions & Answers:
What is indiegainesville?
Indiegainesville is a collective of locally owned, independent businesses in Gainesville. We started to indiegainesville to celebrate the unique, indie-spirit in Gainesville as well as to ensure that the voices of local businesses all over Gainesville are given equal consideration and that our voices are heard in public forums. This collective of indie businesses in Gainesville unites to support one another when issues arise, and to work towards reaching viable solutions.
Who is the President?
Indiegainesville doesn't have a President, Head Honcho, Dictator, or any other appointed leader. As a true democracy, we all come to a consensus on whatever issues we may be facing. We are small enough to be able to benefit from our democracy, yet large enough that our collective voice can be, has been, and will continue to be heard and together, we can make a positive impact on the local community.
You have no leader? You must be disorganized.
Not at all. As we stated, we are small enough that we can have a true democracy, yet large enough that our collective voices will continue to be heard. We are motivated to work together with respect in order to protect and preserve the indiegainesville culture.
What is the structure?
Membership to indiegainesville is free. There are no dues.
Indiegainesville is a pure labor of love by locals (and for locals) to protect the interests of independent Gainesville, to protect the livelihoods of the independent local business owners and their employees, and to ensure the vitality of the Gainesville community and indie culture.
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