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better easy choices added a new photo to the album: Another lunch is possible.

- Dates, baby carrots, celery and home made pinto beans hummus (lemon juice, pinto beans, olive oil, garlic, salt and tahini)
- In stainless steel containers

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Paperless Holiday wishes

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Consider an artificial Christmas tree and add a few drops of an essential oil for the magic smell of the real one.
Please, KILL NO TREE NO MORE.

Beatriz Delgado

OUCH! It's that time of the year again... Beautiful young dead trees everywhere. Why? Is there a better application for plastic than a "fake" Christmas tree? Ad...d a few drops of the essential oil of your choice and that's it. We saved 9 trees so far. There are traditions and traditions. We can adapt certain traditions to the here and now, don't you think? Please!
Did our grandparents ever use plastic spoons? Didn't we kill the traditional tableware in our gatherings, parties and events? The list is endless...

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better easy choices added a new photo to the album: Causes.

www.somaly.org
The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to ending modern slavery and empowering its survivors as part of the solution. Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With an estimated two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped.

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better easy choices added a new photo to the album: Favorites Toys.

My choice for my children co-sleeping friends: Nanchen dolls.

We love these stuffed dolls and animals. These are the only ones I found which are made of organic cotton in the outside while stuffed with pure new wool in the inside. Wool has wonderful characteristics, among them: dust mites don't like wool, therefore wool is hypoallergenic, and it's also mildew resistant and has natural anti-microbial properties to name a few.
I got these in the US from The Wooden Wagon: http://thewoodenwagon.com/woode…/stuffed_animals/SANA14.html
"Nanchen natur" line of Nanchen dolls. Germany family business. Absolutely lovely. http://www.nanchen-puppen.com/

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better easy choices added 2 new photos to the album: GMOs.

Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in the United States.
(8.9 million health plan members +167K employees 14,600 physicians 37 medical centers and 611 medical offices. Source: Wikipedia)

In its Northwest Fall 2012
newsletter, Kaiser has advised its members against GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in food. A huge health insurance company is encouraging GMO avoidance for the members whose health costs they must pay...!!!

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“GMOs have been added to our food supply since 1994, but most people don’t know it because the United States does not require labeling of GMOs,”...
“Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health.”

Scroll down this FB page for posts related to avoid GMOs, get to know them, etc (around October 26)

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Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in the United States.
(8.9 million health plan members +167K employees 14,600 physicians 37 medical centers and 611 medical offices. Source: Wikipedia)

In its Northwest Fall 2012 newsletter, Kaiser has advised its members against GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in food. A huge health insurance company is encouraging GMO avoidance for the members whose health costs they must pay...!!!

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“GMOs have been added to our food supply since 1994, but most people don’t know it because the United States does not require labeling of GMOs,”...
“Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health.”

Scroll down this FB page for posts related to avoid GMOs, get to know them, etc (around October 26)

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US: The Animal Health Institute, which opposes legislative bans of certain animal medicines says: "As a result of the removal of antibiotics for growth promotion in Europe, many European countries have documented a significant increase in animal disease and an increase in the use of antibiotics to treat that disease. ... Europe has jeopardized animal health and has not demonstrated an improvement in human health,"....
Interesting. Hello Animal Health Institute: Denmark is part of Europe, don't use antibiotic for growth promotion at all and all other antibiotics uses require prescription. Still, continues to be the world's largest exporter of pork, and right now the US company Applegate is there learning from them.

"Denmark has completely phased out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion, and all other antibiotic uses in animals require a veterinarian’s prescription. Even with these strict rules, Denmark continues to be one of the world’s largest exporters of pork, demonstrating that policies limiting antibiotic use can benefit public health without harming the bottom line of farmers."

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Save Antibiotics

Denmark, one of the world’s largest exporters of pork, is a trailblazer for policies to reduce antibiotic use on industrial farms. Our project director Laura Ro...gers is touring the country and meeting with government officials, farmers and public health experts to learn how farms have phased out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion without harming the bottom line of farmers. Follow along as Laura posts photos and updates from her trip: http://ow.ly/fbipH

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"Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture/human settlements and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. (Wiki)

The core tenets of permaculture are:
- Take care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
- Take care of the people: Provision f...or people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
- Share the surplus: Healthy natural systems use outputs from each element to nourish others. We humans can do the same. By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles." (Source: Wikipedia)

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Afristar is with Bonita Edwards.

A Guild is a group of plants functioning in harmony to support the productivity of the whole system.

better easy choices updated their cover photo.
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"...Big Food companies like Monsanto, Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Nestle, and Kraft, donated funds ($45M) to "No on 37" ads, engaging in lying, scare tactics, misrepresentation, and various dirty tricks to protect their profits and keep California voters uninformed about their food choices."

* No on prop.37 means transgenic food in the US is sold without any labeling, we simply don't know if a food product or produce is transgenic (genetically modified) unless it's organic.

* Transgenics or GMOs haven't been proved safe for human consumption and they are banned, restricted or limited in most of the other countries in the world.

The food movement learned a valuable lesson in the failure of Prop 37: We can't outspend Big Food and we can't out campaign them, but we can outsmart them. Let's not wait for government to cut ties with Big Food. Let's cut those ties ourselves
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Clothing drive and volunteer effort-Sandy... please consider it!

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Norwalk Seaport Association

King Industries, a very good friend of the Norwalk Seaport Association, is spearheading a Hurricane Sandy Clothing Drive and Relief effort. Their goal is to del...iver and distribute 2 truckloads of clean clothing, blankets, cleaning supplies and other items to communities affected by Hurucane Sandy in the NY area. They will also give out hot soup and power charging stations for electronic devices. If you would like to help, please consider donating clean and gently used warm winter jackets, gloves, winter hats, blankets and other items on the list. Donations may be dropped off at King Industries, 1 Science Rd., Norwalk until 9:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 9th.Thank you!

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These companies have put big money ($45M) to defeat Prop.37 in California, which was about labeling of transgenic (GMOs) food. And they won. So they can keep hiding transgenic ingredients in their products.... In the US only... GMOs are banned for ex. in all Europe (and many more countries). In those countries they use other ingredients...!

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Look carefully at the brands who admit you have the right to know what's in your food and those who think, and pay for making you think, that you better don't know what's in your food... Today in California they are voting Prop.37 about this right to know...

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Environmental Working Group

We want to recognize leaders like Organic Valley that took a stand and supported Prop 37 in California, a groundbreaking measure to label genetically engineered foods

Storm aftermath: DONATIONS and VOLUNTEERING!

Storm Tip#12: you may want to disconnect yourself the main line in your house during the storm. If you have a sump pump in the basement, it should have its own back up battery to work without electricity. If there's risk of flash flooding you'll be safer with the main line disconnected. Something to evaluate. Don't mess with water and electricity combined ever! Inside the house and during a storm, always disconnect all the electrical devices from the wall. It's not enough to turn them off.