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Fifty two weeks in a year means 52 weeks of reporting, writing and editing Source. Whether the topic is unfamiliar or something we always kind of wondered about, preparing every issue of Source presents an opportunity for us to learn.

Along the way we found that our stories also reshape the way we look at the world and indeed, live our own lives. Often we read Green Plate Special and are prompted to add new canada goose birmingham uk things to our diet, or rethink the way we cook old things to be more sustainable. canada goose online uk reviews Mary Pols got to 52 interesting Mainers this year, and their unique forms of sustainable living have informed us about our own lives. Meredith Goad weekly Homegrown columns teach us better ways to buy local, while Tom Atwell gardening column provides solutions to the dilemmas we all face in our home gardens. Marina Schauffler Sea Change gently and consistently reminds us to buy less, get outside more and hang on to hope despite the often grim environmental news.

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One of my more pleasant reporting days this year was spent at the farm of Albie Barden, a gentle soul who is working to preserve Maine heritage varieties of flint corn.

Barden has an evening ritual in which he goes outside to all the plants and animals that live on his farm and gives them a blessing. The idea touched me because I used to be a major nature girl. I spent most weekends in college backpacking, river rafting, bird watching and cross country skiing in the Rocky Mountains.

Then along came adulthood, career and lots of time sitting at a desk writing stories. Over the years I have still hiked including climbing a mountain in the Himalayas and exploring a dormant volcano in Hawaii but my connection with nature has often come more through gardening than galavanting through wilderness. It all too easy to lose that connection with nature on a day to day basis.

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Canada Goose Parka By subscribing to the Scarborough based We Compost It service, which provided the five gallon orange bucket I keep in the garage and collects its composting content weekly, I canada goose mens uk sale have not had to learn to deal with fruit flies. And since the drop off point for my allotment of resulting humus is the Mid coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick, I not had to learn to use it, either; my share gets put to good use throughout my community. Canada Goose Parka

buy canada goose jacket What I did learn, though, was the discipline it takes to make sure your compost bucket does not become a catchall for food you simply don feel like dealing with at any given moment. buy canada goose jacket

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My self correction followed a talk given by Mark King of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on the Food Recovery Pyramid, which provides a framework to help municipalities, institutions, corporations and restaurants decrease the amount of perfectly good food they now toss into trash cans. King clearly defined composting as a last resort, not a first step, in how you divert usable food from the waste stream. Since that day, I made certain that nothing goes into the bucket that hasn already had the culinary life sucked out of it first.

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I not sure why I resisted getting a reusable water bottle for so long, but now that I have one, I can imagine life without it.

I bought this one a sporty 12 ounce insulated Kleen Kanteen with a no spill cap because of the zero waste initiative that we began at my university last semester. While I not been a heavy consumer of disposable water bottles, I was certainly known to knock back a Poland Spring from time to time, especially at campus events or Canada Goose online conferences. Now that I was trying to be much more mindful about the amount canada goose outlet new york of plastic that I was using, though, it seemed imperative that I cease and desist all forms of unnecessary plastic consumption.

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If Americans ate 30 percent less beef, it could help the environment considerably. So says Physicians for Social Responsibility. We say pass the tofu, or chicken, or some other form of protein, at least some of the time.

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Still, even I could cut back a small gesture that, if everyone did it, could have a real impact on climate change. At a vegan food tasting sponsored by the Maine Chapter of canada goose outlet website legit Physicians for Social Responsibility in July, I learned that if Americans ate just 30 percent less beef, it would be the equivalent of taking the tailpipe emissions from 10 million cars off the road each year.

And that seems worth giving up a burger or two.

When I was assigned a story on Slow Fashion I had to ask my editors, is this a thing? Do people know about it? Because I didn Now that I reported and written that story, I look at everything in my wardrobe differently. I learned about the hideous amount of waste involved with Fast Fashion a term which translates into cheap and all too disposable clothing and accessories. The average American throws away about 82 pounds of textiles every year. The amount of energy put into making that stuff is astounding. Most of it happens in Third World countries. I realized how much that trendy (and cheap) shirt I picked up at the mall two years ago cost the world environmentally. First, there was growing of the cotton (with pesticides), then processing and dyeing (with pollutants that probably went right into a river in Pakistan, except for the stuff I put on my on skin), cutting and sewing it (by barely paid women, mostly) and then shipping it across the world. So that I could get a bargain. Or think I gotten a bargain.

canada goose I radically reconsidering how and what I purchase to wear from now on. For a good 15 years I been buying only well made (and expensive) shoes on the grounds that they last. Now I applying that idea to any new clothing I bring into the house. I mended my favorite pair of jeans, so that I get another few years out of them. And I am pricing (used) sewing machines so that I can make some Slow Fashion myself. I might even take it a step further and plant some flowering plants in my garden come spring so that I can experiment with natural dyes. I so grateful I learned what not to wear. canada goose

Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs are a nightmare to write about. A lot of people don understand what they are, namely plants or animals that have been genetically modified to increase their traits. Meaning good traits for commodification, particularly in American markets. Many people have genuine fear that those modifications are messing with those who consume them. When I read her book so I could write a profile of her and the book for Source, I learned how complex her world of consumption became after she was diagnosed with an allergy to GMO corn not just what she eats either. She also stays away from anything where GMO corn might be an ingredient. Like paper cups, which are often lined with a wax that contains corn.

There science and policy and emotion wrapped up in this complex issue, enough to make some tune out. The legislative battles around labeling food are by no means over, and the jury remains out on who is and who is on a personal level, one can take action. A new federal labeling law, although opposed by some for being too industry friendly, means there will be more information on supermarket products. I been a Michael Pollan style grocery shopper for years, hugging the supermarket perimeter and staying away from the highly processed middle aisles. I already eat mostly natural foods. But Shetterly book heightened my awareness of how relatively briefly we been living with and consuming GMOs, and thus how little we know about their long term effects. Going forward, if there are two products next to each other, otherwise identical except that one label indicates it doesn contain GMO ingredients, I take that one. Is it a health necessity? Not that I know of. But it can hurt.

When I started gardening 41 years ago, I wanted ornamental plants that made a visual statement. I loved stunning plants with large blooms. I knew that invasive plants such as Asiatic bittersweet and honeysuckle existed and should be avoided, but I didn think their numbers were high, and I didn intend to plant them.

cheap Canada Goose In the past year, though, my understanding has grown more nuanced, and I learned two important facts: First some non native plants that my wife Nancy and I had planted in our garden believing them to be well behaved such as the Japanese tree lilac that I loved and rugosa roses are showing up, unwanted, in public lands where they are outcompeting natives cheap Canada Goose.

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