How Monsanto Lies About Cancer Risk

Yesterday, I told someone that in order to be able to help people and fight unfairness, we have to conserve our energy, pick our fights carefully and push away “heavy thoughts” at times. And that is true. As you all know, Monsanto is a company with such horrible business ethics that they are one of my top “picks”. There are companies so rotten that you’d think nothing could further tarnish their reputation. In the case of Monsanto, no matter how low your expectations already were, emails that were made public by court order will shock you. Internal memos reveal Monsanto’s Glyphosate tactics The emails and more are available at (scroll down… Read More

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Sustainability Challenge – Week 6

The Carnivore Challenge This 10-week sustainability training focuses on changes that are easy to implement into everyday life. They neither require a lot of time or other investments. At the same time, you will help the environment. This is the 6th challenge. I stopped eating meat many years ago. There are several reasons to reduce meat consumption or switch to a vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian lifestyle. As part of our sustainability challenge, we will only look at the impact of meat consumption on our environment. Meat is a polarizing topic: for a lot of people, it’s easy to eat less. Because they don’t like it. Or because they are grossed… Read More

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Sustainability Challenge Week 5

Welcome back! How is it going so far? I would love to hear about your experience!  The 10-week sustainability training suggests effective but easy to implement amendments that will neither cost a lot of time nor effort.  So … this week … I hardly dare to write the headline. Why?  Car? No, thank you! It’s unthinkable for most of us to leave the car at home. But it would make a big difference if we ride a bike or take the bus/train. Let’s experiment this week! The Challenge Try to not use your car at least two days this week. That will be very hard for some, simple for others. If… Read More

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Sustainability Challenge Week 4

Minimalism – Less is More Minimalism is trending: Give stuff away, buy it used, buy only what you really need. But the group of people who try to use resources responsibly is still small. To many, it seems like a daunting task. You know … we don’t always have to go to an extreme. Even if you feel you are not ready to live autonomic somewhere in the woods – every bit counts. Doing one thing wrong does not mean we have forsaken the right to do other things right. Once you start making some simple changes, you will realize how much better you feel. This week’s task is not… Read More

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10-Week Sustainability Challenge – Week 3

Welcome back to the third week of our sustainability challenge. If you missed the first two weeks: Please refer to the links at the bottom of this post. This week we are going to be watchers. Observers, you could say. We need to leave our ego behind this week and look at things without judgment or self-referential assessments. I think you will enjoy this challenge. It is rewarding without the cost of uncomfortable change. It costs a bit more time than the first weeks though.   Week 3: Earth Consciousness There are many ways that we can pass on our beliefs about caring for the Earth to those we love.… Read More

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Sustainability Challenge – Week 2

Part 2 of your 10-week training The 10-week training focuses on simple and easy to implement steps. This is week 2. How did it go last week? Not that hard, was it? If you missed the first week, you can catch up here: Week 1   How to save energy at home Do you have to preheat the oven? Does the light have to stay on when you leave? What is the best temperature for your freezer? This week, you will learn how you can save energy and help the planet and your wallet. Statistics show that Americans who are in the front row of “sinners” for energy usage are developing a… Read More

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Free 10-Week Sustainability Training

Sustainability Challenge No 1 Here is how it works: each week (on Sundays) I post a new lesson sadly, you must remember to come back (my personal blog does not have a newsletter service) there are no sales pitches Why am I doing this?  Because it is right and dear to my heart.  Small changes can have a huge impact.  You are not a drop in the ocean – you are the ocean in a drop! Many Americans feel that a lifestyle respectful towards our planet and its resources is important. On the other hand, it should not be too complicated, time-consuming or expensive. But they’d be willing to make… Read More

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Why tomatoes have no taste anymore

It felt just right. Delicious looking is the warm red skin and the scent of tomato tickles my nose. I rest my finger and press it gently. Yes, it feels just right. Not too hard, not too mushy. When I was young, I used to bite a whole in the tomato and then suck the liquid and pulp out. I might still do but you will never know for I would not admit it. So I took the initial bite. Dug the whole that shall lead me to the source. To the sweet, sour, tomatoey insides that smelled and felt just right. I tasted nothing. I felt that I was… Read More

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8 Steps To Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Plastic waste pollutes our seas, ends up in the bellies of fishes (who often die a terrible death) and therefore later on our plates. That is only one example of the impact of plastic waste on our environment. We as consumers have the power. Our behavior as consumers makes a difference. It´s not even hard. Sustainability – Reducing Plastic Waste in 8 Steps Step 1 – Unboxing Unboxing means that you remove unnecessary plastic wraps and packing right in the store. The store will take them back. If enough people show that they do not appreciate unnecessary plastic packaging, stores will at one point re-think which kind of products they… Read More

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Movie Tip: Food Chains

Or: Story of Greed and Abuse More and more for less and less. Farm workers pay the price for the food industry wars. The film “Food Chains” reveals methods of modern slavery – and the small successes of activists in their war against slavery and abuse. The movie features Eva Longoria and producer of “Food Inc” and “Fast Food Nation” Eric Schlosser.  This true and thrilling story shows how a small group of workers achieves a small success in fighting corporate greed. Immokalee, Florida: The farm worker tells it like it is:  “You are poor because you make somebody else rich.” Lucas Benitez is fighting for the human rights of… Read More

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