Tag Archives: environment

Here’s to a less toxic 2018, despite…

I had contemplated making a top ten list of 2017’s most toxic hits. But that would be depressing. This is just one year…or four. We won’t know just how far this administration can turn back the toxics protection clock, but for almost fifty or so years despite our constant worry about eating conventional berries or […]

Not so Toxic Textiles Tuesday

Happy Holiday Season! While shopping in our small but struggling to reemerge old mill town, I was happy to support a new local clothing store. Happy enough to drop more than I usually would on leggings and a flannel tunic – but it was local! The leggings were recycled! The flannel was…well, cute. I felt […]

Toxic Tuesdays: The forever plastic edition

Happy Toxic Tuesday. Instead of harping on the degradation of government controls, I’ll harp on plastics because here, we are all complicit. Even as I shop at our local Co-op scooping nuts into a plastic bag, thinking next time I will bring my own container…I’ve had years of next-times. And it’s easy to convince myself it’s […]

It’s Just Another Toxic Tuesday

As the days grow increasingly darker, having just turned back the clock, so too the U.S. EPA is working to turn back the clock. Here are a couple of choice selections from this month’s science-realm news; as usual, two downers followed by at least one positive so if you just “can’t stand it” anymore, skip […]

Protect Sustainable Agriculture from Budget Cuts

[First published in Worcester Telegram] Many of us in Western Massachusetts are fortunate to live in an agricultural bubble, surrounded by farms offering organic strawberries, broccoli and, well … too much kale. But as Representative McGovern knows, this isn’t reality for the rest of the country. Most food grown in the U.S. doesn’t come from Community […]

Fireworks “fun” facts or not so?

[Cover image source: Dave on Flickr] Who doesn’t love fireworks? (Aside from our dog, our kids when they were little, and apparently birds – although no surprise there really). It’s also likely that those who are responsible for ensuring water quality have mixed feelings when the sparks start flying. I don’t want to be the kill-joy, but […]

Lyme vaccine: a glimmer of hope?

When the neighborhood chit chat inevitably ends up talking ticks, Lyme, and pesticides – you know there’s a problem. A big problem. A 300,000 cases of Lyme a year kind of problem. Which may not seem like a lot, until you look at a map and realize most of these are here in the Northeast […]