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    Four Ways To Find Your Happy (Meat) Place

     

    Happy Meat (adjective): Meat that comes from an animal that has been humanely raised in as close to its natural environment as possible without unnecessary antibiotics and hormones. Tasty and even more exciting when discovering a deal.

    As we become increasingly aware of the environmental and health issues that come with commercially raised meat, there comes a desire to purchase 'better' meat (or “Happy Meat” as casually defined above.)  If you choose to eat meat, we encourage you to find your Happy Meat source.  Although, if only a lucky few have a farmer down the road to ask the hard questions, how does one find sustainably raised meat at a reasonable price? 

    Here are our four favorite starting points on how to choose wiser to bring Happy Meat to your dinner plate:

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    Romance at the Meat Counter: My Quest for Beefy Choices

    Seeking Evening Companionship

    I am fed up with bringing home deceptive groceries, possibly hiding unwanted antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones. Can I rekindle my love, trust, and simple enjoyment with quality, happy meat? Is it possible you are out there, not overpriced? Do you exist?

    ~ Signed, Ima B. Leever 

    With no one replying to my want ad, I headed out on my own. While shopping at my local Whole Foods market, a grocery store dedicated to “selling the highest quality natural and organic products,” I rounded the grocery aisle between dairy and seafood and gasped at what I saw in the meat section. With giddy excitement, I thought perhaps I might have found my soul meat.

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    Dead Zones: What We Need To Know + What We Can Do 

    When you hear the word “dead zone” you probably have a flash back of that moment when you were in deep conversation with your girlfriend and she kept saying “can you hear me now”? That is a dead zone most of us are familiar with. There is a much more serious dead zone than having no bars on your cell phone, dead zones in our oceans.

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     Four Ways To Eat Less Meat With A Family

    My family is trying to eat less meat.

    Not because we want to become vegetarian but because we’ve increasingly read about the impact that adopting a more plant-based diet can have on our health. Eating this way is also better for the environment. According to Nature: International Journal of Science, 20 servings of vegetables have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than 1 serving of beef. 

    What if your child is a picky eater, though? A whole-foods, plant-based diet does not include meat, dairy, eggs, or refined products like white flour, refined sugar, and oil, the staples of any kid’s diet, if given the choice.

    Here are a few tips to make meat less of a centerpiece and more of a side dish on your family table, with the support of your kids:

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    Seven GMOS + Glyphosate Fundamentals We All Should Know  (video)

    This is the fourth video from our annual Talk Savvy To Me event where we celebrated our volunteers and shared hot topics from powerful speakers.  We hope you can attend our next Talk Savvy To Me in late 2018.  

    Let's Break It Down: GMO's + Glyphosate: What We Need To Know

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    If You Choose To Eat Meat, Eat Less.

    You’ve been invited to a friend’s barbeque. It’s a beautiful summer afternoon, so you decide to ride over on your bike, feeling pretty good about your environmentally conscious decision to leave the car in the driveway. When you arrive at your friend’s back yard, 7.3 miles away, you sit down and enjoy a hamburger. A delicious quarter-pounder.

    As it turns out, you could have just driven. In greenhouse gas terms, that hamburger is the same as a 7.3 mile ride in the car. 

    Now what?  If you choose to eat meat, eat less.  It's a deeply personal decision, but here are some mighty meaty reasons to choose wisely.

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    5 Questions to Ask When Considering CSA

     

    Did you know the average American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate? This generates a substantial amount of carbon dioxide emissions. 

    When you make an effort to support local farmers by joining a cooperative called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), you are not only significantly reducing the carbon footprint that your food creates, but the community and local economy will be strengthened and food will be traceable.

    This is just one of the many reasons you may want to consider a CSA for your veggies. There are numerous differences among CSAs, so you may want to interview local farmers to find one that will fit the needs of your family.

    Here are some key questions to ask:

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    Navigating Healthy Eating With Our Daughters

    Raising children. No other job provides infinite new challenges that often need immediate attention. Some are easy– like finding a last minute ride to practice. Others have life-long implications. The decisions we make can leave us feeling frightened, vulnerable and skeptical. Am I saying the right things? Are my choices demonstrating the behavior I want my kids to follow? What can I do to teach them how to be strong? How do I keep them safe and healthy? 

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    When Cafeteria Food IS A College Application Factor

    It’s time for lunch at Hampshire Dining Commons, known affectionately by students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst by its nickname “Hamp.” There may be essays to stress over, majors to choose and friends to catch up with later but for now, the most difficult decision for students is choosing whether to fill their stomachs with hand-rolled sushi or vegetarian tacos with fresh guacamole before their next class.

    The secret? Make it crave-able.

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    Thinking About Starting A School Garden?

    Soon after taking a position as Director of Food Services for Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, Brendan Ryan stood in the courtyard of the high school and had an idea. It had recently come to his attention that many students had no idea where food came from; “most suburban youth have no idea how a vegetable grows!” he says.

    Ryan looked out across the nearly two-acre courtyard and envisioned a garden that would not only teach students where their food comes from but highlight the importance and deliciousness of healthy eating.

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    Making Real Food Cool

    This is the first of four videos from our annual Talk Savvy To Me event where we celebrated our volunteers and shared hot topics from powerful speakers.  We hope you can attend our next Talk Savvy To Me in late 2018.  

    Making Real Healthy Food Cool For Kids:

    Donna Morin, M.Ed, is a nutrition and lifestyle coach trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She began her practice after diet and lifestyle changes resolved her own health troubles, but her biggest lesson so far has been recognizing that good, lasting health is about so much more than food.  

    Get ready to go on an amazing learning adventure as Donna makes food cool for kids and us as well.  Watch for the brilliant way Donna uses analogies with a  garden hose, a zoo and a circle of Barbies to bring microbiomes to light.   

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    A Lunchbox Makeover In Three Steps

    By the time your child finishes high school, he or she will have eaten around 2,340 school lunches. That's a lot of baggies and other pieces of plastic thrown in the trash. A more earth friendly lunch is definitely possible, and in the long run it can save you money, too.

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    Have You Tried Bee's Wrap? A Plastic Wrap Alternative

    To be honest, when I heard about Bee’s Wrap, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. A food storage product made of sweet-smelling, honey and cotton?  How does this alternative to plastic wrap work? Did it work? 

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    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: This One Is A Keeper

    In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the Savvy Women's Alliance recommends this book for it's summer chapter Gatherings.

    Envision: you are entering your local chain grocery store. The glass doors slide open and the produce aisle greets you. On your right are avocados from Mexico, bananas from Colombia, and peppers from Israel. You walk further through the market, snatching some rice from Vietnam and beans from India that you plan to throw together into a meal that you will later wash down with Vermont milk.

    Now imagine the items sourced from over 100 miles away vanishing.  Bye-bye Mexican romaine lettuce and beef sourced from Brazilian cows. What would be left in your shopping cart?  Would you panic?   

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    Special Release: Retail Stores Ranked

     

    A first-of-its-kind report just came out ranking and grading our largest retail stores: Who’s Minding the Store? – A Report Card on Retailer Action to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals.”    We are midly surprised at some of the ratings. 

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