Articles Tagged “Awareness”

Super Moon

Understanding the Moon: Supermoon Basics

With the devastating events that have occurred in Japan this last week, our celestial bodies have been getting a lot of attention, especially the moon and especially the upcoming extreme “supermoon”, as it has been dubbed by some. First, what is the supermoon? Despite its startling name, one that was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle back in 1979, the supermoon speaks more to the relationship it shares with the Earth than some special attributes or characteristics of the moon itself. The term is meant to explain the phenomenon of “perigee-syzygy”, or a “new or full Moon (syzygy) which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest […]

Is Organic Healthier

Is Organic Food Really Healthier for You? Part I

There has long been a debate about the benefits of organic food, and in some cases, science seems to support both sides. Nevertheless, many advocates for organic food argue it’s better tasting, more nutritional, better on the environment, and ethically more appealing. Opponents argue just the opposite: conventionally grown food is just as nutritional, healthy, delicious, and ethical. Who is right? Well, the answer may surprise you. In the first part of this duet, we’ll listen to the arguments in favor of organic food. Pro – Organic food is Healthier for you First, what is organic? Briefly defined, we can consider organic as something that is grown naturally; that is, […]

Green Ethics

The Ethical Appeal of Organic

Ethics serve as a set of moral standards that guide our decisions between right and wrong. Through them, we develop rules, an understanding of fairness, and a criteria by which to judge our actions and our lives. This notion is found in business, family, and friendship. In addition to that, however, ethics transcend into lifestyle. How ethically do you live, even when it comes down to the food you eat and the clothes you wear? Before be begin to answer this question and more, let’s define ‘organic’ as well. At its most basic level, organic is defined as “of, relating to, or derived from living organisms.” Some might say this […]

Microwaves are dangerous

Microwaves: Carcinogenic Radiation or Simple Convenience?

Chances are you’ve had a microwave in your home. They’re a standard appliance when renting an apartment, and since they are very affordable and convenient, homeowner’s usually don’t think twice about buying one. But perhaps you should give them another thought – just because they’re a common kitchen device that can heat up an organic meal in 3 minutes doesn’t make them a healthy choice. While they may save you some time immediately, the long-term effects could very well cut your time short. Commercial microwaves were developed in the 1950s. They started gaining popularity in homes during the 1970s, and it is now estimated that 90 percent of modern households […]

Diverging pathways

The Dichotomies of Going Green

There are literally hundreds of ways to go “green” in your daily life. In fact, if one were to Google “green tips”, they would surely be bombarded with hundreds upon thousands upon millions, of web pages, each with their own set of cherished “Top 10’s”. By no means is that a bad thing, however; in fact, it’s quite the contrary. As we’ll soon see, these represent parts of a whole – dichotomies that may be imagined. The Body A good starting place to discuss the multitude of these tips can be what many of us focus on the most: our bodies. How does going green factor into this? Well, in […]

Corporate Green Handshake

Greenwashing: What Can Corporate Green do for You?

Green this! Green that! Eco-safe shoes and eco-safe hats! Okay, this sounds ridiculous, right? The environmental movement, with all its deep complexities and moral ground, trivialized to the state a Dr. Seuss-esque jingle. Unfortunately, this is exactly what is going on. Massive industry, both in regards to the agricultural sector and abroad, is eager to pounce on the burgeoning “green” movement. They do it, however, not to promote environmental consciousness, but rather to sell it. While the line separating the two – promoting and selling, that is – is without a doubt blurred, there nevertheless is a distinction to be made. If one is to promote environmentalism and/or the movements […]

GMOs at the grocery store

Disease on the Dinner Plate? How GMOs are Affecting our Health

It’s becoming common knowledge that the United States is the fattest country in the world and among the unhealthiest. Today, for example, nearly one out of every three Americans is obese. It’s chillingly ironic that the most economically powerful country in the world is brought to its knees by unhealthy eating habits and poor lifestyle, and that despite having the largest military establishment, one in four Americans are turned away from service because they are “too heavy.” Today, although many Americans are beginning to raise awareness about obesity and change their lifestyle, the fact remains that chronic illnesses are continuing to grow at an incredible rate, even leading it to […]