The 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides targeting which organic items you should buy and which are OK to skip. Although organic and Fairtrade produce are more popular than ever, some consumers are starting to question the honesty of organic produce and worthiness of Fairtrade.
Municipal leaders from San Francisco to Melbourne are engaging in sustainability actions from banning plastic bags and bottled water to making commitments to address climate change. But within and beyond cities, growing numbers of local communities are also going green...
This Mother's Day, more than 50 million flowers and plants will be purchased as gifts for mothers, wives and daughters across the United States, and an increasing percentage of these will be certified as sustainably grown. "In the years since we first began certifying sustainably grown flowers and plants under the Veriflora standard, consumers have become increasingly aware that their choices matter," said Linda Brown, Executive Vice President of Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), the third-party certification agency that administers the Veriflora® Sustainably Grown Certification program .
A community garden created at the instigation of two dynamic Mercy Sisters. In April 2006, Srs. Assumpta Butler and Mary Kate Hagan, began a small ecological initiative at ‘Glor na Mara’ in Bundoran, Co. Donegal.
Both women were motivated by a desire to provide a means of “reskilling the local population, of sowing the seeds of a local, sustainable economy”, of educating people regarding the planet’s dwindling resources as well as restoring people’s connection to the natural world around them.