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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Backyard Chicken Farming Leads to Abandoned Hens post image

“Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can‘t cope, critics say.” While this headline and the story that accompanies it may sound like an article out of the satirical newspaper “The Onion,” they are in fact from the NBC News site and writer JoNel Aleccia. Aleccia writes: “Hundreds of chickens, sometimes dozens at a time, […] Read more

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Green Beans: An Easy Beginner’s Guide to Growing post image

Green Beans: Nutrition Growing Variations Where and When to Plant Differences between Pole and Bush Beans How to Plant Green Beans Green Beans: Care, Watering, Fertilizing Days to Harvest and How to Harvest Bugs and Diseases to Watch Out For Important Points and Extra Tips Green Bean Nutrition: Green Beans (also called snap or string […] Read more

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The Power of Empathy post image

I was always a sensitive kid growing up. My brother called me a “drama queen” and I have to admit I did have a flair for the dramatic. But in truth my sensitivity came, as it does for most children, from the gift of empathy. I felt part of every gentle smile, every sideways glance, […] Read more

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Blueberries: Unexpected Health Benefits post image

We are blessed to live in a world rich with a variety of delicious fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Each plant-based food has its own unique flavor, scent and nutritional profile — made of health giving vitamins and phytochemicals (many of which act as antioxidants). A well-known super food, and one of my favorite fruits, […] Read more

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The Last Fish post image

When I was a child, I was taught that killing fish was supposed to be relaxing. It was a time to bond with family and friends; a game, or rather a sport, called “fishing”.

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Great Reasons to Shop Secondhand post image

I grew up shopping in thrift stores. I remember my mother searching for me as I hid in between clothing racks, her cart piled high with colorful finds and the happy expression on her face when she found both my hiding spot and the perfect outfit for me. I learned during these excursions about the […] Read more

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The True Nature of Human Beings post image

When most people think of nature, their minds fill with soft, clean, green images such as those of a pristine river flowing through a meadow or a lush forest full with life. Our instinctual response to hearing this term is to think of the beautiful, peaceful and vibrant side of nature; to visualize spaces that […] Read more

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Why Vegans Read Labels post image

Have you ever enjoyed a “naturally flavored” berry soda? Did you know that the delicious “natural” berry flavor could actually be made from a beaver’s sex gland secretions? This ingredient is technically called “castoreum”, but few (if any) companies put the proper name on their labels, instead simply calling it a “natural flavor”. Ingredients such […] Read more

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The Story of Stuff post image

The computer I am using to type this story is about seven years old now and has begun to make those deathly “crunching” sounds, as I like to call them, that signal its potential for a sudden demise. What this means is that soon, whether I want to or not, I’ll be buying a new […] Read more

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Veganism or Extinction? post image

Recently The Guardian came out with the headline “Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists”. It appears that leading water scientists are painting a dark picture for our future, entailing catastrophic water shortages unless we as a global community switch “almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years.” It is […] Read more

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