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Sometimes a Bottle of Water Isn’t Just a Bottle of Water – Part IV

By: Lee Ann Rush The final two brands of bottled water we will investigate are Nirvana and Poland Spring. In Part III of this series, we saw that Fiji Water is premium-priced artesian water with health benefits perhaps outweighed by

Sometimes a Bottle of Water Isn’t Just a Bottle of Water – Part III

Written by: Lee Ann Rush Last time, we learned that Acadia Natural Spring Water often mirrors the chemical content of tap water from the water treatment facilities where the product was bottled, and that Dasani water is actually tap water

Sometimes a Bottle of Water Isn’t Just a Bottle of Water – Part II

Americans have all sorts of reasons for drinking bottled water: taste, convenience, health and even perhaps just to appear fashionable. The fact, however, is that the various brands of bottled water which many folks consider fungible and purchase based solely

Sometimes a Bottle of Water Isn’t Just a Bottle of Water

Author: Lee Ann Rush It may have been unimaginable even 25 years ago, but today bottled water is an enormous industry both in the United States, where an estimated 50 billion bottles are sold annually, and around the world, including

Monsanto Now Giving Presentations in Public School Classrooms

By: Lee Ann Rush Recently we discussed the benefits of bringing programs that teach basic gardening and ecology into the public schools, and noted that the number of these school-based programs is on the rise across the United States. The

Vermont Sued by Food Behemoths; Ben & Jerry’s to the Rescue!

Author: Lee Ann Rush You may recall that in April of this year, Vermont became the first state in the country to pass legislation requiring that foods containing GMOs be labeled as such. The law, known as Act 120, is

Vermont Sued by Food Behemoths; Ben & Jerry’s to the Rescue!

Author: Lee Ann Rush You may recall that in April of this year, Vermont became the first state in the country to pass legislation requiring that foods containing GMOs be labeled as such. The law, known as Act 120, is

Teach Your Children Well

Written by: Lee Ann Rush As though the skyrocketing numbers of obese children in the United States aren’t enough to wake us up to the need for immediate and dramatic changes to our overall lifestyle in this country, a sobering

Does Gardening Education Have a Place in Our Schools?

I do quite a bit of reading about organic farming, the dangers of pesticides and genetically-modified (GMO) crops, holistic health and natural solutions to everyday problems, such as using vinegar to kill weeds or baking soda and lemon juice as

Now Do You Believe in Global Warming? (Part 2)

Those of us who support the Green movement and conscientiously work toward reducing our own carbon footprints have long understood that the continued proliferation of greenhouse gas emissions from industry, transportation and a myriad of other sources has, slowly but