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North Carolina Moral Mondays: Playbook for States Suffering from Extremist Agendas

July 10th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Political and social discontent continues to grow in North Carolina as the 10th Moral Monday grew to an estimated 3500 people on July 8th 2013. Moral monday is a movement that is organized by civil rights leaders, faith organizations, education leaders, environmental groups and women's rights advocacy groups who oppose North Carolina's new extremist legislation

10 Tips for a Healthier Diet: Could Eating Unprocessed Foods Improve Your Health?

February 23rd, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Eating a balanced diet that largely consists of plants and fresh whole foods is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your health. Consuming large amounts of processed foods is risky behavior. Eating processed foods have been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune illnesses, atherosclerosis, and many more common sicknesses. If you would like to start feeling better, consider these 10 simple suggestions to help you begin your unprocessed diet

Is Food Chemistry Poisoning America?

February 14th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Although I have been personally steering away from processed foods ever since my grandmother taught me to be wary of any foods that required hazmat suits to produce, I recently viewed a report on food additives that stunned me.

Growing Our Local Food Infrastructure: Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville NC

February 11th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Though it sometimes seems like our evil frankenfood corporate overlords, such as Monsanto and Dow, have completely hi-jacked our food system, many people around the nation are actually creating more sustainable and viable alternatives. A few good folks in Asheville, NC are bringing agriculture back to the people, empowering urbanites to gain more food independence, while learning to grow healthier fresh local food for their own communities

Single Moms Take On Local Food Deserts in Asheville North Carolina

January 31st, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Asheville has recently been in the news for the adoption of its progressive regional Food Action Plan, which addresses food insecurity/security and access issues. It is no surprise that our town is making food security headlines again, this time with the story of two of Asheville's local residents and inspiring sustainable food leaders, Tema Ayanfe Jamison and Olufemi Lewis

Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan

January 27th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

North Carolina's city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure

Video Explains Why Free Access to Contraception is Absolutely Essential

January 22nd, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

The Gates Foundation recently released a video describing why it is so incredibly important for all women to have free access to contraceptives and family planning services. Though the video is specifically talking about the developing world, these health issues are similar here in the United States

Mayor Cory Booker Describes His Journey Learning to Embrace LGBT Equality

January 15th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Newark's Mayor Cory Booker is well known for his forward thinking activism, his devotion to public service and social compassion. This week we learn a bit more about Booker the man in an editorial that appeared in The Stanford Daily. Booker writes about his personal evolution from bigotry to compassionate understanding, as well as his ongoing fight for LGBT civil rights and equality

Mexico City’s Green Revolution

November 30th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

At Ecolocalizer we are always looking for the ways that the spirit of humanity is continually find its way back to nature. I ran across this article today, and was very inspired to read about how the people in Mexico City are bringing green back to a city that has been notoriously dangerous and polluted for decades.

Nation’s First Hemp Constructed House Built in Asheville NC (Video)

November 26th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Although it is currently illegal to grow hemp in the US for any reason, Asheville, NC construction pioneers Push Design and Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty have teamed up to construct the first hemp house in the nation. The home is made of industrial hemp, which is different than marijuana; industrial hemp has many useful industrial qualities and none of the intoxicating drug effect.

Are We Either Red or Blue, or Are We All Just Purple?

November 21st, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Throughout the 2012 election process, I have been continually asking myself - are we as a people just red or just blue? Are we really this polarized? Or perhaps we are just reacting to compelling and effective extremist propaganda machines, and are victims of an obstructionist conspiracy to divide our country

First US Wild Foods and Medicinals Market to Open in Asheville NC

November 5th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Beautiful Asheville, North Carolina is famous for many things, including its bountiful array of diverse foraged edibles and medicinal plants; our region is now taking eating wild one step further by opening the first entirely wild crafting public market in the US. The upcoming weekly market will include vendors selling edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants

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