This week, during a recent session debating the state of voting rights in our nation, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments, as well as some rather Jim Crow-esque comments from Justice Scalia, .
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.