When grit wins

When grit wins

Over the past year I’ve been on a mission to do things that are scary. Things that are teeth-rattlingly scary. Perhaps it was thanks to a wine-fueled evening with a friend, but somehow I came to understand that in order to grow I had to do scary stuff—activities that would spur my inner psyche into trepidation, to stall, pause, and make excuses to retreat into the turtle shell of my personality ...

Q&A: Salty Girl Seafood on traceability

What do you get when you combine two marine scientists gifted with business savvy? You get Salty Girl Seafood, a newly launched brand founded by Norah Eddy and Laura Johnson, based in Santa Barbara, California, dedicated to bringing transparency and traceability to the fish industry ...

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Campbell's will start labeling GMOs—here’s why this is a really, really good thing

The natural industry celebrated this morning when news of Campbell Soup Co.'s commitment to label GMOs across its brand portfolio hit the wire.

Organizations ranging from the Environmental Working Group to Just Label It applauded the decision, both citing that consumers deserve information about their food, and that Campbell’s initiative will lay the foundation for a national labeling law. “Consumers simply want a factual disclosure on the package, not a warning, and we are hopeful that Congress can craft a national GMO labeling solution in the coming months,” said Just Label It in a statement ...

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We have a plastic problem

Houston, we have a plastic problem. And it’s a global one, at that.

For the past few days, I’ve been traveling through Singapore, reportedly one of the cleanest city-states in Southeast Asia. Nearly every public bathroom has a meter on the wall where users can rate how clean they think the bathroom is. Public places seem spotless. Spitting your gum out onto the street is illegal. In the main city center, trash is rarely found on the concrete ...

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How giving Nepalis the gift of clean cooking helps save lives

The Himalayan Stove Project is one of those organizations that mediates a need most westerners don’t even know is an issue. Sure, we hear about world tragedies on the news: poverty, war and natural disasters. These are noteworthy, pressing problems in need of media attention and aid. But it’s rare that a nonprofit has the intelligence to not only address a dire problem (a problem that wouldn’t be on the radar of any #firstworldproblem twitterer), but also to offer a perfect, tried-and-true solution ...

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