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The Rocket Stove: Fueling Health and Opportunity in Kenya

Wood-burning cook stoves may not be the sexiest pieces of technology, but they can be literal life savers in the developing world: the World Health Organization estimates that the pollution caused by indoor cooking over open fires kills 1.6 million people every year. They’re also economically and environmentally beneficial: because well-designed stoves burn wood more […]

September 7th

Is Krill Oil Your New Best Source for Omega-3s?

What’s that smell?  Another slightly fishy health fad, of course!  Krill oil capsules are becoming a popular alternative to fish oil, but questions remain: are they really better?  And is it sustainable?  Well, I’ll share what I’ve found and leave the rest up to you. In terms of health benefits, krill oil is claimed to […]

August 29th

Bicycling: The Present, and the Future (infographic)

We’re big fans of bicycling here at sustainablog: from the large scale economic and community impact, to smaller efforts that promote cycling and even incorporate it into unlikely activities. So when our friends at WellHome published this infographic yesterday on the present and future of bicycling, we had to share. How big is cycling now […]

Fresh or Frozen Vegetables and Fruits: Which One's Better?

As a gardner, I have certain assumptions about food. Fresh is always better; however,  I do freeze for winter.  Recently, a friend shared that frozen food was actually more flavorful and nutritious than fresh food available in the grocery store.  This threw me for a loop: I always thought “frozen fresh” was an oxymoron, but the […]

August 16th

Biodiversity: a Metaguide

Of all the environmental challenges currently facing us, biodiversity loss probably gets the least amount of broad attention… likely because its also one of the toughest to wrap our heads around (yep, even more than climate change). As biodiversity is key to maintaining healthy ecosystems, and life on Earth period, it’s also one of the […]

Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in China

By Janet Larsen Cancer is now the leading cause of death in China. Chinese Ministry of Health data implicate cancer in close to a quarter of all deaths countrywide. As is common with many countries as they industrialize, the usual plagues of poverty — infectious diseases and high infant mortality — have given way to […]

Tuna Truths: The Pros and Cons of Canned Tuna

Growing up in South Dakota, I thought there were two kinds of fish. Trout and tuna. Trout were flappy and fun to catch, with beautiful rainbow-colored skin that my mom always complained about removing. They were in bountiful supply in the lake by my uncle’s mountain cabin. Conversely, tuna were small and round, with steel […]

March 21st

How To Make Delicious Fermented Garlic

Fermentation is a great way to take ordinary foods and make them even more delectable, and nutritious. Common fermentation favorites include foods like sauerkraut, pickles, cheeses, sourdough bread, and many more. Almost every food has its fermented counterpart, and garlic is no exception. Here’s a simple way to make delicious fermented garlic with nothing more […]

February 14th

Keep Houseplants To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Unfortunately, many conventional homes, office spaces, and all sorts of everyday indoor environments are making us sick, resulting in asthma, allergies, and other illnesses, all due to poor indoor air quality. Synthetic building materials, carpeting, paints, cleaning products, mattresses — dozens of seemingly innocuous substances and objects can emit formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and a […]

December 14th

That Free Thanksgiving Turkey isn’t Free

As Thanksgiving, aka “Turkey Day” to most Americans, draws near once again, supermarkets across the country are offering free turkeys as holiday promotions. The deal, of course, is that when you spend X dollars in the store, you get a free turkey to feed your family on Thanksgiving day. This enticement not being enough, the […]

November 11th