Monday, January 24, 2011

How to keep Monsanto out of your garden (and digestive3 system)

Monsanto has been voted the world's evilest company, and I don't have time to go over all the reasons why, but basically they are trying to own the food supply, and their genetically modified plants, some of which have inbred pesticides...well, might be producing pesticide inside your body--oops!

Their seeds are EVERYWHERE since they go around and guy up all the seed companies, so stuff you might be buying from Burpee's and other cute sounding seed suppliers might be Monsanto.  Here's a great post from our friends at Treehugger about how to keep the stuff out of your garden:

veggarden.jpgPhoto Credit: Alexa Sky.
There are plenty of good reasons to avoid Monsanto: Roundup, genetically-engineered beets, corn, and other crops, the fact that they sue farmers after their seeds (a monopoly of their own) contaminate the farmers' own fields, Agent Orange....we could go on and on.
What some people may not realize is that Monsanto also now owns approximately 40% of the home garden vegetable seed market -- making them the largest seed company in the world.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Win a totally cool Eco-Tensil Gift Basket

How do YOU zero-in on zero-waste!?

Eco-idea competition offers eco-gift basket worth $200!
In 2011, would you like to see a world moving towards zero waste?  EcoTensil, the company that created the world’s most eco-friendly single-use spoons, invites you to share your favorite ideas to zero in on zero-waste in your life, and inspire the rest of us!

Share a unique way you are reducing, recycling, reusing or rounding up others to do the same! Do you lead by example? How are you reducing the impact of your trash to create for a greener world for yourself and the next generations?
  • At home
  • At the grocery store
  • In the office
  • At the coffee shop
  • On the internet
  • At school…

EcoTensil wants to hear from you!

• We make a bunch of “suggestion-box” cards at once, efficiently on the computer (using the back of already-been-printed paper), suggesting a greener approach we would like to see stores make. Every time I go to a store, I slip one in the suggestion box! My favorite suggestion, of course, is every store should use EcoTasters, which are 100% compostable, recyclable, FSC certified renewable, and simply use a lot less material to begin with!
~~ Peggy, EcoTensil, Larkspur, CA (darn! too bad we’re not eligible to win the prize!)

Whether heroic or mundane, the impact of our actions add up.  Send us the most innovative and inspiring solution for minimizing your trash impact and win your very own Zeroing in on Zero Waste Kit, market value: $200, value to the earth: priceless.

The Zero Waste Kit includes:
  • 1 gallon compost pail with filters
  • Verterra Compostable Square Plates
  • Preserve To-Go cups
  • 2-tier Recycled Cotton Carrier Bag
  • Water Bottle Sling with ChopStick Holder
  • Simply Gorgeous green chico bag
  • “How to Make and Use Compost” book

 Second place is awarded a To-Go-Ware lunch kit!

To enter, like us on Facebook and post your suggestion on our wall.  Get your audience to participate by posting the contest on your site. If the winner heard about the contest on your site, you will both win the prize! We’ll do a drawing from the top ten ideas.

The contest will run through January and winners will be announced in February.