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Food Choices to Slow Global Warming

By George Eisman, RD

Human-induced climate change, most commonly known of as “global warming,” has been getting caring people the world over to contemplate what they can do individually to help stop this trend.

When it comes to diet, there are (at least) three characteristics of foods that you may choose to purchase that have powerful ramifications for climate change.

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The Straight Poop on Kitty Litter

By Kristie Snyder,
Marketing Assistant

Tom Shelley has five cats. He’s also very interested in sustainability issues, and trying to reduce household expenses in preparation for retirement, so he was shocked to find that he was spending $400 a year on disposal of cat litter – 50 to 60 pounds a week, heading straight to the landfill. (He estimated this to be 80 percent of his household’s non-recyclable waste.)

Shelley knew there had to be a better way. According to Judd Alexander, in his 1993 book In Defense of Garbage, over two million tons of cat litter ends up in landfills annually. And most of it is made of bentonite clay, a non-renewable, non-biodegradable product strip-mined from the earth for the sole purpose of being, well, pooped in. Shelley began researching compostable litters.

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Choose to Eat

By Joe Romano,
Marketing Manager


What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.

 -Albert Einstein


Eating is a choice. We don’t have to eat. Sometimes people choose not to. Striking prisoners, for example, make the choice not to eat, as do some people protesting wars. While not eating is generally believed to significantly shorten one’s life expectancy, people choose other activities that shorten their lives every day. So, let’s begin with the premise that all eating is a choice. In some ways, it is one of our most personal and private choices. Thinking of every bite we ingest as a choice is an exercise in empowerment. It frees us from the mental chains that accompany so much of our thinking around food.

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New in Grocery

Keep it Cool with Great Local Products

Adam Morris,
Grocery Manager

celias-ice-popsOrganic pizza in great new flavors? Yes, please! And check out local dryer balls and applesauce from two area farms.

Have you found Hudson Valley Flat Bread pizzas (83 percent or more organic) in our freezers? Look again: they're there at a lower price and in several new flavors (Roasted Goat cheese, anyone?). Next, from Fibers N Creations of Willseyville, NY, we've got dryer balls made from local hand-felted wool, an all-natural way to soften laundry and decrease drying time. (Lace them with drops of essential oil!) Think local for applesauce, too. We've just added one from Crooked Carrot Farms, straight outta Danby, made from a delicious mix of apple varieties and packed in a handsome 24-oz. jar. Then there's Black Diamond Farm applesauce from Trumansburg, which includes homegrown heirloom apples. Their pint-sized option has a great texture, and no sugar. In the sweetness department, we've added Madugno A4 maple syrup, family made and family run, from Deposit, NY. GreenStar is their first retailer outside of their own farm stand! Finally, beat Ithaca heat with an Ithaca innovation: Celia's Ice Pops come in awesome flavors (apple cider rosemary!).

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