By Kristie Snyder,
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.
By Joe Romano,
What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.
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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It's not too early to start grilling — try some local pork, or meatless Gardein products. We've got all the fixin's.
It's never too early to start grilling! Try local, heritage-breed, pasture-raised, and 100-percent organic-grain-fed pork products from Hog Wild Farm for great barbecue fare! Throw those pork chops or hot dogs on your grill and fire it up with Woodstock all-natural hardwood lump charcoal. Try some Silver Hill hot-dog buns or Udi's gluten-free options. Woodstock supplies the grillin' fixin's: organic mustard and ketchup (part of our low-cost BASICS program!), and organic pickles and relish. You can also create a vegetarian barbecue from the exciting array of Gardein meatless products in the freezer. Be sure to try the new black bean burger. Round out your meal with a crisp, cold, regionally brewed Narragansett lager — the Pabst Blue Ribbon of New England and the perfect complement to springtime grilling! Not local enough for you? How about a bottle of Utica Club, the Pabst of upstate NY? Another easy sipping lager on hand here at the Co-op!