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Earth Talk: Avoiding harmful food additives

More than 10,000 food additives are approved for use in the U.S., despite potential health implications. Some are “direct additives” deliberately formulated into processed food; others are “indirect,” that is, finding their way into food during processing, storage or packaging.


Earth Talk: Re-using greywater at home

Re-using your greywater may be the only way to keep your lawn and garden healthy without taking more than your fair share of the community’s precious freshwater reserves.


Blue Ridge Parkway prepares for fall travel season

The Blue Ridge Parkway is expecting a robust fall visitor season along the 469-mile linear national park which offers breathtaking scenic beauty and a wide variety of educational and cultural experiences.


Earth Talk: Over-fortified processed foods

Added nutrients in the processed foods we eat could indeed be too much of a good thing, especially for kids.


Earth Talk: Safer and more effective sunscreens

Many of the sunscreens on the market do not provide enough protection from the sun’s damaging rays. Also, some of them contain chemicals that can also cause health problems in their own right.


Earth Talk: Men’s health and the environment

A recently released report (“Men’s Health: What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You”) by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) concludes that environmental exposures may have major negative impacts on men’s health as well, and outlines ways that guys can avoid some of the major risks.


Earth Talk: Weaning ourselves off oil, coal

We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply.


Earth Talk: Keeping polluters out of our neighborhoods

Attending planning & zoning or city council meetings is a first line of defense against letting polluters in. Be prepared by getting meeting agendas in advance and looking for red flags that can be discussed with the powers-that-be in person or at public sessions.


Earth Talk: Fighting hunger by better managing ocean resources

Hunger is a growing problem around the world, in both developing and developed countries. As our population continues to rise, the amount of arable land per capita is declining and climate change is either drying out or flooding many formerly productive agricultural belts, making it more and more difficult to keep up with the growing demand for food.


Earth Talk: Earth Day 2014

This coming April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities.


Earth Talk: Dirty fuels

The term dirty fuels refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and coal, they can be turned into gasoline, diesel and other energy sources that can generate extreme amounts of particulate pollution, carbon emissions and ecosystem destruction during their lifecycles from production to consumption.


Beers and Brews: What Do Young People Want from Staunton?

Like many smaller cities and rural communities, Staunton has long suffered a “brain drain” as our high school graduates leave for college and then don’t come back to live. Instead, they move to big cities where the jobs and attractions are.


Local Food presentation in Staunton Thursday night

“How Staunton Can Become the Local Food Capital of the East Coast” presentation by City Councilman Erik Curren followed by discussion. Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments served. Event set for Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7-8:30 pm.