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KICKING THE MEAT HABIT

McDonald’s beware, the Great American Meatout is March 20th! Across the country, display tables, receptions, food samplings and festivals will alert Americans in thousands of communities to the health and environmental benefits of a meatless diet. Participants “pledge to kick the meat habit and explore a more wholesome, less violent diet,” and eat meat-free for 24 hours. Over 30 million Americans have experimented with a vegetarian diet, and the Meatout has grown since 1985 to become America’s largest grassroots dietary education campaign.

CONTACT

Farm Animal Reform Movement
Box 30654
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel. (800) MEAT-OUT
URL: http://www.farmusa.org.

—Christine Thomas


BUTTERFLY HAVEN

It just wouldn’t be spring without ribbons of butterflies gracing newly-emerged flowers. To attract these fluttering jewels, The Butterfly Gardener’s Quarterly ($8 a year) has a wealth of tips for every season. Articles touch on everything from creating a more butterfly-friendly yard, to using plants to attract different butterfly species. The newsletter also provides information on recently released butterfly videos and books, regional events, and details on hibernation boxes.

CONTACT

Butterfly Gardener’s Quarterly
PO Box 30931
Seattle, WA 98103,
tel. (206) 783-3924

—C.T


Healing House

CAN HOUSES HEAL?

Barbara Bannon Harwood’s The Healing House describes how the layout and design of one’s home can heal physically and emotionally, giving residents a sense of peace, comfort and good health. From passive solar additions, to natural lighting and the triggers of chemical allergies, The Healing House informs readers how to build a home from the ground up that is in synch with the environment and with their lifestyle. Available for $12.95 in bookstores nationwide.

CONTACT
Hay House, Inc.
PO Box 5100
Carlsbad, CA
92018-5100
tel. (800) 654-5126
URL: http://www.hayhouse.com.

—C.T.


A HUMMER OF AN IDEA

Hummers Photo

In the outback of Texas lives a community of people called the Hummers, who are committed to providing Earth-friendly products. Hummer EarthCrafts offers hand-thrown stoneware pottery, hand-blown glass and wood crafts made from gathered wood. So far, the Hummers have crafted 85,000 pieces without cutting a living tree (using native, dead wood or naturally-fallen trees) and represent over 120 other green companies as a distributor.

CONTACT

Their “never-ending catalog” made up of
loose leaf sections on 10 subjects, from
natural pet care to energy conservation,
is available from:

The Hummers, Inc.
Reagan Wells Canyon
HCR 32, Suite122
Uvalde, TX 78801
Tel. (830) 232-6167

—C.T.


URBAN EDENS

H. Patricia Hynes’ A Patch of Eden: America’s Inner-City Gardeners offers hope for urban renewal, while showing how important community garden ventures are to its inner-city residents. Neighborhood gardens cool smog-heated air, alleviate noise from traffic and factories, collect rainwater and provide habitat for songbirds and wildlife, while offering small tracts of nature to those who rarely experience it. With each book sale, a donation is made to organizations which support youth gardening in America.

A Patch of Eden

CONTACT

Available for $18.95 from your local
bookstore or $22.95 postpaid from:
Chelsea Green Publishing
10 Water Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Tel. (800) 639-4099
URL: http://www.chelseagreen.com.

—C.T.


BIRDING AROUND

Bird-watching skills not up to snuff? The National Audubon Society’s Concise Birdfeeder Handbook and IDG Books’ Bird Watching for Dummies are here to help. With sections on feeders, nesting boxes, creating a bird garden, and feeding habits according to season and region, Audubon’s guide, written by zoologist Robert Burton, is suited especially for backyard enthusiasts. The pocket-sized book features over 80 pages of bird profiles, and is available for $8.95 in bookstores nationwide or $11.95 postpaid from DK Publishing.

If you’re interested in becoming one of America’s more than 85 million bird-watchers, but want to know the basics first, Bird Watching for Dummies is for you. Bill Thompson, III and the editors of Bird Watcher’s Digest have paired up to explain how to identify, feed and house backyard birds. Sections on birding gear, field sketching, birding hotspots and “Birdy Words” (lingo that’ll have you sounding like a pro) accompany information on bird clubs, field trips and bird festivals nationwide. This addition to the “Dummies” series is available in bookstores nationwide for $19.99, or $24.49 postpaid from the publisher.

CONTACT
DK Publishing
1224 Heil Quaker Boulevard,
LaVergne, TN 37086
Tel. (888) 342-5357
URL: http://www.dk.com

IDG Books
919 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Suite 400
Foster City, CA 94404
Tel. (800) 762-2974
URL: http://www.idgbooks.com

—Christine Thomas and Jennifer English


FIGHTING BACKYARD DUMPERS

The lower-middle-class town of Woburn, Massachusetts watched its children develop leukemia at an alarming rate due to chronic toxic contamination of the town’s drinking water. Woburn’s courageous efforts in fighting unresponsive corporate polluters and government officials are told in No Safe Place, written by Phil Brown and Edwin J. Mikkelsen. Offering guidance on how anyone can, with the support of community and political action, make communities safer, the book also warns readers of the costs of our increasingly toxic world.

Available for $16.95 in bookstores nationwide from:
University of California Press
(URL: http://www-ucpress.berkeley.edu),
or $20.70 postpaid by calling:
Tel. (800) 822-6657.

—C.T.


SUN DOG SHINE

Ever look at conventional shampoo labels? They read like long lists of allergic triggers and toxins, including formaldehyde, artificial colors and sulfates, whose long-term use could pose health problems. If you’re chemically-sensitive, or just want more natural personal care, try Sun Dog’s line of hemp-based body care products. Featuring shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, hand cakes and soaps, Sun Dog uses hemp and other essential oils (like peppermint, lemon and orange), aloe vera, rosemary and lavender, to clean and add luster to hair and skin. Using recycled labels and packaging, the line retails in health food stores from $2.69 to $7.29.