I’m passionate about the environment, sustainable living, nature and health, and write on these topics exclusively. The best writing happens when the writer ‘lives and breathes’ the topic they write about.

sunrise over Lake Huron at Oscoda, June 2017

Research shows link between climate change and decreasing nutrients


While most of the news on food and climate change is focused on decreasing yields, research shows a link between rising carbon dioxide and decreasing nutrients. A nutrient-dense diet is necessary for optimum health—to sustain energy, strength, and a strong immune system to fight disease.

“Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science” by Carey Gillam 

Review by Susan Poirier

Anyone concerned about food safety will gain invaluable perspective of the ubiquitous use of Roundup and its impact on our food, public health, and environment in Whitewash—The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science. Author Carey Gillam is an investigative journalist and research director of the consumer group U.S. Right To Know and a former senior correspondent for Reuters.

DDT — banned long ago, 

but far from gone

We think of the danger of DDT in the past tense since it was banned long ago. But DDT is persistent and is still being detected in food. When I read the recent news that residues of DDT were found on 40% of spinach samples, it hit home. I eat spinach several days a week, almost always organic. But what about restaurants, prepared foods, juices and smoothies purchased away from home and on-the-go?

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore hiking, May 2018

Green heron on Tawas Point peninsula, May 2017

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