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Colleges Lead the Way

The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (‘LVAIC’) held its third valley-wide Campus Sustainability Conference in February. Keynote speaker Shana S. Weber, who directs the Office of Sustainability at Princeton University, kicked off the day with a talk on the … more

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Local Economic Systems

by Rich Fegley It is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate. If our food is grown that far from where we live, it is safe to assume that a fair … more

Posted in Farmers, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Local Food, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Growing, Voices of the Valley |

Farms and Food Security: How Saving Excess Food Can Help Food Security

by Jennifer Giovanniello Food insecurity is a complex problem, and it is just as connected to environmental issues as it is to social ones. Many lower-income sections of cities are food deserts, and certain areas in Easton are no exception. … more

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The Environmental Perils of Consumerism

by Emma Stierhoff Consumerism […] encourages both increased consumption and increased waste, resulting in environmental destruction. It was not until I began identifying as an environmentalist in high school that I started to question the constant pressure to buy more … more

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The Cycle of Discarding

by Briana VanBuskirk We’re stuck in a cycle that fosters the creation, use, and discarding of materials without any consideration for the environment, animal rights, or human rights. Why is this? It’s no secret that financial gain is the core … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Community Gardening, Composting, CSA - Community Supported Ag, Domain: school districts, Education for Sustainability, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Healthcare system, Local Food, School Food, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley, Waste |

Fair Trade links & resources

Reliable sources for information on authentic Fair Trade NEW The History of Fair Trade Buying and Selling– Good recap of the history & principles of Fair Trade, plus several valuable links for more information. [January 2018] Reports & News Stories: … more

Posted in Economic Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Human Rights, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Workers' Rights |

Growing and Cultivating Successful New Farmers

by Heidi Secord & Gary Bloss In a recent discussion with experienced direct market farmers we asked ourselves how we and the communities we serve can encourage the next generation of farmers; and how new and beginner farmers can identify … more

Posted in Farmers, Farmland Preservation, Food for Health, Local Businesses, Local Food, Rethinking…, Sustainable Growing, Voices of the Valley |

Earth Day 2016: An Experience at Muhlenberg College

by Molly Majewicz This year on Friday, April 22nd, the day was overcast and humid, but the predicted chance of rain didn’t deter many passionate Muhlenberg students and community members from creating a sustainability-centered fair, of sorts. On-campus groups like … more

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The Real Cost of Food

By Stephanie Bennett For many of us, the food that is on our plate is so far from what our ancestors consumed a century ago. Fortunately, the sustainable food movement has been growing and consumers have been incorporating more organic, … more

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Healthy School Food

In addition to meeting the nutrition requirements of the USDA, school food should also follow the ‘first principle of care’, which is to do no harm. We believe this requires food that is raised without the use of synthetic chemical … more

Posted in Childhood obesity, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Local Food, Local Health Issues, School Food, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing |