Our Blog | September 2007

Fair Trade Month!

by: Heather on 09/27/2007
Posted in: Activism

October is Fair Trade Month! Fair Trade is a growing international movement dedicated to ensuring that more of every dollar spent on fair trade certified products such as coffee, cocoa, bananas and tea goes directly to farmers and farm workers. As well as fair labor conditions, Fair Trade also promotes environmental sustainability and community …

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Extreme Weather Hits Home

by: Heather on 09/26/2007
Posted in: New Books

The effects of climate change can include wind storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding, all of which have obvious impacts on buildings. However other consequences of global warming, while less dramatic at first glance, can be equally devastating to our homes. For example, expansive soils which dry out and settle as an area warms can cause …

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Guest Post - Albert Bates

by: Heather on 09/25/2007
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Today we have a guest post from Albert Bates, author of The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook and director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology and the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee. Thanks Albert!

After a busy year teaching natural building and permaculture at The Farm, I am getting ready for my …

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West Coast Green!

by: Heather on 09/24/2007
Posted in: Events

The blog has been quiet for the past few days because we were off displaying New Society books at West Coast Green in San Francisco. I had hoped to post entries from the road, but the show was hopping and we were busy all the time. It was great to see so many of our authors there - Paula Baker-Laporte (Prescriptions for A Healthy House), John …

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One Less Brain

by: Heather on 09/17/2007
Posted in: Activism

US Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters delivered a crushing blow to her own credibility during a PBS appearance on "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer". During the interview Peters claimed that projects like bike paths and trails "are really not transportation" and as such should be excluded from receiving federal transportation dollars from …

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