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Pet Peeve

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Author: the Inkslinger

It's been six years, and the FDA is now so thoroughly vexed by the mysterious Case of the Junky Jerky, it's asking the public to help finger the perp. But solved or not, this hairy whodunit has already put a troubling truth about pet food on trial.

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Digital Clippings: Undead Toxins, Off-key Songs, and Other News

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Author: the Inkslinger

This morning I woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head, and confronted yet another in-basket full of environews and ecoviews that doesn't quite make the blogging grade but would be a shame to toss without at least an honorable mention. Let's catch up...

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Recipes We Love: Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash

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Author: Seventh Generation

If a vegetable can be described as "cute," then sweet dumpling squash are every bit as adorable as their name. Available throughout the autumn months, sweet dumpling squash is a relatively small winter variety whose size makes them perfect for stuffing and roasting. Cut one open, and you'll find bright-orange flesh similar to that of a sweet potato but not as firm or dense.

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7 Reasons I Turn to Friends Without Kids for Parenting Advice

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Author: Liz Moorhead

Since having a kid, I find that I need advice. A lot. Rarely a week goes by without a, "What are these pink spots?" or "Why isn't he eating dinner?" or "Is it really normal that he sneaks into the kitchen to eat banana bread at 5am?" Though I have plenty of friends with kids, I've noticed that I've been turning to my child-free friends for advice first. Counterintuitive? Crazy?

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Imagine If Your Kids Were The First Toxin-Free Generation

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Author: Seventh Generation

Our kids are up against a world of toxins. At Seventh Generation, we've been working passionately for years to eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals that harm human health by supporting sound state and federal toxics control legislation.

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Sharing Our Local Bounty

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Author: Seventh Generation

What happens when you bring together Seventh Generation employees, a bounty of fresh-from-the-farm produce, and one amazing local chef? You get one incredible lunch!

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Why Does My Dishwasher Smell?

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Author: Seventh Generation

Emptying the dishwasher and finding dishes with a foul (often described as "fishy") odor isn't all that uncommon. If you've never had the problem before, the logical reaction is to blame it on whatever automatic dishwashing product you're using.

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Food Waste Is Food for Thought

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Author: the Inkslinger

It's practically a rite of American dinnertime passage for kids to have their parents lecture them about wasting food. But the Natural Resources Defense Council says these conversations may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

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What's Tipping the Scales on Obesity?

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Author: the Inkslinger

We can debate a lot of things, but obesity rates aren't one of them. As a nation, we are heavily trending toward fatter and more so. In the opinion of most, it's what happens when you frequently choose unhealthy foods. But is it all about personal responsibility? Or is something out there packing on our pounds for us?

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Halloween Costumes That Won't Frighten the Planet

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Author: the Inkslinger

The surest sign that autumn is knocking at the gate comes each year in the dying light of late September. Over a dinner plate filled with garden finality, my daughter will invariably look up out of the blue and ask in sudden panic, "Hey! What am I going to be for Halloween?"

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