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Coffee Talk: Take it personally

Today I found out that my favorite coffee shop – Beach Bum Café in downtown Honolulu – is closing. Suddenly, all of the problems that we talk about when we discuss ecological economics and sustainability became personal. I found myself angry and upset, because our current economic system is hurting people that I’ve come to know and care about. Beach …

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Going to the Market – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!

While it’s not the first company to offer home delivery of online grocery orders (supermarkets and online food startups have offered this service for several years now), Amazon may be the largest retail giant to do so. Previously only available in its home-base in Seattle, this service has spread to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, and – most recently …

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Localize: Altering the Local Food Movement

In Michael Pollan’s short video, “Why Eat Local”, he highlights three major concepts: the distance food travels from farm to plate has a huge impact on climate change, supporting local farms keeps farmers in business, and buying produce from local sources retains a beautiful farmland landscape instead of building houses and shopping malls. Pollan, an author, activist, and professor of journalism …

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Sustainable Choices: Trouble Deciding? Go Local

Listen to the Story ‘Is it cheap, and is it convenient?’ These are the questions we used to ask ourselves when deciding what to buy? Now, there are a whole bunch more, such as ‘Is it organic, free-range, Fair Trade, eco-friendly, humane, green, Cruelty Free, hormone-free, carbon neutral, sustainable, Bird Friendly, ethically grown, Rainforest Alliance Certified,  bio-friendly, etc., etc., etc.?’ …

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