Friday, 08 February 2013 16:27
By Joe Romano,
The more we pour the big machines, the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and chemicals into farming, the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place.
— David R. Brower, founder of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth
For most Americans, February is the month of the heart and February 14th, in particular, is the day we express our love for one another by purchasing over a billion dollars' worth of candy and over five billion dollars' worth of cut flowers, mostly roses. But just where is the love in those gifts?
The vast majority of the candy sold is non-fair trade chocolate, made with high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars. These sugars make up well over half of the weight of a conventional chocolate bar. And if 300 calories in a 60 gram bar weren't bad enough, over half of those calories show up in the form of fat.
"It's a holiday!" "What about the antioxidants?" "Studies show that dark chocolate is good for you!" "Why do you have to be such a jerk?"
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 22:48
By Lisa Marsella,
If you're curious about a particular alternative healing modality but don't have time for a one- or one-and-a-half-hour class, or if you've considered trying something new but want to meet and speak with a practitioner first to ask questions and voice concerns, then "The Practitioner Is In" is the program for you.
As the Wellness Manager at GreenStar, I am privileged to speak daily with many community members who are taking responsibility for their own individual health and wellness. The drive toward organic, natural foods and herbs and supplements is happening worldwide and these products are quickly becoming the norm. For whatever reasons, people are feeling empowered to research, learn, and try new diets and remedies outside of what has been the mainstream Western way. All of this has whetted the appetite of our own community and created a hunger for knowledge of natural alternatives for supporting health. With the internet, a vast source of information is available to all, but it's sometimes overwhelming to sift through the information to find definitive answers. Often, people want to talk to another human being, to be heard and seen face to face, to share experiences and information.
At GreenStar we have been offering classes taught by community members to other community members for almost twenty years! Some of these are part of a series of classes titled "Meet the Practitioner," which are taught by local health-care practitioners. Now, in response to growing interest in alternative health practices, we have created a new program called "The Practitioner Is In." This new program will take interaction with local health practitioners to the next level, allowing community members to have one-on-one discussions with them.
Friday, 30 November 2012 16:00
By Priscilla Timberlake
What constitutes a great life? Having named our recently self-published book The Great Life Cookbook makes this question a particularly engaging inquiry for me. Let us explore this together.
May I be happy. May I be peaceful. May I be healthy. May I be free.
These blessings, offered to oneself and then to others, are one expression of a Buddhist loving-kindness meditation practiced for thousands of years. I believe these simple good wishes illuminate the essential components of a great life.
The first wish is for happiness. Community, family, friends, human-to-human contact — all can be a gratifying source of happiness. For eons people have gathered to share meals together. For this reason, and the contentment that comes from serving others, Lewis and I began cooking healthful community meals in our home many years ago. How healing it is to be in the presence of others, reminding us of our essential wholeness, while eating nutritious, delicious, environmentally friendly food!
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New in Wellness
Visit the GreenStar Bazaar for your gift-giving needs — from stocking-stuffers to bigger items, we have a great selection.
Snowy, wintry December has arrived, so get ready for the season of gifting! We're excited to introduce the GreenStar Bazaar, located at the West-End store, hearkening back to the quaint holiday market times of yore — ah, but with a Fair Trade, progressive twist. Looking for a quick host/hostess gift? We've got gorgeous maple trivets, organic cotton napkin sets, and a variety of adorable ornaments from Peru and Nepal. Shopping for the wee ones? Come play with our toys: musical instruments, toddler-friendly jigsaw puzzles, boomerangs, log cabin sets, and DIY project kits. Those with teens in their lives may want to check out our selection of beautiful and radical posters from Syracuse Cultural Workers, funky organic socks from Pact Apparel, and notepads and journals from Sri Lanka made from (no, really) elephant dung fiber (and they're awesome!). See you at the Bazaar!
By Kristie Snyder,
In April, “going green” is on all of our minds as we prepare to celebrate the 39th annual Earth Day, mindful of the urgent threats of climate change and the challenges we face in creating a sustainable society. Being “green” is a central part of what GreenStar is all about — it’s right there in our name — and we’ve long used the color green to express who we are, a tradition continued with our new logo.
Part of GreenStar’s mission statement is “exercising ecologi...