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Omega Institute Best Mobile Food Apps by Eric Steinman
A World of Food Choices in the Palm of Your Hand
When choosing what to eat, it is safe to say that 90% of the time such choices are not made in front of our computers, scrutinizing the latest analytics about sustainability and pesticide concentrations. No, these choices are more often made on the go, when we are standing in wonder amongst the menus, farm stands, and variety of food options we are to navigate on a daily basis. Thankfully we have that 21st century tool, the smart phone app, that aggregates and delivers information about the food we eat with just a few swipes of our finger. More
Omega Institute Skip the Toxins and Make Healthy Snacks for the Kids
Research has found that children exposed to the chemicals in food packaging are more likely to be obese or develop insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. One study in the journal PLOS ONE, found a link between obesity and Bisphenol-A (BPA), used in everything from metal cans to plastic bottles, while another study, published in the September issue of Pediatr More
Building a Rain Garden
You can build a rain garden in your own yard, just like those near Omega's Main Hall and Dining Hall. A rain garden is planted a little lower in the ground than a normal garden to help catch stormwater. This low-maintenance gardening style adds more plants to your yard, attracts more butterflies and wildlife, and can even help prevent moisture damage to your home. More
Helping Kids Develop a Passion for the Natural World
Environmental knowledge—without heart—is not enough to assure a sustainable future. Ecological consultant and wetland specialist Karen Schneller-McDonald urges us to help kids make an emotional connection with nature by taking them outside. More
(A Valentine)
Joy Harjo is a poet and performer who has written seven books of poetry, including How We Became Human and She Had Some Horses. She is known for drawing together the brutalities of contemporary reservation life with the beauty and sensibility of Native American culture and mythology.   More
A Glimpse Toward Restructured Distribution
Jeremy Rifkin, founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, is one of the world’s leading authorities on economic sustainability. More
Haiku teaches us the power of observation, returns us to nature, and grounds us in the here and now. But as author Sharon A. Bray explains, it also teaches gratitude and can become a spiritual practice. Why not take the time to step outside, take a walk, and find some inspiration right outside your door—in the form of your own haiku. More

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