DON’T HAVE A COW: How Bad is Beef?

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“All animals are equal,” Orwell’s pigs proclaim in the novel Animal Farm, “but some animals are more equal than others.” I’ve always loved this quote and the round-about ways the pigs describe their own special status. But lately while researching the myriad problems around beef, I’ve thought about this quote again and again. Meats are often seen as interchangeable when we […]

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#GreenFest Business Snapshot: JUST Designs

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Company Name: JUST Designs Mission: We’re a non-profit and in addition to paying the artisans a living wage, we have health, nutrition and finance programs in the villages we work with. We’re also Fair Trade certified. Bestseller: The hand-made bags ($30) are very popular. Personal favorite: We love the vests ($55)! We love seeing traditional textiles meet modern designs. Favorite thing about Green […]

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#GreenFest Business Snapshot: Upcycle Joy

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Company Name: Upcycle Joy Bestseller: The scarves with ties and suspenders appliqued onto them ($45 – $55). How did you get started? I’ve always been a thrift shopper. Then I learned to sew and started changing my outfits. Friends asked me, ‘why don’t you sell these things?’ Personal favorite: I’ve just started making photo scarves — I’m going to start selling them soon. […]

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Domestic Work is Real Work

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Did you know there is a whole sector of American workers who do not have the right to organize, to overtime pay, or legal protection from workplace discrimination and harassment? Domestic workers, such as those providing care for children and the elderly, are actually exempt from a large number of the employment rights many Americans take for granted. Excluded from the Fair […]

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Buying Sweatshop-Free in the USA

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In the last issue of the Green American, we looked at labor abuses in the US. We’d found that the Made in the USA label doesn’t necessarily mean the product was made under decent (or even legal) working conditions. US workers are often subjected to sweatshop-like conditions, sexual violence, prison-like working conditions, and other forms of exploitation. Fortunately, there are […]

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