The science and value of eating organic

first_imgThink a family on a budget can’t eat all organic all the time? Think again. With proper planning and preparation, families of four can enjoy three organic meals every day for less than’ $25, according to tips and recipe suggestions offered by theOrganic Trade Association’ (OTA), the leading voice for organic trade in’ the United States.And, according to’ The Organic Center, the trusted source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming, families who eat all organic on a budget can also enjoy the full nutritious, sustainable benefits that organic diets offer and the integrity and reliability the USDA Organic seal provides.”Organic food sales are increasing by double digits annually, and more than 80 percent of parents reported buying organic food for their families last year,” said’ Laura Batcha, Interim Co-Executive Director for OTA. “While there’s great momentum for organic sales, the overwhelming reason people give for’ notpurchasing organic is because it’s too expensive. But there are many ways families can enjoy all-organic meals every day for about the same cost as conventionally produced food.”Seven tips for making organic food more affordable:Buy in bulk. A mantra for all food purchases, but nowhere will the value be greater than with organic.Buy in season, then store for the off season.’ Organic produce is more affordable while in season, and holds its full nutritional benefits when frozen or stored for enjoying when not in season.Plan for the month, not just the week.’ By planning meals as far out as possible, you can curb your costs by finding multiple ways to incorporate organic spices, oils, nuts, dried beans, flour/grain, frozen produce and other ingredients many times over the month.Explore private label ingredients,’ which have gone through the same rigorous USDA organic certification procedures as name brand organic products, and are often even less expensive than their conventional products.Join buyers’ clubs and loyalty programs.’ Many buyers’ clubs ship organic food wholesale to doorsteps’and many organic food producers and retailers’ websites and social outlets feature frequent coupons, offers and other incentives. Also, joining organic farm CSAs not only saves you money, but directly supports your local economy.Shop at two destinations.’ With organic food available at most grocers, consumers now have the opportunity to comparison shop at multiple locations to keep their prices down. One strategy could be purchasing fresh produce at organic-focused markets, and packaged, canned and shelf-stable items at larger discount retailers.Go by/buy the books.’ For extra inspiration, discover helpful cookbooks with recipes and ideas for organic on a budget, such as the newly released’ The Essential Good Food Guide’ by’ Margaret Wittenberg’ and’ Wildly Affordable Organic’ by’ Linda Watson.Organic ‘ It’s Worth It for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner’ Families of four can enjoy all organic on budgets of’ $25/day or less, and still reap organic’s full nutritional and sustainable benefits.’ To show yo’ u’ how, OTA offers menu ideas for all-organic breakfast, lunch and dinner, while The Organic Center highlights their scientific benefits*.BREAKFAST: Organic Strawberry-Oatmeal-Yogurt Muffins’ Families can bake and enjoy a dozen heart healthy fresh muffins every morning for’ $3.55. According to The Organic Center, organic strawberries have higher Vitamin C and phenol levels than conventional strawberries. And, the organic oats prohibit the use of herbicide 2,4’D, which has been linked to an increased risk in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.LUNCH: Organic White Bean-Tomato-Spinach Soup’ This lunch is not only warm and filling for your family, but also sustainable for the planet’all for’ $7.06. Recent studies have found the organic spinach in this soup has higher levels of ascorbic acid and flavonoids’and lower nitrate levels. Meanwhile, organic celery is grown without the use of organophosphate insecticides such as malathion’linked to developmental problems.DINNER: Organic Chicken Tamale Pie’ A delicious dinner for about’ $12.19’ that just may leave you with leftovers for the next day, Organic Chicken Tamale Pies are also delicious for what they don’t include. Organic bean production prohibits insecticides and fungicides, organic dairy avoids exposure to growth hormones, and organic chicken has lower rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventional poultry.*Contact’ The Organic Center’ for sources to this research.The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in’ North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in’ the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.The Organic Center’s mission is to convene credible, evidence-based science on the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming, and to communicate the findings to the public. As an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) research and education organization, operating under the administrative auspices of the Organic Trade Association, The Center envisions improved health for the earth and its inhabitants through the conversion of agriculture to organic methods.CONTACT:’ Barbara Haumann’ (bhaumann@ota.com(link sends e-mail); 802-275-3820)SOURCE BRATTLEBORO, Vt.,’ Dec. 3, 2013’ /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Organic Trade Associationlast_img read more

Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff Royar and Watkin honored

first_imgWildlife Biologist Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Conservation Click here to read more…(link is external),Yes Click here to read more…(link is external) Rich Watkin is Vermont’s Warden of the Yearcenter_img Senior Warden Rich Watkin, Ph.D., of Wilmington is Vermont’s State Game Warden of the Year. Watkin received the award in recognition of his excellent service from Governor Phil Scott on May 24 in Montpelier.Lt. Greg Eckhardt, Watkin’s supervisor, praised him for his exemplary attitude and dedication to the job. “Rich is knowledgeable in all aspects of the job,” said Eckhardt. Kim Royar, wildlife biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife and resident of Wallingford, was awarded the 2017 Canute Dalmasse Award by Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore in recognition of her outstanding contributions to conservation.The Canute Dalmasse Award is given annually to an agency employee who demonstrates an exceptional dedication to natural resources, the protection of public health, the people of Vermont, and to her co-workers.last_img read more

Killington becomes largest EV charging hub in New England

first_imgKillington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort(link is external), the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and a POWDR company, is New England’s largest electric car charging hub with a total of 45 electric vehicle (EV) chargers throughout the resort’s properties. As a part of POWDR’s Play Forever sustainability efforts Killington Resort and Pico Mountain added additional electric vehicles chargers throughout Killington Resort and Pico Mountain.  EV charges were installed across the resort at the Sykeship Base Area, Snowshed Base Area, Snowshed Upper Parking Lot, K-1 Base Area and Pico Mountain Base Area for a total of 45 electric car chargers.“It is our goal to make Killington and Pico world-class properties in sustainability, and we have high expectations for ourselves and from our guests to be innovative when it comes to environmental responsibility,” said Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “The addition of the electric vehicle chargers provide access to our guests who have electric vehicles and an opportunity for more guests to see having an EV is a viable option to reduce their carbon footprint while visiting our resorts.”To learn more about Killington Resort and Pico Mountain’s commitment to Play Forever, visit www.killington.com(link is external) and www.picomountain.com(link is external).About Killington ResortKillington Resort is a four-season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 30 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com(link is external) for more information and be social with #beast365(link is external), #beastworldcup and #beastwinter(link is external).Source: KILLINGTON, Vt. (January 22, 2018) – Killington Resort(link is external)last_img read more

10 huge mistakes to avoid when trying to save money

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Addressing the issue of saving money  is the most fundamental, yet neglected, aspect of personal finance in the U.S. today. According to a 2012 survey by Credit Donkey, almost 50 percent of Americans don’t have more than $500 in their emergency savings accounts , which not only puts a kink in savers’ finances in the event of an unforeseen expense, but also creates undue stress for failing to prepare a safety net adequately.So, in our latest Money Mistakes series, we highlight the top 10 money mistakes Americans make when it comes to saving money.1. Not budgeting There are a number of philosophies on the best approach to take when budgeting your money; but at times, the thought of sitting down with statements, bills, and an expense sheet is just too stressful. This mind-set is an easy trap to fall victim to, but is one of the worst money mistakes to make if you want to grow your savings fund.Hope A. Rising of Clearwater, Fla., learned this lesson the hard way. “Rather than make savings a part of my life I ‘lived for the moment’ and now have virtually no savings for emergencies,” Rising said. “For example, my car recently broke down and I had to borrow money to have it fixed, rather than just being able to take the money out of the bank.” continue reading »last_img read more

A bad economy means more reasons to watch our mental health at work

first_imgThe Globe and Mail:Traditional and social media scream bad economic news almost every day: The dollar is falling, oil prices have plummeted, the stock market is tumbling and Canada may now be in a recession. At the same time, uncertainty has increased, and no one can predict when oil will return to its former levels – indeed, whether it ever will. Few Canadians believe the economy will improve in the next 12 months.As unsettling and harmful as all this is, it is nothing new. Most countries have seen darker economic times. But something has changed. In the past, the attention now accorded to bad economic news included equal attention to the numbers of people being unemployed, telling their personal stories and putting a face to their plight.…But what of the personal effects of working during a recession? Is it enough to drive people to drink? The analysis of Michael Frone – a senior research scientist in social/organizational psychology at the University of Buffalo – of more than 2,500 working managers in the United States begins to provide an answer.Read the whole story: The Globe and Mail More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Easiest step!

first_img Jul 5, 2015 COMMUNIQUÉ Jul 1, 2018 #AskSG876 about role of youth in advancing Single Market Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Continue to be voices of the vulnerable – UN SG tells… Montserrat continues steps towards full implementation of… Jul 4, 2015 You may be interested in… CYA Workshop in Photos!CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from 13 CARICOM Member States and Associate Member visited Guyana  last week for an Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop. The event was held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. See photo highlights from the workshop below:  June 12, 2017In “Anguilla”Three SGs – Photo of the 36th CARICOM Heads MeetingThe Secretary-General, CARICOM was joined at this meeting by:   the UN Secretary-General who was one of the Special Guests of the 36th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting and addressed the Opening Ceremony,and the Commonwealth Secretary-General who was among presenters at the High Level Dialogue which preceded the Opening Ceremony of…July 5, 2015In “CARICOM”TCI remains open for business – Premier tells visiting CARICOM delegation (VIDEO)See photos of visit:   CARICOM Delegation on hurricane-damaged TCISeptember 16, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Jul 3, 2015last_img read more

Advance Makes Three More Executive Appointments

first_imgROANOKE, Va. – Advance Auto Parts has announced the appointment of two new commercial vice presidents as well as a new general counsel. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Larry Nelson has joined Advance as vice president, commercial sales – new customer development. Nelson’s responsibilities will include developing and managing the company’s commercial sales team that concentrates on new commercial customer relationships. Prior to joining Advance, Nelson spent 14 years with Black and Decker, most recently serving as director of sales, Home Depot Division. He also served in several other director of sales roles and as a national account manager. Prior to Black and Decker, Nelson served as a manager for Winn Dixie Supermarkets. He will be based in Atlanta. Steve Hoeft is joining Advance as vice president, commercial sales – north and national accounts. Hoeft’s responsibilities include leading the north commercial sales team. He will also be responsible for developing Advance’s strategy with regards to growing the company’s national account business and researching channels for future expansion of the company’s commercial business. Prior to joining Advance, Hoeft spent 12 years with Corporate Express, a Staples Company, most recently serving as vice president of pricing. He also served as division vice president of sales and general manager. Prior to Corporate Express, Hoeft served as general manager for Discount Business Products Inc. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., and his bachelor of business administration from Cleary College in Ypsilanti, Mich. Hoeft will be based in Michigan.Advertisement Both Nelson and Hoeft will report to Donna Broome, senior vice president, customer and sales development officer – commercial. Commenting on the appointments, Broome said, “Larry and Steve are experienced sales leaders, and I am excited to have them join our Commercial Team. Larry has more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience in the consumer products and retail industry and Steve is strategically focused with exceptional leadership, collaboration and team-building skills.” Advance also today announced the promotion of Sarah Powell as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Powell will be responsible for managing all legal, secretarial, governance, compliance, litigation and government affairs for Advance. Powell will continue to report to Mike Norona, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “I am very excited to announce Sarah’s promotion to General Counsel,” said Norona. “Sarah has been the acting general counsel for Advance for over a year and has grown tremendously as a leader over that time. I have been impressed by her technical skills, judgment and ability to engage and inspire her team to deliver results.” Powell joined Advance Auto Parts in September 2002 and has served as acting general counsel since November 2007. Prior to that she served as vice president, real estate counsel and as senior attorney. Powell was the first in-house real estate attorney hired by the company. Before coming to Advance, Powell served as assistant general counsel for Food Lion LLC, in Salisbury, N.C. Prior to that, she practiced law with a local law firm. Powell obtained her law degree from Washington and Lee University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.Advertisement She will be based in Roanoke, Va.last_img read more

TenneT Issues EUR 500 Million Green Bond

first_imgTransmission systems operator TenneT Holding B.V. has issued a new, EUR 500 million Green Bond, bringing its total long-term debt in green format to EUR 3 billion.TenneT launched and priced the 17-year Green Bond issue with a coupon of 1.25% with the support of three banks, Lloyds Bank, Rabobank and Royal Bank of Scotland.The company will use the funds to invest in the transmission of renewable electricity from offshore wind farms to the onshore electricity grid.The proceeds from the issue will go towards the 800MW DolWin1 and the 864MW SylWin 1 HVDC links, both commissioned in 2015, as well as the 916MW DolWin2 HVDC link, commissioned in 2016.TenneT will also finance the two projects under construction with the Green Bond issue, the 900MW DolWin3 and the 900MW BorWin3, scheduled for commissioning in 2017 and 2019, respectively.The TSO’s investments in offshore wind energy projects across the Netherlands and Germany are expected to total EUR 8 to 10 billion over the next 10 years.In the period up to 2019, TenneT is realizing over 7,000MW of connection capacity for offshore wind farms in the German sector of the North Sea.By 2023, the TSO expects to have realized 3,500MW of connection capacity in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.This is the third time TenneT has issued Green Bond since May 2015, when the TSO floated its first EUR 1 billion issue. The second EUR 1 billion Green Bond was launched in June 2016.TenneT also launched a EUR 500 million Green Schuldschein, a type of privately-placed German debt similar to a bond, in May 2016.last_img read more

Digital route learning at DB Cargo UK

first_imgUK: Freight operator DB Cargo UK has introduced an internet-based route learning programme developed with Track Access Services Ltd to familiarise drivers with the physical characteristics of the routes over which they operate. Accessed via tablet or computer, it combines high-quality footage of routes filmed by DB Cargo UK with a moving track diagram, and also displays route characteristics such as signal locations and line speeds.Drivers traditionally learn a route by physically travelling over it in an allotted period of time. Using streamed media enables drivers to review a route or sections of it as many times as they wish. It also removes the need to operate trains specifically for route learning, reducing costs and conserving network capacity, allowing ‘faster mobilisation for geographic or seasonal spikes in workload’, according to DB Cargo UK.‘This has opened up huge potential for us and for the whole rail industry as it provides a more efficient and effective method for route learning and retention of route knowledge’, said DB Cargo UK Head of Resources Andrew Byrne. With around 40% of the national network now filmed, ‘we are continuing our work so that we can roll out digital route learning even further’, he added.last_img read more

BCPS celebrates International Literacy Day

first_imgOn September 8, 2015, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will join the celebration of International Literacy Day. The BCPS Literacy Department recently announced efforts to join communities around the globe as a united voice to raise awareness for millions who cannot read or write.This year, schools will join the global celebration of International Literacy Day shining a spotlight on the importance of literacy for everyone, everywhere. As part of the International Literacy Day observance, students throughout the District will participate in read-a-thons, reading challenges, cross-grade buddy reading, writing competitions and discussions on global literacy. Students will also view a short video via BECON-TV highlighting how the Philippines transformed its literacy rate and improved the lives of Filipinos of all ages.Adopted in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Literacy Day is observed every year on September 8, giving children and communities a chance to rediscover the joys of reading while raising awareness for those without access to education.last_img read more