May 12th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
What do multiplatinum-selling musician Moby and Global Animal Partnership Executive Director Miyun Park have in common?
They’re coeditors of the new book Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety, an info-packed guide to the consequences of factory farming.
Gristle covers “the rarely publicized ramifications of industrialized farmed animal production and meat, egg and milk consumption on the environment, human health, communities, workers, taxpayers, zoonotic diseases, global warming, global hunger and, of course, the animals themselves,” Moby writes. “There are huge and egregiously well-financed interests who want to keep the truth of animal production hidden.”
The book’s contributors include:
At 144 pages, Gristle is a fast and enlightening read. Order through Amazon, and you’ll save 25%. (Pay $10.49 instead of $13.95.)
Read More:Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety
April 27th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Actress/singer Selena Gomez has teamed with Kmart to launch an eco-friendly clothing line in July, just in time for back-to-school shopping.
Aimed at tweens, her Dream Out Loud collection—featuring organic cotton and recycled materials—will include value-priced junior sportswear, handbags, belts, scarves, hats, hair accessories and socks/hosiery. Footwear will join the line in October.
Gomez, who stars in the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, “is a positive role model for teens, and her fans all over the world look to her for style inspiration,” says Kmart spokesman John Goodman. “We are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to emulate her style with affordable apparel and footwear options.”
Gomez will star in the feature film Ramona and Beezus (opening July 23), based on Beverly Cleary’s beloved series of children’s books. Her first CD, Kiss & Tell, just went gold.
“I am proud to be able to join forces with Kmart to release my own fashion collection,” Gomez says. “This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I feel privileged to be able to give the consumer great product at a great value.”
Photo: Disney Channel/Bob D’Amico
Read More:Selena Gomez to Launch Eco-Friendly Clothing Line
April 23rd, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
After achieving great success with Earth, its first theatrical release, Disneynature released the G-rated Oceans on Earth Day (Thursday)—a film Associated Press movie critic Christy Lemire has called “a stunningly beautiful documentary.”
French codirectors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud profile the bodies of water that cover almost 75% of our planet, while sending a message about the environmental threats they face.
Narrated by actor Pierce Brosnan, the film features never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies.
Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Robert Iger says he hopes Disneynature films “will contribute to a greater understanding and appreciation of the beauty and fragility of our natural world.”
Disney held a “blue carpet” premiere last Saturday at Hollywood’s famed El Capitan Theatre. Brosnan was joined by Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas, who sang the film’s end-credit song, Make a Wave. Purchase the song on iTunes, and all proceeds will benefit environmental charities.
See Oceans by Wednesday, and Disneynature will make a contribution to The Nature Conservancy for every ticket sold. The money raised will be used to help save coral reefs.
For Your Organic Bookshelf
Oceans: Official Companion to the Disney Feature is now available for $23.10, a 34% savings over the $35 list price.
Read More:Disney’s “Oceans” Now in Theaters
April 21st, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Over the last month, I’ve been updating you on the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, a series of 6K runs/walks held last Sunday in 150 cities across 50 countries to help combat the global water crisis.
If you couldn’t attend any of the events, you can watch a 1-hour special at 7 p.m. Friday (ET/PT) on Bravo.
The program will feature discussions with musician/activist Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and water-crisis expert Alexandra Cousteau, a look at solutions being implemented, and concert performances by Collective Soul, Estelle, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend, Rob Thomas and The Roots.
“We think this special, which airs as part of NBC Universal’s Green Is Universal initiative, will resonate with Bravo’s eco-conscious viewers, and through heightened awareness comes change,” says Frances Berwick, Bravo Media’s general manager and executive vice president.
“The goal of this TV special is to engage audiences in the challenges and solutions associated with the global water crisis in an educational and entertaining format,” adds Live Earth Founder Kevin Wall. “Bravo is the ideal network for this program because its viewers are very tuned in to environmental and social issues.”
Live Earth was built on the belief that entertainment has the power to transcend social and cultural barriers to move the world community to action.
For Your Organic Bookshelf: The Environment in Crisis: An Environmental Reader from Dollars & Sense
Photos: John Michael Maas, Global Water Challenge
Read More:Live Earth Special Airs Friday
April 14th, 2010 - Scott Shaffer
From time to time, people have criticized Nicole Richie for being something of a ditz, for only being famous because she’s famous, and for keeping bad company, but I’d like to send kudos her way for her recent decision to raise her children — 2-year-old Harlow and 7-month-old Sparrow — in a healthy and environmentally-friendly way. Celebrity blogs are reporting that Richie is “obsessed” with organic products, from food to diapers to clothes. Nicole even finds time to grow her own vegetables!
If you’re interested in going green with your parenting, make sure you check out our organic parenting section. You’ll find out how to get your kid to eat healthy food, how to raise green kids on a budget, and what kind of baby bottle to use for your newborn!
Read More:Nicole Richie Goes Organic – So Should You
June 11th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
I don’t eat meat, but I eat fish. And I love sushi! All kinds, like salmon and mackerel, even weird stuff, like octopus and squid. It’s all good.
Sushi is a very sheik thing to eat. Celebrities love it. Today, sushi is synonymous with New York City and Los Angeles.
But now, celebrities like Woody Harrelson and Sting are petitioning popular sushi restaurant Nobu to take bluefin off their menu.
Bluefin tuna is nearing extinction. In a letter to Nobu, concerned celebrities asked Nobu to stop serving tuna. I guess it worked, because Nobu’s London restaurant agreed to put a note on the menu telling patrons tuna is endangered.
No one wants Charlie Tuna to disappear and here’s another reason to ditch the tuna. The Environmental Defense Fund calls bluefin tuna an eco-worst and recommends avoiding it, citing mercury and PCB contamination.
Like I said, I love sushi! But I’m careful to order low or no pollution fish. Salmon and mackerel are my favorites—especially sashimi salmon—and both salmon and mackerel are safer choices.
Read More:Celebrities Want Tuna Out of Nobu Restaurants
March 27th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Tomorrow, March 28th at 8:30PM is Earth Hour. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, the event encourages people worldwide to unplug their appliances and turn off the lights for just one hour, to give our planet a rest and raise awareness for global warming.
In this toenail-snipping video, singer Alanis Morissette asks you to join the big turn off. Now, I’m a fan of Alanis, she’s super hot, but she’s a very “earthy crunchy” celebrity, so critics of global warming will just consider Earth Hour more hippie blah-blah. We need more presidents, politicians and influential figures trumpeting the cause. No offense Alanis.
In 2008, 50 million people in countries all over the world, from New York and Los Angeles to Rome and Hong Kong and everywhere in between, took part in Earth Hour. So, don’t be a curmudgeon. Turn off the lights, fire up a candle and give the earth a freaking break!
Via Green Daily.
Read More:Remember, Tomorrow is Earth Hour!
June 13th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
Top Nashville singers, bands, songwriters, fine artists and athletes have teamed with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to raise money for the 28-year-old food distribution center, which feeds impoverished and low-income Americans in an effort to solve community hunger issues.
Singers like Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill and Sara Evans created exclusive, hand-designed lunchboxes that are being auctioned through a special eBay charity event, which concludes tomorrow evening.
At press time, lunchbox bids ranged from $9.99 to $610, and all auctions will close between 9 p.m. and 9:34 p.m. tomorrow (Eastern time). Show your organic spirit by bidding on a one-of-a-kind lunchbox to aid this worthwhile charity.
Second Harvest collects food that would otherwise be wasted and distributes it to soup kitchens, pantries and shelters. During the 2003–2004 fiscal year, the organization distributed more than 14.5 million pounds of food to hungry adults and children—an impressive achievement.
To bypass the auction and make a tax-deductible contribution to Second Harvest, click here. You can also donate food and set up a virtual organic food drive by clicking here.
The bid for Sara Evans’ decorative lunchbox (above) was $102.50 at press time.
Read More:Lunchboxes for a Cause