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Insects That Help Heal the Aged

Insects that Help Heal the Aged

When you think of insects, what comes to your mind? Mosquitoes, zika virus, caterpillars that eat your garden, spider bites, cockroaches, lack of hygiene? If that’s the case, give those little critters a second chance. Pollinating insects are necessary for our physical survival – without bees there would be no apples or oranges. Nor would […]

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Houston Native Plants: Live Healthy by Transforming Your Lawn

Houston Native Plants: Live Healthy by Transforming Your Lawn

Healthy living means eating right, working out, and relieving stress. It also means taking responsibility for the natural environment on which we depend. If we nurture our ecosystems, rivers that supply us with drinking water become clean, wetlands regain their ability to shield us from hurricanes like Katrina, forests expand into carbon sinks that slow global warming, […]

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With Pope Francis, Change Your Diet and Change the World

An Unpalatable Piece of Writing

A few weeks ago I wrote an op-ed based on the report “Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies” and submitted it to a number of news websites, but without success. When I mentioned this to friends who knew the publishing industry, they explained that the piece might be offensive to the Jewish community and other American audiences. The last thing […]

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Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies

Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies: A Look at the Encyclical Laudato Si’

For a printer-friendly pdf file, click here. For an executive summary (i.e. the short version), click here. On May 24, 2015, Pope Francis published his ambitious encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be to You”).[1] It is his clarion call to save Earth from the environmental catastrophe that we, the human family, have inflicted upon it. Passionately […]

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Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies

Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies: The Short Version

On May 24, 2015, Pope Francis published the ambitious encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to You”), his call to save Earth from environmental calamity. It is especially significant in that it is the first such appeal issued by the leader of a major faith tradition. SweetOnion.Net examines how whole plant foods contribute to individual and environmental health. That’s why I decided, […]

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I'm learning to grow vegetables

I’m learning to grow vegetables

If you asked my former classmates Julie and Erin if I have a green thumb, they would laugh: The few times they left me in charge of their beloved potted plants, they either got them back dehydrated or overwatered. Over the years I myself became convinced that greenery just didn’t get along with me. You may […]

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