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Wake up and Smell the Cappuccino!!!
October 24, 2011, 6:02 pm
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There was a disturbing article in The Washington Post last week, stating that by the year 2050, if changes are not made immediately, we will lose a large portion of the world’s coffee supply. This is attributed to global warming, which has caused hurricanes and more resistant bugs, reducing crop yields.

As Starbucks prepares for the possibility of a serious threat to their coffee supply in Central America, Jim Hanna, the company’s sustainability director, briefed members of Congress on climate change and its effect on coffee, along with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Hanna told The Guardian, “If we sit by and wait until the impacts of climate change are so severe that is impacting our supply chain then that puts us at a greater risk…From a business perspective we really need to address this now, and to look five, 10, and 20 years down the road.”

It’s one thing to have a hole in the ozone layer, droughts, hurricanes, and floods, but you know it’s really serious when climate change threatens our morning cup of joe. It’s tough enough getting up in the morning.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown

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Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 13, 2011, 8:27 pm
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I have a friend who just was told he has a form of diabetes. He is over the age of 65 and is about 70 lbs overweight. He is a dear friend and I am angry about it because maybe it didn’t have to happen if he had exercised…or maybe if he didn’t eat two desserts and drink a few cocktails at dinner. A few years ago, I wanted to give him a blood pressure machine as a gift and my friends told me that I was acting too much like the Larry David character in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Some people can do all the right things and still are ****ed by the flying finger of fate. But in life, you play the odds. According to Stand Up to Cancer, one out of two men and one out of every three women will get some form of cancer in their lifetime. Be proactive, play the odds and do the best you can to avoid getting cancer. Don’t smoke and stay away from toxic chemicals that the EPA labels as known, likely, or probable human carcinogens. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are many great organizations such as Stand Up To Cancer, who work tirelessly to find a cure to many forms of cancer.

According to the Organic Exchange, if everyone in the world switched from conventional cotton to organic cotton, we would stop 456 million pounds of toxic pesticides from being poured into the environment every year. Seven of the ten pesticides used most often on cotton farms are considered to be “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens, according to the EPA.

Please visit the Stand Up 2 Cancer website at http://www.su2c.org to read about the ten things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer. And please visit http://www.shoporganicallygrown.com to purchase our Pink Leaf hat, with 20% of the proceeds this October going to support brest cancer research and awareness.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown