Good News: Week 7

This past week, we had one day in NYC with high temperatures and happy people on the streets, which made us long for warmer days when we can spend more time outdoors, perhaps glamping it in the wild? We thought about removal chains, inspired eco-fashion, sober cocktails, and if foodies can really save the endangered green movement.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Why Aren’t GMO Foods Labeled?
If you want to avoid sugar, aspartame, trans-fats, MSG, or just about anything else, you read the label. If you want to avoid G.M.O.’s — genetically modified organisms — you’re out of luck. They’re not listed. You could, until now, simply buy organic foods, which by law can’t contain more than 5 percent G.M.O.’s. Now, however, even that may not work.
Why Aren’t G.M.O. Foods Labeled? by Mark Bittman, The New York Times

SUSTAINABILITY: We know about supply chains, but what about removal chains?
Why do we know so much about the supply chain and so little about the removal chain? “Imagine a future where immense amounts of trash didn’t pile up on the peripheries of our cities: a future where we understand the ‘removal-chain’ as we do the ‘supply-chain’, and where we can use this knowledge to not only build more efficient and sustainable infrastructures but to promote behavioral change. In this future city, the invisible infrastructures of trash removal will become visible and the final journey of our trash will no longer be “out of sight, out of mind”.
Tracking Trash, by Robin Madel, Ecocentric Blog

TRAVEL & OUTDOORS: Camping, in Style
If you have been curious about camping in the great outdoors but the idea of “roughing it” sounds, well, a bit too rough, why not ease into it by glamping? Also known as glamorous camping, this trending vacation style is a way of enjoying the outdoors without leaving behind some of the at home comforts.
Get Introduced to Glamping

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SUSTAINABILITY & FOOD: Can foodies save the green movement?
These are dark days for the environmental movement. A year after being on the cusp of passing landmark legislation to cap greenhouse gases, greens are coming to accept the fact that the chance of national and international action on climate change has become more remote than ever. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under attack by newly empowered Republicans in Congress who argue that the very idea of environmental protection is unaffordable for our debt-ridden country. Accustomed to remaining optimistic in the face of long odds, the environmental movement all at once faces a challenge just to stay relevant in a hostile political climate. In 2004, authors Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus faced a harsh backlash from the greens when they released a polemic essay called “The Death of Environmentalism,” but now it appears they might have been ahead of their time.
Foodies Can Eclipse (and Save) the Green Movement, by Bryan Walsh, TIME

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Sober Cocktails
A column that celebrates drinking should pause every once in a while to celebrate not drinking, given that alcohol is a two-edged sword: catalyst for delight and engine of destruction; handled with restraint by some people, abused and best avoided entirely by others. It’s a drug, with all the attendant dangers, and it’s not the only way to experience liquid pleasure in a restaurant or bar. Others exist and warrant praise.
Cocktails With a Twist: Zing but No Alcohol, by Frank Bruni, The New York Times

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Inspired Eco-Fashion from NYC
New York Fashion Week / Fall 2011 might officially have come to a close, but sustainable fashion in the NYC region will be continuing on a course of slow fashion goodness for the remainder of the year. My talented designer friends at Eko Lab, Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard and Melissa Kirgan are just getting started on an amazing initiative for locally-inspired  production and community outreach projects aimed at connecting us with our environs.
NYFW: Eko-Lab AW 2011 Collection, by Abigail Doan, Ecco Eco

About author
A designer by trade, Johanna has always had a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Sweden, she's lived and worked in Miami, Brooklyn and, currently, Ojai, CA. She started Goodlifer in 2008 to offer a positive outlook for the future and share great stories, discoveries, thoughts, tips and reflections around her idea of the Good Life. Johanna loves kale, wishes she had a greener thumb, and thinks everything is just a tad bit better with champagne (or green juice).
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