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HI Feb 2014

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Healthy Indoors 57 anuary was an intense month for me. My Rogue Green group co-hosted a screen- ing of the documentary Unacceptable Levels which is featured in this issue of Healthy Indoors Magazine. I saw Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Organic and Just Label It speak at an ASU Global Institute of Sustainability event about organic farming, GMO's and the innovative things their company is doing to make a difference. My best friend Mara discovered that the water in her city has some high levels of various carcinogens. I also had a strange run in with a random neighbor who I caught in my front yard, spraying weed killer on our clover. I don't think that neighbor will ever step foot in my yard again… Technology brings knowledge. Sometimes that knowledge can completely freak us out and make us feel helpless. The problems are so big, yet we're just one person. What can I possibly do to create positive change? Well I'm here to tell you- you can do a LOT. I remember the feeling of helplessness the deeper and deeper I delved into environmental issues, both inside and outside my home. I was a young, new mom at the time, and though I'd always felt like I was a conscious consumer, my head was reeling with information. And then my mama bear came out. I got angry. Angry in a positive, protective way. Angry in a lemons to lemonade kind of way. Little did I know at the time that this feeling, attitude and tenacity would change my path and being forever. I was hell bent on creating positive change, not only for me and my family, but for all families and future generations too. Being a conscious consumer isn't always easy. Nor is being an activist. When you're stirring a big pot of corruption and greed, the chances are pretty good that you're bound to get scratched off some holiday card lists and piss some people off. That's okay though. In the great words of Mahat- ma Gandhi, "You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there J

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