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CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM

What is Conscious Consumerism? Spending and investing your money consciously, consuming resources responsibly, and finding out what happens when you don't. Help our economy and society heal and move toward the ultimate goal with conscious consumerism articles and videos here at All Things Healing. For more consumerism articles and consumerism videos, visit us online today!

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Jean-Pierre Ruiz is the founder of EcoStar Health, Inc., a California-based e-tailer of Earth-Conscious products with a mission to empower people to take control of their health. EcoSta...
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We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: The Federal Food and Drug Administration says eggs from hens that are allowed outdoors are not safe!  With the FDA's decision to ban raw milk, it is truly a wonder that our farming ancestors survived at all. The USDA National Organic Program mandates that the term "organic", as applied to chickens, means that hens must have access to the outdoors. However, 80% of our "organic" eggs are produced by mega-farms where the mandate is blatantly ignored. In fact, these mega-"farmers" claim that their hens don't want to go outdoors

 

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by Wes Ozier

If you’ve lived in Arizona for a while, you may have heard of the Arcosanti project but don’t really know what it is. If you have been interested in and studying ecodesign and intentional community for a while, you may have heard of the Arcosanti Project but don't know what it is. Some people think the Arcosanti Project is an artist colony, some think it is a commune, some think it is a bell factory and some think it is a city hidden in the desert...

 

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This is a non-commercial attempt from www.sanctuaryasia.com to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Did you know your water heater consumes as much energy per hour (450 kwh) as your clothes dryer, washing machine, range, refrigerator, dishwasher, freezer, coffeemaker and microwave combined? That 37% of water consumption is used for showers?

Find out where how much energy appliance uses (on average), and where your energy is wasted in your home.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: California's Proposition 37 requires that genetically modified foods be so labelled. Opponents, particularly Monsanto, claim that GMO foods are "safe" (of course, Monsanto also claimed that Agent Orange was "safe" and we know how well that turned out!). If so, why are they spending tens of millions of dollars trying to defeat Prop 37? If GMO foods are safe, why hide it?

While I always advocate that you vote with your wallet, this is one instance where your vote at the voting booth may make a difference...

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: This video, made by the BBC, while not directly related to conscious consumerism, reminds us of the beauty and fragility of our planet.
 


 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Many, if not all, wars are fought over "resources." Most people believe the term "resources" means oil! But water is a resource much more fundamental than oil. While we could live (some would say survive) without oil, no life would exist on this planet without water. Yet, we allow our industries to pollute our water and then sell it back to us "purified." Most, if not all, tap water, has become a pool of chemicals known to be toxic to life such as fluoride (a toxic by-product of the chemical industry) and chlorine.

In Peru an engineering school has found a way to give people free access to water from the sky...literally. This ingenious system is hidden in a giant billboard and produces 26 gallons of clean water a day (the rain water undergoes reverse osmosis) in a city where there is less than 1" of rain a year, but 83% humidity in the air.

 

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by Jean-Pierre Ruiz, President & CEO of Ecostar Health, LLC,
ATH Co-Editor of Conscious Consumerism

We have long been told that sugar is both addictive and toxic. Now, a study published on February 2th in the journal...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Sugar...hmmmm, so good and yet so toxic. For years we have been told that obesity resulted in diabetes. A new study shows that the culprit is sugar over-consumption. Known for a while to be toxic in high doses (as little as a 12-ounce can of soda), the study accounts for a slew of factors and calls for the FDA to take action. In the meantime, as usual, it is up to us to take personal responsibility and remember that our power is not that voting booth, but at the cash register.

 

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by Wes Ozier

While Sustainability seeks to reduce humanities environmental impact, modern high technology tends to increase that impact. In general high technology is resource consumptive, pollutive, expensive and requires dependency on an outside agent to properly maintain, repair or upgrade...

 

 

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"In civilization there is a limit that cannot be overstepped. When prosperity and luxury come to a people, they are followed by excessive consumption and extravagance, with which the human soul itself is undermined, both in its worldly well-being and in its spiritual life."

~Ibn Khaldun, great Arab historian

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: On February 26, Bono spoke at TED to show the progress in the fight against extreme poverty...and what we need to do next. Bono shared the new facts about fighting global poverty...

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: An Amazonian Indian Chief comes to New York City to help his people. "People may think richness is about money, but for us in the rainforest being rich is something else. We are rich in biodiversity, in culture and in spirituality."

 

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Socially Responsible Investing: Empowering An Untapped Resource for Change

by Ann B. Alexander

When you consider the vast amount of money we have invested as individuals, institutions, foundations, non-profits, etc., imagine the effect we could have on how corporations do their business if we weren't "silent investors" but instead used this incredible untapped resource for change in the way things are done. By not using this power, we leave it up to corporations alone to decide what is best for the world. In these economic times, we can clearly see that letting corporations make unbridled decisions is not a great idea...

 

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