E Magazine

A consumer magazine publishing news, information and commentary on environmental issues. Content includes international and domestic environmental news, feature articles, and a guide to green living. Addresses such subjects as recycling, food safety, air

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 4, July-August

Be Safe? Lois Gibbs' New Campaign Urges Caution on Toxic Chemicals. (Currents)
Twenty-five years after pregnant women and children were evacuated from the neighborhood bordering the Love Canal toxic waste site, environmental health pioneer Lois Gibbs is poised to launch a national campaign aimed at redirecting the way government...
Bitter Sweets: A Politically Connected Industry Devastates the Everglades
Sustaining an otherwise cerulean sky, oily black smoke billows a mile high from more than half a dozen fires south of Lake Okeechobee. You can see the smoke from West Palm Beach, like the exhalations of detonated bombs. It is eerily quiet. From...
Esprit De Tompkins
Has Douglas Tompkins, founder of Esprit, fallen victim to hubris? The former textile magnate, now a South American environmental crusader, is already owner of the world's largest private nature reserve. He shelled out no less than $55 million in the...
Farm Fresh: Local Farmers' Markets Are a Healthy Choice. (Eating Right)
Howard and Mary Hall don't get much sleep during the summer. They start picking salad greens at sun up every Friday, harvest produce all through the day and cut flowers late in the afternoon. On a good day, they finish washing, sorting and packing...
Farming's Brave New Face
It's a hot, dry night. A farmer wonders if his wheat crop needs watering. But it's a 10-mile drive away, and he can't expend all that time and gasoline every time his crop might need attention. So he goes on the Internet to find out the precise weather...
Feed the Needy, Not the Greedy. (E Word)
Right up there with air and water, one of the last things in nature we should be tampering with is our food--at least not without due consideration of all the ramifications. And that, of course, means undertaking a full program of research, not plowing...
Finding Sanctuary: A Refuge for Sri Lanka 'S Stressed Elephants. (Currents)
Elephants have been a cherished part of Sri Lankan culture since ancient times, and their often heroic images decorate Buddhist and Hindu temples countrywide. At the revered Temple of the Tooth in Kandi, antique elephant tusks adorn the main shrine....
Food Fight: Genetic Engineering vs. Organics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. (Cover Story)
AT A SUPERMARKET in the Midwest. Mary Lee Treter passes aisles of shelves stocked with countless products containing genetically engineered ingredients: cereal, muffins, milk, taco shells, frozen pizzas. Hawaiian-grown fresh papayas, hot dogs and soda...
Legal Rights for Animals. (Letters from Our Readers)
I support the growing movement for granting animals legal rights ("Rights from Wrongs," cover story, March/ April 2003), and believe it should be an integral part of being "green" If animals are given protection, indirect benefits result. For example,...
Organic Profits: Natural Foods Superstores Are Doing Well. (Money Matters)
Eco-conscious investors looking to put their money where their mouths are need look no further than natural foods supermarkets ... and NASDAQ. Two of the three leading national chains, Whole Foods and Wild Oats, are publicly traded stocks that have...
Redesigning Restaurants
Ritu Primlani, founder of Thimmakka's Resources for Environmental Education, is on a remarkable mission. Through her brainchild, Greening Ethnic Restaurants (GER), Primlani reaches out to Indian and other Asian eateries with little environmental knowledge...
Rio Poco: The Once-Mighty Rio Grande Has Slowed to a Trickle. (Currents)
For much of the past two years, crossing the U. S.-Mexico border had never been easier. You just strolled down Boca Chica Beach until you noticed that all of the cars parked on the beach had Mexican license plates. You'd just walked straight into Mexico....
Sleep Tight: Natural Alternatives to Sleeping Pills. (Your Health)
It happens to most Americans at some point in their lives--the sweet, blissful sleep of childhood is replaced by glaring at the digital clock at all hours and countless 3 a.m. pillow adjustments. Like the common cold, the origins of insomnia can be...
Smokey Bear's Squirrelly Sister
In the summer of 2002, amidst the worst fire season on record, an editorial cartoon ran in many papers across the country showing an indignant Smokey Bear, one paw wrapped around a mug of beer, the other pounding the bar. "50 years I've given them...
Speaking for the Trees: The Old-Growth Timber Battle Heats Up. (Currents)
"If you want to see what environmental terrorism looks like, just drive up Greenwood Heights Road," says Sparrow, a diminutive elderly woman who has been supporting tree-sitters in her neighborhood, called Freshwater, nearly 300 miles north of San...
Suburban Shangri-La: Better Backyard Living without Chemistry. (House & Home)
When we bought our home in suburban Fairfield, Connecticut, we knew the garden would be a long-term project. The house had been rented to unsympathetic tenants for the past several years, and they'd allowed the 50-by- 100-foot backyard to become a...
There Goes the Sun: When It Comes to Ultraviolet Exposure, It Pays to Be Pale. (Consumer News)
Catching rays, soaking up sun, baking on the beach--there are myriad ways to describe the typical summer tanning experience. The popularity of tanning continues, despite well-proven correlation between sun exposure and skin cancer. Although skin...
The Smoke Clears: Ex-Tobacco Farmers Kick the Habit and Go Organic. (Currents)
From the outside, this looks like any other barn tucked into a sleepy mountain hollow of Stickleyville, Virginia in the Appalachians. Rows of tobacco plants skewered on wooden poles hang like dry-cleaning from the rafters while all around the hillsides...
Undiscovered Florida: New Urbanism Meets Old-Fashioned Hospitality. (Going Green)
Think Florida vacation and the mind turns inevitably to Disney World, which takes up 47 square miles of prime Orlando real estate and is as big as San Francisco. But there's another side of Florida, one that places you amid some of the nicest white...