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Valerie Jaffee

Entries by Valerie Jaffee

President Obama, Give the Green Light on 60 MPG Standards

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 11:56 AM

Crunched parking lots, stuffed home garages, and drained American wallets are letting out a collective sigh of relief, as people nationwide turn in their rough-and-tumble gas guzzlers for sleek, efficient, budget-friendly cars.

In April, nearly one in four vehicles sold in the U.S. was a compact or subcompact car....

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EPA Must Strengthen our Smog Standards or Risk the Health of Millions of Latinos

(48) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 12:05 PM

By 2050, one in four Americans will be Hispanic, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In the last decade, the total Latino population in the U.S. grew at a rate of 43%, more than four times the rate of population growth for the nation overall. The demographics of...

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Would You Dress Like Lady Gaga for Cleaner Air?

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2011 | 3:08 PM

Here's a shocker: taking fashion lessons from Lady Gaga might be good for your health. A new Gaga-esque dress, equipped with a built-in air purification system, might be the perfect solution to car exhaust, ozone, toxic chemicals and other pollution dirtying our air.

Alright, maybe you're not looking...

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253 Pounds: Americans Throw Away Their Weight in Food Every Year

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 2:11 PM

253 pounds. Let’s face it, the number is daunting whether it’s staring up at you from the scale or from under the lid of the garbage can. And disturbingly enough, 253 pounds is the amount of food that each of us helps to go to waste every single year.


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Do You Live in a Food Desert? New Map Exposes Areas Most at Risk

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 6:51 PM

While your backyard probably isn’t covered in sand or cacti, you might be living in a desert: a food desert. Forget the mirages and rattlesnakes. This type of desert is about healthy, fresh food – or more accurately, a lack thereof.

The Department of Agriculture just released a fantastic new...

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Increasing Age of Farmers Puts Our Food System at Risk

(7) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 7:36 PM

As 78 million baby boomers draw closer to their 60s and 70s around the country, it won’t be only Social Security or the U.S. health system feeling the strain. This increasingly mature generation will also put at risk another fundamental of American life -- the very food on our...

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Gophers and Berries and Bees, Oh My!

(9) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 9:20 PM

It sounds like something out of a Looney Tunes episode. An exasperated farmer (we'll call him Bob), slings his heavy shovel over one shoulder and tiptoes carefully into his blueberry patch. He kneels on the damp soil, squinting to peer between the thick rows of flowering bushes. As he holds...

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Deadline Extended! Nominate a Sustainable Food Hero by Dec. 12 for NRDC's Growing Green Awards

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 6:04 PM

The holidays are a festival of food, so what better time of year to celebrate the heroes that are filling our plates with fresh, healthy, sustainable food every day?

Across the country, farmers, producers and food pioneers are transforming the way we think about what we eat and its impacts...

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