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SustainAbility NewsletterA joint publication from Audubon Lifestyles and The International Sustainability Council


SustainAbility is a free quarterly newsletter co-produced by the International Sustainability Council and Audubon Lifestyles. Living a sustainable lifestyle requires each one of us to conduct our lives in such a way to encompass an awareness of Earth and its processes. Each of our choices require a consideration of the consequences, and the way that each decision affects the environment, society, and the economy. By minimizing our "ecological footprints" and the extent to which we create an environmental impact by living sustainably our hope is that we will preserve the earth for future generations. 

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Support Organic & Sustainable Farming

Organic Certified WineThe Problem
Pesticide use -- which has increased 50 percent over the last 30 years -- has been linked to cancer, birth defects, and reproductive problems. Studies show that pesticides are among the five worst environmental threats to children's health. In addition, pesticides contaminate water and often poison wildlife. Non-sustainable farming has also been shown to lead to topsoil erosion, toxic runoff from farmland into rivers, lakes, and streams, and decreased biodiversity.

What you can do
Ask for organic produce. Often, organic produce costs more and is more difficult to get, but many supermarkets and greengrocers are willing to stock organic food if they know customers will buy it regularly. Talk to your friends and neighbors about their willingness to buy organic and then let your produce manager know that many customers are interested.

Deal directly with organic food growers and suppliers. If you can't find a local grocer who will stock organic food, contact organic growers and suppliers directly.

Become a Community Supported Agriculture supporter. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) cooperatives bring together local farmers and consumers. As a member of the cooperative, you pledge to cover farm operation costs for the season. In return, you share in the harvest. CSA farms are not all organic, but they all strive to operate sustainably.

Farmers: cut down on pesticide use. Innovative and successful farmers around the country are switching from conventional pest management practices, which are heavily reliant on pesticides, to profitable alternative agricultural practices that substantially reduce pesticide use.


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

Home Yard Waste Compost Guide
http://www.compostguide.com/

The US Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov/compost

Landscape Lighting
A Consumer Guide to Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting
http://www.sitelights.com/

Solar Light Store
http://www.solarlightstore.com/

Saving Natural Resources
Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org

Organic Farming
Organic Farming Research Foundation
www.ofrf.org

National Agricultural Library
www.nal.usda.gov

Local Government & the Environment
Project Vote Smart
www.votesmart.org

Audubon Today
Audubon International
www.auduboninternational.org

    

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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