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113 Articles by Raegan Payne

Bait and Switch: The Harmful Mislabeling of Fish

  If the environmental consequences weren’t enough reason to swear off fish a newly released study by OCEANA found that seafood fraud (the mislabeling of fish) is wide spread.  Of particular concern are fish species the FDA advises against eating, either because of high mercury content or unpleasant digestive side ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in December 2012, about Consumerism, Environment & Wildlife, Food, Health, Industry & Business

The Joy of Raw/Vegan Cuisine with Chef Kirsten Gum

  Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing raw/vegan chef Kirsten Gum work her magic at the Gourmandise School of Sweet’s and Savories in Santa Monica, CA.  She made a chocolate pudding using avocado as the base, which I swear on my favorite French recipes, was better than ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in October 2012, about Agriculture & Food, Consumerism, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Food, Genetic Modification, Lifestyle & Behavior

A Solution for Wasted Food

Americans throw away 165 billion dollars worth of food a year! What if we could re-route that food to the hungry, or starving.   Food Forward – a Southern California charity that needs to become national and international is doing just that.  They started by picking un-harvested fruit trees and donating the ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in October 2012, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Consumerism, Food, Lifestyle & Behavior, Recycling

Sustainable Sewanee: Bringing the Farm Out of Retirement

     The University of the South, a tiny liberal arts university tucked on a 13,000 acres campus in the mountains of Tennessee, is turning their environmental record around - in part thanks to the 100 year old farm they are bringing out of retirement.    In 2007, the University of the South ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in September 2012, about Agriculture & Food, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Education, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior, Recycling

Green Bronx Machine: Fighting Hunger, Poverty, and Concrete in the Inner City

  Stephen Ritz noticed the kids in his class were getting heavier and heavier.  Three generations had pass through his Bronx classroom; obesity and diabetes were on the rise. He needed to engage his students, to make them responsible for their health and education. He started with a simple class project ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in August 2012, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Education, Health, Poverty & Development

Vittana.org- Student Micro-Lending for a Better World

  Dear Celsias Readers, I am excited to introduce you to the awesomeness that is Vittana.org. - A micro-lending site for student loans. My love of Kiva is well publicized, as it is one of the easiest and safest ways to volunteer in a developing nation without spending the CO2 to ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in August 2012, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Economics, Education, Finance & Money, Poverty & Development

Thames 21 and Ben Fenton

  Sometimes the greatest thing about volunteering is the people you meet.  I worked with Thames21 in London, an organization dedicated to cleaning up the waterways in and around the British capital.  Specifically, I got to use a log carnival-like hook to pick plastic pieces out of Regent’s Canal (which ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in August 2012, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution, Recycling

Britain's Flooding Apocalyptic for Wildlife

As the U.S. wallows in a drought covering over 50% of the country, Great Britain has experienced widespread flooding, which is proving apocalyptic for wildlife  .  The wet weather, caused by a southern shift in the powerful jet stream  , means the British Isles have been pelted by unrelenting rain for ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in August 2012, about Climate Change, Environment & Wildlife, Weather

The Conservation Volunteers

    I recently had the distinct pleasure of working with The Conservation Volunteers in the UK, a non-profit that truly honors reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Before you think the 3 Rs are the common link among environmental organizations check out my petite expose Naughty Non-Profits 7 Eco Sins. The Conservation Volunteers ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in July 2012, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Food, Lifestyle & Behavior

Beware of Baby Ducks

  What follows is a prime example of why wild animals need their space, why you have to take responsibility for your actions, and why you should beware of ducks.   I love baby animals. I think most people do. (Comedian Dara O’Briain explains this phenomenon so brilliantly here.) Spring and ... keep reading

Written by Raegan Payne in June 2012, about Children and Families, Environment & Wildlife, Lifestyle & Behavior

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