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February 26, 2016:  How Green is your cup of Joe?  
Eighty percent of Americans drink coffee, and global consumption is projected to rise by 25% in the next five years.  What is the eco-footprint? Many factors contribute. In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores what’s happening locally and beyond to green up America’s favorite morning drink. 

August 28, 2015: Shades Of Grey In Green Agriculture
Americans spend less of their household budget on food than do citizens of any other country. Should we spend more, to reduce long-term impacts to the planet? How do we decide what products are most "green?"

June 26, 2015: Breast Milk - Nature's Most Perfect Food?
Some consider breastfeeding to be one of the best ways to promote both human and environmental health. In this installment, Barbara Lucas explores the benefits and challenges of ensuring that all babies have access to breast milk.

April 24, 2015: Michigan's Sugarbush - Environmental considerations of the Maple Sugar Industry
Early spring in Michigan brings the cold nights and warm days that make tree sap flow: It’s Maple Sugar time! In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores the environmental considerations of this growing local industry.

November 28, 2014: Bountiful Harvest - Local Folks See Benefit in Raising Own Food
In today’s world, most of our food comes in packages from the grocery store, and few of us have a real connection to how it got there. From schoolyard gardens to addiction treatment centers, growing plants and raising livestock can have many benefits.

September 27, 2013: Local Access to Local Foods
As "food miles" have increased, finding fresh, locally-grown food often means driving a distance to get it. But Washtenaw County is seeing a surge of interest in locally-sourced food that is available nearby.

January 22, 2013: Food Waste
On any given day, we waste a lot of food-about half of what we throw away is food. What should we do with it all? Sending it to the landfill has environmental impacts, so cities are looking into alternatives.



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