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With our ongoing consumer advocacy series, we at the Human Impacts Institute want to help put the power back into consumers’ hands. We want to equip consumers with the knowledge of what kinds of chemicals (good and bad) are actually in their food, beauty products, and...

March 4, 2015

Did you know that the average U.S. home has 63 different kinds of synthetic chemicals (or about 10 gallons) in their home, many of which have never been tested for human health and safety? Or that about 300 of those synthetic chemicals have been found in the umbilical...

September 16, 2014

On September 10th, 2014, The Human Impacts Institute co-hosted the Screening Premiere in NYC of Food Forward, a new PBS series about Americans transforming our food.  After screening the pilot episode and a few clips from various other episodes covering issues from com...

June 27, 2014

Food makes up the largest percentage of waste going into municipal landfills, accounting for over 21% of total waste. This waste could be prevented, used to feed people, or composted to create a valuable soil amendment. Reducing food losses by just 15% would feed more...

June 17, 2014

“You are what you eat!” This idiom has become the poster child for promoting health and awareness in food intake, connecting concerned mothers with other health conscious like-minded individuals. This phrase originates in 1826 from Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s words, “De...

June 6, 2014

With a growing world population, farming and sustainability are boundlessly intertwined and at the heart of global issues. How can we feed all of the hungry people on earth? How can we maximize arable land? When considering such daunting questions, addressing one facet...

June 3, 2014

 

Tackling climate change, cutting down on pollution, and creating a sustainable planet takes time and requires collaboration from people around the world. Although these are large-scale issues, every individual can do his or her part to create a greener Earth.

 

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May 2, 2014

You never know what you’ll find in Brooklyn at any given time, but if you had happened to be at the Isa restaurant at 348 Wythe Ave in Williamsburg and walked upstairs at 6:30pm on April 27th, a surprising scene would have awaited you. It was the Human Impacts Institut...

May 2, 2014

One of the seven Core Values of Whole Foods Market is: To Support Team Member Happiness and Excellence. To help strengthen this value, each store dedicates seven days each year to "Team Member Appreciation Week." The Human Impacts Institute was given the opportunity to...

March 26, 2014

On March 26, 2014, the Human Impacts Institute crew attended a rally at City Hall, where Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin introduced a bill that is intended to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags. The legislation would impose a10 cent fee for every p...

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