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Origin Stories

By Jamie Martin

Experience Life‘s editor in chief reflects on her rural upbringing and how growing up on a family farm allows her to feel more connected to — and appreciative of — the food she eats.

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Why Trees Matter So Much — for the Health of People and the Planet

With Jad Daley and Sarah Emola
Season 8, Episode 6

From cooling and cleaning the air to improving our mental and physical well-being, the effects that trees have on our health are more powerful and wide-reaching than many of us may realize — or give them credit for.

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How Conventional Farming Practices Harm the Soil

By Kristin Ohlson

Widespread farming practices like monoculture planting and the use of chemical fertilizers have a detrimental effect on soil health.

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7 Ways to Find Food From Good Soil

By Kristin Ohlson

Some food and farm activists want to see an official “soil health” label — much like the federally regulated organic label — but for now, nothing like this exists to guide consumers. Finding food grown in good soil requires some detective work. Experts offer these clues.

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Toward a World With Less Plastic

By Michael Dregni

Read a short overview of the UN Environment Programme’s ambitious plan to reduce plastic pollution by 80 percent by 2040.

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6 Single-Use Products to Replace

By Experience Life Staff

It’s time to start replacing those single-use products. Here are some sustainable swaps.

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6 Tips for Creating a Sustainable Yard

By Lauren David

Keystone plants, vermicomposting, and no-till gardening are just some of the ways you can create a sustainable outdoor space.

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9 Tips to Use Less Water in the Kitchen

By Kim Syrios

Try these simple tips to reduce water usage in your kitchen.

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How Soil Health Is Connected to Human Health — and So Much More

By Kristin Ohlson

You may not be able to see them, but the microorganisms in the soil have a major impact on human nutrition and health.

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Look to the Trees

By Bahram Akradi

Life Time CEO and founder Bahram Akradi reflects on the immediate impact planting a tree can have in the fight against climate change — and how to inspire collective action for a sustainable future.

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How Conventional Farming Methods Are Leading to Less-Nutritious Food

By Catherine Guthrie

Fertilizers and modern farming practices are depleting the soil’s natural microbiome, which plants require for nutritional density. Here’s what you can do about it.

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Is It Safe to Exercise Outdoors When the Air Quality Is Bad?

By Jessica Migala

Athletes are particularly susceptible to the effects of air pollution. Here’s what you need to know about working out outside — as well as how to protect yourself.

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How to Be a Respectful Guest When Traveling Abroad

By Laurel Kallenbach

Discover the importance of cultural respect while traveling abroad, including the importance of learning a few words in the local language and practicing “leave no trace” principles.

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How to Forage for Wild Berries

By Catherine Guthrie

Start foraging your own blackberries, raspberries, and more with advice from Julia Skinner, PhD.

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5 Strategies for Becoming a More Conscious Traveler

By Laurel Kallenbach

Traveling is an inherent part of our human spirit, yet it can exert pressure on popular vacation destinations. Discover how you can make a positive impact on local economies while ensuring an enjoyable and fulfilling travel experience.

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How Air Pollution Undermines Physical and Mental Health

By Michael Dregni

Many people may underestimate the extent to which air quality can affect their physical health and mental well-being. Read on to learn more.

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Consider Agritourism for Your Next Vacation

By Jill Patton, FMCHC

For your next vacation, check out the rural pleasures of an agritourism farm to get in touch with the land — and to better understand the sources of your food.

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The Health Effects of Air Pollution and What You Can Do About It

By Mo Perry

Poor air quality not only affects the vulnerable but also the young and healthy. Learn what you can do to help keep your lungs healthy.

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How to Eat a More Climate-Friendly Diet

By Mo Perry

We know that our food choices affect our individual health; they also matter to the health of the planet.

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