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What is Planetary Health?  

As environmentalists, it is safe to say that the global environment is currently changing. From warmer temperatures to overfishing, our decisions have an impact on the world. This defines the core basis of planetary health.   Planetary Health is the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends. Planetary […]

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Waste Reduction: A Focus On Reducing our Plastic Usage  

UMass Dining is committed to reducing single-use plastics from infiltrating our environment and impacting environmental and human health. With this focus, UMass Dining creates new initiatives that incentivize students to make better, informed choices regarding their waste management. The exchange of knowledge is an essential factor for change and growth, so it is important to

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Textile Waste  

When you go shopping for new clothes, what do you pay attention to before making a purchase? You may consider factors such as the latest fashion trends, price, and versatility–but how often do you think about the environmental impact of the clothing you wear?   It may be difficult to believe that something as simple as

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Keeping Up With Kelp: A Delicious Partnership with Atlantic Sea Farms to Save Our Planet 

Did you know that despite covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, only 2% of the food we eat is supplied by the ocean? Although the first foods that come to mind when you think of the ocean may be animal products, such as fish, shrimp, and lobster, many people are also eating sea vegetables–specifically

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A Foraging Guide to Campus

This past semester, Anaadi Pooran, a student in the Master’s in Sustainability program, worked with UMass Permaculture Initiative Coordinator, Dan Bensonoff, to create a field guide to foraging on the UMass Amherst campus.  The field guide presents detailed information on 21 different species of edible plants and mushrooms that can be readily found on campus. Also

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As Above, So Below- Digging Roots and Scattering Seeds Under the Scorpio Moon

It is no secret that Scorpio season (October 22nd – November 21st) is a time for contemplating the ever-present cycle of death and rebirth. This, I can only assume, is why many of the holidays celebrated this time of year (Halloween, el Día de los Muertos, Samhain, All Saints’ Day, etc.), regardless of the cultures

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Diet For A Cooler Planet Dinner

On November 27th 2018, UMass Dining hosted an event called Diet For A Cooler Planet that served a meal of delicious regenerative foods featuring contributions from local farms practicing alternative farming methods. The meal was served in all four dining commons on campus to highlight our local partners and encourage students to practice more mindful

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