March 2016 Letter From Publisher
Feb 25, 2016 09:47PM
Spring is in full bloom, and on the Suncoast, there are ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities during this time of year. As we embrace the seasonal shift in weather (relatively speaking—this is Florida, after all!) and get back to nature, let’s also be mindful of the delicate environment right in our own backyard.
Respecting the planet’s natural beauty is an important social concern, and inside this issue, you’ll find informative articles on that topic. “Holistic Pasturing,” for example, delves into sustainable farming to promote ecological restoration and reverse the effects of climate change. Also, this month’s Green Living feature on “Agrihoods” highlights community initiatives, centered around urban and suburban horticulture.
Another way to practice eco-friendly behavior is through the quality of food we eat. “Meaty Truth” addresses the politics, economics, environmental hazards and health risks of consuming processed meats—plus, why locally sourced, organic and grass-fed alternatives are a greener option. In addition, “America’s Veggie Imbalance” offers practical advice on expanding our palates to both domestic and exotic vegetables.
So, embrace the Great Outdoors this spring and remember that nature is ours to cherish. Please email any comments or suggestions to [email protected], and as always, I hope you’ll find this issue both insightful and enjoyable!