Letter from Publisher, March 2019

I love that spring is just around the corner. Just as I welcomed the end of hot, sticky weather a few months ago, I am anticipating the warm spring days ahead as tender and colorful buds in our yards and gardens bloom to life. Spring is a time of renewal and awakening. Unfortunately, for many of us, the enchanting scents of spring and summer approaching also means that seasonal allergies are not far behind.

Three stories in this issue are designed to help us cope with this inconvenience with strategies for kids and pets—plus All the Right Moves is geared to adults who can use exercise to significantly reduce allergy symptoms.

And speaking of health, did you know that 70 percent of the immune system resides in the lining of the gut? That’s just one critical issue that author Melinda Hemmelgarn addresses in Nutrition Upgrades: Five Strategies for Better Health. Ditch the diet, eat for yourself and the planet, and learn about the care and feeding of that all-important microbiome.

One of my favorite articles in this issue is discovering how food scraps no longer play a supporting role in some kitchens these days. They have moved up to stardom as writer April Thompson shows how creative cooks are using peels, rinds, stems and more in Delicious Discards: Making Meals From Mainly Scraps—complete with tasty recipes.

Important information for all of us can be found in the article Healing from Genetically Altered Food that discusses how to heal ourselves and our children from the pervasive presence of GMOs in our food chain.

On an environmental note, March 22 is World Water Day, a time to take stock of water scarcity, the top long-term global risk for the next decade. We learn how we can reduce our water footprint in Saving a Drop to Drink: Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis. Who knew it takes more than 3,000 gallons to produce a smartphone and 55 gallons for a single egg? There’s plenty of food for thought that goes far beyond watering our lawns and low-flush toilets.

Peace and Blessings,

Roberta Bolduc