Downstream Environmental Risks the Latest GMO Salmon Setback


Downstream Environmental Risks the Latest GMO Salmon Setback

The FDA’s GMO salmon approval faces another hurdle.

Remember Frankenfood? No, that’s not the name of a long-forgotten, sugary kids cereal. It’s the moniker given to GMO food including corn, soy, canola, and cotton by critics. And there are many.

Through modifications at the genetic level, GMO technology makes seeds resistant to heavy doses of herbicides. In some cases, seeds are modified to generate pesticides themselves, as in the case of Bt corn and cotton, for example, where the seed expresses a toxin to kill pests.





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The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding


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Dolls for boys and trucks for girls – no problem. When it comes to our kids, give us pink shirts and dinosaur dresses and everything in between. But oddly, the gender binary is alive and well in marketing for adults – particularly when it comes to gifts. There are so many amazing, life-changing, how-did-I-function-without-this products men and women are missing out on simply because they aren’t marketed to all of us. 

Well guess what? We’re done with it. Because delicious, healthy, progressive living isn’t binary. Ladies? Meet the kettlebell. Gents? Exfoliation is your friend. This gift guide is filled with the brim with items to help you look and feel your best, from skincare to calming candles, beauty teas, and that getaway you’re sorely missing. 

1. Ziip Beauty Nano Current Device (Via Violet Grey)

The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding

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Zip Beauty Nano Current Device boosts your skin’s radiance, enhances lymphatic drainage, kills acne bacteria, and accelerates cellular repair. It keeps your skin in tip top condition down to the cellular level. Plus, it’s wireless, easy to use, and it delivers instant skin improvement. It’s the perfect gift for those that want to look their best everyday and but don’t have the time or the money for a weekly spa facial.

Get it for $495 at VioletGrey.com.

2. Stacked Skincare Microroller

The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding

The Stacked Skincare Microroller provides at home microneedling in a modern, super handy package. This tool improves skin’s texture and removes dark spots. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Eighty-six percent of those that have used the microroller says it promotes younger looking skin, and 82 percent said their skin looked plumper in just 12 weeks of use (this tool is a favorite of our very own co-founder, Laura Klein). Cruelty-free, sustainable, and designed by Kerry Benjamin, pro aesthetician, it’s an equally fabulous tool for men and women (though it’s not a good choice if you have active acne).

Get it for $106.25 (was $125) at StackedSkincare.com.

 AnnMarie Beauty Blend Tea and Tumbler

The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding

The AnnMarie Beauty Blend Tea and Tumbler is the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life. Includes a beauty blend tea and a super sleek travel tumbler. The yummy tea is a full-bodied, lightly caffeinated Yerba Mate made to give your skin a beauty boost with herbs like nettle and horsetail. The tea tumbler is the perfect way to drink your beauty beverage on-the-go. ($55)

Get it for $55 at AnnMarieGianni.com.

5. Baloo Living Weighted Blanket

The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding

No matter what your day brings, this weighted blanket from Baloo Living is here to make sure you have a calm and revitalizing sleep. Available for double, queen, or king-sized beds the blanket weighs between 15 and 20 pounds. The weight automatically sends a signal to the nervous system, releasing serotonin, which is converted into melatonin, making you sleepy. It’s like getting a warm hug that puts you right to sleep. And in a time when sleepless nights are bringing us all down, this weighted blanket, made from chemical-free, sustainable materials as well as soft and premium cotton, may be just the thing. 

Listed at $169 on BalooLiving.com (use code GIFT20 and take 20% off). 

TCA Lactic & Glycolic Face, Body + Lip Peel

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Winter skin be gone….Your giftee will be siked when they unwrap this super thoughtful gift. The TCA Lactic and Glycolic Face Peel delivers an overnight skin reprieve. The peel includes five “high performance acids” that resurface, smooth uneven surfaces, work on dark spots, and soften fine lines. Prevents breakouts and clears pore congestion without over drying the skin. Use 3-5 times weekly. The TCA Multi-Acid Body Peel is perfect for those who want to clear up back acne. Oh and while you’re at it, slather it across the back of your hands, knees and arms where skin is starting to look a little creepy and show dark spots. And the Hydrating Lip Peel, it’s the secret to smooth soft kissable lips. All of Stacked Skincare products are vegan and cruelty free. 

Shop peels at StackedSkincare.com.

REI Flexlite Coop Chair

The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding

This year, the only socializing that’s considered safe is done outside and six feet away from one another. And it’s safest to bring your own chair. Enter the REI Flexlite Dreamer Chair. It’s portable, durable, and comfy whether you’re headed to your best friend’s backyard or deep into the woods on a camping trip. It features a removable pillow and mesh pockets, and it’s been updated from previous versions to make it a more relaxing seat. It’s lightweight, water repellant, and easily folds up to be packed away. It’s also made of sustainable materials. 

Get it for $99.95 at REI.com.

UMA OILS Pure Calm Wellness Candle

The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding

This year has been a wild ride, and many of us just need to chill. Since these days, most of our chillin’ is done at home, this UMA OILS Pure Calm Wellness Candle is a great way to enjoy some peace of mind in a hectic world. Made with relaxants aplenty like chamomile, lavender, and vetiver, and a luxurious scent with rose and geranium oil, this candle softens and soothes the nervous system on those days when you need it most. For best results, burn more than four hours at a time. ($68)

Get it for $68 at TheDetoxMarket.com.

TRX Home Gym Systems

The Complete Gift Guide to "Man" Things and "Woman" Things That Everyone Needs

We all need a little resistance work and these TRX Home Gym Systems keep a body strong without ever having to leave your home. The TRX HOME2 SYSTEM ($159.99) is a great place to get started whether you’re working out at home or on-the-go. The TRX RIP TRAINER ($151.95) helps strengthen your core from the inside out. It also improves your range of motion, endurance and balance. And for a strength training stocking stuffer, this TRX SLAM BALL ($23.95) works out every muscle in your body all in one (ladies, it’s also a great stress reliever typically reserved for the guys!). 

See what’s on sale at TRXTraining.com.

Cork Yoga Block from Manduka

The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding

We’re all trying to up our yoga home practice, and this Cork Yoga Block from Manduka is just the thing to help you take it to the next level. It’s made from sustainable cork but has the firmness and durability of a traditional block. For the yogi or yogini in your life, get into poses you never dreamed of. Lightweight, resilient, and easy to grip, this block will thrill your giftee. ($20)

Get it for $20 at Manduka.com.

Crowd Cow Sustainable Meats

The Complete Gift Guide to Things That Everyone Needs – Gender Nonwithstanding

Crowd Cow allows you to enjoy the best in sustainable meats and be choosy about your favorite cuts. The company only sources from the best farms, and unlike other farm boxes, you can choose the cuts in every box. Order your giftee a monthly box that comes right to their doorstep, and they’ll be able to enjoy beef, pork, chicken, seafood and wagyu sourced from farms with the highest ethical standards. All meats are raised without hormones or antibiotics, and every 100 percent compostable box comes with cooking directions to help each giftee show off their proteins to their best advantage. 

Gifts start at $55 at CrowdCow.com.

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More Sustainable Champagne? These Women Are Answering the Call


When people visit the Champagne houses of France, they’re often told the stories of famed widows throughout history who championed the famous bubbly: the Veuve Clicquot, or Lily Bollinger, or Jeanne-Alexandrine Pommery. But despite such examples, in reality, women have long been on the outskirts of Champagne.

Land in Champagne is nearly impossible to buy, and so Champagne is a family affair, with houses often passed from father to son. The famed widows inherited their lot when there was no one else – no son, no brother – to turn to. And this remained the case well into the modern age.





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