Sustainable Living

In this photo taken Monday Nov. 17, 2014 veteran meat cutter  Everett Gage takes a break as he looks at the row of deer he has to cut following the first weekend of the deer rifle season in Loudon, N.H. Fish and Wildlife officials suspect that interest from local food connoisseurs is helping to level off a drop in the number of hunting license holders nationally, which has been on a steady decline over the last 30 years. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

“It’s not easy and it’s not a surefire way to fill a freezer every year but it’s certainly more rewarding than even raising a cow behind your house and butchering it,” said Chris Saunders, hunter education coordinator for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2013, file photo, December Tueller, left, Caroline White and Brandon Schilling, right, protest genetically modified foods on the steps of the Jackson County Court House in Medford, Ore.  Oregon voters on Tuesday rejected by a narrow margin the labeling of genetically modified foods following the most expensive ballot-measure campaign in state history.  (AP Photo/The Mail Tribune, Jamie Lusch, File)

“This is a social movement that’s gaining power, as people become more aware of how their food is produced,” said George Kimbrell, a senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety. “So there’s great success there regardless of the outcome of the measure.”

This July 6, 2014 photo shows a honeybee harvesting pollen from one of the clover blooms on a lawn near Langley, Wash. White clover generally is considered the best plant companion to cool season lawn grasses when trying to attract pollinators. Blended bee-friendly lawns can be a beneficial compromise when landscaping. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

“Bee lawns aren’t 100 percent flowers. They have some grass included,” said Mary Meyer, an extension horticulturist and professor with the University of Minnesota.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, Victor Hernandez stocks apples in the produce section at Whole Foods, in Coral Gables, Fla. Whole Foods on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Matt Rogers, global produce coordinator for Whole Foods, said the “responsibly grown” program is major push toward eliminating the use of certain pesticides that studies have indicated can be harmful to farm workers and children born to mothers exposed to them.

In this August 18, 2013 photo, this blacktail doe and fawn are steered away from these backyard gardens by some appealing-to-the-eye fencing in Langley, Wash. Many people are wildlife watchers and enjoy having them around but any species can become a nuisance in the garden. A variety of benign control and prevention techniques are available including repellants, frightening techniques and distracting them with other plants. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

“You can steer your way around a lot of the usual wildlife-property owner confrontations,” said Robert Pierce, an extension fisheries and wildlife specialist with the University of Missouri.

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