Tom Goldtooth

Native Voices for Planet Earth

Join Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, on Saturday, September 26 for a conversation about the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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Bioneers Conference

Bioneers Conference

For 25 years, the National Bioneers Conference has connected thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

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Northland Sustainable Solutions

Inspired by nature's genius;
working for a resilient future

Our Mission: Northland Sustainable Solutions is a collaborative community informed and inspired by Nature's wisdom to effect personal and planetary transformation. The events we host give people across diverse political, cultural, economic and faith perspectives a place to learn and act together. We believe real solutions emerge when there is time to fully understand each other and the common concerns we face.

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We host quarterly sustainability events and keep up a calendar of other happenings.



We planned the Northland Bioneers event for many years and support the national conference.



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Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience Presentation

Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience Presentation

On the first day of the Great Minnesota Get Together, for the first presentation at the ECOEXPERIENCE Sustainability Stage, a wonderful crowd gathered to hear about seven foods that the experts say should be avoided. This information comes from an IMG_1501article published December 8, 2012 in Prevention magazine and it is alarming that so little has changed in these past few years. So, using some drawings that kids made of these foods, we explored the issues for our health that these seven foods represent.

Microwave popcorn has a chemical in the lining of the bag that gets into the popcorn as it is “cooked” and this chemical is linked to infertility and cancer. Beef from cows fed with corn has lots of saturated fat and other unhealthy chemicals contained in it. Canned tomatoes from cans lined with BPA show high leaching levels of this chemical which is linked with reproductive issues and obesity to name only a few potential problems. Potatoes sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides and are among the most chemically laden of all non-organic vegetables. Go to for more info.

Milk that comes from cows treated with growth hormones, is milk that has artificial hormones still in it when it gets to you. There are negative health implications to ingesting hormones in milk such as increased cancer risk. Farm raised fish is fed an unnatural concoction of foods and chemicals to grow it quickly and keep it healthy in close living quarters. And lastly, non-organic apples are literally sprayed and re sprayed over the course of their growth with many kinds of pesticides.

Solutions are easy! Eat grass fed beef which can be higher in price so cut down the portion size and eat it less frequently to keep the dollar and health scale better balanced. Beef from grass-fed cows is higher in healthy omega-3 fats. Can your own tomatoes in glass jars or eat fresh. Try unseasoned spaghetti sauces in glass jars as a substitute for canned tomatoes. Use only organic potatoes and then eat the skins for they are full of nutrients, not poisons!

Always choose organic milk and butter. Butter made form hormone laden milks and creams is a concentrated milk/cream product and therefore should be avoided. Use less of it and enjoy it more. Eat only wild-caught fish and decrease the portion size. Healthy and smaller is better that unhealthy and large in the portion world. Buy and eat only organic apples and trying popping your own popcorn in a pan with organic coconut oil. The slight taste difference is wonderful!

Thanks to the folks at the ECOEXPERIENCE Building at the Minnesota State Fair. Thanks to Doug, Rebecca, and Vicki form the board of Northland Sustainable Solutions. Check us out on the web at A great series of symposiums sponsored by Northland Sustainable Solutions can be found on the website. Join us in this work which is “inspired by nature’s genius; working for a resilient future.”

Submitted by Karen Olson Johnson
Executive Director Northland Sustainable Solutions
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J. Drake Hamilton at the White House for historic Clean Power Plan announcement

J. Drake Hamilton at the White House for historic Clean Power Plan announcement

Northland Sustainable Solutions and Fresh Energy applaud the historic Clean Power Plan, the largest action ever taken to cut pollution causing global warming. Minnesota businesses, communities, and citizens support the Clean Power Plan for creating big opportunities to grow clean energy jobs as it cuts premature deaths from power plant emissions by nearly 90 percent while ensuring grid reliability and affordable electricity rates.

Furthermore, the Clean Power Plan rewards states for early investment in clean energy and energy efficiency in low income communities.

The Clean Power Plan builds on Minnesota’s progress to move to clean sources of energy. Nationwide, since the Clean Air Act became law more than 45 years ago with bipartisan support, air pollution from mercury, lead, arsenic, and smog pollution has been cut by nearly 70 percent while the economy has tripled in size.

Thanks to Minnesota’s leadership on cutting carbon cost effectively, President Obama invited Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton to join him at the White House today for the release of the final Clean Power Plan.

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