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The Green Life: 5 Green Facts for St. Patrick's Day

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March 17, 2009

5 Green Facts for St. Patrick's Day

Go green for st. patty's day On St. Patrick's Day, it's easy being green. Here are a few tips and conversation starters to help you celebrate.

  • Really Green Beers: Kick off the festivities with your favorite local, sustainable brew (we've got a few suggestions). And remember, buying in bulk is best: Keg or draught beer is greener than individual bottles. Bottles, in turn, are slightly greener than cans.

  • Delicious Dishes: Irish recipes favor potatoes and cabbage. These staples can be found in some farmers' markets well into winter, making them great bets for year-round locavores. Use organic veggies and local, grass-fed beef to make Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage. Try substituting seitan or kidney beans to make meatless versions of these traditional dishes.

  • Ireland's Environment: A report from the Irish American Climate Project predicts that global warming will endanger the Emerald Isle's verdant fields, cause a drought-induced reduction in the the country's famous potato crop, and lead to more "bog bursts" (think mudslides). Talk about a buzz kill.

--Della Watson

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