catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Commercialism, Chemicals & Consequences

vol. 6, num. 4 :: 2007.02.23 — 2007.03.09

On February 23, 1983, the Environmental Protection agency announced plans to buy out and evacuate the town of Times Beach, Missouri due to high dioxin levels in the soil.  The town was founded in 1925 as a result of a newspaper promotion—buy a lot, get a six-month subscription.  Check out this issue for more of the Times Beach story, as well as other strange-but-true tales of humanity's impact on the earth and its creatures.



Paint, politics and parents

Approaching lead poisoning as an issue of environmental justice.


An elegy for The Beach

Reflections on the too-short life of Times Beach, Missouri.


Trace elements in the environment

Lead, mercury and arsenic, oh my!  An explanation of trace elements, with effects and suggestions for action.

Happily (almost) ever after

The legacy of lead in East St. Louis.

Prozac, Paxil, Nortriptyline--Go Noyeses!

An exploration of how prescription medication can affect quality of life for a family.


Socially transmitted disease

A review of the book Affluenza.

Al Gore: American prophet of inconvenience

A review of the film An Inconvenient Truth.


In case you missed it the first time

Buying organic: What difference does it make?

The daughter of an organic farmer explore the nature and benefits of organic products, as well as the sacrifice involved in producing and purchasing those products.

Passing it on

On teaching a new generation to care for creation.

On becoming a Diva for Jesus

Some words about conscious personal care for women, with a warning to those who faint at the thought of seeing The Vagina Monologues.

Good things from the earth

An interview with Krista Bogertman about makeup and personal care.

Weaving the web

Gestational blues

Erin Middlewood writes about the quest for a healthy pregnancy in an unhealthy society.


Just ask!

A feature on the magazine's web site that answers subscribers' questions about safe household products.


The Meatrix

You've probably seen it already, but just in case…a spoof of The Matrix and its sequels on the effects of factory farming.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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