Massachusetts To Ban the Trashing of Commercial Food Waste

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From Bon Appetit

Last week, a biased but fairly thorough analysis revealed that Massachusetts is the best state in the nation. Even if the weather can get a little miserable, the Bay State tops (or is at least close to topping) the charts in education, health, and wealth, and recently pushed California out of its number one spot as America’s most energy-efficient state.

And it looks like it’s going to keep that energy-efficient crown for a while. Starting in 2014, large institutions including hotels and restaurants are going to be banned from throwing away their leftover food. Instead, the food waste will go to composting sites and specially-designed treatment plants to convert the scraps into energy, heat, and fertilizer.

The specially-designed plants use bacteria to break down the leftovers into methane, which is then burned like natural gas to make electricity. This kind of system is already in place in parts of Europe, and state officials hope to expand it to home and small restaurant waste, too.

Expect the rest of the country to catch up to the Best State in a couple of decades.
[via Slate, Boston]


Fallacies Concerning Red Meat Consumption

Bison Porterhouse Steak, page 126, Tender Grassfed Barbecue, by Stanley A. Fishman.

There has been many articles about the dangers of red meat; that it leads to heart disease, cancer, diverticulitis, weight gain. 

I have a huge problem with this advice. These experts NEVER distinguish between factory red meat and grass-fed red meat. Factory red meat is raised with the use of chemicals, fed unnatural feed sprayed with pesticides, and often bizarre feeds like chicken manure, donuts, and candy bars still in their wrappers. Grass-fed meat is raised on green living grass, without the chemicals, and unnatural feed. The difference between these two types of meat is huge, as they are very different in their content and composition. The studies used by these experts for the basis of their opinion NEVER distinguish between factory meat and grass-fed meat, treating them like the same substance. Since over ninety-eight percent of the red meat eaten in the U.S. is factory meat, those studies really only apply to factory meat, not grass-fed.

Our ancestors barbecued red meat all the time. In fact, a huge portion of the meat enjoyed by humanity for thousands and thousands of years was cooked with fire. But until modern times, nearly all of this meat was grass-fed.

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Full Post is at Tender Grass Fed Meat


Easy Ways to Conserve Water

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According to Scientific American you can use more than 40 gallons of water by letting the faucet run while washing the dishes.

Here’s how to use only use about 3 or 4 gallons;

Wash dishes with 2 dish pans in the sink, one for hot soapy water, one with warm rinse water. Do glasses first, pause a moment to let the soapy water drip off, then move to rinse water. Stop when rinse water is almost full and rinse quickly. Repeat with silver, plates, then pots and utensils. All with 2 dishpans full of water. Then I pour the soapy water, with all that organic matter, onto my plants in the garden. It helps repel pests and loosens the soil. And good for the biceps when you carry it outdoors.

Other ways to save water;

1)  Use very low flow shower heads. Ace Hardware has a 1.5 GPM with a shut-off valve. Take a 3 minute shower!

2)  Use grey water from shower(I keep a 5 gallon bucket in shower and use it throughout the day to flush the toilet, take what’s left to the flower beds. If you can’t lift a 5 gallon bucket, use a 3 gallon one.  You’ll work up to a 5 gallon one in no time, just keep doing it!

3) NEVER buy bottled water. I bought a Kleen Kanteen for each person in the family, we refill and take with us. I’ve had mine over a year.

4) I have an outdoor solar heated shower that I built.  May not save water bit is saves electricity!

5)  I water my garden with buckets from the rain barrels that are under the eaves of my garage. 10 feet from my garden. The front flower garden gets watered entirely from the dish water.

6) I feel VERY strongly that it is awful to put sewage back in to fresh water.  I use a sawdust toilet thus putting no sewage in the system..and makes for great compost (ONLY for high heat composting!). 


Top Ten Reasons to Line Dry

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We think there are dozens of reasons to hang out, but these are a few of the most compelling reasons.  Project Laundry

10) Save money

You can save more than $25/month off the monthly electric bill for many households.

9) Clothes last longer

Where do you think lint comes from?

8) Pleasant Scent

Clothes and linens smell better without adding possibly toxic chemicals to your body and the environment.

7) Saves Energy, Preserves Environment, Reduces Pollution

Conserve energy and the environment, while reducing climate change.

6) Healthy Work

It is moderate physical activity which you can do in or outside.

5) Get the Sunshine Treatment

Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.

4) Replace another appliance

Indoor racks can humidify in dry winter weather.

3) Avoid a Fire

Clothes dryer and washing machine fires account for about 17,700 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 360 injuries annually. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million. See a diagram of the critical danger zones of the dryer.

2) It is fun!

And can be an outdoor experience that is meditative and community-building. It may also help you avoid depression.

1) It is truly patriotic

Demonstrates that small steps can make a difference. You don’t have to wait for the government to take action!

Positive Proof of Global Warming


All Natural Laundry Soap for about $20.00 a YEAR!

I posted about Soap Nuts a few years ago, but wanted to update and spread the word about this awesome, all natural solution for laundry soap.  I discovered Soap nuts about 5 years ago and am still using them.  It is a nut that grows on a tree, is safe, natural alternatives to harmful chemicals. Soap nuts release saponin (an effective, hypoallergenic, biodegradable organic cleaning agent. If you suffer from allergies, have sensitive skin, use cloth diapers, or want to do your part for a greener earth, soap nuts fit the bill. Soap nuts leave laundry clean, fresh and soft; dishes, pots and pans sparkling clean; your hair and scalp healthy – plus offer a plethora of green household cleaning uses.

I use them for laundry primarily.  In cold water I just put them in a small muslin bag (comes with the nuts) and wash a few loads with them.  For hot water washes I make a liquid by pouring boiling water over a handful of nuts and let it sit over night. It makes about a quart, which I keep in the fridge.  That amount will do about 20 loads of laundry.

You can use this liquid for a Mosquito Repellent, for hand soap or shampoo.

To BUY…

From Google

From Laundry Tree

From NaturOli Organic through Amazon

Here’s a Guide on Growing Soap Nuts

I have asked both Grassroots Market and Whole foods to carry these..so far no luck.  BUT, if you ask each time you go in and they continue to get requests, perhaps they will get them in for us!


If the Food’s in Plastic, What’s in the Food?

By Susan Freinkel
In a study published last year in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers put five San Francisco families on a three-day diet of food that hadn’t been in contact with plastic. When they compared urine samples before and after the diet, the scientists were stunned to see what a difference a few days could make: The participants’ levels of bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to harden polycarbonate plastic, plunged — by two-thirds, on average — while those of the phthalate DEHP, which imparts flexibility to plastics, dropped by more than half.

The findings seemed to confirm what many experts suspected: Plastic food packaging is a major source of these potentially harmful chemicals, which most Americans harbor in their bodies. Other studies have shown phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) passing into food from processing equipment and food-prep gloves, gaskets and seals on non-plastic containers, inks used on labels — which can permeate packaging — and even the plastic film used in agriculture.

More….


Eau Good Water Bottle

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Binchotan active charcoal has been used in Japan as a water purifier since the 17th century. It reduces chlorine, mineralises the water and balances the pH. The binchotan active charcoal can be used for up to 6 months and amazingly recycles for many different uses after this.
Over 22 billion plastic water bottles are discarded around the world every year. We want to reduce this by making tap water taste better and encourage people to stop buying bottled water.
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Anonymous Takes Down Monsanto.com

 

Posted on January 21, 2012 by Sabra

In a thread of hack events from the Anonymous group, the most recent target has been Monsanto.com. Anonymous, which briefly knocked the FBI and Justice Department websites offline as well as Music Industry websites in retaliation for the US shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload, is a shadowy group of international hackers.

Click here to see the videos-  http://www.organiccommonsense.com/organic/anonymous-takes-down-monsanto-com/

Anonymous Message To Monsanto: We fight for farmers! – Video Transcript
To the free-thinking citizens of the world: Anonymous stands with the farmers and food organizations denouncing the practices of Monsanto We applaud the bravery of the organizations and citizens who are standing up to Monsanto, and we stand united with you against this oppressive corporate abuse. Monsanto is contaminating the world with chemicals and genetically modified food crops for profit while claiming to feed the hungry and protect the environment. Anonymous is everyone, Anyone who can not stand for injustice and decides to do something about it, We are all over the Earth and here to stay.

To Monsanto, we demand you STOP the following:

  • Contaminating the global food chain with GMO’s.
  • Intimidating small farmers with bullying and lawsuits.
  • Propagating the use of destructive pesticides and herbicides across the globe.
  • Using “Terminator Technology”, which renders plants sterile.
  • Attempting to hijack UN climate change negotiations for your own fiscal benefit.
  • Reducing farmland to desert through monoculture and the use of synthetic fertilizers.
  • Inspiring suicides of hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers.
  • Causing birth defects by continuing to produce the pesticide “Round-up”
  • Attempting to bribe foriegn officials
  • Infiltrating anti-GMO groups

Monsanto, these crimes will not go unpunished. Anonymous will not spare you nor anyone in support of your oppressive illegal business practices.

AGRA, a great example:
In 2006, AGRA, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, was established with funding from Bill Gates and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Among the other founding members of, AGRA, we find: Monsanto, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter and Gamble, Merck, Mosaic, Pfizer, Sumitomo Chemical and Yara. The fact that these corporations are either chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturers is no coincidence.

The people of the world see you, Monsanto. Anonymous sees you.

Seeds of Opportunism, Climate change offers these businesses a perfect excuse to prey on the poorest countries by swooping in to “rescue” the farmers and people with their GMO crops and chemical pesticides. These corporations eradicate the traditional ways of the country’s agriculture for the sake of enormous profits.
The introduction of GMOs drastically affects a local farmers income, as the price of chemicals required for GMOs and seeds from Monsanto cripples the farmer’s meager profit margins.

There are even many cases of Monsanto suing small farmers after pollen from their GMO crops accidentally cross with the farmer’s crops. Because Monsanto has a patent on theri brand of seed, they claim the farmer is in violation of patent laws.

These disgusting and inhumane practices will not be tolerated.

Anonymous urges all concerned citizens to stand up for these farmers, stand up for the future of your own food. Protest, organize, spread info to your friends!

SAY NO TO POISONOUS CHEMICALS IN YOUR FOOD!
Operation Green RightsSAY NO TO GMO!
SAY NO TO MONSANTO!

We are Anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us


Stopping Monsanto

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We all been outraged at Monsanto’s aggressive, even illegal, certainly immoral marketing and pollution practices lately.  we have all bitched voraciously all over the Internet.   Go HERE to read about their deplorable business practices.

So what can we do about it?  Yes, sign the petitions, re-post,  re-blog..spread the word!   And then?

Again’ VOTE with your Dollars!  Buy certified organic food, grow your own food… purchase heirloom seeds and organic seeds.  Learn how to grow from the seeds of your own food you raise. I bought seeds 4 years ago, am still using the same seed packets or have seeds from my last crop of tomatoes, Malabar spinach, lettuces.  The seed packets tell you to “broadcast the seeds” then thin the plants.  That is ridiculous!  Of coarse they want you to waste the seeds, and buy more next year.  I sprout each seed or direct plant into perlite and then soil.  

So let’s put Monsanto out of business, let’s do what they re most scared of; make our voices heard load and clear.  AND stop supporting them,, buy organic food, cleaning products, clothing..etc.   Stop supporting chemical companies, not just Monsanto.   Stop buying plastic, stop getting shopping bags (bring your own), stop getting take-out. 

Learn to live with less, buy better quality when you do. Re-use as much as possible.

It is possible to drastically lower your carbon footprint. This in turn impacts big business.

Every single choice you make has an impact.

And go to Millions Against Monsanto and speak out.


Why Sustainability Is Boring and Merely ‘Consuming Less’ Misses the Point

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You’re probably wondering right now if this is Re-Nest you’re reading. Wait, what?Have we suddenly upped and thrown our morals to the wind? Isn’t Re-Nest supposed to be about conscious and responsible living and design at home? Don’t we believe that the choices we make—what we use, what we buy— have an impact on the planet? Aren’t we for reuse and against throwawyism? Yes, yes, and yes—which is exactly why sustainability is boring and merely ‘consuming less’ misses the point.

We’ve all heard the hot button words: green, eco-friendly, sustainable, recycled, upcycled, reclaimed, reused, non-toxic, all-natural… the list goes on. And I’m the first to admit that Re-Nest writers, myself included, use these descriptors all the time as a way of defining what is "good" and what is "bad" in this nebulous green world we’re trying to create for ourselves. (See? I did it again.)

But to be honest, I’m growing tired of my reliance on these words to define what is important. Because while these descriptors can be incredibly useful and informative, more often than not they’re excuses for bad design, condescending judgement and behavior (hence the top photo), or blatant greenwashing.

Are there ways we can "tweak" our thinking on this? I think so.

Note: I’m not saying we should abandon the old views entirely, but rather expand those views to include some of the broader new views in our understanding of what it means to, well, be green.

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Old View: Don’t be a consumer.
New View: Buy fewer things of higher quality that you’ll value more.

It’s not about not consuming; it’s about mindful consuming. Bruce Sterling, the founder of the Veridian Design Movement (or "bright green environmentalism") wrote in his last Veridian note that "it’s not bad to own fine things that you like. What you need are things that you GENUINELY like. Things that you cherish, that enhance your existence in the world. The rest is dross."

Old View: Live minimally and frugally.
New View: Practice appropriatism.

As Frank Chimero writes, "Add things until it starts sucking, take things away until it stops getting better." It shouldn’t simply be about consuming less; instead, we should ask ourselves ‘What is better?’ and ‘What is appropriate?’ and we should celebrate both thrift and aspiration.

Old View: Sustainable, recycled, upcycled.
New View: Heirloom, repairable, upgradable.

Justin McGuirk in this article for The Guardian says, rightly so, that the wordsustainable is not an adjective you would use to describe something you love. "To sustain something is to keep it alive, pure and simple. It’s more of a duty than a passion," he writes, that "suggests the flatlining of human ambition." If sustainability is an aesthetic predominantly defined by brown, recycled wood and cardboard products, then it will ultimately fail to interest the majority of the population. Encourage design that appeals to people’s sense of aesthetic, not just to their sense of duty. The best green design should be able to improve your life and the planet without sacrificing style and comfort.

Old View: Reduce, reuse, recycle.
New View: Be against throwawayism.

Learn to love and take care of your stuff. Buy well and buy once. Get "radically improved everyday things," as Bruce Sterling says. The objects you use the most should be the highest quality you can afford.