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The Future of Food

Hour and a half movie about GMO [Geneticly modified Organism] seeds/foods and the buggeryness of the current Argi-buisness.

Only just started watching it but... there's some serious "Wait, WHAT?!" stuff in there...

This stuff is so messed up. @_@
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Stonyfeild farm organic smoothy (wild berry): If you took a thing o yougurt, added milk and blended it, you'd get this. Kinda nice.

Back to Nature oranic Alfredo and Gimelle mac and cheese box: Buttered pasta has more taste. ><

Barbara's Bakery Vanilla animal cookies: Tastey, organic/natural, and cute, what more could you want in an animal cracker. :DD

Florida's Natural fruit juice nuggets [blueberry]: I got these cause they had no artifical colouring which made me go 'Whoa! :D' Sadly, they're way too sweet... >< Which is a shame cause they have a nice taste.

Amy's organic whole wheat crust pesto and cheeze pizza: <3! Very very tastey.

Amy's Spinach Feta Snacks & Pizza snacks: Eh, more wrapping then filling. Not that great. I'll stick with the pizza itself. :D
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http://www.xtracycle.com/sub.php

This is a neat idea. (and makes me seriously miss my bike again. I should just... go get a new one. *sighs*) Seems muuuch better than the usial just strapp on a backpack methoid (cause GOD hot and sweaty in the summer. ><)

"More than a quarter of US car trips are one mile or less, and 13.7 percent are a half-mile or less."

Kinda an intresting stat. In a way, that's good, but it's also one of those 'Couldn't you just walk it most days?' kinda thing. Of course, the place that's siteing it is using it the 'just walk' angle, but it is just kinda an intersting thign and shows how most stats really aren't too helpful in showing trends. I mean... those car trips could be anything from one person running to the nearst grocery for icecream to a car full of college students getting enough groceries to feed an army to someone hauling a load of garbage to the dump to someone driving a load of kids into school on a day when it's pouring rain. But when all that matters is making your point, all that is "important" is the whole "Look! Doesn't it seem from this breif snapshot that many car trips are unnessasary?"
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http://www.thehungersite.com

Help Preserve Nature. One click at a time

and it's realted sites.

Just click to help them donate through ad reveane.

Dude!

Nov. 16th, 2005 09:36 pm
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http://www.java-log.com/ <-- Fireplace logs made from used COFFEE GROUNDS.

That has to smell AWSOME!
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Got 3 little sample kits of Burt's Bees stuff to split with Kristen for her Xmas present [she got most of it cause it's her present. I got the parts that she didnt like and the mosturisers. :)]

NICE smelling stuff. The Citrus Spice bar has this bizzare smell that's almost adicting.. And the entire bag smells nice.

And the awsome thing? The little bottles are made of 96% post consumer recycled plastic.

So we'll test this stuff out and see how it works. If it works nicely, this'll be one sweet addition to the naturalizing of body care. :)
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Copy pasted from my post on KG )

Ya know, Mars used to have an atmosphere and abundant water. Wonder if it had people who did the same shit we're doing now on it at one point too... >

Cosmetics

Oct. 25th, 2005 12:39 pm
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According to the government agency that regulates cosmetics, the FDA's
Office of Cosmetics and Colors, "a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost
any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without
an approval from the FDA". Testing of product ingredients is not only
controlled by the manufacturers but is also voluntary. Not surprisingly
then, many ingredients in cosmetic products are not tested for safety at
all. In fact, the Environmental Working Group, an environmental watchdog
organization, revealed that 89% of 10,500 ingredients used in personal
care products have not been evaluated for safety by the FDA. This means
that companies can market ingredients that are known to pose potentially
serious health risks, including ones found in moisturizers.


... Ya know? The more I read about the FDA, the more I find that it doesn't do shit... ><



Artificial Colors
Moisturizers with artificial colors present a particular hazard. FD&C Blue 1 and FD&C Green 3 are carcinogenic, and D&C Red 33, FD&C Yellow 5, and FC&C Yellow 6 have been shown to cause cancer when applied to the skin. Some artificial coal-tar colors contain heavy metal impurities, including arsenic and lead, which are carcinogenic. Since moisturizers lie on large areas of the skin for extended periods of time, exposures are increased.


Some offical wordage for teh stuff I shake my fist on. Chemical colours = BAD.
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Baring occasional and very rare moments, I will be making a soild effort to only purchess organic and/or enviormentaly friendly chocolate.

This will serve two goals: Reducing my global impact, and reducing my intake of sugar based calories.

There are a few catagories where I'll be bending this, mostly things like icecream. I have no information on if the chocolate in Bryers [which is an all natural icecream] is organic or not, but as it is part of the product and not the whole, and it's a natural product and very good quality stuff. Similarly, Ben and Jerry's icecream will also be exempt. THey have alot of enviormentaly friendly policies with regards to packaging and dairy that out weigh the uncertanty of the chocolate used. I don't eat icecream too much so it's also not that big a deal.

Chocolate is one of those items that we really don't think of in terms of enviormental harm, but it has alot of it.

Until the 1970s, both coffee and cacao, the chocolate seed, were grown under
the protective shade of the rain-forest canopy. Today, almost half of all coffee
and an increasing share of cacao from Latin America are "full-sun" grown by
clearing rain forests and using large doses of chemicals and fertilizers to
force higher yields. But full-sun coffee plantations have 94 to 97 percent fewer
bird species than shade plantations, and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
(SMBC) has found as much insect diversity in shaded cacao plantations as in
lowland rain forest.

http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc.mhtml?i=99&s=cofchoc

Since 1998,
investigations by UNICEF and other international organizations have
found boys as young as nine years old toiling for no pay on cocoa
plantations in the West African nation of Ivory Coast, where
approximately 43% of the world's cocoa is grown.

http://www.thegreenguide.com/reports/product.mhtml?id=6&sec=2

[and a random side intresting fact from the same site: " As a testament to cacao's popularity, 23 different bat species in one night were found foraging in a cacao stand by researchers in Brazil."]

And then there's the packaging issue. I got a bag of halloween candy earlier this month... I think there was more plastic then chocolate... Both production ethics and safety (pesticides) and waste reduction will be in concideration when I get sweets.

Then there;s the caloric side. The envior-friendly stuff is not in the local grocery down the street, thus, I can't jst go 'Ooo!' and grab me a bag of stuff like I normaly do. It'll probally also be more expencive, so I'll be limiting my amount of it. And unlike the resolution of only getting chocolate from the store in the mall that had the reeeal good dark chocolate [which might go on my exceptions list for this with a half arsed 'low packaging' note] I can order stuff and remind myself it's coming rather then do the 'well who knows when we'll be out to get more'

So we'll see how long this lasts. :)

...

Oct. 25th, 2005 11:44 am
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... there's something mildly distressing about watching a huge arse truck struggle to go down your street under the weight of about 20 SUVs and mini vans and just generaly large cars... heading to the car dealership to be sold to the masses.

These things are twice the size of my car... my FOUR DOOR car that was considered full size when it was made... that now gets lost in a parking lot of newer cars that make it seem like a compact.
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"According to "Skin Deep," a 2004 study and ranking of 7,500 cosmetic
products published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 100 percent
of shampoos tested contained ingredients that have not been assessed for
safety by either the Cosmetic Industry Review panel (an industry body)
or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is charged with
regulating cosmetic ingredients. Other hair-raising facts:

*69 percent of hair-dye products may pose cancer risks

*76 percent of conditioners contain ingredients that are allergens

*93 percent of shampoos possibly contain harmful impurities linked to
cancer or other health problems. "

Top Four Ingredients to Avoid )

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