Archive for August, 2010

PLEASE watch this short video narrated by Sigourney Weaver about the Belo Monte dam and sign the petition to stop this from happening..

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Next time you want to Google, go to http://www.blackle.com instead.  Blackle is one of Google’s many green efforts so check it out and be a part of the 2,028,344.523 Watt hours saved! Every little bit helps!

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“And so now I’d like to say – people can change anything they want to. And that means everything in the world. People are running about following their little tracks – I am one of them. But we’ve all got to stop just following our own little mouse trail. People can do anything – this is something that I’m beginning to learn. People are out there doing bad things to each other. That’s because they’ve been dehumanised. It’s time to take the humanity back into the center of the ring and follow that for a time. Greed, it ain’t going anywhere. They should have that in a big billboard across Times Square. Without people you’re nothing. That’s my spiel.”
Joe Strummer

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My dear friend Suzi sent me a little present in the mail before my recent beach vacation.  A book, The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir, and some amazing after sun soap made from goats milk.  I knew exactly who they were because I have been watching  The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green!  Turns out the book is hysterical and the soaps were amazing!!

Check out their show soon!

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While on vacation recently I read this article in Natural Awakenings  that I had to share..

“Commercial popcorn companies often coat their microwave popcorn bags with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which can cause cancer and tumors. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “PFOA is present in microwave popcorn bag paper at amounts as high as 300 microg kg(-1)” (source). What’s wrong with perfluorooctanoic acid in microwave popcorn bags? PFOA has been linked to a variety of illnesses and diseases in many different experiments. In one study using rats, health researchers concluded that small amounts of PFOA caused cancer and liver tumors (source). Because of research like this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking into PFOA’s “full range of potential human health effects, including carcinogenicity and systemic toxicity” (source).

Microwave popcorn can also cause fatal lung disease. That tasty, fake butter in your microwave popcorn bag contains a chemical called diacetyl. According to health scientists, “diacetyl is a commonly used food flavoring and is the primary constituent of artificial butter flavoring. There is compelling scientific evidence linking occupational exposure to diacetyl to bronchiolitis obliterans, a debilitating and sometimes fatal lung disease” (source).”

I know this article may be a bit scary, but use this information to perfect the art of stove-top popcorn! 

All you need is: medium heat, a thin layer organic peanut oil (I use Spectrum, its delicious), and a layer of organic popcorn kernels (most health food store have them).  continually move the pan over the burner until you hear a few seconds between each pop.  Transfer to your favorite bowl and season it with a bit of garlic salt (my favorite)!!

Happy popping!

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