Basically the Click & Grow smart garden is the combination of a water reservoir and a smart cartridge. The cartridge houses the seeds, sensor, soil and fertilizer for the plant and draws in water from the reservoir. A small pump draws in the required water at regular intervals so that the plant doesn’t suffer from under or overwatering. All you need from your end is water and four AA batteries; that is it! You can literally fill-it, shut-it and forget-it. In addition to the sleek white smartpot, which is a brilliant addition to a modern apartment, there is the award-winning starter kit package, which is an example of astute design and makes Click & Grow an ideal gift. Watch how it works [Read more...]
Be it school, family, work, everyone seems to have an excuse (although justified in most cases) for not working out consistently. But according to a study by researcher Atsumu Yuki, Ph.D “Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can be a helpful step to prevent conditions caused by brain atrophy, such as dementia.” Atrophy is brain shrinkage, which comes with age. [Read more...]
The animated film LET’S TALK ABOUT SOIL emphasizes human dependence on soils and describes how sustainable development is threatened by certain soil use trends; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.
LET’S TALK ABOUT SOIL was produced by designer and animator Uli Henrik Streckenbach for the Global Soil Week and the Global Soil Partnership with the support of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) – Global Soil Forum, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Deutsche Welle. To see film [Read more...]
I came across this article last week while surfing Yahoo! Health and felt compelled to share. Most of you may not be pleased with what you read but, as they say, knowledge is power & food is life.
1. American Eel
Why It’s Bad: Also called yellow or silver eel, this fish, which frequently winds up in sushi dishes, made its way onto the list because it’s highly contaminated with PCBs and mercury. The fisheries are also suffering from some pollution and overharvesting.
Eat This Instead: If you like the taste of eel, opt for Atlantic- or Pacific-caught squid instead. [Read more...]
Although I don’t watch Dr. Oz often, I’ve found his advice to be quite informative. The information below certainly does not fall short of that expectation. Read. Ponder. Apply. [Read more...]
Interesting. Tumblr’s Storyboard has exchanged a few words with the person responsible for Barack Obama’s Twitter account. The person in question is a woman named Laura Olin and she describes very briefly what the experience was like working for the President during his re-election campaign and how decisions were made on what to post, etc….via
And how’d the Four More Years photo come about?
We’d all been there since 4am or 6am, we’re exhausted, I refused to believe that we were actually winning, but we started thinking, around 8:30 or 9:00, “What do we do next?” One of my team members remembered an amazing photo of the president and first lady hugging at the president’s last campaign rally in Des Moines. It’s this really beautiful photo at night — the only thing was that Michelle was facing forward and the president was facing away from the camera, So my boss, Teddy Goff, made the very good point that we should see the president’s face. I remembered that our campaign photographer had taken a series of really great hug photographs at another Iowa rally, in the summer, and I went to our photo editor and she was like “Yes!” She found the photo, I wrote a couple captions, we went with “Four more years,” they called Iowa, I hit post, and then I closed my laptop and we jetted to the victory party. Actually, none of us looked at how the posts were doing until I opened my laptop the next morning.
Eat your greens!!!! ….To get recipe [Read more...]
Now this is Cool. If I built a Broccoli City, this is how the bridges would be…
Deep in the rain forests of the Indian state of Meghalaya, bridges are not built, they’re grown. For more than 500 years locals have guided roots and vines from the native Ficus Elastica (rubber tree) across rivers, using hollowed out trees to create root guidance systems. When the roots and vines reach the opposite bank they are allowed to take root. Some of the bridges are over 100 feet long and can support the weight of 50 people.
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Congratulations to Barack Hussein Obama, II
Via Huffington Post
Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing is recalling 38,200 pounds of beef products due to possible e. coli contamination, according to a USDA release. The products were distributed to wholesale and retail stores in California and Salt Lake City, Utah. Here’s what’s being recalled:
- Various weight combo bins of boneless beef “50/50″, “85/15″, “90/10″, “93,07″, or “95,05″ produced on Aug 7, 2012
- Various weight boxes of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef produced on Aug 7, 2012
The potential e.coli was detected through lab testing by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. There have been no reported illnesses.
“There may still be a huge gender gap in the workforce, with even the women running Fortune 500 companies earning just 69 cents to every dollar earned by male CEOs. But women are proving to be major forces of change in virtually every industry, from international banking to non-profit organizations. These 10 women CEOs, including Eileen Fisher, Lauren Bush and Majora Carter, are promoting social and environmental responsibility within their companies and in the world at large.”
Check them out HERE
“Kings of the Carnivores.” That’s what The Economist called Americans in April when looking at global per capita meat consumption. Only Luxembourg eats more meat. Indeed, nearly every year since World War II, as America’s population has increased, so has the number of animals we raise and kill for food. The amount of meat we eat per person has also steadily increased throughout much of our history, and with that increase, more farm animals have been taken off the land and forced to live in factories. To put it mildly, it hasn’t exactly been a good half-century for farm animals.
That is until the last five years, when American meat consumption began to take a nose dive—an unprecedented 12.2 percent drop, to be precise. During that same time period, the US population grew by millions, yet because of this drop in per capita meat consumption, we’ve been raising and killing several hundred million fewer farm animals each year, amounting to billions of fewer animals enduring inhumane factory farming practices than would be expected given historical trends.
What’s Driving the Trend?
We needn’t wonder about the cause of this drastic drop, since we can ask the experts themselves. CME Group—one of the world’s largest derivatives exchanges and owner of the Dow Jones Index—issued its own analysis. CME points to increased feed costs, which raise the price of animal products, and revealingly, they also note:
“Add in the efforts of a large number of non-governmental agencies that oppose meat consumption for reasons ranging from the environment to animal rights to social justice and one could conclude that it was amazing that consumption held up as long as it did.”
Exactly. People are choosing to eat fewer animals, and not just to save money—although that’s a compelling reason. The signs to support this idea are all around us.
A Kansas State Study concluded that animal protection campaigns have tangibly reduced demand for poultry and pork; aNation’s Restaurant News cover feature titled, “Veggie-heavy brands see growth in sales, popularity with consumers,” touted the growth in meat-free eating; and a global food-industry consulting service made clear that the campaigns about the problems of mass meat production are “impacting consumer markets.” A USA Today article from March summed it up: “Whether due to rising prices, concern for the environment, or a growing emphasis on health, Americans are eating less meat.” The pressure is being felt all over, and for the first time in decades, our overconsumption of meat is beginning to get reined in.
The Big Surprise
Interestingly, the numbers and headlines aren’t being driven by an influx of new vegetarians and vegans. Last year, a national poll found that the number of vegetarians in America remained at about 5 percent. But the same poll found that a whopping 16 percent of people now eat vegetarian more than half time. In other words, take 50 million people and put them on a so-called “flexitarian” diet, and the shrinking figures for meat consumption start making sense. Put another way, while Americans may not exactly be turning to vegetarianism in droves, tens of millions of people are deciding that the American diet need not be so heavy in animal products. And anyone concerned about animal suffering, the planet, or public health should be able to agree that’s a good thing.
While this decline in meat consumption has helped to reduce the number of animals raised for food, a drive for better treatment of farm animals has also been increasingly successful during this same period. In fact, while 10 years ago no state had banned any standard factory-farming practice over animal-welfare concerns, today nine states have passed laws to prohibit practices such as confining pigs, calves, and chickens in tiny cages, cutting off dairy cows’ tails, and force-feeding ducks for foie gras. And an increasing number of major retailers are also demanding improved treatment of farm animals by their suppliers.
Important Steps Forward
Just a few years ago, it seemed inevitable that the United States would retain its place as the king of carnivores. A sharp drop in meat consumption would have seemed impossible to virtually any reasonable onlooker. And yet it was Nelson Mandela who declared, “it always seems impossible—until it’s done.” But we shouldn’t forget that these trends aren’t self-executing. They’re occurring for an array of reasons, including the work of so many thousands of animal, health, and environmental advocates who keep making the case for a more humane and sustainable diet. Billions of animals have been spared the misery of factory farms in part due to their efforts—an historic accomplishment, for sure.
The longest journeys begin with single steps, and of course the animal-protection movement still has a long way to go. But we’ve taken many important steps in recent years, steps few would have imagined possible just five years ago. As the late animal activist Henry Spira liked to say, it’s up to us to keep pushing the peanut forward.