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Europeans Have Their Own Climate Change Skeptics

Apparently not all Europeans are snooping into each other's garbage looking for recycling infractions. Some, like Czech president Vaclav Klaus don't believe in global warming, and even worse, like to take out their frustrations on everyone's favorite target, Al Gore. I don’t think that there is ...

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Tags: Climate change skeptic, European union, Global warming, Science

Gastronomic Racism or Extreme Localvores?

The Times Online has a fascinating article about the Italian movement to kick out kebabs and other "foreign" foods in an effort to "protect local specialties from the growing popularity of ethnic cuisines." As I wrote earlier today, the government may not always be the best arbiter of things lik...

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Tags: Ethnic food, Local foods, Localvore, Racism

Menu Calorie Counts: The Trend That May Be Coming to Your Area

On a trip to New York City not too long ago, I was studying the menu in a restaurant when I noticed two rows of numbers. One, in dollars and cents, the price. The second took a double-take to decipher: calories. Like the warning label on a pack of cigarettes, the highest calorie counts lent even ...

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Tags: Calories, Menu labeling, Restaurant calorie labels

Has Your Child Gotten the RDA of Dirt Today?

In my lifetime I have seen the proliferation of so many choices on the grocery store shelves that simply didn't exist in my childhood. In the case of cleaning products, there used to be several types based upon location of use (kitchen, bathroom, floors), and I believe in my mother's or grandmoth...

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Tags: Child health, Cleaners, Green cleaners, Green school

The Cutting-Edge Answer to Carbon Sequestration: Dumping?

Dumping corn stalks, wheat straw and other crop residues into the deep ocean, where cold and lack of oxygen would keep them from decomposing, would in effect sequester atmospheric CO2 on a time scale of millennia. It sounds suspiciously simple, but apparently it is possible to take the carbon ab...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Ocean, Waste

In Search of a Healthier (for the Planet) Fat

This weekend I was patting myself on the back while fulfilling my food resolution (to eat more fresh vegetables). Turning the thin slices of eggplant in a pan that had been lightly coated with cooking spray, I reflected that my diet was already happily low in fat, so no major adjustments were nee...

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Tags: Fat, Healthy cooking, Oil

Should Not Recycling Correctly Become a Crime?

This via Everyday Trash. Living in Sweden, one gets used to recycling. “To not recycle” is one of the things you just don’t_do, should you want to be able to blend in with your average crowd of people. We take it very seriously. A few years ago, municipal authorities brought a 77-year old woman ...

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Tags: Community, Crime, Europe, Policy

NYT: Rainforests Not as Badly Off as We Throught?

In an article that gives me a little hope on this Monday, the New York Times reports that jungle land is increasing in places like Panama, leading scientists to debate the environmental significance of these "secondary forests" compared to the ever-decreasing virgin rainforests in areas like the ...

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Tags: Rainforest, Reforestation

Catching More Flies with Organic Honey: Convincing Restaurants to Get Greener and Healthier

Behind that uniform your server may be green like you, just waiting for support to get the restaurant owner on board. When the subject of greening your favorite restaurants came up last week, I found this excellent how-to page from GreenYour and was going to leave it at that. But all our Cater t...

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Tags: Eating out, Green restaurant, Restaurant

Farms, Food, and Friends: A Fine Green Dining Experience

I have become the guinea pig of my own experiment. As a New Year’s resolution I decided to go cold turkey and quit corn syrup. Cooking at home has been pretty easy because generally the foods I make for myself and my partner are cooked from scratch; I know what goes into them. Problems arise when...

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Tags: Certified organic, Corn syrup, New year's resolutions, Organic, Restaurant

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