A Salty Tale of Dietary Stumbles

My New Year's food resolution had two related components: 1. Eat less processed food (and thus more homemade, fresh stuff) 2. Eat less salt. Like resolutuions tend to, things began rather well. I rediscovered a love for eggplant, made several large batches of soup that with a handful of fresh spi...

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Tags: Diet, New year's resolutions, Salt

Does Being German Mean You Have to Eat A Lot of Meat?

From the Guardian; Schnitzel off the menu as Germans are told to cut down on eating meat. Germany's federal environment agency has issued a strong advisory for people to return to prewar norms of eating meat only on special occasions and otherwise to model their diet on that of Mediterranean cou...

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Tags: Europe, Meat reducation, Reducing meat

Children of the Corn: Week 2 Without High Fructose Corn Syrup

I’ve been off corn syrup for about two weeks. To be honest, it has been a little heartbreaking. I have seen a pattern in the tempting foods I have had to cut out. A sense of nostalgia tends to accompany items that contain corn syrup, high fructose or otherwise. Not to be a Little Debbie Downer, ...

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Tags: Corn, Hfcs, Mj hfcs, New year's resolutions

Everybody Here With Us Chickens - The Urban Chicken Coop

No Impact Man blogged about an intriguing movement going on in New York City: big-city henhouses. For a refreshingly bucolic touch among the city's blocks packed with human dwellings, city slickers are beginning to keep their own egg-hens, which is suprisingly not forbidden by city codes. Readin...

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Tags: Eggs, Food, Urban gardening

Good News: Cleaner Air Extending Lives

It's always good to start off a Monday on a positive note. In a rare upbeat article about the environment, the New York Times says, Researchers at Brigham Young University examined changes in life expectancy in 51 metropolitan areas, comparing those figures with improvements in air quality in ea...

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Tags: Air quality, Health, Quality of life

The EPA Wants You to Think of the Super (Porcelain) Bowl

Forget the carbon footprint of all those chicken wings and hero sandwiches, and think about Super Bowl Sunday in terms of water. About 90 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl--if everyone took a pit stop at half time, that would mean 300 million gallons flushing almost simultaneous...

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Tags: Epa plumbing

CDC Study: 1 in 200 Kids has Adopted a Vegetarian Diet

This article sure took me back... From Pass the tofu: 1 in 200 kids is vegetarian CDC study is government’s first estimate of how many children avoid meat: from article about CDC study Vegetarians say it’s animal welfare, not health, that most often causes kids to stop eating meat. “Compassion...

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Tags: Kids

Adults still not sinking teeth into vegetarian lifestyles

From Adults still not sinking teeth into vegetarian lifestyles Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A federal survey that showed 1 in 200 children have followed a vegetarian diet -- the first time numbers have been offered for people under 18 -- drew much attention earlier this week. But the news overlooked...

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Tags: Vegetarian vegan meat

Reusable Moving Bins: Save a Tree When You're on the Move

See this New York Times article, Moving Day Without All the Waste, about using rented, reusable bins to schlep belongings across town. The bins are sometimes even cheaper than buying cardboard boxes, but they are best for short-distance moves. As someone notes in the video, if a network like Uhau...

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Tags: Moving, Packaging, Waste

The Compact: Stepping off the Consumer Grid this Year

Still looking for a New Year's Resolution? (Now is about the time that many first attempts have been discarded, so you may be looking for your second). Wanting to translate the inaugural euphoria about change into a personal commitment to live more meaningfully? Then check out The Compact. They a...

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Tags: Budget, Consumption, Reuse, Second-hand, Thrift

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