Archive for March, 2012

Make you Fink on Friday

Pink Slime

Officially called lean finely textured beef

It even looks disgusting as it’s nickname suggests, pale and insipid.

Some of the things we are offered by the meat industry really need to be examined. Nothing to do with nutrition, everything to do with profits and to hell with your health.

‘Pink slime’ beef off US school menu

Some liken the boneless beef to pet food, but others say it is not a nutritional concern

Schools across the US are to be allowed to stop serving so-called “pink slime” beef to their pupils at mealtimes.

In a statement, the US Department of Agriculture said schools buying beef from a central government scheme could now choose from a range of options.

The term has become used to describe a type of beef trimming commonly found in school and restaurant beef in the US.

Reports it was widely used in schools prompted a popular outcry, although the beef is certified as safe to eat.

Social media campaigns and an online petition sprung up to oppose the use of the product. The beef’s producer led a campaign to explain it was nutritional and safe.

Last year, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver publicly criticised the product on his now-defunct US TV show, and McDonald’s recently said it would phase out the use of “pink slime” in its burgers.

Centrifugal beef

The US agriculture department said on Thursday it would now offer alternatives to the beef – officially called lean finely textured beef – for schools buying meat through its programmes.

The department (USDA) said the change was “due to customer demand”.

“USDA continues to affirm the safety of Lean Finely Textured Beef product for all consumers and urges customers to consult science based information on the safety and quality of this product,” it added.

School administrators reacted positively to the change.

“Our district has long advocated for purity and disclosure in food products. And we will definitely be moving to the pure ground beef when that becomes available,” John Schuster, spokesman for Florida’s Miami-Dade school system, told the Associated Press.

“Pink slime” – a term reportedly coined by a microbiologist working for the US government – is a form of lean beef formed by reclaiming the small parts of meat from leftover cuts with a high fat content.

The beef is spun in a centrifuge to separate the meat from the fat, before the final product is treated with a puff of ammonium hydroxide gas to kill any bacteria.

Produced in bulk by a firm in North Dakota, the derogatory nature of the term “pink slime” has coloured the debate, some experts say.

It is “unappetising”, Sarah Klein, of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told the Los Angeles Times, “but perhaps not more so than other things that are routinely part of a hamburger”.

“What pink slime reveals to us,” she told the newspaper, “is the unsavoury marriage of engineering and food, but it’s present in a lot of the products we eat.”

Source: BBC News

Opinion:

Safe to eat. Then why is it treated with ‘a puff of ammonium hydroxide’ to kill the bacteria. Doesn’t that sound harmless ‘a puff’? So what about the residue of the ammonium hydroxide? If ‘a puff’ of ammonium hydroxide kills bacteria, what does it do to the meat?

It appears from the article that this was the only option for schools buying meat from “a central government scheme” although that appears it is now changing and “a range of options” are available. Notice that it doesn’t say that natural beef will be optional. Which prompts me to ask, what are the ‘range of options’, are they as equally as horrendous as pink slime?

I love the statement: “The department (USDA) said the change was ‘due to customer demand’.” Translated, that means, “We had to change because the public had the politicians by the balls!”

Nutritional… It’s made from parts of the animal that housewives throw out; why, because it’s ‘nutritional’?

And, of course, the likes of McDonald’s will be quick to reassess the use of pink slime because people will stop buying burgers. And their chicken nuggets are just the same, made from pink chicken slime.

In Brazil the supermarkets are full of products made from various slime themes. Ready-made hamburger patties, all sorts of chicken nibbles, the euphemistically called ‘chicken steak.’ I have no doubt that this is a worldwide problem. If it’s in the USA and I see it here in Brazil, then one can safely assume we are not alone.

The problem is that because these products are available and cheap, many of the world’s poor are forced by financial constraints to buy them.

Here’s something to consider… Is pink slime served in the White House? Will you ever hear one of the Wall Street thieves say, “I’ll have Chardonnay with my pink slime”?

Perpetual Motion – Finally Solved

 


Change the World Wednesday – 14th Mar

This challenge cannot wait for my round up next Wednesday. But, having said that, I am not sure that I can do justice to what I have to say.

War has been with us since the dawn of mankind

War – is surely the greatest blight on humanity that exists, there is none greater.

War is, without doubt, the most resource hungry, wasteful and polluting activity that mankind indulges in.

I’m going to ignore the political machinations of war, the reasons behind wars, the people who declare war and the minions that are sent to fight them because much has already been written by better people than I. I feel I could hardly add anything new, relevant or further; so I won’t even try.

But in all our talk of the environment, ecology and the ‘greening’ of the world, we continue to ignore war.

We are like the ostrich, we bury our heads in the sand and say “What?” as though we have absolutely no idea what the question was.

Reduce Footprints’ Lenten CTWW series has done a great service simply by adding this challenge.

War is harmful, costly and opposed to life in so many ways that its obviousness as a threat to a sustainable Eco-system makes it at once redundant to state and easy to overlook. Advocate for peace today by any life-affirming means which feels right to you. To learn more about the specific harm to the Eco-system caused by war, please see http://www.lenntech.com/environmental-effects-war.htm and http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/588.php

Most people are insulated from the war/s. They are something that happens over…. there. They are not a part of our repertoire, unless we have family who are militarily involved. The government deals with wars, we the people do not. We do not see the waste, the spending, the pollution and the death involved in wars. We do not see the raw materials that we waste simply so we can blow the other man further towards hell than he can blow us.

Most of us have seen films, Good Morning Vietnam (yes, war does have humour) and Full Metal Jacket (yes, war has pathos). We see these spectacles and laugh or cry along with the clowns and the heroes, but we do not see the cost of war.

The cost of war, historically, has always been measured in human lives. But while death is a terrible aspect of war, we do not see the real physical costs. The current round of conflicts in the Middle East are the first that we have really seen war monetarised in billions and trillions of dollars. But this is still not the real cost of war. The real costs are the resources that we are stealing from the planet, the pollution that we create and the carbon footprint of war.

How does that measure against a cow fart?

Greenhouse gases; we complain about the fact that cows burp and fart when we raise them for meat; that our cars emits carbon monoxide as we drive to work and the supermarket; we complain about coal-fired power stations and industry belching these gases into the atmosphere. But has anyone bothered to complain about the gases produced every time an infantryman fires his rifle, every time a hand-grenade explodes or a tank fires its murderous cannon? Do we complain about the jet exhaust of the fighters overhead, or the exhaust of the supply tucks that rumble along the war zone highways to take more gas producing weaponry to the front line? Do we complain about the need for air conditioning/furnaces on bases to keep the troops cool or hot? Has any one ever suggested to the military turn down your air conditioning/furnaces a notch to save power?

These are the costs of war. They don’t only affect the military, they affect every living being on the planet; whether they are at war or not.

Most discerning people declare themselves to be green, to some or other degree. We see some excellent examples of people really trying, you only have to browse amongst those that visit Reduce Footprints leaving their Meet & Greet Monday and blogs of a similar ilk; they are there, you can see them.

But we all sit back in our recliners, with our air conditioning/furnaces turned down a notch and the clean air filters, we look at the world through our double glazed windows, admire our ‘green car’ on the drive way, that we drive to the farmers’s markets for organic produce, knowing that we don’t have wasteful and poisonous products in our cleaning armoury and our rubbish is all nicely separated for kerbside recycling, we gloat over our beautiful gardens made all the more beautiful because we compost and produce our household veges. The world is wonderful, we are ‘green.’

But how green really?

Answer this question:

What have you done to prevent/avoid/diminish/eliminate war?

If you answer a meek “nothing!” Then you’re not as green as you thought you were. Your silence, your apathy makes you implicit in allowing war to continue;makes you implicit in adding to the greatest destroying, polluting, wasting activity of mankind.

Does that hurt?

I hope it does. Have you ever heard the saying “The truth hurts”? Well, it does.

How can you help? Write to your congressman, blog, make people aware of the true cost of war. A simple act can relieve your conscience and help make the world a better place. I post, or repost information on the world’s military infractions almost daily, not here, but I do it to make people aware of the insidious side of our world, it’s what I can do, so I do it; and you can too.

If you haven’t read the links in the original challenge, go and read them now, they will open your eyes.

Change the World Wednesday – Special IV

6am…

What am I doing up at this hour?

Have to work, making coffee and blogging.

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It’s Wednesday, and I can’t miss out on my CTWW Post, even though I have the week of split days playing havoc with my blogging schedule.

Let’s go and see what the past week has been all about.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 7th March

Your hot water heater represents about 20-30% of the carbon emissions of your home, the biggest user of energy in your house.


I win, no hot water in the house. Not even for a shower, at the moment my shower head is turned off, has been for 10 weeks; and there’s still a lot of summer to go.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 8th March

Dry your clothes on a clothes line instead of in an electric drier. Electric driers use up to 10% of residential electricity in the United States.

I win, no clothes drier, My washing is always dried on the line.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 9th March

Clean or replace air filters as recommended. Replacing a dirty furnace filter can save 15% of the energy used.

I win, no furnace.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 10th March

Reduce your use of household cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, hair care products and other items which contain chemicals.

I win… well almost. Have have basic dishwashing liquid, a scourer for the bathroom, basic hand soap, and a perfumed disinfectant. That’s it, no shampoo and stuff… no hair. Pretty basic, huh?

CTWW Daily Challenge – 11th March

Fireplaces – we love them and we want to use them. However, as Grist’s “Ask Umbra” says, “the fireplace accounts for 14 percent of air lost out of a home – more than the windows.

I win, no fireplace. Here in Rio de Janeiro we don’t need them, not even in the winter. To keep warm in the winter we put on a T-shirt.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 12th & 13th haven’t appeared yet…

Oh well, I’ll go and have my shower and head off for work.

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Monday Moaning

Why has something so simple been overlooked for so long?

Those that haven’t overlooked it, have ignored it.

Then there are those like me, who knew the principle (basic physics) and never put 2 + 2 together.

“Painting roofs and making roads white can be the equivalent to removing the world’s cars for 11 years.” – Source: GoGreenAmerica Read more

White roofs have three major benefits:

1. It keeps buildings cooler, reducing the amount of energy required for air conditioning.

2. It reduces the so-call “heat island” effect, the heating up of entire urban areas which then causes other buildings in the vicinity to heat up, whether they are in direct contact with the sun or not.

3. A white roof or road will actually reflect the sun’s rays back into space, keeping the atmosphere cooler.

Opinion:

If part of the answer is so simple, why hasn’t this been pursued?

Knowing the general principles of physics, this is so logical.

Nature-deficit Disorder

Does outdoor play help keep the doctor away?

There is a generation gap when it comes to playing and enjoying the great outdoors, say experts

Is modern living resulting in more people becoming disconnected from green spaces and the natural world, at the expense of our health and well-being?

Most concern is centred around children, who – say campaigners – are missing out on opportunities afforded to previous generations, ones as simple as climbing trees or getting their knees dirty.

In an increasingly urbanised, electronic-based, risk-adverse world, the adults of the future are displaying the symptoms of “nature-deficit disorder”.

The term was coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Wood.

In the introduction to his book, he said that over the past few decades the way children understood and experienced nature had “changed radically”.

“The polarity of the relationship has reversed,” he wrote.

“Today, kids are aware of the global threats to the environment – but their physical contact, their intimacy with nature, is fading.

“That’s exactly the opposite of how it was when I was a child.”

Mr Louv acknowledged that nature-deficit disorder was “by no means a medical diagnosis”.

But, he added: “It does offer a way about the problem and possibilities – for children and for the rest of us as well.”

‘Balanced diet’

Consultant Tim Gill, author of the report Sowing the Seeds: Reconnecting London’s Children with Nature, agreed that the phrase did not have any meaningful clinical basis.

"Forest schools" help children with behavioural or emotional problems, research suggests

“I think it is slightly overstating the case to imply that there is some sort of clinical condition that children that do not get into nature will have,” he told BBC News.

“The way I unpack the idea is that regular contact with nature is part of a balanced diet of childhood experiences.

“If children do not have those experiences then they are not going to thrive to the same degree as if they did,” he added.

“They are also likely to grow up not caring about the world around them; while it is not a clinical condition, it should be something that worries us.”

A 2009 report by Natural England found that only 10% of children played in woodland, compared with 40% of their parents’ generation.

Mr Gill’s report, commissioned by the London Sustainable Development Commission, listed 12 recommendations that it felt could help address the deficit.

Among them were:

  • Promote better use of accessible green space in order to increase the use of under-utilised areas,
  • Promotion of “forest schools” and similar approaches to learning in the outdoors,
  • And encouraging schools to give greater emphasis to offering children “engaging nature experiences”.

The report championed the use of forest schools because it quoted research by the Forestry Commission that showed lessons and activities within a woodland appeared to have a beneficial effect for children with emotional or behavioural problems.

Source: BBC News read more

Opinion:

I have been saying this for years. “Kids need to get their knees dirty.” Not only dirty, but they need to fall off their bikes and skin their knees, if they don’t, they don’t know that it hurts.

We have become super protective, wrapped our kids in cotton-wool to prevent any number of remotely perceived threats and dangers that we have stunted their growth.

“There is a growing body of research that says getting outside regularly is good for kids, but that is fighting a massive zeitgeist, which says that if you let your kid out of your sight, then they will come to harm.”

The Sowing the Seeds report also identified the perceived risks associated with children playing outside without supervision as a reason for the nature deficit.

“Children today do not enjoy the same everyday freedom of movement as previous generations,” it concluded. – From the BBC article

We have become paranoid.

When I was a kid, a skinned knee was like a medal for some heroic deed; sure we cried, then got on our bikes, or got back into the tree; but go running home to Mom was unheard of, an act of cowardice (given that the injury wasn’t life threatening, but we instinctively knew). To spend the rest of the day with coagulated blood that had dripped down your shin into your sock was life.

Today when kids skin their knees they become blathering little sooks that run off home to Mom with more tears than blood.

As kids, we left home after breakfast and sometimes returned for lunch. The rule was when the streetlights came on we had to be home. Any unnecessary interruption of those precious daylight hours was unheard of, we needed adventure.

Yes, the kids of today are suffering from nature-deficit disorder.

Saturday Satire

Shock: UN finds Earth’s thermostat

Source: Satirical Press
Earth Global Climate Control System
In breakthrough news today, The United Nations announced they had found The Global Thermostat to control the Earth’s temperature.

With 45,000 people searching for the controls in Copenhagen at the Bella Convention Center, commentators were shocked when it turned up instead in a closet in the basement of the World Meterological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva.

Source: JoNova Read the rest for a good laugh.

Dolphin Rescue in Brazil

Arraial do Cabo, east of Rio de Janeiro

Arrail do Cabo is a popular beach destination for many Carioca (people of Rio de Janeiro) during the summer and public holidays.

A rare event, watch the rescue of a pod of 30 dolphins as they get stranded and rescued by the beach goers on Monday 5th March 2012.

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Make you Fink on Friday

Stop!

Whatever you’re doing, stop and read this.

Since the Industrial Revolution we have been poisoning our environment with impunity. It is only recently that concerns have been shown; the last 30 years or so. But, we have become so entrenched in ‘progress’ and ‘money’ that many most do not want to know because it will interrupt our blasé thinking, our comfort, our the 1%’s bank balances, upset Wall Street and probably bring down governments.

The world as we know it is toxic, totally toxic. It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about arable farmland, arid deserts, cities, rain forests, the oceans, coral reefs, rivers, food, hospitals or your mother’s kitchen table.

Everything is now TOXIC!

Through our own greed we have ignored the warning signs, governments ignore any advice, corporations ignore everything turning their heads only towards profit

And…

We, the people, are letting them do it!

Heavy metals, food additives, preservatives and colourants, residues from industry, agricultural fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, petroleum, polluting gases and radiation have all been released into the environment in huge quantities; and the results are now becoming evident, horrifically evident.

Why have you poisoned me?

Our children do not have a chance.

Our children are exposed to these toxins before they are born, in the womb and in some cases even before conception.

Tests of umbilical cord blood show that newborns have already been exposed to more than 200 potentially hazardous chemicals in the womb.

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Read this story.

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Toxic chemicals finding their way into the womb

Five years ago Molly and Zachery Gray were in the midst of a dark, lonely spiral. It began with Molly’s first miscarriage.

“It was a really emotional process of being so joyful and so happy and ready to make that step into parenthood and that being pulled away from you,” said Molly, 32. “[The pregnancy is] happening and all of a sudden it’s gone. It’s really hard.”

After a second miscarriage the Grays were on a desperate hunt for answers. After Molly got pregnant a third time, she heard about a small study to test the blood of pregnant women for chemicals. She signed up.

The Grays wondered, as many do, if chemicals in the environment could be to blame. The science on this matter cannot yet give them an answer.

A growing number of studies are finding hundreds of toxic chemicals in mothers’ and, subsequently, their babies’ bodies when they are born. While there is no science yet that demonstrates conclusive cause and effect between this mix of toxic chemicals children are born with and particular health problems, a range of studies are finding associations between elevated levels of chemicals in a baby’s body and their development. Not definitive cause and effect, but associations.

Special Report: Toxic America

Despite her best efforts to avoid anything unhealthy while she was pregnant with her son, Molly’s blood tested high for mercury, a heavy metal that can cause brain damage to a developing fetus.

“It’s really scary and disheartening,” said Molly. “Somehow my son was being exposed to mercury and that’s a weight to carry because I feel like our jobs as parents is to protect them, to care for them, to nurture them and to keep them out of harm’s way.”

Scientists at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in New York City have been following hundreds of pregnant women over the past 12 years to measure chemicals entering the womb during pregnancy.

The women trudge through the city for 48 hours wearing special backpacks, each with a long tube that is slung over the shoulder. The tube, resting inches below the pregnant mom’s mouth, sucks air into a special filter, giving an approximate measurement of the air that she is breathing. The backpack is designed to measure ambient toxics spewed by vehicles, pesticides, and chemicals from common household products.

“It surprised me when we analyzed the air samples [from the backpacks] and found 100 percent of them had detectable levels of at least one pesticide and the air pollutants we were interested in,” said Dr. Frederica Perera, director of the CCCEH and professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. “Every single one.”

The concern does not stop with mothers breathing in toxics. The CCCEH study suggests moms are passing on those toxic chemicals to their babies. So far, the toxics measured in the backpacks match what scientists are finding in the cord blood of the babies once they are born.

It is a finding that begs questions for scientists like Perera about how these chemicals might be influencing the baby – whose ability to fend off toxic chemicals is considerably less than adults – while it develops in utero.

Small studies by other groups are also finding common household chemicals in babies.

“We’ve measured hundreds and hundreds of toxic chemicals in the blood of babies that are still in the womb,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. “Flame retardants, the chemicals in consumer products like personal care products, makeup, shampoos. It’s a very long list.”

The EWG study found an average of 232 chemicals in the cord blood of 10 babies born late last year.

They are chemicals found in a wide array of common household products — a list that is as long as it is familiar — shampoos and conditioners, cosmetics, plastics, shower curtains, mattresses, electronics like computers and cell phones, among others.

“For 80 percent of the common chemicals in everyday use in this country we know almost nothing about whether or not they can damage the brains of children, the immune system, the reproductive system, and the other developing organs,” said Dr. Phil Landrigan, a pediatrician and director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “It’s really a terrible mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.”

Landrigan demonstrated the dangers of lead

Perera and her colleagues are following the children in their study from in utero, to birth, up to their first several years of life. They recently published a study in the journal Pediatrics demonstrating an association between the chemicals they found in babies’ cord blood, and later problems on IQ tests and development.

“Fifteen percent of children [in our study] have at least one developmental problem,” said Perera.

The amount of chemicals measured in the cord blood of the babies seems to matter. The higher the concentration, the more the IQ among children seems to dip. The study is also being conducted among pregnant women in Poland and China, and finding similar results.

Molly Gray still struggles with the idea that mercury from her blood may have been passed to her baby. This concern about chemicals is something she can’t shake.

“There’s plastics, there’s mercury, there’s pesticides,” said Molly Gray, who is also a practicing midwife. “The things that we’re cleaning our homes with, the things we’re building our houses with. I think the sheer volume of the things we have to worry about is a little overwhelming.”

Even when their son Paxton, now 11 months old, was born healthy, the Grays remained vigilant. As Paxton grows and develops, they steer clear of any products with potentially toxic chemicals. Still, they worry about what is out there in the environment that they cannot control.

“Knowing that he got these chemicals from my blood it’s really scary,” said Molly Gray. “Scary that we don’t know what this means. Paxton and all of our future generations are carrying around this burden that we don’t know what it means yet. It’s the huge sea of unknown.”

While studies continue about potential health risks to children from chemicals, experts suggest ways to protect them from potential toxics, ranging from incorporating organic food into their diet, to keeping the home relatively dust-free (many toxic chemicals are conveyed in dust), to avoiding using toxic chemicals found in common household products.

Source: CNN – Toxic America by Stephanie Smith, CNN Medical Producer

Opinion:

Collectively we are responsible for poisoning our children, possibly before they are born. We are ALL responsible, it doesn’t matter whether you are a parent, a corporation, a government organisation supposedly protecting the people, we are all responsible.

The sheer scope of the problem makes it, in my opinion, irredeemable. I believe we are too late and will suffer the consequences. Today, tomorrow, soon, it doesn’t matter we have left an ignominious legacy for our future.

The damage has been done!

You cannot put the genie back in the bottle!

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Change the World Wednesday – Special III

Finally, they’ve invented it…

Can you believe that; Dehydrated Water?

I wonder how many people fell for this one?

Yesterday was my monthly trip to Barra da Tijuca to get paid. I hate that day, it is a day wasted bussing there, bussing back. The good thing about it is ‘money’ and a wonderful sushi lunch.

Although yesterday my pay slip was ‘papel de cebola’ (onion paper) – enough to make you cry. A truly apt expression in Portuguese.

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On with the current Reduce Footprints‘ Change the World Wednesday daily challenges:

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Consider a memorial tree

CTWW Daily Challenge – 1st Mar

Though it may be challenging to contemplate, think about greening your “final arrangements”. 

I have posted on my original blog about this, and provisions are made in my will for this.

It’s a great idea, check Reduce Footprints post for links.

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CTWW Daily Challenge – 2nd Mar

Host a party with friends and neighbors to watch and discuss one of these films: Carbon Nation or Journey of the Universe.

Well, we modified that one. We had a BBQ at the botequim on Friday. I was chief cook and potwalloper. Friday night is a good night to have a BBQ because most of the guys stop in after a working week and want to relax and talk. In doing so they enjoy petiscos (nibbles).

A number of topics were raised during the evening, some green stuff and some not-so green stuff. Also there was a group of the guys going on a fishing trip overnight. Now what did we discuss? Oh there was a lot about the-one-that-got-away from the last trip, but we also touched on what they do with old fishing tackle, because hooks, lines & sinkers are not biodegradable. Some admitted they just threw it overboard, others brought it home for the rubbish.

We generally talked about rubbish in the praça (park) and how generally the young (and some not so young) don’t respect the rubbish bins around and we talked about parents not educating their offspring in this matter; it’s a general failing in Brazil.

Not quite as high impact as discussing films, which Brazilians wouldn’t watch anyway, so that would have been a waste of time. Had we been discussing Tropa de Elite II (Brazilian film about our BOPE – sort of like SWAT but with more bullets and collateral damage), the discussion would have gone on for hours and everybody would have had an opinion.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 3rd Mar

Plant a tree. One tree will absorb about a ton of carbon dioxide over the course of its lifetime. Trees also provide shade that could reduce your air conditioning bill significantly. (check the link for more on the challenge)

Done that this year already, I had four saplings in pots in my yard. One of my neighbours transplanted them in the praça (park), and I have two more guava trees to go.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 4th Mar

Don’t eat any meat today, and see if you can cut down on the amount of meat you eat each week.

This is where most of the ‘green people’ and me differ. I am a carnivore, I eat meat. It is a major part of my diet. The one thing I do is try to get grass feed beef. I eat regularly at a ‘rodizio’ restaurant (Brazilian BBQ style) and have discussed with the chef there (one chef to another) and they get their beef from out of state suppliers that have grass fed.

I have looked into the stats and it is recognised that it takes twice the land area to grow the same protein level in vegetables. In Brazil we have a massive problems with deforestation and that it is principally for the raising of cattle.

However, I do have the same problems as ‘greenies’ with mass farming and the way animals are treated and raised (from chickens to cattle). But, by and large, I believe that veges and vegans are barking up the wrong tree.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 5th Mar

Put on a sweater and turn down your thermostat to 65° when people are home and active and 55°- 58° at night as well as when no one is home. In warm climates, raise your air-conditioner thermostat 4° or up one setting. Home heating and air-conditioning are responsible for a large portion of our carbon footprint.

Won't have one in the house

I first read that and laughed. Last week we had three consecutive days of 43ºC (110ºF+/-); you’ve got to be kidding… put on a sweater.

I don’t use an air-conditioner, won’t have one in the house. I open the windows and resort to a fan if necessary. The hot days last week even the fan was ineffective, it was blowing hot air like a thermo-wave oven, so I switched it off.

The electric shower head has now been switched off for 10 weeks. And I have showers to cool off in the backyard under the garden hose.

5th is also Meet & Greet Monday

That’s my contribution, while I haven’t exactly meet all the challenges presented, I have modified or negated where possible.

Have great week people. If you’re a DIY buff, then see my previous post.

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