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October 26, 2015

Baking Substitutes: Infographic

Filed under: helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 6:32 pm

This for That: A Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions infographic

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September 30, 2015

How “Green” are you at Home?

Photo by Fruggo, august 2004, garbage. Picture taken in Groningen, the Netherlands.  Ruby Ann City Parliament House. dumpster

Photo by Fruggo, august 2004, garbage. Picture taken in Groningen, the Netherlands. Ruby Ann City Parliament House. dumpster

This National Resource Defense Council page is an interesting look at the paper products we use in the home and which brands we buy that are best for spaceship earth.

Tom Watson, is the local hero and on the solid waste website for the hyper-recycling King County provides these waste calculators to determine how much you add to the waste stream.

Here’s a list of one hundred ideas of things you can do that will help reduce your impact on our planet, you likely could come up with a hundred more.

As if this isn’t enough take a glance at the ever dynamic world clock.

September 26, 2015

Juliet Schor Writing for the New York Times

even a handful of beans provides a good protein source

even a handful of beans provides a good protein source

Eat Less Meat
Juliet Schor

A simple choice — one that isn’t too inconvenient but delivers a large ecological bang for the behavior change buck — is to reduce meat consumption. Livestock production is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.

Until now, most of the discourse on climate change has focused on how we heat buildings, power appliances and drive vehicles. These are all important, but the impacts of producing certain types of food are more damaging than most people realize.

According to R. K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, livestock production accounts for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The animals are fed large amounts of grain, which is energy-intensive to produce, and they emit methane, an especially potent greenhouse gas which stays in the atmosphere far longer than CO2.

If the average American were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent, that would be the equivalent of switching from driving a Camry to a Prius.

Rosamond Naylor, a researcher at Stanford, estimates that U.S. meat production is especially grain intensive, requiring 10 times the grain required to produce an equivalent amount of calories than grain, Livestock production, which now covers 30 percent of the world’s non-ice surface area, is also highly damaging to soil and water resources.

Compared to producing vegetables or rice, beef uses 16 times as much energy and produces 25 times the CO2. A study on U.S. consumption from the University of Chicago estimates that if the average American were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent, that would be the equivalent of switching from driving a Camry to a Prius.

Americans currently rank second in world in meat consumption, weighing in at 271 pounds a year, up from 196 pounds 40 years ago. And that doesn’t include dairy. We get an estimated 75 grams of protein a day from animals, and 110 grams total; the government recommends only 50 grams a day.

Mr. Pachauri took a lot of heat for advocating vegetarianism, and it’s not a change most American environmental organizations have pushed for yet. But it’s a key part of a transformation to a healthy, sustainable economy for humans and the planet.

I used to be an avid carnivore, but gave up all meat and fish more than 20 years ago, and went near vegan (I eat eggs) two years ago. Eating meat seems like a hard habit to change, but I’ve found that making the change was a boon to my health, culinary life, carbon budget and conscience.

The nice thing is, every little bit helps — and you can make change gradually. According to Mr. Pachauri, if I’d become a vegan at age 12, I’d have prevented the discharge of more than 100 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere before I die. Vive les legumes!

Juliet Schor is a professor of sociology at Boston College and co-chairwoman of the board of the Center for a New American Dream.

For the rest of the story go here.

September 17, 2015

My Mother Used to Say She was Building A Pie: Infographic for Fall

Filed under: cool internet stuff,kitchen tips,women heroes — Honilima @ 6:24 pm

Grandma's Apple Pie infographic

August 24, 2015

Infographic: Food Waste

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 9:14 pm

August 19, 2015

Temperatures: Weather and Wines

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 3:08 am

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The Pacific Northwest has endured a summer of record breaking temperatures. UW Weather Guru Cliff Mass had an interesting piece on his blog detailing the proper placement of an outdoor thermometer:

“When it comes to measuring heat, the National Weather Service shares this advice about where to place your thermometer:

– Mount the thermometer in a shaded, well-ventilated and open area, about 5 feet above ground.

– Away from water sprinkler systems

– No closer than four times the height of any obstruction. For example, if a building is 10 feet tall, it needs to be no closer than 40 feet from that building.

– Located over natural ground just as grass, dirt or sod; which means, not on your roof.

– At least 100 feet from road or concrete.”

Speaking of temperatures, the Consumer’s Union had an interesting article about serving wines at their proper temperature.

August 3, 2015

More Ideas to Reduce Food Costs

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips,money saving ideas — Honilima @ 12:21 am

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This is a well done article worthy of your attention from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

July 17, 2015

Food Waste: Seafood

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 9:16 pm

July 2, 2015

Chilli is Loaded With: Infographic

Filed under: cool internet stuff,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 6:22 pm

Chef Hari Ghotra's Key Ingredients Infographics Chilli

June 17, 2015

Food Waste: Roots and Tubers

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 9:18 pm

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