Very strange, but interesting…
Philips Unveils Sexy Urban Beehive/Bee Keeping Concept (via inhabitat.com)

Philips’ just unveiled a new concept for an urban beehive that would allow anyone to become an amateur bee keeper – even those who live in apartments with no backyards. The pod-like  hive attaches to a hole cut into a pane of glass. Once affixed, the  glass covered pod on the inside of the window would allow you to peer  into the hive while the white entryway on the outside would allow the  bees the freedom come and go. Best of all, with the pull of a small cord  you can have all of the fresh honey your heart desires.
Read more:  Philips Unveils Sexy Urban Beehive Concept | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

Very strange, but interesting…

Philips Unveils Sexy Urban Beehive/Bee Keeping Concept (via inhabitat.com)

Philips’ just unveiled a new concept for an urban beehive that would allow anyone to become an amateur bee keeper – even those who live in apartments with no backyards. The pod-like hive attaches to a hole cut into a pane of glass. Once affixed, the glass covered pod on the inside of the window would allow you to peer into the hive while the white entryway on the outside would allow the bees the freedom come and go. Best of all, with the pull of a small cord you can have all of the fresh honey your heart desires.


Read more: Philips Unveils Sexy Urban Beehive Concept | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

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YUM!!!

szymon:

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Vanishing Of The Bees - Official Trailer


A  Thai organic farmer pretends to be dead after eating GM corn during a  protest against the introduction of genetically modified organisms  (GMOs) to Thailand outside the Government House in Bangkok in 2004.  Opponents say that investing in GMOs is the worst decision Vietnam can  take at this juncture when the market for GM crops is shrinking and more  evidence emerges about its long term implications.
Just don’t do it  is the title of an article from Thanh Nien News, Vietnam, detailing the scientific study, results and dangerous effects of GMO food.  It focuses on the foreboding possibility of Monsanto selling their seeds to countries in Asia. 

"Vandana Shiva, an Indian physicist and  environmentalist who won the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize, wrote in an April  Op-Ed titled “Great Seed Robbery” carried by the Deccan Chronicle: ‘Seed sovereignty is the foundation of food sovereignty. Seed freedom is the foundation of food freedom. The great seed robbery threatens both. It must be stopped,’ Shiva wrote.”

A little over one year ago I read and blogged about a “moratorium on the release of transgenic brinjal hybrid eggplant in  India, set by Indian Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.”  I thought it was admirable to see a country invest in the research of GMOs before just throwing them out into the field as I felt the US has allowed.  But according to this article, it appears Monsanto (or Mahyco) has gone around the authorities and done testing of their own accord.  Oh man, so pushy.  How can we ever shut them out? 

A Thai organic farmer pretends to be dead after eating GM corn during a protest against the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to Thailand outside the Government House in Bangkok in 2004. Opponents say that investing in GMOs is the worst decision Vietnam can take at this juncture when the market for GM crops is shrinking and more evidence emerges about its long term implications.

Just don’t do it  is the title of an article from Thanh Nien News, Vietnam, detailing the scientific study, results and dangerous effects of GMO food.  It focuses on the foreboding possibility of Monsanto selling their seeds to countries in Asia. 

"Vandana Shiva, an Indian physicist and environmentalist who won the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize, wrote in an April Op-Ed titled “Great Seed Robbery” carried by the Deccan Chronicle: ‘Seed sovereignty is the foundation of food sovereignty. Seed freedom is the foundation of food freedom. The great seed robbery threatens both. It must be stopped,’ Shiva wrote.”

A little over one year ago I read and blogged about a “moratorium on the release of transgenic brinjal hybrid eggplant in India, set by Indian Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.”  I thought it was admirable to see a country invest in the research of GMOs before just throwing them out into the field as I felt the US has allowed.  But according to this article, it appears Monsanto (or Mahyco) has gone around the authorities and done testing of their own accord.  Oh man, so pushy.  How can we ever shut them out? 


I had to go back to the wood shop the other day to purchase more bamboo for the greenhouse and I realized this isn’t a normal looking wood shop to the Western eye.  So I thought I would share this experience with you.  The shop also sells bamboo and thatch roofing made from giant leaves, which are common for many poor Burmese, Karen and Thai houses around here.  The roofs usually have to be replaced once per year.  I might’ve taken more photos but it was so muddy, I could only stand in one place because I was wearing flip flops and just wasn’t feeling like standing ankle deep in mud!  Grateful that my development crew and the shop workers were able to load up the truck without my help.


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ALICE!

A few days belated, but that’s ok.  I’m sure she doesn’t mind it that way.  And cheers to everyone else on the Chez Panisse crew!  California, I miss you.

Check it out here, if you don’t know what’s up.


15 Food Companies that Serve You ‘Wood’

The recent class-action lawsuit brought against Taco Bell raised questions about the quality of food many Americans eat each day.

Chief among those concerns is the use of cellulose (wood pulp), an extender whose use in a roster of food products, from crackers and ice creams to puddings and baked goods, is now being exposed. What you’re actually paying for – and consuming – may be surprising.

Cellulose is virgin wood pulp that has been processed and manufactured to different lengths for functionality, though use of it and its variant forms (cellulose gum, powdered cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, etc.) is deemed safe for human consumption, according to the FDA, which regulates most food industry products.  The government agency sets no limit on the amount of cellulose that can be used in food products meant for human consumption.

 [Note: Humans are unable to digest cellulose since we lack the appropriate enzymes to break it down. This is a food adulterant and another example of the wholly corrupt nature of the federal agency responsible for food safety but continues to prove itself more concerned with corporate profit. ~Ed]

The USDA, which regulates meats, has set a limit of 3.5% on the use of cellulose, since fiber in meat products cannot be recognized nutritionally.

“As commodity prices continue to rally and the cost of imported materials impacts earnings, we expect to see increasing use of surrogate products within food items. Cellulose is certainly in higher demand and we expect this to continue,” Michael A. Yoshikami, chief investment strategist at YCMNet Advisors, told TheStreet.

Manufacturers use cellulose in food as an extender, providing structure and reducing breakage, said Dan Inman, director of research and development at J. Rettenmaier USA, a company that supplies “organic” cellulose fibers for use in a variety of processed foods and meats meant for human and pet consumption, as well as for plastics, cleaning detergents, welding electrodes, pet litter, automotive brake pads, glue and reinforcing compounds, construction materials, roof coating, asphalt and even emulsion paints, among many other products.

Cellulose adds fiber to the food, which is good for people who do not get the recommended daily intake of fiber in their diets, Inman said lied.  It also extends the shelf life of processed foods. Plus, cellulose’s water-absorbing properties can mimic fat, he said, allowing consumers to reduce their fat intake.

Perhaps most important to food processors is that cellulose is cheaper, he added, because “the fiber and water combination is less expensive than most other ingredients in the [food] product.”

 Product pictures and info HERE

(Source: heartbloodspirit)


Ban on Using Food Stamps to Buy Soda Rejected by U.S.D.A. - NYTimes.com

This photo is from a blogger/artist’s series called “Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things”

This photo is from a blogger/artist’s series called “Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things


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intogold:

National Geographic Ad, 1977

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National Geographic Ad, 1977


270,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto

Rising sea water caused by global warming is now increasing the salt content of the river water and threatening the livelihoods of millions of poor farmers and fishermen.


What side are you on? I’m getting scared.

"…Crop modification methods are not dangerous. The European Union has spent more than $425 million studying the safety of genetically modified crops over the past 25 years. Its recent, lengthy report on the matter can be summarized in one sentence: Crop modification by molecular methods is no more dangerous than crop modification by other methods. Serious scientific bodies that have analyzed the issue, including the National Academy of Sciences and the British Royal Society, have come to the same conclusion.

It is time to relieve the regulatory burden slowing down the development of genetically modified crops.”



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