Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Years Eve!


 
It's New Years Eve!  It's time to over indulge in that bad parts of life, well some of them.  Tonight people will be drinking, eating and smoking too much, but that is ok.  It is the last day of the year.  Enjoy it!  You will have tomorrow to feel bad about it, but that is tomorrow.  Live for the night.

Let's not forget to recycle those bottles and can while you're having fun.  Just place a garbage can marked with a recycle sigh, if they are your friends, they will do it.  No matter how drunk they are.  I have seen it done.

Enjoy your friends and family tonight and do not worry about the calories and fat grams.  It happens only once a year.  That is your reason for the season.  I'm killing my diet tonight and not even worrying about it.  I'm looking forward to it.  We will fix it next year.
If you are spending tonight alone, do not feel bad about.  I have done it many times.  Have a drink and watch some movies.  You will not have to worry about getting home.

Be safe tonight, and look out for each other.  I want to hear how your party was.  I cannot if you are not here.  Thank you for a great year.  The blogs will be bigger and better next year. Stay tuned!

Happy New Years Eve!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Healthier grocery shopping tip.

 
I have been watching his vlogs for a while. I thought this my help some people out there.
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Almost Christmas snow


I hope everyone have a great Christmas.  I woke up this morning to snow, if it would have only been one day early.  I hope everybody recycled your wrapping paper and gift bags.  Those gift bags can be used next year, and save you time and money.  There are several areas in the United States that are having heavy amounts of snow, so be careful.  If you do not need to get out then don't.  Save the money and relax at home.  Get out and play in the snow.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve!


It's Christmas Eve!  I know most people are traveling today to meet their friends and family, but not everyone will be able to do it.  It is nice not having to work at Christmas, but think about all of the people that will have to work today and tomorrow.
Cops, rescue workers, fire fighters, People at hospitals and nursing house do not get the holidays off.  These people have to work on Christmas Day some years.  The restaurants that will be open and flooded with customers are there for your convenience.  Those people are having to work as well, and they do not make a lot of money, so if you eat out during the holidays, treat the workers with kindness and respect.  They need to be tipped well.  They would rather be spending the holidays with their friends and family, like you are.
Be safe in your travels.
 
  

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Kids you better watch out.....for real


While you’re mixing up batches of cookies and other goodies this holiday season, be sure to keep an eye on your baking ingredients. Some young people have an unhealthy interest in certain items that can make them high or cause a medical emergency.
Holiday goodies can give kids a thrill.
Many children enjoy helping make holiday treats and licking the spoon after the batter has been mixed, but some kids are looking for more than something sweet to eat. According to toxicologist Christina Hantsch, MD, of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Loyola University Health System, some kids are always looking “to create something new that will get attention, potentially create a drug-like effect and can pass under the radar of law enforcers.” We should add “parents” to that comment as well.
What ingredients should parents keep on their radar? One is cinnamon, which some children use in the Cinnamon Challenge. This dare involves trying to swallow one tablespoon of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking any water.
This seemingly innocent act causes the mouth to dry out rapidly and swallowing becomes extremely difficult. This is followed by severe coughing and choking, burning of the mouth and throat, and vomiting.
Pneumonia can eventually develop if the lining of the lungs become swollen. For children who have asthma, the risk is especially great.
Between January 1 and November 30, 2012, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 272 reports of cinnamon abuse or misuse among teenagers. That number is up from 51 for the year 2011.
You might also want to keep a close eye on nutmeg. This popular spice contains myristicin, a substance that can cause hallucinations and produce a marijuana-like high if consumed in large amounts. Kids have been known to snort, eat, or smoke nutmeg to get high.
One problem with nutmeg abuse is that unlike cinnamon, the effects are delayed. Thirty to 60 minutes after using nutmeg, people experience severe gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.
The drug-like effects don’t kick in for several hours, so anyone who uses nutmeg to get high may believe it has not worked and take more, which can result in a serious overdose. Dizziness, paranoia, and difficulty urinating are part of the high, and it may be especially damaging for individuals with heart problems.
If you have aerosol cans of whipping cream or spray oil among your baking and holiday ingredients, these are potential problems as well. Nitrous oxide gases in these containers, when inhaled, can cause headache, dizziness, slurred speech, wheezing, nausea, and vomiting. Depending on how much gas children inhale, symptoms may also include hallucinations, distorted perceptions of time and space, and emotional disturbances.
One more seemingly innocent holiday ingredient to watch is the marshmallow. While children don’t get high on marshmallows, they may engage in a dare called Chubby Bunny.
This activity involves stuffing as many marshmallows into your mouth as you can and then trying to say the words “Chubby Bunny.” Hantsch noted that two children have died while playing this game when they choked on the marshmallows.
So what’s in your kitchen this season? If you have children in the house, take an inventory of your holiday baking ingredients, and be sure the only highs in your home this year are due to good cheer.
These are stupid and wasteful things to do.  Did you parents ever tell you that there are starving children that you love to have that?  You just think about that when you go to sleep at night.  Starving children needing that cinnamon.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Presenting.....Splenda


 
James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, has expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists outlining the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).

In animals examined for the study, Splenda reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body.

According to Turner, "The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study ... confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Artificial Sweeteners - Aspartame


Aspartame

This additive is sold under the names Equal® or NutraSweet®. There are thousands of everyday products that contain aspartame. To name a few, yogurt, sodas, pudding, tabletop sugar substitutes, chewing gum. For its approval we have to thank the Searle Company for falsifying reports, and unscrupulous attorneys for delaying legal proceedings. Once the statute of limitations ran out and the product was once again up for review, many discrepancies came to light between reported versus actual findings.

Consumers lodge complaints about NutraSweet®, to the tune of "80% of all complaints about food additives," but Betty Martini reported that the FDA has yet to move on any of them. In spite of this inaction by the FDA, there are indications that this "sweetener" is toxic. According to Ms. Martini, in a report from Flying Safety, an official United States Air Force publication, US Air Force pilots were warned not to consume Aspartame in any amounts at all. Why? "Aspartame has been investigated as a possible cause of brain tumors, mental retardation, birth defects, epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes." And the FDA has made no move to regulate this toxic substance.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Artificial Sweeteners - Sucralose


Sucralose
This relatively new additive is marketed under the name Splenda®. Sucralose is basically denatured sucrose. Its preparation involves chlorinating sucrose, chemically changing the structure of the sugar molecules by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups.

Yes, you did read "chlorinating," adding "chlorine atoms." But isn't chlorine a known carcinogen, you ask? Why would the FDA allow toxic materials to be used in our food and beverages?

Yes, chlorine is a carcinogen. And to the other question, no one said just why the FDA approved it. You should know too that it was approved even with the pre-approval research revealed possible toxicity of the substance.

There have been no long-range studies of the effects of sucralose. The same thing happened with tobacco. As a result of not performing the required epidemiological research, it took years to track the dangerous effects of tobacco. It's unfortunate and confusing that the same mistake is repeated even with the initial negative indications and checks and balances that are now in place. If the FDA does not step in and make monitoring and research possible and necessary, then we can't readily learn the safety of such substances and sucralose. We don't even know if it is better for weight loss than sucrose.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Let's go Krogering!



During this Holiday season most house will be filled with the smells of yummy flavors streaming though the air.  Where did the ingredients come from, I mean how were they grown.  You know what I mean.  Are there dangerous chemicals involved in your holiday meal?  Does your family know?

I know I have talked about this topic so many times, but I feel that it is and always will be important.  You care for your friends and family, so why not really care for what they eat and how they will feel in the next year.  I know you cannot control everything that they eat every day.  You can control some of the ingredients that you include in the dishes that you prepare. I have and still use store brand organic ingredients.

If you live near a Kroger grocery store, you are in luck.  They have their own line of organic products, Private Selection Organics, but the name now for most of the products have been changed to Simple Truth.  I love their products!  On most of the items the cost is very little more.  I mean a dime more, but some of the products are more expensive.  It is worth it. The Kroger organic products are cheaper than the name brand ones.
Like I have said before, just try one of them.  I have bought and tried many of the products, and I have never been disappointed once.  The next time that you are in Kroger's pick and purchase one organic item from their store line.  That is what I did and have not looked back.  Just do it!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Safe holiday baking

I know there are millions of people that think that Splenda (sucralose) is a safe form of "sugar".  Well watch this video and do some research for yourself.  I have been against it from the first I heard of it.  It does not taste like sugar, or any that I want.  When your doing your holiday baking this week use natural sugar, yes the golden crystals.  It tastes so much better and less harmful.  Bake and be natural, and kick those chemicals out of your home.

 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Make that change........


I hate that it is so hard to find organic products and produce in small towns.  I'm living in a small rural area now.  The only places to shop is a local grocery store and Wal-Mart.  The local grocery does stock some products, but the price is almost double than at major grocery stores.  Wal-Mart has a very small selection of organic products and only organic salad mix.  This needs to change and it will only change by customers demanding more out of your local stores.

I have noticed a change in how I feel physically and emotionally.  My diet has really suffered, but my weight has not changed too much.  I still have to keep as active as possible to counteract the bad and harmful effects of the processed foods.  That is about all you can get here.  Most of the restaurants are fast food.  You know the stuff that will make you fatter or kill you.  Take your pick.

I still want people in all of the small towns and areas to stand up and demand better health and food. I know some of you think that it is impossible to create change or that I'm just full of it.  It only takes one person to make a change, then it can spread to others.  That is one of the reasons that I created this blog.  I want everyone to live healthier lives for yourself and your family.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Magazine Trees for your home. Neat idea.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wrapping paper from Newspaper


Wrapping those presents


An easy way to save money this holiday season and use that stack of newspapers is to make your own wrapping paper.  It is easy and fun to pick through sections of paper to use for that special person.  The comic sections are great to wrap children's gifts.  Magazines can be used as well, but you will need to get more tape since the pages are smaller. 
You should have fun with this little crafty project.  You will save money not having to spend money on paper and gift tags, but most important time and gas savings.
If you do this already comment and let me and everyone else know about it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Something to think about.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We need Recycling Centers!

Now my home town does not have a recycling center, so what are people going to do with all of their recycling materials?!  I’m sure that they’re not a lot of people that used the center (I hope I’m wrong). The city needs to step up and do something about the problem.  All small towns need to do something about recycling.  I know I have talked about this before, and it still needs repeating.  The city or county need to be in control over recycling centers, so the people know that the process is completed correctly.  We hope that it would be.  Privately owned companies always have something to lose or to gain and in most cases it’s money.  I want every house, apartment, business or street side to have separate garbage bins.
I know all of this is a long shot.  It will take re-educating people for a proper recycling service to work.  Just think of all of the JOBS it would bring to small towns.  I know people love seeing that word, so I did it bold.  If you want change and things to get better, than get up off your ass and help fight.  Nothing is ever going to happen overnight, but if you can get a small number of people together in your own community and just complain to the power at bay.  Let your voices be heard, and be a voice for those who physically can’t leave their home.  I want to see small town cleaner and pollution free.  We can do it.  We just have to stick together.
Below is an article from what just happened in my home town.
UNION CITY, Tenn. - A massive and destructive fire that started Thursday morning at the Greenway Recover and Recycle Facility in Union City, Tennessee is still burning, and the facility is destroyed.
According to the Union City Fire Department, the fire started when a cardboard bailer caught fire.
Fire officials tell our Elizabeth Fields that employees tried to battle the initial fire and thought they had extinguished it, but the Union City fire chief says by the time there crews arrived on scene, the fire had spread under surrounding material.
Fire crews fought the blaze inside until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, but it eventually got away from them and overtook the building.  The roof of the facility collapsed at 8:00 p.m.
At some point overnight the flames spread from the building to the material in the yard outside of the building.
Firefighters have one truck on each side of the building to help combat the intense flames.  At this point they are still trying to keep the fire from spreading.  Fire officials tell us it could still be a couple of days before the fire is fully extinguished.
Firefighters are guessing that it could take days before the flames are completely burned out, and will continue to rotate shifts until the fire is out.
Greenway Recover & Recycle officials tell us their plan is, once the fire is out, to clean-up and try to get back to work as soon as possible.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Small town grocery shopping

Okay, so I am moved.  I have moved to an area that is smaller, and where it is more difficult to find common grocery items, as in all natural and organic. Too much of my surprise, Wal-Mart Supercenters are stocking more all-natural and organic products.  Even the smaller stores, but don’t get your hopes up too much, the sections are small, but it is a start in the right direction.  Something is better than nothing.  They still do not have organic produce in the smaller stores, so everyone that is still searching for better and healthier produce you have to tell them that you want it.  Go to the store manager and let them know that you want better produce in the store.  They are not going to do it themselves unless the corporate office tells them to stock it.
If we want change in the stores that we shop, than get up and let the stores know.  We do not all live in a large area where there is a selection of stores to pick from.  Most people live in small towns where the selection of products and stores are all the same, Wal-Mart and the local grocery store. 
Now, I am not the biggest fan of Wal-Mart.  I never have been, but if that is all you have then you have to deal with it.  You have no choice.  I was just glad to see that even in this small store, they had sections at the end of the aisles for all-natural and organic products.  If you have the time, you can also look down each aisle to see if there are more products.  I bet you will find some.
For every dollar you spent, you are placing a vote to what is in your store.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yes on Prop 37!

Alright Californians, this needs to be passed. Set an example for the rest of the states to follow.  We do not need GMO's on our shelves and homes, if we do not want it.  These companies need to be honest about how they create their products.
In November, Californians will be the first to vote on a landmark proposition (Proposition 37) to decide if food using ingredients that have been genetically modified should be labeled as such. Here is the precise wording:
Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Initiative Statute
           Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
           Prohibits labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as “natural.”
           Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.
As expected, the big food companies are not interested in such disclosures, while the smaller companies using non-GMO ingredients are in favor. The former have spent over $25 million in their efforts to kill proposition 37.
Here are 37 reasons why Proposition 37 MUST pass
1. GMO crops’ environmental benefits are questionable; GMO crops require pesticides too.
2. Genetic modification is NOT the same as selective breeding. Side effects are unknown.
3. There have been NO long term studies on GMO safety.
4. We don’t need more super weeds.
5. Anything brought to you by the makers of Agent Orange does not inspire trust.
6. GMO labeling will not make food more expensive. If labeling GMOs was cost prohibitive, European manufacturers would go bankrupt (they DO label GMO’s).
7. In an animal study, GMOs caused sterility within 3 generations. Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise for your great grandkids?
8. The long term environmental impact of GMO crops is unclear.
9. GMO crops are sterile, keeping farmers at the mercy of biotech firms each growing season. (ie price hikes…)
10. GMO corn is used as livestock feed. Harms the animal, and then harms the human?
11. Honest labeling does not mean the US will become a “nanny state”.
12. 90% of Americans support GMO labeling.
13. GMO crops have NOT SHOWN any increase in crop yields on average.
14. GMO crops have huge R&D costs. Manufacturers must sell, sell, sell to recoup costs, safe or not.
15. If Prop 37 passes; it will increase sales of smaller food manufacturers and add diversity, helping rebuild local communities.
16. You can wash off pesticides, but GMO, whose genes serves as inborn pesticides, can never be washed off.
17. GMO crops poison insects, which then die from infections from bacteria like E.Coli.
18. Superbugs are evolving to circumvent GMO protection.
19. Cross pollination contaminates non-GMO crops, without the consent of their growers.  There is no turning back after that.
20. GMO ruins generations of farming traditions, most notably saving and reuse of seeds.
21. GMOs are forever – the BT toxin from GMO corn has been found in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses.
22. Food allergies have skyrocketed since GMO introduction into the food system. Coincidence?
23. The studies that claim GMO foods are safe have been funded by GMO manufacturers.
24. Big food corporations oppose GMO labeling, why are they afraid to let consumers know what’s in their food?
25.  Scientists can’t agree on whether GMOs are safe or not. Shouldn’t we have the right to sit on the sidelines, at least for now?
26. Nutrition surprise!  GMO and conventional crops aren’t the same, but you could never know since they’re not labeled.  One study showed that compared to conventional soy, GMO soy has less protein, less phenylalanine, less choline and less of the B-complex vitamins.  It has more trypsin inhibitor and its lecithin levels were double regular soy.
27. Whether we want to eat GMO products or not should be a consumer choice – when items are not labeled consumers no longer have that choice.
28. Studies on GMO with negative results can and are being blocked from publication by the seed and biotech companies.
29. GMO puts Biodiversity at risk.  One study showed BT crops were lethal to protected insect species in Europe.
30. Allergy transfer.  When the Brazil Nut was genetically engineered into a soybean, the GMO soybean caused an allergic reaction in those allergic to nuts.  While this specific GMO was not approved, the fact that allergens can be transferred is quite concerning. People with allergies deserve to know.
31. Passage of proposition 37 will stimulate a wave of new product reformulations that will ultimately benefit consumers.
32. Many big food companies claim that eating healthfully is a matter of personal choice. How can one exercise personal responsibility when huge economic conglomerates are fighting to keep us ignorant?
33. If proposition 37 passes in a large state like California, it will have a ripple effect to the rest of the country.
34. Proposition 37 is not a Democrat / Republican issue. We should all demand the freedom to know what we feed our families.
35. Because this is the opponents’ lame excuse for not doing it – “It’s a deceptive, deeply flawed food labeling scheme that would add more government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs, create new frivolous lawsuits, and increase food costs by billions–without providing any health or safety benefits.”
36. Revolving doors between the FDA / USDA /other government offices and biotech companies such as Monsanto have delayed GMO labeling since the early 90′s when the first crops were introduced. In Europe, GMO labeling from day one made sure that a GMO market would not develop at all. Mandatory labeling going forward will make sure no new GMO crops are added to the market before their safety has fully been assured.
37. Transparency airs out all corruption.
Vote YES on Prop 37!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Appalachian strip mining

Let's go to the mountains!......while we still have them?



What is Mountaintop Removal?
In traditional underground coal mining (also called deep-mining), miners descend into the mountain and mine the coal from within, altering the mountain's internal geology, but leaving the surface intact. As its name suggests, mountaintop removal is a method of coal extraction in which the mountain is removed from the coal, rather than the coal from the mountain. It is a highly mechanized form of strip mining, relying on a combination of ammonium nitrate explosives and massive machinery to dismantle the mountain and extract the coal.
The process begins by clear-cutting the bio diverse hardwood forest that blankets Appalachia, preparing the mountain for blasting. With the forest gone, the topsoil and rock that sit above the mountain's coal seams, termed overburden by the industry, are blasted and scraped away to reveal the coal seams that run in horizontal layers through the mountains. Twenty-story tall dragline excavators and house-sized haul trucks push the trees and mountain's pieces into the valleys and hollows below, burying the headwaters of major American river systems. These rubble-filled valleys are known as valley fills.
 The massive machinery is then used to scrape away the coal and haul it off of the mine site to processing plants, where mountaintop removal coal is combined with deep-mined coal and washed with water and chemicals. The resultant toxic waste is mixed with more water to make slurry, which is then pumped into abandoned mines or man-made lakes held in mountain hollows behind earthen dams. Coal leaves the processing plant in trains, trucks, or barges, bound for coal-fired power plants across the nation. When mining is done, the rough contours left by the blasting and digging are leveled, and the ground is seeded with grasses, plants, and trees hardy enough to survive on the rocky surface left behind.
In addition to the permanent disfigurement of the land, each phase of mountaintop removal creates environmental hazards, all of which are acutely felt in the Coal River Valley and ripple through our broader society.
The Mountaintop Removal Process

1) CLEARING   

The hardwood forests that blanket the mountain are clear-cut to prepare the mountain for blasting. Sometimes the timber is harvested, but often the trees are burned or pushed down the mountainside. Topsoil is often pushed into the valley below.
2)  BLASTING

To dislodge the earth and rock above the coal seams, termed as overburden by the coal industry, ammonium nitrate explosives are detonated in holes drilled into the mountain. In addition to the soil and rocks loosened by blasting, white silica and chemical-laden dust become airborne, settling on the surrounding communities.  Prolonged silica inhalation leads to silicosis. 


 3) DIGGING

The rubble left in the wake of the blasts is removed by 20-story tall dragline excavators and house-sized haul trucks, exposing the mountain's coal seams. Blasting and digging can remove as much as 1,400 feet of elevation from a mountain. 

 4) VALLEY FILLS

Haul trucks dump the rubble into the valleys below the mountain to create valley fills, which have buried over 1,900 miles of headwater streams. The denuded mountain and rubble-filled valleys increase flooding due to increased runoff during rainfall.   

5) PROCESSING and    RECLAMATION    

After the coal has been mined, reclamation begins. Barren land is covered with plants and grass hardy enough to survive in the rocky ground left behind. In some cases, hardwood trees can take hold again, but in all instances it will take the long process of succession for native ecosystems to return.



Where is it happening?
The Appalachian mountain range is the oldest range on Earth. It stretches from Newfoundland in the north to Alabama in the south and supports immense biological and cultural diversity throughout its range. In Central Appalachia, underground coal mining has been a way of life for thousands of people and their communities for over one hundred years. As a region, Central Appalachia's coalfields are the second largest U.S. producer of coal after the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.  Increasingly, where there is coal to be found in Appalachia, there is mountaintop removal.  More than 470 mountains, across eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, throughout West Virginia and creeping into western Virginia, have been permanently altered by mountaintop removal.  Today, in the Coal River Valley, coal extraction through mountaintop removal has become a fact of life. Of all the mountains that form the valley, only one remains intact - Coal River Mountain.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What is the Coal River Wind Project?

I found this article from 2008 about greener cleaner wind power, but what is this project all about and what was it.  Some of the information is below.
If Senator Barack Obama ever needs a living symbol of change we can believe in, and a hopeful way to transcend the dirty politics of our failed energy policies, he should go and see the future of renewable energy in the Coal River Valley in West Virginia.
Yes, renewable energy in Appalachia.
Something historic is taking place in West Virginia this summer. Faced with an impending proposal to strip mine over 6,600 acres -- nearly 10 square miles -- in the Coal River Valley, including one of the last great mountains in that range, an extraordinary movement of local residents and coal mining families have come up with a counter proposal for an even more effective wind farm.
Mother Jones, the miners' angel, once declared: "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living."
Having witnessed the destruction of over 470 mountains and their adjacent communities in Appalachia, the Coal River Valley citizens are doing just that. On the frontlines of one of the most tragic environmental and human rights scandals in modern American history, the community-wide Coal River wind advocates have devised a blueprint to get beyond the divisive regional politics and break the stranglehold of King Coal on the central Appalachian economies.
The Coal River Wind Project is the first bottom-up community-based full scale assessment to directly counter the nightmare of mountaintop removal with a renewable energy and economy alternative prior to the actual mining.
We have a choice. It is not simply coal or no coal, jobs or no jobs. The issue is how do we create jobs and clean energy forever, and begin the transition in Appalachia and America away from dirty coal.
And Barack Obama, and all Americans, has a chance to be part of Coal River Valley's landmark decision for our nation's dependence on renewable or nonrenewable energy sources. Either we continue to hand out permits for mountaintop removal (two permits in this area have already been granted), unleashing millions of tons of explosives, blasting local communities to Kingdom Come, provide less than 200 jobs for 14 years of coal mining, contributing the dirty coal firepower for continued carbon dioxide emissions and global warming, or, we can stake out a third way in renewable energy and economic development.
Consider this: The Coal River Mountain Wind Project would:
-Create 200 local employment opportunities during construction, and 50 permanent jobs during the life of the wind farm. It takes only 35 years for a wind farm to provide a greater number of one-year jobs than the proposed four surface mines combined.
-Provide 440MW or enough energy for 150,000 homes -- indefinitely, as well as a sustained tax income that could be used for the construction of new schools for the county.
-Allow for concurrent uses of the mountain, including harvesting of wild ginseng and valuable forest plants, sustainable forestry, and mountain tourism, as Coal River Mountain is one of West Virginia's finest mountains.
-Preserve the historic Coal River Mountain heritage, and protect the land and communities from blasting, dusting, poisonous drinking water, increased flooding, damaged homes and personal property, and devastated wildlife habitat.
In 1892, in Barack Obama's adopted city, the Chicago Tribune wrote in an editorial: "How long can the earth sustain life," if we depend on the "wonderful power of coal?" The Tribune editors lambasted Americans for our lack of vision and our lack of energy conservation, and our need to "invent appliances to exhaust with over greater rapidity the hoard of coal." They declared:
Doubtless the end of the coal, at least as an article of a mighty commerce, will arrive within a period brief in comparison with the ages of human existence. In the history of humanity, from first to last, the few centuries through which we are now passing will stand out prominently as the coal-burning period.
The Tribune editors in 1892 assumed Americans would move beyond coal and onto renewable energy sources.
We may be a hundred years late, but the realities of global warming and climate change, and the brutal process of extracting coal, should remind us that it is not too late for Barack Obama and the rest of the nation to be a part of this exciting new energy future for Appalachia, and the entire country.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sorry people, I moved.

I know.  Here I am doing this again.  It has been several weeks since my last post.  I moved and life has settled down for the most part for the next several months.  I will be posting daily and sometimes a few times a day.
I have noticed the need for the information that I work on providing for my readers.  The need for creating a more healthy way of life is needed in small rural communities.  I see the depression and lack of life in people’s faces and bodies that it hurts to even look at them.   Let’s change people, if you hate living the way you are then please find any way possible to change it.
I’ll be here if you need me.  Look for more scary and helpful information.  I have so much to share.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Keep that plastic moving

When you have accomplished any studying about recycling plastic at all aside from just learning to put in a recycling bin, you may have doubtless come across the growing debate and work on the different processes of plastic recycling. With plastics, all issues are not developed equal. Plastics with diverse utilizes normally have wildly distinct chemical and polymer compositions. This indicates that they cant be utilised for the same merchandise and much more importantly, cant be recycled the same way. If a recycling center had been to throw all the different types of plastics into 1 recycling procedure, the end result would be a mess of plastics in various stages of melting and would most likely look a great deal like a culinary sauce gone wrong with water and oil separation. In other words, scientists and environmentalists need to come up with various processes for plastic recycling to obtain the job completed.
One of the greatest new and diverse processes of plastic recycling will be the function getting accomplished on biodegradable plastics. It seems like developing a plastic that could break down like a natural product is impossible, but a growing number of advances are getting made on a common basis. So far, one of the prospective troubles with this type of new plastic is that if it truly is mixed up with recycled plastic, the excellent of the resulting item suffers.
Recycling firms, most notably in the U.S., Australia, and Japan are tinkering using the idea of heat compression recycling for plastics. This version of a various process of plastic recycling works on the idea of taking all sorts and varieties of clean plastics, and we are talking about plastics from grocery bags to tough industrial plastics here, and placing them inside the identical tumbler. A tumbler is truly what it sounds like. Its a gigantic rotating drum which is reminiscent of your clothes dryer tumbler and mixing the loads together. The benefit is that all plastics may be recycled this way regardless of their sort. The greatest drawback is that this process takes a great deal of power to operate.
The world is still in its infant stage on the subject of secure, helpful, and productive recycling particularly in relation to plastic recycling. A distinct process will help 1 kind of plastic although it doesn't work for yet another. Really just put it is going to take time, trial and error, and also the dedication of a great deal of folks to get the processes where they should be. Inside the meantime, its as much as the everyday, ordinary folks to continue to do the very best job doable of recycling, reusing, and renewing.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Have a cup of coffee!

Europeans and Americans drink coffee like it is going out of style. Coffee is a popular social tool that has been around since any of us can remember. The popularity growth in coffee consumption has prompted many growers to experiment with how they grow coffee, especially in recent years when it has been proven that fertilizer does more harm than good. Organic coffee is on the horizon for them now.
Organic coffee - what is it exactly? This is coffee that is grown without using enhancement chemicals. It has been done that way since time before chemical companies intruded. Farmers plant the seeds, irrigate the roots and let the sun do the rest.
The Department of Agriculture has set into motion a crop rotation program. Crop rotation aids the farmer's in coping with the demand of coffee products on the open market, especially organic flavored coffee. One way that organic flavored coffee growers can benefit is by applying to the government for incentives. The agricultural community supports the growing of it wholeheartedly. So much so that they will give benefits to farmers who grow organic. It takes a while to get certified organic but to the coffee grower it is well worth the wait.
As with the majority of organic products, organic coffee takes more time to come to term. This means that organic coffee costs more than your general store brands. In some instances, 12 ounces of organic coffee can be sold for $1.00 per ounce.
Organic coffee, like other organic or all natural foods, is sold in an entirely different section of your local supermarket. This type of coffee is sold in caffeinated and decaffeinated as well as flavored with vanilla, chocolate hazelnut or anything else you can think of that regular coffee comes in. Organic flavored coffee (like other all-natural products) must contain a seal indicating it is, in fact, organic. This is an FDA classification and cannot be overlooked.
Granted, organic coffee is more expensive than traditional coffee, but the sense of wellness it brings cannot be unmatched. Many brands you find are not made in the US but in countries that support slavery and the use of warlords such as South America or Africa.
Organic coffee prices will go down over the next few years, analysts predict. This is made possible by the crop rotation practices mentioned earlier by avoiding using fertilizers and pesticides.
The use of organic coffee or other products will not allow you to live longer, that is a guarantee that cannot be made. These organic products can help you live healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles can lead to longer life. So the next time that you are in the grocery store or other large food center look at all of the organic food you can buy and realize that you can be feeling better and living a healthier, more enriching life than you were before switching from non-organic foods to organic.
Organic flavored coffee will not disappoint. True it is more expensive but the benefits as well as the flavor more than compensates for the cost.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Why should you make the switch to organic?

I try to encourage people to buy organic foods when they are available. The first excuse I often hear is that they cost more and that groceries already cost way too much. Another thing I hear is that my small effort will not make a difference, so why even bother? I also heard from one person that her spouse had read that everything that was labeled organic foods was not necessarily so. Is that true and, if so, how does a person know if he or she is really getting organic foods? There are alot of questions out there, so why buy organic foods? Read on!
These all seem like valid concerns, so I thought I would create the following FAQs to address these issues.
1. How can you be sure that food labeled "organic" are really organic? Use of the term "organic" is regulated by the United States government. In order to put the word "organic" on a food label, the farmer must get the product certified as organic by a USDA-accredited certifier. Those who falsely label or sell non organic foods as "organic" can be fined up to $11,000 for each violation.
2. What exactly does the word "organic" mean? On a food label, "organic" means the food was produced without pesticides or fertilizers, sewage, genetic engineering or irradiation. In the case of animal products, it also means the animal received no antibiotics or hormones and was fed organic feed containing no animal by-products. An organic label also means animals had access to outdoor facilities.
3. Is some food with an "organic" label more organic than others? Yes, among processed foods with multiple ingredients, those displaying the USDA organic seal have at least 95 percent organic content. Those labeled "made with organic ingredients" on the front may be as little as 70 percent organic. (The latter example can not be displayed the USDA's organic seal, but may be displayed with the logo of the certifying agent.)
4. Are organic foods better for the environment? Yes. By eliminating large amounts of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used in farming, organic methods can help protect the health of our air, water and soil. It also does not add to the problem of antibiotic resistance, which makes antibiotics ineffective for treating illnesses in human beings. Antibiotic use in organically-raised animals is not allowed.
5. Are organic foods safer for us to eat? Yes. Unlike conventionally produced food, you to no synthetic pesticides or growth hormones. Many of these substances have been proven to cause cancer, birth defects and damage to the nervous and reproductive systems in animal studies (although at higher levels than commonly found in food). What has not been studied yet is whether or not exposure to low levels of these substances may also have adverse health effects. In the absence of this information, the best course of action is not to expose yourself to chemicals designed and proven to kill other life forms. This is especially true for children, as their developing body systems put them at much greater risk of harm than adults.
6. Are organic foods worth the extra money? Yes, in the sense that you really do get extra value in the form of safer food that is better for the environment. You might not be able to afford a regular diet of organic foods. If so, try picking and choosing your organic purchases. A study by the Environmental Working Group of 43 fruits and vegetables shows that you can reduce your pesticide exposure from produce by up to 90 percent by avoiding the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated instead.
7. Will your purchases make a difference? Yes. The reason organic foods are now the fastest-growing sector of the food industry is that consumers have shown that they want it. There is no other way to promote this concept than by buying it and encouraging others to do the same.
8. Are organic foods always the best choice? No. Conventional food that is grown close to you may be a better choice than organic foods grown 1,000 miles away. Why? Because transporting food a short distance causes much less global warming pollution. That local farm is also preserving open space in your area and contributing to your local economy.
Why buy organic food? I hope you have learned alot of important reasons in the information above. Healthy choices mean healthy living. Healthy organic foods also mean healthy living.