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Dirty Beaches, Dirty Meat, We Are Poisioning Ourselves And The Earth

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There was a report in the NY Times science  section, this past Tuesday, stating that there is a strong possibility that if you dig at the beach ala sandcastles or even worse bury yourself in the sand (within 7 miles of a sewage plant) you are  more likely to vomit or get diarreah afterwards, due to the fecal matter in the ocean transmitted to the sand.

We already know that meat needs to be handled  carefully because of the bacteria due to the  way that animals are raised and  killed ( indoors jammed into lots walking in their own fecal matter, then coming from those pens via slaughter to your dinner plate).  The meat we eat has hormones in it to make tha animals grow faster antibiotics to kill all the bacteria in their systems due to their living conditions…we eat all of that when we consume them.

The warning, that we were told about in the 1970’s, that  the earth would not be able to flush the toxins we are creating if we did not change our ways- is-here.


But there is a solution,

1. Factory farming should be cut in half ( maybe outlawed) and strictly regulated as to its effects on the environment.

2. Dumping in the ocean should be curtailed and other solutions to our trash/sewage problem implemented such as

       a. Intensifying recycling methods and restrictions. 

       b. Look for ways to reduce trash.

       c. Think of new ways to recycle sewage.


What can you do today, to limit your trash?  use a reusable water bottle filled with tap water, use cloth shopping bag, buy products with less packaging, request that when you buy an item that they keep the hanger… what other things do you think we can do to work together on lowering our consumption?

 Please send ideas to comments section, use your thinking cap, see what you come up with!




Note: The study used 25,00 people who visited 7 beaches all within 7 miles of a sewagw plant, the study was done by the American Journal of  Epidemiology, NY Times, Science Section July 21, 2009. 

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Indicator Species They Are Speaking To Us Now… So Listen

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There is a way to measure how healthy the environment/earth you live in is.  One of those options is by tracking “Indicator Species”.   There are a wide variety of species from mammals to amphibians who we can monitor to see into the future of or planet.

Frogs and Bats are two of the best indicator species because they easily absorb the chemicals and pollutants in the eco-system through their skin and mouths.

That is why it is disturbing to note that both of these species are in decline world wide.

Two things you can do right now today, is stop using accepting plastic bags, use a reusable cloth bag -there are many options available  at most places you shop.

This will stop the leaching of the chemicals from the bags as they decay in landfills and the ocean.

Eat locally grown meat and try to eat less meat. ( you don’t have to suffer to do this, eat pasta one night, eat black bean soup and chips with guacamole the next…the variations are endless (see” Diet for A Small Planet” for recipes and a through discussion of the effects of too mush meat being consumed. ) 

This will cut down on the huge amounts of waste pumped from factory farming into our rivers. And the meat is cleaner and safer to eat.

It is not a question about, is this happening, it is a question of what are you going to do about it – it is truly is in your hands , you can save the planet by changing consumption choices.


After all the  corporations, the rich will just keep spending time thinking of ways to fatten their bank accounts on the backs of the common person, they won’t suffer if the planet collapses – they will always have what they need.   It is us, the bottom 2/3 of the populations and our children who will endure the effects of a dying planet. 

So make an effort take a small action to save the planet.




Note: Diet for a Small Planet is a book by Frances Moore Lappé presenting her theory of “Complementary Protein” sources in the human diet. As the eight essential amino acids making up the “complete proteins” found in meat are each present to various extents in a range of plant sources, the theory maintained that eating plant foods in “complementary” combinations combine proteins would be equivalent to those found in meat, to meet human nutritional requirements.

The bestselling first edition, published in 1971 by Ballantine, was sponsored by the Friends of the Earth organization. Besides the book’s promotion of vegetarianism, its underlying orientation emphasized a responsible use of the Earth’s resources. The book includes recipes based

Lappé also brings to light the fact that to produce unit weight of protein in the form of beef or veal, we must feed 21 units weight of protein to the animal. Other forms of livestock are slightly less inefficient, but the average ratio in the U.S. is still 1:8. It has been estimated that the amount of protein lost to humans in this way is equivalent to 90% of the annual world protein deficit.[citation needed]           FROM WIKIPEDIA

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ECO-LIFE IDEA / Napkins, Tissues, Paper Towels How To Reduce Amount Used And Save $ and Trees!

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I don’t know about you but I could go through a box of tissues, a stack of paper napkins and a roll of paper towels in one week! (Allergies /spilling things!) 

I became tired of buying those items and reflected that in my grandfathers time ( he grew up in the depression) they did not have those products they used rags and washed them …so I began my quest to reduce my paper usage and waste.  The items I found  to be the best as a replacement are listed below:


For tissues I use handerchiefs, an inexpensice version (And colorful) is the bandana  – they have them in the dollar store, AC Moore or Walmart in a variety of colors.

For paper towels I use Microfiber cloth  because of their ability to collect a large amount of liquid  ( better than paper towels!)  ( the dollar store carries a great version of this item!)

For napkins I bought cloth napkins  Just wash and reuse (you can get 2 large cotton ones for a dollar at the dollar store)

 (the best way to wash -and quickest is to put in sink with water and soap and rinse then  hang up to dry!)

 You will be amazed at how much your trash waste is reduced!



Earth  Astronomical symbol of Earth
A color image of Earth, as seen from Apollo 17 Famous “Blue Marble” photograph of Earth / Apollo 17


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ECO – LIFE IDEA Rain Barrels And Saving Water

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Saving water by using a rain barrel may sound silly, but if worldwide everyone started using rain barrels it would make a huge difference.  Below are two examples taken from “The Old Farmers Almanac”.  If you are not familiar with the Farnmer’s Almanac check out their site , www.almanac.com  , it is chock full of commonsense ideas and advice.


 Rain Barrel News

 It is hard to argue against the merits of a large barrel positioned to catch rainfall, especially from downspouts or gutters, and using it for your plants on dry days. If you have an engineering degree, you can build a cistern. Lacking that, think of ways to save water in large containers that can be covered.

Or, consider these:

 Giving new life to barrels originally designed for importing olives, the Great American Rain Barrel Company sells a polyethylene barrel that collects and stores up to 60 gallons of water. It comes with an overflow fitting, drain plug, screw-on cover, and threaded spigot for a hose positioned 14 inches from ground level. For more water storage, several barrels can be linked together with a garden hose. A diverter allows water to be channeled directly from a downspout into a barrel. For more information, including some on unpainted barrels, contact the Great American Rain Barrel Company, Inc., 1715 Hyde Park Avenue, Hyde Park MA 02136, go to greatamericanrainbarrel.com, or call 800-251-2352.

 The Spruce Creek Company creates a 54-gallon rain barrel from a mold reminiscent of an old wooden barrel. Its one-piece construction is formed of durable, nearly 1/4-inch-thick, UV-protected, polyethylene plastic and promises ease of setup, safety for children and pets, reduced evaporation, and insect prevention. It comes with a threaded solid brass spigot, automatic overflow, linkability, and two dispensing levels. Check The Spruce Creek Rainsaver for more details or call 800-940-0187


Earth  Astronomical symbol of Earth
A color image of Earth, as seen from Apollo 17

Famous “Blue Marble” photograph of Earth, taken




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Lawns and how to save money time and the planet!

Mow your lawn 1 to 3 feet around the edge – let the rest of the lawn grow into a

meadow  – before the summer starts mow lawn down, throw wild flower seeds

in the meadow area , then sit back and watch your meadow grow!

Advantages :

Less gas used,      ( moolah! for you)

less pollution from mower,       (Earth! happy)

less noise pollution,        (Peace in your neighborhood!)

Sweet scented flowers mixed with tall grasses make for an inviting front yard!!!



Earth  Astronomical symbol of Earth
A color image of Earth, as seen from Apollo 17

Famous “Blue Marble” photograph of Earth, taken from Aplool 17


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