Find out what grass-fed really means and the other terms found on meat labelsToday, reading and understanding labels on nearly anything can be a difficult task, especially when there's limited transparency, as is often the case with beef and poultry. Trying to decipher the difference between "Natural," "Natural and No Antibiotics Added," "Certified Organic," and "Grass-Fed" can become complicated, especially when price points, taste, and marbling come into play. And the pretty pictures of cows grazing in the meadows don't really help either.
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To learn more about grass-fed beef, we turned to Paul Alward, the President and CEO of Hudson Valley Harvest, which is a relatively new company that sells meat and produce from the Hudson Valley in New York. He defines grass-fed to mean cattle that have been raised on pasture and are fed only on hay and forage and never receive any grain. (Check out our definition cheat sheet below for information on the other types of beef.)
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Find out what grass-fed really means and the other terms found on meat labelsToday, reading and understanding labels on nearly anything can be a difficult task, especially when there's limited transparency, as is often the case with beef and poultry. Trying to decipher the difference between "Natural," "Natural and No Antibiotics Added," "Certified Organic," and "Grass-Fed" can become complicated, especially when price points, taste, and marbling come into play. And the pretty pictures of cows grazing in the meadows don't really help either.Read More »from What's the Deal with Grass-Fed Beef?
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By Sofie Sausser
You've probably heard the tip about putting dryer sheets in your vacuum or bottom of the trash can to keep things smelling fresh. You haven't? Well, it's true. And here are ten additional ways of fluffing up your abode with downy freshness (we always suggest using non-toxic dryer sheets!)
1. Dusting Use dryer sheets to dust blinds, fans or almost any surface. The anti static properties in the sheets will help repel the dust. They are easy to hold and you can dust your laundry room after folding the clothes. Don't forget to dust the TV and reduce static on the screen.
2. Reduce Static Cling Rub on your dress or stockings to keep your dress from riding up. You can also use them on your computer and TV screen. Even rub on your hair to prevent ecstatic flyaways.
3. Pets Rub a sheet on your wet dog to take away the "wet rug" smell after a swim or bath. Towel him or her dry first. You can remove pet hair from your clothes and furniture with them as well.
4. Freshen Gym
1. Heat food in your toaster oven - it uses up to 50 percent less energy than a full-size oven.
2. Store refrigerated food and beverages in closed containers; if left uncovered, they release moisture and overburden the appliance's compressor.
3. Choose an Energy Star-compliant computer, which uses 70 percent less electricity than a nondesignated model.
4. Place lamps and TVs far away from thermostats so the heat given off doesn't cause air-conditioning systems to run longer than they need to.
5. Don't believe the screen-saver myth. Computer screen savers don't cut energy use! Enable the auto sleep mode or turn off the monitor for eco-friendly operation.
6. Opt for white window shades during warmer weather and keep them closed during the day to reflect the sun's heat away from your house.
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For a variety of reasons, people are cooking meals at home more often and there are now television networks devoted entirely to cooking shows.
Celebrity chefs are turning out wonderful meals in 30 minutes, while basic home cooks are serving up 3 course gastronomic delights under the sometimes grueling and stressful conditions of TV challenges.
While we at home may follow every step and the dishes may look great, oftentimes the challenges are won or lost on the taste test.
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We hear a lot about "renewable energy." We know it's good for the environment, but do we really know what it is and how to get it? And if you are like me, you instantly envision solar panels on your roof and then get overwhelmed thinking about how to make it happen. Fortunately, there are a few ways for anyone who is hooked up to the current electrical grid to buy greener energy, and to my surprise, sometimes it is cheaper (but it really depends on what state you live in and what renewable options are available). Choosing green power could make significant impact on the environment, because electricity generation is the largest industrial polluter in the country. So what is renewable energy anyway?
Renewable energy is energy that is generated from naturally replenished resources like sunlight, wind, geothermal heat, tides, even rain.
About 16% of global energy consumption comes from renewables. This is exciting and encouraging, right? But whatRead More »from Why Should We Care About Renewable Energy?
Bryon Waibel runs what he believes is the world's only urban beekeeping store. It's called Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper and Waibel, who uses the handle 006, does seem to believe that he/ the store/ urban beekeepers are serving a cause.
"It would not surprise me at all if the future of the honeybee itself is in urban beekeeping," he says, "It would not surprise me at all."
For those not familiar with the problem with bees, the threat is Colony Collapse Disorder: a phenomenon where honeybees worldwide are disappearing. No one knows the cause though some point toRead More »from Urban Beekeeping
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Every day you have to navigate a toxic nutritional landscape. You have to hunt and gather in a food desert. You have to survive the American supermarket and dodge the dangers of industrial food. The good news is that if you follow 10 simple rules you can eat safely for life.
Think of them as shortcuts or tricks to use when shopping or eating. If you just do these things and nothing else, you will automatically be eating real, fresh food that will prevent, treat and even reverse most of the chronic diseases that drain our energy, stress our families and deplete our economy. You don't even have to understand anything about nutrition. Just follow these goof-proof rules for getting healthy, losing weight and feeling great.
- Ideally have only food without labels in your kitchen or foods that don't come in a box, a package or a can. There are labeled foods that are great, like sardines, artichoke hearts, or roasted red peppers, but you have to be very smart in reading the labels.
The University of San Diego recently released a statement that says that they have scientifically proven that the proton aspect of the individual atom is 4% smaller today than it was 20 years ago. I think it would be safe to say that this has everything to do with the recent Solar Flare activity. The radiations that are being exhibited by these Solar Flares are indeed the waveform of protons. Another study of interest shows that solar neutrinos are not penetrating the Earth's crust to any great extent only, "0.025%". Obviously, the solar flare activity is our solar systems effort to feed a deficit that is being created by the buildup of various Solar and Cosmic Radiation.
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Old habits die hard, and one of the oldest-still rigorously enforced by many drivers-is that "warming up" the car for a few minutes is necessary to avoid some kind of unspecified damage.
But idling is totally unnecessary, which is why many communities have enacted ordinances against the practice. Don't take my word about idling being ineffective, but do listen to my mechanic, Rob Maier, who runs Maier's Garage in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He says, "You don't really need to idle your car, because of the efficiency of modern fuel injection, which eliminated carburetors and chokes. The only reason to let the car idle at all is to get the oil circulating, but after 30 seconds that's a done deal. My truck has 150,000 miles on it, and I just throw it into gear and go."
Here are some quick facts and tips that should put the idling question to rest:
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In 1974, fresh out of the army (as a Green Beret medic), Michael Garnier went to rural Oregon to try to make a living off the woods. He tried making furniture, fences, pole barns and selling organic, psychedelic picture propellers (to see Fantasy Flakes), but finally it was a treehouse that got him all the attention.
Modeled after the treehouse he had once built for his kids, his first treehouse B&B was completed in 1990 and people began paying to stay. But the county building instructors wouldn't permit it and told Garnier to tear it down.
Instead, he set out to prove it was structurally sound by performing his own stress test. He invited 66 people, 2 dogs and a cat inside (for a total of 10,847 pounds) . The structure held, but the inspectors weren't swayed.
Garnier continued to build 8 more treehouses, but without proper permission to use them as lodging, instead of renting them he asked guests to buy a $75 t-shirt first. Finally,Read More »from DIY Treehouse Inventor Creates Ewok World in Rural Oregon
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