• Why Does Organic Taste so Good?

    by Toni Salter

    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.

    Our dish may look the same, however when it comes to taste,

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  • by Green Diva Meg

    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 what

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  • Urban Beekeeping

    by Kirsten Dirksen

    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 to

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  • Eat Healthy

    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.

    1. 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.
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  • The Sky is Falling!

    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.

    Throughout the ages the atmosphere on planet Earth has undergone many changes. We have remnants of prehistoric animals that were able to grow to unbelievable size. Considering the fact that Japan tried to build a Pyramid 1/10 scale of the Pyramid of Cheops, and were unable to do so, with modern-day knowledge

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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:

    woman scraping ice off car

    1. Driving Warms the Car Faster than Idling.
    If your concern is not the health of the car, but simply your own creature

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  • By Kirsten Dirksen


    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,

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  • The Pakistani Water Crisis

    No doubt Pakistan's water crisis is predominantly a manmade problem. Pakistan's climate is not particularly dry and nor is it lacking in rivers and groundwater. Extremely poor management, unclear laws, government corruption, and industrial and human waste have caused this water supply crunch and rendered what water is available practically useless due to the huge quantity of pollution.

    The industrial output and commercial activity of a country is gauged by the per capita consumption of electricity. We are one of the lowest consumers of power in Asia. Per capita energy consumption of Pakistan is only 14 MBTU compared to 80 in China, 110 in Malaysia and 115 in Iran.

    In one way or another the entire nation of Pakistan depends on the dams. The water stored in the dams is not only used for the agricultural purposes but also to provide electricity to a nation of nearly 16 million people. After much most suffering to the people of Pakistan, the current government is building more

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  • By Kirsten Dirksen


    Michael Garnier has helped pioneer the craft of modern treehouse construction. His Garnier limb -invented in collaboration with other enthusiasts as an open source project- holds up to 8,000 pounds and allows treehouse builders to create stronger, more durable dwellings in the trees.

    When Garnier, who owns a treehouse resort with 9 elevated dwellings, decided to build his own home for himself and his wife Peggy, it had to also be nestled in the branches.

    While his B&B cabins in the air are closer to 100 square feet, for his own home he decided to go big. His home is 1800 square feet on three floors. He calls it the world's largest treehouse (not a fact, though he challenges anyone to prove him wrong).

    He selected a spot in the middle of a grove of White Oak trees and used 7 trees to support the weight of his home (the largest one in the middle of the home is no longer living, but he manufactured a root system for it so it would still support

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  • If you're looking for a food that divides the health nuts and the farmers' market crowd from the others, kale is probably it.

    It's abundant, cheap and super nutritious but the closest many people get to it is the meat counter at the supermarket, where it's often used as a green base to show off the red cuts of beef.

    Before we offer recipes for a kale conversion, let's sing its praises: First, it's a superfood, ranking among the foods with the most Vitamin A, Vitamin K and beta carotene. In many climates, it's an easy-to-grow perennial vegetable, and it's available from the winter farmers' market, given it's tolerance for cold weather.

    One word of caution: In the Environmental Working Group's ranking of the dirty dozen foods with the highest pesticide residues, which is based on government testing data, kale and other dark leafy greens have often made the list. So it's a good vegetable to buy organic.

    But how do you make it taste good? Some people can drink it raw, in a

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