Tuesday, August 12, 2008

rise #11

Happy August,

I hope everyone had as great a July as I did! Also, I hope everyone’s looking forward to a healthy & happy August. May this month bring you all the goodness the world has to offer. And per reader feedback, I’ll now be including a recipe in each issue; healthy, delicious and simple to make. Enjoy!

Green tip: Eat well, get healthy, sustain the environment

  • Eat Organically Produced Food
    Organic agriculture strives toward being sustainable, meaning that which can be continued indefinitely, without depletion of resources beyond a rate that they could be renewed.

  • Eat Local, Seasonal Food
    Eating local, seasonal food supports local farms and saves the energy that would be used to refrigerate and transport food many miles.

  • Eat a Variety of Food
    The loss of genetic diversity—silent, rapid, inexorable—is leading us to a rendezvous with extinction, to the doorstep of hunger on a scale we refuse to imagine,” writes Kenny Ausubel in the book Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure. Organic farms grow a wide variety of plants to keep the soil healthy and preserve diversity. Industrial farms, on the other hand, monocrop, meaning they grow nothing but a few commodities.

  • Eat Low on the Food Chain
    Humans can eat both high and low on the food chain and be adequately nourished. Residues of persistent chemicals such as DDT, PCBs, dioxin, and many pesticides concentrate in animal fat.

  • Eat Whole Foods with Adequate Fiber
    Whole foods are nutritionally complex and complete. Refined foods have had much of their nutritional value and fiber removed.

  • Avoid Processed Food
    The average American eats 150 pounds of additives a year, much of which is sugar and salt. Three thousand additives are intentionally used in processed food. Many of these additives, such as hydrogenated oils, can cause health problems.

  • Reduce Packaging for Public Health and the Environment
    Chlorine and dioxin are just two chemical compounds that are released in the manufacture of many packaging materials. Toxic chemicals can also migrate to your food from packaging.

Yummy recipe: Black Bean Burgers

Life tip: Manifest peace – strive for peace within yourself, find peace with your past & future selves, work to bring peace to your relationships, contact your politicians to support peace between & within nations

Interesting website/article: Make peace

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed” – Woodrow Wilson (trivia item: Woodrow Wilson is the only US President with a doctoral degree)

“None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps. We got here because somebody bent down and helped us.” – Thurgood Marshall

Thanks Dan, Heather, Lynn, Steph & Jess for the pix!

For next week, please send mountain pictures.

Love & light,