Jennifer Copley

Why Eat Seasonally?

Eating Seasonal Produce

Eating food out of season is unsustainable for a number of reasons. Transporting the food, as well as creating and transporting its packaging, uses fossil fuels and generates carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. Furthermore, produce shipped in from other places is often grown in monocultures, a practice that also has negative consequences for the environment. However, there are other impacts beyond these environmental problems. Eating out-of-season foods shipped in from other places compromises local food security by investing in a global system at the expense of a local one. It also leads to a loss of food knowledge,… read more

Cat Toys That Don’t Cost The Earth

Recycled Cat Toys

Pet owners spend a small fortune on toys for their pets each year, buying manufactured playthings that are surrounded in packaging and often shipped overseas, contributing to global warming and other environmental problems. A more environmentally friendly option is to give discarded household objects a second life as cat toys. The Humane Society of the United States  recommends the following items as safe and fun for cats: plastic shower curtain rings, ping pong balls, plastic practice golf balls (the kind with holes), paper bags (without handles), empty cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes, and cardboard boxes with doors and… read more

Sustainable Fast Food – Is It Possible?

Sustainable Fast Food

Can fast food be sustainable? For the most part, the answer is no, with a few notable exceptions. Overall, the fast food industry has built its success upon fuel-intensive, large-scale industrial inputs that are harmful to human health and the environment. However, having a reputation for corporate social responsibility has become increasingly critical to a company’s success. This paradigm shift has motivated many fast food companies to reduce their ecological footprints and inspired the establishment of a number of greener fast food restaurants and small chains in various regions. The Swedish fast food chain, Max Burgers, is a good example… read more

Marvellous Maple Syrup

Marvellous Maple Syrup

Obtained from the sap of red, black, silver, and sugar maple trees in certain regions of North America, maple syrup is less calorific and richer in minerals than honey and healthier than white sugar. Maple syrup provides important minerals such as manganese, which boosts antioxidant activity, and zinc, which promotes heart health and reproductive health (especially for men). Both minerals also aid immune function. There are several types of maple syrup. In the United States, they are categorized using U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grades. Grade A maple syrups include Light, Medium, and Dark Amber types. Lighter maple syrup has… read more

We’re Right To Be Crazy For Coconuts

coconut

The coconut is one of the world’s most nutritious and health-promoting foods. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it has traditionally been used as both a food and a medicine to treat a broad array of illnesses. According to the Coconut Research Center (2004), recent research suggests that coconuts do indeed have many health promoting benefits, including: Helping to protect against disease-causing organisms (viruses, bacteria, and fungi); improving digestion and nutrient absorption; reducing the risk of osteoporosis, certain cancers, bladder and kidney problems, liver disease, and dental disease; reducing seizures among epileptics; supporting thyroid function; reducing skin problems associated with… read more

The Harming Effects of Pesticide Exposure

Pesticides Cause Harm

Research has shown that pesticide exposure increases the risk for a variety of serious health problems. According to Dr. Cathy Vakil (2010) a larg number of studies have found a link between cancer rates and pesticide exposure. Many studies have shown that pesticides may trigger neurological problems ranging from cognitive dysfunction to neurobehavioural issues to depression. Indications from around the world show that pesticide exposure can increase the risk of birth defects and may affect fertility as well. Some studies suggest that the babies of women who are exposed to pesticides while pregnant or even before conception are at increased risk for… read more

It’s Best to Boycott Bottled Water

Boycott Bottled Water

Bottled water is not a sustainable product. Buying it harms the environment in a number of ways. Fossil fuels are burned and carbon emissions generated in the production, transportation, and disposal or recycling of plastic bottles and other packaging. It takes 3 liters of water to produce a single liter of bottled water. Purchasing bottled water takes control of water resources from the public and turns it over to large private corporations that are less motivated to protect the environment or human health. Although there are some regions where tap water presents health concerns, the nations that are the biggest… read more

Garlic The Great

Garlic Is Great

Garlic is a super food that provides a variety of incredible health benefits when consumed regularly. Garlic contains compounds that protect against cancer and heart disease and strengthen the immune system. Garlic has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, so it may help to protect against contagious infections ranging from common colds and flus to more life-threatening illnesses. It may reduce the symptoms of arthritis and certain other chronic conditions. New research suggests that garlic may help with weight control and reduce the risk of becoming obese. Cooking meat with garlic (in a marinade, for example) reduces the production of… read more

Garden Pest Control

Garden Pest Control

Pests can be a problem, especially in food gardens. Here are ways to control pests without resorting to toxic chemicals. Companion Planting: Plants such as onions, garlic, mint, oregano, basil, thyme, and chives repel many common garden pests. Ladybugs: Ladybugs are voracious consumers of aphids, spider mites, and other pests. You can purchase them at garden supply stores or attract them by growing plants such as dill and fennel. Birds: Avian visitors, which also eat plenty of garden pests including slugs, can be encouraged to visit by growing native shrubs, trees, flowers, and ivy and providing bird feeders. Natural Insecticide:… read more

Natural Sweeteners

Natural Sweeteners

There are many natural sweeteners, all of which add their own unique flavors and textures. Cane or turbinado sugar is made from the sugarcane plant, this whole, unrefined sugar has a slight brownish tint because the health-promoting molasses has not been extracted from it. Beet sugar is similar to cane sugar but is derived from beets. Molasses: is rich in many beneficial nutrients including calcium and iron. Molasses can be used to replace up to half the sugar in many recipes. Choose dark or blackstrap molasses, which are more nutritious. Honey is environmentally friendly because it requires minimal processing and… read more