The Sickening Side Of The Chocolate Industry

The Sickening Side Of The Chocolate Industry

Chocolate is a global delight that many consider to be a favorite indulgence. Opening the packaging and releasing the rich aroma, not to mention the whole melting in your mouth sensation, is enough to halt a chocolate lover momentarily in a sensory-heightened escape from the mundane. But do we always think about where our sweet treats travel from in order to get into our hands? Some of the highest cocoa producing commodities are found in the Western African countries of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. These regions produce over 70% of the world’s cocoa. These areas are reportedly also responsible… read more

Short Films, Tall Messages

Short Films, Tall Messages

Art and film have the power to bring awareness and offer both exploration and stance on issues. The following are a few short films with an environmental focus and attention to sustainable civilization. Excellent Development has several community oriented short films that reveal the significant need for land and water conservation in rural regions. This video explores the collaborative relationships that exist within communities, and shows how when social efforts are united, even stronger ones can be formed. As pointed out by the organization, every year approximately 75 billion tons of soil is lost because of land erosion. When combined with severe drought and risk… read more

More Connected Than Ever-But In The Right Way?

More Connected Than Ever-But In The Right Way?

We are more technologically connected than ever, but are we less connected to each other? Seemingly, the answer is yes. And research is backing this up with interesting findings in the quest to better understand human behavior in a social media crazed society. Why do we need to be constantly connected to all things media? Why have we become wired this way? An article published in 250 words examines those of us who have our feet in both worlds; born before the era of the internet, but now rooted and immersed daily in the world of technology. Referring to those… read more

Ever Been Told To Quit Daydreaming?

Ever Been Told To Quit Daydreaming?

In a society that has gadgets galore, turns out the best one is still the human brain, and it even has its own snooze button. Simply put – our brains need a break, and that’s where daydreaming comes in. Daydreaming, though it may seem like a pointless waste of time, actually serves several purposes. However, research studies have been contradicting themselves regarding just what these are. Everyone, everywhere, has been subject to daydreaming. Though it varies for each individual, many of us can spend as much as 30 to 50% of our hours spent awake daydreaming. A normal part of… read more

Ever Heard Of A Slow Money Beetcoin?

Ever Heard Of A Slow Money Beetcoin?

The Slow Movement has encompassed nearly all aspects of conscious minded individuals, from slow food to slow fashion, people are rethinking how they choose to spend their money, and this has a significant impact that goes much deeper than the initial purchase. That reconsideration of consumption and consumerism has led to a refreshing new approach to the way money is viewed – and used. The Slow Money movement initiated in 2010 when the nonprofit organization was initiated by Woody Tasch while writing the now published book, Inquiries Into The Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility… read more

Catch of the Day: Farm-Raised or Fresh?

Catch of the Day: Farm -Raised or Fresh?

Often contemplated among seafood lovers is the fresh, as opposed to farm-raised, dilemma. Is there a right answer? Choosing one might not be as easy as you think. Focusing on what it entails to put the catch of the day on the serving platter, it turns out, is a conversation with issues for both sides of this seafood quandary. Aquafarms, or fish farms, are producing large-scale amounts of finned favorites in order to meet consumer demands for seafood. Without addressing one of the largest, perhaps eeriest concerns over aquaculture – the genetically modified fish (salmon to be exact), there are other… read more

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Landscaping as we generally think of it today didn’t become popular until around the 1700′s. Manicured lawns, perfectly shaped shrubbery, greenery and colorful plants – plus water waste, high water bills and inefficient yard space that can work against a home’s efficiency. Not to mention the upkeep, and all for a lawn that provides mostly only an aesthetic benefit. However, this idea of a landscaped yard is a stark contrast from utilitarian views of the space, employed for centuries by farmers, home gardeners and budget conscious residents. Today, the lawn is one of the many areas that are being given a second look… read more

Learn More About The World With Journey North

Learn More About The World With Journey North

Wading through educational websites to find the quality ones can be time consuming. Journey North is a terrific, nature and earth focused resource for teachers, homeschool families and children. From The Annenberg Foundation, it offers a global-wide study of the seasons and wildlife migration for students, grades kindergarten through high school, and is also open to the interested public. The goal is to gather and encourage proactive learning within the community of online citizen scientists. Learners can share actual field experience and observations with other students in different parts of the world. The network of classrooms all work together to track… read more

Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Learning about activity and responses in the brain can allow insight into human behaviors, and why we act the way we do. One study has provided an interesting glimpse into what helps us to learn. Recently published in Neuron, the findings from this research on how curiosity charges the brain to enhance learning gives an in depth look at our internal reactions to learning behaviors and memory retention. It may be no surprise that the more intrigued we are about something, the more we want to know about it. However, what is it that actually sparks learning? Those who participated in the study rated… read more

Juice Box Wants Energy For All

Juice Box Wants Energy For All

Juice Box is a concept design that was created last year by Artefact. This year the design has achieved an award winning status, and has gained some impressively popular sponsors. Juice Box operates as an open energy system. Energy can be collected from various sources, then stored and routed to where it can be used. This allows people to charge and power up devices, as well as lighting and electrical necessities, even in distant and isolated areas. The system offers a sustainable way for off the map locations to receive electrical power. Developed for a project that concentrated on parts of… read more