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

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

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) assesses that 842 million people across the globe suffer from hunger, which is 12% of the world’s population. More than 70% of those who do not have regular access to healthy foods reside in rural parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America. In the U.S. alone, 1 out of 6 people does not have enough food to eat. 2 billion people are deficient in vital micronutrients. Women account for 60% of those who suffer from devastating hunger. It is estimated that worldwide 26% of children do not develop… read more

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse

Pretty much everyone has seen pieces of furniture or other unwanted items tossed out to the curb to be picked up and escorted to the landfill. Cleaning and periodically ridding your own space of unused things can be a needed renewal, but before you throw anything out you may want to think about giving it a second life. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the amount of furniture that is tossed out annually in the U.S. alone is the equivalent of 3 million tons. In 2005, nearly 8.8 million tons of furniture relocated to U.S. landfills. The Environmental Resources Management claims that… read more

Paper Waste and What We Can Do About It

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With the influx of heightened technology, long gone are the days where you have to constantly tote around a pen and pencil to jot down important details. Almost everything you could possibly need to write down can be done on a device, whether on your phone or mobile invention of choice. From calendars to reminder notes, you can just enter information to look at later. Not to mention the availability of online books, magazine subscriptions and virtual offices, most things that were once on paper are now additionally, or exclusively, online. Despite these technological conveniences, paper still remains a mass… read more

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection has proposed a unique use for recycled smartphones. Just funded on Kickstarter, their campaign seeks to use old phones and turn them into live listening devices for rainforest areas. They take the secondhand phones and turn them into devices that can be used to detect the unlawful poaching activity and logging that occurs in the rainforest. Illegal deforestation and poaching is an issue that contributes to many other problems. Unlawful logging is responsible for reducing rainforest habitats and further endangering some species. The damages extend beyond the rainforest also. As much as 10% of greenhouse… read more

Putting It In Perspective

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Artists who put waste in perspective in a tactile way can really open our eyes. Trash is an unusual inspiration for art, but the following artists have used it as a medium to express a poignant message. Gregg Segal is a photographer and artist that literally captures our waste output, and it isn’t at all pretty. Taking snapshots of people lying picnic style in their refuse in a truth driven series called 7 Days of Garbage, Segal forces us to look at the reality of our lifestyles. From the artist: “7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of… read more

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What shoppers purchase and why is always of interest to the retail industry and market researchers. Packaging, placement and other marketing tactics have a major influence on customers, even the youngest of consumers. But choices at the grocery store aren’t always predetermined at the place of purchase. They may actually be internally programmed long before arriving at the market. An article and webcast called Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity from Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed the food environment, which includes all aspects related to food in our daily lives. From what we are offered at… read more

Model Laws For All

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In matters of common interest in the international community, there exists a practice wherein model laws are drafted for sovereign states to use as a blueprint for national legislation. Environmental model laws also exist, this article seeks to expose the disadvantages of using such instruments in the developing world. In principle, there is nothing wrong with using a model law as a foundation for drafting national legislation. However in a time when there is mounting pressure on all nations of the world to enact relevant environmental legislation and formulate sound environmental policies, there may be danger in using model law… read more