Food Chains: Revealing The True Cost Of A Purchase

Food Chains: Revealing The True Cost Of A Purchase

Transparency in the food supply is more important than ever. It is great to know more about where our food is grown, raised and what it contains. However, for those of us who wonder where our food actually comes from, we also need to be aware of who is behind the production. Farmers, laborers and families represent the force behind our food supply. A new must-see documentary has just been released called Food Chains that exposes this largely unnoticed operation and the real people who are behind stocking our shelves. The spotlight is placed on the U.S. agricultural industry, government… read more

Abandoned And Deteriorating Hashima Island

Abandoned And Deteriorating Hashima Island

Appreciating structures and landmarks is a favorite pastime of many. However, the world is full of places that have been long forgotten about and left to decay. Ghost towns provoke interest and allure, but there is also abandoned architecture at sea, floating alone and deteriorating slowly with each ebb and flow. One island that was inhabited and developed in the 1890′s housed a productive coal mine and the workers who toiled there. Hashima Island, also known as Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, was established by the Mitsubishi Corporation as an undersea mining operation. Since the spot of land contained a massive underwater bed 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

The Hidden Cost of Packaging

Hidden Cost of Packaging

The cost of packaging goes beyond the environmental and economic waste it creates at the end of its useful life. All current packaging materials – whether virgin, recycled, degradable, or synthetic – will create a debt beyond current efforts of environmental management. Tracing back to the origins of materials we splinter off into several directions. Bio-plastics made from corn and other natural resources begin, to an extent, on a plot of industrial farmland, where maximized productivity is a key focus. Crops grown for use in plastics are treated with pesticides, which are harmful to humans and creatures alike. They also… 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

Keeping Them Honest

Compliance for Environmental Law

It is essential that a country put in place sound environmental policies and a suitable legal framework in a bid to tackle environmental challenges. However laws and policies serve no purpose at all if compliance is lacking. Monitoring whether or not environmental laws are complied with is a crucial element of environmental protection, though it be a mammoth task. Compliance is quite important because environmental laws are primarily preventative, they basically constitute rules formulated such that environmental damage is either minimised or prevented if possible. It is unimaginable that a state can trust that subjects will comply willingly, like all… read more

Keeping Up Standards

Keeping Up Standards

Standards are an important quality protection and monitoring tool for consumer goods, amongst other things. They are there to help government ensure that consumers are assured that products sold have been tested and approved for safe and durable usage, and the products in question will bear a seal of approval if they meet set standards. Standards can be quite useful in the fight against pollution and general environmental damage, in particular standards relating to electronic goods. Many of the electronic products imported by African countries are manufactured overseas, more often than not, the importing states are not privy to durability… read more

What If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

What If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

Organic produce and food items may be preferred by many, but they are also unaffordable by many, too. Often times, selecting organic means that you will pay more at the checkout. Much more. When you are buying for a household on a budget, sometimes choosing organic isn’t a choice at all. So, what are the options if organic items are out of range? It is still possible to make the most of healthy and conscious food selections while staying on a budget. To start, incorporating tips that stretch a dollar will allow grocery money to go further, which will let… read more

Environment Not For Sale

Environmental law in Africa

Foreign investment can play a critical role in improving the economic conditions in developing countries. As a result, many African countries are keen to have foreign based companies invest and set up shop within their borders. Foreign investment is hardly free, in most cases foreign companies benefit in some or other way from operating in a foreign jurisdiction. They may benefit from a number of advantages including the natural resources such country has to offer, corporate tax rates, and from lax environmental laws. Where environmental laws are concerned, it may be that in the company’s country of origin there are… read more

Pretentious Packaging

Pretentious Packaging

Food packaging is sometimes an evil necessity. It is certainly helpful in keeping food and beverage items safe while traveling and free from contaminants until purchased. However, cardboard and plastic packaging in particular are responsible for tons of waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2008 in the U.S. alone there were 1,170 thousand tons of bags and sacks generated, with only 440 thousand tons of this recovered in recycling efforts. Milk cartons accounted for 490 thousand tons of packaging waste, with none recaptured. The total production numbers from this year for paper and paperboard containers… read more