2.18.2013

Dear Earthlings,

Bees must be protected.  They are vital to our survival!  Please sign this petition and share it in your circles....the info below came from Cause:

http://www.causes.com/actions/1686797-ban-the-use-of-neonicotinoid-pesticides-before-they-devastate-bee-populations-in-the-usa?reposter=62120&utm_campaign=activity_mailer%2Fnew_repost&utm_medium=email&utm_source=causes#


Ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides before they devastate bee populations in the USA

To: Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, jackson.lisap@epa.gov

Neonicotinoid, known as “neonics” for short, is a farm pesticide produced primarily by the German chemical giant Bayer, widely used in the U.S. to coat a massive 142 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton seeds. They are also common ingredients in many home gardening products. However,...
Healthy bee populations are essential to the production of our food. Bees are attracted to floral nectars and help pollinate the plant, allowing it to reproduce. Therefore, without honey bees, our lives would be impoverished by a general lack of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other bee-pollinated plant products like corn, apples, oranges, lemons, broccoli, onions, blueberries, cherries, avocados, and many more.

Unfortunately, our widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides is causing a dramatic decline in honey bee populations. The USDA projects that this year's corn crop will cover 94 million acres, all of which will be planted with seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. In small doeses these pesticides damage the bees' immune systems and homing abilities; in large doses the pesticides are lethal.

Sign the petition to put pressure on Lisa Jackson at the EPA to ban the use of these pesticides in order to protect the long-term health of our food system!

Click to find out more about or nation's bee populations and the imminent threat posed by neonicotinoid pesticides:

-http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/53420300/AtlasoftheHoneybee.pdf
-http://www.soilassociation.org/wildlife/bees/householdpesticides
-http://www.pan-uk.org/home-garden/list-of-home-and-garden-pesticides-containing-neonicotinoids
-http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/29/10921493-neonicotinoid-pesticides-tied-to-crashing-bee-populations-2-studies-find?lite

2.14.2013

Coconut Kefir Harvest

Making coconut kefir sounds complicated at first...but once you try it out...you will see that it's not as complicated as it looks...it may require several steps to harvest your creation, but the reward is worth the time invested....and it's so nutritious!  Below are some pictures showing how I harvested our homemade batch once it was ready and then how I used it with other food....

First you need a plastic strainer, I guess kefir grains do not like metal, so you will also need a plastic or wooden spoon to push the creaminess through the strainer....push!!!


Sometimes it's super thick, but keep pushing!!


Once you pushed hard enough, voila! You have fresh and nutritious coconut kefir to devour!  Ours tasted very much like sour cream....


Then I made some purple polenta using blue cornmeal and water...it's done super fast....I highly recommend polenta for those days when you don't have much time to cook but need something filling in your tummy....


Then I crushed up some Brazil nuts with raw garlic....tastes like parmesan!


Sprinkled some of Ofelia's homemade pomegranate molasses....


And bon appetit!






1.09.2013

Got Milk? You Don't Need It.

Hello everyone, it has been quite a while since our last post but I am thrilled to share an infographic about milk that was shared with us.  It was put together by a team of designers and researchers.  Please check it out and share it with your loved ones and check out their page: www.learnstuff.com.
Got Milk?

For years, we’ve been told that milk does a body good. But does it really? Though touted as the healthier option at home and in restaurants, milk has roughly the same calorie count as soda and 2% milk contains the same amount of saturated fat as french fries. Given these two facts, the correlation between high milk consumption and high rates of Type 1 diabetes and heart disease makes sense. Even though one-third of Americans are lactose intolerant, the U.S. still consumes nearly 9 times the amount of milk that China does. So why do we drink so much milk? Because cows are making more of it. With the introduction of growth hormones like rBST, milk cows are producing nearly twice as much as they did in 1970.
Milk – bad for us, bad for cows.

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