03 September 2011

The Week in Links and Photos

This week, think about the devastating role globalization has in diminishing the varieties of fruits and vegetables we eat. Read my article on Green Living Ideas about what Norway is doing to protect the world's seeds.

Have you ever wondered why backyard tomatoes taste so good? No, it's not because you grew them!

Or, if you don't have your own garden, you can organize one in your apartment. And compost in the kitchen.

But be careful with your waste water because according to latest research it produces extra greenhouse gas.

Have you thought about how all the technology around is taking the fun out of life? So, why don't you just try and drive without GPS next time!

Enjoy the weekend!


  1. I have started thinking about how food is produced now compared to how it used to be produced. For instance, yesterday I went to the store to purchase a can on Chunk Lite Tuna in Water. Unfortunately, I read the label and now I am upset again. Did you know that there is soy in tuna in water?? Why? What purpose does it serve? I am supposed to be limiting the amount of soy that I eat because of health problems. Do you know how much soy is in the food supply in the US, in one form or another.
    We have a garden and grow as much of our food as we can, but with the drought we are having this year things are not going very well. Hopefully, we will get some rain soon and we can have a Fall garden.

    Be sure to read the ingredients on the labels of food you purchase, or better yet, eat only fresh foods- but watch out for the chemicals they use on them.

    Note Cards and Photos by Theresa

  2. I totally agree Theresa. One should read the labels.

    But have you thought about products without labels, like fruits and vegetables - I just read here that according to The Guardian, typical EU or US apple-storage-time varies from 6-12 months. In the US, apples are waxed and then hot-air dried to give them a sheen and hard exterior, but they may not reach your stomach until one year after they’ve been picked. Can you imagine?! Carrots, on the other hand, are cooled in chlorinated water and are stored at 0° C for an average of 6 months.

  3. I was so glad (and relieved)
    when I first heard about the Seed Vault. A veritable ark!

    These are all great subjects to think about. You have sent me clicking and pondering —thank you!

  4. I knew there was a reason my homegrown tomatoes tasted so good!!

  5. Oh, my gosh. It's beautiful here!

  6. I love visiting, you constantly educate me:):)

  7. Very interesting. This reminds me of an article I read a while ago...they found that some fish in the Potomac River, which gets runoff from nearby farms (pesticides, herbicides, etc.) are intersex, meaning male fish were developing eggs. There was a correlation between the pollutants in the river and the fish mutation. This is the source for drinking water in DC and Arlington. Scary!

  8. First, the toadstool is ADORABLE. Absolutely ADORABLE! :D

    And second, I checked out your article on the seeds - that "seed bank" sounds awesome! I especially love that they don't include genetically modified seeds. I once did a school report on GM... and let's just say I don't trust GM things.

  9. Was captured by that picture... for the first time ever I saw red-capped mushrooms at my house - they seem to be popping up everywhere lately.

    Thanks for the links, too. I've had the most amazing tomatoes this summer - all from friend's gardens and I'm off to read now why they are so, so good! And next year, I'm growing my own for sure.