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When the worst happens…

…I don’t know about you, but I almost go insane.

Ever since Tuesday night, I’ve been having panic attacks, breaking down in tears, and feeling ready to vomit. I’m sure for lots of people, Tuesday’s election turned about to be the greatest national tragedy since 9/11. I understand completely how they feel.

I’m white and from a Judeo-Christian background, so I’m luckier than a lot of other people. At the same time, I’m almost completely helpless. Without any income or independence, I can’t do much.

And if that man causes another recession and rolls back environmental protection laws, where will I be? My chosen career path will become all but obsolete.

And if that happens, I can look forward not only to a life of extreme poverty, but smug, self-satisfied Trump supporters telling me I’m just lazy, I should work harder, I expect handouts from the government, etc., etc.

Needless to say, I’m not happy.

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News and a Cool Article

I haven’t been updating this blog, but I’ve been doing fine this summer. Unfortunately, the temp job has ended for good, but I’m going to get a Master of Public Health from Ohio State, starting this fall, and I’m excited about that.

I also have a link to an article at the Food Revolution Network:

 

In the years since I’ve become an environmentalist, I’ve hated lawns.  This article confirms that the problems with growing lawns far outweigh the benefits.

Bee-Killing Pesticides

All over the country, bee populations have declined due to toxic insecticides called neonicotinoids.  In fact, at least 40 pollinator species are threatened or endangered.  We need healthy bees to have healthy crops.  Leave a comment for the Pollinator Health Task Force at the link below.  Let them know you support saving our bees!

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15171

Environmental Working Group’s Seafood Calculator

You’ve probably been hearing lots of good things about seafood.  It’s healthier than red meat.  It’s sustainable.  It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, which lower inflammation and triglyceride levels, boost effects of antidepressants, and reduce symptoms of ADHD in children, among other benefits.  So is this all true?

Not always.  Most of our seafood contains at least some mercury, the result of previously-unregulated heavy metals polluting our waterways.  Sadly, much of our seafood isn’t sustainable either.  However, there’s no denying the fact that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial, and that as long as you can avoid as much mercury as you can, you should be able to enjoy seafood.  So the Environmental Working Group (EWG) came up with a handy little program: the Seafood Calculator!  Located at the link below, it’s easy to use.  You enter your weight, age, sex, whether you’re pregnant or nursing, and whether you have a heart condition, and the calculator lets you know how many servings of each kind of seafood per week you can eat.

I tried it just now, and as a seafood lover, I was pleased with my results.  It turns out that some of my favorite seafood, like salmon, mussels, and rainbow trout, not only have relatively low mercury content, but are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  Shrimp, scallops, clams, catfish, and tilapia are low in mercury content but are also low in omega-3 fatty acid content.  The only fish I was told to avoid were shark, orange roughy, and swordfish.

Go to the link below to make your own seafood calculations:

Seafood Calculator

Toxic 2,4-D and Agent Orange

Toxic 2,4-D and Agent Orange

A toxic defoliant and GE crops.  That sounds like an environmental disaster waiting to happen, doesn’t it?  But not to the EPA, the so-called Environmental Protection Agency.  Oh, no.  Both the EPA and the USDA are proposing approval of toxic 2,4-D use on Dow Chemical’s genetically-modified corn and soybeans.

Sign the petition at the following link.  Let the USDA and EPA know what a bad idea this is.

The weather dic…

The weather dictates what we do, every day. You’re always trying to stay one step ahead of it.

We don’t know what normal is anymore.

This was said by Arlyn Schipper, an Iowa farmer, in response to the increased numbers of droughts, floods, storms, and heat waves in this country.  If you still have any doubt that climate change is real, ask an American farmer.

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

If you’re worried about chemicals in your fruits and vegetables and want a guide to help you choose pesticide-free produce, this link is a handy place to start.  It lists the conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables that have the most or least pesticides in them.