Flooding, High Winds, and Wild Fires: What’s Going On?
The issue of climate change is an inescapable one, with almost daily reports of the effects it is having upon the planet hitting the news. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising by almost 1.9 parts per million, per year, and subtle increases in temperature have set the ball rolling for some potentially catastrophic changes to the environment and the habitats of the earth. The polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising and it seems the planet’s weather is becoming more unpredictable and severe as each season rolls by.
The effects of climate change can also be seen closer to home, quite literally, with severe weather causing damage to properties in the form of flooding, high winds and wildfires; families are being uprooted and in the most extreme cases communities destroyed. It is perhaps time to think about ways in which future houses can be protected against the effects of climate change. Continue reading
If you’re a health enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of the raw food diet. Raw foodists eschew cooked food for fresh, raw fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds. Many who follow the raw food lifestyle are also vegan, but some choose to include unpasteurized milk and certain types of raw meat.
So what’s the idea behind only consuming raw food? What are the advantages of following a raw food diet? Are there disadvantages?
The Roots of Raw Foodism
Way back in the late 19th century, a Swiss physician named Maximilian Bircher-Benner discovered that when he ate raw apples, his jaundice subsided. This got him wondering what other benefits there might be to consuming raw food. As the head of a sanatorium, he was in an ideal position to explore the benefits of such a diet. To his patients, he prescribed a strict raw food diet, plenty of rest, and physical activity. Word of the efficacy of his treatments spread, and he soon counted captains of industry, renowned artists, and members of the ruling elite.
If you’re a beer connoisseur in the Pacific Northwest, you may have heard of Boneyard Brewery. Located in lovely Bend, Oregon, Boneyard has been steadily developing a reputation for top-quality beers such as RPM IPA, Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale, and the deliciously devilish Diablo Rojo.
Owner and brew master Tony Lawrence wasn’t always the owner of a buzz-worthy beer brand. He spent more than 20 years of his life brewing for other breweries, occupying his spare time with of his other passions: snowboarding and working on old cars.
Agua Fresca: the very name sounds like the epitome of refreshment. Aguas frescas (or “fresh waters” in Spanish) are delicious and thirst-quenching drinks made from fruits, seeds, flowers, nuts, and cereal grains.
The most popular variety of agua fresca is probably horchata, a creamy, sweet beverage served throughout Latin America, Spain, and the US. There are several types of horchata, but most recipes call for cinnamon and sugar. Horchata can be made from almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley or tigernuts.
Understanding the Issue When It Comes to GMO Labeling
As of late, GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, have been a hot-button issue. The states of Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine have all passed initiatives requiring foods that contain GMOs to be labeled as such, but big biotech and its lobbyists are making every effort to undermine these initiatives. California and Washington’s GMO labeling initiatives were narrowly defeated, due in no small part to the biotech industry’s deep pockets.
Now, a ballot initiative in our home state of Oregon has gathered the signatures necessary to qualify for a statewide vote. If passed, it would require all food that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. Continue reading