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Recycling and environmental news 28th Oct 2019…Chocolate and Bees…

Once again a very warm welcome to this week’s recycling and environmental news where I post about the good, the bad and the ugly…I would also like to extend my thanks to all of you who support and comment on these posts. I know how passionate many of you are about not only the environment but recycling, our food chain, and manufacture…

Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate??? Who pays more for chocolate and goods that carry “certified cocoa” endorsements?

It has been some 20 years that the big manufacturers of chocolate pledged to eradicate and not buy cocoa which is harvested using child labour.

Why am I surprised?… I am really old enough now to know that most promises made by companies and manufacturers are just clever marketing..lies…Designed to make us the consumer feel better and spend more money…While there are farmers, young children being exploited, starved, not getting an education, being beaten, deprived of sleep and for what?….

Sorry…It’s for our expensive chocolate and for greedy manufacturers monetary gains…

Some links if you want to read more…..  what angers me more is now the statements about 2025  What!  after 20 years and executives saying they would not confirm child-free labour and such low percentages of confirmed child-free labour …24% what is that about?

For all their prettily produced videos and pictures of happy smiling faces…It is the biggest load of bull shite I have read…No more chocolate from any source for me…Until I get absolute proof…And don’t get me started on the deforestation…

My plane travel is being cited by some…as a threat to Climate change and the poor cows and their methane gas, 5G…All designed to take our focus away from the real problems…Yes, folks …we are being duped…Once again!

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/chocolate-companies-sell-certified-cocoa-but-some-of-those-farms-use-child-labor-harm-forests/ar-AAJh0lR?li=BBx1bGE

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/business/hershey-nestle-mars-chocolate-child-labor-west-africa/

https://www.mars.com/sustainability-plan/cocoa-for-generations

I love honey…I love fresh honey…But without bees that will decline…Bees are our largest pollinator and there are not just honey bees but thousands of bees who do this work, there are over 20,000 species of bees…One of mother natures gifts to us…

Pesticides, industrial farming, deforestation are decimating the bee population...If this does not stop and the bees disappear what do you think will happen?

Because we need to think…But will we?

I believe some of us will and many won’t…What will it take?

I read a blog post the other day...Sad and very well written…Lots and lots of comments …All agreeing and pledging to be more aware of highly processed foods and the chemicals our pets eat…Great news…

For me…I sympathised…didn’t say what I really thought…Why? I would have lynched verbally…

I  have noticed the same reactions/ trend on social media that when it is poor, defenceless animals ( I Love my dog) who can’t speak to us our sympathies come out by the lorry load…

My thoughts…Children can be very verbal…bless them…However, we are responsible for the food we buy and feed them…We are responsible for ensuring their safety and education…The incidences of childhood cancers and obesity are up…

Help me out here...the levels of concern and action differ somewhat…My question is why?

If you are still with me I am sorry that there is not much good news this week but both important issues to me and I hope to you?

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you helping the environment in your house and garden?

 

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

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Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

 

Latest recycling and environmental news…2nd September 2019…

 

Travel and alternative means of travel seems to be a hot topic…It was heartening to hear how many of you are looking at alternatives to your car and looking at electric models, your mode of travel when you need to use other transport i.e for your holidays…

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Electric Cars and changing to one seems to be gaining momentum… I have been greatly heartened by the many readers who have one and love it…

Pete Springer is a big fan and  added to his review from last week and said:

Another thing I neglected to say about a hybrid or electric car is how unbelievably quiet they are. When I took mine for the test drive a few years back, I turned the key and then looked over at the salesman assuming something was wrong. I asked, “What do I do now?” His reply, “Drive.” Pretty funny!

John Reiber said: Carol, as your post shows, it’s another week of “two steps forward, one step back”…keep sharing these important stories, both good and bad, to keep awareness high and momentum going forward…oh, my wife bought an electric car last year and it’s like floating on air…with my hybrid, we now use about 10 gallons of gas a month.

Alethea said: We have two plugins. I drive a Chevy Volt and my husband a Prius Prime. We love our plugins. They are peppy, quiet, and no fumes unless we’re on a longer drive. The added bonus is they are powered by our solar panels. 🙂 Also, both very affordable cars.

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Steve said: I have a hybrid Toyota, Carol – A RAV4. I like the car a lot and it’s quite powerful. The miles per gallon doesn’t live up to the claims, but at least it is supporting a key future technology. We’ve got to embrace new technologies and get to that critical mass where big things happen!

It’s 18 months old, so there is a new model. The standard Toyota platform, as used in the Prius, as well, is a ‘self-recharging’ mechanism that doesn’t plug in, but has computer-controlled ‘scavaging’ whereby it used every element of the car’s motion to re-charge the huge internal batteries. You can set it to use only electric, but only low speeds; and it will switch to petrol when it needs too. Overall, its an excellent car

These reviews are twofold for me…They give me hope that car drivers are embracing change PLUS they are genuine reviews by the people who use them daily…They are not salesperson speak or manufacturers but genuine people who use cars…

Thank you guys for your input it is valuable and I love how this post is interactive…You all rock!

Also on the subject of travel...young Greta Thunberg who has taken a year out of school to champion her dream of seeing changes being implemented for the good of the environment…Is on her travels…

Although her mode of travel is not something we can all adopt she is certainly doing all she can to show how serious she is…

Opting to cross the Atlantic in a zero-carbon yacht. The 16-year-old Swedish activist was travelling on a sailboat to attend a UN summit on zero-emissions after refusing to fly there because of the carbon emissions caused by planes.

Hats of to this young lady she is certainly inspiring many people to make a difference…It was also lovely to hear that her father was with her on this journey…

Food Waste…Something which is dear to my heart as I don’t believe that in this day and age anyone should be worrying about how to feed their children or be going to bed hungry…

 

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Most of us buy too much food it sits in the fridge and goes bad…We are not savvy shoppers …A bargain isn’t a bargain if we buy more than we can consume ..we need to be looking at if we buy more than we need can we pickle, can, make jams, chutneys, freeze it not just use what we need and throw the rest because it doesn’t last that long…

If we are cooking and scaping scraps of plates into the waste bin..serve or cook less…offer seconds….leftovers? freeze portions or use the next day …learn how to use leftovers…I will be posting some recipes using leftovers in my Friday’s post as a part of my new series…We need to become smarter…Do you have a neighbour who is on their own would they appreciate a dish?

Thinking caps on….Time to do our bit to ensure everyone has food in their tummies if we look after our part of the world it could become a reality..Already there are schemes springing around the world be part of it…

Don’t be the cause of someone going to bed or going to school hungry…

Italy is introducing a series of incentives to end food waste. Instead of throwing away leftover food, Italy wants businesses that sell food to donate unsold to charities rather than throw it away.

The environmental, economic and moral benefits are so clear that the bill received broad support across all political parties and is speeding through the approval process. The next step will be getting businesses to comply, providing some sort of nudge to change the current model of careless waste.

Other countries such as France are nudging businesses in the form of a steep fine. Italy is trying another way…

What else is being done?? In the UK and the US…Schools, businesses, communities are all working to feed children…Many of these are children of parents who work but because of low wages,  high rents and services parents who often go without themselves to feed their children…are struggling to feed their children. Children are starving or not receiving adequate nutrition around the world…It must stop!

Schools are a natural fit for food pantries – they provide an easy-to-access location that parents and students feel comfortable in and visit regularly. While some parents might not be able to visit traditional food pantries because of distribution times or location, in most cases school pantries distribute food at the end of the day when parents are already at the school to pick up their children.

Locating food pantries in schools means the program is able to connect kids and their families with the healthy food they need during the weekend. Just how much of an impact does the program make? Every year, school pantries serve 21 million meals to nearly 110,000 children.

Want to help feed kids during the school year? Ask a school near you if they have a pantry…Maybe you can help or donate food?

Recycling: Sweden has a good and high rate of recycling. They do it with a simple colour coding system. Could this be the way forward for the UK and other countries to improve recycling rates? And its a win-win situation. More people recycle, its easier to sort, less cross-contamination, recycle of the bags used, biofuels produced, and much more besides. The only downside is that individual households might have to use a little bit more of there kitchen space to collect recyclables. For the full report, see here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/busines…

I love how Holland is always bright and cheery they plant flowers everywhere…This idea is wonderful and great for the bees…
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The fires are still burning in the Amazon...Indigenous tribes are praying for protection…
Most of the Amazon is located in Brazil, but significant parts are also located in Colombia and Peru, where fires have also been detected.
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has banned setting fires to clear land in the Amazon Rainforest for 60 days, in response to the overwhelming increase in the number of fires there now. The Amazon, which helps to slow down the pace of global warming, has seen more than 80,000 fires break out so far this year.
These fires and deforestation are devastating to indigenous peoples and animals…

Thank you for reading this post I hope there was something that piqued your interest if you liked it please share or reblog, Thank you xx

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About Carol:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use to have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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Waste not! Want Not!… India plants 66 Million Trees…

The news and the headlines are coming thick and fast…So what do we believe? Do we take everything we see as gospel…Do you do your own investigations before you comment? …What do you really think? Do you think we are doomed?… Do you think that if we ditch our cars, adopt a vegan diet, never fly again and get out our pushbikes that the world will be saved?

Father and kids on a bike ride

Photo credit: kamshots on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

What do I think? I think for years and years we have been bombarded with headlines which tell us… Too much salt is bad, Don’t eat trans fats, Fruit is bad it is high in sugar, Meat is unhealthy, Carbohydrates increase body fat, 97% of Climate scientists agree…with Climate Change…Blah! Blah! Blah!

The answer to all of those is we are thinking, independent individuals, who go by facts, logic and explanation or we should.

Forbes says: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2015/01/06/97-of-climate-scientists-agree-is-100-wrong/#66d9499b3f9f

Interestingly New British research is saying Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong.

I am not saying that Climate change isn’t important I just think we are ( as usual) being blinded by all this hype as usual and other things which have importance are taking a back seat …Clever politicians…While they are inactive except for furnishing their own agendas…we are busy doing what we can about climate change…A good diversion…This lady is not for turning I see exactly what they are doing and it is not for the good of any of us lesser mortals…

Deforestation is also important…But lots of good news and tree planting and this is awesome news… India plants 66 million trees in 12 hours as part of a record-breaking environmental campaign…

forest trees and sunlight

I love nothing better than walking among trees they elicit a feeling of calm for me…Not so for those humans and the wildlife who have their habit plundered and destroyed without a thought…

Chemical poisoning of our soil, waterways and food continues…Soil contamination or soil pollution as part of land degradation is caused by the presence of xenobiotic (human-made) chemicals or other alteration in the natural soil environment. It is typically caused by industrial activity, agricultural chemicals, or improper disposal of waste.

Photo on Visualhunt.com

A sight I grew up with my grandad tilling his fields he didn’t use pesticides but unless you are in the know…The soil looks the same contaminated or not…Chemical contamination must stop for the health of us all…

Waste or disposal of waste is a huge problem worldwide…I touched on this in last Monday’s post and again governments need to get their acts together once and for all and address this problem with a vigour that has been sadly lacking. I also believe that governments need to get tougher on manufacturers who should be contributing to providing proper means of collection and disposal of the packaging they create for the goods they sell.

Adele has a question?… Blister packs? How do you recycle them for free?

Photo on VisualHunt.com

If you take regular medication or use disposable contact lenses then some help is now available for recycling…I also read that if you break the packs down separate the foil from the layer you can recycle separately.

If anyone knows of how you can recycle these pill packets for free please let us know and help Adele out…

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/uks-first-contact-lens-recycling-scheme-launches

https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/collection-programs

There are some clickable links on the post which may offer some help…

Here are some free recycling packs if you are in the US as I know many of my readers are.

For all you Coffee lovers…A treat!

 

A good move in the right direction from the UK government and given the logistics, next year sounds good…Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned

The fact some cancers are on the increase because of chemicals…Food contamination is a matter of serious concern, as the high concentration of chemicals present in the edibles poses serious health risks. Protecting the public from the degrees of the harmfulness of contaminated foods has become a daunting task. This article highlights the causes, types, and health implications of chemical contamination in food.

No mother should have to have a worried look like that on her face….Wondering how she can feed her children…

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Too many children are starving…Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. No child and no mother should have to worry about where the next meal is coming from especially when there is so much food waste in the world…

Food waste and a solution in the US…

Food waste and a solution in the UK…There are some interesting and shocking data here…

Too many arms are being sold and fueling wars…

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Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Even though the Arms Trade Treaty has been in place for four years, the global arms trade is still on the rise. As world leaders meet to discuss the treaty, we must remind them that there is still work to do.

Pharmaceuticals…We all have the need for medicine at some point and for some, they are needed daily…At what cost to a struggling health service?syringe-1884784_640

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Medical costs are spiralling out of control…as are peoples dependency on pills. Does the cost of research really warrant the vast profits the big pharmaceutical companies make year in year out and every year sees an increase… Governments would do well to educate people and make sure they knew about correct nutrition and then they wouldn’t need as many pills and potions.

It is a proven fact that a healthy balanced diet can help and reduce many ailments…

What a sad image …

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Homelessness is on the increase… In a survey spanning five generations, homelessness charity Centrepoint found the young are more vulnerable than ever thanks to growing up in insecure private rentals and then not being able to afford to rent without financial aid.

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Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay

In 2017/18, some 103,000 young people approached local authorities for help because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness shocking statistics on a young homelessness crisis that shames Britain.

A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has found that just under 553,000 people are homeless, with approximately 65% staying in sheltered accommodation. Out of every 10,000 people in the United States, 17 experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018.

Dignity is a human right and it seems that in every country I checked the homeless figures are very high and increasing year on year because there are not enough shelters and governments ignore the basic human right to shelter and dignity.

What is just as sad is the fact that many are servicemen and women who have served their countries with honour and bravery who often return injured and traumatised and end up on the streets and so desperate that many take their own lives.

Have I left anything out? I am sure I have… It made me sad to write this as in this day and age much of this should NOT be happening and we need to make politician understand this and also understand that they work for us the people who elect them.

We also need to do something our selves it doesn’t matter how small every little helps…x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Not!Want Not! Part 8

I hope you all had a brilliant festive season and that the New Year will be kind to you… I really feel that these posts seem to be taking a life of their own…The war on waste has begun in earnest…There are so many facets and ways you can reduce your waste and your carbon footprint…

A very valid point was raised by AdeleAdele also has a lovely blog and writes very good horror stories which if you are like me love a good horror story so pop over and say hello…

Adele said…

Fantastic, Carol. I get so uplifted by reading the tips and posts people have sent you about their recycling. I have thought about the textile industry a lot and I received an email from a recycling group highlighting organic, recycled wool. The problem was; the wool was around £58 a ball. I wrote to her and asked why these things, not just the wool but the organic clothes too, were so expensive and how a mother of three or a single mother on benefits could afford these things. I didn’t get a reply which was disappointing. More swap shops are needed, I think, where old jumpers are used for their wool, or clothes cut into new shapes. xxx

That truly is the case many times over anything healthy, organic or designed to cut waste is generally expensive and many times unwarranted.

Zero Waste shops    https://thezerowaster.com/zero-waste-near-you/

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I was really pleasantly surprised a few days ago to read that the Canadian Government has issued NEW food guidelines… Stating that you should eat … A Healthy Balanced Diet … Be mindful of your eating habits… Make water your drink of choice… cook more often… have plenty of fruit and vegetables… enjoy your food… be aware of food marketing… limit foods which are high in sodium, saturated fat and sugar…It sounds like me talking…Does it not??

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Well done to the Canadian Government…Read the full content here

It covers in depth how clever marketing can tempt you…I am sure the food manufacturers probably don’t like this new version…Well about time we stood up to them and their marketing ploys and prove we aren’t all stupid and easily swayed… It also has recipes it is a great new move by the Canadian Government lets hope we can put pressure on our governments to follow …If they are then please let us all know what they do to help improve your health and wellness as a nation.

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Although I have previously stated I am not a vegetarian I eat meat-free meals and my aim is to increase the meat-free meals I eat in a week.

Annika said:

Carol, an interesting article and as a vegetarian since birth I’m smiling how my ‘oddness’ is now becoming the norm. Supposedly a quarter of the UK are vegans at the moment and I personally know many who used to eat a lot of meat but have totally changed. As for trees, I worked within the timber trade and know that in Scandinavia there are actually more trees than a hundred years ago (70% of the land mass in Sweden is forested). Alas, forests in many regions of the worlds are not treated so ethically and suffering terribly … as a consumer it is our responsibility to check where items are sourced and managed.

Annika is a writer and an avid book reader and reviewer please pop over and check her out

https://annikaperry.com/

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Fish is my favourite food but it is becoming increasingly difficult to source sustainable fish or avoid farmed fish and as you know pollution is my baby especially the ecosystem as without that we won’t exist…

It is pleasing to see how the younger generation is doing something and this article caught my eye and what these young people did was actually promoted at the World Trade Centre…How brilliant is that?

Have you heard of Pollution Popsicles??? Have a look it is an awesome project and designed to raise awareness as I am sure it is.

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What else is on my agenda? I have been puzzling how to get my meat/fish home without a plastic bag…Carrying glass containers as well as our own cup it could begin to be a mission. Thinking back over the years all meat and fish was wrapped in paper…What paper though as we need to think o the trees…

Foodservice providers often use butcher paper that has been coated with a fine layer of wax or oil to make the paper more resistant to leaks when wrapping moist foods. Waxed or oiled butcher paper cannot be recycled, but it can be composted. … Butcher paper with food residue also cannot be recycled but can be composted.

It got me thinking can you buy recycled butchers paper?? Apparently yes you can…Amazon does and there are other companies who also sell recycled food wrapping. I just need to find one which deliveries here or I can buy here so that is my current mission…When I do I am sure I will be getting some very amused look at the market…haha

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Fruit PulpLeftover from your juicing…Do you use or throw it away?

Victoria Zigler sent me the link to an interesting article on using pulp leftovers…Thank you, Tori…

Food Pulp  get the info here

It will certainly something I will be having a look at but if any of you already use food pulp and have recipes please share  with us we would all love to see your recipes and tips xxx

Tori also writes some awesome children’s books which are very popular and have wonderful illustrations http://ziglernews.blogspot.com/

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Dogs and cats also pick up fleas and some of the commercial ones are not the best to buy for our beloved pet or for the ecosystem when they are washed away…Never fear the solution is right here…

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/natural-flea-control-for-cats-dogs/

 

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That’s all for this week I hope you have found something interesting and please carrying commenting I love to hear from you xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

 

 

My Weekly Roundup…Kiviak and Chrismas Jumpers…

Recipes and reveals what is in our food

Welcome, it’s that time of the week again and if you busy peeps have not had time to read my posts and there are a few…lol…They are all together here for your enjoyment. It is also a very busy time buying pressies, wrapping pressies and decking the house inside and out if you are one of those people who put up all those lovely lights…Then thank you as I used to enjoy getting in the car and driving around it is so lovely seeing some of the house so very festive and pretty…If you are one of those then please send in your pictures we would love to see them…

Time to sit down take a well-earned rest and enjoy!Carbon Footprints

Deforestation...Started as a plea to raise awareness of the plight of the Orangutan…But the picture which is evolving is showing that the problem is so much bigger than that… The response has been both enlightening and pleasing …

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/26/deforestation-and-our-carbon-footprint/

Eat Smart Eat Healthily is my last post on this subject this side of Christmas as many of you have done so well and eating is to be enjoyed so I left you with just a few hints and tips on how you can both enjoy guilt-free festivities and still enjoy that Christmas pudding x See you in the New Year.

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/27/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-more-diets/

It was over to Sally’s for health tips and recipes …The Lovely Cranberry…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/christmas-smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-cranberries-bittersweet/

Waste Not, Want Not! Is proving to be a popular topic and the response has been awesome…I am loving what I am learning and much more about what is going on in the world…

fresh compost green wastehttps://blondieaka.com/2018/11/29/waste-not-want-not-part-7/

Likewise with my monthly posts and my serial on the Culinary Alphabet over at Esme’s Salon…This month it was the letter K and I tried to find some festive dishes and failed but I hope I found some interesting little snippets for you.

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-k/

Friday’s Christmas treats and traditions is proving to be popular and I wish to thank everyone for their contributions and there are more unknown facts coming up this week… They just keep coming xxx Isn’t he cute?

 

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/30/christmas-traditionstreats-and-festive-fun/

Lastly, with all that rich food… no one likes a dodgy tummy…Do we? So pop over to Sally’s and see how you can avoid it…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/smorgasbord-health-column-a-z-of-common-conditions-allergies-and-intolerances-dairy-leaky-gut/

Thank you so much for reading these posts I do hope you have enjoyed them…Until next time Take care, have fun and enjoy the festive season xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

Deforestation…and our Carbon Footprint.

Carbon Footprints

It was the plight of the Orangutan which first caught my eye and prompted me to write the first two posts…

Some schools of thought are that it is a massive marketing ploy by Iceland and maybe it was…It did, however, highlight the plight of the Orangutan.

It also highlighted once again the Palm Oil saga…

Sustainable Palm Oil is the best way to go as producing sustainable palm saves and or creates jobs for locals…

But and it is a big but…Deforestation is not only caused by the production of Palm oil it is a far bigger picture…Now I am not an expert I am learning more about the subject every day and from each article I research…There is so much more…

5 major causes of deforestation are:

Agricultural Expansion…The conversion of forests into agricultural plantations is a major cause of deforestation. Farmers cut forests to provide more room for planting crops or grazing livestock.

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Often, small farmers will clear a few acres by cutting down trees and burning them in a process known as slash and burn agriculture. How could any animal survive that and more to the point where does it drive them to go?

Livestock Ranching …The increase in demand for meat is causing major problems in the Brazilian Amazon early 80 per cent of deforestation results from cattle ranching. Because cattle have heavy, flat hooves that flatten the soil and reduce its ability to absorb water and nutrients we get soil erosion. Drylands are especially at risk for overgrazing and reduction in the quality of the soil.

Logging…Logging operations, which provide the world’s wood and paper products, also cut countless trees each year. Loggers, some of them acting illegally, also build roads to access more and more remote forests—which leads to further deforestation.

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Paper can be made from products without using trees…

One acre of kenaf, a plant related to cotton, produces as much fibre in one year as an acre of yellow pine does in twenty years. Paper can also be made of a material such as hemp… The pulp made from non-resources is also less expensive than paper made from trees.

Some other sources of products which can be used to make paper are agricultural residues (e.g. sugarcane bagasse, husks and straw), fibre crops and wild plants, such as bamboo, kenaf, hemp, jute, and flax plus textiles and cordage wastes.

Making paper from non-tree sources is currently being done in at least 45 countries in more than 300 mills. Non-tree based papers require less bleaching and less energy to produce.

Infrastructure Expansion…Forests are also cut as a result of growing urban sprawl as land is developed for dwellings. Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day, and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperature swings that can be harmful to plants and animals.

Overpopulation… Ties in with Infrastructure expansion and more thought should be given when initial plans are made…Any cutting that does occur should be balanced by planting young trees to replace older trees felled. The number of new tree plantations is growing each year, but their total still equals a tiny fraction of the Earth’s forested land.

If deforestation carries on at its current rate The world’s rainforests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation. It will have the most dramatic impact on millions of species who will lose their natural habitat.

There will then be the impact on climate change as those moist forest floors will dry out without the protection of the trees…Trees are also part of the water cycle as they return water vapour to the earth’s atmosphere we will be left with barren deserts.

Without the protection of the trees, extreme temperature swings will be harmful to plants and animals.

What can we do?

I think we really need to be more proactive in most aspects of our lives we should be buying local and growing what we can ourselves even if you only have a window box…Communal gardens in inner cities are on the rise or rooftop gardens and they have become very popular.

Have at least one meat-free day a week and yes I know you carnivores love your meat…I have two here and the look of shock and horror on their faces is priceless…But there are some very tasty meat-free options for meals now…A nice vegetarian chilli or spag bol, A vegetable curry or a frittata with a jacket potato and a salad. Once a week would that really hurt??

Some argue that veganism is the only sane way forward. A study last year showed, for example, that if all Americans substituted beans for beef, the country would be close to meeting the greenhouse gas goals agreed by Barack Obama.

But there are some alternatives.

Reducing the amount of meat you eat while improving its quality is advocated by many environmental groups. But where do you find this meat? The organic movement was founded on the pioneering work of Sir Alfred Howard. It is still relatively small – in Europe non-resources 5.7% of agricultural land is managed organically – but influential. There are other agricultural models, such as biodynamic farming and permaculture. More recently some innovators have been fusing technology with environmental principles in the form of agroforestry, silvopasture, conservation farming, or regenerative agriculture to create farming methods which all encompass carbon sequestration, high biodiversity and good animal welfare. A recent study showed that managed grazing (a technique which involves moving cows around to graze) is an effective way to sequester carbon. However, while organic and biodynamic meats have labels, regenerative farming, as yet, does not – so you need to investigate your farmer yourself.

If you want to know the true cost of eating meat …

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/may/07/true-cost-of-eating-meat-environment-health-animal-welfare

Shop locally ...Check where the foods you buy come from and see if you can source them locally so you can reduce your carbon footprint. Lentil, fruit, potatoes and rice are among the lowest in the carbon footprint table to see how your favourite food effects the   Carbon footprint then see attached link.

http://www.greeneatz.com/foods-carbon-footprint.html

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Don’t drive short distances...Walk…I do and I feel much better…

Line dry your clothes…Weather permitting…

Unplug any devices you are not using…all electronics suck energy when they’re plugged in, EVEN IF they’re powered down. In the U.S. alone, “vampire power” is responsible for draining up to $19 billion in energy every year. Anytime a cord is plugged into a socket, it’s drawing energy – so although your device isn’t charging, you’re still contributing to your carbon footprint. Simple solution? Leave your electronics unplugged at all times, unless you’re actually using them.

Don’t buy ” Fast Fashion”…Try alternatives like re-purposing old clothing, choosing locally handmade garments, buying vintage, or participating in clothing swaps with family and friends.

I do that here and it is a practice that is common here, Thais are very good at recycling clothes …I myself put out a call to friends and family who come on holiday and I get them to leave what they will not wear again as generally what happens is when next year arrives fashion has changed and they will probably just buy more. The only things I buy new is flip-flops and undercrackers…

Fast Fashion is cheap...How is it so cheap?… Cheap labour…Children should be at school and not working in a sweatshop…Often the cotton used is genetically modified cotton sprayed with lots of pesticides (including known carcinogens). This can be damaging to neighbouring non-GMO crops, cause water contamination, reduce biodiversity, and have negative impacts on human health.

Don’t forget that anything made overseas has a huge environmental impact – from the physical act of shipping a product across the ocean to the chemical runoff from garment factories (leather tanneries are particularly bad).

Which brings me back to the fact we should be buying locally it supports local businesses and if we all did so we would reduce our carbon footprint…

What do you do to reduce yours ??

Thank you so much for reading this xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx