Numex Twilight (Chili Tree), planted more seeds. Finally getting sprouts!
Mint! It has gone crazy!
Cilantro. I only had one seed sprout after the store bought plant died (it lasted like 5 days). So I am just letting it go and hope it will drop some good seeds for me. Ill be patient.
Trying for an avocado tree too!
My original seeds have not all sprouted, they did arrive slightly damaged (bottle broke and they were soaked in chai syrup over a week). I think I might add more seeds in a few of the pots to get them really going by next year.
Jamie Oliver is long time one of my favorite chefs and food activists! The second season of ‘Food Revoltuion’ started last week, and I just got to watch it here in Norway. If you have not seen the first season I suggest that you watch it (link only works in the US, if your not there – get creative).
I called my dad and told him this, and the same goes for you: The Food Revolution is a MUST WATCH if you have kids and care about what they eat. It is also a great thing to watch even if you don’t have kiddos, you will learn tons!
The second episode of this season airs tonight, check it out! Also if you miss it (and are in the US) you can watch it on ABC site here.
The article below is lengthy. All credits are given at the end. If you are worried about plastic in your food then this is a good read. If you are not worried about plastic, but don’t want to eat harmful chemicals that can disrupt hormones in you and your children – then this is a good read.
Readers who saw the 1970′s film The Graduate, starring a young Dustin Hoffman undecided about a career path, may recall the scene at his graduation party where an older family friend places an arm around young “Ben” and utters, “In one word – plastics. The future, my boy, is plastics.” Three decades later, the future is here and plastics are everywhere. We are now just beginning to understand the many ways plastic chemicals can interfere with health.
Phthalates are synthetic chemicals commonly found in inks, adhesives, vinyl floor coverings, some paints, and most plastic, including food wrap. Phthalates are plasticizers used to make plastic products more flexible. Their effects on human health is increasingly coming into question.
The offspring of female rats exposed to phthalates demonstrated a variety of abnormalities. “Most striking were their effects as androgen (male hormone) blockers in male offspring, which included a reduction of testosterone levels and abnormalities in the male reproductive tract.” 
A higher risk of miscarriage was observed among women exposed to high levels of phthalates. 
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Historically people ate what the land provided them. They made recipes that had been past down generation after generation, because to an extent mother really did know best. As we headed into the 19th and 20th centuries, our understanding of food began to change. We began to be bombarded with new ideas about food and had to ask ourselves, what should we eat, how should we eat it and why should we eat it? Gradually we became more concerned about the nutritional content of food instead of the food itself. As long as we took in the right amounts of nutrients then what form they appeared in didn’t particularly matter. With our great knowledge in one area, we’ve become ignorant in other areas. We lost our ability to cook. The generational recipes, food preparation and food preservation our great, great, great grandmothers and before had used, have been lost to us. Now, it can be a triumph to make a basic batch of cookies, because we’ve become so reliant on the food industry to provide us with the food we need. We have trusted the industry with our lives, allowing them to tell us what is healthy, tells us what our bodies need to thrive, but something isn’t adding up. Why, with our greater knowledge and understanding of food, in particularly food nutrition, are we not actually healthier? In fact, we are in many cases sicker. Perhaps we aren’t dying, which people seem to think that lack of deaths must equate to healthier people, but we are sick. We’re obese to an extreme that is has never been seen before, we struggle to survive with cancers of every form, our children are plagued with learning disabilities and hyperactivity issues. Heart disease is running rampant. So, we’re not dying, okay, but is this really how we want to be living?
There are a few things on my mind, so here they are…
1. Why are organic products [products that people put loads of time and effort into creating to be clean, healthy and beneficial] put into chemical/petrol plastic. It just mind boggles me.. the most with food and cosmetics.But a bit less with clothes and items like pillows. I just don’t understand it. I really am irritated with ‘Organic’ food being in tin cans. Like 99% of all tin cans are lined with BPA! Ek! If your interested in more about BPA and the harm it does, read this.
2. Why do our fruits and veggies have to be covered or wrapped in plastic. I mean, most of them are grow in dirt. Yet heaven forbid if they were to have someone touch the actual plant after it has been plucked .. and get there germs on it. Why can we not just wash or rinse our plants instead when we get them home. I was reading that this one co-op in the UK decide to not wrap there cucumbers anymore and it ended up saving them 8 tonnes of shrink wrap per year! wow! so then our food could be cheaper because plastic does cost and our food would be healthier and probably be fresher since they did not have to be individual wrapped which must take some time and extra transportation. The photo above is from a store in Norway, I am always so upset here when I see bell peppers (paprika) in plastic.
3. Bad Design! I Just can not get over this one. I think that it is because I am in the design community. Ever since I have gotten on my big kick (the stuff on this blog), I have had such a hard time continuing with my normal ways. I have a design blog, and have always been posting the next great big thing. This cool new product and must have new design item, now I have no want to encourage useless consumerism. I just want to promote local and natural. I have been in the business of selling things since high school. My first job out of High school was in marketing and design.. so it is like all I know sometimes. But I just can not feel right about this anymore, no more pointless consumerism. My blog has moved more toward design of houses. How they look. There are no details on how they are made or what they are made of. I also like the natural look in house design. I read this great article ‘Design for Disassembly’ over @Issue the other day, check it out here if you are more interested in better environmental design.
4. Bea over at ‘Zero Waste Home‘ recently has a comment about how basically she was intensive to those who do not know the dangers for plastic and pollution. Bea is a great inspiration to me, her family is doing such an amazing thing! Bea had written a post about the garbage they had collect over 6 months (it was not much at all!), but she was irritated about people giving her kids food she did not want them to have due to the chemicals in it. Here is what she said when she was tallying what was in her bin…
4 snack wrappers and 3 bubble gums given to my kids without my knowledge: Those probably are the most irritating to me. The Fiber One bar contained 23 ingredients, including high maltose corn syrup. Ugh. The Teddy Grahams contained 19 ingredients, including partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil and high fructose corn syrup. Double Ugh. As for bubble gums, they are simply plastic. Triple Ugh. I do not yet blame my eight and ten year-old children for succumbing to temptation and accepting the empty calories. For now, I blame the ignorant adults who buy and feed harmful and wasteful junk not only to their children but also to others.
I completely agree with her, if I had kids and they are being handed bad food- I am sure I would not be a happy momma. In reply to her statement in the comments one said, “Perhaps a bit of compassion and understanding for those unlike you could help people hear your true message more clearly.” Ok, so I get that I guess. But it is at this point so hard to not understand or remember that people don’t know. I find that if i am telling someone they get very skeptical and upset, like if I were telling them their religion was wrong. People don’t want to hear that what they think is normal is harming them. See Bea’s reply here.
I recently had a friend say that she was extremely aware about the dangers of plastic and BPA, but just did not see a way around it. She used shopping for produce as an example, and said you know it came in plastic, you know it was shipped in and then you have to baggie it to take ti home – completely unavoidable. I was so sad by this. I told her that we have reusable cloth drawstring bag that we shop for our produce in. I would like to think that it mad an impact, but I worry it was just brushed off.
I find that now I know the dangers of plastic and the other pollution that we are creating, and how it is harming the earth – that I just can’t stop trying to eliminate the useless things out of my life. I have been going room by room and evaluating what we can live without or what we can find a better version of. I dont plan to live without make-up, so find a good source for my makeup. The same with hair products and more. My mind is constantly racing to see what I can do.
5. Today we have gone through our pantry. All the food that we never use and has been there for the last year is going away now – we either need to find it new homes, toss it if it is too old or use it. Being an Expat, many friends move away often. Since you are not allowed to take your food with you, I tend to be gifted food when they move. But my cabinets being full of food I really don’t like/use has been bothering me. We are in a 50m² (540ft²) apartment, I don’t need my space being wasted. We have also removed all of our plastic kitchen utensils and storage containers. And being on a roll, we have moved the microwave out of the kitchen. We lived a year and half without one, then when a friend moved away we were given one. It takes up valuable counter space and I have been watching – we only use it maybe 2 times a month. So it has been relocated, no we will see how long it takes for us to use it – and we have made it abit hard to use we will have to get it, plug it and and then use it, so no more super convenience.
6. We have set up a new challenge for ourselves. We have been slowly working over the past months to eliminate plastic from our house. More and more now, I find my self telling the store clerk (event at the organic market) that I don’t allow plastic in my house – which always is followed by odd looks. I am not sure if people are just shocked and confused or unsure of how it is possible. I have even had a lady a the butchers become very cross with me about how I needed to take the plastic. So I feel we have eliminated the majority of what we ‘think we can’, so starting on May 1 we will be saving all of our plastic for the whole month. (We have paper, compost, glass, metal and electronics recycling in place here in Stavanger and we do have plastic too, but we want to avoid it due to the impact it has on the earth) We have bought a new container for our compost to make it ‘easier’ and have gotten our recycling area in order. We will have a can for all the plastic in the corner. Compost and ‘all other trash’ bins under the sink. Then our paper, metal, glass, batteries, and bottles are in another area. We will be having some soda bottles, which will be returned to the store since Norway has a great reuse program for soda bottles and beer cans. I am going to go into more detail about this challenge soon in another post. There is also a second part of the challenge where we will be keeping tack of every penny that goes to food, and what food. But again, more in the next post!
7. Food waste! When 1/3 of the food most people buys go to the landfills as food waste, it is just sad to think about. First off, there are many around the world without food, but we think we can trash millions of pounds of it. No only that, but when food waste it not composted it make methane. I am so glad we have a city compost system here in Stavanger. If your city doesn’t, seriously consider getting a worm compost or starting one in your year. When we move (someday!) and have a garden, I will keep my compost for myself then!
What things are brewing in your head about your food, waste or consumption?