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What’s on Tap?
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The world market for bottled water, estimated at $100 billion per year, is flourishing. In the United States, sales surpass those of beer, coffee, and milk, and are second only to soda. However, the most natural of all drinks is much less natural after it is packaged. To contain the world’s bottled water, 2.7 million tons of plastic are required. Manufacturing the bottles, packing and transporting the water (25% is drunk outside its country of origin) uses natural resources and energy and generates mountains of waste, since most plastic bottles are not recycled. In addition, up to 40% of bottled water is actually tap water, not spring water as it purports to be. A good filtration system is advisable if you are not happy with the quality of your water. Tap water is treated to be perfectly drinkable and its quality is usually rigorously checked. It can be as much as 10,000 times cheaper than bottled water too. Get a refillable bottle. You will save money and be kinder to the planet.

 
Complementary Health Going Mainstream?
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We're all doing our best to stay healthy. That includes healthier food choices, a visit to the chiropractor, naturopath, vitamin supplements, essential oils, herbal teas, massage, yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates and meditation. In the U.S. the Standard America Diet (SAD) has been off track for so long that it has created a widespread health crisis. It is severely lacking in the recommended amounts of fresh vegetables, fruits and grains. Herbs and spices are also a possibility for inclusion in the treatment of certain health issues. Today, you can find a yoga class at almost any YMCA or community college. Prestigious medical schools now have departments of complementary and alternative health. The U.S. government established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1992 under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, to investigate and evaluate promising unconventional medical practices.  It is becoming common practice to utilize both conventional and more natural therapies to create optimum health. New research and and long term evidence are showing that alternative therapies can effectively work hand-in-hand with conventional treatment resulting in greater health benefits for all. The overall goal is to reduce long term medical bills by applying common sense, healthy lifestyle practices so serious illness can be prevented in the first place.

 
Gold Rush-Style Grab of Public Lands to Begin
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Despite protests from conservationists, local tribe leaders, Democratic lawmakers and even the United Nations' expert on Indigenous rights, Trump administration will allow citizens and companies to start staking claims on sections of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah so the new stakeholders can conduct hard rock mining on the formerly protected lands.

Read more: https://www.ecowatch.com/bears-ears-monument-controversy-2530487057.html

 
Consumers demanding more sustainable packaging
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Companies can turn to recycled materials, or reduced packaging to meet their sustainability goals. Food and beverage consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, along with their suppliers, long ago embraced a commitment to delivering high-quality products to customers and end-use consumers while pursuing more sustainable packaging solutions. Specifically, millennials will help to push this trend further for the foreseeable future as they purposefully seek out products with recyclable or renewable packaging. Consumers are increasingly conscious and vocal about their desire to know the origins and fates of the products they buy. Today’s educated consumers also understand the connection between consumption and environmental and social impact. One example, Amazon, is working directly with manufacturers to reduce overall packaging with its Certified Frustration-Free Packaging Program. Amazon promises its customers that any item ordered with the certification will be recyclable without excessive use of materials.The use of recycled materials also presents additional challenges to machine builders. While non-recycled products such as paperboard have a very consistent thickness and behavior, recycled materials have less uniformity.

Read more: https://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/97269-consumers-demanding-more-sustainable-packaging

 
Bird Watching....Good for Your Health?
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A study, conducted at the University of Exeter, involving hundreds of people, found benefits for mental health of being able to see birds, shrubs and trees around the home, whether people lived in urban or more leafy suburban neighborhoods. It surveyed the mental health in over 270 people from different ages, incomes and ethnic groups, and found that those who spent less time out of doors than usual in the previous week were more likely to report they were anxious or depressed. It showed that people living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs, and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. After conducting extensive surveys of the number of birds in the morning and afternoon in Milton Keynes, Bedford, and Luton, the study found that lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon. The academics studied afternoon bird numbers – which tend to be lower than birds generally seen in the morning – because are more in keeping with the number of birds that people are likely to see in their neighborhood on a daily basis. The study did not find a relationship between the species of birds and mental health, but rather the number of birds they could see from their windows, in the garden or in their neighborhood.  Previous studies have found that the ability of most people to identify different species is low, suggesting that for most people it is interacting with birds, not just specific birds, that provides well-being. Birds around the home, and nature in general, show great promise in preventative health care, making cities healthier, happier places to live. The conclusion: There was positive association between birds, shrubs and trees and better mental health.

 
Displaced Coal Miners Are Learning A New Skill That Could End Up Saving Us All: Beekeeping!
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It's no surprise that the coal industry is in decline, as it's faced with the increasing abundance of cheaper, somewhat cleaner, U.S.-produced natural gas, as well as increasing global environmental awareness and access to renewable sources of energy. The problem that can't be ignored, however, is the unemployment and poverty that has resulted from lost jobs in former coal towns. Many argue that there needs to be new work to replace coal mining for coal industry-dependent workers and their families in places throughout Appalachia, like West Virginia, where coal was once king. Read More: https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/coal-miner-beekeeping

 
Hospital goes holistic with $200 million donation
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Don’t you just love it when reporters are non-biased? Me too, however, finding that is harder and harder. So it’s not a surprise that the LA Times is less than happy about the enormously generous gift, recently given to UC Irvine by Henry and Susan Samueli- who happen to believe in integrative medicine. On Sept. 18 a $200-million gift was given the couple, making it the seventh-largest ever to a single public university. The money will be used “for a new building on campus to house the Samueli College of Health Sciences, which will incorporate UCI’s medical and nursing schools and planned schools of pharmacy and “population health” (that is, public health). But most of the money will be devoted to an endowment for up to 15 chairs for world-class faculty with “expertise in integrative health” and for the training of students in that curriculum.” Read more: https://www.healthnutnews.com/hospital-goes-holistic-with-200-million-donation/

 
Vegan Deep Dish Pizza.......YUM!
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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake.......:)
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