Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 177.


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This first story/link is going to really bother you. I mean, really bother you. Especially if you eat fast food. And it should, as it’s just plain disgusting. The hamburgers you are eating are made of fatty scrapings from the slaughterhouse floor. Never again, ever, will I eat a fast food “hamburger” that sells for $.79.

“Pink slime” is the nickname earned by a formerly inedible byproduct of the beef industry. It’s “the cheapest, least desirable beef on offer — fatty sweepings from the slaughterhouse floor, which are notoriously rife with pathogens like E. coli 0157 and antibiotic-resistant salmonella… sends the scraps through a series of machines, grinds them into a paste, separates out the fat, and laces the substance with ammonia to kill pathogens.” McDonald’s and Burger King use this stuff. As meat.

Life isn’t always cut out the way we think it should be. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most out of it, right?! As Eleanor Roosevelt so aptly stated: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” So, with that in mind”¦here are some simple biofriendly tips for life and living.

Architect Michelle Kaufmann, who I just recently met up with here in Denver, has just introduced her new simple and elegant Zero series homes. These new homes are designed to be net zero energy (where they produce as much energy as the need), healthy, comfortable, and smart. The spaces are designed to blur the boundary between the interior and exterior, “borrowing” space from the outdoors, and using the strategy of designing big rather than building big. I have been a huge of fan of Michelle’s work for years, and it was great to finally meet her!

One of the mistakes that I made last year was not feeding my plants and amending the soil in my container garden. When you first plant the potting soil that you use should likely have all the compost, nutrients and minerals for the plant to initially survive, but over time the plant will use these up and they will deplete. Don’t Forget to Amend the Soil in Your Container Garden.

Assistant architecture professor Ginger Krieg Dosier recently unveiled a new breed of biologically “grown” bricks that are durable, sustainably manufactured, and easily produced from readily available materials. Called “Better Bricks,” the building material can be “grown” from sand, common bacteria, calcium chloride, and urea (yes, the stuff in your pee) instead of being baked, which consumes a ton of energy.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. It seems to me that many of us could save a lot on air conditioning costs. I’m thinking of running a hose to the top of my house and fixing a nozzle at the top. At the bottom I would install a timer and pressure adjuster so that a thin mist of water sprays on my roof for 15 minutes every hour from 8am to 8pm. Will this work? What pct of cooling dollars would I save vs cost of water. Seems to me that the evaporation of the water would create a lot of cooling. I would welcome comments.

  2. First of all, thank you so much David for including me in your post. Always honored!

    Second of all, that pink slime article is intense. I don’t think anyone who reads it is going to think twice about not eating those burgers.

    It’s appalling what passes for “food” sometimes.

  3. Thanks David for your comment. I was hoping for a more detailed analysis. If a fine mist were used, the volume of water might not be that much; maybe not much compared to other water uses in the house; but if for example you used a gallon of water for each gallon of oil saved, doing so would make a lot of sense; maybe not so in desert areas.

  4. Thanks for the info, great article. I gave up all meat and don’t miss it.

    I was totally disgusted when I learned more about “Rendering plants” and pet food. It’s bad enough what they try to feed us humans but if you do a search for:
    rendering plants pet food
    you may be ashamed to see what they are peddling off on our pets. Not a pretty sight.

    Meet you in the vegetable aisle… Just Say NO to ‘Meat.’

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