Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Sixty Eight.

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Only three more weeks until we move…this is getting exciting and scary all at once! I have to find some used cardboard boxes from Freecycle this week, but it should not be a problem as that is where we got all of our boxes the last time we moved. Why pay for brand new boxes at $4 a pop when there are so many out there ready for the taking? Then comes the fun part – packing!

The Crunchy Chicken speaks out about the new Planet Green Discovery Channel. Dedicated to 24/7 “green” coverage, I believe Crunchy Chicken has it right – that it will, if not at first then eventually, just pander to advertisers hawking green products that we don’t need in the first place. I hope the network proves me wrong, but I have my doubts as well – I will try to catch an episode and report back soon.

Monsanto pledged Wednesday to develop seeds that would “double the yields of corn, soybeans and cotton by 2030 and would require 30 percent less water, land and energy to grow.” Yummy – more GMO’s!! After studies and articles have shown that genetically modified food is incredibly bad for both us and the planet, let’s use more of it to “fix” the food crisis (the man made one, mind you) by giving Monsanto control over everything we eat. You think we have a food crisis today, wait till 2030…

Michelle Kaufmann gets her water bill, and finds out her home only uses 86 gallons a day – compared to the average home which uses 355 gallons per day. Yikes. Seems we all need to check out what she is doing at her house that enables her to use so little water!

The bad news: In April, the Amazon rainforest shrunk by 430 square miles, in addition to the 2,300 square miles that were destroyed since last August. The even worse news: What we’re doing to try to stop it may not be working.

It’s time for some simple, yet exhilarating, fun. Let’s make and fly a kite! Kite design ranges from small and simple to large and complex. If you’d like to start with some basic designs using recycled materials, you can easily make Mother’s Recycled Kite from a paper grocery bag. You also can make a recycled kite from newspaper.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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