Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Sixty Seven.


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I am off to San Francisco this weekend to visit with my friends and their kids before our move 900 miles east of here. Since it might be a while before we see them again, I figured I would take a couple days and go see them. But before I go, here are some articles that really caught my eye this week:

Could it be that there are many people out there stockpiling and their increased buying has caused food prices to increase? It’s an interesting theory, but I believe increased food prices have more to do with rising fuel prices as cost-to-market costs have increased and grocers are simply passing those increases along to the consumer. (However) What kinds of things are prudent to have on hand in the event of a worldwide shortage of food and/or fuel?

Amid rising concern over toxic chemicals in consumer products and the bodies of Americans, three members of Congress today introduced legislation to make sure chemicals are safe before they are allowed on the market. Under current law known as the Toxic Substances Control Act, unchanged since 1976, most new chemicals are approved with little or no safety testing, and more than 62,000 existing chemicals have remained on the market for three decades despite evidence that some pose serious health risks.Um, maybe this should have been in effect years ago?

Thanks in part to the recent launch of FreeGreen, I think I’ve found the green house of my dreams. The home rendered above and below is called the Smart Box and it’s a stunner. Designed by FreeGreen, Smart Box is the newest free home plan that’s going to be available from the website in the next couple weeks. Smart Box was designed for practically any climate and can range in size from 1000 – 2200 sf. In addition, the plans will identify do-it-yourself type opportunities so that you can find ways to do more on a tighter budget.

If you are a coffee drinker with a hard-to-kick habit, you are probably all too aware of how many coffee stirrers are wasted at places like Starbucks every single day. Day in and day out, millions of these single-use sticks go straight into the garbage and off to the landfill after a quick 10-second swirl of cream or sugar. You may have even wondered – like we sure have: “Isn’t there something that we can do to get better use out of all these toss-away coffee stirrers?”

Gardening conflicts with my other favorite summer activity – backpacking. It’s hard to get away for a weekend in the woods when the tomatoes need watering, so here’s my solution.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. Thanks for the info about the introduction of legislation and the link to OCA. We really need to know the effects of chemicals before they are put into the food chain!

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