Monty Python Reunites! [#geekgirl]
“John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin reunite 30 years on to talk about The Meaning of Life, comedy, fish and their own mortality.”
Helping Bees: Plant Borage, Lavender, Dahilas and Marjoram [#ecology] [#geekgirl]
[I can supply lavender and borage seeds free of charge to geekgirl readers in the next month or so. The seeds are all organic, with no pesticides or herbicides used. Let us know if you want any.]
Know Where Your Food Comes From [#geekgirl]
“A crowd-sourced nationwide food guide. We enable you to trace your food back to the farm it came from, whether staying in or dining out, so you can find food you feel good about eating.”
#Reddit Gives Cancer Patients a Pizza Party [#geekgirl]
“At the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, one little girl named Hazel Hammserley sent out a message that the Internet responded to in droves. She wrote the message “Send Pizza Room 4112″ on her hospital room window, hoping for a delivery to cheer her up during the day of aggressive cancer treatments. What happened next was amazing.
Reddit users saw the image… and then pizza deliveries began pouring in for little Hazel. She and her friend on the floor got so much pizza, mother Lauren Hammersley actually had to request that people stop sending pizza.”
“Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food” [#geekgirl]
“Each fruit and vegetable in our stores has a unique history of nutrient loss, I’ve discovered, but there are two common themes. Throughout the ages, our farming ancestors have chosen the least bitter plants to grow in their gardens. It is now known that many of the most beneficial phytonutrients have a bitter, sour or astringent taste. Second, early farmers favored plants that were relatively low in fiber and high in sugar, starch and oil. These energy-dense plants were pleasurable to eat and provided the calories needed to fuel a strenuous lifestyle. The more palatable our fruits and vegetables became, however, the less advantageous they were for our health…”
“Phones face down stacked at the table…” [#geekgirl]
The #Science Of Addictive Food [Video] [#geekgirl]
I’m always wary when a sense of individual agency is nullified or scapegoated by/through a simplistic “well-it’s-an-addiction-so-it’s-not-my-fault” justification. This video resists falling into that trap, thankfully, and it’s worth watching for the fascinating science behind food-engineering terminology such as “Sensory Specific Satiety” and “Vanishing Caloric Density”.]
The #Science of #Genetically Modified #Food [#geekgirl]
[Now I'm really resisting getting back on my high-horsey here and splathering you all with a rant about the evils of Genetically Modified/Engineered Organisms, Monsanto, and animal cloning (just thought I'd throw that last one in there for topically associated reasons).]
In all seriousness, the above video does give an interesting (if somewhat softened) view of
this scarily untested and dangerous corporate-monopolised area that messes with all Darwin held dearwhat GMOs are and how they work. Oh and fellow Aussies take note: our laws are no more robust than the States when it comes to the consumption and labelling of GMO-laced foodstuffs, as the True Food Network says here:
The labelling of GE food in Australia is extremely limited and excludes some of the most basic and universally used ingredients. This is despite recent polls indicating that 90% of all Australians want comprehensive labelling for these foods.
GE ingredients appear as hidden ingredients in processed foods, as well as in the meat, eggs and milk produced from animals fed on GE grains. Under Australian labelling laws, only foods where GE proteins can be detected need to be labelled.
Many foods are exempt from labelling requirements.
- Products derived from animals fed GE feed (such as meat, milk, eggs and honey).
- Highly refined GE ingredients (such as cooking oils, sugars, starches) — most processed foods fall into this category and contain some kind of oil or starch.
- Food prepared at bakeries, restaurants and takeaways.
- Foods that are “unintentionally” contaminated with up to 1% GE contamination per ingredient.
Victory for PETA against Lipton tea #animalrights #hooray #geekgirl
More than 40,000 people worldwide took action against the makers of Lipton tea and after representatives from PETA and affiliates in India and Europe flew to London to meet with Unilever–the world’s largest tea maker including the Lipton and PG tips brands–the company has agreed to end all non-required animal testing for their teas and tea-based beverages worldwide.
With this victory, the suffering of animals for Lipton and PG tips teas ends. The company behind Lipton tea cut holes into rats’ intestines and fed them tea ingredients through a tube in their throats; infected piglets with E. coli toxin and cut their intestines apart while they were still alive; killed mice by suffocating them and breaking their necks; cut off rabbits’ heads; and conducted other cruel tests that involved tormenting and killing animals simply to study the health effects of its tea products and ingredients. Not one of the experiments that the company conducted was legally required for beverage makers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not required to prove a health claim about a food or beverage product.
Thanks to all who called, e-mailed, and boycotted Lipton tea products!
Please take a moment to thank Lipton for its prompt and compassionate decision by e-mailing the company using its contact form.
Oceanic Protection Society busts LA restaurant serving endangered #whale meat
Oscar winning The Cove Movie team undertake covert mission to expose “The Hump”.
The target: Los Angeles sushi restaurant “The Hump”, suspected of serving meat from the endangered Sei Whale. The act is a rare occurrence in the US, but underscores the illegitimacy of Japan’s scientific whaling program.
Armed with hidden cameras and microphones, the OPS team worked with federal agents to uncover the illegal activity.
Louie Psihoyos, director of the Cove broke the story to The New York Times just hours after accepting the Academy Award® for The Cove. Read more [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/us/09sushi.html] about how the sting operation was carried out.