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California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
August 15, 2015
File under: Agriculture, Food Production, Water


Some scapegoat almonds, while ignoring the cow in the room.

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record. The Golden State is home to an agricultural industry with more than 400 commodities and produces nearly half of the vegetables, fruits and nuts gown in the country.  Across the nation, US consumers regularly purchase several crops that are produced exclusively in California.

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agricultural industry in the Golden State is the largest in the country ($46.4 billion for its output in 2013). California agriculture is also responsible for 69 percent of the nation’s commercially available fruits and nuts.

Only about four percent of California’s water footprint is the result of individual use, however California residents have been asked to be very vigilant and cut back drastically on household water use.

According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) a stunning 80 percent of California water goes to agriculture, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices. …read more of California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water? here

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Should Jews Be Vegan?

By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
May 15, 2013
File under: Agriculture, Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Vegan


There is a widely accepted aspect of modern life that contradicts many Jewish teachings and harms people, communities, and the planet – the mass production and widespread consumption of meat.

Here is how the production and consumption of meat and other animal products conflict with six fundamental Jewish teachings:

1. While Judaism mandates that people should be very careful about preserving their health and their lives, numerous scientific studies have linked animal-based diets directly to heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. …read more of Should Jews Be Vegan? here

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The Lean and Green Frugalista Talks Wine

By Sherry Brooks
January 22, 2013
File under: Agriculture, Environment, Saving Money, Wine

If you find it confusing when wine collectors talk about their trip to the Bordeaux or Burgandy regions in France, never fear, there is hope for you.

On a recent trip to Napa, my fellow travelers helped me to break the code. Countries outside of France cannot call their domestic wines by the French appellations of “Bordeaux” or “Burgandy”.

In the United States we use the terms Cabernet Sauvignon instead of Bordeaux, and Pinot Noir instead of Burgandy.

Because I had cellared two bottles of a 1992 red wine for my son’s twenty-first birthday, I was able to see (and smell) firsthand why one would cellar a Cabernet Sauvignon, but not a Merlot.

Fortunately, my parents had cellared a sublime (a.k.a. expensive) 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon and it was fantastic 21 years later.

Being my frugal self, I had cellared (a.k.a. put on my large wine rack in my pantry) an inexpensive, but good, 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon. Eureka!  It was very, very good 21 years later.

The 1992 Merlot that I had cellared, however was a different story I’ll admit that I did not know in my youth that one does not store away a Merlot for years hence.

We always hear about wine going bad over decades and “turning to vinegar”.  Well, I can attest that it can be a lot worse than that.

The Merlot was revolting.  We could not even manage to try to taste it, because the dirty-diaper-like (sorry) odor was so disgusting.

You may have heard about decanting red wine into a wide-bottomed decanter to aerate it, in order to improve the flavor experience. …read more of The Lean and Green Frugalista Talks Wine here

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DDT – Persistent Pesticide Still a Threat

By Toni Salter
April 18, 2012
File under: Agriculture, Environment, Health Concerns

Although DDT has not been used in the U.S. since 1972, traces have been found in human breast milk, even today.  That is not to say that you should stop breastfeeding.

On the contrary, breastfeeding is the best possible nourishment, however you should be aware of the potential sources of this deadly pesticide that still exist.  Besides, if DDT is in human breast milk, it most certainly can be found in cow’s milk.

DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is a banned organochlorine pesticide used heavily from the 1960’s up to and including the 1980’s in some western countries. Originally used to treat malaria and typhus during wartime years, DDT was then later used to kill insects on agricultural crops.



A Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

How to Use Pesticides Safely in Your Garden



The persistent nature and bioaccumulation of pesticide residue was only detected some time after mass worldwide use had occurred.  This pesticide has been associated with numerous harmful health issues including, neurotoxicity, reproductive disorders, lowered levels of immunity and cancer.[1] …read more of DDT – Persistent Pesticide Still a Threat here

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How to Grow Green Manure and Why You Should

By Toni Salter
February 28, 2012
File under: Agriculture, Gardening, Green Lifestyle Tips

Many old time farmers and backyard gardeners seem to have found the secret to growing produce successfully, year after year.

We, on the other hand may have a bumper crop for one, two, maybe even three years in a row and then run into problems that produce only stunted, unhappy plants.

Sound familiar?  Take heart, this is a common problem that can easily be fixed once you understand why this happens.

Vegetable plants are very heavy feeders and consume high levels of nutrients during their short growing period.  As a result, vegetable plants leave the soil tired and depleted of fertility. …read more of How to Grow Green Manure and Why You Should here

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