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Green Barbecue Tips

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 23, 2014
File under: Environment, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Backyard chefs believe that food cooked over an open fire is especially tasty because the juices stay concentrated in the middle and the surface becomes seared with smoky flavor. Cookouts may well be the quintessential summer pastime but can be unhealthy for people and the planet.

Charcoal Grills:

Burning charcoal briquettes pollutes the air. The smoky flavor in charcoal comes from charred wood and contributes to deforestation. Charcoal briquettes are made from sawdust bound with a type of glue and may also contain limestone, sodium nitrate and coal dust.

Lump Charcoal

Lump charcoal is made from natural hardwood and will generally produce far less ash. Natural wood charcoal will light very easily and does not contain fillers and are therefore free of chemical pollutants. …read more of Green Barbecue Tips here

 
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Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
May 18, 2014
File under: Fruit, Health Concerns, Natural Remedies

In 1936, Albert Szent-Györgyi, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering vitamin C described a vitamin “P,” which we now know encompasses a class of thousands of phytonutrients called flavonoids.

Some, like quercitin, are abundant in plant-based foods. We can tell something is plentiful in the plant kingdom when you can find it even in iceberg lettuce!

Other phytonutrients, however, are only found in specific plant groups. Hesperidin, for instance is found primarily in citrus fruits. This may be one of the reasons that, of all the different types of fruit that have been studied, citrus fruit may cut the risk of stroke the most. …read more of Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm here

 
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New Zealand, Back to the Future on this Peaceful Pacific Island

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
April 28, 2014
File under: Environment, Travel

No GMOs in this Nuclear-Free Zone

I have heard that visiting New Zealand is like traveling back in time to the 1950’s; however I would say that it was quite the opposite during my recent visit.

For me, it seemed more like going forward in time to a perfect vision of a future filled with peace and kind and loving people who always greet you with a warm smile.

The unspoiled “Middle-earth” vistas are filled with millions of sheep and cows that live 100 percent outdoors for year-round grazing, due to pleasant weather, which they refer to as ‘long, fine spells.’

The dress code everywhere is ‘hiker chic’ where sage green prevails, reflecting the New Zealand motto of  ‘Clean and Green.’  I found that there were no poisonous snakes, bugs or any sort of dangerous animals to halt you in your tracks on a long hike. …read more of New Zealand, Back to the Future on this Peaceful Pacific Island here

 
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Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 21, 2014
File under: Climate Change, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Since 1970, Earth Day has become a global event that promotes environmental protection. For vegans, every day is Earth Day.

There are many good reasons to choose a plant-based lifestyle, with compassion for animals and concern for health and for the environment being cited most often.

Plant based-eating, AKA the vegan diet is an easy and economical way to reduce your environmental footprint. Research published in the journal Earth Interactions, was one of the first to report that the average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a vegan diet.[4]

Science has weighed in with a mountain of evidence associating meat-centered diets with numerous debilitating health conditions. From heart disease and hypertension to obesity and diabetes, the plant-based diet has been shown to prevent and even reverse disease. [1] [2] [3]

Being aware of the link between all living things and what we put on our plate, our health and the health of the planet helps us to make smart choices. Issues of health and sustainability are inextricably linked and for the thinking consumer, the answer lies in the content of our plate! …read more of Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies here

 
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Celebrating a Vegan Passover

By Marilyn Peterson
April 7, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

The eight-day festival of Passover celebrates the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery. The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the holiday in early spring and includes six foods displayed on the ceremonial Seder plate that symbolize the Hebrew struggle and escape from Egypt.

Except for the honey, which is easily replaced with agave nectar, four of these foods are vegan. For the vegan, a roasted beet is used to signify the blood of lamb sacrifice at the Temple.

Vegans can choose to contemplate compassion for the unnecessary sacrifice of animals and substitute the roasted beet, reminiscent of blood.  For the hard-boiled egg, a symbol of new beginnings after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the vegan can use roasted turnips or parsnips. Bitter herbs, such as horseradish and salted water for dipping parsley, celery leaves or boiled potato are also part of the Seder plate.

Religious Jews do not mix or eat meat and dairy at a same meal.  Of course this is not an issue for the Jewish vegan since they don’t eat meat or dairy at any meal. …read more of Celebrating a Vegan Passover here

 
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