Tuesday, July 8, 2008

10 Things to Recycle that You Never Thought You Could:

My mom asked me the other day to look up a natural pesticide for basil. I found this. It should work as a "bug spray" for any herb and is a great cheap alternative to chemicals that harm the environment.

1 1/2 tbs detergent (such as Palmolive)
2 tbs Salt
1 Cup white vinegar
2 gal water

As I figured out when planning Alpha Lambda Delta's World Health Day event at UD in the spring, Climate Change and Global Health go hand in hand. Check out the article here: http://www.fic.nih.gov/news/publications/global_health_matters/2008/climatechange_6-08.htm

Oxfam America is also doing a lot to help decrease the effects of climate change - read about it & sign the petition here: http://act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/2008_g8

Also check out this article which I posted on facebook a few weeks ago: Biofuel Use 'Increasing Poverty': http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7472532.stm

In light of the book I'm reading, The Omnivore's Dilemma and all it says about how we have an extrodinary surplus of biomass from corn in this country (and it takes petroleum to grow the corn in the first place), I know burning corn is just another way to try and use up the surplus of corn in the country. The logical answer would be to not use fuel-derived corn as fuel, but to make less corn in the first place. The other way they are trying to get rid of corn - feeding it to cattle - is another black hole of fuel... John Robbins' The Food Revolution talks about this as well. The best answer to curbing the problem of high gas prices and global warming is to switch to clean energy - i.e. wind and solar power. New Jersey has a good new clean energy program, http://www.njcleanenergy.com/. You can help Environment America lobby Congress to pass green energy bills by checking out their webpage and signing up to get email alerts here: http://www.environmentamerica.org/

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