Food’s Water Footprint
Mar26

Food’s Water Footprint

You have heard of the carbon footprint…but what about the water footprint? We all use water every day to drink, cook, wash, flush and water the land. But just 5% of our daily water footprint is from use in home and garden. The food we eat, the stuff we buy, the things we do and the trips we take uses the other 95%. The average American uses 100 gallons per day at home, but indirectly consumes 2,000 gallons of water every day. Of that,...

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Women in Green Forum 2011 – pollution is high on the agenda.
Sep01

Women in Green Forum 2011 – pollution is high on the agenda.

I spent the last two days at the excellent Woman in Green Forum in Santa Monica, that explored the environmental issues facing the world today from a uniquely female perspective. The speakers ranged from directors of multinationals such as Microsoft, through CEOs of start-ups, public health officials, entrepreneurs, to scientists and environmental activists.  The over-riding ethos of the conference was summed up by Karen Owyeung of...

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Los Angeles…an environmental conundrum?
Aug29

Los Angeles…an environmental conundrum?

Back from holiday, but spending some time in the beach city of Santa Monica, part of the huge metropolis of Los Angeles…a vast urban landscape with 13 million inhabitants. It’s the land of celluloid dreams where the car is king and the sun shines 365 days a year. But what about its environmental credentials? Los Angeles is often quoted in the Top 10 of greenest cities in the US but it is also has some of the most polluted...

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Sugar – Sweet Poison
May04

Sugar – Sweet Poison

In the battle of the bulge, low-fat and low-carb diets are the fashion and sugar has been largely ignored as a factor in fat. But there is compelling evidence that shows that eating a sugar-laden diet is a leading cause of obesity in Western countries. For example, the average American consumes around 60 kilos of sugar every year which is stored in the body as around 15 kgs of body fat!   Sugar: Body Balancing In theory, we have a...

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Eat Organic, Drink Clean
Nov14

Eat Organic, Drink Clean

Avoid toxic overload by eating organic foods and drinking clean, filtered water. Nasty things that can be found in your food include pesticides, antibiotics, growth-hormones and food-additives. Organic foods have to prove that they are free of these toxins and are grown in fertile soil making them high in vitamins and minerals. Organic foods must also be free of genetically-modified ingredients. Tap water may contain free chlorine,...

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