This is our Open Thread to start the week – how’s everyone else coping?
A Major Source of Air Pollution: Farms
“A new study says that emissions from farms outweigh all other human sources of fine-particulate air pollution in much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China. The culprit: fumes from nitrogen-rich fertilizers and animal waste that combine in the air with industrial emissions to form solid particles—a huge source of disease and death.”
Study confirms benefits of reducing the amount of chemicals you put on your body.
I knew science would some day support this, but a hunch is a long way from the scientific method. Carry on.
100 Mayors Sign Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
The industrial food complex has not had rival competition, but could this new food initiative lay the groundwork for nutritional integrity, fair prices, and fair labor standards? It might take 50 years to overcome the present dominance, but the diet for a small planet has to have political stakeholders to effect change.
From the article…
The Framework recommends 37 actions, among them
- Identify, map and evaluate local initiatives
- Develop or revise urban food policies and plans
- Address non-communicable diseases associated with poor diets and obesity, giving specific attention where appropriate to reducing intake of sugar, salt, transfats, meat and dairy products and increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and non-processed foods
- Develop sustainable dietary guidelines to inform consumers, city planners (in particular for public food procurement), food service providers, retailers, producers and processors, and promote communication and training campaigns.
- Explore regulatory and voluntary instruments to promote sustainable diets involving private and public companies as appropriate, using marketing, publicity and labelling policies; and economic incentives or disincentives; streamline regulations regarding the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children in accordance with WHO recommendations.
- Those aimed at social and economic equity (cash transfers, school feeding programs, employment, education, training, research).
- And those aimed at improving food production and reducing waste.
Just a few odds and ends to get your Monday started.
(R) Presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson has already proven that he “don’t know much about biology” when it comes to homosexuality, women’s reproductive and overall health, and where the fetal brain tissue came from on which he used to experiment. He’s also shown that he “don’t know much about” #BlackLivesMatter, or about prisons. Now Carson shows that he “don’t know much about history” when it comes to foreign policy, the Middle East, or the meaning of “anti-semitism.” In particular, he shows in an op-ed piece in The Jerusalem Post that he “don’t know much about” the Iran Nuclear Deal either.
And for the funny, ICYMI (as I did), John Oliver and friends teach Sex Education.
This is our daily Open Thread–pick a topic, any topic.
Sleep, ah, wonderful sleep. Not getting enough or getting too much sleep can have adverse effects on the body.
Excessive food cravings during the day can be the result of insufficient sleep where as over sleeping has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and even early death.
Since sleep effects our circadian clock, it can cause Circadian Rhythm Disorders.
You can read about some other things that you might not know about sleep HERE.
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