These fish and meat options are the most environmentally costly

June 12, 2018 by  
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Farmed seafood, wild-caught fish , or livestock : which one is the most environmentally costly to produce? A University of Washington -led study probed that question by scrutinizing 148 life-cycle assessments for animal protein production. Lead author Ray Hilborn, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences professor, said in a statement , “If you’re an environmentalist, what you eat makes a difference. We found there are obvious good choices, and really obvious bad choices.” (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.0’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); The environmental costs of producing meat, seafood Which food type is more environmentally costly to produce — livestock, farmed seafood, or wild-caught fish? New research from the University of Washington takes a comprehensive look at the environmental impacts of different types of animal protein production. Read more: http://www.washington.edu/news/2018/06/11/choice-matters-the-environmental-costs-of-producing-meat-seafood/ Posted by University of Washington News on Monday, June 11, 2018 Scientists drew on four metrics to compare environmental impacts of different animal proteins: greenhouse gas emissions , energy use, potential to add excess nutrients like fertilizer into the environment, and potential to emit substances that help cause  acid rain . They used 40 grams of protein — around the size of an average burger patty — as their standard amount . Related: Vegan diets deliver more environmental benefits than sustainable dairy or meat Industrial beef production and farmed catfish were the most environmentally costly in general, according to the university. Farmed mollusks such as scallops, oysters, or mussels and small wild-caught fish were the least environmentally costly. The university said capture fish choices like pollock, the cod family, and hake also have relatively low impact, and farmed salmon performed well. But there were differences across animal proteins — for example, the researchers said livestock production consumed less power than most seafood aquaculture as continual water circulation uses up electricity. Farmed tilapia, shrimp, and catfish used the most energy. Beef and catfish aquaculture generated around 20 times more greenhouse gases than chicken , farmed salmon, farmed mollusks, and small capture fisheries. “When compared to other studies of vegetarian and vegan diets, a selective diet of aquaculture and wild capture fisheries has a lower environmental impact than either of the plant-based diets,” according to the university. The journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment published the study this week. Four University of Washington scientists and one scientist from company Avalerion Capital contributed. + University of Washington + Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Images via

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How can I reuse or recycle a wheelie bin?

November 18, 2016 by  
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Hi. Long time no blog! Sorry about that. This has annoyed me so much though that I feel compelled to post! Bradford Council has started charging for their previously free garden waste collection service. Only about a third of eligible household have signed up so the Council estimates there are around 55,000 “brown bins” no longer in use around the district. The Council estimates around half of those 55,000 will want to keep their wheelie bin as a spare or for other usage , and are starting to collect the other half. However, a local councillor doesn’t think that many people will want to keep them. Cllr Rebecca Poulsen, the local Tory spokesperson for waste, said: “I can’t see most people wanting to keep them for other storage purposes, really. “I can’t think there’s an awful lot to do with them.” Then you don’t have much imagination, do you Rebecca! On our allotments, old wheelie bins are prized possessions – a couple of holes drilled in the right places and they easily become sturdy water butts or compost bins . They’re also cheap, dry storage for plant pots, canes, plastic sheeting & netting, and woodchips. At home, I use old bins for storing my chicken feed and my in-laws use them, with an access hatch cut in the bottom, for storing firewood and multifuel . And they’re not just for grow-your-own hippies like me: I know other people who use them for storing kids garden toys, sports equipment and patio cushions out of season . And they’re just some of the easiest, most boring reuses! I’ve seen them cut in half to be used planters or wheelbarrows , and my old neighbours in Leeds even once transformed an old wheelie bin into a go-cart ! What other ideas are there for reusing wheelie bins? What would you do with one?

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Yes, chicken diapers are actually a thing

February 13, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: The True Environmental Cost of Eating Meat

November 12, 2014 by  
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Do you know the real cost of a steak ? We’re not talking about the dollars that people shell out to buy one, but rather the environmental cost of creating it? From the water and grain needed to feed livestock to the  emissions created by huge herds of cattle, farming animals has a massive negative impact on the environment as a whole. Desertification, soil erosion, contaminated groundwater, and greenhouse gas emissions are just a few of the effects caused by raising animals for food . Check out the infographic below to learn more about just how much meat really costs in the long run, and why the planet would benefit a great deal if we all  chose parsnips over pot roast . Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The True Environmental Cost of Eating Meat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animals for food , beans , cattle , chicken , chickens , clean water , Climate Change , contaminated groundwater , contaminated water , desertification , eating animals , eating meat , erosion , food animals , gas emissions , greenhouse gas , greenhouse gases , infographic , land use , livestock , Meat , meats , pigs , pork , poultry , raising cattle , roast , soil erosion , steak , vegan , vegetables , vegetarian , vegetarian diet , water depletion , water issues , water use

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McDonald’s Japan Shuns Chinese Chicken Amidst Tainted Meat Scandal

July 29, 2014 by  
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China’s meat industry was recently dealt another blow as McDonald ’s Japan announced plans to stop importing Chinese chicken for sale in its restaurants. According to The Guardian , the decision is a result of the recent food safety scandal centered around Shanghai-based Husi Foods (the Chinese arm of U.S.-based OSI Group ), which is accused of repackaging and selling meat past its expiry date. In light of customer concerns around tainted meat from China, the company will now be sourcing mean for its eight chicken dishes from Thailand instead. Read the rest of McDonald’s Japan Shuns Chinese Chicken Amidst Tainted Meat Scandal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicken , china , chinese , husi , Japan , mcdonalds , mcnuggets , Meat , osi , scandal , tainted

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Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right in Your Kitchen

February 18, 2014 by  
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Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

February 18, 2014 by  
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Retail giant Nike is developing a version of Marty McFly’s futuristic self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II . Formerly a fictional concept, the autonomous fastening system either loosens or tightens the upper laces without intervention from the wearer, a system that is particularly helpful for people with motoring disabilities. Nike’s lead designer Tinker Hatfield is reported to have said at a recent press conference that the futuristic shoes will arrive right on time for 2015, which is when McFly first wore them in the movie. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous fastening system , Back to the Future II , Design for Health , designs from movies made real , Ecotuerre , marty mcfly , movie characters , Nike , self-lacing shoes , shoes that tie themselves        

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BuckleyGrayYeoman Livens Up a Historic Building in Scotland with a Shipping Container Addition

December 4, 2012 by  
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How can I reuse, recycle or use up floppy celery?

October 26, 2011 by  
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Several bloggers I follow take part in the “Food Waste Friday” meme, in which they post pictures of their food waste from the week and a few have featured the same thing over the last few weeks: floppy celery. We don’t eat celery here very often (because my boyfriend John has … issues with it) but if it looks like I’m not going to eat it all before the floppy stage kicks in, I slice it into small rounds and freeze it to include in the mix next time I’m making stock. If John didn’t have his issues with it, I’d probably be happy to include no longer crisp celery in a stew/casserole – since it’ll soften up during cooking anyway. (I don’t tell him about putting it in stock, ssssh, don’t tell him!) There is some debate on whether/how it should be fed to chickens – some people advocate chopping it up first so the “strings” don’t get caught in the chicken’s crop, others say they enjoy the challenge of breaking it up themselves. The similar yes/no debate seems to exist for rabbits and other small furry pets – just because like with people, some animals like it more than others – but all advocate that it should just be used as a treat in addition to other food, not in large quantities. A good few people around the ol’ interweb also say you can revive soggy celery by leave it to stand in some ice water for a while – or more effectively, slice into smaller sticks and float them in a bowl of the same. (If it’s too far gone for reviving or even cooking, it can, of course, be composted .) What do you do with floppy celery sticks?

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US Slashes Estimate of Recoverable Gas in Marcellus Shale by 80%

August 25, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: gurdonark via Flickr/CC BY In a rush to convince the public that natural gas is a key energy solution, even a fuel of the future (or at least a long-term stopgap between dirtier fossil fuels and full-fledged clean energy) the industry cut more than a few corners, we’re now finding out. The industry claimed that it contaminated no water supplies with its fracking practices, but this was later proven untrue . They claimed existing regulations o… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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