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300 Dead Sea Turtles Were Found Off the Coast of Mexico for the Saddest Reason

300 Dead Sea Turtles Were Found Off the Coast of Mexico for the Saddest Reason | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Just recently, there was an especially heartbreaking case of mass turtle death off the southern coast of Mexico, where the lifeless bodies of around 300 Olive Ridley sea turtles were discovered. While the turtles’ cause of death has not yet been confirmed, experts currently believe fishing nets to be the most likely culprit.


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Did you know that carelessness, ignorance, and consumption of plastic are killing marine animals and other wildlife? This time it was 300 Olive Ridley sea turtles strangled by fishing nets left in the ocean by owners of fishing boats. This terrible tragedy has happened in the past to sea turtles. Sea turtles are an endangered species.

 

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Our planet’s resources must be respected by humans. It’s way past the time to end our plastic consumption.

 

Read more about “300 Dead Sea Turtles Were Found Off the Coast of Mexico For the Saddest Reason” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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Study Links Air Pollution to Decreased Cognitive Function – What Does the World’s Appetite for Meat Have to do With This?

Study Links Air Pollution to Decreased Cognitive Function – What Does the World’s Appetite for Meat Have to do With This? | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

And now a recent study has linked air pollution to decreased cognitive function, especially when it comes to older men. Researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) analyzed data from the national China Family Panel Studies longitudinal survey, tracking the cognitive test scores of around 32,000 people over 10 years old between 2010 and 2014 against their exposure to short- and long-term air pollution. T


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Did you know that quite a lot of the pollution in the air comes from factory farming not just from factory smog? Studies have shown that more than a third of all fossil fuels and raw materials used in the nation are used in animal agriculture. 

 

The methane produced from cattle farms is much more harmful than carbon dioxide as it is one of the biggest drivers to global warming. An astronomical 80 percent of ammonia emissions comes from animal waste.

 

People maybe like you who are living near factory farms are in danger of suffering from asthma, bronchitis, respiratory issues, sore throats, eye irritations, mental health issues, seizures, and this problem also can lead to premature death. Factory farms also spread avian and swine flu viruses. Animal agriculture also is linked to antibiotic resistant bacteria which increase human infections.

 

Now a new study shows a link to another health problem: decreased cognitive function in older men. Cognitive decline is also a risk factor in developing Alzheimer’s disease. Isn’t it time for you to greatly limit your meat consumption?

 

Remember it’s not just meat but also chicken, turkey, pork, veal, dairy, and eggs which also are inflammatory and cause health issues for humans and for the farm animals. All in all the entire planet suffers and for what:  a bacon cheeseburger or a stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving.

 

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Plant based real whole food is anti-inflammatory, gives your body energy, stamina, builds muscle, and doesn’t cause any weight gain. There are no air pollution health issues, hormone issues or any other health issues associated with eating a total plant based regimen. Best of all this lifestyle is healthy for Planet Earth and all its inhabitants including farm animals.

 

Legumes (lentils, beans, peas) are hands down the best protein for your body. When sprouted you get 50 to 100 percent more nutrients than mature plants. 

 

You can make plant based burgers and any other dish that you prepare with animal based. Plants are versatile. Mushrooms can be used in place of meat. Nuts and seeds can be used in recipes as a delicious substitute for meats.

 

Read more about “Study Links Air Pollution to Decreased Cognitive Function - What Does the World’s Appetite For Meat Have to Do With This?” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Natasha Brooks.

 

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U.S. Dietary Guidelines Fail to Protect the Environment, So California Has a Plant-Based Solution!

U.S. Dietary Guidelines Fail to Protect the Environment, So California Has a Plant-Based Solution! | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Known as ACR 279, the new measure underlines that “making plant-based foods the emphasis of one’s diet has been proven to have a positive impact on the environment, individual health, and society as a whole,” and so, “all Californians are encouraged to include more plant-based foods in their diet.”


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Did you know that California lawmakers recently announced the creation of a new measure known as ACR 279 which encourages all Californians to add more plant based foods into their diets? The reason CA lawmakers decided to introduce this measure is due to the failure of the U.S. government to include environmental sustainability into its recent set of dietary guidelines.

 

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Consuming plant based real whole foods is considered the best way to ensure a positive impact on people’s health, farm animals lives, and on the environment. Wouldn’t it be even better if every State enacted a measure like this one?

 

You can encourage your lawmakers to be bold in enacting measures like this for the good of Planet Earth, all its inhabitants, and for all wildlife. Our world needs more compassion, more kindness, and more love.

 

Read more about “U.S. Dietary Guidelines Fail to Protect the Environment. So California Has a Plant Based Solution” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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Contact Lenses Add to Earth's Microplastic Crisis

Contact Lenses Add to Earth's Microplastic Crisis | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Contact lenses may appear harmlessly soft and small, but a big chunk of American users are improperly disposing their used lenses and adding to the planet's microplastic problem, researchers found. In a survey of 409 wearers, about 1 in 5 responded that they flushed their used lenses down the toilet or sink instead of throwing them in the trash.
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Did you know there’s a proper way to dispose of your contact lenses and it isn’t by flushing them down the toilet or sink? Most of these contact lenses are plastic therefore adding to the sewage sludge that gets spread on farmland. 

 

Sewage sludge can contaminate the soil environment. They are ingested by earthworms. When birds eat the worms, the sewage sludge becomes a pathway for plastic to enter the food chain.

 

These plastic contact lenses don’t degrade but end up adding to the micro plastic pollution found in the nation’s rivers and streams. Heavy rains also add to the plastic flow in the ocean.

 

Health Tips:

 

Dispose of your plastic contact lenses in the trash. Manufacturers are being asked to label the lenses as plastic and to give proper disposal tips on the label. It would be helpful if plastic wasn’t used to create contact lenses.

 

Read more about “Contact Lenses Add to Earth’s Microplastic Crises” from www.ecowatch.com by Lorraine Chow.

 

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The Lowdown on Growing Garlic as a Perennial

The Lowdown on Growing Garlic as a Perennial | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

As cooks with healthy mindsets, we find few foods that outdo garlic in terms of medicinal qualities. It is traditionally used to cure colds and the flu, and it is often prescribed as a means of reducing high blood pressure.


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Did you know you can easily grow garlic as a perennial in your garden? Once your garlic bed is established you will have garlic every spring. Garlic helps to repel ants in the garden and it is a natural medicinal antibiotic for your health.

 

You can regrow garlic sprouts from a single garlic clove. Place the sprouted garlic cloves in a glass pf filtered water and wait for the shoots to grow taller. You can of course also plant the garlic cloves directly in the soil.

 

Autumn is a perfect time of the year as it is getting colder to plant garlic. Garlic will sprout in early Spring.

 

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Garlic is best eaten raw and make sure to buy organic garlic. Consuming garlic helps with colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses. Garlic is linked to the cardiovascular system and helps your heart and blood system.

 

Garlic is considered a prebiotic as is onion, leeks, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root, asparagus, beans, and jicama. It’s a good idea to consume plant based prebiotics everyday.

 

Read more about “The Lowdown on Growing Garlic as a Perennial” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathan Engels.

 

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Dirty Feed, Done Dirt Cheap: Are Consumers Who Shell Out for Organic Meat Eating a Bunch of Bull?

Dirty Feed, Done Dirt Cheap: Are Consumers Who Shell Out for Organic Meat Eating a Bunch of Bull? | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Many Americans assume that anything labeled “USDA Organic” hails from the USA. And for produce, at least, the assumption typically holds true, with the exception of obvious imports like mangoes or coffee beans or tomatoes in January. But the farther an item is removed from the soil, the greater the possibility it harbors ingredients farmed abroad.
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Did you know that the organic beef you’re eating may not have eaten organic feed from the U.S.? There are currently not enough National Organic Program (NOP) organic auditors available to oversee the organic certification paperwork from every shipment of corn and soybean feed that arrives in the U.S.

 

In addition there are also not enough organic regulators available within the USDA’s organic program in the U.S. to oversee that every animal, whether it be cow, chicken, turkey, or pig has been certified organic. Unless you’re buying from a Mom and Pop family farm you don’t really know if the food you’re buying is organic or partially organic.

 

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With organic plant based real whole food, not processed and not  lab created you know what you’re consuming and you know it’s not harmful for your body. Even eating non organic plant based and no processed you’re still much better off than eating inflammatory animal based food. In addition farm animals and planet Earth also benefit.

 

Read more about ‘Dirty Feed, Done Dirt Cheap: Are Consumers Who Shell Out For Organic Meat Eating a Bunch of Bull?” from www,ecowatch.com by Modern Farmer.

 

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Why You Need to Stop Microwaving Your Kids' Food in Plastic Right Now, According to Doctors

Why You Need to Stop Microwaving Your Kids' Food in Plastic Right Now, According to Doctors | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Plastic is far from being the perfect universal material despite how pervasive it has become in today’s world. The use of plastic is linked not only to massive amounts of pollution but it is also linked with very real health concerns. In a new report, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revealed that some additives found in plastic may harm children’s health and advised the use of alternatives when it comes to preparing and serving food.


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Did you know that a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that some chemical additives in plastic may harm children’s health and advises you to find another way to prepare your children’s food? This warning is not just for children.

 

 It is not a good idea to use the microwave to cook any food. The microwave irradiates food by changing the molecular structure of the food. All lab created chemicals are dangerous for the human body whether cooked or not.

 

Chemicals are also used in packaging of food and other goods. Chemicals cause air and water pollution harming not just humans but all wildlife as well.

 

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When preparing food for you and your family use the wet method of cooking (steaming) or prepare raw living food. Buy organic as much as possible to avoid pesticides and GMOs which are also chemicals.

 

Use wooden spoons when cooking with stainless steel and cast iron pans. Use stoneware that requires just a little water to cook food.

 

Read more about “Why You Need to Stop Microwaving Your Kids food in Plastic Right Now, according to Doctors” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Aleksandra Pajda.

 

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Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun

Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
The proliferation of plastic pollution has led to concerns over its impact on marine life and human health as the toxins it absorbs and emits move up the food chain. Now, a new study reveals yet another potential plastic hazard: it releases greenhouse gasses. The study, published in PLOS One Wednesday, found that some of the mos
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Did you know that some of the most common plastics release methane and ethylene, two greenhouse gasses when exposed to sunlight? Heavy metals have been found in plastics as well.

 

Polyethylene, used in plastic bags emits the largest amount of greenhouse gasses. Plastic bags are everywhere in the world.

 

Plastics never degrade and are killing marine animals and other wildlife daily. When you eat fish you get plastic in your body. When you do laundry plastic microfibers are released in†o the water which eventually reaches the rivers and ocean.

 

Plastic, a petrochemical is an ecological disaster that has harmed the entire planet. There are no pristine places left. Plastic is even found in the Arctic.

 

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Bring your own cloth bags to the grocery store. Reuse your old plastic bags for bagging veggies and fruits in the cart and at home in your fridge. Ask your store to stop supplying plastic and use paper bags instead.

 

Petition your city and State legislators to ban all plastic in retail stores. Carry your own glass and silverware to cafes and restaurants that still use plastic. Bring your own beverage containers to coffee shops and refuse to use plastic cups/straws.

 

Read more about “Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun” from www.ecowatch.com by Olivia Rosane.

 

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Climate Change a 'Key Driver' Behind Rising Global Hunger

Climate Change a 'Key Driver' Behind Rising Global Hunger | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
The number of hungry people in the world has reverted to levels last seen a decade ago, the United Nations warned in its annual report on food security and nutrition. Nearly 821 million global citizens—or one out of every nine people—were undernourished in 2017, the third consecutive rise since 2015.
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Did you know that in one out of every nine people, almost 821 million were undernourished in 2017? The key drivers are rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons as well as droughts and floods. Conflict and economic issues also contribute to hunger.

 

Obesity is also on the rise with more than one in eight adults in the world considered obese. North America shows the most significant area with Africa and Asia close behind. Obesity is considered a form of malnutrition. Obesity leads to major disease states.

 

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Right where you are is where you need to begin to help yourself and your family to eat better and to eat healthy food. In the U,S. there are many food deserts where people have to drive sometimes hours to get to a grocery that has more nutritious food.

 

Each of you can grow your own garden or help grow a community garden. You can work with your state legislatures to get a few healthy markets in your area. You can petition, visit State and local offices, write letters to the editor of your newspaper. You can also buy food online from delivery services.

 

It isn’t always easy to find nutritious food but it is worth the effort. Your body requires healthy plant based real whole food to thrive.

 

Often times because of poor food choices due to availability people become obese, sick, and diseased. We all have to work together to change the system.

 

Everyone needs clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean healthy food to eat. These three must be the main priorities of all citizens of the globe. Begin with yourself and then help others.

 

Read more about “Climate Change a ‘Key Driver’ Behind Rising Global Hunger” www.ecowatch.com  by Lorraine Chow.

 

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YIKES! Study Shows Rising Meat Consumption Will Devastate the Planet – We Have Some Good News, Though

YIKES! Study Shows Rising Meat Consumption Will Devastate the Planet – We Have Some Good News, Though | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Meat consumption has been steadily on the rise in recent years, largely as a result of the growing global population and increased affluence in developing nations. In fact, the average amount of meat consumed per person globally has nearly doubled in the past five decades. In coming years, experts predict that both the world population and average individual income will continue to climb, which could very possibly drive meat consumption levels up even higher if we don’t seriously rethink our diets.


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Did you know that meat consumption is at an all time high and as such our planet’s resources are being spread thin? Too much land has already been deforested for livestock production. Water and air pollution is increasing and making the Earth and its inhabitants sicker. 

 

Greenhouse gas emissions are rising, animal cruelty is rampant, and humans are getting more obese and dying of diseases in ever increasing numbers. You can help and make a difference by committing to stop your meat and dairy consumption or at the very least reduce it considerably.

 

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By adopting a plant based real whole food lifestyle you not only help your body to recover from illness and disease but you help wildlife everywhere, and you help make a difference for planet earth’s resources.

 

When your body, mind, and spirit feel better you can make more intelligent decisions and choices. Consuming a real whole food plant based lifestyle helps your brain to be more aware, your memory can be improved, and your choices can be for the greater good.

 

Read more about “YIKES1 Study Shows Rising Meat Consumption Will Devastate the Planet - We Have Some Good News Though” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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What You Should Plant This Summer for an Autumn Harvest

What You Should Plant This Summer for an Autumn Harvest | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Fortunately, for those into eating fresh as much and as long as possible, there is a solution: Pick up that trowel and do some mid-to-late summer planting for an awesome fall harvest. There’s still plenty of tasty things to be grown!


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Did you know that late Summer/early Autumn is a perfect time to plant your winter garden for more delicious varieties of greens and veggies? Certain plants do better with the cooler temperatures. This is a another way to extend your garden delights until an early frost.

 

This summer was a bumper crop for green beans of all types and peas in the Pacific NorthWest.  Greens like chard, romaine, and lettuces thrived before the hotter weather came. Now as it cools a bit new seeds can be planted for another bountiful Fall harvest.

 

This is also one of the best times to grow your sprouts. Sprouts, greens, and veggies what a potent combination for your health and tastebuds.

 

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The more greens you eat the better you feel. Don’t forget to add sea veggies to the mix for a boatload of vitamins, minerals, and other plant nutrients. Your body thrives on plants for all its bodily functions.

 

Eating two big salads a day and drinking one or two green juices is a recipe for great health. Your salads can be filled with sprouts, raw and/or steamed veggies/kale. other greens you like, and either sprouted lentils, peas, or small beans for extra protein. You can add some sprouted whole ancient grains as well.

 

Eat your whole organic fruit separately from your greens/veggies either in late morning or for an  small dinner. Fruit and grains aren’t a healthy combo as both revert to sugar in your body.

 

Read more about “What You Should Plant This Summer For an Early Harvest” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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7 Reasons Why Reusing and Repurposing Is Better Than Recycling

7 Reasons Why Reusing and Repurposing Is Better Than Recycling | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

“Disposable” is a plastic-age term, a calling card for a time when bags are doubled and tossed away twenty minutes later. Times have changed, but perhaps it’s time to regress a little.


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Did you know that it’s past time to begin reusing and repurposing plastic items instead of just throwing away in the trash? Throwing away goes to fill up landfills and also gets into our oceans. 

 

Wildlife eat the plastic thinking it’s food and starve to death. Birds and turtles get caught in the fishing nets and ring top 6 packs. All fish have plastic in their bodies and when you eat the fish you have health issues as well as the fish.

 

Repurposing and reusing aren’t energy intensive which recycling is. As for disposable that word and its accompanying products need to be banned. Enough damage has already been created in the name of plastic.

 

Health Tips:

 

Use glass containers and reuse your plastic ones, just not for heated food. Plastic chemicals leach into the food.

 

Bring your own silverware and plates to picnics, potlucks, and school outings. Ask your local coffee shops and cafes to stop using plastic and plastic take-out containers.

 

Sign petitions against any plastic. Urge your legislators to ban plastic disposables.

 

Reuse and repurpose your own plastic items. Have “plastic share” parties. Locate businesses and organizations who can repurpose your old plastic.

 

Last but never least, stop buying stuff you don’t need. Buy only what what you need and don’t buy anything packaged in plastic or encased in plastic. 

 

Read more about “7 Reasons Why Reusing and Repurposing is Better Than Recycling” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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New Research Finds ALL Fish Tested in the Great Lakes Contain Microplastics

New Research Finds ALL Fish Tested in the Great Lakes Contain Microplastics | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

The research, led by Assistant Professor Chelsea Rochman, found that concentrations of plastics in areas of the Great Lakes are equal to or even greater than those reported in the ocean. Rochman and her lab team carried out studies in Lake Ontario, Lake Superior, and Lake Huron and found that nearly all collected fish contained microplastics.


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Did you know that all fish from the Great Lakes have been found to contain as much microplastic as is found in the world’s oceans? Here’s another important reason to stop consuming fish.

 

Unfortunately the fish are harmed. People who eat fish now have plastic in their body, Other waterways are damaged. Your municipal drinking water is in peril as is your tap water. Other species are also at risk with so much plastic covering every square inch of the planet.

 

Think it’s time to stop buying items encased in plastic packaging and single use plastic products? Plastic never degrades and will be here on this planet forever.

 

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Stop buying things you don’t need but just want. Go out in nature instead or volunteer at beach and park cleanups. Find a positive outlook for your over consumption habits.

 

When you purchase food which your body requires, buy in glass bottles or bring your own containers. Use silverware and real plates at picnics, at potlucks, and at home. 

 

Donate your plastic to companies that turn used plastic into recyclable products and recyclable buildings. Have plastic share parties with friends rather than going to the dump and creating more damage to the planet.

 

Read more about “New research Finds ALL Fish Tested in the Great Lakes Contain Microplastics” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Aleksandra Pajda.

 

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Another Reason We Need to Do All We Can to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Levels ... It's Making Our Food Less Nutritious

Another Reason We Need to Do All We Can to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Levels ... It's Making Our Food Less Nutritious | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

As if the huge amount of existing scientific evidence pointing to the ways in which rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are threatening our planet and its inhabitants weren’t enough, recent research has now revealed yet another scary side effect of growing global CO2 concentration: It has the potential to make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people, with the worst impacts likely to hit those who live in the world’s poorest regions.


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Did you know that new research is showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide has the potential to make food crops less nutritious and thereby damage human health? Carbon dioxide also threatens Planet Earth.

 

If nothing is done to change this situation by the year 2050 millions of people could face a zinc and protein deficiency. Lack of zinc causes infections, problems with wound healing, and diarrhea. Lack of protein is linked to stunted growth and iron deficiencies.

 

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Two solutions are right in front of us:  

 

  1. More people starting now choose to stop their consumption of animal based food and adopt a plant based real whole food lifestyle. 
  2. Factory farming and animal agriculture end. Today many dairy farmers are switching to plant based milk and cheese. 

 

In the 1970’s some group wrote a song “When will they ever learn?”. That’s a very good question for people today to take to heart, to come together and have dialogue about, and to find common ground. We are one beautiful blue planet in the Universe. 

 

If we continue to do nothing then nothing will change. But if we begin to act today changes can occur. Humans must act wisely for the betterment of all and not just for a few. 

 

Our planet will most likely survive us. Nature has been around a long long time and she knows what to do. It’s past time for all humans to wake up and begin to act in a responsible and respectful manner. 

 

Read more about “Another reason We Need to Do All We Can to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Levels….It’s Making Our food Less Nutritious” from www.onegreenplanet.org by estelle Rayburn.

 

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Why Recycling Shouldn’t Be Our Only Solution for Reducing Landfill Waste

Why Recycling Shouldn’t Be Our Only Solution for Reducing Landfill Waste | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Bottled water, pre-packaged food, and other single-use items now line store shelves and fill our cupboards at home. We buy items with convenience in mind instead of sustainability, and it’s finally caught up with us.


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Did you know that it’s past time to begin reducing and reusing in place of recycling items which usually end up in landfills? Humans have over burdened recycling facilities which exist. Many cities unfortunately don’t even offer recycling as part of their waste management services.

 

The trash and other items in the nation’s landfills are adding to the already over burgeoning accumulation of plastic pollution. This pollution is harming wildlife and marine animals, our natural resources including streams, rivers, and oceans, our air, and human health.

 

Health Tips:

 

It’s past time for all of us to consciously wake up and be more aware of our destructive selfish habits. This planet and all its inhabitants are not separate entities. There is no separateness. All of us are one and the same and as such we must do everything that we can to protect our planet and all of its inhabitants.

 

Start by pledging not to use plastic when you shop. Bring a cloth bag or two to the store. Buy only items packaged in glass which can be recycled and/or you can reuse to store your bulk items or your leftovers.

 

Pledge not to buy any item or food packaged in plastic. Ask your store manager to find better sustainable ways to package food and other items. Ask if you can bring your own glass containers or small paper bags to use for food or bulk items you desire to purchase. 

 

Many markets do allow for these requests. You won’t know unless you ask. If enough people begin asking stores will comply or risk losing customers.

 

Bring your own stainless steel or glass water bottle with you when you are out and about. Bring your own silverware and glass straws to cafes who still use plastic. Speak politely to the manager requesting that they stop using one use plastic items..

 

Buy individual fruits and veggies that are not bagged in plastic. Encourage your store to stop bagging produce in plastic. Many markets now offer both produce in plastic and unwrapped. You can reuse small plastic bags or buy some green bags for your loose produce.

 

Buy food in bulk as this is the most economical and wisest way to purchase just the amount you require. Buying in bulk does away with cans and plastic. Most stores offer a Bulk aisle. You can purchase all your nuts and seeds, dried fruit, all your grains, all your legumes (beans, lentils, peas). Some bulk aisles also have snacks, including cookies and chocolate.

 

Read more about “Why Recycling Shouldn’t Be Our Only Solution For reducing landfill Waste” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Arianna Pittman.

 

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Recent Study Found Plant-Based Diet Decreases Environmental Impact By 42 to 84 Percent!

Recent Study Found Plant-Based Diet Decreases Environmental Impact By 42 to 84 Percent! | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Several groundbreaking studies have shown that this is indeed the case! Most recently, a research study published in The Lancet Planetary Health offered even more solid evidence to support the claim that basing your diet around plants can save the planet. According to this new study, plant-based eating has the power to decrease environmental burden by up to 84 percent!


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Did you know that several new groundbreaking studies have shown that consuming a plant based real whole food lifestyle does indeed significantly reduce environmental impact? The researchers compared environmental impacts of three different healthy diets  in six different areas: 

 

1.Global warming potential, 2. Land use, 3. Water depletion, 4. Freshwater eutrophication,   5.Marine eutrophication, and 6. Particulate matter.

 

Except for water depletion the healthy vegetarian diet was shown to save 42 percent of and as much as 84 percent of the negative impacts associated with the two diet styles which include meat consumption. Here is solid evidence for all you environmentalists.

 

The researchers are now advocating for environmental sustainability to be taken into account in the future as dietary guidelines for the nation are updated. As it stands now the most recent dietary guidelines are showing a negative effect on the environment as the current typical U.S. diet.

 

This new research is another science backed example of how eating plant based can help to solve the planet’s climate crisis. Consuming plant based real whole food not only helps the planet but also your health and the lives of farm animals.

 

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Plant based real whole food is the best preventative lifestyle for humans. Consuming plant based real whole food supports your body’s functions and helps you to thrive in a better healthier way,

 

Read more about “Recent study Found Plant Based Diet decreases environmental Impact  by 42 to 84 Percent” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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7 Reasons Organic Material Isn’t for the Trash Can

7 Reasons Organic Material Isn’t for the Trash Can | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

For anyone who has taken the time to separate recycling from trash, the reasons for separating organic material are even more compelling, and doing so takes virtually no more time.


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Did you know that organic food scraps are meant to be used as compost whether you have a garden or not? Your city municipal waste company gives you a green compost bin to be used for both food waste and tree/leaf shrubbery.

 

If you care about the environment then you need to start using this compost bin properly. Better yet create your own compost bin. A compost bin creates organic rich soil which you can use to mulch your plants in.

 

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Anytime you can reduce your trash bin contents you are helping to keep unwanted trash out of city landfills. It’s not just organic waste that doesn’t belong in trash cans it’s also unwanted clothing, plastic items, old unwanted toys, kitchenware, batteries, cans, paper, and numerous other items. 

 

These unwanted items such as paper and some types of plastic are meant to be put in your recycling bin. There are special yellow bins for cans and glass bottles. Check with your city waste management for their list of what items they allow and don’t allow.

 

Clothing, toys, kitchenware and other types of plastic and batteries are not meant for landfills. These items must be donated to organizations or charities or for garage sales. 

 

Batteries and tech items as well as old paint cans must be handled carefully. Check with your city to see who handles these items. Many times certain organizations will have Fall and Spring cleanups. Check with them to see if they will pick up these kind of items.

 

It is the responsibility of every person to be aware and conscious and take the time to be a good steward for this planet, its inhabitants, and for each other as well. Humans do not live in a vacuum. There is no separateness. 

 

Read more about ‘7 reasons Organic Material Isn’t For the Trash Can” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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Can You Give Up Meat for a Whole Month?

Can You Give Up Meat for a Whole Month? | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
October 1 marks the 41st annual World Vegetarian Day and the start of Vegetarian Awareness month. The occasion was founded in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society and was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978 "to give meatless fare a try (even for a day)" and to commend those with "healthy, compassionate food choices."
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Did you know that today is the 41st anniversary of World Vegetarian Day? It began as a way to get meat eaters to cut back on their meat consumption habit and to be more compassionate. Many people now have greatly reduced their meat consumption and opted for more healthier plant based options. 

 

Some of the reasons are because of awakening consciousness for the plight of farm animals. Others have health issues from consuming inflammatory animal based food. Still others want to reduce climate change and help the environment.

 

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It’s no secret that consuming plant based real whole food is the best lifestyle for healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy spirits. Plant based food consumption makes a huge difference for the environment, for farm animals lives, and for people’s health.

 

With numerous choices for plant based food protein you get to try sprouts, lentils, beans, peas, avocados, nuts, seeds, dark leafy greens, whole ancient grains and even some tempeh products. All of these are anti-inflammatory, nutrient rich, and far better for your health than any animal based food.

 

In addition to eating more plant based food you are making a difference for our planet. This is very important because humans have caused deforestation with loss of animal homes. Humans have also created more greenhouse gas emissions through the farming of livestock.  All of these issues create air and water pollution which affects all the inhabitants on Earth.

 

Read more about “Can You Give Up Meat For a Whole Month” from www.ecowatch.com by Lorraine Chow.

 

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Still Eating Grass-Fed Beef 'For the Environment'? Another Study Just Proved This Isn't a Solution

Still Eating Grass-Fed Beef 'For the Environment'? Another Study Just Proved This Isn't a Solution | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

As a matter of fact, the latest study on this issue, which was recently published in the environmental science journal Environmental Research Letters, by Matthew N. Hayek and Rachael D. Garrett, revealed that a shift toward grass-fed beef in the U.S. would likely result in higher environmental costs — the exact opposite of what grass-fed beef proponents posit!


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Did you know that even if many of the people who now eat conventionally grown beef switched to grass-fed beef this most likely would result in higher environmental costs? More and more studies are showing that raising grass-fed livestock in place of factory farms is not beneficial to the environment.

 

Killing animals for food is definitely not humane in any way, period.

 

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Growing plant based real whole food is beneficial for planet Earth, other wildlife, and your health. Plant based food is nutritious, delicious, and is a more compassionate way of living.

 

If you call yourself an environmentalist, a conservation person, if you’re an animal lover, then why aren’t you truly being one? When you consume what you value you’re not being true to who you really are.

 

Read more about “Still Eating Grass-Fed Beef For the environment? Another Study Just roved This isn’t a Solution” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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Our Cellphone Addiction Is Turning Wireless Tech Into an Invisible Weapon That’s Destroying Wildlife

Our Cellphone Addiction Is Turning Wireless Tech Into an Invisible Weapon That’s Destroying Wildlife | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
There is growing evidence that our addiction to cellphones could be impacting brain functionality and be the cause of stress, anxiety, insomnia and a lack of attention and focus. Now a new report has found that we're not the only living things to be affected by our increasing dependence on wireless technology.
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Did you know that growing evidence is showing that human’s addiction to cellphones could be affecting the way your brain functions? Today many people have health issues including insomnia, stress, anxiety, loss of focus, and attention.

 

A  new report shows that it’s not just humans who are affected but animals, birds, insects, and even plants are being harmed by this electromagnetic radiation (EMR) which comes from cell phone towers, broadcast transmitters, and power lines. Bats, mice, and birds are experiencing difficulty finding their way home.

 

Many animals and even invertebrates use Earth’s magnetic fields to sense direction and this sensing is being disrupted. The metabolism of plants is being affected causing major changes at cellular and molecular levels. Even a low level increase can cause stress for plants.

 

The organization, Buglife, a UK charity which proposed the analysis urged that 5G technology not be placed in areas near wildlife and those which attract nocturnal insects. He goes on to say that “just because humans can’t see electromagnetic radiation doesn’t mean that animals cannot see the pollution or be significantly impacted at a neural or cellular level”.

 

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A proper research program and clear policy measures are recommended. It is incumbent for telecommunication firms to do the research on the impact of the 5G technology and make the findings public.

 

More than 200 scientists from 41 countries recently urged the United Nations to recognize that EMF exposure is a huge health risk and environmental crisis that needs to be addressed. Dr Martin Blank of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Physiology at Columbia University said that “biological facts are being ignored” with safety limits much too high.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that RF-EMF can be considered a “possible human carcinogen”. Dr Blank and his colleagues are adamant that all wireless technology are damaging “the living cells in human’s bodies and killing many people prematurely”. This is a global problem. Full disclosure is necessary.

 

What you can do: petition your Federal and State Legislators, write letters to the editor of your newspaper, speak out on this issue, and keep your phone away from your body. Use the speakerphone option when on phone at home. Use airplane mode when talking in public. Connect your phone and computer to ethernet.

 

Read more about “Our Cellphone Addiction is Turning Wireless Tech Into an Invisible Weapon That’s Destroying Wildlife” from www.ecowatch.com by Reynard Loki, Independent Media Institute.

 

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Fracking Chemicals Boost Fat Cells

Fracking Chemicals Boost Fat Cells | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Exposure to compounds used in hydraulic fracturing increase size, number of fat cells
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Did you know there’s now another reason to resist fracking in your community and this one concerns your fat cells?  A new study in the journal ‘Science in the Total Environment’ shows that many common chemicals used in the fracking process have a direct effect on fat cells, which causes them to increase more rapidly and hold more fat in the cell. 

 

This study is one of many done during the past eight years of doing research on fracking chemicals which impact public health. The proliferation of chemicals in our environment has caused and is causing massive health concerns for humans, animals, and planet Earth.

 

The endocrine system, the immune system, mammary cell development are all at risk. So are your liver and kidneys. Drinking contaminated water is definitely not in the best interests of humans and animals. 

 

Health tips:

 

Most tap water in the U.S. is contaminated with an assortment of harmful ingredients from chemicals, pesticides, drug residues, heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, to chlorine and chloramine that your community water treatment facility uses. Make sure to use a carbon block water filtration system. This curation site recommends Multipure.

 

If you live in an area of the U.S. that is considering or already has fracking resist with every means possible for you against this industry disaster. Your health and the health of your children  are more important than the fracking industries bottom line.

 

Read more about “Fracking chemicals Boost Fat cells” from www.sierraclub.org by Jason Daley.

 

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What You Can Do to Make Your Clothing Ocean Safe

What You Can Do to Make Your Clothing Ocean Safe | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the problem of microplastics, which enter rivers and oceans, accumulate toxins and work their way up the marine food chain from small fish to us. One important source of microplastic pollution are plastic microfibers that rub off of synthetic fabrics like polyester in the washin
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Did you know that plastic micro fibers from non organic synthetic clothing wash off into the water supply when you do your laundry? These fibers are too small for the water treatment plants to block.

 

Marine animals and fish eat eat these plastic fibers and starve to death. the oceans of the world are awash in toxic non-degradable plastic which also harms seabirds, turtles, and other wildlife. You also are harmed when you consume fish with plastic in its body.

 

Today there are about 1.4 million trillion, an astronomical number of these fibers in the ocean. The problem lies with too much plastic in the world supply, washing machines that need to be retrofitted to block these plastic fibers, clothing that needs a makeover to safer natural fibers, and a change in attitude for many people regarding plastic.

 

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There are some new companies who have created innovative products which allow you to catch microfibers in your washing machine without a new remodel. For any new clothing items pledge to purchase those made with all natural fibers. You can also ask the fashion industry to use natural fibers in their designs.

 

Read more about “What You Can Do to Make Your Clothing Ocean safe” from www.ecowatch.com by Olivia Rosane.

 

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Is Your Popcorn Laced With Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals?

Is Your Popcorn Laced With Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals? | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
No one should be exposed to toxic chemicals in their food, particularly children. But that’s exactly what the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) found in tests of microwave popcorn bags sold in Dollar Stores. These stores are frequented by communities of color and millions of poor Americans.
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Did you know that many microwave popcorn brands are laced with hormone disrupting chemicals, including PFASs which damage the liver and kidney? Many other household products also contain these toxic chemicals.

 

Plus many canned foods contain harmful BPA in the can’s’ lining. Store receipts also contain BPA. Many stores using the discount model sell food and household products which contain these PFASs. You may be saving a few dollars yet risking your self and your child’s health.

 

 These dangerous chemicals can get into our air and water and cause pollution for the planet as well as harming humans and other wildlife. Do your best to buy or make your own all Mother Nature created products and food.

 

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Rather than eating popcorn out of a bag filled with unquestionable ingredients, it’s easy and economical to make your own air popped popcorn. When fully popped you can add all kinds of healthy and safe toppings, including nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor or a plant based green powder. You can combine the two for a cheesy green snack.

 

Some of you might pop your popcorn using oil. This is not recommended as all oils become carcinogenic when heated.

 

Read more about “Is Your Popcorn Laced With Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals?” from www.ecowatch.com by Kathryn Alcanter and Jose Brava, Independent Media.

 

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10 Edible Weeds Likely Growing in Your Yard

10 Edible Weeds Likely Growing in Your Yard | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
You work so hard on your vegetable garden, primping and pruning to the point of exhaustion each spring. One of the biggest chores, of course, is weeding. But in doing so, you might be throwing away valuable produce. We may not realize it, but an unkempt, uncultivated backyard is often full of food, especially edible greens. Many are in fact feral..
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Did you know there are many weeds which are actually healthy for you to eat? Weeds grow in backyard gardens and are usually pulled out. Yet this weeds have health benefits for you. Take the time to be more discerning and learn about weeds and other plants that are beneficial for you and for planet Earth.

 

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Mother Nature provides answers for all the questions you may pose. Become more familiar with different plants to learn which ones are edible, helpful, and which ones are deadly. You can learn from experts, take classes, or teach yourself from books. The more you take an active interest in your garden, the more you will grow and be able to pass on your knowledge to others.

 

Read more about “10 Edible Weeds Likely Growing in Your Garden” from www.ecowatch.com by Brian Barth, Modern Farmer.

 

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Against Exxon and Shell but Still Eat Meat? Study Shows Meat and Dairy Companies Cause More Harm Than Fossil Fuels

Against Exxon and Shell but Still Eat Meat? Study Shows Meat and Dairy Companies Cause More Harm Than Fossil Fuels | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

the fact that JBS, Cargill and Tyson, three top meat companies, emitted more greenhouse gases in 2016 than all of France, plus nearly as much as oil giants like Exxon, Shell and BP.


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Did you know that today the top five meat and dairy companies from research completed have officially surpassed Exxon, BP, and Shell in yearly greenhouse gas emissions? What does this information mean for you? 

 

Well if you’re of the many thousands of people worldwide who oppose fossil fuel companies and you’re still consuming meat and dairy, you just might want to reconsider your food choices. If you skip eating meat and dairy for one year you can literally save around 200,000 gallons of water, help preserve threatened animals, free up grain to feed people instead of livestock, and cut your own carbon footprint in half.

 

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You see it isn’t just about your health improving, it’s also about improving the lives of many species, of helping to save water and land resources, and of combatting climate change for all of us.

 

Now would be a really good time for you to greatly reduce or eliminate your animal based food habit. Planet earth and all its inhabitants need you, yes YOU to step up to the plate and declare you are switching all or part of your food choices to plants.

 

Read more about “Against Exxon and Shell But Still Eat Meat? Study Shows Meat and Dairy Companies Cause More Harm Than Fossil Fuels” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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