Food – Water – Agriculture – Environment

For a follow up on Almond milk, read this. Thanks again to Town & Country.

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Yes your right. I can’t seem to let this Almond milk thing go. If the reports are accurate and Almond milk contains only 2 percent Almonds. Mmmmmm that means in each 32 ounce(quart) of Almond milk there is less than one(1) ounce of Almonds. What the heck is used to fill the other 31 ounces in a quart of Almond milk?

Not knowing A thing about Almond except it is a nut. I did what any curious guy would do, I googled it.
What I discovered is shocking as well as disturbing.

Blue Diamond said their Almond Breeze beverage is made from an average of over 50 almonds per half gallon. Keep that number (50) in mind.

Business Insider web site said “it requires 1.1 gallons of water to produce one(1) Almond nut. No that is not a typo, 1.1 gallons.

Using this figure means Almond growers used 55 gallons…

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Almond Milk – Not What You Think

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Source Drink Almond Milk? You Need to Read This
Howard Waxman, a market research analyst at Packaged Facts said “almond milk is considered an outlier that became mainstream because more and more consumers are moving “off the grid.”

Almond milk is being marketed as a healthy premium product because it is made from almonds, when the real truth is it barely contains any almonds. This product is really developed from thickening agents to create a milk like substitute that tastes very much like milk. The wrongdoing is really hitting home on a large scale.”

The success of almond milk rests heavily on its health appeal to consumers.
Tracy Albert and Dimitrios Malaxianis are suing two of the largest almond milk producers in the U.S., Blue Diamond, and WhiteWave which make Silk and So Delicious, for improperly labeling their almond milk.

Albert is urging these corporations to come clean. She…

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Back Yard Chicken Coop – My first WordPress post – 6 years and counting

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chicken coopIt seems that June 2009 was my first WordPress blog posting. Not a lot has changed except chicken feed and building materials has gone up at least 25 percent.
This posting has been heavily edited and updated to the best of my knowledge and abilities.

It is getting late in the year to start your new poultry flock. However it is a good time to make plans and to start constructing your coop(hen house) and to design an outside run.
Outside space(run) needs to be a minimum of 4 square feet for each hen, ‘Larger is always better for your chickens health and welfare. {Run length X width = run size in square feet.}

Need a chicken coop? Think small, cheap and easy to build. Best rule of thumb is you will need a minimum of 2 square feet of floor space for each chicken. A four(4) foot square chicken…

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Butter The New Health Food?

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Butter unlikely to harm health

A study has shown, Saturated fat does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes or early death.

Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine might. Traditionally dieticians have advised people to cut down on animal fats, the biggest ever study has shown that it does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease or diabetes.

Trans-fats, found in processed foods like margarine raises the risk of death by 34 per cent. Trans fats have no health benefits and pose a significant risk for heart disease.

New research which looked at 50 studies involving more than one million people found there was no evidence that saturated fat was bad for health.
It backs up recent research from the University of Cambridge that found saturated fat in dairy foods might protect against diabetes.

The “vilification” of saturated…

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An Obituary

I received the following in an email.  Think about it.

An Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Dead Brilliant!!

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has
been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his
birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be
remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more
than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in
charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from
school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding
an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job
that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent
to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform
parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and
criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar
in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her
lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;r
– I Know My Rights
– I Want It Now
– Someone Else Is To Blame
– I’m A Victim
– Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do
nothing