Thursday, September 27, 2007

Environmental Sciecne: Could you live as a Freegan?

From Wikipedia

Freeganism is an anticonsumerism lifestyle where people employ alternative strategies for living based on "limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed." The lifestyle involves salvaging discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket dumpsters that have passed their expiration date, but are still edible and nutritious. They salvage the food not because they are poor or homeless, but as a political statement.

Many freegans get free food by pulling it out of the trash, a practice commonly nicknamed dumpster diving in North America or skipping in the UK. Freegans find food in the garbage of restaurants, grocery stores, and other food-related industries, and this allows them to avoid spending money on products that they claim exploit the world's resources, contribute to urban sprawl, treat workers unfairly, or disregard animal rights. By foraging, they believe that they are preventing edible food from adding to landfills and sometimes feed people and animals who might otherwise go hungry.

Instead of buying industrially grown foods, wild foragers find and harvest food and medicinal plants growing in their own communities. Some freegans participate in "Guerrilla" or "Community" Gardens, with the stated aim of rebuilding community and reclaiming the capacity to grow one's own food. They claim to seek an alternative to dependence and participation in what they perceive as an exploitative and ecologically destructive system of global, industrialized corporate food production.

Articles on Freegans

Freegan Ride: One month as a Freegan

Diving for Dinner

Not Buying It

Freegan Links


Feeding the hungry

Second Harvest

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Environmental Science: China's Population

What is the current population of China? Check out the China Population Clock!

What about India? India's Population clock

Environmental Sciecne: Sustainability

Consumer Consequences - Are you living a sustainable life? (Play the Game)

What would the Earth be like if everyone lived like you. Depending on your choices how many Earths would it take to sustain your lifestyle.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Here is the PDF (adobe Acrobat) File Why Do Humans have Sex?

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mutations and Four Leaf Clovers

It turns out 1 clover in 10,000 is a Four-Leaf Clover. This is sometimes called a somatic mutation, a mutation that cannot be passed on to it's descendants. Whether this mutations is from radiation or environment is still debated today.

Other Mutations of Notes

Extra Nipples
Extra Fingers
Sickle Cell
Cystic Fibrosis

Kobe Beef

So what make Kobe Beef so expensive? Maybe it's all that beer the Japanese feed the cow or maybe it's that daily massage?

Kobe Beef: Prime stock gets beer and massage

NIKON Small World Competitions

Hey! Look it's a mouse Colon! Winners for the 2007 Nikon Small World Competition will soon be announced!
2005 Nikon Small World Winners

2006 Nikon Small World Winners

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Environmental Science: Eating the Land

Depending on what the cow eat the taste of the cheese can vary a great deal. The changing climate around the worlds has altered many of the plants farm animals graze upon. Their changing diet alter the taste of the milk they give and the meat of the animals themselves.

Listen to the NPR story: Cheesemakers Taste a Change in the Weather.