Are iPods Eco Friendly Gadgets?

Well, I really hate to add to the rampant consumerism of our society but I simply love my ipod which I use for music, podcasts, business audios, and videos for my children to watch when we are out. I also love my Bose iPod SoundDock.

Sometimes I feel guilty about needing these high tech gadgets but I really think they are slightly “green”. Why? Well, as a big music lover I have always downloaded music from the Internet and I always burned the music onto dozens of CDs. Often times I would have to burn them more than once when my kids inevitably got a hold of some of them and scratched them up. So I created quite a bit of landfill garbage with my music habits. Now I transfer the music to my iPod, along with many other things, and I am able to take it everywhere I go. Simple and easy. I also use my iPod to download aerobic workouts and to add my own soundtracks to my exercise routines and daily hikes. And the iPod can be worn in a nifty little arm band. So it helps me stay healthy too. :)

Well there is my rationale. Am I reaching? LOL.


FDA – Cloned Livestock is safe to eat…

by Tiffany in Political Action

I don’t know if you have been following the news about this but the FDA is getting ready to approve allowing milk, eggs and meat from cloned animals into our food supply and there would be no required labeling on these products that are coming from cloned animals. Personally I don’t care if they think it’s safe or not, if I am being sold milk, eggs and meat from cloned animals, I want to know, it’s my right to know this as a consumer regardless of if they think it is safe or not. If the food is not labeled then I have no choice if I want to consume these products or not.

“FDA: Cloned livestock is safe to eat” – CNN; December 28, 2006

Please take action on this through the link below….the link will take you to the Organic Consumers website where you can
send in your comments.

Despite a September survey found that 64% of Americans are repulsed by
the idea of eating food from cloned animals, the FDA announced this
week that milk, eggs and meat from cloned animals will soon be allowed
on the market. Ignoring a number of disturbing studies suggesting
potential human health hazards, Stephen F. Sundlof, director of the
FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine said “that meat and milk from
cattle, swine and goat clones is as safe to eat as the food we eat
every day.” Consumer, food safety, and animal welfare groups have
condemned the announcement, pointing out that animal cloning is
inherently unpredictable and hazardous, and that the practice of
cloning has led to a high number of cruel and painful deformities in
the experimental animals’ offspring. Recognizing that requiring labels
on cloned food would lead to a massive boycott by consumers, FDA bowed
to industry lobbyists by stating that there likely will be no required
labeling of food products containing ingredients from cloned animals.
The FDA’s controversial proposed regulations in the Federal Register
will now be followed by a three month public comment period. The OCA
is calling on health and humane-minded consumers across the nation to
stop this outrageous and hazardous regulation from coming into force
as federal law.
Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/clones.htm


Arizona Resort Goes All Organic

I was elated to read this morning that a resort just a few miles from my house (and a place I LOVE to stay at) is going to be a pioneeer for the organic movement by going all organic. The resort is called The Boulders. An establishment right next to the resort called El Pedegral, is actually a Farmer’s Market and festival that offers organic produce. Here I have lived next to this marketplace for years (when I am not in Ohio) and I never even knew what it was.

Coming in October is an organic garden encompassing 5,280 square feet and featuring eight elevated planter-box areas separated by a flowing water feature. Lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, celery, herbs, and edible flowers will thrive in the garden, along with the orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime trees that will line its perimeter.

In addition to tours led by the Boulders’ chief gardener, the resort will offer cooking demonstrations and interactive classes in the Golden Door Spa’s chef demonstration kitchen.

Yippee. I think I need to make vacation plans right about now. :)



A Revelation About Junk Food

Quite a while ago when I made the decision to ditch junk food and eat organic, I thought I had a big struggle ahead of me. And it all truthfulness it wasn’t an easy transition. When I was younger I worked as a manager at a movie theatre and my diet consisted largely of super oily popcorn and soda pop and maybe an occasional hot dog. I spent 80% of my week there working and playing…this was before I had children. :)

A few years later I was doing marketing for a national physical therapy network and I rarely if ever brought food from home. If I did, it was processed junk and no better than the fast food eateries I would frequent instead. I was eating at least 2 out of 3 meals outside the home and all of it was junk. I think I pretty much drank soda exclusively. Looking back I not only want to vomit when I remember eating those hot dogs but I can also “see” why in my late twenties I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I am doing some major back peddling now.

So why can I say that I am kind of happy this happened to me? Well, I know now that my children MUST be raised to eat healthy and to view foods the way I do now. Yes, it sucks to have cancer and I often think about the fact that it is possible I will not see my children grow up to be adults but despite that I can still see why I needed to have this experience. I DO NOT want my children to have to go through this. Every day I have is just one more day to instill in them a healthy lifestyle and attitude. I am thankful for that opportunity.

I started to think about all of this just yesterday when I was out and about with my kids and they shyly hinted that maybe we could stop at McDonalds to eat since they were “starving”. In times past I would have agreed and I was kind of taken off guard when my stomach actually started to get queasy about the thought of eating anything off the McDonalds menu. I was getting ill just thinking about their food and I used to eat 2 or even 3 meals a day there or at similar places! So instead of McDonalds my kids got a lengthy lecture about why we would NOT be stopping at McDonalds and then when we got home they helped me make a healthy lunch in our very own kitchen.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. :)

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

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City Sues Over Lead Paint

by Tiffany in Environment


I just read an article about how the city of Cincinnati has filed a law suit against nine paint manufacturers asking that the companies be required to clean up all lead hazards in properties in the city, pay for a public awareness campaign about lead’s dangers and repay the city for years of testing and investigating lead hazards.

While I am not sure that this case is entirely fair to the paint companies I do believe that they should be putting a hefty percentage of their profits toward organizations that help homeowners deal with lead paint issues. It was their product after all that is causing so many problems and posing such a danger to us. But then again…the article does say that these companies knew of lead’s toxic nature as early as 1900 so maybe I need to rethink that.

Children with lead poisoning can suffer from:
Damage to the brain and nervous system
Behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity)
Slowed Growth
Hearing Problems

Adults can suffer from:
Difficulties during pregnancy
Reproductive problems (both men & women)
High blood pressure
Digestive problems
Nerve disorders
Memory and concentration problems
Muscle and joint pain

This issue interests me especially since I have an older home in Ohio that needs some renovations and I am unsure about how to go about dealing with the layers of lead paint that house has inside and out. Scraping to repaint would be bad….but then again so is using vinyl siding. I have a problem on my hands for sure.

Friday, December 29th, 2006

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