Do you like to eat fruit? Bees are YOUR best friends. Parents– please teach your kids to respect Bees! Each year I read to Kindergartners – and each time I read books about BEES the kids say ” I hate Bees”. It stuns me and it starts at home. Teach your kids that insects, bees, butterflies provide honey, pollination and ultimately food for us. We LOVE BEES!!!
Bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our food production system by enabling the production of many of the nuts, fruits and vegetables in our diets. In total, pollinators make possible an astounding 35% of global food production and contribute more than $24 billion annually to the U.S. economy.But the number of managed honeybee colonies in the United States has declined from 6 million in the 1940s to just 2.5 million today – jeopardizing our food supply and domestic agriculture industry.3
FLASHBACK from 2014– That’s why President Obama tasked the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency with co-chairing the Pollinator Health Task Force and leading the federal response to the devastating decline in populations of bees and other vital pollinators.
So far, both the USDA and EPA have displayed a disturbing lack of urgency when it comes to saving bees from deadly pesticides. In fact, the EPA’s current plan is to continue studying neonicotinoid pesticides until 2018 before it takes action to save our pollinators.
It’s 2018 and the story continues.Each person can CHOOSE to not use pesticides, like Round-up, and make their garden inviting to bees. We can make the difference. Round-up is still sold at COSTCO in gigantic containers… right next to the NATIVE BEE HOMES….. Let’s get smart. Don’t buy that toxic junk. Besides- dandelions are great food for bees, their flowers bloom early and give the bees food when it is winter. –The editor
An Ice Cream Primer
Before we figure out which brands are best, let’s get the scoop on ice cream, fro-yo and all those other icy treats you know and love.
Frozen yogurt is yogurt that is frozen using a technique similar to soft serve. While lower in calories and fat than ice cream, not all frozen yogurt is made with live and active cultures the way that standard yogurt is. To make sure that a frozen yogurt contains “yogurt” and a significant amount of live and active cultures, look for the National Yogurt Association (NYA) Live & Active Cultures seal. Without that seal, frozen yogurt does not contain any probiotics.
Gelato.This Italian ice cream doesn’t have as much air as traditional ice cream, so it has a much denser texture.
Ice cream.As if you needed an explanation, this frozen treat is made from milk or cream, sugar and flavorings. The FDA requires that ice creams with solid additions (nuts, chocolate, fruit, etc.) contain at least 8 percent milk fat, while plain ice creams are required to have at least 10 percent milk fat. “French” ice cream is usually made with a cooked egg custard base.
Ice milkis made with lower-fat milk than ice cream, making it less creamy. However, it does contain fewer calories than ice cream. Try Skinny Cow Ice cream sandwiches…so good!
Italian ice (also called Granita) is a mix of juice (or other liquid like coffee), water and sugar, usually in a 4:1 ratio of liquid to sugar. The ices are stirred frequently during freezing to give it a flaky texture. These are almost always fat-free, contain minimal additives and are the lowest in calories of all frozen desserts. You can also make this with WINE – SANGRIA in a bowl anyone?
Sherbet has a fruit juice base but often contains some milk, egg whites or gelatin to thicken and richen it. It’s a creamy version of sorbet (see below).
Slow-churned (double churned) ice creamis made through low-temperature extrusion, to make light ice cream taste richer, creamier, and more like the full-fat variety. Look for the terms “cold churned,” “slow churned” or “double churned” on the label, which refers to the extrusion’s churning process. Extrusion distributes the milk fat evenly throughout the product for added richness and texture without adding extra calories. By law, “light” ice cream must contain at least 50% less fat or 33% fewer calories than regular full-fat varieties.
Soft-serve is a soft “ice cream” that contains double the amount of air as standard ice cream, which stretches the ingredients and creates a lighter texture. It’s lower in fat and calories, but it often contains fillers and additives.
Sorbet, softer in consistency than a sherbet, is usually fruit and sugar that has been frozen. Its texture more “solid” and less flaky than Italian ice.
THIS IS NOT A MAMOGRAM! it is an innovative ultrasound, with a much higher diagnosis rate than the traditional method. It doesn’t hurt. It takes 15 minutes. They will scan over lumps to get a more complete 3-D view. It can show cysts clearly. The technician also goes into your armpit area where you make have lumps, cysts and fatty lipomas. You Do WANT TO KNOW!
Faster better earlier detection can save your life!
In the SF BAY AREA there are appointments available in Pleasanton, Berkeley, San Rafael, and Concord. On the website there is a list STATES, then select the CITY for a list of appointments near you. There are appointments all over the USA. This is Mobile Medicine. So convenient.
The cost is $195 in most states, and $235 in California. The payment is due at the time of service. HerScan accept smajor credit/debit cards and cash. Insurance doesn’t pay but don’t let that stop you.
HerScan is on a mission to make Breast Ultrasound more accessible and convenient for all women.We hope you will share this important information about your breast health with your family, friends, and co-workers! Spread the word about HerScan and help save a life!
Help identify and document every living species on Mt. Tam. A second BioBlitz will take place on June 9.
This group is a great resource for the Bay Area, with many classes, activities, talks and training sessions. They also have a video library that chronicles their projects and classes. — the editor
Master Class 44 Graduates Ready to Stir Up Some Trouble!
Each year, as the Forum’s Master Class students present their stewardship projects and graduate, we feel emboldened by our “Education for Action” mantra. Master Class Director, Norma Fragoso, and MC assistant Tom Arthur, organized expert speakers at various venues throughout Marin and provided engaging coursework to strengthen our students’ knowledge about environmental issues.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said today that theUber crash in Tempe, Arizona last week would likely lead to more investment in self-driving cars, not less. “I believe as a result of what happened last week, the amount of investment into the seriousness of [autonomous vehicles] is going to go up,” he said during […] Read the full story
One of the most exciting moments from the hit film Black Panther came to life today, as Nvidia’s Holodeck software enabled a driver using virtual reality to drive a car in the real world. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang offered the demonstration at the 2018 GPU Technology Conference (GTC) as an aside while discussing autonomous car […] Read the full story
Nvidia showed off deep learning visualization 3D imagery of a beating heart and a baby in the womb, based on enhanced inferences from crude black-and-white ultrasound scans. Nvidia showed a demo dubbed Clara, a medical imaging supercomputer. It showed a baby in the womb, an image extracted from artificial intelligence analysis of a black-and-white ultrasound […] Read the full story
Acknowledgement and awards, help great green ideas keep going! The Global Green Award helps companies like Go Electric move forward.
IN2 is positioned to help companies think about their end customer, providing technical assistance that leverages the capabilities, facilities, equipment, and expertise that exist at National Renewable Energy Lab – NREL New ideas receive a helping hand from an Incubator: As one of 20 current IN2 portfolio companies, Go Electric received financial support and access to NREL’s facilities and staff.
“We wanted NREL to validate the capabilities of our energy resiliency system because it had a technology aspect we didn’t think anybody had demonstrated,” Laughner said. “They confirmed that we have unique microgrid technology. Working with the engineers at NREL was brilliant. That was great for us to better understand their world.”
Go Electric builds energy resiliency systems that keep a facility running if the electric grid goes out during an extreme weather event, for example, Laughner said. “We can link the energy assets at a facility — including renewables, like solar or wind — to keep it seamlessly operating in a microgrid. That in turn allows the facility to continue to support its local community during grid outages.”
Laughner and her two partners founded Go Electric in 2011. Today, the company has a staff of 27 and has expanded beyond its Anderson, Indiana, headquarters to open additional offices in Honolulu and Brooklyn, New York.
Go Electric has now entered the second phase of the IN2 program where it is planning to deploy one of its systems at a Wells Fargo branch. Making it “real” by getting out in the community is a big step. BEST WISHES to GO ELECTRIC!
Waste not Want Not? I often get questions about how to re-purpose clothes that are too worn to be used again…. but there are MANY OTHER uses. Here are a few basic ideas for the ripped / destroyed clothes
QUILTS –– cut out squares of the material, or the logo / school name and use again.
Make a shopping bag. Put two tee shirts together- cut out the neckline with a deep U shape, and sleeves and sew the bottom end shut the Shoulders will be your handles and the bag will be great for groceries and soft for vegetables. And best of all, washable.
Rags. You know how to do this.
Stuff a pillow case with worn out clothes and use a s a dog / cat bed. Easy to re-stuff, and wash.
RE-sew an item.For example: Cut a ripped man’s shirt down, and make a cute skirt for a little girl, keeping the buttons and pocket, adding an elastic waist. Make a stuffed toy, or a cloth piggy, like Ms. Oink.
Contact a re-cycler. In the Bay Area we have a wonderful group: SCRAP. They gather materials to reuse, and give them away for free to TEACHERS, and sell them for a small about to consumers.
You will also be interested in these8 Insane Facts About Textile Recycling posted by USAgain on their blog. Great motivation to RE-USE.
No matter what side of the Atlantic you represent, the extent of personal textile waste is staggering. One battle that both Brits and Americans are losing is the battle against textile waste. Here’s why:
The average lifetime of a piece of clothing is only about 3 years.
The consumer is the biggest culprit. In the U.S., 75% of pre-consumer textile waste is recycled by manufacturers, but only 15% of post-consumer textile waste is recycled.
The average American throws away about 70 pounds of clothing, shoes and other household textiles each year.
Even though the UK appears to generate less textile waste, One in five Brits admit to throwing away a garment after a single wear. This means that more than $127 million of clothing winds up in landfills each year after being worn once. (One in five Brits also think that light sabers exist.)
One in four American women own seven pairs of jeans, but only wear four of them regularly. (One in Four Americans also don’t know what nation the U.S. declared independence from.)
The U.S. textile recycling industry creates around 17,000 jobs and removes 2.5 billion pounds of post consumer textile product from waste stream each year.
Over 70% of the world’s population uses secondhand clothes.
By placing drop boxes for used clothes across the country, USAgain has saved over 480 million items of clothing from landfills, and they aren’t stopping there.
Make a change in your own life by depositing reusable clothes, shoes and household textile in a USAgain dropbox near you.