Global climate change: Is it a hoax or are we doomed?

Threats to the world are not new, but somehow, they seem more serious to me now than they appeared to be earlier in my life. Part of this skepticism was that the dire predictions never really came true, but there seems to be a gradual confluence of events that appears to be inexorably leading to serious environmental consequences if not global collapse. The existential threats … Continue reading Global climate change: Is it a hoax or are we doomed?

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Climate change is a much-talked-about topic these days, and there are many books out there on it. We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer is another one highlighting this message. It is a quirky book that rambles at times, but it always comes back to its major themes. It is a very personal, heartfelt book for the author who presents one primary solution to … Continue reading We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Surviving a low-FODMAP diet

For anyone over 50, nothing compares to the dread induced by a doctor who declares “It is time for a colonoscopy.” The procedure is bad enough, particularly for a modest person. Thank goodness it all happens when we are asleep! The real dread comes, however, the day before the “procedure” when purging the guts of all of its waste is our prime mission—certainly not my idea … Continue reading Surviving a low-FODMAP diet

Gene Eating: The science of obesity and the truth about diets

So many diet books, and so many of them claiming that they are not really diet books. Gene Eating by Giles Yeo is not just an ordinary diet book that claims it is not one. It provides insight into why eating and diets are as much about our genes as they are about the food that we eat. Along the way Yeo debunks much about … Continue reading Gene Eating: The science of obesity and the truth about diets

Plastic versus Food Waste – Which is worse? by Susan Chen

At my house, half loaves of bread are almost always thrown out because they begin molding before we can finish them. Between the two of us, we simply don’t eat bread quickly enough. It is a strange paradox that exists in the United States: smaller loaves of bread are often more expensive per serving than larger loaves. Yet, we all want to save money, so … Continue reading Plastic versus Food Waste – Which is worse? by Susan Chen

Plastic Food Packaging is the Answer – So What is the Question? by Aaron L. Brody

It is only a plastics world, enclosing an earthy planet. Or at least the indispensable food and objects of its inhabitants’ diligence: aircraft, satellites, legs, boats and ships, land vehicles, medicines, water and on and on.  For millennia, we biological creatures derived air, food and water from natural sources – and consequently attained short and tortuous lives. Until the revolution: agriculture which is natural but … Continue reading Plastic Food Packaging is the Answer – So What is the Question? by Aaron L. Brody

Single Use Plastics by Katherine Witrick

In June of this year Canada proposed and has since passed a ban on single use plastics. Consumers recognize these types of products as straws, plastic bags, take out utensils and containers, cups and even cigarette butts. The ban, however, will not affect sterile medical and research supplies (disposable pipettes, PCR plates, etc.) The ban could go into effect as early as 2021, and is … Continue reading Single Use Plastics by Katherine Witrick