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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Wind Energy -Renewable source of Electricity

I mean.Wind is everywhere.If by a simple mechanism we could harness and make electricity.Why not , right?
And this method doesn't pollute and is everywhere waiting to be tapped and is never going to get exhausted.Ya know
When i chose an electricity plan, i went for a WIND ENERGY PLAN.
People keep asking me why my electricity bill is so low.
Firstly, The wind energy plan costs less than the usual plan.Saves bucks.Secondly, I try to not waste energy at home.One really doesn't need to compromise and live in heat and darkness to save energy at home.Just make sure , things are switched off when you are not using them.That is all it takes.Easy ! AND YEAH, Ask you energy provider if they have a wind energy plan.when more people get asking, they will prolly think about having one.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

An orange is better than orange juice

An orange is better than orange juice.Eating an orange is a far healthier option than drinking orange juice from a carton at breakfast time or even otherwise at other times.Why?Firstly, an orange is far more mass for far lesser calories (not that calories are bad ),An orange has a lot of fiber in addition to that valuable vit c and carotene and all the other water soluble vitamins too.Orange juice perhaps might be a great option for people with no teeth(babies or edentate oldies) or for people who are at the hospital post operatively and can't eat solid food .Orange juice might also be a great option if one is looking for a very very instant pep in one's potassium and sodium and sugar levels in blood and this situation arises when one is involved in sports involving a lot of sweating.When i say orange juice that has all the aforementioned benefits, i mean freshly squeezed orange juice, not that orange juice from a carton that has a lot of added preservatives, a lot of added citric acid and added color and that juice that is reconstituted from concentrate and such.There ya go , My piece of food gyan for today.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Animals do not belong in the Zoo !

The idea of confining animals in limited spaces is very inconsiderate indeed.
Taking your children to the zoo to help them learn about animals is hypocritical indeed.
It is almost like you are trying to teach them that confining animals in cages is a normal and right thing to do.
These children growing up thinking that a living being in a cage is NORMAL ! Well, it is NOT.

If at all you want your children to learn about animals , let them learn about animals by watching animal planet or by going on a jungle safari where we the humans are in confined spaces like a jeep or a van and watching the free animals which are free and moving around in their natural habitat , just like they were meant to be , in the wild.Just like nature intended for all us.

We have no right to confine animals in cages like we do in the zoos.

Not long ago, a tiger attacked a guy at the san francisco zoo ,coz the guy kept making faces at the animal.
I am sure this coward of a human would not even attempt at doing such a thing had the animal been out in the wild,free and front of him instead of being in a cage.It is SO EASY to make faces at caged animals,no?

I mean, it is so easy to sit and make faces at a caged animal..

Also Recently, a 300 pound orangutan, escaped the zoo--His name ,according to the zoo authorities was BRUNO
Funny habit of NAMING wild animals and then put them in zoo
All cutely romantically comical
I am not even sure if the orangutan himself likes that name or understands the concept of names ..but then we humans like committing cruel acts and then doing something superficial and "disney like" ,Like given them cute names, to make the whole affair look like a fairy tale

I mean , are you telling me that the orangutan is happy in a caged confined space as opposed to moving in the wild, all free and at it's  own will?

Let us look at it this way .
A human is going about his/her business each day, going wherever they want to go , eating whatever they want to eat and mating whomever they want to mate(provided the opposite person is equally willing) and doing whatever whenever.
Then, all of a sudden, someone comes and captures this human and takes them and keeps them in a room, The room is very limiting, this human cannot go out of the room ever.
And then someone comes and feeds them twice a day, And then millions of animals come and watch this human each day and perhaps throw trash at them and taunt them sometimes too...
would that be okay?

Now, I can almost immediately  hear some of your respond with , "Awwwwww, but we are humans and they are animals "
And, my answer to that would be,,"Well ,yeah,Humans are animals too. The fact that they are animals and are far more equipped to survive in the wild without clothing or tents,unlike humans, makes it even more cruel for us to confine them that way."
They are FREER children of nature than us humans.So ,cages are going to feel even more confining for them than us.
I am very glad that circuses have almost become very rare and I hope zooos are scrapped too ,very soon.

There are far better ways of teaching children about animals.Let them watch animal planet or discovery channel or national geographic channel for one.That way they really know and understand that animals are far more capable of surviving in the wild without any help than us humans.
If you can afford it, take them on a safari where you watch animals in their natural habitat.
Teach them to respect animals.Teach them to understand the concept of FREE WILL and FREEDOM.

Friday, May 9, 2008

The bicycle.A very environmentally friendly mode of transport

Firstly,It amazes me how we all are able to balance ourselves on just two wheels.
Coming back to the topic on hand as to the bicycle is such a lovely choice.
When it comes to choosing a mode of transport, The bicyle is a great choice for a variety of reasons
1/Firstly,It won't use any gasoline.Saves money.Saves non renewable energy source.
2/Also, just coz it won't use any gasoline..there are no exhausts either..Very enviromentally friendly.No air pollution whatsoever.
3/A bicycle needs very little maitanence.Yet again, saves more money.
4/It is a great workout too.Makes one thinner and stronger.Great cardio and a work out all in one go.
5/Now that it is such a work out, You can save on your Gym membership too.
6/For all those people who don't have time to go to the gym , riding a bicycle to work is a great way to intersperse a work out in your travel time to work.
7/A bike helps you unwind in more ways that one
8/Yeah, btw, riding a bike is a great way to not get stuck up in traffic jams..Afterall,,a bike needs very little space on the road unlike a car.One could easily snake their way forward, while all the car owners are honking and complaining about how much of a time they spend being stuck in traffic jams
There ya many reasons...
Go for it !
Ride a bicycle for all your short distance commutes..
It works out great in more ways than one

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Please don't Peel and core those tomatoes !

I know ! I start off an ecology blog with what oddly seems like a Blog header suggestive of cooking tips. Not really !
Read on.
I see that most people resort to peeling their tomatoes and even coring them while using them in cooking and all this only to make sure that what one eats is super smooth sans the fibrous bits.
Super smooth baby food? Is that what we want to eat? We could do with a little bit of a rustic, chunky pasta sauce .Come on , be brave !
Why do i insist that we use uncored and unpeeled tomatoes in cooking?
Coz most of the vitamins and a whole lot of fiber is located in these parts of the tomatoes.
Naturally occuring vitamins are better absorbed than sythetic vitamins from a bottle.
Natural fiber is indigestible and thus forms a large part of our ummmmmm stools(for lack of a less offensive and 'in the face' term !) .It is only when the stools are bulky that the bowels find it easy to send them out .
Fibrous stools also prevent colon cancer.
Fibrous stools also prevent Constipation too.
There has been a rise in colon cancer in recent times and this could be attributed to the altered food habits of people where they have taken to binge drinking and eating highly processed foods with very less natural fiber.
What i am trying to get at with all this banter is:
HMMMM....People essentially are trying to get rid of the natural foods off of their natural fiber and natural vitamins too all in an attempt to attain a smooth sauce.Come on.
The naturally occuring fiber in our diet is actually meant to be eaten.
We need bulk so that the undigested wastes move through our long intestines quite easily.. Morever, Blanching and peeling and coring the tomatoes also makes us lose a lot of valuable vitamins which lie right underneath the skin of the tomatoes.
Now that we have blenders and puree makers, making those seeds into mush is no big deal.
So, why give up on the fiber and the vitamins ? We can still have a very smooth sauce even while using the peel and the seeds.Don't blanch the tomatoes , just puree the whole lot without blanching and voila---smooth sauce.

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