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Issue 391 In This Issue August 16th, 2014

Editors Corner

Did you know that "canned air" is not just air, but a lot of other chemicals too? So if you use canned air for cleaning/dusting, or really at all, you might want to consider alternatives. Click here

Speaking of dust, did you know that because California has had such extreme drought conditions for a while now, panning for gold is gaining popularity. This is because the drought is drying up all their rivers and streams, so areas are being exposed that haven't previously been easily accessible, at least not in recent years. Click here

On a slightly different subject, but also interesting to note, some food companies are quietly dumping GMO ingredients. It would seem that there may be enough demand for GMO-free products that mainstream companies are willing to test the market, even if they are not really announcing it. Click here

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Food Watch

Foraged fruit leather is like a Fruit Roll-Up, only with fruit in it

Why We Should Eat More Dandelions
The Nature Conservancy of Canada spends hours pulling weeds across the country each year. This past Saturday, Alberta Region Conservation Volunteers were given the opportunity to bite back! Since 2006, Conservation Volunteers have gone to the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary near Devon, Alberta to pull creeping/Canada thistle from the property. In 2012, Ivy Smith, the Conservation Volunteers intern at the time, thought up the idea of serving edible-invasive themed appetizers at the event. The volunteer feedback was so positive that these treats have become a tradition at the event. Conservation Volunteers interns have served up a variety of different snacks in the past. We’ve had some very ambitious recipes, including dandelion pesto and dandelion and cheese pinwheels.  This year, we settled on three delicious treats: the tried and true dandelion chips, the well-received dandelion and ginger tea and a new recipe (below) from the Alberta Invasive Plant Council entitled dandy balls. Before I got into the cooking portion of my dandelion adventure, I decided to do some research into why someone would eat these common weeds in the first place.

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In The News

Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients
A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees. One recently deceased flavor has yet to be memorialized there: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, one of the company's best-sellers. Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim says the company had to remove the key ingredient, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. Its replacement is called Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch. (Some fans have blasted the company in online forums, claiming it doesn't taste as good.) The reason for the change? Hershey makes Heath bars with genetically engineered ingredients, and Ben & Jerry's has made a pledge to remove all GMO ingredients from its ice cream. The company has taken a vocal stand in recent years in support of states looking at legislation that would require manufacturers to disclose food that is made with genetic engineering. And Vermont recently passed a law that will require labeling starting in 2015. Ben & Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield recently launched a campaign to help fill the coffers of Vermont's crowd-sourced defense fund set up to combat lawsuits over its labeling law.

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Thanks to drought, panning for gold is gaining popularity in California
California’s Gold Rush may have peaked more than a century ago, but thanks to the state’s ongoing three-year drought, the worst ever recorded in history, rivers are shrinking and panning for gold is becoming popular again. In Gold Country cities like Auburn — just half an hour away from the very site where gold was first discovered in California in 1840 — sales of prospecting equipment are on the rise. One local retailer reports an uptick of 20 to 25 percent. The drought allows prospectors to wade further upstream in shallower, drier rivers. That, coupled with the high price of gold and the weak economy, has an influx of panners flocking to riverbanks throughout the region, National Geographic reports:

From his office on the leafy campus of nearby California State University, Sacramento, hydrogeologist and geology department chair Tim Horner explained that prospectors … “have been able to get to places they couldn’t before” because the drought has shrunk many of the state’s rivers, “some down to a trickle.”

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Ocean Watch

This woman has spent almost a year underwater. Here’s why she’s your new hero
Forget what you’ve been told. The main problem the ocean faces is not acidification. It’s not overfishing. It’s not dead zones, dying reefs, or great big patches of garbage. OK, those are all pretty big issues. But there might be an even bigger one: The average person doesn’t care about them. Bring up the fact that the ocean sucks up about 22 million tons of CO2 a day at a backyard BBQ and chances are you’ll hear a big, resounding “meh.” As shown in Netflix’s splashy new documentary Mission Blue, which premieres Aug. 15, marine biologist Sylvia Earle has spent a lifetime trying to turn meh into action. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who knows the ocean as well as Earle does. Now 78, she’s spent decades exploring and studying oceans all over the world. She’s designed submarines, held depth records, was the first woman to serve as chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and she’s now spent what adds up to at least 292 full days underwater (and she’s still going strong). Basically, she’s an all around badass — though she might not call herself that.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

August 16th @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal
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Tickets $35

August 27th @ 7pm: Fireside Chat 2014
Michael Tellinger & Dr. Miceal Ledwith will come together once again!
Good Friends/Great Minds Entangling!!
Michael Tellinger, author, scientist, explorer, has become a real-life Indiana Jones, making groundbreaking discoveries about ancient vanished civilizations at the southern tip of Africa among many other things. Please come sit with us as these two dynamic individuals share their knowledge with us! We wish to thank Scott Mowry for bringing these two together!
Advance tickets are available at a discounted price of $30 only at Brown Paper Tickets.
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Tickets $35 at the door

August 28th @ 7pm: It's Time!
Michael Tellinger has become an international authority on the origins of humankind and the vanished civilizations of southern Africa. Scholars have told us that the first civilization on Earth emerged in a land called Sumer some 6000 years ago. New archaeological and scientific discoveries made by Michael Tellinger, Johan Heine and a team of leading scientists, show that the Sumerians and even the Egyptians inherited all their knowledge from an earlier civilization that lived at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago… mining gold.
Come hear the latest from the expert himself!
Advance tickets will be offered at $30 each only through Brown Paper Tickets.
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August 29th @ 7pm: All Ages Acoustic Independent Music Night
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August 22nd & 23rd, 10am to 5pm: Multi-Family Garage Sale
Clearing out some Masters' goodies. All sorts of household items, big and small; furniture (table,couches, etc), rack and canopy for a pickup; too much to list.
Where: 705 Binghampton E, Rainier.

Something Worth Knowing

Do It Yourself Mosquito Trap
Pesticide FREE mosquito control Solar Powered Chikungunya

9 Great Uses for Lavender
friend of mine calls lavender the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils because you can use it in so many ways. I prefer to think of it as the perfect way to start and end my day. From fresh lavender bouquets to dried lavender petals to essence of lavender oil, Mother Nature has created a seemingly endless way to incorporate this delicate plant into our lives. Here are some of my favorites.

* Mosquito Repellent – Add 10-12 drops of essence of lavender oil to an 8oz. spritzer bottle filled with water, and spray.

* Perfume - Dab a drop of lavender oil behind each ear, on the inside of each wrist, and on the nape of your neck. You don’t want the scent to be overpowering, just present enough to smell special.

* Bath Oil - Add several drops of lavender oil to a warm bath. Soak, and relax. I like to add the oil right under the running water to diffuse the scent a bit more. If you don’t have oil at hand, you’ll easily be able to find lavender-infused soap.

* Laundry Freshener - Put a few drops of lavender oil on a towel and then toss the towel in with other laundry to dry. What a natural way to skip dryer sheets.

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Ask Umbra: Is “canned air” bad for the planet?
Q. I’m hoping that you can settle an ongoing office debate. My colleagues and I recently staged an office cleaning day, and while we’re all on the same page with green cleaning supplies, we got stuck on canned air. Specifically, the environmental impacts of the compressed air cans that some of us use to clean our keyboards. Can you tell us if those innocuous-seeming cans are as clean as they seem? I promise that we’re recycling the empties.
Seattle, Wash.

A. Dearest Katie, I hope you didn’t bet on the cans. I’m thrilled to hear you’re using green cleaning supplies to keep the office sparkly, but those canisters of compressed “air” have no place in your scrubbing arsenal. In fact, they have two of my least favorite characteristics: hazardous – to the planet and our health – and completely unnecessary. Of course, your office’s Team Compressed Air is not the first to be seduced by this cleaning aid. Despite its innocent-sounding name, compressed air (a.k.a. an air duster or gas duster) is actually more like chemical soup in a canister. Think of it this way: If it were just air, would we be worried about teenagers inhaling it?

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On The Lighter Side

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