How do you tell organic produce apart from commercial produce?
I was cleaning out some old files and I found some brief notes I jotted down about how to know from the SKU ( barcode ).
- conventionally farmed produce has an item-dependent, fixed, 4-digit numbering system (ex. bananas are #4011)
- organic produce is marked by 5-digit SKU beginning with the number 9 (#94011)
- genetically modified produce is marked by 5-digit SKU beginning with the number 8 (#84011)
What if instead of throwing old cell phones into the trash those phones could be turned into trees?
From a friend:
Plant My Phone is a new company designed to reduce the very large number of old cell phones that end up in landfills. The idea is both simple and potentially far-reaching. You send them your old, unwanted cell phone for free using their postage-paid self-mailer bags. The free postage-paid plastic bags are available in cities like Chicago, San Francisco, Medford, MA, Corvallis, and New Orleans. If you don’t live in these cities, you can print a free shipping label from their website, or request a free self-mailer bag to be sent to you. Then mail in your old phone.
Their site says mailing in an average two-year old phone will result in the planting of fifteen trees. A first generation Apple iPhone in good condition equates to the planting of 79 trees, and a Nokia80 equals about 30, (depending on the condition). You can look at the phone to trees conversion table to see if your phone is there.
The mailed phones are recycled, and their materials are sold to fund tree planting. They say focusing on cell phone recycling is important because, “…of the 140 Million old cellphones each year, only 10% get recycled.” Cell phones contain heavy metals which are toxic to the environment.
The types of trees planted are: Cocoa, Coffee, Banana, Orange, Cedar, Teak, Mahogany, Oak, Acacia, Eucalyptus, Laurel and Leucaena. Their trees are planted in twelve countries: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Burundi, Senegal, Zambia, India, Philippines and Haiti.
PlantMyPhone has a goal of planting seven billion trees. They are an official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme’s: Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign.
I like a lot of Christmas music. I think it is best enjoyed a week before Christmas. In my area there are several radio stations that start playing Christmas music 24/7, at Thanksgiving. A full month before Christmas.
I wrote to one station I had on the presets in my car radio.
They told me that it was a money maker for them. Many area stores set their stereos to play their station exclusively during the Christmas shopping season.
Okay, that is bad enough, but now there are some radio stations in my area still playing Christmas music, though Christmas has ended. I’m guessing it will run through New Years Day.
Ironically, the content of those songs often have nothing do with commemorating Christ or Christianity. The bulk of the songs are about the trappings of Yule, an ancient European pagan holiday. “Christmas trees”, misletoe, etc.
Next year, when someone complains about the “war on Christmas” that person, IMHO, should be asked:
- Do you plan to spend Christmas day in church?
- Do you plan to join the crowds on Black Friday, shoving other people for a piece of plastic crap from China, in the spirit of Christ?
- Have you read the entire Bible? If not, do you plan to start on Christmas?
Okay, I am ranting, but *ENOUGH* with the Christmas music already. Christmas is over.