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Friday, May 13, 2011

UN: One Third of Food Produced for Human Consumption Is Uneaten

A new report suggests that some 1.3 billion metric tons of food in the world is lost (on the production side of the food supply chain) or wasted (on the consumption side) each year. That's about one-third of total edibles produced for humans.

It's not the only jarring statistic in the study conducted by the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, on behalf of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Consumers in industrialized nations waste nearly 222 million tons of food each year — virtually the equivalent of sub-Saharan Africa's total net food production (230 million tonnes). And in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as South and Southeast Asia, individual consumers waste between 6-11 kg (13-24 lbs.) annually, while consumers in Europe and North America discard more than eight times as much: between 95-115 kg (209-254 lbs.).
Among the causes of waste are all-you-can-eat buffets and buy-one-get-one-free deals. You may think you're getting a bargain if you buy two for the price of one of something — so what if it expires before you eat it? It won't cost you any money if you throw it away, but it's a raw deal for the planet. For it's not just food we're throwing away, it's all the resources that went into making it, and all the greenhouse gases that were needlessly emitted in the process.

Another way to lessen waste? Don't judge a vegetable by its cover. “Supermarkets seem convinced that consumers will not buy food that has the ‘wrong' weight, size or appearance,” the report notes, explaining retailers' spurning of certain produce. It adds that surveys don't support this assumption: people will buy less-than-perfect-looking food as long as the taste is the same.

Consumers can do a lot, but that squandered 1.3 billion tons also includes food lost during production and processing. In low-income countries, the report states, the focus should be on such aspects as better harvesting techniques and improved infrastructure.

All this comes on the heels of a separate UN report, with another striking figure: 10.1 billion. That's the projected global population by 2100. The FAO's new study emphasizes that ensuring food security for more people isn't just about producing more to eat; it's about changing the way we produce and consume what we've already got. (via BBC)

Source: TIME NewsFeed


Monday, April 25, 2011

A 19-year-old American girl eats five bars of soap per week

Tempestt Henderson of Florida has an extremely rare medical condition called pica. This disorder gives her an appetite for substances which have little to no nutritional value! Others with the condition have been known to consume items such as coins, chalk, batteries, and toothbrushes. Tempestt says, "In the shower, I like to lather up a green bar of soap, and lick the bubbles. And as the soap disintegrates, I pop a tiny amount of the soap into my mouth and suck it. It's heavenly!"

She has recently been receiving help in the form of behavioral therapy. Doctors have also encouraged her to go for long walks, making sure to avoid locations where soap is present, such as laundromats and bathrooms!

Despite the fact that this is an unhealthy habit that she's seeking help to overcome, she still agreed to do a photo shoot featuring her eating soap and laundry detergent.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day with a Long Distance Relationship

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and while many people don’t like to think about it, you might want to celebrate it in your own way with your long distance sweetheart. This holiday is quite commercial, but deep down, there are many people who celebrate because it is about celebrating the person you love, most frequently the person you love romantically. If you have a long distance boyfriend, or a long distance girlfriend, this might mean some planning and forethought that should start rather soon.


Flowers are a normal gift when it comes to Valentine’s Day, and are a good gift for men and women.  There are plenty of floral shops online that you can visit, and they not only have flowers, but chocolates, gourmet gifts, and little stuffed animals as well, so they’re perfect for whatever your sweetheart likes.


Another traditional Valentine’s Day gift is, of course, candy.  Your Internet girlfriend or Internet boyfriend will appreciate getting something sweet in the mail if they like chocolates or some fun candy.

Other Gift Ideas

Of course, there are plenty of other gift ideas out there for people who want to send something special to a long distance boyfriend or a long distance girlfriend.  These are gifts that are something different, and might not come to mind at first, but are certainly appropriate for the holiday if you are really celebrating the true spirit of the holiday.  You might want to consider:
  • Pajama Grams:  A great way to send someone a gift of adorable pajamas.  These pajamas come in a hat box or a personalized box, and have gifts for men and women.
  • Personalized Romance Novels:  Get your dear lover a romance story staring the two of you with a personalized romance novel. 
  • Gift Baskets:  Sending someone you love a gift basket is a great idea simply because it not only gives your lover an assortment of gifts, but you can also find something personalized.  There are coffee gift baskets for coffee lovers, fruit baskets for fruit lovers, wine baskets for wine lovers, and many other ideas. 
  • Cookie Bouquets:  If you want to make a unique statement, try sending a cookie bouquet.  There are many different styles to choose from, and these bouquets can even be personalized. 
  • Gilded Roses:  Real roses dipped in gold or platinum is a way to send your love something that will last forever, but still has the traditional feel of Valentine’s Day flowers. 
  • Amazon:  Many people have wish lists.  What says that you care about a person more than taking the time to find out what they really want?
As you can see, if you just plan ahead, you can certainly surprise your long distance romance with a special gift this Valentine’s Day.  Let him or her know that you’re thinking about him or her.  It’s not about what you get, but the thought that you put into it that matters, and that is more important than any gift.  Even if all you send is a card, at least you took the time to let him or her know that he or she matters to you.  So celebrate Valentine’s Day together, even if you are a continent apart.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Remembering the High School Days...


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Batch 85 After 25 Years


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