The UCLA spinach study was performed on a plot of land in 1953 and 1997. It measured the nutrients found in a bowl of the spinach grown on this land. They found it would take a staggering 43 bowls of spinach in 1997 to get the same amount of iron and nutrients the spinach had in ONE bowl in 1953. Scientific American published an article recently citing that crops grown decades ago were richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today.
Soil depletion occurs due to poor farming practices, deforestation and the overgrazing of livestock. Sadly even organic food is not immune from soil depletion.
Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows.
A landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Davis and his colleagues chalk up this declining nutritional content to the preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition. Efforts to breed new varieties of crops that provide greater yield, pest resistance and climate adaptability have allowed crops to grow bigger and more rapidly,” reported Davis, “but their ability to manufacture or uptake nutrients has not kept pace with their rapid growth." Trace minerals aid body functions including the transporting of oxygen to the cells, normalizing the nervous system and the growth, maintenance and repair of tissue and bones. Trace minerals provide the foundation of DNA, all proteins and even enzymes. #Cons#Repost@consciousvibrancy with @repostap
Climate change originates from greenhouse gases. These gases are the cause of increased heat on the planet. Many people take for granted that we are fine, without conserving through the means of solar, food waste, etc. We cannot continue down this path of destruction. What we do will reflect to the next generation and on. Think, would you want your future descendants to see a different sky than the one we are seeing now? #morrelld15#conserveclimate#epa#climatechange#markruffalo
Greenhouse gas explanation from https://www.thoughtco.com/what-are-greenhouse-gases-1203888
Just a good ol' Alaskan dock in Glacier Bay, ready for a boat, or a ferry which will sweep people to unspeakable beauty. Ahhh...wish I was waiting for that boat now.
EXPERIMENT | I know I'm a little #tardytotheparty on #jackfruit but I finally found a jackfruit product in a store - this one is teriyaki flavor by @thejackfruitco . One serving is 100 calories, zero cholesterol, and has 5 g of fiber. Their packaging says that a single tree produces three tons of fruit a year. Imagine if you replaced a serving of meat each week with jackfruit. That's a lot of greenhouse gases saved from factory farming! Love your , love the !
"Earth was created for all of us, not some of us" 🦅⠀
Although sometimes it's hard to see or understand the direct impact our behaviour has on the planet, we're always educating ourselves so that we're conscious that there is other life on this earth that needs supporting too.⠀
Over the past 10 years we have produced more plastic than we have in the last century, with 50% of that plastic being thrown away after one use. The plastics that we throw away, more often than not - end up in our oceans. Affecting our beautiful marine life that keep our oceans Eco system humming.⠀
Next time you think about buying something wrapped in plastic, we ask that you think to yourself; "is this plastic necessary? Is there an alternative?"⠀
We have power to change the world, we just have to start making baby steps
THE CHOKE’S ON US.
Coal is the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel with the most significant impact on health and the environment. Gutting the Clean Power Plan will move us backwards, when we should be leading the world on renewable energy. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the #ClimateMarch on April 29th. ✊️
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are taller than many humans—about 6 feet. Using these giant legs, giraffes can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances. Their super-human feats extend to their sleeping patterns; they require as little as 30 minutes of sleep each day. This is often achieved in bursts of one to two minute naps. #savingparadise
Photo by: @bensimonrehn
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Repost from @elephantjournal using @RepostRegramApp - Aw, shiiite. #climatechange From the #WashingtonPost editorial: “Climate science is complicated, but the basics are easy enough for those schoolchildren to understand. When humans burn fossil fuels, they emit heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. Releasing vast amounts of these gases for decades changes the atmosphere’s chemistry, creating an ever-thicker blanket. The world has therefore warmed and will continue to warm; the more fossil fuels burned, the hotter the planet will get.
The human species still has time at least to moderate the trajectory. But on the course Mr. Trump set Tuesday, the prospect will be for sharp environmental disruption. Among many other things, scientists have predicted more and more intense heat waves, more volatile weather, more abrupt changes in the landscape, more destruction from invasive pests, more illness from microbes flourishing in warmer fresh water and more urban flooding. Americans alive today will saddle future generations with the costs of acting too late, when addressing the issue sooner would have been cheaper and far less destructive.
Even as climate science has steadily improved, the U.S. climate debate has descended into a partisan mess, with a once-great American political party embracing rank reality-denial. The nation has now reached an anti-intellectual nadir, elevating a man who called climate change a “hoax” to the presidency and a climate-change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency...” Share your story: elephantjournal.com/submit
I'm always impressed by the commitment of some #sfu students to organize events like these. It takes a lot of effort and time outside their regular tasks. They could be drinking beer and doing Netflix Marathons instead of raising awareness about climate change and sustainability within the university students community. That being said, as I love seeing driven young individuals, I will always do my best to support them in their journey! Thanks for having me speak last Friday amongst other incredible speakers. @changesfu. @creativelimejenna