Fresh produce storage tips

Mother Earth News / Anna Twitto / 06 October 2016

peppers1Fresh produce is one of the cornerstones of healthy diet, and each season brings its own cornucopia of fruit and vegetables into supermarket aisles, farmers’ markets and, of course, backyard gardens. But how do you make the best of your garden harvest (or even supermarket harvest) to extend its shelf life?

There are many methods of food preservation such as canning, drying and pickling, but in this post I’m going to talk specifically about fresh produce – that is, vegetables stored for a limited time period in their natural state.


Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added

The Guardian / Adam Vaughan / 25 October 2016

china-reGreen energy accounted for more than half of net electricity generation capacity added around the world last year for the first time, leading energy experts have found.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said the milestone was evidence of a rapid transformation in energy taking place, and predicted capacity from renewable sources will grow faster than oil, gas, coal or nuclear power in the next five years.


Why a new national strategy on food can’t satisfy all

Globe and Mail / Ann Hui / 24 October 2016

national-food-policy-objectivesMs. Bronson, the executive director of Food Secure Canada, rattled off a long list of issues: poverty and social injustice, climate change and the environment, obesity and diet-related disease. “Food policy can help us solve some of the most intractable problems we are facing as a country, and as a planet,” she said.

After that, it was time for Greg Meredith, the man whose job it will be to put together the long-awaited policy, to take the stage.

Mr. Meredith, an assistant deputy minister at Agriculture Canada who will chair the committee that works on the policy, approached the mic. “Thank you,” he said, gesturing at Ms. Bronson, “for raising expectations so high that it’s impossible for me to do my job.”


Ontario to buy hydroelectricity from Quebec

Globe and Mail / Adrian Morrow, Bertrand Marotte / 21 October 2016

que-hydro20nwOntario has reached a deal to buy hydroelectric power from Quebec in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions by replacing some of the province’s natural gas-generated electricity.

Under the seven-year agreement, Ontario will buy two terawatt hours a year – about 1.4 per cent of the province’s total demand, or enough electricity to power a city of 240,000 people, sources in both governments said.

The two provinces agreed that Ontario will also store some of its own electricity at Hydro Quebec facilities, and to extend by five years an arrangement to swap 500 megawatts of power annually.

The deal is expected to cut Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions by one million tonnes a year, and will replace about 15 per cent of the province’s natural gas-fired power with clean hydroelectric power from Quebec, an Ontario government source said.


The Basic Shelf Cookbook – On sale until Nov. 30

Canadian Public Health Association / 2011

3-1bk03068_grandeThe Basic Shelf Cookbook is significant in that all the recipes are prepared from one list of low cost, nutritious ingredients. Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life; few require refrigeration. All the recipes are low in fat, flavourful and make delicious use of beans, peas and lentils. They are quick and easy to make, requiring a minimum of cooking experience and equipment. They are designed to be economical without sacrificing nutritional value and taste.


Remarkable Weather of 1911

Popular Mechanics / Francis Molena / March 1912

remarkable-weather-1911“Yet even the dull foreigner.. by his toil in the dirt and the darkness adds to the carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere so that men in generations to come shall enjoy milder breezes and live under sunnier skies.”


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