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My review of “Burning in the Sun” – I loved this unique eco-documentary

“Burning in the Sun” featuring Daniel Dumbele. Note the film-festival awards across the top. My husband loped into the living room while I was watching the DVD, “Burning in the Sun”. He had hoped to turn on a baseball game, but

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Conflicting USDA advice : Yes or no to cheese?

Dairy cow. Photo: Sally Kneidel A couple of years ago, one of my co-workers brought a Pizza Hut pizza into our workplace for lunch. I remember it because I was surprised at how much cheese was on the pizza. Way

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Posted in Dairy, Farming, Food, Food, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Health, Livestock, Sustainable Living, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Vitamin D: recommendations increased to 1500-2000 IU per day…..for bone health and more

Our Science News arrived in the mail today with an interesting article about vitamin D. It says adults should take 1500 to 2000 IU of vitamin D every day – a big increase over the earlier standard recommendation of 400

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Why use toilet paper? No need to flush our forests

This post now on the syndicated BasilandSpice and on Google News We’re facing mass wildlife extinctions this century.  One big reason: the human population explosion and resulting habitat loss. You might be surprised to learn how our personal hygiene choices

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Posted in Agriculture, Deforestation, Ecosystems, Endangered species, Indonesia, Malaysia, Overconsumption, Resources, Southeast Asia, Sustainable choices for your home, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Wildlife habitat, Wildlife survival Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

How food affects your brain: 10 facts we now know

Readers – I just received an email from Cindy Cullen at the Culinary Arts College, asking if I would post a link to their article How Food Affects Your Brain: 10 Facts We Now Know.” Some interesting information in the

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Posted in Birds, Endangered species, Fish, Fish, Food, Livestock, Organic, Wildlife Tagged with: , , , ,

We’re importing oil from poor countries with far more spills

This post now on BasilandSpice.com. After my post a few days ago about the oil spill and its consequences to wildlife, I got a few interesting messages from friends and acquaintances. My friend Sonia, the director of a land conservancy

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Review of documentary “End of the line: where have all the fish gone?”

Review by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of sallykneidel.com My husband, an ecologist, keeps a list of people whose profession matches their name, such as peanut specialist Shelly Nutt, ornithologist Christopher Bird, editor Zachary Read.  But the best is Dr. Boris Worm,

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Posted in Animal welfare / animal rights, Ecosystems, Endangered species, Food, Health, Sustainable choices for your home, Wildlife, Wildlife habitat, Wildlife survival Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Insects breeding faster due to global warming

This post now appearing on the Daily Me Those of us concerned about greenhouse gases and climate change have a new study to ponder. This study, from Dr. Florian Altermatt at UC Davis, documents once again the biological effects of

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Natural daylight may improve children’s eyesight

This post now on Google News and on wwwbasilandspice.com In the last 30 years, the number of nearsighted Americans has increased dramatically, by 66%.  Nearsightedness, or myopia, is the inability  to focus on distant objects. In the early 1970s, 25%

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North Carolina’s vital coastal breeding grounds vulnerable to rising seas

This post now a Google Link and on www.basilandspice.com Map of NC coastline with barrier islands, courtesy of www.cop.noaa.gov by Sally Kneidel, PhD I’ve written posts about Florida and Louisana losing ground to rising seas. Both states are projected to

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Our other blog, Veggie Revolution, focuses more on food than this one does, especially the environmental, health and humane aspects of our food choices. That blog was started in 2005 and continues today, while the blog you're reading now began in 2009. Some of the newer posts are on both blogs, but Veggie Rev has at least 260 more posts than this blog, including Sadie's travels to Morocco. In the sidebar of Veggie Rev, you'll see links to each year that can take you back to all the posts for a particular year.

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