1) Picture post – Landscapes

 

A Pakistani observes the view from a dome-shaped terrace at a park in Islamabad, Pakistan.

 

Mount Merapi spews volcanic smoke. After a deadly week of activity, Indonesia’s most volatile volcano unleashed its most powerful eruption Monday, spewing searing clouds of gas and debris thousands of feet into the air. There were no immediate reports of new casualties.

 

A farmer works with his horses in a field in front of the Gantrisch mountain in Niedermuhlern, near Bern, Switzerland.

 

A person photographs a round rainbow seen around the sun in Johannesburg, South Africa. The rare phenomenon only appears on occasions when the sun is seen through a fine layer of moisture between the earth and the sun.

No one can look at a rainbow and not smile.  What was the last thing you saw that brought a rainbow smile to your face?

2) “Waste Not, Want Not” – a saying from 1700’s that is even more true today.

 We don’t really need the information contained in the following New York Times article to know how wasteful we have become.  Just look in any garbage dumpster.

What do you think we can do to change our wasteful ways?

From the article by Tara Parker-Pope: 

“How much food does your family waste?

A lot, if you are typical. By most estimates, a quarter to half of all food produced in the United States goes uneaten — left in fields, spoiled in transport, thrown out at the grocery store, scraped into the garbage or forgotten until it spoils.

A study in Tompkins County, NY,  showed that 40 percent of food waste occurred in the home. Another study, by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, found that 93 percent of respondents acknowledged buying foods they never used.

And worries about food safety prompt many of us to throw away perfectly good food. In a study at Oregon State Univeresity, consumers were shown three samples of iceberg lettuce, two of them with varying degrees of light brown on the edges and at the base. Although all three were edible, and the brown edges easily cut away, 40 percent of respondents said they would serve only the pristine lettuce.

In his new book “American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half It’s Food”  (Da Capo Press), Jonathan Bloom makes the case that curbing food waste isn’t just about cleaning your plate.

“The bad news is that we’re extremely wasteful,” Mr. Bloom said in an interview. “The positive side of it is that we have a real role to play here, and we can effect change. If we all reduce food waste in our homes, we’ll have a significant impact.”

Why should we care about food waste? For starters, it’s expensive. Citing various studies, including one at the University of Arizonia called the Garbage Project that tracked home food waste for three decades, Mr. Bloom estimates that as much as 25 percent of the food we bring into our homes is wasted. So a family of four that spends $175 a week on groceries squanders more than $40 worth of food each week and $2,275 a year.”

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