Daily Green Wrap-up 11.November, 2012

I’ve started to ease into a raw food diet since deciding to take my chronic fatigue, that sets in around 3pm everyday, into my own hands. I’m drinking green juices in the morning, green smoothies in the afternoon, and a cooked meal with a strong base of veggies in the evening. I don’t consume a lot of tradition protein. When I do, it often isn’t until after 7pm when I get home from work. And surprisingly, even without a more protein heavy diet. I’ve been finding that my body is exploding with energy.
  • Ally (GreenJoyment): As a vegetarian myself, I have often worried about low consumption of protein and what effect it could have on my health. I’m skeptical about protein powders after reports that some may be toxic, and protein powders and supplements just seem so, well, unnatural. I agree that it seems healthier to try and consume a healthy amount of protein through good nutrition. Some of my favorite protein-rich foods are lentils and garbanzo beans.
In a devastating blow to the Colorado wilderness, the U.S. Forest Service has agreed to allow Arch Coal to expand their West Elk mine into 6.5 miles of roadless forest in Colorado. This means that as soon as Arch Coal gets the “ok,” they will begin leveling a formerly pristine part of America’s beautiful wilderness.
This dark green powerhouse leaf is packed full of iron, calcium, vitamin K and Carotenoids. It also gives you a nice dose of chlorophyll which aids blood in carrying oxygen to our cells and tissues (great to take when traveling). There are endless ways to prepare kale but I’ve provided you with three very different kale recipes to get you started—a raw salad, a warming garlic saute and crispy kale chips.
Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos is a urine powered generator, created by four girls. The girls are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15).
1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.
  • Jonathan (GreenJoyment): Too bad the net output is negative.  Still an interesting idea though.  It does seem weird to me that humans, in 2012, don’t understand the power of the natural byproduct of our bodies.  We certainly could be putting it to better use than we currently do.
As the defeat of Prop 37 is mourned in California and throughout the food movement, students are actually enacting it, continuing the hard work for food chain transparency that they started well before the Prop 37 battle entered the mainstream.
LaFontaine Automotive Group, a dealership based in Dexter, MI, hired two firms to upgrade its facility for energy efficiency and cost savings – and as a method to market its environmentally responsible credentials. GridNavigator, a provider of an intelligent energy management system, and Bloom General Contracting, a construction management firm, have a partnership to promote green buildings to GM dealerships throughout the US. LaFontaine is their first joint customer.
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