Daily Green Wrap-Up 17.October, 2011

How much of what we eat is dictated by our parents? Research shows that our food preferences may actually be shaped before we’re even born, but beyond what we eat, our own eating habits and traditions are certainly influenced by our families.
This topic was thrown around recently as it came to my attention, that this week, October 16-22, is National Bulk Foods Week.

More than 600 natural and whole foods stores are celebrating Bulk is Green’s National Bulk Foods Week, which started on Oct. 16 and runs through Oct. 22. The focus is on foods that you can purchase from bulk bins, saving money and reducing unnecessary packaging.

Earlier today, I told you about National Bulk Foods Week and how buying food from bulk bins can save you money and reduce unnecessary packaging. One way to make buying from bulk bins completely waste-free is to use reusable, washable, lightweight bags that are designed to hold items like beans, grains, flour, dried fruits, nuts and more.

Try one of these brands of bulk food bags to make your bulk food shopping as waste-free as possible.

While Homesteaders on our own turf continue to battle it out over naming rights, urban nature dwellers in Britain are taking “local” and “self-sufficiency” to new heights: their rooftops. It’s a trend that’s migrating stateside, but remember you heard it here first. We’re calling it Chim Chimney Beekeeping.
According to the British Beekeepers Association, the number of registered Chim Chimney Beekeepers in central London has more than doubled within the past couple of years.

Nick, a senior, is preparing for college at the same time that the global community is preparing for its own important landmark: The United Nations predicts that on Oct. 31, world population will reach 7 billion.
The confluence of these two events gives me reason to think about the world Nick is inheriting from my generation, and makes me consider what I can say to him as he heads off to college.

Forty years from now, buildings could absorb the carbon emissions produced in cities and use those emissions to grow the skin of their facades and to create light. CNN’s Road to Durban explores the real world applications of bio-engineering building materials to mimic living systems.

Backlash from local residents in an Illinois city has pressured park officials to keep chemical pesticides off of athletic fields, successfully stopping a planned chemical treatment in November and postponing the city’s decision to spray until they hear more from concerned residents and turf experts.

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