The Green Wrap-up 9.December, 2012

What’s up with the state of Washington’s commitment to electric vehicles? It’s a place where you can find fast charging stations and coffeehouses galore, but the state has backed away from offering incentives and requirements for zero emission vehicles according to Green Car Reports.
Global trade has advantages. For starters, it allows those of us who live through winter to eat fresh produce year-round. And it provides economic benefits to farmers who grow that food. That could change as oil, the world’s main transport fuel, becomes increasingly scarce, hard to obtain and costly, but we’ll be trading with other nations for the foreseeable future.
Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a staple of Hanukkah, but they’re great for any occasion. Most latkes are fried in oil, so using an adapted recipe from bloggers Meet the Shannons (makers of these amazing vegan Tagalongs) to include zucchini, we came up with a tasty baked potato pancake recipe that you can snack on guilt-free. Whether you’ll be lighting a menorah or not this season, follow our simple recipe and bake up a batch of vegan latkes and serve them with applesauce!
  • (Ally)GreenJoyment: While it’s great that this recipe allows vegan individuals to enjoy this take on a traditional food, the symbolism of the latke comes from the oil used to fry the cakes. This recipe still uses a small amount of oil for baking the cakes, but does that carry the same symbolic weight? Food for thought! 
Protean Electric has received noteworthy praise for its unique in-wheel electric drive propulsion system. Car and Driver named it one of the 10 Most Promising Technologies for 2013. This ranking accompanies the publication’s 10 Best Cars Celebration, which has existed for more than three decades in the world’s largest auto enthusiast magazine.
If you’re looking for a new recipe for the holiday season, then we recommend Mayim Bialik’s vegan sofganyot aka jelly doughnut recipe. She sure knows to turn a fatty favorite into a cruelty-free and healthy treat.
Scientists have now found yet another step in the evolution of microscopic creatures triggered by the increasing presence of antibiotics in the environment. The American Society of Agronomy reports that a group of Canadian and French scientists have identified a bacterium in soil that does not merely eliminate the antibiotics, but actively digests the chemicals for nutrition.

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