Thursday, April 18, 2019

How Poisonous Is Your T-Shirt?





Poisons Are in Clothes Too...
Being the savvy, health-conscious food consumer you are, you probably aren’t shopping in the GMO aisle of your favorite grocery store - but are you stocking your closet with clothes made from Monsanto’s toxic GMO cotton?

It takes about one-third of a pound of toxic agricultural chemicals to produce one pound of cotton—the amount of cotton needed to make one t-shirt.  Many of those chemicals, including glyphosate, are linked to CANCER. Do you really want to wrap your body’s largest organ, your skin, in cancer-causing chemicals?  Those chemicals are absorbed into your body through your skin!

Chemical contamination is just one reason to care about wearing clothes made from GMO cotton—there are plenty of others, including environmental contamination, and the fact that most non-organic (and unfortunately, some organic) cotton clothing is made in sweatshops.  These workers, predominantly women, are not only underpaid but also suffer from unsafe working conditions, physical, psychological and sexual abuse, 18-hour work shifts and other illegal labor practices.


We Are Not Only What We Eat - But Also What We Wear
The fashion industry, where toxic chemicals abound, promotes a toxic “fast fashion” culture designed to convince consumers that their self-worth depends largely on keeping up with the latest fashion.  Can we as consumers clean up the fashion industry, by rejecting its message?  And choosing a more conscious approach to buying clothes and textiles?
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Start to Care What We Wear?
Read ‘Beyond Monsanto's GMO Cotton: Why Consumers Need to Care What We Wear’
http://ronnie.organicconsumers.org/beyond-monsantos-gmo-cotton-why-consumers-need-to-care-what-we-wear/

Monsanto’s new super-toxic GMO dicamba-resistant cotton is already wreaking havoc across the U.S. But even beyond Monsanto’s latest “Frankencotton,” there are a myriad of reasons why we need to start paying as much attention to what we wear as we do to what we eat.

The U.S. is the largest clothing and apparel market in the world, with 2016 sales of approximately $350 billion. The average American household spends about four percent of its income on clothing, more than one-third of what we spend on food.

If Americans are what we wear, then we—even the most rebel youth, conscious women, organic consumers, and justice advocates—judged by what we wear (not just what we say) are increasingly corporatized. The fashion statement we’re apparently making with what we wear is that we don’t care. A look at the labels in our clothing, or the corporate logos on our shoes, reveals that the brand name bullies, the transnational giants in the garment and apparel industry, reign supreme.

Walk into any department store or clothing retailer. Look for a label that says “certified Organic Cotton or Wool and Fair Trade.” Search through rack after rack, in-store after store, but you aren’t likely to find very many items that are non-GMO, organic and Fair Trade certified.

There are, however, a growing number of online and retail clothing companies and brands, which offer non-sweatshop, natural fiber, and organic clothes, accessories, and textiles. These companies include Patagonia, PACT, Under the Canopy, Fibershed, Savory Institute, TS Designs, Maggie’s Organics, Indigenous, Hempy’s, and many others.  Unfortunately, most U.S. consumers, even organic consumers, have never heard of these socially and environmentally responsible clothing companies.

Given the importance of clothing and fashion in American culture and the economy, there are a number of rarely discussed, yet crucial issues we need to consider—health, environmental, and ethical—before we pull out our wallets to purchase yet another item of clothing or a textile product.


Synthetic fibers in clothing and textiles pollute the environment, the ocean, and ultimately the food chain. Clothes and textiles are made from both natural fibers, like cotton, hemp and wool, and synthetic fibers, like fleece, rayon or polyester. Synthetic fibers, often marketed as wrinkle-resistant, durable or easy-to-clean, are industrially produced, utilizing large amounts of energy and toxic chemicals. Polyester, for example, is made from petroleum, a non-renewable fossil fuel. Rayon, technically “semi-synthetic,” is derived from wood pulp and transformed into fiber through a high-water- and chemical-intensive process in notoriously polluting factories.

Once manufactured into fleece sweaters, bath towels or sheets, and brought home by consumers, synthetic fibers pollute the natural environment in the form of “micro-plastics.”

Whereas natural fibers, including cotton or wool, biodegrade over time, synthetic fibers do not. Scientists and marine biologists have begun sounding the alarm that clothing and other consumer products containing synthetic fibers (such as polyester, nylon, fleece and acrylics) release plastic-like micro-particles when washed, passing through sewage treatment plants, polluting surface waters and the oceans, where they are eaten and bio-accumulate in fish and other marine life, eventually contaminating the seafood that we eat.

 “Synthetic fibers are problematic because they do not biodegrade, and tend to bind with molecules of harmful chemical pollutants found in wastewater, such as pesticides or flame retardants.”

Read more: https://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/organic-bytes-542-are-your-gmo-clothes-making-you-sick

But perhaps the safest thing to do is to stop buying clothing and textiles containing synthetic fibers.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Aviation World: TO LIVE IS TO FLY



 
Dreaming of Learning to Fly?
And maybe becoming a Commercial Pilot?

Have a seat in the airplane's cockpit and be entertained by these memoirs of an enthusiast aviator! Observe fascinating flight experiences, technology, and the beauty and forces of nature. Become captivated by the flying world of a professional pilot and flight instructor during the '80s and early '90s in Europe.
And maybe gain also a few pieces of advice along the way for your own flying career…

"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." 
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Just published:

To Live is to Fly: Memoirs of an Executive Pilot

by Doris Daily

worldwide available in print and ebook
at Barnes&Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Tolino and in Libraries

https://books2read.com/u/mKYpGd

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Excerpt of the chapters:

Early Fascination With Flying
Ground School and Flight Training
My First Cross-Country: Near-Miss
Prague: Where is the Pilot?
Flying Over Fog
Gaining Additional Flight Time
Midnight Flight to Marseille, France
Thunderstorms around Toulouse, France
Gender, Flying, and BP…
Airplane Transfers
Landing at a Military Airport
Ferry Flight to Istanbul, Turkey
Aerial Photography

Professional Pilot Training
Freelance Commercial Pilot Jobs
How I Got My First Executive Pilot Job
Never a Dull Moment
Smoked Salmon from Sweden
Destination Dresden!
Wait For Your Pilot!
Overnight Freight
Ambulance Flight to Stockholm
Interview With World War II Pilot Beate Uhse
Being a Flight Instructor
European Airports
Munich Riem Airport
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Marie Curie - Amazing Scientist & Great Role Model



The Only Women Who Received TWO Nobel Prizes!
The first female Nobel Prize winner was the physicist and chemist Marie Curie, who in 1903 received the prize in the category of physics, together with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel.

Marie Curie was also the only woman to date to receive two Nobel Prizes: in 1911 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Twenty-four years later, her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie received the Nobel Prize in the same category.
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Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie are the only
mother-daughter team 
to date among the Nobel Prize winners.


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17 times, a woman was awarded a Nobel Prize in the Peace category, 14 times the Nobel Prize for Literature, 12 times in the Physiology or Medicine category, 5 times in the Chemistry category and 3 times in the Physics category.


Four Nobel Prizes and the Business Award went to women in 2009, the highest number of awards for women in a single year.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wow Air Leaves Passengers Stranded




Their website is still up and says: “WOW Air is a happy, low-fare, long-haul airline. Book your cheap flight directly from WOW Air's website to get the best prices.”

Well, the stranded passengers might not be happy, as they have to purchase new tickets to either get home or get to their vacation destination.  The airline suggests its passengers contact their credit card operations office and get a refund.

Rival Icelandair is trying to scoop up some of those stranded travelers by offering a seat on any of their flights, where available, for a discounted price.  For information on destinations and booking instructions, please visit:
http://Icelandair.com/getmehome

WOW Air was an Icelandic low-cost carrier that operated services between Iceland, Europe, Asia, and North America. The airline was headquartered in Reykjavík.  In a statement, the airline said it has ceased operations, and as a result "all WOW Air flights have been canceled."

The airline encouraged customers who had paid for their ticket with a credit card to check whether the credit card company would refund the price of their ticket, and directed passengers to other airlines to try to find alternative routes to their destinations.

Stranded passengers were not provided with accommodation and no refunds were issued - even though it would be the law in the European Union. Iceland is heavily integrated into the European Union via the European Economic Area and the Schengen Agreement, but it is not a member state.

Maybe not such a big loss for aviation as WOW Air was recently elected as “worst airline” in Europe.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

People in Distress at Sea




Humanity - for Everyone? 
Are cruise passengers more important than war refugees?
And is their lives more worth to save?


The EU is taking an increasingly restrictive course in asylum policy and is even cooperating with Libya in the defense against migration - even though refugees are mistreated, murdered, mutilated and raped in this civil war country.

All this is definitely more disturbing than the shaky cell phone videos of the "Viking Sky" cruise passengers: Last year more than 2200 people died in the Mediterranean since January nearly 400 more drowned according to the UN, just a few days ago a baby died.

What does the plight of cruise tourists in the European North Sea have to do with the plight of migrants in the Mediterranean? This is a traitorous and misleading question: because it is not about tourists and migrants, "people like us" and "these refugees".
It is about people. PEOPLE IN DANGER OF THEIR LIVES…

#Distress #Sea #Havarie #WarRefugees #Migrants

Friday, March 22, 2019

5 Essential Tools Helping Your Social Media Presence




Almost all business owners and marketers include social media marketing techniques in their mix - no matter if they have a mom-and-pop operation or a multi-national conglomerate. 


As an entrepreneur, you have a responsibility to connect with your potential and current customers. The following tools will help you create a more productive social media campaign:
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Pixabay 
Social media users are mostly attracted by visual content, so you are expected to post creative images on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean you can use any image you find on Google; a serious business owner has to be mindful about copyright issues. Pixabay is a website where you can find free high-quality images and use them in any way you want. You will certainly find something that fits into your needs in the huge collection of over 320,000 free photos, art illustrations, and vectors.

Canva
You can easily capture the attention of your fans and followers through simple graphic design associated with your business. You don’t need to possess advanced design skills to achieve that; Canva will help you create awesome Facebook covers, invitations, business cards, flyers and presentations without much effort.

Twtrland
Twitter is becoming more influential by the day, so you need to establish your reputation there and create a solid base of followers. With Twtrland, you can discover influential Twitter users who can promote your brand. In addition, you can also see a visual snapshot of your presence on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Mention
This real-time monitoring app will provide you with information on what’s being said on the web about your business. If someone leaves a positive or negative comment about your products and services, you can react quickly and benefit from the situation.

Topsy
You can’t spend all day going through Twitter feeds to understand what’s trending at the moment. With the help of this free analytics tool, you can search, monitor and analyze tweets, photos, links, shares, and videos on a specific topic or by a certain user.

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When you started a business, you didn’t expect it would demand so much activity on social media.  With the above-listed essential tools, you’ll make your social media campaign more productive and less challenging! 

Get More Tips Here:
http://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2015/02/infographic-social-media-tools-that-will-massively-improve-your-business.html

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spanish Ham for Gourmets





"Maladúa" is the world's most expensive ham and costs 4,100 € the thigh. Spanish brand "Dehesa Maladúa" was recently appreciated at Europe's leading organic food fair declared this unique dry ham as the best product. The excellence of the product has already been confirmed by Córdoba's Food Science and Technology Department. 

The award-winning ham comes from a rare breed of pigs called "Manchado de Jabugo", whose name refers to the dark spots on the animal skin.  Dehesa Maladúa's creator and owner, Eduardo Donato, managed to protect this breed from extinction 25 years ago when he settled in the province of Huelva in southwest Spain.

"Manchado de Jabugo" ham gets its amazing delicious taste due to the fact that pigs do not eat animal feed, but only natural fruits and herbs from the pastures.  They wander freely over Donato's woodland adjacent to Picos de Aroche UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  The ham’s color is dark red and glossy; its fat is white and fine.

Donato owns 80 hectares of "dehesa" with acorns and green fodder in the forests of Huelva.  A Manchado de Jabugo pigs need up to three years to reach the optimal weight, while others can be processed into ham when they are from 14 to 18 months.  Then another six years are needed before the ham is cured.

Maladúa, NW of Sevilla, Close to the Portugal Border
Donato decided to purchase an old farm in Maladúa, a small village near Cortegana, in this area in 1990, which had been forgotten by God and the people. So he started intensively with a sustainable pig breeding and ham maturation. Now he runs an almost one-man business, supported only by his family.

Donato offers the international market with less than 100 hams per year, while they are now sold all over the world. For the "famine" of high-quality Iberian hams like Maladúa and the high production costs, customers have to pay the price. They not only buy a unique product and help to save a rare breed. Manchado de Jabugo ham tastes wonderful, but it is also good for your health. The ham is high in unsaturated fatty acids, rich in protein, vitamins B1 and B6 and healthy minerals. A portion of 100 grams of naturopathy against anemia costs about € 50.

The history of La Alberca, today a popular tourist town not far from the Portuguese border, has always been connected with the rearing of pigs. Here, in the midst of huge "dehesas", Mediterranean pastures full of cork and holm oaks, the black bristly Iberian pigs thrive.  From them comes the Jamón Ibérico, highly appreciated by gourmets, now an integral part of the international avant-garde cuisine.  It's also a million-dollar business that benefits a poor region.

Star Chef as Ambassador
Embutidos Fermín is the flagship company for this specialty in La Alberca, and with a hundred employees it is also the largest employer in the town. The family business, which emerged from a small butcher's shop in 1959, is now one of Spain's most important exporters of fine ham.  Spanish star chef José Andrés, who runs seven Tapa restaurants in Washington and now no longer has to worry about supplies.

Only one in ten of the 40 million hams produced every year can be called Iberian. The pig that goes with it has complicated rearing conditions thrives only in the complex ecosystem of the Dehesas and, since it is free-range, takes up an enormous amount of space.  "Sometimes we can hardly keep up with demand," admits Martín in La Alberca's flagship company.

For the Japanese, the meat of the Ibérico pig is just as high-quality as that of the Kobe cattle, the most expensive and exclusive slaughter animal in the world, because of its high content of unsaturated fatty acids.  They are easily prepared to pay the high price. The health-conscious Asians not only order hams and shoulder hams, but also other pieces of meat such as loins.
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What is so special about Spanish ham?

The Taste
The meat of the semi-wild Ibérico breed has an unmistakable intense taste. The secret lies in the ability of the pigs to form intermuscular fat. The meat is then covered with fine fat strips, which makes it extremely aromatic and juicy. The free-range Ibérico pigs gain a large part of their weight from acorns, which leads to a unique nutty taste.  The more acorns on the diet of an Ibérico pig, the higher the Omega 3 content of the fat.

The Ibérico Breed
Ibèrico ham comes 100% from the Ibérico breed or a cross between the Ibérico and Duroc breeds.  The proportion of the Ibérico breed must be at least 50% for a ham to be sold as Ibérico ham.  But why the cross at all? The Ibérico breed grows less quickly than the Duroc and the meat, fat content is lower. And we all know that fat is a flavor carrier.

Free-Range
The true secret of Ibérico is the Dehesa de Extremadura. Dehesa is the Spanish name for grazed oak groves. Dehesa in Extremadura now covers 1 million hectares. A unique environment in which Ibérico pigs grow up free-range and with lots of exercises. A luxury that, due to the high demand, only accounts for 3% of all Ibérico pigs.

Tradition, Craft, and Microclimate
Hams have a long tradition in Spain. It is the knowledge of the craft, as well as the microclimate that ultimately makes up the taste of ham.

The variety of factors that all influence the price and quality of ham make it difficult even for professionals to keep an overview. In order to help customers with their purchases, the Spanish Royal Family has revised the classification of Ibérico ham in 2014 and issued a Royal Decree:

Black (negro, de bellota 100% ibérico)
Red (rojo, de bellota ibérico)
Green (verde, de cebo de campo ibérico)
White (blanco, de cebo ibérico)


Beautiful Tradition
In the small Spanish village of La Alberca, the inhabitants have paid homage to the pig since time immemorial.  And since the Middle Ages, there has been a beautiful tradition: all year round a cheerful specimen roams freely through the streets of the village, the so-called "Cerdo de San Antón".  It is fed by all inhabitants and given to a needy family after successful fattening.


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