The Clean Fifteen ( 15 ) and Your Organic Grocery List

The Provan Way

I’ve seen my grocery bill increase a great deal since opting for organically grown fruit and vegetables. This morning I paid $2.98 for a red pepper. RIDICULOUS! We go through so much fruit and veggies in our household. For me alone, I usually aim to eat between 9-11 servings. So you can imagine how much I need my fridge to be stocked. It’s too expensive for me to buy all of my groceries organic, so I prioritize and buy the ‘dirty dozen’ list organic. The Environment Working Group released a list of 48 items from the most contaminated to the least contaminated – click here to see them. The ones towards the end of the list generally have thick skins i.e. pineapples, avocados – therefore the innards are safer. The ‘dirty dozen’ is a great reference guide for your organic items and the clean fifteen items are safe to eat non-organic! Print it off and take it with you to the…

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High Potential Geothermal Sites in British Columbia ( BC )

WIKIMEDIA Commons - Pacific Ring of Fire

WIKIMEDIA Commons – Pacific Ring of Fire

The article on growing bananas in Iceland started me thinking about Geothermal possibilities right here in BC.

It turns out that EnergyBC has done a bit of research on the subject with promising results. Lots of information on Geothermal Energy and potential sites in BC can be found  at this site:

http://www.energybc.ca/profiles/hightempgeo.html

Apparently BC is on the  “Pacific Rim’s Ring of Fire” , (sounds scary to me ) and according to DESMOGCANADA, we have enough Geothermal energy resources to power the entire province.

http://www.desmog.ca/2014/10/07/New-maps-reveal-bc-geothermal-potential-power-entire-province

Now I just have to cross reference the geothermal areas with maximum average annual sunlight areas of BC to find the perfect spot for my dream greenhouse !

News – Toshiba Develops Gold Nanocatalyst-Based Artificial Photosynthesis Technology

Basically this technology uses solar energy to capture CO2 from the atmosphere which could possibly help combat global warming and/or be a renewable energy source.

Great Things from Small Things .. Nanotechnology Innovation

Toshiba Photosyn id38310Toshiba Corporation announced the development of a new technology that uses solar energy, the power of the sun, to generate carbon compounds from carbon dioxide and water, and to deliver a viable chemical feedstock or fuel with potential for use in industry. Toshiba introduced the technology at the 2014 International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis (ICARP2014) on 26 November, at the Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center in Japan.
Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, widely understood to be a major cause of global warming(Note 1), continue to increase. There are also concerns about the exhaustion of fossil fuels, which are spurring interest in adoption of renewable energy sources(Note 2). Artificial photosynthesis technologies that use solar energy to generate carbon compounds from carbon dioxide and water are seen as promising means to resolve both issues.
mechanism of srtificial photosynthesis technology
Toshiba has developed an artificial photosynthesis technology that converts energy into carbon compounds from…

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