Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What is sustainable development?

Really interesting article in the NYT that makes you think hard about whether their is such a thing as fair and equitable sustainable development. The piece discusses a debate about how we must intensify many human activities to eliminate poverty which some argue is the first step towards addressing biodiversity conservation.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

West Coast Sardine Fishery Collapse

One of the themes in the book and the blog has been that by choosing what we eat we can lessen our impact on Earth. I'd previously suggested that eating fishes like sardines could be a sustainable food choice. But the rapid crash of US West Coast sardine fisheries took me a bit by surprise.  Read more about this and its consequences at this Pew briefing.

The take-home message:  constantly reevaluate your assumptions and modify behavior based on new data.

Food requires water!

I've been silent for a long time (not through lack of ideas or concerns...but because I've been busy) but the graphic I just explored in the LA Times is amazing and must be shared.

I'd long realized that red meat requires a lot of water per pound to produce so if we want to conserve water (something that's at the top of the news in California these days) we should eat less meat.  And, I'd realized that nut trees require a lot of water as well. But what I'd not realized is that chickpeas require so much water to grow! This amazing interactive graphic in the LA Times lets you calculate the water footprint of your meals--explore and be surprised.

Talk about this at your next dinner party!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Melissa Clark's caramelized lemon pasta!

I love Melissa Clark's recipes and her short videos are outstanding.  Here's one for a basic caramelized lemon pasta that easy, sustainable (use Meyer lemons!) and she explains why she cooks it the way she does.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

pomegranate rice!

Here's a discovery to share: pomegranate rice!

While cooking 'jazz' before a last-minute dinner party last week I scrambled around the kitchen and fridge looking for things that needed to be eaten.

I had three well ripened pomegranates lying around.  Took the seeds out and threw them in with a few cups of rice that was cooked with a rice cooker.  Amazing.

Tried it again last night but my pomegranates were not as sweet so I added a drizzle of pomegranate syrup and BOOM...a very nice accompaniment to the grilled wild salmon we had last night with friends.

The perils of non-scientific thinking...

I've written before about the value and importance of evidence-based thinking. A friend just sent me a link to a rather shocking article by Gary Baum writing in the Hollywood Reporter about rapidly declining vaccination rates in the elite schools of the Westside in Los Angeles (where I live).  In popular talks I note that non-scientific thinking is not a 'red' or 'blue' issue--it's rampant and I use the example of low vaccination rates in the Westside. Baum's article is a wake-up call for science-based policy and decision making.  Read and discuss it at your next party!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tiny...the movie

Just saw the film Tiny last night: excellent and conversation provoking film about what size live we want to have.  The film's about the tiny house movement (imagine living in 100 square feet!) but really it's about what our goals and aspirations are.  Check it out!