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Daily Digest 3/29 - Good News Friday: Action On Plastic Pollution, Where Alzheimer’s Research Is Pushing Ahead

Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:57 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

Old Rape Kits Finally Got Tested. 64 Attackers Were Convicted. (sv)

Ms. Sudbeck’s case is one of thousands that have gotten a second look from investigators since the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., committed $38 million in forfeiture money to help other jurisdictions test rape kits. Since the grants began being distributed in 2015, the evidence kits have led to 165 prosecutions in cases that were all but forgotten. So far, 64 of those have resulted in convictions.

New York City Has Banned Plastic Foam Containers (ZWW)

New York is cracking down on expanded polystyrene (or EPS) containers because, according to the city, they “cannot be recycled in a manner that is economically feasible, environmentally effective, and safe for employees as part of the City’s curbside recycling program.” The products are made by steaming beads of the polymer polystyrene until they expand to 50 times their original size, according to the BBC. And this process makes EPS products difficult to recycle. Each time an EPS bowl or plate is made, “[w]hat you need are virgin polystyrene beads,” Joe Biernacki, professor of chemical engineering at Tennessee Tech University, told the BBC in 2015.

Photos: kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate (sv)

What Thunberg and her fellow protesters want from governments now is to “keep fossil fuels in the ground, phase out subsidies for dirty energy production, seriously invest in renewables and start asking difficult questions about how we structure our economies and who is set to win and who is set to lose,” as they put it in the Guardian. And they have the backing of thousands of scientists who’ve signed letters of support.

Generation Z: Who They Are, in Their Own Words (jdargis)

Born between the mid-1990s and the late 2000s, they’re the most diverse generation ever, according to United States census data. One in four is Hispanic, and 6 percent are Asian, according to studies led by the Pew Research Center. Fourteen percent are African-American.

Denver Airport Workers Win $15 an Hour (sv)

More than 2,000 airport workers in Denver have already joined SEIU and UNITE HERE and thousands more are vowing to keep speaking out until they win the freedom to form a union so they can collectively negotiate over job security, healthcare, and paid time off—all the things that make family life possible.“The airline industry is reaping record profits, but the workers who serve food for the airlines have been struggling to even survive.”

Where Alzheimer’s Research Is Pushing Ahead (Thomas R.)

The failure last week of Biogen Inc. and Eisai Co.’s once-promising Alzheimer’s disease drug was the latest in a spate of disappointments for medicines designed to target Beta amyloid, a sticky substance long known to accumulate in the brains of people with the disease.

US jury awards man $80m in Monsanto Roundup cancer case (Thomas R.)

It awarded $5m in compensatory damages and $75m in punitive damages to Hardeman after finding that Roundup was defectively designed, that Monsanto had been "negligent by not using reasonable care" to warn of the herbicide's cancer risk.

The Golden State is officially a third renewable, and it’s not stopping there (sv)

The report notes that in 2018, solar represented the largest portion of renewable generation serving California’s electricity load, at almost 12% of all electricity. Broadly, in the past five years large-scale solar generation has increased nearly five-fold, while behind-the-meter solar resources increased approximately 310%. As well, the state expects it will soon achieve the goal of 1 million solar roofs, with an estimated 958,000 solar systems installed.

A running list of action on plastic pollution (ZWW)

Visitors will no longer be allowed to carry in single-use plastics into Peru's 76 natural and cultural protected areas, from Machu Picchu to Manu to Huascarán, or national museums. This ban is now going into affect and was announced as a Supreme Decree by Peru’s Environment Minister, Fabiola Muñoz, and signed by President Martín Vizcarra, back in November.

Gold & Silver

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Could something be gumming up the works?

When I look around the medical research community and zero-in on many of the current and modern maladys affecting many in the developing and developed world, over consumption of foodstuffs, especially carbohydrate based foods rings alarm bells in my head. Every single organism on this planet, including ourselves, is extremely unique and subject to energy sources and their resulting metabolites. Most of the organs of metabolism are key in the development of many degenerative diseases. Perhaps all of us would be better off by skipping a few meals and lessening the burdens on our beautifully designed and efficient bodies. Could it be that  Alzheimers is just one more in a litany of self-induced trauma's?

https://www.alzdiscovery.org/cognitive-vitality/blog/can-intermittent-fasting-help-prevent-dementia

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Uncletommy wrote:When I
Uncletommy wrote:

When I look around the medical research community and zero-in on many of the current and modern maladys affecting many in the developing and developed world, over consumption of foodstuffs, especially carbohydrate based foods rings alarm bells in my head. Every single organism on this planet, including ourselves, is extremely unique and subject to energy sources and their resulting metabolites. Most of the organs of metabolism are key in the development of many degenerative diseases. Perhaps all of us would be better off by skipping a few meals and lessening the burdens on our beautifully designed and efficient bodies. Could it be that  Alzheimers is just one more in a litany of self-induced trauma's?

The popular euphemism is “Diseases of Affluence.”  I translate that to diseases of crappy nutrition.  

Occasional fasting is good, but doesn’t address the core issue, namely addiction to the Western diet.

Choosing foods based on nutrient to calorie ratio, vs habit, is even better.  We think the foods we choose taste better than nutritional food,  In the long run, they don’t, rather, they are what we are use to.

After switching to healthy foods for a while, they become just as pleasurable as crappy food was before adopting nutritional sanity.

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Proper understanding of the role of fast food in our diets

At the risk of making this the Uncletommy and Les show, a useful example of what's in store for the next generation is this frank evaluation of the oncoming-light-in-the-tunnel! It worries me for my kids.


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Nothing wrong with...

It being the Uncle Tommy and Les show. We all bring different things to the table (see what I did there?), and you both are interested in talking and posting about it, so...just because some of us are silent doesn't mean we aren't reading and interested!

 

Post on, friends, post on!

 

For my part, we at Chateau Snyder are trying to wean ourselves off of our modern diet, but it isn't easy, even as vegetarians!

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Plant Based Nutrition and Cheese

I'm 10 months into plant based nutrition.  Suprisingly, I enjoy eating just as much as before reading "The China Study."  I can salivate over a good salad now, where before it was just a so-so side dish.  Part of that is due to my taste buds resetting a couple of months after I quit eating processed and animal foods, that are designed to be flavor and texture dense at the cost of virtually all nutritional value.  Actually, it's worse than that.  It's not just that they lack healthy nutrients, rather that they are densly packed with very unhealthy calories.

The other side of the coin is that there are a handful of things that you don't get eating WFPB that fall in the category of texture and flavor combinations, things that are missing.

I don't miss meat.  In fact, there are plant based meat alternatives that fill the gap, if you ever feel the need.  

But cheese and cream are two things that plant based struggles with.  Some plant based alternatives come close on flavor but the texture is entirely missing.  However, they are getting there with cheese.  

I went to a Mod Pizza last night and the non-dairy cheese they used was entirely acceptable.  I did some searching last night and traced it to new products introduced by Daiya.  Until last night, I had written Daiya off as unacceptable.  What I read last night is that Daiya's new product lines are a vast improvement in both texture and flavor.  Based on my vegan pizza last night, I'd have to agree.

Just thought I'd mention it, in case any other plant based people haven't run across their new products yet.

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my prefered method

My preferred method has been to be plant based where it makes sense, and use other items when needed.  So, eat vegan most of the time and have that bit of dairy once in a blue moon on a pizza, or just stay vegan and forgoe that type of product.  There can be alot of problems with the analogs, like using palm oil which decimates other countries and kills off all the oragutangs.   I also think coconut oil has issues of a similar vein.  So, I recommend not using too many analogs, or none, of the dairy products/ butter(margarine).  Just spread your toast with nut butter, make a cake with oil, make a flat bread pizza with no cheese or cheese alternate, just tomato base and veggies, or put beans on it too. 

 

You want to buy foods that are not processed, and are local to your country, even when vegan.  Yes, I was strictly vegan for more than 15 years.  Now, I am not vegan, but still vegetarian, and mostly eat vegan most of the time.  Most meat analogs are junk, soybased, very processed.  Maybe fine for once a year, but not good for you daily.  For step 2, try to change over to eating foods in their natural state. 

Interesting note, when we went to some dairy in the house a number of years ago, I did the calculation and it actually uses less land to grow the feed for nigerian dwarf dairy goats than to grow soay beans for soymilk,  this was a comparison of how much land per quart.  Nigerian dwarf dairy goats are the most efficient feed to milk ratio on the planet, so far as I have heard of.  So, I let my youngest get a couple, and after  few years, I got to have milk in my tea again and no packaging !

Plant based nutrition is very healthy, but I choose to just have that rare bit of dairy than to buy suspect analogs.  Still plant based, but not strict vegan. 

 

LesPhelps wrote:

I'm 10 months into plant based nutrition.  Suprisingly, I enjoy eating just as much as before reading "The China Study."  I can salivate over a good salad now, where before it was just a so-so side dish.  Part of that is due to my taste buds resetting a couple of months after I quit eating processed and animal foods, that are designed to be flavor and texture dense at the cost of virtually all nutritional value.  Actually, it's worse than that.  It's not just that they lack healthy nutrients, rather that they are densly packed with very unhealthy calories.

The other side of the coin is that there are a handful of things that you don't get eating WFPB that fall in the category of texture and flavor combinations, things that are missing.

I don't miss meat.  In fact, there are plant based meat alternatives that fill the gap, if you ever feel the need.  

But cheese and cream are two things that plant based struggles with.  Some plant based alternatives come close on flavor but the texture is entirely missing.  However, they are getting there with cheese.  

I went to a Mod Pizza last night and the non-dairy cheese they used was entirely acceptable.  I did some searching last night and traced it to new products introduced by Daiya.  Until last night, I had written Daiya off as unacceptable.  What I read last night is that Daiya's new product lines are a vast improvement in both texture and flavor.  Based on my vegan pizza last night, I'd have to agree.

Just thought I'd mention it, in case any other plant based people haven't run across their new products yet.

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Fructose & NAFLD

Uncletommy - you may be interested in reading the book 'Sweet Poision' by Australian Author David Gillespie. He presents similar information backed up with research. Fructose in anything other than its unadulterated form in fruits (where it's coupled with fibre, vitamins and minerals) is pure evil.

He also writes the book 'Toxic oil' which explains the dangers of vegetable (seed) oils that are so prevelant in junk food.

As someone who had HELLP syndrome while pregnant I respect my liver greatly for what it does as I know how bad it feels to have a sick liver. I think NAFLD malaise creeps up on people slowly and they just don't notice how awfully sluggish and unwell they are until there's a crisis.

I had more than HELLP going on while pregnant, but I'm sure it was all interrelated. What we thought was a healthy diet at the time we have since discovered was not. Stayed alive, eating better, feeling better. 

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