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Daily Digest 4/15 - Good News Friday: How To Reduce Food Waste, Genetic Superheroes Walk Among Us

Friday, April 15, 2016, 9:41 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!


How Regulators Mess With Bankers’ Minds, and Why That’s Good (jdargis)

Over the decades leading up to the financial crisis of 2008, banks learned how to sidestep and water down the relatively tough regulations introduced after the crash of 1929. This ability of the banks to get their way was spotted by Hyman Minsky, a maverick economist who died 20 years ago. He was prophetic, too. He identified and warned about the sort of trends in the financial system and the wider economy that helped cause the last financial crisis. That is why when everything started falling apart in 2008, some commentators said a “Minsky moment” had arrived.

Thirteen Anonymous Genetic Superheroes Walk Among Us (jdargis)

These people, unbeknownst to them, carry genes that all but guarantee that they’ll get fatal diseases. And yet, somehow, they’re completely healthy. They might carry other genes that mitigate their risk. Or perhaps, some aspect of their diet, lifestyle, or environment shields them from their harmful inheritance. Either way, Friend reasoned that if he could find these “genetic superheroes,” and work out the secrets of their powers, he could find ways of helping others to beat the odds.

What Americans Can Learn From the New Dutch Dietary Guidelines (jdargis)

This is the first time the Voedingscentrum has placed hard limits on meat consumption. These new recommendations are not just notable for their definitive stance on ever-popular animal products, but because they were based as much on environmental sustainability as on health issues. Namely, the meat guidelines directly address overfishing and the inefficient land use and high carbon emissions associated with red meat production.

Can Livestock Restore Drought-Sticken Grasslands? (jdargis)

In Sianyanga, Balbina said the decline began in the late 1980s, when the Nalomwe River went dry. The river had provided the community’s water and Balbina used to swim there as a child. Soon the village, formerly productive and dappled with shade trees, could no longer support its livestock. When the rains came, the water carved deep ditches in the Earth. Each passing year meant longer forays for water and forage for their cattle. A 78-year-old man named Thomas Mudimba said: “To get water, if I left at mid-day, I came back from the other village at six in the evening. If I took five animals for water, maybe I come back with two.” For the 20-kilometer journey meant exposing their livestock to predators, mostly lions.

Waste Not, Want Not: 10 Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste Footprint (jdargis)

Choose Quality Over Quantity. The flipside of food waste is excess consumption; arguably the most deadly disease in our society. The best quality foods (organic, fair trade, fresh, unprocessed, etc.) may cost more, but that reinforces buying less, thereby reducing waste while improving social, environmental, and personal health outcomes. Put another way: shop like a Zen master, striving to be conscious of the purpose for each item chosen.

Timber: The One Asset Crushing Stocks (Tiffany D.)

Now, the thing is, you really don’t have to have big money or pay these outrageous fees to get high-level, consistent performance. Sometimes you just need an expert like me to point you to how to get this on the cheap.

There is one investment in particular that generates high-level, consistent performance that big-money investors love. And it’s available to everyone. Unlike our hedge fund, you don’t have to give up 20% of your profits.

Intestinal worms may be our frenemies: They cultivate bacteria to block diseases (jdargis)

The researchers first got hooked on studying the worms’ potential health benefits amid anecdotes of people suffering with IBD trying worm-based treatments out of desperation—and having occasional success. Plus, there’s the simple fact that IBD has been on the rise in developed countries where helminths are rare but is very uncommon in areas of the world where the worms flourish in people’s guts.

Get Your Locally Sourced, Sustainably Raised Meats—at a Vending Machine! (jdargis)

Fresh-food vending machines aren’t necessarily a brand-new concept; a butcher shop in Paris installed a meat machine earlier this year, a convenience store in Alabama unveiled one back in 2011, and a 130-year-old butcher shop in Cle Elum, Washington, launched theirs in November. Plus, we’ve heard about produce machines and raw milk stations for a while now. But Applestone’s is the first to provide local, sustainably raised meat products, including burger patties, a variety of sausage, steaks and other beef cuts, and even pet food. Each machine can hold up to 240 items, so Applestone varies the selection depending on season.

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