elessa: (ocean)
today was a very nice day. i met with a few friends for some coffee this morning, then decided to head for the coast. it was my first time going to cannon beach. the first place i found myself was ecola state park. the view of cannon beach from there is spectacular.

afterwards i made my way into town. i found a location where there was some parking near the far south end of town. i walked along the beach into the middle of town where i discovered the wayfarer restaurant. i enjoyed an extremely good salad for a late lunch.

i then meandered back down the beach in a leisurely fashion before heading back home. i truly enjoy knowing that the ocean is only 1.5 hours away should i have a need to hear waves crashing upon a shore.

i can't wait for the opportunity to head further south to explore oswald state park, tillamook and newport!
elessa: (trees)
the more i learn about packaged food the more i am glad i am buying locally produced fruits, vegetables, bread, and now, honey (because it is a damn sight tastier than grocery store honey).

honey can kill you...

two thirds of the honey sold in this country is imported.

honey laundering: a sticky trail of intrigue and crime - country of origin no guarantee on cheap imports


With threats of border incursions from terrorists and tainted products that can harm or kill people or their pets, why were federal agents swooping down on a honey packer in Sultan?

For the Food and Drug Administration, it's all about keeping adulterated and possibly hazardous food off grocery shelves.

For years, China has used an animal antibiotic -- chloramphenicol -- to treat diseases ravaging their beehives. The FDA has banned that drug in any food product.

Since 2002, FDA has issued three "import alerts" to inspectors at ports and border crossings to detain shipments of tainted Chinese honey. The order in 2002 came after Canadian and European food-safety agents seized more than 80 shipments containing chloramphenicol, which can cause serious illness or death among a very small percentage of people exposed to it.

In March 2007, U.S. officials revised the alert when Florida food detectives found two other antibiotics -- iprofloxacin and Enrofloxacin -- in honey and blends of honey syrup that originated from China.

related: antibiotic use could taint honey's reputation as a miracle drug

In 2005, China's Ministry of Agriculture outlawed the use of chloramphenicol in food production, but there are reports that Chinese beekeepers are ignoring the ban.

Chloramphenicol is illegal for use in bees and other food-producing animals in the U.S. because it is impossible to determine a safe residue level, said Steve Roach, public health director of Keep Antibiotics Working, a Chicago-based group raising awareness about the hazards of antibiotics in food.

"If the Chinese authorities are unable to keep this drug from being used, then no imports of honey from China should be allowed," Roach said.
elessa: (trees)
yet another article of the strange changes taking place on the planet. add it to the mass death of bee colonies, the white nose fungus killing off bats, crabs disappearing from chesapeake bay, and baby oyster deaths leading to a shortage of mature oysters by 2010

By Brigid Schulte
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 30, 2008; Page A01

The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist. Naturalists in Arlington County couldn't find any acorns. None. No hickory nuts, either. Then he went out to look for himself. He came up with nothing. Nothing crunched underfoot. Nothing hit him on the head.

Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. Squirrels boldly scampering into the road. And a lot more calls about squirrel roadkill.

But Simmons really got spooked when he was teaching a class on identifying oak and hickory trees late last month. For 2 1/2 miles, Simmons and other naturalists hiked through Northern Virginia oak and hickory forests. They sifted through leaves on the ground, dug in the dirt and peered into the tree canopies. Nothing.

i have seen very few acorns here on my hikes. considerably fewer than would be expected given the high volume of oak species in this part of the country. hrm... come to think of it, i have seen close to none. i can probably count on my fingers the number i have seen.

decided to record yet another instance of the bizarre turn the world is taking.
elessa: (trees)
another article about water shortages, this time from the guardian uk - is water the new oil

i like this suggestion from the article, Some have even urged a return to more vegetarian diets, which at their extreme demand only half the water of a typical American meat-eater's. This is, according to Lord Haskins, the former chairman of Britain's Northern Foods group and a government adviser, 'the most virtuous and responsible step of all'

water conservation in areas affected by water shortages as another reason to eat more veggies.

i am going to be posting articles i find related to water for a reference for myself. some might be interested in learning about what is happening locally, nationally and globally as much as i am. water affects us all.
elessa: (trees)
i read an article today that gave me pause. is the organic food you eat truly organic?

Oregon's organic farmers fight genetically modified seeds

if the fields near the organic fields are planted with genetically modified seeds how do you keep drift from contaminating the clean crop?
elessa: (trees)
this past spring as i made the decision to leave southern california i had a few discussions with my brother about my reasoning.

it would appear that one of the reasons for leaving may (not necessarily will)come to fruition.

California cuts water deliveries to cities, farms

The Department of Water Resources announced it will deliver just 15 percent of the amount that local water agencies throughout California request every year.

15% of the water requested and used per year is all that will be delivered. if there isn't a significant snow pack and rain to fill reservoirs look for farmers to be leaving fields fallow which will in turn cause the price of groceries to increase even more. last year the state delivered 35% of the amount requested.

cities may have to consider implementing the rationing of water. i know that san diego did well in 1993 with educating people to cut back on water by 10%, however consider the increase of population which has occurred in california since that time. conservation will need to be much greater in order to have enough water for everyone. definitely no lawn watering or car washing will again be par for the course.

the spectre of fire and the amount of water resources which are lost in putting them out is depressing. it is a horrible cycle. drought causes fires to be more frequent. water from reservoirs and lakes is needed to snuff them. the very water also needed for farming and human consumption.

among my reasons for leaving SoCal besides the cost becoming prohibitive to remain there, the chaos which could erupt among the masses due to a lack of water, high food prices, high unemployment, and other economic depression crept into my addled brain. does it only happen in movies and books? i suppose we will know by the end of 2009 if there isn't a healthy rain/snowfall this winter.

yeah, yeah. i am a pessimistic alarmist. i hope i am proven wrong and there is another miracle march.

for more info, here is the site of the california department of water resources
elessa: (trees)
starving bears eat russian guards

apparently man has so depleted and nearly eradicated the salmon runs in russia the hungry bears have started eating man.

unfortunately this means man will now hunt and kill the bears for being hungry due to man not being a proper steward of the land. there is a known population fo 12,000 bears in this part of russia. i suspect there will be a slaughter of both men and bear before this is over.
elessa: (fluffy bunny)
here is another example of more money about to come out of your wallet.

in an article in the new york times, food chain - as the price of corn rises, catfish farms dry up

"i don't eat catfish", you might say. ah, but you do eat beef or chicken in all likelihood. the same impact is going to be felt on that industry.

i found the line "government mandates for corn to produce ethanol..." to be interesting. so, our government is telling farmers not to grow food? i realise this country is starved for fuel for its oversized land yachts aka SUVs and other guzzlers. however, in light of the flooding in the midwest there is going to be a significant shortfall in the amount of corn which can be grown this year. within the next six months expect there the be less meat products available in your grocery store. expect the price of processed food items to also rise due to a lack of corn to be made into high fructose corn syrup. you know, the additive to nearly everything in a box, can or bag on the shelf at the grocers. read the labels on a bag of corn chips, frozen dinner, or can of beans you'll see what i mean.

with the shortage of corn there is going to be further unemployment as is reported in the article affecting the catfish industry. everything is ultimately related.
elessa: (screaming bunny)
disappearing crabs in the chesapeake bay

having lived on the chesapeake bay for four years and enjoyed the blue crab as a dinner entree, this truly sucks.

not just from the point of view of having them as good eats, but that the bay is dead and unable to sustain even the bottom feeders. there needs to be a cessation of using the bays, rivers and oceans for the runoff of sewage, fertilisers and industry sludge.

more people need to wake up and give a damn about what is happening. too many simply go to the grocery once a week, buy their food items in pretty boxes and shiny wrapped packages without the least understanding of where it all comes from.


::steps off her soapbox until the next thing she reads raises her ire
elessa: (fluffy bunny)
this is disheartening. a warning from the sea

the los angeles times is reporting the decimation of the oyster larva for the entire west coast by a bacterium known as Vibrio tubiashii. this particular strain of bacteria survives in both oxygenated warm water and nonoxygenated cold water. it is creeping out of the dead zones which have begun to spread in the ocean.

oysters in france have also been affected with baby oyster deaths which will cause a shortage of mature oysters in 2010.

add this to the collapse of the chinook salmon run in the west coast rivers and tributaries. the typical run has fallen from 800,000 to 90,000 coming to spawn. restrictions to fishing have been established in an attempt to restore the population. in addition to being a tasty food item to humans, salmon are a food staple to bears.

there is also the honey bee colony collapse disorder which can potentially affect the pollination of the food crops causing shortages. granted there are nonhoney producers such as the blue orchard bee which is a pollinator, are not affected by CCD, and are easy to maintain. thing is, i don't know about you, but i love honey. i don't want the honeybees to die off.

mother nature is not happy as the climate is affected by warming.
elessa: (trees)
today i went on a hike in malibu creek state park. it is an absolutely gorgeous place for hiking. i estimate we walked close to eight miles round trip, which included going to the site of where M.A.S.H. was filmed. i have decided to make a concerted effort to begin more walking after discovering i have managed to gain ten pounds since february.

the day being one of mild temperatures and on a weekend, there were many people also hiking there. we saw teenagers with considerable young energy, families with toddlers, older couples hiking to stay in shape, a chinese family, a korean church group, and a very large group of hispanics.

here is where it gets interesting. when first we encountered the hispanic group, easily forty individuals, they were seated under a large tree. a woman was reading to them from a manual. the second time we encountered them in another area of the park there was a blue tarp spread on the ground and folded in half. inside the blue tarp were two blankets. the woman was explaining to them the importance of making sure the tarp was folded a certain way to keep out the moisture that condensates at night.

ok... i don't know about you, but if i am out hiking the back country it isn't with two blankets and a blue tarp.

elessa: (trees)
i am not so sure this is a good idea...

salmon spawn trout in experiment

will man ever learn to stop meddling. yes, noble idea. i just think it is wrong to put into practice.

especially after i read:

In Japan, Yoshizaki is focused on bluefin tuna, noting that standard "marine ranching" techniques are difficult for tuna that can reach man-size.

He has begun experiments into how to produce baby tuna from mackerel, which are nearly a thousand times smaller than adult tuna. If it works, "we can save space, cost and labor," he predicted in an e-mail interview.

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