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These Apps Will Help You Live More Sustainable
Although we are already well underway in 2020, it is never too late for an excellent resolution. Living more sustainably should be on top of your list, considering the current state of our planet. As Mother Earth is visibly struggling with the pressure of our presence, we may want to give her a break or two. Live More Sustainable And yes, one person’s actions might not matter at all in the grand scheme of things, a tiny drop in the ocean, you name it. We’ve heard it all before, but this does not mean that you can’t just do anything. (You might want to read that sentence twice.) Photo by Gema Evans.  Becoming more sustainable does not mean that you have to start living in a tiny house, trade-in your old Volvo for an electric vehicle, grow your veggies, or give up your latest smartphone. Not yet, at least. Babysteps is the word, and we got some of those for you, shaped like something comforting, cuddly and familiar. We present to you, the apps that will bring you a more sustainable life - through the food that we consume. Recommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Apps For A Vegan Diet The food you put in your mouth every day could potentially make a massive difference for our planet. If you are ready to go all the way, you might opt for becoming a vegan, or commit yourself to eat locally only. If so, you might be interested in some of those apps. Is it Vegan App! Is It Vegan? (free), that lets you scan the barcode of any product and will tell you right after whether it is vegan, vegetarian, or neither, using a heat chart. Happy Cow (€4,49) inspired by the similarly named website. It shows all the vegan hotspots in the world, including vegan-friendly restaurants on a map. Vegsafe (free), basically an enormous database of the different obscure ingredients and e-numbers out there, indicating whether they are vegan. This will be a game-changer when you are out shopping for groceries and despairing as you read the content descriptions. {youtube}                                             Top 5 Apps for your Vegan/Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle. Apps For A Vegetarian Diet For those who are a bit more hesitant to take on the full vegan diet - no blame here -, you could start by reducing the amount of meat you eat. Meat is a significant polluter, so it could be one of the best decisions you ever made. Just raising one animal to maturity, when it is ready to be slaughtered for its meat, requires a lot of resources that we could just as well use for more useful things than a hamburger. Did you know that to get you a decently sized steak, a whopping 7000 liters of water are required? So if you had the choice between not showering for half a year or passing up on a steak once, incredibly enough, the latter would be the more sustainable one. Recommended:  Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use Still, far too many of us are incorporating some kind of meat in our dinner. This is ‘how we always did it,’ and ‘a meal is not complete without.’ For those, you might be happy to learn of some handy apps that provide plenty of meat-free recipes. Green Kitchen (€4,49) is a popular recipe app for veggie-only dishes. It boasts complete ingredient lists and easy to follow instructions. Veggie Weekend (free) is another useful recipe app with over 100 tasty meals for both vegans and vegetarians. It includes a digital timer and relevant nutrition information. Easy Vegetarian (free) for Android users. A cookbook with 200+ vegetarian recipes and a shopping list functionality. Vegetarian Meal Plan (free) allows you to create a detailed meal plan for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and creates the accompanying shopping list for your convenience. If these delicious recipes are not enough to keep you motivated, some so-called ‘meat-tracker’ apps give you some tough love. These two are personal favorites: Less (free) is meant as positive meat-reducing reinforcement. It does not expect you to cut meat out of your diet altogether, but it does give you a firm reality check. Simply input the amount and type of meat you ate, and it will provide you with an overview of your environmental impact. Ideally, it motivates you to get those badges for helping save millions of liters of water. No Meat Today (free) is another meal tracker that allows you to set your personal goals and keeps track of them. Are you sticking to those one or two meat-free days per week, or are you cheating? How about your resolution to eat more fish? A beautiful reality check. Apps For An Accountable Diet It is not just about the meat, though. Other parts of our food industry could be just as bad. This is why you would want an app measuring the sustainability of any food you are eating. We got you covered there, too. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (free) is, guaranteed, not the fanciest looking thing out there, but it gets the job done. It tells you precisely what fish to choose and to avoid. Whether you are at the fish market or ordering in sushi, it will be your handy pocket guide telling you which dishes or fish types are your best option. Chocolate List (free) does pretty much the same thing, but then for chocolate. Find out whether your ‘fair trade chocolate’ is indeed as fair as it promises to be. Seasonal Food Guide (free) is another handy little addition to your app collection, that jumps on the trend of seasonal foods. It will help you find local and seasonal fruits and veggies based on your location. This way, you know that your food hasn’t traveled great distances to get on your plate. HowGood (free) gives a rating to products to reflect on their sustainability. How sustainable is that product really, considering the processes of farming, growing, producing, shipping, handling, and selling? Time to hunt for the ‘good,’ ‘great,’ or ‘best’-ranked products. Recommended:  Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power Apps For Less Food Waste The total amount of food that we waste does, according to the World Wildlife Federation, have the same ecological footprint as a whopping 37 million cars. There has to be a different way. And you’ve guessed it, now there is! Every bit of food that goes to waste is a missed opportunity with those handy waste prevention apps. Photo by Olio. Olio (free) has made quite some noise recently, claiming to start the food sharing revolution. It lets you give unused food to neighbors, while you take that nearly expired cucumber off their hands. Too Good To Go (free) is pledging to end food waste while saving delicious food. Shops, bakeries, and restaurants can list their nearly expired products, meals, or dishes, that you can order through the app and pick up at the specified time. FlashFood (free) is making your shopping trip a breeze, as it lets you take advantage of deals in supermarkets and grocery stores on nearly expired food. Ideal for coupon-hunters and anyone who cares about their wallet as well as about the planet. Recommended:  Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste The App Is The Future You don’t have to download all of those apps to make a difference. Perhaps just start with the one that spoke to you most while reading its description. It’s all about the baby steps. Cover photo by Rob Hampson Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
Although we are already well underway in 2020, it is never too late for an excellent resolution. Living more sustainably should be on top of your list, considering the current state of our planet. As Mother Earth is visibly struggling with the pressure of our presence, we may want to give her a break or two. Live More Sustainable And yes, one person’s actions might not matter at all in the grand scheme of things, a tiny drop in the ocean, you name it. We’ve heard it all before, but this does not mean that you can’t just do anything. (You might want to read that sentence twice.) Photo by Gema Evans.  Becoming more sustainable does not mean that you have to start living in a tiny house, trade-in your old Volvo for an electric vehicle, grow your veggies, or give up your latest smartphone. Not yet, at least. Babysteps is the word, and we got some of those for you, shaped like something comforting, cuddly and familiar. We present to you, the apps that will bring you a more sustainable life - through the food that we consume. Recommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Apps For A Vegan Diet The food you put in your mouth every day could potentially make a massive difference for our planet. If you are ready to go all the way, you might opt for becoming a vegan, or commit yourself to eat locally only. If so, you might be interested in some of those apps. Is it Vegan App! Is It Vegan? (free), that lets you scan the barcode of any product and will tell you right after whether it is vegan, vegetarian, or neither, using a heat chart. Happy Cow (€4,49) inspired by the similarly named website. It shows all the vegan hotspots in the world, including vegan-friendly restaurants on a map. Vegsafe (free), basically an enormous database of the different obscure ingredients and e-numbers out there, indicating whether they are vegan. This will be a game-changer when you are out shopping for groceries and despairing as you read the content descriptions. {youtube}                                             Top 5 Apps for your Vegan/Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle. Apps For A Vegetarian Diet For those who are a bit more hesitant to take on the full vegan diet - no blame here -, you could start by reducing the amount of meat you eat. Meat is a significant polluter, so it could be one of the best decisions you ever made. Just raising one animal to maturity, when it is ready to be slaughtered for its meat, requires a lot of resources that we could just as well use for more useful things than a hamburger. Did you know that to get you a decently sized steak, a whopping 7000 liters of water are required? So if you had the choice between not showering for half a year or passing up on a steak once, incredibly enough, the latter would be the more sustainable one. Recommended:  Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use Still, far too many of us are incorporating some kind of meat in our dinner. This is ‘how we always did it,’ and ‘a meal is not complete without.’ For those, you might be happy to learn of some handy apps that provide plenty of meat-free recipes. Green Kitchen (€4,49) is a popular recipe app for veggie-only dishes. It boasts complete ingredient lists and easy to follow instructions. Veggie Weekend (free) is another useful recipe app with over 100 tasty meals for both vegans and vegetarians. It includes a digital timer and relevant nutrition information. Easy Vegetarian (free) for Android users. A cookbook with 200+ vegetarian recipes and a shopping list functionality. Vegetarian Meal Plan (free) allows you to create a detailed meal plan for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and creates the accompanying shopping list for your convenience. If these delicious recipes are not enough to keep you motivated, some so-called ‘meat-tracker’ apps give you some tough love. These two are personal favorites: Less (free) is meant as positive meat-reducing reinforcement. It does not expect you to cut meat out of your diet altogether, but it does give you a firm reality check. Simply input the amount and type of meat you ate, and it will provide you with an overview of your environmental impact. Ideally, it motivates you to get those badges for helping save millions of liters of water. No Meat Today (free) is another meal tracker that allows you to set your personal goals and keeps track of them. Are you sticking to those one or two meat-free days per week, or are you cheating? How about your resolution to eat more fish? A beautiful reality check. Apps For An Accountable Diet It is not just about the meat, though. Other parts of our food industry could be just as bad. This is why you would want an app measuring the sustainability of any food you are eating. We got you covered there, too. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (free) is, guaranteed, not the fanciest looking thing out there, but it gets the job done. It tells you precisely what fish to choose and to avoid. Whether you are at the fish market or ordering in sushi, it will be your handy pocket guide telling you which dishes or fish types are your best option. Chocolate List (free) does pretty much the same thing, but then for chocolate. Find out whether your ‘fair trade chocolate’ is indeed as fair as it promises to be. Seasonal Food Guide (free) is another handy little addition to your app collection, that jumps on the trend of seasonal foods. It will help you find local and seasonal fruits and veggies based on your location. This way, you know that your food hasn’t traveled great distances to get on your plate. HowGood (free) gives a rating to products to reflect on their sustainability. How sustainable is that product really, considering the processes of farming, growing, producing, shipping, handling, and selling? Time to hunt for the ‘good,’ ‘great,’ or ‘best’-ranked products. Recommended:  Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power Apps For Less Food Waste The total amount of food that we waste does, according to the World Wildlife Federation, have the same ecological footprint as a whopping 37 million cars. There has to be a different way. And you’ve guessed it, now there is! Every bit of food that goes to waste is a missed opportunity with those handy waste prevention apps. Photo by Olio. Olio (free) has made quite some noise recently, claiming to start the food sharing revolution. It lets you give unused food to neighbors, while you take that nearly expired cucumber off their hands. Too Good To Go (free) is pledging to end food waste while saving delicious food. Shops, bakeries, and restaurants can list their nearly expired products, meals, or dishes, that you can order through the app and pick up at the specified time. FlashFood (free) is making your shopping trip a breeze, as it lets you take advantage of deals in supermarkets and grocery stores on nearly expired food. Ideal for coupon-hunters and anyone who cares about their wallet as well as about the planet. Recommended:  Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste The App Is The Future You don’t have to download all of those apps to make a difference. Perhaps just start with the one that spoke to you most while reading its description. It’s all about the baby steps. Cover photo by Rob Hampson Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
These Apps Will Help You Live More Sustainable
Your Food For The Future: Meat Cut Backs
Eighteen arguments for eating meat exposed. Hard to believe for those connected to eating and producing meat, but the evidence for the plant-based diet is undeniable. Whether you are worried about animal welfare, the environment, or your health, scientific research shows that meat-free foods are the best. Millions of people already use fewer animal products. Your Food For The Future: Meat Cut Backs Naturally, livestock farmers and meat lovers fight back. They say avocados are worse than beef. And what about the bee-massacring almond production? And on top of that, we are now dealing with the coronavirus. According to the world's top biodiversity scientists, there are even more deadly pandemics on their way, unless we put a halt to ecological devastation. Food is an essential part of our culture, but there is no perfect diet. But the evidence is indisputable: whatever diet you choose, it will contain less red meat and dairy than the regular western foods. That’s for two reasons: First, the excessive consumption of meat causes diseases, with about $285 billion spent each year on the treatment of infections caused by eating red meat alone. Second, eating plants is far more efficient than feeding the plants to animals and then eating them. {youtube}                                             How to Eat Less Meat in 2020 | Melissa Clark | NYT Cooking Recommended:  Bio-industry: What Makes Us Eat Corrupt Meat What about all the arguments in favor of meat-eating? Let's explore by starting with the following: Food For The Future: Grass-fed Beef Is A Low Carbon This statement is only valid in comparison with intensively reared meat linked to the destruction of forests. Research shows that grass beef uses more land and produces more - or at best comparable - emissions because the grain is more natural for cows to process and intensively reared cows live less long. The emissions of even the best beef are still many times higher than those of beans and legumes. There's more. Joseph Poor of Oxford University claims that if all the world's meadows were reintroduced into natural vegetation, greenhouse gases corresponding to about 8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide would be removed each year. That is about 15% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Xavier von Erlach.  Meet cutbacks?: Cattle are climate-neutral  Methane is a solid greenhouse gas, and ruminants generate a lot of it. But it only stays in the atmosphere for a relatively short time: half of it is degraded in nine years. As a result, some claim that preserving the world's cattle herd at its current level - around 1 billion animals - will not warm the planet up. Focusing solely on methane is not going to get rid of the unbridled deforestation by cattle ranchers in South America. Even if you entirely ignore methane, Poore says, animal products still generate more CO2 than plants. Recommended:  Food Future: Serving Lab-Meat In Restaurants Reality? Grow grass for sheep and cattle According to NFU-president, Minette Batters, 65% of the British land is exclusively fit for grazing cattle, and we have the right climate to produce high-quality red meat and dairy. But Marco Springmann of the University of Oxford says that that argument will not reduce global warming. His work demonstrates that a transition to a predominantly plant-based flexitarian diet would release both pasture and arable land. You can use the field to grow trees and lock up carbon. Provide an area for reclaiming and restoring nature and grow bioenergy crops to replace fossil fuels. It could become food for people, which leads to an increase in the self-sufficiency in grains. Photo by Monty Allen. Recommended:  Vegan Food: About Money And Dairy, Cattle Industry Collapse Grazing livestock helps store carbon in the ground This is true. The issue is that even in the very best cases, this carbon storage only compensates 20%-60% of the total emissions from grazing livestock. Moreover, according to research, this carbon storage will reach its peak within a couple of decades, while the problem of methane emissions persists. Recommended:  CO2 Footprint Food: Focus On What You Eat, Not If It Is Local More wildlife in the meadows than in monoculture areas It's possibly true. However, the high herd density means that pastureland is worse for wildlife than natural land. Consuming less meat means less destroying wild places, and cutting meat would also liberate significantly more grassland and arable land that can be returned to nature. Photo by Simon Godfrey. Animals are needed to transform food into a protein that humans can eat There is no lack of protein, seeing in rich countries they eat 30-50% more proteins than we need. But we don't need animals for it, since we can extract proteins from plant products, such as lentils, beans, whole grains, and nuts. What about tofu and soya milk destroying the Amazon? It's not true. More than 96% of Amazonian soya is fed to pigs, chickens, and cows around the world, according to information from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, says Poore. Soymilk also has much lower emissions and much more economical use of land and water than cow's milk. If you are anxious about the Amazon, not eating meat remains is the best option. Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury Production of almond milk is the slaughter of bees and turning land into a desert. The production of some almonds could lead to environmental problems, due to the rising demand in specific areas, like California. But it has nothing to do with what almonds need to grow. Farmers raise bees, like six-legged livestock. The bees that die in California are not wild insects; farmers raise them. But, just like soya milk, almond milk still has lower carbon emissions and lower soil and water consumption than cow's milk. Are you looking for an alternative? Pick oat milk, which has the smallest environmental footprint. Recommended:  Robot Bees Are All The Buzz: Bees In Decline Avocados cause dryness in some areas The problem is the high growth rate of production in certain areas, such as Peru and Chile, which do not have prudent water use controls. It's worth mentioning that avocados cause four times fewer emissions than pork, three times less than chicken, and twenty times less than beef. Recommended:  Curbing Plastic Waste By Tattooed Avocados Quinoa Tree Damages Poor Farmers In Peru And Bolivia Quinoa is fantastic, but it hasn't been taken away from poor people. The quinoa boom raised the farmers' income. What about palm oil that devastates rainforests and orangutans? Unfortunately, palm oil plantations have indeed resulted in terrible deforestation. It is a problem for everyone, not only for the vegans. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature states says that the choice for sustainably produced palm oil is, in fact, a positive one because other oil plants take up more land. Poore doesn't agree. "We are leaving millions of acres a year of oilseed land around the world, including rapeseed and sunflower fields in the former Soviet regions, and traditional olive plantations." Your Food For The Future: Healthy Questions Answers Vegans don’t get enough B12 A vegan diet is overall very healthy, but doctors have warned of the possible lack of B12, which is an essential vitamin for brain function found in meat, eggs, and cow's milk. Taking a supplement can help this problem. Plant-based alternatives to meat are unhealthy. Is the plant-based burger junk food? "If the salt concentration is high, it could be very unhealthy," says Springmann, "but a meat burger is still worse." Moreover, replacing a meat burger with a vegetable alternative is certainly less harmful to the environment. You could say we overeat processed food, but that applies to both meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. Vegetables and fruits are not vegan because they depend on animal manure as fertilizer. Not true. We do not have to rely on animal dung. There are enough synthetic fertilizers made from the nitrogen in the air and plenty of organic fertilizer available. Overfertilization does cause problems with water pollution in many parts of the world. But this applies to both compost and manure and is the result of poor management. Vegan diets kill millions of insects. There are indeed fewer insects in the world, but it's not only due to the meat-eaters. Almost everyone eats almonds, avocados, etc. If you are anxious about the insects, you could opt for a plant-based organic diet. Photo by Martin Sepion. Telling people to eat less dairy and meat is a negation of vital nutrition for the poorest people in the world. Springmann says that a "planetary health diet" would improve nutrition in all regions, even the more impoverished areas where starch-rich foods currently dominate diets. The emissions from transport mean that eating plants from all over the world is much worse than eating local meat and dairy. Almost all food shipped over long distances is transported by ships, which can handle massive loads and are therefore pretty efficient. For example, emissions from shipping for avocados crossing the Atlantic Ocean are about 8 percent of their total footprint. Air transportation leads to high emissions, but very little food is shipped in this manner. All livestock farmers would be unemployed if the world were meat-free Taxpayers' money subsidizes worldwide livestock farming - unlike vegetables and fruit. What if you use that money for many sustainable foods such as nuts and beans? But also, to pay other services, like restoring the wildlife, capturing carbon in the pasture lands, cleaning water, etc.? You can say, food is difficult. Of course, we want to continue farming and eating as we do now, the proof is quite clear that consuming less meat and more plants is very good for our health as well as for the planet. Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
Eighteen arguments for eating meat exposed. Hard to believe for those connected to eating and producing meat, but the evidence for the plant-based diet is undeniable. Whether you are worried about animal welfare, the environment, or your health, scientific research shows that meat-free foods are the best. Millions of people already use fewer animal products. Your Food For The Future: Meat Cut Backs Naturally, livestock farmers and meat lovers fight back. They say avocados are worse than beef. And what about the bee-massacring almond production? And on top of that, we are now dealing with the coronavirus. According to the world's top biodiversity scientists, there are even more deadly pandemics on their way, unless we put a halt to ecological devastation. Food is an essential part of our culture, but there is no perfect diet. But the evidence is indisputable: whatever diet you choose, it will contain less red meat and dairy than the regular western foods. That’s for two reasons: First, the excessive consumption of meat causes diseases, with about $285 billion spent each year on the treatment of infections caused by eating red meat alone. Second, eating plants is far more efficient than feeding the plants to animals and then eating them. {youtube}                                             How to Eat Less Meat in 2020 | Melissa Clark | NYT Cooking Recommended:  Bio-industry: What Makes Us Eat Corrupt Meat What about all the arguments in favor of meat-eating? Let's explore by starting with the following: Food For The Future: Grass-fed Beef Is A Low Carbon This statement is only valid in comparison with intensively reared meat linked to the destruction of forests. Research shows that grass beef uses more land and produces more - or at best comparable - emissions because the grain is more natural for cows to process and intensively reared cows live less long. The emissions of even the best beef are still many times higher than those of beans and legumes. There's more. Joseph Poor of Oxford University claims that if all the world's meadows were reintroduced into natural vegetation, greenhouse gases corresponding to about 8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide would be removed each year. That is about 15% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Xavier von Erlach.  Meet cutbacks?: Cattle are climate-neutral  Methane is a solid greenhouse gas, and ruminants generate a lot of it. But it only stays in the atmosphere for a relatively short time: half of it is degraded in nine years. As a result, some claim that preserving the world's cattle herd at its current level - around 1 billion animals - will not warm the planet up. Focusing solely on methane is not going to get rid of the unbridled deforestation by cattle ranchers in South America. Even if you entirely ignore methane, Poore says, animal products still generate more CO2 than plants. Recommended:  Food Future: Serving Lab-Meat In Restaurants Reality? Grow grass for sheep and cattle According to NFU-president, Minette Batters, 65% of the British land is exclusively fit for grazing cattle, and we have the right climate to produce high-quality red meat and dairy. But Marco Springmann of the University of Oxford says that that argument will not reduce global warming. His work demonstrates that a transition to a predominantly plant-based flexitarian diet would release both pasture and arable land. You can use the field to grow trees and lock up carbon. Provide an area for reclaiming and restoring nature and grow bioenergy crops to replace fossil fuels. It could become food for people, which leads to an increase in the self-sufficiency in grains. Photo by Monty Allen. Recommended:  Vegan Food: About Money And Dairy, Cattle Industry Collapse Grazing livestock helps store carbon in the ground This is true. The issue is that even in the very best cases, this carbon storage only compensates 20%-60% of the total emissions from grazing livestock. Moreover, according to research, this carbon storage will reach its peak within a couple of decades, while the problem of methane emissions persists. Recommended:  CO2 Footprint Food: Focus On What You Eat, Not If It Is Local More wildlife in the meadows than in monoculture areas It's possibly true. However, the high herd density means that pastureland is worse for wildlife than natural land. Consuming less meat means less destroying wild places, and cutting meat would also liberate significantly more grassland and arable land that can be returned to nature. Photo by Simon Godfrey. Animals are needed to transform food into a protein that humans can eat There is no lack of protein, seeing in rich countries they eat 30-50% more proteins than we need. But we don't need animals for it, since we can extract proteins from plant products, such as lentils, beans, whole grains, and nuts. What about tofu and soya milk destroying the Amazon? It's not true. More than 96% of Amazonian soya is fed to pigs, chickens, and cows around the world, according to information from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, says Poore. Soymilk also has much lower emissions and much more economical use of land and water than cow's milk. If you are anxious about the Amazon, not eating meat remains is the best option. Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury Production of almond milk is the slaughter of bees and turning land into a desert. The production of some almonds could lead to environmental problems, due to the rising demand in specific areas, like California. But it has nothing to do with what almonds need to grow. Farmers raise bees, like six-legged livestock. The bees that die in California are not wild insects; farmers raise them. But, just like soya milk, almond milk still has lower carbon emissions and lower soil and water consumption than cow's milk. Are you looking for an alternative? Pick oat milk, which has the smallest environmental footprint. Recommended:  Robot Bees Are All The Buzz: Bees In Decline Avocados cause dryness in some areas The problem is the high growth rate of production in certain areas, such as Peru and Chile, which do not have prudent water use controls. It's worth mentioning that avocados cause four times fewer emissions than pork, three times less than chicken, and twenty times less than beef. Recommended:  Curbing Plastic Waste By Tattooed Avocados Quinoa Tree Damages Poor Farmers In Peru And Bolivia Quinoa is fantastic, but it hasn't been taken away from poor people. The quinoa boom raised the farmers' income. What about palm oil that devastates rainforests and orangutans? Unfortunately, palm oil plantations have indeed resulted in terrible deforestation. It is a problem for everyone, not only for the vegans. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature states says that the choice for sustainably produced palm oil is, in fact, a positive one because other oil plants take up more land. Poore doesn't agree. "We are leaving millions of acres a year of oilseed land around the world, including rapeseed and sunflower fields in the former Soviet regions, and traditional olive plantations." Your Food For The Future: Healthy Questions Answers Vegans don’t get enough B12 A vegan diet is overall very healthy, but doctors have warned of the possible lack of B12, which is an essential vitamin for brain function found in meat, eggs, and cow's milk. Taking a supplement can help this problem. Plant-based alternatives to meat are unhealthy. Is the plant-based burger junk food? "If the salt concentration is high, it could be very unhealthy," says Springmann, "but a meat burger is still worse." Moreover, replacing a meat burger with a vegetable alternative is certainly less harmful to the environment. You could say we overeat processed food, but that applies to both meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. Vegetables and fruits are not vegan because they depend on animal manure as fertilizer. Not true. We do not have to rely on animal dung. There are enough synthetic fertilizers made from the nitrogen in the air and plenty of organic fertilizer available. Overfertilization does cause problems with water pollution in many parts of the world. But this applies to both compost and manure and is the result of poor management. Vegan diets kill millions of insects. There are indeed fewer insects in the world, but it's not only due to the meat-eaters. Almost everyone eats almonds, avocados, etc. If you are anxious about the insects, you could opt for a plant-based organic diet. Photo by Martin Sepion. Telling people to eat less dairy and meat is a negation of vital nutrition for the poorest people in the world. Springmann says that a "planetary health diet" would improve nutrition in all regions, even the more impoverished areas where starch-rich foods currently dominate diets. The emissions from transport mean that eating plants from all over the world is much worse than eating local meat and dairy. Almost all food shipped over long distances is transported by ships, which can handle massive loads and are therefore pretty efficient. For example, emissions from shipping for avocados crossing the Atlantic Ocean are about 8 percent of their total footprint. Air transportation leads to high emissions, but very little food is shipped in this manner. All livestock farmers would be unemployed if the world were meat-free Taxpayers' money subsidizes worldwide livestock farming - unlike vegetables and fruit. What if you use that money for many sustainable foods such as nuts and beans? But also, to pay other services, like restoring the wildlife, capturing carbon in the pasture lands, cleaning water, etc.? You can say, food is difficult. Of course, we want to continue farming and eating as we do now, the proof is quite clear that consuming less meat and more plants is very good for our health as well as for the planet. Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. 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Reset And Redesign: Green Tourism After COVID-19
One of the most frequently asked questions after COVID-19 brought the world’s activities and business to a halt? Right after ‘what are the symptoms’ and ‘will I die,’ we mostly wondered if we would still be able to go on our summer holiday.  Reset And Redesign The whole concept of ‘summer holiday’ has become some kind of ritual. Families will pack up their cars and drive to the Spanish Costas. Or we get on the cheapest flight that we could find and get ourselves some quality time in a far-away resort. Now, it appears as if we might not be able to go on this much-treasured trip after all. Countries are still amid Corona’s throes or are only just now starting to pick themselves up. Borders are slowly being re-opened, but global travel is still minimal. Airline companies are operating a skeleton network, and attractions, restaurants, and resorts are still dealing with strict social distancing measures. Photo by Simon Rae. Reset and redesign tourism. Back to simplicity International Tourism Is Down The World Tourism Organization has estimated that international travel will be down by up to 80% this year when compared to 2019, with 100 million jobs being threatened. Of course, what happened was a major disaster. No argument there whatsoever. However, for the sake of looking on the bright side of things, there could be a silver lining to all of this. It might just mean that we could change our ways for good, starting with our travel and vacationing behavior. Perhaps we could rebuild tourism in a greener and more sustainable way. It surely is an appealing thought. {youtube}                                                                 Coronavirus: Tourism and Social Distancing                                               Everyone, from hotel owners to airline companies to tour operators, has had time to re-think their business. Forced to improvise in times of social distancing and limited (local) travel, they had to find new ways of getting their local communities involved and becoming better for the planet. Recommended:  Business Air Travel Going Green: Zero-Emission Executive Jet Cities Ready For Change The city of Venice - which has notoriously been buckling under the pressure of tourists - is considering a completely new route. Now that the residents of this Italian city were able to see fish swim in their canals for the first time in forever, they do not want to lose all of this again as tourism once again gears up. The new route includes initiatives to turn temporary hotel accommodation into social housing, to get more permanent residents in lieu of tourists, and impose a tax on day-trippers. Amsterdam has come to a similar insight. In 2019, there was an approximate total of 18.3 million overnight tourist stays. The small streets and parks of this city were overcrowded and simply unable to deal with this number of people. The pandemic has therefore in many ways been a blessing in disguise for this city as well. Amsterdam has been given back to the locals, is the predominant thought, while the city is working hard on a plan to attract the ‘right’ kind of visitor - not the people who negatively impacted the livability in the city’s center for the past few years. The Dutch Leidseplein announcement sign 'it's open again for tourism. Amsterdam. In Barcelona, protests were already being held against the number of tourists before COVID-19 hit. Now that residents got their way and were able to enjoy ‘their’ city for a bit, local businesses are re-evaluating their priorities as well. It appears that the ‘locals’ are just as capable of keeping businesses afloat, no tourists are needed for that. At the same time, morale and living satisfaction has increased massively, something that has also positively impacted the city. Recommended:  Fellow Travelers: We've Seen The World Now Let's Save It Going Green And Biking It is not all about capping the number of visitors, like Venice, Amsterdam and Barcelona are eager to do. It is also about moving the city’s priorities and finding greener ways within their city. Look at Berlin, where some 14 miles of new bike lanes are being planned. Or Milan, where the air has been clearer than it has been in decades, and city officials are planning to keep it that way by making its center car-free. Instead, they are hoping to use this summer to improve some 25 miles of streets and roads, creating new bike lanes and pedestrian zones. In a similar move, Athens has sped up its plan for making its historic center car-free as well; while Paris and Brussels are equally focused on bringing down the number of cars and creating more bike lanes. As people still tend to avoid large crowds, on government advice, it appears that those cities will have some more time to get the work done. By the time cities will start attracting more visitors, they ought to have transformed into something greener. R ecommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Explore Destination Travel In the meantime, people are likely to flock to more remote coastal and rural areas. This is the best opportunity for destination management that we may have. We can build up tourism slowly and in a balanced manner. Encourage things like cycling holidays in your own country, or perhaps train journeys to a remote location. Slower travel, in all senses of the word. At the same time, impoverished areas of the world would be happy to see more tourism in order to get their economy going. This is once again an opportunity for destination management, finding new and undiscovered locations that would truly benefit from an added flow of tourists. On the plus side, it would make your holiday a lot more adventurous as well, going somewhere completely new and relatively undiscovered. Recommended:  Travel The World: Keeping The Environment Healthy Air Travel Feels The Heat That brings us to the final and most prominent issue. Air travel is a significant polluter; the extent of their damage is only becoming clear now they are forced to cut operations back significantly. All around the world, governments are bailing their national airlines out by providing all kinds of emergency funds. In return, they could demand that airlines become more climate-conscious. Your airfare will inevitably become more expensive, which may mean that we take fewer ‘city trips.’ Fewer destination holidays. More close-to-home, low impact tourism is what we need - and what Corona has forced us to do this summer. Cover photo by Victor Xok Recommended:  ‘Flygskam’: The Trend Of Scandinavian Shame Of Flying COVID-19 can be the catalyst that will force us all to be better. Do better. Let’s not waste this opportunity. Recommended:  Sustainable Air Travel: Climate Change Mindset And Tips Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about sustainable traveling? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
One of the most frequently asked questions after COVID-19 brought the world’s activities and business to a halt? Right after ‘what are the symptoms’ and ‘will I die,’ we mostly wondered if we would still be able to go on our summer holiday.  Reset And Redesign The whole concept of ‘summer holiday’ has become some kind of ritual. Families will pack up their cars and drive to the Spanish Costas. Or we get on the cheapest flight that we could find and get ourselves some quality time in a far-away resort. Now, it appears as if we might not be able to go on this much-treasured trip after all. Countries are still amid Corona’s throes or are only just now starting to pick themselves up. Borders are slowly being re-opened, but global travel is still minimal. Airline companies are operating a skeleton network, and attractions, restaurants, and resorts are still dealing with strict social distancing measures. Photo by Simon Rae. Reset and redesign tourism. Back to simplicity International Tourism Is Down The World Tourism Organization has estimated that international travel will be down by up to 80% this year when compared to 2019, with 100 million jobs being threatened. Of course, what happened was a major disaster. No argument there whatsoever. However, for the sake of looking on the bright side of things, there could be a silver lining to all of this. It might just mean that we could change our ways for good, starting with our travel and vacationing behavior. Perhaps we could rebuild tourism in a greener and more sustainable way. It surely is an appealing thought. {youtube}                                                                 Coronavirus: Tourism and Social Distancing                                               Everyone, from hotel owners to airline companies to tour operators, has had time to re-think their business. Forced to improvise in times of social distancing and limited (local) travel, they had to find new ways of getting their local communities involved and becoming better for the planet. Recommended:  Business Air Travel Going Green: Zero-Emission Executive Jet Cities Ready For Change The city of Venice - which has notoriously been buckling under the pressure of tourists - is considering a completely new route. Now that the residents of this Italian city were able to see fish swim in their canals for the first time in forever, they do not want to lose all of this again as tourism once again gears up. The new route includes initiatives to turn temporary hotel accommodation into social housing, to get more permanent residents in lieu of tourists, and impose a tax on day-trippers. Amsterdam has come to a similar insight. In 2019, there was an approximate total of 18.3 million overnight tourist stays. The small streets and parks of this city were overcrowded and simply unable to deal with this number of people. The pandemic has therefore in many ways been a blessing in disguise for this city as well. Amsterdam has been given back to the locals, is the predominant thought, while the city is working hard on a plan to attract the ‘right’ kind of visitor - not the people who negatively impacted the livability in the city’s center for the past few years. The Dutch Leidseplein announcement sign 'it's open again for tourism. Amsterdam. In Barcelona, protests were already being held against the number of tourists before COVID-19 hit. Now that residents got their way and were able to enjoy ‘their’ city for a bit, local businesses are re-evaluating their priorities as well. It appears that the ‘locals’ are just as capable of keeping businesses afloat, no tourists are needed for that. At the same time, morale and living satisfaction has increased massively, something that has also positively impacted the city. Recommended:  Fellow Travelers: We've Seen The World Now Let's Save It Going Green And Biking It is not all about capping the number of visitors, like Venice, Amsterdam and Barcelona are eager to do. It is also about moving the city’s priorities and finding greener ways within their city. Look at Berlin, where some 14 miles of new bike lanes are being planned. Or Milan, where the air has been clearer than it has been in decades, and city officials are planning to keep it that way by making its center car-free. Instead, they are hoping to use this summer to improve some 25 miles of streets and roads, creating new bike lanes and pedestrian zones. In a similar move, Athens has sped up its plan for making its historic center car-free as well; while Paris and Brussels are equally focused on bringing down the number of cars and creating more bike lanes. As people still tend to avoid large crowds, on government advice, it appears that those cities will have some more time to get the work done. By the time cities will start attracting more visitors, they ought to have transformed into something greener. R ecommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Explore Destination Travel In the meantime, people are likely to flock to more remote coastal and rural areas. This is the best opportunity for destination management that we may have. We can build up tourism slowly and in a balanced manner. Encourage things like cycling holidays in your own country, or perhaps train journeys to a remote location. Slower travel, in all senses of the word. At the same time, impoverished areas of the world would be happy to see more tourism in order to get their economy going. This is once again an opportunity for destination management, finding new and undiscovered locations that would truly benefit from an added flow of tourists. On the plus side, it would make your holiday a lot more adventurous as well, going somewhere completely new and relatively undiscovered. Recommended:  Travel The World: Keeping The Environment Healthy Air Travel Feels The Heat That brings us to the final and most prominent issue. Air travel is a significant polluter; the extent of their damage is only becoming clear now they are forced to cut operations back significantly. All around the world, governments are bailing their national airlines out by providing all kinds of emergency funds. In return, they could demand that airlines become more climate-conscious. Your airfare will inevitably become more expensive, which may mean that we take fewer ‘city trips.’ Fewer destination holidays. More close-to-home, low impact tourism is what we need - and what Corona has forced us to do this summer. Cover photo by Victor Xok Recommended:  ‘Flygskam’: The Trend Of Scandinavian Shame Of Flying COVID-19 can be the catalyst that will force us all to be better. Do better. Let’s not waste this opportunity. Recommended:  Sustainable Air Travel: Climate Change Mindset And Tips Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about sustainable traveling? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
Reset And Redesign: Green Tourism After COVID-19
Keep Distance Scream The Signs: Your Holiday 2.0
Social Distancing brought a lot of innovations. Some far fetched some acceptable annoying. Jajaxed came with a 'beach belt kit.'   Christophe Gernigon, French designer and interior decorator, designed a curvilinear bell to help to space the tables and Mediamatic ETEN introduced: Serres Sépparées (separate greenhouses). Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked The designers are moving around the world to look for useful solutions to create social distancing with objects other than devastating plexiglass plates. After the greenhouses on the canals of Amsterdam, it is the turn of Christophe Gernigon, French interior designer and decorator who has worked in the sector for more than 20 years with experiences in Carré Blanc (home textiles), Maison Sarah Lavoine et Arts & Influences ( Brussels concept store) and creator of Designer Particulier. Recommended:  Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? Lockdown Unlocked: Safe Eating In a stunt to encourage social distancing, a German restaurant gave its diners hats with pool noodles upon its reopening. Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin, Germany, reopened last week as the country begins to lift certain coronavirus restrictions. It posted a photo of its diners on Facebook, showing them in straw hats with colorful pool noodles pointing in three different directions to encourage social distancing from all sides (cover photo). Customers sitting outside Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin , Germany, all wore straw hats with two swimming pool noddles taped to the top as the cafe makes sure they do not mock social distancing. Safe Eating: Plexiglass Playing on the words plexiglass and eat (eating), he created Plex'Eat, a suspension with a disc that has a diameter of 80 centimeters to which a curved and shaped bell-shaped plexiglass plate is fixed. The wave-cut in the photos distributed on the site is positioned on the back of the bell to avoid the feeling of total closure and to allow diners, even non-cohabitants, to eat at the same table without too much distance. But a simple rotation could allow cohabiting diners not also to have to worry about raising their voices to talk to each other. Recommended:  Lock-down? Stay Healthy With This Body Workout At Home Lockdown Unlocked: The Idea From Music I was worried about the restaurateurs. So I thought of a device that would allow you to rediscover conviviality around a table, but without taking risks. All the spacing solutions for restaurant customers I've seen so far have the appearance of prison parlors. The prototype is much more pleasant than the plexiglass plates that have started to swarm on the tables of Italian restaurants. The idea of ​​the plexiglass bell was born from an armchair in a concept store in Asia that was equipped with a bell to listen to music. The object is not yet in production, but there is already the interest of some plexiglass producers to verify the feasibility and start manufacturing and marketing. Recommended:  Heat Waves And COVID-19: A Killers Mix On Its Way Pandemic Safe Eating: From ‘Quarantine Greenhouses’ to ‘Sneezing Fences,’ As COVID-19 restrictions ease, restaurateurs are considering new ways to accommodate physical distancing. Outfitted in face shields and holding long wooden planks in gloved hands, servers slide meals into mini-greenhouses lining Amsterdam’s waterfront. A pandemic riff on private dining rooms - chambres séparées in French - a Dutch restaurant has dubbed its experiment Serres Sépparées (separate greenhouses). {youtube}                                         Mediamatic ETEN  trials greenhouses to shield diners from coronavirus More like dining in a fishbowl than a behind-closed-doors experience, the ETEN restaurant at Amsterdam’s Mediamatic art center  is putting a playful spin on protective barriers. Big enough for up to three people to gather around a candlelit table, these transparent enclosures serve as an example of what dining during relaxed COVID-19 containment measures could look like. Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: Greenhouses The five greenhouses, which artist Diana Scherer created for her ‘Spectrum Crops Findings in Colour’ project, overlook the Oosterdok harbor. They are quite small, so we worried it would feel claustrophobic, but the consensus is that they feel very cozy and intimate. Restaurants in the Netherlands will open their door again on the 1 st of June only if the Governments think it is saved to do so and with ‘a lot of’ restrictions. Unlocked: Safe Mediamatic ETEN Mediamatic ETEN, a plant-based restaurant in Amsterdam, is putting a playful spin on protective barriers. Mediamatic calls its greenhouse model ‘new safe hospitality.’ Set in the context of COVID-19, Serres Séparées is indeed novel. The pandemic presents particular demands, and for restaurants, devising ways for guests and staff to maintain a safe distance at all times is crucial. Recommended:  Tiny House Becomes Solar Water Collecting Off-grid Egg Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: London, South Korea, Sweden, Canada Although we’ve seen this style of private-yet-public dining before - from pre-pandemic pods on the banks of London’s River Thames to glass domes along Ottawa’s Rideau Canal -  it holds promise for businesses navigating the current crisis. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, restaurateurs are considering new ways to accommodate physical distancing. In South Korean dining halls, for example, plexiglass partitions separating seated guests are commonplace. A rural Swedish restaurant, Stedsans in the Woods, announced plans to install a clear ‘sneezing fence’ on communal tables so you can talk to and see people on the other side of the table without being sneezed on. Recommended:  Sustainable Arctic Architecture: A Geodesic Dome In Canada, most restaurateurs are questioning their ability to reopen at all, let alone contemplating ways to fund glass greenhouses or other private dining options. Lack of capital is a significant issue. The biggest concern is 70 percent of people are worried (about whether) they have enough money to reopen. That’s going to be one thing that stands in the way of any innovation. Even if restaurants are permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity, he adds, most will struggle to resume dine-in service. In addition to regular operating costs, there will likely be increased staffing requirements to cover enhanced cleaning and crowd control. Kitchens will have to be reconfigured to allow for physical distancing among staff. All of this will need to be accomplished with half the number of tables they usually rely on to generate revenue. With the restrictions still being on, it’s going to be hard for anybody to make any investments in things like you see in other countries. Once we’re through this, hopefully, they’ll find a way to counteract the effects of the virus, and people will be able to start assembling again. That’s when our industry will bounce back. That’s when you’ll see the real innovation and the actual resilience of our sector.” Keep Distance On The Beach The Jajaxd Collective has introduced the ‘beach belt’ kit, which helps people keep the specified social distance on the beach. Since the beach becomes a trendy destination for areas with hot summer weather, the studio wanted to ease the general uncertainty, allowing people to enjoy the sand and sea. Foto by  JAJA x D.  Keep Distance Scream The Signs: Your Holiday 2.0 Social Distancing: Impossible Fashion The fashion world has responded to the request of social distancing by coming up with rather funny but impossible costumes. Funny or not, they help you to keep a distance and don’t allow anybody to come close! The costumes remind people that keeping a distance is a ‘serious matter’ and, at the same time, can trigger smiles and ‘discussion.’ The petticoat dress by multiply office In the swimming pool, you can wear a floating device that fits around your body like a ‘pancake.’ Swimming will be hard, but at least you can keep half of your body cool while keeping people on a distance. Keep Distance: Shoes With A 'Message' Shoes made by Grigore Lup, Spain. Social Distancing: Recreation  These socially distancing circles can be seen in Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When the pandemic hit Elblag, Poland, and forced the closure of the city’s  contemporary art gallery, Director  Adriana Kotynska, an architect, came up with an innovative solution to safely attract visitors to its public outdoor space. She turned the gallery’s overgrown lawn into a green checkerboard, mowing the grass in a pattern to create individual social isolation zones. Tram Concept With Social Distancing Solutions. Italian architect Arturo Tedeschi has designed a tram concept for the city of Milan called Passerella, which is equipped with discreet social distancing solutions. Designed as a modern take on the classic ATM Class 1500 tram, which was first introduced to the city in 1929, the Passerella reinterprets the style and proportions of the first model numbered 1503. Design Arturo Tedeschi Along with updating its form, Tedeschi added technologies and adaptations for life following the coronavirus pandemic. Its interior features plexiglass shields to separate individual seats and circle-shaped markers on the floor to act as discreet signals of where travelers should stand to keep a safe distance. Design Arturo Tedeschi Frank Kunert's older work, Privacy, has taken on new meaning in today's context Kunert said social distancing has also caused him to look at older pieces in a new light, such as the 2017 piece simply titled Privacy where a round dining table is divided into individual dining booths. "Many of my scenes match our so-called 'new normal' which isn't all that surprising," he said. "I'm driven by the topic of communication and society." Several other creatives have turned to model-making as an artistic outlet during the pandemic. Before you go! Recommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about COVID-19 or social distancing measures? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Social Distancing brought a lot of innovations. Some far fetched some acceptable annoying. Jajaxed came with a 'beach belt kit.'   Christophe Gernigon, French designer and interior decorator, designed a curvilinear bell to help to space the tables and Mediamatic ETEN introduced: Serres Sépparées (separate greenhouses). Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked The designers are moving around the world to look for useful solutions to create social distancing with objects other than devastating plexiglass plates. After the greenhouses on the canals of Amsterdam, it is the turn of Christophe Gernigon, French interior designer and decorator who has worked in the sector for more than 20 years with experiences in Carré Blanc (home textiles), Maison Sarah Lavoine et Arts & Influences ( Brussels concept store) and creator of Designer Particulier. Recommended:  Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? Lockdown Unlocked: Safe Eating In a stunt to encourage social distancing, a German restaurant gave its diners hats with pool noodles upon its reopening. Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin, Germany, reopened last week as the country begins to lift certain coronavirus restrictions. It posted a photo of its diners on Facebook, showing them in straw hats with colorful pool noodles pointing in three different directions to encourage social distancing from all sides (cover photo). Customers sitting outside Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin , Germany, all wore straw hats with two swimming pool noddles taped to the top as the cafe makes sure they do not mock social distancing. Safe Eating: Plexiglass Playing on the words plexiglass and eat (eating), he created Plex'Eat, a suspension with a disc that has a diameter of 80 centimeters to which a curved and shaped bell-shaped plexiglass plate is fixed. The wave-cut in the photos distributed on the site is positioned on the back of the bell to avoid the feeling of total closure and to allow diners, even non-cohabitants, to eat at the same table without too much distance. But a simple rotation could allow cohabiting diners not also to have to worry about raising their voices to talk to each other. Recommended:  Lock-down? Stay Healthy With This Body Workout At Home Lockdown Unlocked: The Idea From Music I was worried about the restaurateurs. So I thought of a device that would allow you to rediscover conviviality around a table, but without taking risks. All the spacing solutions for restaurant customers I've seen so far have the appearance of prison parlors. The prototype is much more pleasant than the plexiglass plates that have started to swarm on the tables of Italian restaurants. The idea of ​​the plexiglass bell was born from an armchair in a concept store in Asia that was equipped with a bell to listen to music. The object is not yet in production, but there is already the interest of some plexiglass producers to verify the feasibility and start manufacturing and marketing. Recommended:  Heat Waves And COVID-19: A Killers Mix On Its Way Pandemic Safe Eating: From ‘Quarantine Greenhouses’ to ‘Sneezing Fences,’ As COVID-19 restrictions ease, restaurateurs are considering new ways to accommodate physical distancing. Outfitted in face shields and holding long wooden planks in gloved hands, servers slide meals into mini-greenhouses lining Amsterdam’s waterfront. A pandemic riff on private dining rooms - chambres séparées in French - a Dutch restaurant has dubbed its experiment Serres Sépparées (separate greenhouses). {youtube}                                         Mediamatic ETEN  trials greenhouses to shield diners from coronavirus More like dining in a fishbowl than a behind-closed-doors experience, the ETEN restaurant at Amsterdam’s Mediamatic art center  is putting a playful spin on protective barriers. Big enough for up to three people to gather around a candlelit table, these transparent enclosures serve as an example of what dining during relaxed COVID-19 containment measures could look like. Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: Greenhouses The five greenhouses, which artist Diana Scherer created for her ‘Spectrum Crops Findings in Colour’ project, overlook the Oosterdok harbor. They are quite small, so we worried it would feel claustrophobic, but the consensus is that they feel very cozy and intimate. Restaurants in the Netherlands will open their door again on the 1 st of June only if the Governments think it is saved to do so and with ‘a lot of’ restrictions. Unlocked: Safe Mediamatic ETEN Mediamatic ETEN, a plant-based restaurant in Amsterdam, is putting a playful spin on protective barriers. Mediamatic calls its greenhouse model ‘new safe hospitality.’ Set in the context of COVID-19, Serres Séparées is indeed novel. The pandemic presents particular demands, and for restaurants, devising ways for guests and staff to maintain a safe distance at all times is crucial. Recommended:  Tiny House Becomes Solar Water Collecting Off-grid Egg Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: London, South Korea, Sweden, Canada Although we’ve seen this style of private-yet-public dining before - from pre-pandemic pods on the banks of London’s River Thames to glass domes along Ottawa’s Rideau Canal -  it holds promise for businesses navigating the current crisis. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, restaurateurs are considering new ways to accommodate physical distancing. In South Korean dining halls, for example, plexiglass partitions separating seated guests are commonplace. A rural Swedish restaurant, Stedsans in the Woods, announced plans to install a clear ‘sneezing fence’ on communal tables so you can talk to and see people on the other side of the table without being sneezed on. Recommended:  Sustainable Arctic Architecture: A Geodesic Dome In Canada, most restaurateurs are questioning their ability to reopen at all, let alone contemplating ways to fund glass greenhouses or other private dining options. Lack of capital is a significant issue. The biggest concern is 70 percent of people are worried (about whether) they have enough money to reopen. That’s going to be one thing that stands in the way of any innovation. Even if restaurants are permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity, he adds, most will struggle to resume dine-in service. In addition to regular operating costs, there will likely be increased staffing requirements to cover enhanced cleaning and crowd control. Kitchens will have to be reconfigured to allow for physical distancing among staff. All of this will need to be accomplished with half the number of tables they usually rely on to generate revenue. With the restrictions still being on, it’s going to be hard for anybody to make any investments in things like you see in other countries. Once we’re through this, hopefully, they’ll find a way to counteract the effects of the virus, and people will be able to start assembling again. That’s when our industry will bounce back. That’s when you’ll see the real innovation and the actual resilience of our sector.” Keep Distance On The Beach The Jajaxd Collective has introduced the ‘beach belt’ kit, which helps people keep the specified social distance on the beach. Since the beach becomes a trendy destination for areas with hot summer weather, the studio wanted to ease the general uncertainty, allowing people to enjoy the sand and sea. Foto by  JAJA x D.  Keep Distance Scream The Signs: Your Holiday 2.0 Social Distancing: Impossible Fashion The fashion world has responded to the request of social distancing by coming up with rather funny but impossible costumes. Funny or not, they help you to keep a distance and don’t allow anybody to come close! The costumes remind people that keeping a distance is a ‘serious matter’ and, at the same time, can trigger smiles and ‘discussion.’ The petticoat dress by multiply office In the swimming pool, you can wear a floating device that fits around your body like a ‘pancake.’ Swimming will be hard, but at least you can keep half of your body cool while keeping people on a distance. Keep Distance: Shoes With A 'Message' Shoes made by Grigore Lup, Spain. Social Distancing: Recreation  These socially distancing circles can be seen in Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When the pandemic hit Elblag, Poland, and forced the closure of the city’s  contemporary art gallery, Director  Adriana Kotynska, an architect, came up with an innovative solution to safely attract visitors to its public outdoor space. She turned the gallery’s overgrown lawn into a green checkerboard, mowing the grass in a pattern to create individual social isolation zones. Tram Concept With Social Distancing Solutions. Italian architect Arturo Tedeschi has designed a tram concept for the city of Milan called Passerella, which is equipped with discreet social distancing solutions. Designed as a modern take on the classic ATM Class 1500 tram, which was first introduced to the city in 1929, the Passerella reinterprets the style and proportions of the first model numbered 1503. Design Arturo Tedeschi Along with updating its form, Tedeschi added technologies and adaptations for life following the coronavirus pandemic. Its interior features plexiglass shields to separate individual seats and circle-shaped markers on the floor to act as discreet signals of where travelers should stand to keep a safe distance. Design Arturo Tedeschi Frank Kunert's older work, Privacy, has taken on new meaning in today's context Kunert said social distancing has also caused him to look at older pieces in a new light, such as the 2017 piece simply titled Privacy where a round dining table is divided into individual dining booths. "Many of my scenes match our so-called 'new normal' which isn't all that surprising," he said. "I'm driven by the topic of communication and society." Several other creatives have turned to model-making as an artistic outlet during the pandemic. Before you go! Recommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about COVID-19 or social distancing measures? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Keep Distance Scream The Signs: Your Holiday 2.0
Keep Distance Scream The Signs: Your Holiday 2.0
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
In  these crazy Corona times, people are eagerly Googling ways of boosting their immune system. All kinds of weird therapies - including eating spoonfuls of crushed silver or rinsing with bleach - have popped up, all meant to provide resistance against Covid-19. There are two things to be said about this. First, there is no foolproof way of protecting yourself against the virus. Second, Google is your worst enemy at times like these.   Your Immune System Running? Avoid Comfort Foods There are, however, some ways of naturally boosting your immune system to at least get your body in better shape and give you and those around you more of a fighting chance if you do happen to get a whiff of the infamous Corona.   We are hooked on all kinds of processed food, including fast food, cookies, and ice-cream. That stuff our bodies with sugar and starch, which are known as natural immune-suppressants. Hence, they will make your body weaker if you do have to fight the virus. And yes, you might be on the lookout for those kinds of comfort food in these rough times, but it is not advisable. Photo by: Call me Hangry Fr Protective foods, on the other hand, will boost our immune system and make us more resilient. Not just the better option for us, but also for society at large - the more healthy people, the less of a burden they will prove to be for the healthcare system. And most of it starts in your gut. Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Sustainable Food: Keep Your Gut Healthy A whopping sixty percent of our immune system is holed up in our gut. Thus, keeping your stomach healthy is vital. This can be done by eating lots of probiotic and prebiotic foods. There is a difference: prebiotic foods are a fertilizer, allowing the ‘good guys’ in your gut to grow and multiply. Safe options include asparagus, artichokes, jicama, bananas, and plantains. Photo by: Martin Adams Probiotic foods, on the other hand, help you in keeping your gut bacteria thriving, healthy, and happy, preventing inflammation. You should be looking at sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, yogurt, and kefir. Recommended:  Sustainable Food. How Is Environmental Friendly Your Diet? Your Immune System Running: Protein And Vitamins Besides these gut-friendly options, you might also want to include lots of protein in your diet. This is another crucial player in boosting your immune system: all of our natural antibodies are made of protein. Great options include eggs, almonds, chicken, oats, cottage cheese, milk, broccoli, lean beef, tuna, and quinoa.   {youtube}                                          10 Foods to boost your immunity - How to boost immunity naturally   Much has been said about viruses going away in summertime. This has a lot to do with the amount of vitamin D in our bodies, another natural immune system booster. If you are not yet lucky enough to find yourself in a sunny place (even 20 minutes spent outdoors between 10 am, and 2 pm will get you enough vitamin D for the day!), supplements will do.   Recommended:  Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change When taking multivitamins, make sure that it includes vitamin C, this highly coveted vitamin D, and some zinc. Would you like to ‘naturally’ increase your vitamin levels? Vitamin C can be found in chili peppers, guavas, sweet yellow peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parsley, kale, kiwis, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lemons, lychees, strawberries, and oranges. You can look for vitamin D in fatty fish, including tuna, mackerel and salmon, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.   Photo by: Johnny Martínez Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? The Pillars Of Health Eating your daily dose of broccoli will not get you there. Your total diet has to be rich in nutrients, while you should not forget about the other three pillars of health: sleep, exercise, and stress reduction. Your immune system will thank you later.   Cover photo: Henry Jager Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
In  these crazy Corona times, people are eagerly Googling ways of boosting their immune system. All kinds of weird therapies - including eating spoonfuls of crushed silver or rinsing with bleach - have popped up, all meant to provide resistance against Covid-19. There are two things to be said about this. First, there is no foolproof way of protecting yourself against the virus. Second, Google is your worst enemy at times like these.   Your Immune System Running? Avoid Comfort Foods There are, however, some ways of naturally boosting your immune system to at least get your body in better shape and give you and those around you more of a fighting chance if you do happen to get a whiff of the infamous Corona.   We are hooked on all kinds of processed food, including fast food, cookies, and ice-cream. That stuff our bodies with sugar and starch, which are known as natural immune-suppressants. Hence, they will make your body weaker if you do have to fight the virus. And yes, you might be on the lookout for those kinds of comfort food in these rough times, but it is not advisable. Photo by: Call me Hangry Fr Protective foods, on the other hand, will boost our immune system and make us more resilient. Not just the better option for us, but also for society at large - the more healthy people, the less of a burden they will prove to be for the healthcare system. And most of it starts in your gut. Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Sustainable Food: Keep Your Gut Healthy A whopping sixty percent of our immune system is holed up in our gut. Thus, keeping your stomach healthy is vital. This can be done by eating lots of probiotic and prebiotic foods. There is a difference: prebiotic foods are a fertilizer, allowing the ‘good guys’ in your gut to grow and multiply. Safe options include asparagus, artichokes, jicama, bananas, and plantains. Photo by: Martin Adams Probiotic foods, on the other hand, help you in keeping your gut bacteria thriving, healthy, and happy, preventing inflammation. You should be looking at sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, yogurt, and kefir. Recommended:  Sustainable Food. How Is Environmental Friendly Your Diet? Your Immune System Running: Protein And Vitamins Besides these gut-friendly options, you might also want to include lots of protein in your diet. This is another crucial player in boosting your immune system: all of our natural antibodies are made of protein. Great options include eggs, almonds, chicken, oats, cottage cheese, milk, broccoli, lean beef, tuna, and quinoa.   {youtube}                                          10 Foods to boost your immunity - How to boost immunity naturally   Much has been said about viruses going away in summertime. This has a lot to do with the amount of vitamin D in our bodies, another natural immune system booster. If you are not yet lucky enough to find yourself in a sunny place (even 20 minutes spent outdoors between 10 am, and 2 pm will get you enough vitamin D for the day!), supplements will do.   Recommended:  Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change When taking multivitamins, make sure that it includes vitamin C, this highly coveted vitamin D, and some zinc. Would you like to ‘naturally’ increase your vitamin levels? Vitamin C can be found in chili peppers, guavas, sweet yellow peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parsley, kale, kiwis, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lemons, lychees, strawberries, and oranges. You can look for vitamin D in fatty fish, including tuna, mackerel and salmon, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.   Photo by: Johnny Martínez Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? The Pillars Of Health Eating your daily dose of broccoli will not get you there. Your total diet has to be rich in nutrients, while you should not forget about the other three pillars of health: sleep, exercise, and stress reduction. Your immune system will thank you later.   Cover photo: Henry Jager Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
Community

A community is you and me. A network of social, economic, ecological and many other relationships. We all work together and live in urban, suburban and rural areas. Social sustainability is becoming increasingly important on our small planet. We define: support, quality of life, development, adaptation, rights and labour.

We belong to a group of individuals - our society - in which we belong geographically. Certain environmental issues play an important role in our society. Here, sustainable solutions are sought, developed and implemented. This may differ from societies in other countries, but because of our global environmental issues and dependence, we must learn to work more together so that we can all benefit from sharing sustainable knowledge to tackle, for example, climate change.

Green architecture is important. Building with local materials that can be recycled and reused brings us a big step forward to have less impact on the environment. With green architecture we can build smart cities where resources can be used more efficiently and information can be shared, thus improving our society, your community.

Lifestyle is the way we live, the dynamics of personality. Fashion defines our self and together with food it is getting - at present - an even more important role in our society. It's not just about taste, but especially about the burden that the fashion industry, agriculture and the meat industry have on our resources, especially water.

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