The Origin of 365 Ways...
I came across this amazing book by Phillippe Bourseiller when i was in Denmark close to a year ago: "For the past 15 years, Phillippe Bourseiller has photographed nature from every angle: from the eruption of the volcano Pinatubo to the great deserts of ice and sand, he has captured the hidden colours and breathtaking lights of our planet. But our contemporary way of life threatens this fragile beauty. To encourage more restraint, Philippe Bourseiller teams 365 photographs with a daily ecological action. Each of the initiatives is accompanied by facts and statistics that illustrate the threats to the environment posed by our behavious, and demonstrate the beneficial consequences of the recommended actions. Each day reveals the image of a wonder of nature along with the guidelines to preserve our planet. Through the pages of 365 Ways to Save the Earth, a truly ethical way of life takes shape." Starting from today, i would like to post each inspiring page according to the days on the yearly calendar (supposed to start from jan, but...i'll catch up!). Hopefully, you'll look at everyday a little differently after this...
- Water - Trace leaks
- Biodiversity - Be unobtrusive while out in the cou...
- Agriculture - Choose a well-bred chicken
- Biodiversity - Refuse to buy any objects made from...
- Water - Do not waste water when travelling to plac...
- Gardening - Prevent Soil erosion
- Transport - Cycle or walk for short trips
- Agriculture - Buy organic food for your baby
- Waste - When you eat out, eat in
- Lifestyle - Lobby your MP about the environment - ...
- Chemicals - Wash your windows with vinegar
- Biodiversity - Leave protected plants and animals ...
- Agriculture - Buy traditional varieties of fruit a...
- Transport - Try an electric bike
- Chemicals - Use biodegradable cleaning products
- Lifestyle - Act now to preserve the environment. M...
- The origin of 365 Ways...
- Agriculture - Buy more Fair Trade products
- ▼ April (18)
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Agriculture - Buy traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables
In its headlong rush for profitability, the agricultural industry has favoured the most productive and disease-resistant types of produce at the expense of many native varieties of fruit and vegetables that are regarded as less desirable. It has been established that around 80% of tomato and 92% of lettuce varieties have been lost. Some of these, neglected for decades, survive only in special conservation facilities.
Standardisation is gaining ground at the expense of biological diversity. Think about varying your choice of fruit and vegetables; try different types and rediscover traditional varieties. Local farms often revive seek stock and sometimes develop their own delicious types of produce based on historical varieties