Food for Thought: The War Against Whey

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many know that Greek yogurt is a superfood, higher in calcium than other dairy products, which helps build strong bones and prevents osteoporosis, and containing a number of other nutrients including high levels of protein and potassium. In addition, research indicates eating foods high in calcium and protein promotes weight loss. Specifically, whey is valued for being highly nutritional for athletes, babies and the elderly.

So what’s not …read more

Cities and Individuals Tap into the Tap Water Tide

Mineral water being poured from a bottle into a glass.

Washington, D.C. water outreach specialists are seeking a new mascot: Wendell (or Wendy) the Water Drop. It was a job tip blanketed across the web by blogs and news media this week, culminating in a follow-up lifestyle feature, which highlights the Water Drop mascot audition process, in The Washington Post.

While reading how participants danced to “Pour it Up” by Rihanna to audition for this odd mascot gig for D.C. Water (the capital’s water and sewer authority), I kept hoping the article would tell me exactly why Washington, D.C. …read more

The Latest Tree Saver: People-Poo Paper


In case you poop on the floor (Photo credit: rick)

The growing number of green innovations that transform human waste into a renewable and profitable source of energy continue to impress me. A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that Israeli entrepreneur and CEO of Applied CleanTech (ACT), Rafael Aharon, has developed a system that uses people poo to produce paper.

I have heard of natural, recycled and odorless paper products made from poop of various fiber-eating vegetarian animals such as elephants, cows, horses, moose, pandas, and donkeys, but paper produced from people poop? This was something new …read more

Curbside Composting vs. Big Trash

San Francisco stands as the poster child for promoting composting. The city successfully planted the curbside composting seed 16 years ago, and today, recovers 600 tons of yard and food waste every day.

Throwing banana peels, egg shells, leaves, and limbs into heaps of compost preserves dwindling space in dumps and ultimately saves cities like San Francisco money. It also eliminates much of the methane produced by organic matter in dumps and cuts emissions by (potentially) millions of metric tons a year.

While 100 cities have curbside composting programs in place now, why haven’t business and environmental minds alike …read more