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Seed Vaults

When you think of “Svalbard”, that is, if you ever think of Svalbard, you probably think of polar bears, ice and snow. Svalbard is in Norway, only 810 miles from the North Pole and not terribly accessible. However, there’s interesting stuff going on up there. In fact, since 2008 Svalbard has been home the Global Seed Bank. The purpose of the Bank is to protect the genetic diversity of seeds from all over the world in case of a […]

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Lynn, Canada

“On May 2, of this year…. at 3:45 pm {I won’t ever forget} I was hit by a truck while standing at a corner waiting for traffic to pass. I was with my bike (straddled between my legs) when I was hit on my left side. My leg was broken in three places as it was forced around the bars of the bike. I flew several feet and landed on my back in the middle of the intersection. The […]

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Helpful Disaster Response Apps for Smartphones

Recently the Red Cross released its new Hurricane app that offers real-time alerts and information about what to do to prepare for hurricane season, what to do in the event of a hurricane and how to recover after a hurricane. Maybe the most interesting application is the one touch “I’m Safe” button that lets users broadcast that they’re safe via social media channels. During the massive chaos in New York City after 9/11 and New Orleans after hurricane Katrina […]

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Should I Join a Fiber CSA?

Before I tell you what a “Fiber CSA” is and before you find out and click off the page, I’m going to ask you to give me 125 words of leeway. That’s not even half a blog post. That’s half of a half of a blog post.
Okay? Here goes:
A Fiber CSA is like a traditional community-supported agriculture operation for fruits and vegetables except instead of produce, it allows members to purchase “shares” of fiber like wool or yarn for […]

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The Four-Year Sandwich?

An article in this month’s TIME magazine (March 19, 2012 | Vol. 179 No. 11) reports that scientists at NASA and the military are working on innovative ways to preserve food, even highly perishable food like mayonnaise, so it can survive for years at room temperature. John Floros, the lead author of the recent report “Feeding the World Today and Tomorrow” writes that the biggest problem the world faces when it comes to food – especially critical but perishable […]

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Combating Rising Food Prices

Are Food Prices Rising?
Every year the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) releases a report that details food prices and their predictions on whether food prices will rise or fall. Their predictions aren’t based on guesses or groundhog behavior, they are based on a landslide of data that has to do with things like weather, political climates, the economies of the world and population.
Last year’s report (the 2012 edition is forthcoming) reported that “high food […]

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Meals Without Wheels

A recent study funded by the Meals on Wheels organization revealed that 5 million senior Americans, that’s almost 12% of the senior population, face hunger every day. Half of those 5 million are living above the federal poverty line and two thirds of them are younger seniors between the ages of 60 to 65.
These surprising statistics mean that, even if you live in an affluent neighborhood, it’s likely that a senior you know is going hungry, is not getting […]

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Resolve to Be Prepared

‘Tis the season to make resolutions; recent polls show that Americans are making a surprising resolution – they are vowing to save more money and be more prepared. It seems we’ve learned the hard way that it’s worth the effort.
FEMA is also encouraging Americans to make individual disaster preparedness plans part of their New Year resolutions. To help, they’ve launched a comprehensive website, Are You Ready?, that provides guidance for making an emergency plan and putting together an emergency […]

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Stocking (and Stomach) Stuffers

We love giving our Wise freeze dried food Sampler Kits as stocking stuffers. There are four different dehydrated entrees in each kit and if the stocking is of generous size, the individual packets fit nicely in a stocking toe, making a delightfully mysterious bulge. Inevitably, long after the chocolate is gone and the Pez dispensers are empty, everyone wants to see what gourmet freeze-dried meals taste like. Sharing and comparing ensues and if only we were there, we would […]

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Eating an Elephant

Around this time every year many of us get invited to a White Elephant holiday party. At these parties everyone brings a fairly inexpensive gift, and all of the wrapped gifts are piled on a table and everyone takes a turn picking a gift from the pile. When it’s your turn you can pick a new gift or “steal” one from someone who’s already opened his or hers.
There is an art to this, you see – this is very […]

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