Greensumption is the green washing of products to make them more appealing to the eco customer. Companies are now exploiting this green wave with products that are not really green as there are hidden unsustainable problems. One example is importing organic food from the other side of the world. General consumption needs to be reduced for there to be a real effect not just buying corporate green products.
Where do all the things we purchase originate from and why are they so cheap? The Story of Stuff explains the process from mining of the raw materials to use and disposal. In this process the people/environment in each step are often forgotten and are not normally factored into the true cost. These hidden costs are not normally accounted for until many years down the track when we have health/social or environmental problems.
This 20 minute video looks at the other side of production and product consumption. We need to get together and look at ways of solving this problem and hopefuly after viewing this video it will change the way you view stuff forever.
Researchers have cracked the mystery of why eating garlic can help keep the heart healthy. The key is allicin, which is broken down into the foul-smelling sulphur compounds which taint breath. These compounds react with red blood cells and produce hydrogen sulphide which relaxes the blood vessels, and keeps blood flowing easily. Lead researcher Dr David Kraus said: “Our results suggest garlic in the diet is a very good thing. “Certainly in areas where garlic consumption is high, such as the Mediterranean and the Far East, there is a low incidence of cardiovascular disease.”
Read more at BBC Health
Researchers say honey could have sweet health benefits. A study found a direct link between honey consumption and the levels of antioxidants – compounds that help fight heart disease and cancer. That was the conclusion drawn by researchers from UC Davis who evaluated how daily consumption of honey effected 25 people. Darker honey has higher antioxidants. Another good sugar alternative is erythritol sweetener .