October212014
otus-scops:

Melitaea cinxia, La Mélitée du Plantain
ENG:  Glanville fritillary
Mont Lozère, France, Juin 2014

otus-scops:

Melitaea cinxia, La Mélitée du Plantain

ENG:  Glanville fritillary

Mont Lozère, France, Juin 2014

(via rhamphotheca)

3AM

that’s it! i’ve been out of the gym/not running long enough! joining the gym i left when i moved away back in february again tomorrow. but first…..sleep.

3AM
“Most consumers seem to want superfoods like ‘Açaí from the Amazon,’ ‘Inca Berries from Peru,’ ‘Goji Berries from China’ and ‘Cloudberries from Finland’ because they want some sort of miracle silver bullet, harvested from deep in the jungle, or gathered from the top of the purest mountain. It’s fetishistic, in the anthropological sense of the word: you’re the Don Quixote of the health food store, searching for the right combination of exotic antioxidants, that will let you live forever.

Nobody seems to want to hear that red cabbage will accomplish almost all the same things these ‘magical’ berries will, for a fraction of the sugar, and 1/20th of the price. For some people, when superfoods are staring at them in the grocery store for $1.99, it seems too easy.”

biodiverseed

The power of marketing, as it applies to produce:

"Quinoa may deliver a complete protein—all of the amino acids you require—in a compact package, but rice and beans together actually do better. And like goji berries, blueberries and strawberries are packed with phytochemicals. The only problem is that lacking an exotic back story, food marketers can’t wring as exorbitant a markup from these staples: The domestic blueberry, for example, is periodically (and justifiably) marketed as a superfood, and in 2012, products featuring blueberries as a primary ingredient saw their sales nearly quadruple. But they only raked in $3.5 million—less than 2 percent of açaí-based product sales.

-Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)

The lesson? Find your local superfoods. I assure you they are just as good. But, if you must have you Inca and Goji berries, it’s a hell of a better price point to grow them yourself.

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(via gardenocalypse)

2AM
“And if it’s around October twentieth and everything is smoky-smelling and the sky orange and ash gray at twilight, it seems Halloween will never come in a fall of broomsticks and a soft flap of bedsheets around corners.” Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes (via batcave)

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2AM

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2AM

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2AM
October202014

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4PM
“Plants can provide people with the majority of their needs, in a way that cares for the planet’s health. A wide range of plants can be grown to produce all our food needs, and many other commodities, whilst also providing a diversity of habitats for our native flora and fauna.

There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world, yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food. Large areas of land devoted to single crops increase dependence upon intervention of chemicals and intensive control methods, with the added threat of chemical resistant insects and new diseases. The changing world climate greatly affecting cultivation indicates a greater diversity is needed.”

The Plants for a Future Concept

PFAF is my go-to database for temperate-zone edibles. Support their work with a donation today.

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12PM
handsomedogs:

Along with Hugo, this is Zara! My two Akitas (@zaraandhugo) are the most amazing dogs. I wouldn’t know what I’d do without them!
They are my sunshine. :)

handsomedogs:

Along with Hugo, this is Zara! My two Akitas (@zaraandhugo) are the most amazing dogs. I wouldn’t know what I’d do without them!

They are my sunshine. :)

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