Trade off for building green

What choices matter most? Not the ones you think

In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house — looking at real energy numbers, not hype.

Catherine Mohr
Catherine Mohr works on surgical robots and robotic surgical procedures, using robots to make surgery safer — and to go places where human wrists and eyes simply can’t.


I recycle, reuse, refill!

I decided over a year ago to really pay attention to what I was consuming and the waste it produced. I decided to sort everything and learn how to dispose of things and reduce waste. Here is what I am changing everyday… Friday was my day to clean out my garage and I headed to […]

How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Two great videos to watch, shared via RSA.

The RSA is a non-profit organisation working to meet 21st century challenges by showcasing ideas, undertaking innovative research and building civic capacity around the world.

Can you really have your cake and eat it?
According to Michael Pollan, you can.

In this fun RSA Short, Pollan explains how to eat well by following one simple rule without the need for fad diets or deprivation.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation: Michael Pollan

In defense of food - Michael Pollan


Michael Pollan is an award-winning food writer whose books include, “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation“, “In Defense of Food” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations. The event was chaired by Tim Lang, professor of Food Policy at City University London.

Below, watch the original speech the animation was created from:

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ORIGINS documentary movie

Origins – worldwide premiere

Ecogal is excited to share with you this exclusive worldwide premiere of the Origins film The movie can also be accessed online at for free until November 22nd 2014. Four years, 19 countries, and 24 experts in anthropology, medicine, ecology, and health have exposed the roots of our DNA and how to prevent the […]

The story of stuff: bottled water

The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand — how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap.

Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.

The production partners on the bottled water film include five leading sustainability groups: Corporate Accountability International, Environmental Working Group, Food & Water Watch, Pacific Institute, and Polaris Institute.

And, for all you fact checkers out there: The story of stuff project.

Visit the Youtube channel: Story of stuff project

Organic Agriculture at WSU

Washington State University – College of Agricultural. Human and Natural Resource Science

Recognizing its unique land-grant research and education mission to the people of Washington and the state’s increasing global involvement, the college provides leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge through high quality research, instruction and extension programs that contribute to a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promote the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhance sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promote stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems.

Find more videos at CAHRNS Youtube Channel

Multipurpose fruit cake

Back to Basics: Multipurpose fruit cake

Here’s how to make a healthy, low sugar fruit cake for daily use. Note: this cake is really low on sugar. You can adjust to taste. This procedure makes clever use of the same top-down procedure used for the much more known French Tarte Tatin (see here Jamie Oliver’s take on this cake). The reason […]