Photos from yesterday’s protest of the big corporate biotech convention that’s been happening in Boston for the past four days. Just posted a recap on the Phoenix’s news blog entitled, “Fuck GMOs: Ciclovida, Occupy Monsanto, and Occupy Boston protest corporate biotechnology conference in Boston”.
Paula Deen hid her type 2 diabetes diagnosis from the Food Network for 3 years — and made $30 million for her fattening fare in the interim.
While keeping the Food Network and her fans in the dark about her diabetes, Deen continued delivering episodes on deep-fried butter balls and other artery-clogging fare as she raked in an estimated $10 million per year via her TV show, cookbooks, endorsements and appearances.
“I intentionally did it,” Deen admitted to NBC’s Al Roker of hiding the news from fans. “I said, ‘I’m gonna keep this close to my chest for the time being’ because I had to figure out things in my own head.”
We’ve been lied to. You mean, butter balls aren’t as good for you as they are tasty?
The Roving Garden Project by Cindy Short. from her site:
“The Roving Garden Project represents the failures and possibilities of a project I began this year. Initially, it was a small community raised garden box to benefit the Labor Exchange in Malibu, California, which is a non-profit serving the local homeless and day laborers. Shortly after its completion, the garden box had to be taken apart due to a complaint by someone opposed to the project, and my failure to acquire use permits for the site. What resulted was the transplanted potted garden photographed here.
The Roving Garden Project challenges the habitual perception of a fixed location and community by prioritizing a symbol for something that is mutable and dynamic. The traveling form the garden has taken can act as a site for meaning to be continually reworked. Place can be created on the move.”
This is an amazing Kickstarter photo project by NEWSWEEK photo editor Cara Phillips — featuring haunting color portraits of the insides of plastic surgery offices, shot using the original lighting setup in each surgery room. Cara was a child model; ultimately, she turned her lens on the beauty industry in an effort to question the role beauty plays in our culture. See her Kickstarter page for Singular Beauty — and donate even the smallest bit ($1) if you can.
This Insane Kitchen Of The Future Powers Itself With Leftovers
It’s called the Microbial Home. Created as part of Philips’ Design Probes program to “explore far-future lifestyle scenarios,” it is a vision for a collection of household appliances and fixtures that all work together in an “integrated cyclical ecosystem.”
The Microbial Home takes kitchen composting to its extreme, with a closed-loop system in which the waste products from one process are used as energy inputs for another. The central hub is a “bio-digester island” which has a cutting surface, a gas range, and a bio-digester. Bacteria in the bio-digester feed on organic waste such as vegetable trimmings to produce a methane gas that powers the range and the lights and heats water. Dehydrated sludge from the digester can be used as compost.
Models of these concepts were shown at Piet Hein Eek gallery [mentioned previously on Unconsumption here] in Eindhoven for October’s Dutch Design Week, but it’s unlikely that we’ll actually working elements of the Microbial Home in stores anytime soon. Philips’ Probes are exercises in speculative design, intended to spark conversation and spur innovation.
The Microbial Home does serve as a nice illustration of one way we can make our homes more sustainable though. America wastes 27 percent of the food available for consumption and about half the energy we produce. A domestic bio-digester can only help.
great article, I wanted to point this out
Every year, the NFL stockpiles tens of thousands of shirts from losing teams in warehouses. The merchandise is not allowed to be sold in the United States, so as part of a long-standing agreement with the evangelical Christian charity World Vision, the NFL donates these t-shirts for a tax exemption. Garth Frazer, an economics professor at the University of Toronto, has written in detail how donated clothing imports tend to cannibalize local production of goods.
This is a really interesting article that is worth attention.