Welcome back to another Monday, the last for the month of June, where does the time go? My first piece of good news today is from my garden, sorry bear with me for a moment. ;-) The deer have left the garden beds alone since I strung up some bags and CDs but we’ve caught them eating from the bird feeders in the evenings. I’m okay with that, I just get up early and fill the feeder for the birds, any thing left in the evenings the deer are welcome to. That isn’t my good news, just interesting to me, the good news is the garden is doing well. I worried quite a bit since the newest beds don’t have compost and dry out faster but this morning checking the plants I spotted red peeking out from the leaves of the radish plants. I have radishes!!
Last year the radishes never grew, well the plants grew but the radishes never developed. I think I let a squeal escape and am thankful I was alone in the field when I spotted them. I found eight ready to pick and ate them right away.
I wanted to store the bird seed outdoors and decided the best solution would be a metal trash can. I worried I wouldn’t find one now that everyone has gone to plastic, but my garden supply store did carry metal cans. Since I buy my seed in bulk I would bring it home in paper bags which tore easily and made a mess around the apartment. No more messes.
I still need to find bricks or something to place under the can to prevent rusting but here’s the exciting part, not only did I find this at a local independently-owned business but it’s galvanized steel…..made in the USA!!!
Sure I paid more for it than I would have if I picked up a plastic can from a big box store, but it was worth it to support both a local business and a manufacturer in the states.
Okay, I’ll give you a break from my good news and give you some news that can make you smile too.
In London, people came out to protest a corporate of adding spikes to areas the homeless could sit a move to deter the homeless from huddling in front of their store. One group of protesters took action by spreading concrete over the spikes. In response the business has agreed to find other ways to deter the homeless, see what one protester suggests they should do.
Vermont and Oregon have taken on Monsanto with labeling laws and outright bans on growing GMO crops, Now, Spokane is joining Eugene, Oregon in passing bans on the use of pesticides with neonicotinoid insecticides making it illegal to buy or use these pesticides in an effort to save the bees.
Cypress has decided to remain GMO free, something permitted in the EU regulations, stating “what we have today is better”. It’s time to convince the rest of the European Union to follow Cypress’ lead.
Ben Simon began Food Recovery Network at the University of Maryland in 2011 and has saved over 400,000 pounds of food from ending up in the landfill rerouting it to charities, local non-profits and food banks, and 12,000 of that came from a Walmart shareholder’s meeting. Now a new certificate program is available which will award certification to restaurants and businesses that donate their food rather than tossing it out. You can now look for this bright green sticker on the front of your favorite restaurant or grocer and support those businesses that avoid waste.
Finally, if that wasn’t enough to start your week off right, check out this video. Before you head out on your summer vacation skip the electronics and videos for the car and consider having some quality family time on that car ride.
What good news do you have this week?