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The protests by the world’s downtrodden give this expat hope for the future

I am very encouraged by the number and intensity of the various uprisings and demonstrations going on around the world. The poor, the dispossessed, the mistreated, the left out, are finding themselves able to have an impact on government policies (here in Ecuador, forcing the retraction of a presidential decree) and forcing those in power […]

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Update on vaping: Experts find common thread leading to deadly lung damage

By Erin Brodwin for Business Insider After 39 deaths and more than 2,000 cases of vaping-related lung illness, officials have homed in on a potential cause. Investigators said vitamin E acetate, an ingredient found in canola, soy, and corn oil, appears to be playing a pivotal role in the illnesses during a call with reporters […]

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Some traditional Ecuadorian dishes that all expats should be familiar with

For both expats and tourists, Ecuador provides an adventure in colorful and often exotic cuisine, some of which is older than the Incas. Here are a few of the traditional foods of Ecuador and the entire Andean region of South America. Cuy Considered a delicacy in the Andean region of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, […]

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Outsource your children!

Lessons from the private sector can help us manage our families in a more business-like manner. The formula is simple: Business is deliberate. Deliberate is effective. Deliberate + Effective = Defective. The first step toward more business-like parenting is to look in the mirror and wipe it clean. If you can’t be both lean and mean, […]

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What’s a ‘superfood’? Have you tried chochos?

I typed “superfood” into my browser and got 370 million ‘hits’ in 0.70 seconds! What’s a “superfood?” According to the Oxford Dictionary, a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” But, the word is used to promote more than healthy eating — it’s being used to promote and […]

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Lies, damned lies, and beliefs about food. How knowledge frees you

Editor’s note: This is the third of a four-part series about the impact of human meat consumption on global climate crisis and strategies to deal with it. To read parts one and two, click here and here. By John Keeble Dogs and cats were put on the Earth to show us that animals have emotions, […]

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We know that secondhand smoke is bad, but what about thirdhand smoke?

We’ve known for decades that cigarette smoking deadly. But tobacco has been around for eons, growing wild in the Americas for nearly 8,000 years. According to the Cancer Council, around 2,000 years ago tobacco began to be chewed and smoked during cultural or religious ceremonies and events. But smoking tobacco in manufactured cigarettes is a […]

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Could you eat your pet lamb? New TV reality show will test your appetite

Editor’s note: This is the second of a four-part series about the global climate crisis and strategies to deal with it. Click, to read part one. By John Keeble I used to know some thoroughly loathsome people who bought tiny lambs in the spring of the English countryside. They gave them names, treated them as […]

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Criminalizing meat-eating and ‘sin taxes’ on the agenda, but other meal threats loom even larger

Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series about the impact of the human diet on the global climate crisis and strategies to deal with it. By John Keeble Meat eating’s damage to global climates, forests and wildlife is forcing radical control measures onto political agendas – including criminalising it and imposing penally-high […]

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Community gardens have a place in improving public health

By Mark Mahoney The Community Gardening Network, a project of Sustainable Tallahassee [Florida] in partnership with the IFAS/Leon County Extension Services participated in the recent 2019 Farm Tour by holding four community garden fall workshops/open houses.  These included the following gardens: iGrow-Tallahassee Food Network Community Garden Havana Community Garden on US 27 outside Havana Macon […]

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