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Top 10 Vegetarian Countries

If you’re looking for vegetarian fare internationally, try these countries….

10. Canada–Toronto, arguably the most diverse city in the world, features vegetarian influences from various counties.  

9. Israel– Israeli eateries are often Kosher and do not sell pork or shellfish. Due to Kosher laws most food prepared in restaurants will not combine milk and meat. Vegetarian favorites here include falafel and hummus.

8.  Hong Kong –  Food found in Hong Kong is influenced by British, Chinese, Indian and some Western cultures. Health is also very big in Hong Kong, fostering vegetarianism.

7. United States– Large cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago give vegetarians lots of options, which are not as abundant in the South and Southwestern parts of the country.

6. Thailand– Many Thai dishes are served with rice or noodles, are meat-free and loaded with veggies.

5. Taiwan– Has an abundance of vegetarian treats but language barriers are often a problem for tourists.

4. United Kingdom– The UK features restaurants with an abundance of veggie options and vegetarian foods in supermarkets are often clearly labeled.

3. Vietnam– Veggie Pho noodle dishes are a must have inVietnam.

2. Malaysia– Another country influenced by many cultures,Malaysia is known for its vegetarian curry dishes.

1. India– 20-40% of the Indian population is vegetarian, that’s more than any other country in the world. Of course the veggie choices in India are plentiful and delicious.


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Pilots to go Paperless

I have a love/hate relationship with flying. I love how fast I reach my destination (versus driving) but I hate the restrictions (like liquids) and all the baggage fees.

American Airlines has plans to ditch 35-lb paper flight manuals and replace them with 1.5 lb Apple iPads. This change is expected to save $1.2 million in fuel annually. A news release states that “By eliminating bulky flight bags filled with paper, (electronic flight bags) mean less weight for pilots to carry, reducing the possibility of injury on duty. In addition, they enable pilots to immediately download updates, rather than waiting for paper versions of required documents to be printed and distributed.”

The airline has run trials on flights from Los Angeles to Asia. The iPads are also equipped to provide an electronic tracking function for electronic charts. However, the FAA still requires pilots to carry a hard copy of the manual as a backup.

Reducing paper and fuel is great for the environment for obvious reasons, but does it compromise safety? Do you feel that the benefits to the environment outweigh the possible issues that may arise from moving from paper to iPads onboard planes? We all know that computers and cell phones malfunction at the most inopportune times. Tell me what you think.



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Do pennies make “sense”?

Mike’s Bikes a small franchise in California has banned pennies in its stores. Mike’s states “The world we live in is the world we ride in. To help take good care of it, we have decided to eliminate pennies from our stores. For all cash transactions where pennies would have been used, we will be rounding down in favor of the customer to the nearest nickel.”
Why you ask??? It’s not necessarily for obvious reasons (like pennies weigh your pockets down which was my initial thought!).

Producing pennies uses valuable resources – Pennies are 3% copper and 97% zinc and mining these metals usually means bad news for the environment.

Producing pennies wastes taxpayer money – As of 2010 it cost 1.79 to make each penny!

Rounding down is good for business – Since all transactions will be rounded in favor of the customer, its like getting up to a 4¢ discount.

Dealing with pennies wastes time and money – Its estimated that we spend 12 hours a year handling pennies and it adds 2 to 2.5 seconds per cash transaction.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m not necessarily attached to pennies so their elimination wouldn’t devastate me but it seems like if they were really “unsustainable” they would have met their demise long ago. I also can hear my grandmother’s voice saying “pick up those pennies and save them, pennies make dollars!” I’m very interested to know what you think…..let me know how you feel about the extinction of the penny.

Source: Triple Pundit

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Casual Tuesday’s ???

Many companies have implemented “casual Friday’s”. This is the one day of the week that employees, who usually dress in suits and ties, get to wear more relaxed, less formal attire. I have always heard that casual Friday’s boost employee morale and that being comfortable allows the creative juices to flow.


Well today I learned of a different reason to institute dress down days. Employees of Japan’s Ministry of the Environment are dressing down to conserve energy and prevent electricity shortages in light of its nuclear crisis.

Starting on June 1, the program called the Cool Biz campaign, calls for office temperatures to be set at 82° Fahrenheit and for a no-suit, no-tie dress code. There is also a SUPER Biz Campaign which goes an extra step by starting on May 1, and relaxes the dress code even further by allowing employees to wear t-shirts, polo style shirts, sneakers and jeans (but does not allow athletic wear, shorts or flip-flops).

 Although not to the degree of the Ministry of the Environment, other companies across Japan have adopted similar policies. What are your thoughts on the program? If this were implemented at your place of employment how well would it be received? Would you “scare” your customers away?

Source: Earth 911

Photo: D. Scott Abbott

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Georgia Organics…by the numbers

Georgia Organics  is a non-profit organization that works to integrate healthy, sustainable and locally grown food in to the lives of all Georgians. Each year Georgia Organics produces Local Food Guide, a tool for those seeking local and sustainable food across the state. Here are some interesting facts from this years guide.

$20 Billion – the amount Georgians spend on food annually , $16 Billion – the amount that goes to out of state producers

20% – the amount of US food that ends up in landfills

40% – the increase in the amount of antioxidants found in organic fruit and vegetables compared to non-organic

892% – the increase in the number of organic acreage in Georgia since 2004

$25 – the amount re-spent locally for every $100 spent at conventional grocery stores, $62 – the amount  re-spent locally for every $100 spent at a farmers market

1500 –  the average number of miles that food today travels from farm to plate

6th – Georgia’s rank in vegetable production in the US

2nd  – Georgia’s rank in the nations childhood obesity rate

1.1 million – the number of barrels of oil that America’s oil consumption would be reduced by per week if every US citizen ate one local meal a week

6,132 –  the number of farmers markets operating in the U.S. in 2010. A 16 % increase from 2009.

I think that the most impressive figure is 892%, the increase in the number of organic acreage in Georgia since 2004. This proves that organic foods are growing in demand. Which fact surprised you most?

Source: Georgia Organics

Life University’s Campus Café Earns Gold

Life University’s Campus Café Goes Green, Earns Gold

Socrates Café awarded Gold-Level LEED Certification for green building


MARIETTA, GA. June 6, 2011. Life University’s (LIFE’s) new campus dining facility, the Socrates Café, was recently awarded Gold-Level LEED Certification, making it the second certified green building on LIFE’s campus (the LIFE Village Retreat, the first LEED Gold-Level certified, stick-built student housing in the country, opened in 2009).

In keeping with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building standards, the Café demonstrates sustainable use of construction materials, water and energy consumption during operation, reduced carbon output, and green waste management. In addition, Socrates Café is managed by Bon Appétit Management Company, which has won numerous industry awards for its commitment to sustainable food services. The Café sources local and organic produce, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats whenever possible, offers daily vegetarian and vegan options including a full salad bar, and uses all-compostable dining ware.

Gold is the second-highest rating conferred by LEED, the authority in green building certification. The recent achievement reflects a commitment made by Life University in 2007, when LIFE President Dr. Guy Riekeman signed on as a founding member of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), an effort by U.S. higher learning institutions to create sustainable campuses.

“LEED certification, particularly at the Gold Level, is a major achievement,” says Shannan George, sustainability coordinator for LIFE. “Life University set out to create the Socrates Café as an eco-friendly facility that reflects our values as an institution, and this certification proves that we succeeded, not only by our standards, but by some of the highest standards in green building.”

In the future, LIFE aims to have all of its new construction projects LEED-certified at the Silver Level or above.

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Source: The Alternative Consumer

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