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Yoga teacher, practicing yoga since 1997, teaching since 2003, writer/translator, global soul, world traveller (and sometimes beyond), passionate about eastern philosophy and western psychology, especially its application in mind-body practices such as yoga and somatic movement therapy, deeply in love with life, knows that our greatest teacher lies within, also sometimes a total mess - it's part of the package!

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    Think unprocessed and fresh!

    Thursday, February 18. 2010

    Many people are not aware of it, but the production, processing and delivery of food products has a big impact on our environment. Much of the energy used in this process comes from fossil fuels like coal, petroleum and natural gas. Burning fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases and pollutants, and subsequently contributes to global warming. So, the greater our energy investment, the greater the production of pollutants. 4/5 of the energy used to bring food to our table goes into processing and transportation. This means, the longer the transport distance (food miles) and the more processed the food, the greater our energy investment, and the greater our greenhouse gas emissions.

    What can you do to reduce greenhouse gases and pollutants from food?

    The first and easiest way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions from food is to reduce the number of steps involved in processing and delivering it. The less processed your food is, the better – not just for your health but from an environmental standpoint too.

    Be mindful of what you buy. It takes over three times the energy to place a bottle of orange juice on the grocery store shelf than it does to put the equal amount of fresh oranges in the basket on a farmers' market. So skip the highly processed version and go right to the source – grab an orange!

    And speaking of farmers' markets: Buying your food locally at your farmers' market not only means your food does not travel far, it is also much fresher, more nutritious and tastes better than its long-distance-travelled supermarket variety.

    So next time you fill your grocery bag, consider how far your food has travelled, and roughly calculate the food miles that have accumulated from field to plate. Consider the environmental impact of that journey.

    Then make a wise and conscious choice - and become a mindful shopper!

    Green Living

    Saturday, February 21. 2009

    You do not inherit the earth of your ancestors, you borrow it from your children. ~Antoine de Saint Exupéry
    The way we use the planet’s resources makes up our ecological footprint. If you're worried about your impact on the environment and want to make some simple changes to reduce your ecological footprint, the WWF Ecological Footprint Calculator will work it out for you. Use it to measure the Earth's resources required to sustain your household.
    Ecological Footprint Calculator
    Calculators for your specific country and to find out what YOU can do to reduce carbon emissions can be found here.
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