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What I’m reading right now

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A couple things that I read today:

10 simple truths about raising healthy eaters
And one of the ten is give them raw milk!  Alas that I have no access to it.  Does anyone know a source of raw milk in the Twin Cities metro area?  The rest of the nine “truths” are mostly very simple ones, such as: kids will eventually eat their vegetables — if they see you eating your vegetables.

Gardening is EXPLODING in popularity
New research from the National Gardening Association shows that:

“Seven million more households plan to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, or berries in 2009 than in 2008 — a 19 percent increase in participation.”

The full report is a pdf; click here to download it.

Coming soon: spray-on liquid glass
I have no idea what to make of this.  I’ll pull the same quote that Jason Kottke did:

The liquid glass spray produces a water-resistant coating only around 100 nanometers (15-30 molecules) thick. On this nanoscale the glass is highly flexible and breathable. The coating is environmentally harmless and non-toxic, and easy to clean using only water or a simple wipe with a damp cloth. It repels bacteria, water and dirt, and resists heat, UV light and even acids. UK project manager with Nanopool, Neil McClelland, said soon almost every product you purchase will be coated with liquid glass.

Here’s the rest.  One of the things I love about glass is how endlessly and easily recyclable it is (unlike plastic).  I’m sure there’s a horrible downside to this that I’m not thinking of, though?

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2 thoughts on “What I’m reading right now

  1. I don’t want to discourage you, but I do want to caution you of the dangers of raw milk products. There is a significant risk for foodborne illness- especially in children/pregnant women. Many raw milk products contain Campylobacter:
    http://www.campylobacterblog.com/tags/raw-milk/
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000104.htm

    I know that there is a strong campaign advertising the benefits of raw milk, but I don’t think they outweigh the potential dangers to your family.

    • Candy, you are absolutely right. I probably should have mentioned that in my post… there are huge drawbacks to the whole “raw milk” thing, and campylobacter is just one of them. I really don’t see how it would ever work on a large-scale, for one thing.

      I think I would have to personally know the farmer and the cow (!) before I would be comfortable drinking raw milk. In other words, it’s not happening anytime soon. Not until I find a way to have a cow in the city. JUST KIDDING.

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