Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wild Blueberries of North America

wild high bush blueberries (huckleberries)
Harvesting wild berries has become a lost art in much of North America. Many regions have naturally growing berries in vast numbers. Among the most sought after of these foods are wild blueberries.

Also known as huckleberries, these delicious treats are found in woodlands and swamps of North America. There are several species, with berry pickers generally focusing on high bush or low bush varieties.

Property owners often nuture wild blueberry plants, either for consumption, to attract wildlife, or simply for their beauty.

Wild blueberries can be eaten fresh or added to cobblers, muffins, breads or other dishes.

Friday, June 3, 2011

MyPlate Icon


MyPlate is a new USDA food icon which is intended to help remind consumers about healthier food choices. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.

MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as the government’s primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website.

For more information, visit: ChooseMyPlate.gov

source: USDA press release

Thursday, June 2, 2011

UNIDO Calls for World Changes in Production and Consumption

The head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) issued a statement on 17 May 2011, calling for the world to radically change the way it processes and consumes materials. If sustainable development is to take place, the world must change the current production practices.

UNIDO is promoting a Green Industry concept that asks industries to improve their environmental performances by removing toxic substances, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthening health and safety within the company. UNIDO would like to see businesses adopt this plan regardless of their industry or location.

source: Fishlink Sublegals