DiseaseProof Gets Green!

DiseaseProof is getting a “Green Living” category! Nowadays, with skyrocketing gas prices and global warming bearing down on us, you can’t help be a little curious about green living. I know I am!

Actually, I’ve already made a bunch of green purchases. Take my natural rubber Jade Harmony yoga mat for example:

My earth-friendly shopping bag from Stop & Stop:

My organic Earth Day t-shirt I bought from Old Glory:

And this 100% recycled jewelry from Tarma Designs:

But my biggest green achievement is my diet. Eating a diet based on wholesome fruits and vegetables places less burden on our environment. These articles will help explain why:
FAONewsroom: Livestock a major threat to environment.
“When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the livestock sector accounts for 9 percent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 percent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure.”
The New York Times: Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler.
“Global demand for meat has multiplied in recent years, encouraged by growing affluence and nourished by the proliferation of huge, confined animal feeding operations. These assembly-line meat factories consume enormous amounts of energy, pollute water supplies, generate significant greenhouse gases and require ever-increasing amounts of corn, soy and other grains, a dependency that has led to the destruction of vast swaths of the world’s tropical rain forests.”
Virtual Water: The Virtual Water project.
“The water footprint of a person, company or nation is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the commodities, goods and services consumed by the person, company or nation. The idea of the water footprint is quite similar to the ecological footprint, but focusing on the use of water.”
The Los Angeles Times: Treading lighter with low-carbon diets.
“The global food and agriculture system produces about one-third of humanity's contribution to greenhouse gases. So questions about food are shifting from the familiar ‘Is this good for me?’ or ‘Will it make me fat?’ to ‘Is it good for the planet?’”

Not only do I feel good about my health, but helping to preserve the well-being of our planet is an added bonus! Now, this gave me an idea. Remember this video about growing tomatoes out of garbage:

Guess what? I’m growing my own heavenly tomatoes! Okay, for a month I saved my fruit and vegetable scraps—Dr. Fuhrman staffers Linda and Susan and my mom also pitched in—here’s what I ended up with as of May 3rd:

Check out the digging and burying I did on May 4th:

By May 9th I had more scraps and I bought my tomato plant:

And then on May 10th I added to the pile and planted my tomato:

By May 18th my little tomato plant had already grown a lot:

And as May 27th it was even bigger:

I checked this morning and it’s already starting to flower! Not bad for a dopey blogger. I’ll be caring for my tomato all summer long, so keep checking the Green Living category for updates!

If you’re passionate about healthy eating and caring for the environment DiseaseProof’s new Green Living category will be a great place to get all your green news! Feel free to email your own green tips and suggestions to diseaseproof@gmail.com.

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Sara - May 29, 2008 10:55 PM

We have several tomato plants and afew other things planted on the sunny side of the louse. They had giant plants at the vegetable store. We are hoping for some tomatoes before the farm ones come out. By the way- Does your green section have to be all in green print? I find it harder to read.

Gerry Pugliese - May 29, 2008 11:16 PM

Hey Sara-

Yeah, the green is a little light. Its only for this post. :)


Elijah Lynn - May 31, 2008 4:24 PM

I wanna see this plant in a month! I didn't know you could grow plants on top of compost like that, I always thought the fruit and veggie compost had to be turned over and all that stuff for 6-12 months. I have never tried composting yet so let us know how the tomato plant turns out!

Sara - June 27, 2008 11:23 AM

Why on earth are all those lovely apples in the bottom of the pit? Couldn't you salvage them by making applesauce and only use the cores for composting? Seems a great waste.

Gerry Pugliese - June 27, 2008 12:59 PM

Hey Sara-

They weren't as "lovely" as they look in the pictures, they were bruised and soft. I bought them on Manager's Mark-Down.

Besides, they're not being wasted. They're helping grow tomatoes!


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