OK Greta — you win

I’m swearing off single use plastic Diet Coke.

Drinking sparkling water from a machine instead.

Like Greta on Facebook.

Disclaimer – my boycott ends next international flight

Are you buying meatless meat?

Cows belch methane. They are a bigger environmental problem than pigs or chicken for that reason.

Personally I’m trying to eat less beef.  When the meatless meat came along, I rushed to try as many of those products as possible. There are two main companies out of the USA, so far.

      1. Beyond Meat
      2. Impossible Foods

So far I’m not buying their products in preference to meat. The meatless meats I’ve tried are equally good or worse, are more expensive, and are not much more healthy.

I’ll keep trying. Both companies are still changing their products to better compete. Both are now very well funded. I’d love to switch to plant-based alternatives if it was worth it for me.

If you want to know more, the best source I’ve found is the Freakonomics podcast:

The Future of Meat (Ep. 367)

Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs …

The average American consumes roughly 200 pounds of meat a year. …

The meat industry is massive and complicated — and often heavily subsidized. …

The agricultural historian James McWilliams, in a book called Just Food, argues that “every environmental problem related to contemporary agriculture … ends up having its deepest roots in meat production: monocropping, excessive applications of nitrogen fertilizer, addiction to insecticides, rain-forest depletion, land degradation, topsoil runoff, declining water supplies, even global warming — all these problems would be considerably less severe” if people ate meat “rarely, if ever.” …

The United States Cattlemen’s Association welcomes the competition. More food choices are good for consumers. But they want to be sure that labeling is accurate; that  “beef” or “meat” means the product came from a walking, belching cow.

They note that Almond milk is not milk. It should be called Almond beverage.

 

Bikepacking Patagonia – day 15

Jan 28, 2019 – wild camp to La Junta (80km)

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It was another overcast / drizzly day.

I ended up cycling all day with only 1 major stop. I didn’t see any hiking trailheads through this section.

It’s difficult and costly to build & maintain trails in this impenetrable foliage.

The further I go south, the less the traffic.

The only memorable part of the day was visiting Villa Santa Lucia.

The town was devastated by a flood and mudslide on December 16, 2017. High tourist season.

21 people killed. 

The cause was heavy rainfall plus the detachment of a glacier.

Click PLAY or watch some of the mudslide on YouTube.

Here’s one house that has not yet been repaired in January 2019.

Sad.

But people are still rebuilding.

As it happens, a lot of cyclists stop at Villa Santa Lucia taking refuge from the rain by setting up tents under tarps.

I was happy to finally reach pretty La Junta (pop.914).

As rain and wind were still getting worse, I decided to get a room.

Lonely Planet and the tourist information kiosk recommended Hospedaje Tia Lety. It’s a homely, friendly place. But I left disappointed: wifi didn’t work; showers alternating from freezing to boiling.

As I couldn’t use the kitchen and was starving, I decided on the most decent looking restaurant in town.

I was the only customer at 8pm during high season. 🙄

Food was … OK.

But I did make some miles over the past 2 days.

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Bill Gates – Cheap, Clean Energy

I’m in Paris today with several world leaders for a big announcement on energy and climate change. It is deeply moving to be in this city just two weeks after the horrific attacks here, and I am inspired by the way the French people have persevered in such a difficult time.

Two related initiatives are being announced at today’s event. One is Mission Innovation, a commitment by more than ten countries to invest more in research on clean energy. The other is theBreakthrough Energy Coalition, a global group of private investors who will support companies that are taking innovative clean-energy ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace. Our primary goal with the Coalition is as much to accelerate progress on clean energy as it is to make a profit.

Here’s the thinking behind these two efforts. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

World Hunger is over … because I just ate

🙂

hunger over because I ate

I’m embarrassed for any dufus still trotting out this line. Seems I’ve been mocking this line of argument (and Trump) for many years.

Thanks Dana.