Sprout herb pencils are in fact a simple, innovative, and practically perfect recycling idea! Each of these charming writing (or sketching) instruments is tipped with a water-activated seed capsule which can be planted in soil after the writing element has been used up. After a short while, your diminished pencils will grow into something living, delicious, newly beneficial to your lifeand our planet.
These would make wonderful holiday (or any time) gifts, and are available for purchase from the Who’d Have Thought? website.
I would totally keep these pencils in the kitchen for jotting down recipes whilst working, then stick them in my window boxes afterward! If the seeds are organic & non-GMO, I am totally into this brilliant (& incredibly charming) idea.
Also, I am presently in the process of putting together a new entry which shall include a recipe for "nutella" porridge (inspired by a cooked dish by the fabulous vegan miam), for which I shall soon compose a recipe.
For details, please be sure to watch this space! Ⓥ♥
Native tribes of North America are very nearly lost entirely, largely due to rapid spread of consumer-driven imperialism. Sadly, indigenous people of Bolivia are facing a similar plight thanks to a popular “health food” fad.
Prices are at an all-time high, as foodies around the world seem to have developed a taste for this ‘miracle grain of the Andes.’
In Lima (Peru), quinoa now sells at a higher price per pound than flesh foods, other animal-derived products, and far less healthful hybrid/modified grains.
Once a nourishing staple for the insolvent peoples of Peru and Bolivia, this protein-rich grain is now far too expensive for them to afford to feed their families.
As demand continues to rise, pressure is on to transform a once diverse variety of crops into quinoa monoculture.
If you must use quinoa, please be sure to buy from truly sustainable sources in locations other than the Andes. We recently learned of quinoa production in Canada, and are continuing our quest to become better informed about alternative resources for this seed grain. Until a time when better resources become quite common, we are more than happy to stick with buckwheat and other healthful foodstuffs grown on U.S. soil which easily suit similar purposes.
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