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Florida could adopt Clean Cars Law

Florida is a step closer to lowering its greenhouse gas emissions, or GHG.

The Florida Environmental Regulation Commission adopted the Clean Cars Law Dec. 2 to control the amount of pollution cars are allowed to emit. picture-31 About 40 percent of our state’s GHG emissions come from transportation. (This map shows you where it’s produced)

Gov. Charlie Crist began pushing this measure since July 2007, following California’s Clean Cars Law. The California law forces car makers to sell vehicles with limited GHG emissions and makes sure drivers take their cars for regular emission checks.

However, nothing is on stone yet; Congress will review this next March, and car makers are expected to do some intensive lobbing using the argument that drivers don’t want cars that emit lower GHG. (?)
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The good thing is that environmentalists are ready to do some lobbing of their own and have an excellent point: car makers opposed to seat belts and air bags saying also that drivers would not buy cars with them. Let’s hope they impress our Reps.

If the legislation is finally adopted, car makers will be selling cleaner cars by 2013. Gov. Crist is not kidding, he wants to lower GHG emissions by 80 percent of what they were in 1990 before the year 2050.

Green McDonald’s coming to town

It seems that soon Ronald McDonald will be flipping the burgers in an eco-friendly facility.

The fast-food chain announced it will open a “green” McDonald’s in North Miami next year.
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The first of its kind in Florida, the restaurant will purchase local food, use energy-efficient materials, save rain water for landscaping and sell the cooking oil to recyclers.

picture-22The furniture will be made of recycled detergent bottles and the windows of recycled glass.

I think it’s great that McDonald’s is setting a trend among fast-food restaurants and hope every McDonald’s in the world becomes green.

As far as giving their food a try, I just think Ronald doesn’t get it: it’s not that you don’t recycle, it’s those lab-produced, hormone-saturated meats.

Making a profit out of elephant poo

Consider these notebooks made with elephant poo as the perfect gift this holiday season:

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The notebooks comes from Sri Lanka, an island off India where farmers are not very fond of the local elephants, which they consider a plague to their crops. In fact, it is estimated that farmers have killed more than 4,000 elephants since 1950.

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Mr Elli Pooh, a non-profit business, is trying to do something to protect the elephants while producing some source of income to the farmers. Because elephant’s waste consists mostly of cellulose, the organization found a way to turn it into paper.

At a $10 average price, Mr Elli Pooh’s collection of elephant poo paper products would make a great gift this holiday season: notebooks, pins, boxes, journals, photo books, you name it.

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Don’t worry, it doesn’t smell or even look like it ever came out of an elephant’s behind. The cellulose goes through a rigorous cleaning process.

I just got one of these beautiful paper boxes from Green Dwellers, a new green store in Plantation which I’ll be blogging about later.

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Here are some of the locations selling Mr. Elli Pooh products in South Florida:

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The Miami Metro Zoo

Visit their website to find locations in other areas.

Larvae in this cheese is a good sign

Doing research on raw food, I found a very -let’s call it- interesting cheese from Sardina, Italy, called Casu marzu (formaggio marcio in Italian) which is riddled with larvae and left to ferment for some time before eating.

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The larvae is injected into the cheese, which advances decomposition and – for the raw food eater’s delight – eliminates fats. Apparently, the larvae develop some toxins that add flavor to the cheese. Once the cheese is ready, the larvae can be removed, although some like their cheese with the 8-millimeter larvae. Just beware, the larvae can jump up to 15 centimeters, so it’s recommended to leave the arms around the cheese to protect the eyes.

What’s curious is that you know that the cheese is not good anymore when the larvae die… so look for lively larvae as a good sign.

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The cheese was outlawed in Sardina because of health concerns, but it’s still sold in the black market. Just ask for maggot cheese, it’s street name.

I just wonder why if the cheese was outlawed, it came up in a list of raw food suggestions… I wonder whether you can still get it in the US or whether raw food eaters are just trying to be extravagant.