Be Careful What You Eat While Traveling

Why? Because according to this article from Boing Boing if you do you’ll die.

Apparently in China they’ve identified 1,253 babies who’ve gotten sick drinking powdered milk that had been mixed with a chemical called melamine. Worse, apparently it was intentional.

If you’re in Naples you’ll need to beware of wood oven baked bread prepared using treated wood that releases carcinogens into your buns. Get this, some of the wood was taken from coffins they’d exhumed. Geez. Lumber must be crazy expensive in Italy.

Listeria in sliced meats was bad… but man, these stories take the cake. When your kid asks for McDonalds maybe you should give in… while the ingredients are fake, at least you know they’re under constant scrutiny :)

Canada.com Lifestyle Offers 10 Environmentally Friendly Things You Can Do For Your Kids

This article actually has 10 suggestions, vs the healthy eating post from earlier today.

I’d suggest that this one might prove as beneficial for the parents as it will for the kids. We all know that once a child gets something in his/her head it’s difficult to reprogram them. I can still remember harrassing my parents about recycling back in the day. As such, these little items may not only help your kids in the near term, but also the planet in the near and long term.

So, the list… here we go:

  • Don’t drive the kids to school if possible. Walk or bike with them both to and from. Not only will this encourage them to be environmentally friendly, but it will get them in shape and let you spend time with them outdoors.
  • If you live in an area with high smog or allergen concentrations be sure to monitor those levels and keep your kids inside when they’re too high. You may have the urge to send the kids outside to play, but in some cases it can do them more respiratory harm than good.
  • Make sure their plastic toys don’t include PVC plastic – or any of the other recently recalled plastics for that matter.
  • Don’t spoil them with gifts and toys. Kids can make their own fun, and if you don’t pile them with toys it may just encourage their creativity… something that will serve them well later in life.
  • Eat organic. There are some suggestions that the hormones added to meats that we regularly consume are serving to accelerate children’s development. The last thing your kid needs is to grow up physically before they’re mentally ready.
  • Avoid high fat, high chemical processed foods. ‘Nuff said.
  • Use natural health and beauty products. Why use chemical-filled soaps and shampoos when natural alternatives are reasonably priced and readily available these days?
  • Avoid toxins in the house where possible. Your children find their way into the craziest places… so why tempt fate?
  • Use cloth diapers rather than disposable diapers. If you must use disposable, make sure they’re as environmentally friendly as possible. Sure its more work, but think about the extent to which those tossed diapers are polluting the environment. Don’t be selfish.
  • Teach them to love nature. I stole that one directly :)

You can find the article here.