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Links, Books, and Articles recommended by John

READ: A worm that eats plastic bags

This is amazing- a biological solution for the mess we’ve made? In a paper published in Current Biology on Monday (April 24), Bertocchini and her colleagues described 100 wax worms chewing through a polyethylene shopping bag—the kind that people discard at a rate of 1 trillion per year globally—in around 40 minutes. After 12 hours, the bag was significantly shredded. – From QZ.com

Plant Paradox by Dr Gundry

READ: The Plant Paradox by Dr Gundry

The new book by Dr Gundry is out! The Plant Paradox The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain Is it possible that everything you’ve heard about diet, weight, and nutrition is wrong? Dr. Gundry’s second book promises to shatter almost every myth you’ve been told about what makes up a “healthy” diet. “The Plant Paradox” reveals the #1 danger in the American diet: a toxic protein hidden in plants called lectins. Lectins are found in hundreds of common foods, like wheat, beans, potatoes, nuts, and diary. “The Plant Paradox” offers a full list of high-lectin foods, simple substitutions, a step-by-step detox plan, and delicious lectin free recipes. This Program, outlined in the book, has helped thousands of Dr. Gundry’s patients to lose weight and recover from long-standing health disorders.    

Black lives matter by Zaid Ahmed

READ: Wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100 times and got into Stanford

An incredible story about a young activist who got into Stanford with a unique essay. After completing his Stanford application, high school senior Ziad Ahmed realized an important component was missing amid a flurry of standardized test scores and extracurricular activities: his voice and passion. That’s when Ahmed took a gamble. In response to a question asking “What matters to you, and why?” the teen wrote “#BlackLivesMatter” exactly 100 times. Last Friday, Ahmed received an acceptance letter from the California school and tweeted a photo that quickly went viral. The question was part of a larger application that delved into his leadership roles and included a number of prompts. –  Read the rest on NBC

Isabel and Melati Wijsen in Forbes

Green School students on Forbes’ Most Inspiring Women list

Melati and Isabel of Bye Bye Plastic bags recently made it to Forbes’ Indonesia’s Most Inspiring Women. A huge achievement! The girls saw it firsthand in their favorite local beach, Seseh, which was, as Melati puts it, “swallowed up by garbage.” “When you’re at the beach sunbathing or going for a swim, you’re swimming with plastic, you’re sunbathing with plastic. There’s no escaping it,” says Melati. Those experiences led them, in April 2013, to start Bye Bye Plastic Bags, when they were just 10 and 12. The two girls attend the Bali Green School, which promotes environmentalism, so their campaign was in keeping with the school’s mission. “The question became ‘who’s going to do something about it?’ We thought ‘why don’t we do something about it? Why don’t we stand up for our island?’,’” Melati says. – See more at: http://forbesindonesia.com/berita-1303-isabel-and-melati-wijsen.html#sthash.MIq5t5XU.dpuf   Check out their whole story in their TED talk which has had over 1 million views to date:

The Food Babe

READ: The Food Babe’s blog

If you’re into what is going into your body via your food, you have to read Vani Hari’s the Food Babe blog.  Some of the most important work she is doing is around Monsanto and glysophate weed killer. A large body of peer reviewed research links glyphosate (which is sprayed on the majority of crops in this country) to cancer, reproductive problems, liver, kidney and skin cell damage, antibiotic-resistance, and more. The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer has deemed it a probable carcinogen. One of the biggest sellers of glyphosate, Monsanto, has been colluding with the EPA to keep it on the market. It’s truly outrageous and I’m as angry as you are.   She also has great articles on the sugar wars and many of the ‘Big Food’ problems facing the food industry today. Her Investigations page is a great place to start. About Vani Hari  Vani Hari is a revolutionary food activist, a New York Times best selling author, and was named one of the “Most Influential People On The Internet” by …

War on sugar heats up

The war on sugar heats up

Huge amount of press these days on sugar and news about the way we’ve been sold a lie about the white stuff.  Will keep adding to this list as more comes out in the press about the ‘War on Sugar”. CNN: South Africa plans to fight obesity with a sugar tax (March 2017) In tackling sugar drink prices, South Africa follows in the footsteps of Mexico, France, Hungary and New York, which have pioneered the strategy. It plans to introduce a 20% tax on soft drinks that will come into force April 1, making South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of obesity on the continent, the first African country to adopt the measure. CNN: What happens to your brain when you give up sugar (March 2017) The connection between the nucleus accumbens and our prefrontal cortex dictates our motor movement, such as deciding whether or not to taking another bite of that delicious chocolate cake. The prefrontal cortex also activates hormones that tell our body: “Hey, this cake is really good. And I’m going …

READ: India bans plastic in capital

Amazing news. Hope it spreads to the whole country. India is imposing a ban on disposable plastic in the country’s capital city. Inhabitants of New Delhi are no longer permitted to use plastic bags, cups, or cutlery. The amount of plastic waste that India dumped in the world’s oceans in 2010 was 12th highest of 192 countries. Read more at Futurism.

Dirty Dozen from Mic

READ: Dirty Dozen 2017

The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides revealed. By aggregating and analyzing data from the USDA, the EWG determined that the following 12 produce items contain the most pesticide residue. The Dirty Dozen 1. Strawberries 2. Spinach 3. Nectarines 4. Apples 5. Peaches 6. Pears 7. Cherries 8. Grapes 9. Celery 10. Tomatoes 11. Sweet bell pepper 12. Potatoes Read the whole article at the Mic.

Sugar is a drug

READ: Is sugar the world’s most popular drug?

This article came via Cynthia and it’s really and truly worth reading. It’s going to be bigger than the war on tobacco so let’s get ready. Sugar does induce the same responses in the region of the brain known as the “reward centre” as nicotine, cocaine, heroin and alcohol. Addiction researchers have come to believe that behaviours required for the survival of a species – specifically, eating and sex – are experienced as pleasurable in this part of the brain, and so we do them again and again. Sugar stimulates the release of the same neurotransmitters – dopamine in particular – through which the potent effects of these other drugs are mediated. Because the drugs work this way, humans have learned how to refine their essence into concentrated forms that heighten the rush. Coca leaves, for instance, are mildly stimulating when chewed, but powerfully addictive when refined into cocaine; even more so taken directly into the lungs when smoked as crack cocaine. Sugar, too, has been refined from its original form to heighten its rush …

John Hardy at MIT

The top 16 posts of 2016 on Green by John

I never thought Green by John would take off like this. Thank you to all the readers and have a happy 2017. Here are the top 16 most-read posts of 2016 on Green by John. From the bottom up:  NO 16: MEET: The NALU Team They saw something that wasn’t right, so they started a business to sell t-shirts to make it right. The story of the student-run social enterprise that is NALU made it to the 16 most read articles on Green by John for 2016. NO 15: Spearing garbage, talking trash The rule of the trash walk is simple, you have to keep walking, keep spearing and keep talking. NO 14: Back to school with the new Green School classrooms IBUKU designed and built  new classrooms for Green School. Take a look at the end result as the kids start using the spaces. NO 13: IBUKU goes to Hong Kong The end result of IBUKU’s design for TRi Restaurant came it at number 13 on the list. TRi is IBUKU’s first overseas project. NO 12: What if kids …