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Blogging the frogs

Posted by Strawberry on 02/07 at 05:04 PM
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When it comes to the environment, frogs are the closest thing we’ve got to nature’s barometer. And now frogs are disappearing at an alarming rate. What’s it all about? Scientists estimate that frogs are disappearing at an alarming rate. From one-third to one-half of amphibian species are in danger of extinction. The global conservation organizations have designated this year as Year of the Frog—and as you probably already know, this year is a leap year! To help raise awareness, many zoos and aquariums will be holding events on leap day, Feb. 29.

Find more about Year of the Frog here.

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Food Freedom Day

Posted by Strawberry on 02/06 at 03:35 PM
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We often hear people complaining about the price of food. But the fact of the matter is food only takes up a tiny portion of our annual income. That’s why Food Freedom Day is February 6.

If you took all of your income earned so far this year, you could, in theory, feed your family for a year. Not bad for that most basic of necessities.
In an era of high cost housing, $1.15 a litre gas and other skyrocketing expenses, farm incomes continue to dwindle. Meanwhile our store shelves are stocked with fruits and vegetables from far-off lands, transported by ship, truck or train, each of which belches greenhouse gases into the air.
So the next time you’re at the grocery store, think about where that tomato is coming from. By buying local you’re not only helping the planet, you’re also helping local farmers maintain a way of life that will, ultimately, benefit us all. And I’m sure you could scratch up the few extra pennies from what you earn the other 11 months of the year.

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