放映推介Screening: 地球公民Earthlings – a powerful documentary film about the suffering of animals…

地球公民(又譯【地球上的生靈】),是一套耗時5年搜集證據和拍攝錄影的長篇記錄片,於2003年在美國上映。本片揭露人類文明背後的血腥與自私。內容關於人類如何依靠動物為生 (如作為寵物、食物、衣物、休閒娛樂、以及科學實驗),但同樣顯示出人類如何不尊重這些所謂”非人類供應者”的生命。影片共分為10段落,主題分別為”寵物、食物、休閒”。

動物和人類一樣,具有觸覺、擁有強壯、聰敏、活躍、並且會進化與適應。跟我們一樣,都是在地球上的生靈。人類因過份耗用動物,這些後果已在身體檢查報告中被証實,如癌症、心臟病、高血壓、骨質疏鬆、中風、腎結石、糖尿病……或更多的。

大量使用抗生素,以增加動物的體重;大量使用殺蟲劑,增加生存率;人造荷爾蒙,增加母乳、懷胎數目和次數。或是人造色素、除草劑、殺蟲劑、化學肥料、鎮定劑、生長激素。藥物濫用的結果,使病毒產生抗藥性、變種,如狂牛症、口蹄疫、紅潮、新流感、SARS、以及只出現在動物身上的病症,也開始在人類社會出現(人畜共通疾病)。

這一切不是大自然所造成的,而是我們。

「平衡」,是我們需要做的改變,亦或者由大自然迫使我們改變。
注意:部分鏡頭涉及暴力血腥,或會引起觀看者不適。

Since we all inhabit the Earth, all of us are considered earthlings. There is no sexism, no racism, or speciesism in the term earthling. It encompasses each and every one of us, warm or cold-blooded, mammal, vertebrae or invertebrate, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, and human alike.

Humans, therefore, being not the only species on this planet, share this world with millions of other living creatures as we all evolved here together. EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.”

With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests. There are many worthy animal rights films available, but this one transcends the setting. EARTHLINGS cries to be seen. Highly recommended! (Parental guidance is preferred. )
Source: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com

水種西洋菜 Grow Our Own Watercress

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水生的西洋菜清脆爽甜,但經常聽說附有水蛭,要格外小心清洗。其實要吃得安心一點,可以嘗試在家種植,簡單方便,收穫豐盛,隨手剪一把下來打邊爐,三數天又長出嫩綠的新葉,五餅二魚般剪剪吃吃,能玩上一整個冬季。

Steps
•  準備一個底部密封的容器,如發泡膠箱。
•  放進塘泥,加水令塘泥保持濕潤狀態。
•  買一把西洋菜回來,剪下莖部末端約兩至三吋,插進塘泥中。
•  不時灌水保持塘泥濕潤,並用洗米水灌溉作施肥。
•  約一、兩周後便會茂密長成,把嫩莖綠葉剪下便可食用,留在泥中的根部會再次長出新的西洋菜。

Tips
綠田園基金農務組首領楊偉明教路:
•  塘泥要夠濕潤才適合水生西洋菜生長,但水分不能過多,否則水分浮於塘泥表面會令蚊蟲滋生。
•  西洋菜屬十字花科作物,適合現在15-25°C的冷天季節種植,蟲害不會肆虐,加上家居環境遠離野生昆蟲聚居地,蟲害問題更加少見;而不是用溪水種植,亦不用擔心水蛭出現。
•  冬季過後天氣回暖,可改種通菜,這樣輪替耕種,適時種植,是預防蟲害的天然方法。

Watercress is an excellent candidate for hydroponic gardens. It grows in wet areas in nature, which makes it ideally suited to a hydroponic growing system. The root system is not large. Watercress is a light plant that will not require additional support. It can be grown in a simple tabletop hydroponic setup

Steps
•  prepare a base-sealed container, such as styrofoam box
•  fill the box with pond soil, keep it moist by adding some water
•  Examine the watercress to find stalks with roots. If you buy watercress at the grocery store,  cut the stalks from the roots up to 2-3 inches long, and place them into the soil
•  Watercress needs ample moisture to grow, so water the plants every day to keep the compost damp. You may apply rice-water as fertiliser as well
•  In about 1- 2 weeks time, the watercress will be established and growing. They are ready to feed. You may simply cut the tender upper part off and roots left behind will keep growing new watercress

For original, please refer to Chinese Verison

資料來源 Source : Go.Asia 

零浪費就是如此 How DOES The Plant Work?

種植、養魚、釀酒、種茶,看似毫不相干,原來他們之間有著神奇作用,製造出一個可持續發展的生態系統。這段1分45秒的短片為你解開這個生態系統之迷。

How DOES The Plant Work?

So maybe you’ve been to The Plant, or maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ve read some of the press, or not. Either way, you think it’s pretty cool and you want to tell your mom/grandma/boyfriend/whomever about The Plant, but aren’t sure where to begin. How to do it? Show them this!

Source: The Plant