Forest Biomass Processor & Getting Enough Fruits & Veggies plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
Kids just seem to have this way about them when it comes to eating something good for them. A program in Idaho is having some great success getting kids involved with not only eating but growing and selling fresh fruits and veggies according to Becky Morgan, executive director of Boise Urban Garden School.
MORGAN: Our goals are to reconnect kids with their food both from the growing perspective and then what do you do with it after you harvest. We have a culinary component to our programs and the summer program has a farm stand too, the kids are selling the produce. They're growing it, they cooking it and they're selling it.
A Port Angeles mill plans to build a $71 million cogeneration plant that will use forest biomass. The project would produce 20 megawatts of energy that would be sold to power companies. The project will create more than 20 new jobs and use forest residue that would otherwise be left in the woods or burned in slash piles. The biomass fuel would come from local timber operations throughout the North Olympic Peninsula. The mill, which has nearly 200 employees, makes paper used for telephone books, other custom paper and newsprint. It currently uses steam from an electric boiler, two oil-fired boilers and a large biomass boiler.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
I find it interesting that in this day and age the masses can still be swayed by sensationalistic journalism. Case in point, the recent reporting of the "dirty dozen" in the produce section of any grocery store, which included most, if not all, of the more popular fruits and veggies. That bit of scare tactic must have worked so well that they are now reporting on the "dirty dozen" of the supplement world, listing off twelve of the more common health supplements used by the general public. The little known factor that doesn't seem to come up in either of these two articles is that in nearly every case any complications or illness brought on during the use or consumption of either the twelve listed produce items or the twelve supplements was due to the mishandling or misuse of the consumer. Common sense plays a major role in everything we do; if we don't apply it, we will more than likely pay the consequences. Common sense tells us that we need to wash all fresh produce before serving. Common sense also tells us to carefully follow package instructions, and if it says made in China, think twice before using or consuming.
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.