Beaver troubles?

I’m sure some of you knew this already—perhaps better than you wanted—but in some areas, wildlife is making a comeback and occasionally becoming a pest in human developments. According to the article, you can put chicken wire around trees to help keep the rodents away.

If you’ve already been attacked, you can get new trees at local nurseries and garden centers, various online nurseries, or the Arbor Day Foundation. If you get fruit trees, remember to check their pollination requirements and to invite me over to help with the eating.

This post refers to:

Dean, Cornelia. Return of the Once-Rare Beaver? Not in My Yard. New York Times. June 8, 2009.

Green Spaces and Green Milk

The New York Times has an article today on the gardens around Philadelphia. It turns out that there are a lot, and several of them are either free or have fairly cheap admission. Somehow, I haven’t been to any of these, which is really rather sad. Oh, and if you happen to have a SEPTA pass, you can also get a discount at some of the ones that do charge admission.

You probably know that cows are big producers of methane, which tends to trap heat much more efficiently than carbon dioxide. That makes cows rather environmentally unfriendly as far as global warming goes. Well, it turns out that changing cattle feed may help reduce bovine methane—which, it turns out, is actually released as burps. This finding comes from Stoneyfield Farm, whose yogurt is pretty tasty and good in cooking, incidentally.

This post refers to:

Dobrzynski, Judith H. Philadelphia’s Gardens of Delights. New York Times. June 5, 2009.

Kaufman, Leslie. Greening the Herds: A New Diet to Cap Gas. New York Times. June 4, 2009.

Some food news

Eating local just got much easier or harder, depending on your point of view. Personally, I’m not too thrilled with the idea of large corporations saying they produce local food, but I do like the idea of transparency in understanding where your food is grown.

I also have become skeptical of the value of taking vitamins, although I have to confess that’s partly because I just hate taking gigantic pills. I just learned that taking vitamins may interfere with the benefits of exercise, though, so perhaps I’ll just continue to not take them.

This post refers to:

Severson, K. When ‘Local’ Makes It Big. New York Times. May 12, 2009.

Wade, N. Vitamins Found to Curb Exercise Benefits. New York Times. May 12, 2009.