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    Simon got a reaction from ericdesuza in need vegetarian recipes   
    Here are some kid-friendly vegetarian and vegan recipes. BBC also has plenty of kid-friendly vegetarian recipes on their website. 
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    Simon reacted to JenniferHahnMasterson in Eco-friendly pesticide?   
    You mix used coffee grounds (from 2-3 coffees, not more) with soil, some 10cm bellow the ground. I used it to deter caterpillars and it worked.
     
     
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    Simon got a reaction from Mohamed Yakoob in Should I get a Mac?   
    I am not so sure about that... :thoughtful:

    Lets compare a laptop from Apple and one from Dell.

    Apple MacBook
    Cost: 11.995 SEK
    2.0GHz
    2 GB RAM Memory
    160 GB Hard drive
    128MB Graphic card
    13" screen

    Dell XPS M1710
    Cost: 11.990 SEK
    2.0GHz
    4 GB RAM Memory
    250 GB Hard drive
    256MB Graphic card
    17" screen

    Conclusion: The Dell laptop has better specs and is cheaper than the Apple laptop.
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    Simon reacted to japa.guru in Hello from London!   
    Hello everyone!
     
    I am from England and I have always been madly passionate about nature, wildlife, conservation and sustainability. I am an eco-warrior and hope to spread these positive life ideals. Step by step we can change the behaviour of mankind and do some good in this world. I strongly believe that the many small changes each individual makes in their own lives will have a great combined effect.
     
    It is hard to see the destruction going on all around us and, at times, even harder to see the ignorance of many. That is why I believe it is so important to educate. It is the amazing efforts of forums like this which will impact upon people’s lives and really make a difference.
     
    So with these life ideals in mind, my partner, Charlotte, and I launched an online blog and mindfulness shop. Our blog features young environmentalists and zoologists who will be commenting on different aspects of sustainability, conservation and the natural world at a large. Our shop features artisan products which promote wellbeing and mindfulness whilst being sustainable and at every step eco friendly!
     
    So Hello everyone! It is lovely to be a part of this forum and I look forward to learning from all of the wonderful people that make up this community. I hope (fingers crossed) that I and my writers might be able to contribute and help others also.
     
    Harry
    Founder of Japa - a mindful life
    https://japa.guru
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    Simon reacted to Manuela Guarneri in what is the most difficult sustainable act for you?   
    Hi everybody,   Last time I had to go for shopping I took my car, even if I felt bad about it for not taking the bus. But it is so comfortable for me to drive rather than changing 2 buses to get to my organic shop.    What about you? what is the most difficult sustainable act for you?
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    Simon got a reaction from Manuela Guarneri in How I got my husband to eat at least less meat   
    Thank you for sharing your story. 
    This is 100% true. I'm a vegetarian and have been happily for 6+ years now and when I began I didn't stop eating meat altogether at once. That's not possible and will only make it harder for you - and your husband - to become vegetarians. Changing diet is a long process that never really ends. In the beginning you will have temporary setbacks where you go back to eating meat again. This is especially true if you immediately try to eliminate meat from your life. Because no matter how strong your willpower is, and lets be honest here, it's really easy to fall back into bad habits (eating meat) on a day when you're tired and doesn't feel like coming up with a "complicated" vegetarian dish. We are all lazy, and it's okay. 
    A better way is to slowly cut meat from your diet. I first started with only buying organic and/or locally produced meat. Such products tend to be more expensive than non-organic meat so you basically end up buying and eating less meat. 
    After that, I completely eliminated beef from my diet. Why? Because beef is the one meat that has the biggest negative effect on our environment and climate. So cutting down on beef will make a huge impact on your climate footprint. Slowly after that I also cut meat from pigs from my menu (after beef, meat from pigs have the biggest impact on our climate). At this time the only meat I ate was fish and chicken - all organic and/or locally produced, of course. This was a process that for each step took several months. Finally, I also stopped buying and eating meat from chicken and other birds. Fish was also eliminated from the menu shortly after.
    Because I slowly started to change my diet I had started to grow accustomed to vegetarian dishes and I knew a bunch of tasty and easy-to-make recipes. This made the last steps, cutting chicken and fish from my diet, so much easier and faster than it took me to eliminate beef and pig from my menu. Now I don't have any urges for meat and I no longer think that meat taste or smell good.
    Another good way to make sure you don't have any setbacks is to educate yourself and your family. You can easily do this by sharing news articles, documentaries and other stories on the hugely negative effect the meat industry has on our climate and environment. Another point to bring up here is how much the animals in the meat industry suffer. Eating meat is not a crime - but people who do should the very least have a bad conscience for doing it.  
    Again, thanks for sharing your story - and good luck!
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    Simon reacted to Manuela Guarneri in How I got my husband to eat at least less meat   
    I.e. “I did it! I killed the bloodthirsty beast”


     
    My husband loves meat but he ate too much of it even if he was very aware about the risks for his health and damages caused to the environment.

    The nagging wife inside of me tried to convince him so many times trying to make him feel guilty… but it didn’t work. Nothing happened except for turning him very very nervous. But it got worse: the nagging wife was sick of it thus she started doing very stupid things like throwing away all the meat from the refrigerator and preparing vegetarian meals only. The first 2-3 days he reacted nicely saying things like “Thank you darling but… where is the real food here?” and after dinner he ended up eating a lot of bread, cookies or chocolate. Can you believe I was so stupid that once for dinner I prepared boiled potatoes and cabbage only? And I was pretending he liked it? Ok please, stop laughing at me! After that lame attempt the bloodthirsty beast inside of him came out scaring the nagging wife away.


     
    1 lesson learned: I couldn’t eliminate 100% meat out of the clear blue


     
    As the nagging wife was still grounded, I became craftier and started “diluting” meat by replacing part of it with beans or mushrooms in recipes like lasagna, stew and casserole. Guess what? It didn’t work. He was complaining about how the meals weren’t as good as before.


     
    2 lesson learned: I had to cook whether good vegetable or good meat meals instead of a strange mix.


     
    Sorry. The nagging wife is still around but it’s a good thing she is now concentrated on something else. Anyway she is proud to share with you some of my successful tactics:

    ·         Scale down the frequency gradually

    ·         Cook vegetable hamburgers and salty cakes with vegetarian side dishes.

    ·         Accompany vegetarian stew and hotpots with something substantial like potatoes and cereals (otherwise the bloodthirsty beast…).

    ·         Go into Indian and other ethnic food. India is the home of vegetarianism

    ·         Get curious (believe it or not this was no effort for me): I tried new veggie and cereals I didn’t know their existence.

    ·         Add one new ingredient at a time if you’re worried about causing allergies

    ·         Show him the bill: I took on the role of accountant (can you see the nagging wife gloating?) and proved him that we could afford local organic meat without spending more

    ·         Order first when you are out for dinner: I realized I put some unconscious pressure on him by ordering vegetarian courses before he opens his mouth. Can you imagine how much I can satisfy my untenable desire of changing him this way???


     
    Knock knock. Uh, sorry the nagging wife is here for some advisory:

    ·         -meat = + legumes

    ·         Don’t put more cheese on his plate (it’s not very healthy and doesn’t help with global warming)


     
    If you’re wondering about me having kids, yes I have a 6 years old wonderful girl. Did this process work for her too? Yes: not too many spices, I always cook something I know she already likes, I prepare small portions and involve her mentally and practically.


     
    Ok I have to go now. I just noticed that my husband (holy man) didn’t repair the closet door yet! I have to write a note on a paper for him, text him,…


     

     

     
    PS: if you find some odd things in my writing you’re probably right. Please forgive me I’m not a native English speaker but I’m hardly trying to improve my English!!!

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    Simon reacted to Ann2x in Making Your Home Environmentally Friendly   
    We have been able to install some solar panels and it has been such a surprise! (And it's nice to get money BACK from the electric companies.....for once!) And we've renovated our house and took out a lot of the carpeting in it, mainly bamboo flooring, with carpet in the girls' rooms. And I've had to switch over to the non-toxic cleaners years ago....when someone who doesn't have asthma starts having a hard time breathing....you rethink how you clean. There are wonderful alternative cleaning products out there, and some DIY stuff that are NOT expensive. Great tips here.
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    Simon got a reaction from Hakan in Green Blog has just received a major new update!   
    Folks, Green Blog has just received a major update! And with this update comes a couple of new features, such as better posting options and a brand new calendar. Green Blog now also has a new website design. It's blue (Now green-ish!) and just temporary. I promise! A new design that will fit Green Blog better will be unveiled in a very near future.
    Some important things you need to know:
    Friends have been replaced with followers: In this version of Green Blog, members can no longer add other members as friends. However members can follow other members and receive notifications when the members they are following post. Old friends have been removed and you will need to re-add your old friends as followers.  You cannot login with your username: Members will now login using their display names or email. If you are trying to login using your old username you won't be able to sign in. If you're having problems just send us a message at hello@green-blog.org and we will help you sort it out. Please let me know here in this topic if you see something that doesn't work or if you stumble upon something that seems broken. And if you have any questions about this major update and/or how things work just post here.
    A longer list of new features will be posted in this topic later.
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    Simon got a reaction from kiara in How do I apply to be a contributor?   
    Green Blog is always looking for new authors and contributors. We are especially looking for authors from countries outside of USA and Canada. We do not look for individual stories (you can post such stories yourself in our Community blog), instead we want people who can contribute environmental news on a more regular basis.   Green Blog is leaned towards the left. We believe that human and civil rights, global peace, equality and democracy all plays central roles in safeguarding our environment and improving - in a sustainable and non-destructive way - the lives of all people on this fragile planet. Green Blog encourage people to take direct non-violent action against CO2 emitting sources and protest against the current climate change inaction.   You need to be comfortable with the material you're writing about. This is not a must, but we'd like you to write predominantly for one or two specific areas. This enables us to publish your articles more quickly, and helps you to focus your abilities.    We only accept original articles and posts. Please note that we are talking about citizen journalism and that we cannot pay you anything for this. Contributors will get complete control of their posts, a byline under every post and be able to post affiliate links in their articles. Green Blog also supports Flattr - which allows you to receive micro-donations from our readers.   Want to write for us? If so please follow these simple steps: If you haven't already, go to our community and register. Once registered and logged in go to the Contributors forum and click on the Become a Contributor subforum link. In this subforum you can create a new topic and apply to become an author on Green Blog. And don't worry. Other people cannot see the topics or posts you create in this forum. Only Green Blog administrators can read your posts.
      In your topic please tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to become a contributor on Green Blog. If possible please give us one or two examples of something you have written about before (does not have to be related to the environment). Other questions that are relevant: Have you had previous experience in blogging? What kind of topics would you like to write about on Green Blog?
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    Simon got a reaction from Lisa in How do I apply to be a contributor?   
    Green Blog is always looking for new authors and contributors. We are especially looking for authors from countries outside of USA and Canada. We do not look for individual stories (you can post such stories yourself in our Community blog), instead we want people who can contribute environmental news on a more regular basis.   Green Blog is leaned towards the left. We believe that human and civil rights, global peace, equality and democracy all plays central roles in safeguarding our environment and improving - in a sustainable and non-destructive way - the lives of all people on this fragile planet. Green Blog encourage people to take direct non-violent action against CO2 emitting sources and protest against the current climate change inaction.   You need to be comfortable with the material you're writing about. This is not a must, but we'd like you to write predominantly for one or two specific areas. This enables us to publish your articles more quickly, and helps you to focus your abilities.    We only accept original articles and posts. Please note that we are talking about citizen journalism and that we cannot pay you anything for this. Contributors will get complete control of their posts, a byline under every post and be able to post affiliate links in their articles. Green Blog also supports Flattr - which allows you to receive micro-donations from our readers.   Want to write for us? If so please follow these simple steps: If you haven't already, go to our community and register. Once registered and logged in go to the Contributors forum and click on the Become a Contributor subforum link. In this subforum you can create a new topic and apply to become an author on Green Blog. And don't worry. Other people cannot see the topics or posts you create in this forum. Only Green Blog administrators can read your posts.
      In your topic please tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to become a contributor on Green Blog. If possible please give us one or two examples of something you have written about before (does not have to be related to the environment). Other questions that are relevant: Have you had previous experience in blogging? What kind of topics would you like to write about on Green Blog?
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    Simon got a reaction from Martha Simons in How do I apply to be a contributor?   
    Green Blog is always looking for new authors and contributors. We are especially looking for authors from countries outside of USA and Canada. We do not look for individual stories (you can post such stories yourself in our Community blog), instead we want people who can contribute environmental news on a more regular basis.   Green Blog is leaned towards the left. We believe that human and civil rights, global peace, equality and democracy all plays central roles in safeguarding our environment and improving - in a sustainable and non-destructive way - the lives of all people on this fragile planet. Green Blog encourage people to take direct non-violent action against CO2 emitting sources and protest against the current climate change inaction.   You need to be comfortable with the material you're writing about. This is not a must, but we'd like you to write predominantly for one or two specific areas. This enables us to publish your articles more quickly, and helps you to focus your abilities.    We only accept original articles and posts. Please note that we are talking about citizen journalism and that we cannot pay you anything for this. Contributors will get complete control of their posts, a byline under every post and be able to post affiliate links in their articles. Green Blog also supports Flattr - which allows you to receive micro-donations from our readers.   Want to write for us? If so please follow these simple steps: If you haven't already, go to our community and register. Once registered and logged in go to the Contributors forum and click on the Become a Contributor subforum link. In this subforum you can create a new topic and apply to become an author on Green Blog. And don't worry. Other people cannot see the topics or posts you create in this forum. Only Green Blog administrators can read your posts.
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    Simon got a reaction from waybeyondfedup in Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you and beyond   
    That's a lot of hashtags Jessica!
     
    Merry Christmas Everyone!
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    Simon got a reaction from Arindam in How do I apply to be a contributor?   
    Green Blog is always looking for new authors and contributors. We are especially looking for authors from countries outside of USA and Canada. We do not look for individual stories (you can post such stories yourself in our Community blog), instead we want people who can contribute environmental news on a more regular basis.   Green Blog is leaned towards the left. We believe that human and civil rights, global peace, equality and democracy all plays central roles in safeguarding our environment and improving - in a sustainable and non-destructive way - the lives of all people on this fragile planet. Green Blog encourage people to take direct non-violent action against CO2 emitting sources and protest against the current climate change inaction.   You need to be comfortable with the material you're writing about. This is not a must, but we'd like you to write predominantly for one or two specific areas. This enables us to publish your articles more quickly, and helps you to focus your abilities.    We only accept original articles and posts. Please note that we are talking about citizen journalism and that we cannot pay you anything for this. Contributors will get complete control of their posts, a byline under every post and be able to post affiliate links in their articles. Green Blog also supports Flattr - which allows you to receive micro-donations from our readers.   Want to write for us? If so please follow these simple steps: If you haven't already, go to our community and register. Once registered and logged in go to the Contributors forum and click on the Become a Contributor subforum link. In this subforum you can create a new topic and apply to become an author on Green Blog. And don't worry. Other people cannot see the topics or posts you create in this forum. Only Green Blog administrators can read your posts.
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    Simon got a reaction from Mark Piazzalunga in Fantasy European high-speed rail network   
    Nice!

    Check out the 8 million city project that aims to connect three major Scandinavian cities - Oslo, Gothenburg and Copenhagen - with high-speed railway. 
     

     
    "The Scandinavian countries are too small in a global context to use their energy to compete internally. Better/greener communications are crucial in order to shrink the distance between the Scandinavian cities, and unfold the potentials regarding cross border collaboration and a fully integrated Scandinavian labor marked.
      High Speed Rail (HSR) is not just another transport project; It provides a means of supporting long- term economic development in Scandinavia and doing so in a sustainable way. For the Copenhagen-Oslo corridor the service is estimated to attract 9,4million passenger per year."  

    I believe that the way to peace is further integration between nations and people. And a Pan-European high-speed rail network could help do just that!
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    Simon reacted to Mark Piazzalunga in Fantasy European high-speed rail network   
    On the old traces of TEN-T project a new high speed rail system could be built basing on the "European corridors". Some high spped rails already exists but are unfinished and non-linear. The main corridors should be five: three verticals, two horizontal.
     
    The vertical corridors:
     
    1. Blue. Lisbon-Edimburgh. Lisbon-Madrid-Bordeaux-Paris-through Eurochannel-London-Birminghan-Manchester-Edimburgh-Glasgow. Also another line wich connects Dublin to Belfast. Let's not forget Ireland.
     
    2. Red. Rome-Stockholm with extentions from Naples to Oslo. Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan.
        - The first branch is Bern-Munich-Lipsia-Berlin-Hamburg-Copenhagen-Stockholm-Oslo.
        - The second is Strasborug-Luxembourg-Bruxelles-Amsterdam. There are some extensions to Prague, Frankfurt, Liechtestein and Lyon.
     
    3. Yellow. Athens-Helsinki. Athens-Skopje.
        - The first branch is Sofia-Bucarest-Chisinau-Lviv-Minsk-Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn-Helsinki with extensions to Istanbul.
        - The second is Sarajevo-Zagreb-Ljubijana-Wien-Prague with extensions to Belgrade and Bratislava
     
    The horizontal corridors:
     
    1. Green. Lisbon-Kiev (also known as Corridor 5). Lisbon-Madrid-Valencia-Barcelona-Marseille-Lyon-Turin-Milan-Venice-Trieste-Ljubijana-Budapest-Lviv-Kiev with extensions to Bratislava and Genoa.
     
    2. Light-blue. Paris-Moscow. Paris-Bruxelles-Amsterdam-Berlin-Poznan-Warsaw-Minsk-Moscow with extensions to Prague.
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    Simon got a reaction from Mark Piazzalunga in Fantasy European high-speed rail network   
    Check out this potential European high-speed rail network that connects all the major European cities and offer Europeans a fast, comfortable and eco-friendly mode of transportation. It's just too bad that with the current politics this is just a fantasy. But it's a fantasy that could become a reality if we just set our minds to it (just like the >DESERTEC project).
     
    How would you design this high-speed rail network? Which cities would you connect?
     

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    Simon got a reaction from Mark Piazzalunga in These maps show Tesla's plan to blanket (most of) the world in superchargers   
    Tesla Motors want to create their own global network of fast-chargers for their increasingly popular electric vehicles. They currently have 103 Tesla Superchargers in the US but plan to expand globally soon, mainly in Europe but also in parts of Asia. By the end of 2015, Tesla Motors say they 98% of the US population will live (somewhat) nearby one of these superchargers. Around the same time, Tesla plans to start their global expansion. 
     
    These three maps show where they plan to build their superchargers:
     
    North America
    Only six superchargers in Canada?
     

     
    Europe
    Western Europe gets all the love it seems.
     

     
    Asia
    Not much has been planned for Asia though... 
     

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    Simon reacted to DayGreen in Stupid SUV owners...   
    I agree that there was no reason for the author of the article to connect the littering in this case with the fact that the woman drives an SUV.
     
    That being said, the topic of this thread caught my eye because honestly, I think owning an SUV is stupid. They waste too much gas, they take up too much room on the street and in parking spaces, and they are unnecessary for most people. There is no reason why people in urban areas need to drive giant trucks, and SUVs are a complete waste of space, in my opinion.
     
    Until we stop viewing our vehicles as extensions of our own vanity, we will continue to see some major environmental problems that are totally preventable.
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    Simon reacted to MindyT in Stupid SUV owners...   
    Okay, the only reason I clicked on this article was because of the title.  Not all SUV drivers are stupid.  The driver was littering.  That was the problem, not her driving on SUV.  And I am someone who owns an van.  I had to have a vehicle large enough for my family plus my equipment for work.  I am NOT vain for needing and wanting a vehicle that fits my family.  Granted, I did my research about the makes of the vans.  I researched who gets the best gas mileage, where the cars were made, etc.  Don't lump all SUV drivers and owners into the "stupid" or "they're unnecessary" box please.
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    Simon reacted to Dee in Why others do not believe in global warming?   
    The craters in Siberia and the melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps is documented. For whatever reason, people are in denial. The plain facts are that it IS in our self-interest to do everything we can to stop this. Yet the LA Times reported http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-no-solar-20140810-story.html#page=1 in this link that in most of the country there are rules against solar power. I admit here in Minnesota it might be a bit of a gamble, but that isn't going to stop me from getting solar panels when we can afford it!
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    Simon reacted to Mark Piazzalunga in Why others do not believe in global warming?   
    Most people aren't scared from climate change because they can't see and directly feel the consequences. What are some degrees over the usual? People must understand that the consequences will be catastrophic and that the effects of climate change are unpredictable, like Polar Vortex in the USA this winter is a consequence of global warming, strange but true.
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    Simon got a reaction from Adamsmith in How do I apply to be a contributor?   
    Green Blog is always looking for new authors and contributors. We are especially looking for authors from countries outside of USA and Canada. We do not look for individual stories (you can post such stories yourself in our Community blog), instead we want people who can contribute environmental news on a more regular basis.   Green Blog is leaned towards the left. We believe that human and civil rights, global peace, equality and democracy all plays central roles in safeguarding our environment and improving - in a sustainable and non-destructive way - the lives of all people on this fragile planet. Green Blog encourage people to take direct non-violent action against CO2 emitting sources and protest against the current climate change inaction.   You need to be comfortable with the material you're writing about. This is not a must, but we'd like you to write predominantly for one or two specific areas. This enables us to publish your articles more quickly, and helps you to focus your abilities.    We only accept original articles and posts. Please note that we are talking about citizen journalism and that we cannot pay you anything for this. Contributors will get complete control of their posts, a byline under every post and be able to post affiliate links in their articles. Green Blog also supports Flattr - which allows you to receive micro-donations from our readers.   Want to write for us? If so please follow these simple steps: If you haven't already, go to our community and register. Once registered and logged in go to the Contributors forum and click on the Become a Contributor subforum link. In this subforum you can create a new topic and apply to become an author on Green Blog. And don't worry. Other people cannot see the topics or posts you create in this forum. Only Green Blog administrators can read your posts.
      In your topic please tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to become a contributor on Green Blog. If possible please give us one or two examples of something you have written about before (does not have to be related to the environment). Other questions that are relevant: Have you had previous experience in blogging? What kind of topics would you like to write about on Green Blog?
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    Simon got a reaction from Mark Piazzalunga in "Earth Box" analogues from Cat Litter Bins   
    Yes! Please post more about this. Do you also have any more photos on your gardening bins? I would like to try out something similar but could use some more information.
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    Simon got a reaction from Mark Piazzalunga in The U.S. now uses more corn to fuel their cars than to eat   
    And its monoculture. There are so many variations of corn but only a few are being grown.
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