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Pemanasan Global: Solusi dan Peluang Bisnis

Pemanasan Global: Solusi dan Peluang Bisnis

Disusun oleh Team SOS (Sutradharma Tj. Sudarman (Suman Sutra); Pater Ananta; Ong Potat; William S; Tresno Gunawan

  • Buku Baru Diterbitkan oleh Gramedia Pustaka Utama

  • Ukuran : 14 x 21 cm
  • Tebal : 400 halaman
  • Terbit : Juni 2011
  • Cover : Softcover
  • ISBN : 978-979-22-5679-6
  • No Produk : 21301110003

Harga : Rp. 73.000,-(bonus DVD SOS)

* Kategori : o Nonfiksi, o Lingkungan Hidup


Tahukah Anda bahwa:

* Hampir semua bencana alam, penyebaran penyakit mematikan, kelangkaan air bersih, dan kekurangan pangan terjadi akibat perubahan iklim karena pemanasan global.

* Ilmuwan dan pejabat tinggi negara di seluruh dunia telah bekerja sama menyelesaikan masalah ini namun semua bencana dan nestapa yang terjadi semakin lama semakin buruk dengan skala yang semakin mengerikan.

* Fakta terbaru menemukan bahwa es kutub mencair lebih cepat daripada yang pernah diramalkan sebelumnya—Kutub Utara mungkin akan kehilangan lapisan esnya pada akhir musim panas tahun 2012. Percepatan pencairan es di Kutub Utara ini diperkirakan akan membawa dampak buruk bagi kelangsungan hidup di Bumi.

Buku ini memaparkan proses terjadinya pemanasan global, dampak terhadap kelangsungan hidup di Bumi, dan tindakan yang bisa kita lakukan untuk mencegah berlanjutnya proses pemanasan global.

Solusi utama yang mudah diterapkan oleh setiap individu juga dipaparkan dalam buku ini. Bahkan solusi itu sendiri justru merupakan peluang bisnis yang bisa mendukung pertumbuhan ekonomi dunia serta peningkatan kesejahteraan kehidupan masyarakat dan lingkungan.



Uncle Sam Go Vegan

The just-released U.S. Department of Agriculture food guide, “MyPlate,” turns the old food pyramid on its meaty, fatty head and replaces it with a dish loaded with fruits, veggies, and grains. Meat has been replaced with “protein,” which includes beans, nuts, and seeds, and milk has been booted to the side, with soy milk suggested as an option.

“We know that there are significant health benefits from consuming more fruits and vegetables, and that’s an opportunity for us to sort of move away from some of the meals that we’ve been preparing in the past,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “It doesn’t take a lot [of effort] to [fill] your plate with half fruits and vegetables.” And vegetarians enjoy lower risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters do, according to the American Dietetic Association.

Finally—some government nutrition guidelines that are easy to swallow! Learn more about filling your plate with healthy veggies by ordering a free PETA vegetarian/vegan starter kit 
Written by Michelle Sherrow

Posted by PETA

7 Common Animal-Derived Ingredients to Avoid

7 Common Animal-Derived Ingredients to Avoid
posted by Samantha

By Mickey Z., Planet Green

At first glance, it might seem like a simple task to avoid animal products in your food if you’ve elected to do so. After all, meat, dairy, eggs, fish, honey, etc. need no introduction. Not so fast. There’s more out there (or should I say “in there”?) than even the most seasoned vegan could imagine. Who knew the dirty little secret behind something called lipase? It’s an enzyme from the stomach and tongue glands of calves, kids, and lambs found in some vitamin supplements.

No matter where you stand on the animal exploitation meter, you might want to know that blood from slaughtered animals is used as adhesive in plywood, or that the keratin in your shampoo comes from ground-up horns, hoofs, feathers, quills, and hair of various creatures. Go ahead and see if those aromatic folks behind the cosmetics counter know amylase is an enzyme prepared from the pancreas of hogs. Musk may or may not sound animal-derived, but how enticing is that pricey perfume after discovering it is obtained from the genitals of the North Asian small hornless deer?

This indigestion-inducing inventory goes on below and won’t be popular in your local tavern. Some beers contain gelatin, but it’s wine that would send shudders down any veggie’s spine: isinglass (internal membranes of fish bladders), egg albumen, and even ox blood are often added as fining agents. Yikes…and I haven’t yet mentioned abstract ingredients like “cruelty.”

So, brace yourselves, here comes the top 8 hidden animal-derived ingredients to avoid:

1. Carmine

Nope, this ain’t a character on The Sopranos but rather a red food coloring made from ground up cochineal beetles. Found in fruit drinks, sauces, and bottled cherries, carmine, says Wiki, is also used as a fabric and cosmetics dye, “as well as for oil paints, pigments, and watercolors. When used as a food additive, the dye must be labeled on packaging labels.” The cultivation of cochineal beetles dates back to Mexico nearly 400 years ago. “Today,” reports The Wall Street Journal, “the bugs are raised on farms in Peru, Mexico, and the Canary Islands, where they feed on cacti. The bodies of female beetles are dried, ground, and heated, and the colored powder is filtered out. It takes 70,000 beetles to make one pound of marketable carmine.” This insect version of the slaughterhouse is not only non-vegan, it’s a potential health hazard. Allergies to carmine can be severe. If you prefer your candy didn’t contain crushed beetles, PETA has some suggestions for bug-free sweets.

Where is the carmine hidden?
Fruit drinks, sauces, bottled cherries, fabric and cosmetics dye, oil paints, pigments, and watercolors.

2. Casein

A protein found in milk and used in many foods as a binding agent, casein is often used in bread, processed cereals, instant soups, instant potatoes, margarine, salad dressings, sweets, and mixes for cakes. Casein is also found in some medication. To make things especially confusing, it’s even in some products labeled “lactose-free.” While this is a hidden trap for those seeking a truly vegan diet, the implications can run deeper for anyone allergic to this animal product. Another reason to read those ingredient labels carefully is the growing evidence of a link between casein and autism. As reported by PETA,” scientific studies have shown that many autistic kids improve dramatically when put on a diet free of dairy foods. One study of 20 children found a major reduction in autistic behavior in kids who were put on a casein-free diet.” Again, “lactose-free” doesn’t always mean “dairy-free,” even in products like soy cheese, so read those labels.

Where is the casein hidden?
Some soy cheeses, bread, processed cereals, instant soups, instant potatoes, margarine, salad dressings, sweets, and mixes for cakes.

3. Gelatin

You dutifully take your daily vitamins—a storehouse of important nutrients all packed into a tiny gel cap. A tiny “gel” cap made of gelatin. A generic definition of gelatin might go something like this: “A colorless, flavorless thickening agent that is used to give body to molded salads and desserts.” Once you get a little more technical, it gets a lot uglier: Gelatin is “prepared by the thermal denaturation of collagen, isolated from animal skin and bones, with very dilute acid. It can also be extracted from fish skins.” Skin, hooves, claws, etc.—all of which are by-products of the slaughterhouse—are also used. Gelatin is not vegan, not vegetarian, and definitely not necessary. A natural gelatin replacement is agar agar also known as “kanten.”

Where is gelatin hidden?
Gel caps, yogurt, cereals, marshmallows, and some candies.

4. Isinglass

Are you ready for this? Isinglass is obtained from the swimbladders of fish (in particular, Beluga sturgeon) and is used to “clarify” some wine and beer. Uh, cheers? Thus, in name of avoiding such ingredients and greening your drinking habits, you might want to let the fish keep their bladders while you choose vegan and organic options. For example, vegan wines use carbon, limestone, silica gel, and other non-animal products for equally smooth end results. Buy local, buy organic, buy vegan.

Where is the isinglass hidden?
Wines and beers.

5. Rennet

Even those who become vegetarians often balk at going all the way to veganism. Quite often, the reason is cheese. More specifically, they don’t want to stop eating cheese and the horrors of animal products are less obvious with dairy products than they are for meat. Then, of course, there’s rennet: “The stomach contents of an unweaned animal” of which the chief source is “the fourth stomach of young calves.” PETA puts it this way: “Certain words just make you cringe, like coagulate, congeal, clot—which is what rennet, an enzyme taken from baby calves’ stomachs, is used for in cheese production.” To make matters worse, the powers that be have conjured up genetically engineered rennet. Roughly 80 to 90% of commercially made cheeses in the U.S. and England contain GMO-based rennet.

Where is the rennet hidden?

6. Whey

A by-product of cheese making, whey is formed when the curds separate from the milk or cream. Those following a vegan lifestyle have no trouble classifying whey as a no-no. However, thanks to the enduring protein myth, many actively seek out whey as an ingredient. So, now that we’ve brought it up, how much protein do we really need? The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says 2.5% of our daily calories should come from protein. According to the World Health Organization, it’s about 5%. How does that work out in grams? A lot lower than the U.S. average of 100 grams a day, that’s for sure. “An adult male on a fast only puts out 4.32 grams of urinary nitrogen per day,” says William Harris, M.D. author of The Scientific Basis for Vegetarianism. “Each gram represents 6.25 grams of broken down protein, so under conditions in which some protein is actually being catabolized and used for fuel, only about 4.32 x 6.25 = 27 grams/day are actually needed.” Twenty-seven grams. Whey? No way. Watch out for it in a few surprising places.

Where is the whey hidden?
Boxed cereals, bread, granola.

7. Cruelty

The morally indefensible and scientifically tenuous institution of animal experimentation is the hidden ingredient in a frighteningly wide range of products. Do you know which companies do and don’t rely on this practice? Aysha Z Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a senior medical advisor and Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., is a senior research consultant for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. “The more we study the relevance of animal tests, the more apparent their shortcomings become,” Akhtar and Bailey state. “Even subtle physiological differences between humans and animals can manifest as profound differences in disease physiology and treatment effectiveness and safety. For example, numerous differences in spinal cord physiology and reaction to injury exist between species and even strains within a species. These differences likely contribute to the repeated failure of spinal cord treatments that have tested safe and effective in animals to translate into human benefit … A major shift in our research paradigm is long overdue. The move away from animal experiments toward more accurate methods of studying disease and intervention is scientifically superior and more ethical for humanity, as well as for animals.” To help end this archaic practice, we must educate ourselves and work toward alternative methods of discovery to create cruelty-free products.

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Animal Pictures of the week

Animal pictures of the week: 3 June 2011

Augo the polar bear cub plays with a giant red ball at Aalborg Zoo in Denmark.  Augo used to be attached to his blue bucket, which he would wear on his head, but now he has a new toy...

Augo the polar bear cub plays with a giant red ball at Aalborg Zoo in Denmark. Augo used to be attached to his blue bucket, which he would wear on his head, but now he has a new toy…

Animal pictures of the week: 3 June 2011

...Visitors to Aalborg Zoo have been treated to the sight of Augo hugging and nuzzling his bright ball and leaping into the pool and chasing it around.

…Visitors to Aalborg Zoo have been treated to the sight of Augo hugging and nuzzling his bright ball and leaping into the pool and chasing it around.

Green Fest at Parkir Timur Senayan 1 – 5 Juni

Green Fest at Parkir Timur Senayan 1 -5 Juni.

Acara Pekan Lingkungan Indonesia “Hutan Penyangga Kehidupan” oleh KLH, mulai 1 s/d 5 Juni di Parkir Timur Senayan.

Temukan gerai SMTV dan dapatkan Buku Damai kumpulan ceramah Maha Guru Ching Hai, “Dari Krisis Menjadi Damai – Vegan Organik adalah Jawabannya” secara gratis selama berlangsungnya acara.

Rekan kita dari Loving Hut Kemang juga ikut berpartisipasi di counter foodcourt, dengan menyediakan berbagai menu vegan menarik, ada nasi manado vegan, nasi campur vegan, burger vegan , katsu vegan, Teriyaki vegan, salad. dll

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