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  • How to reduce your household's food waste

    Food waste is a huge problem.

    According to some estimates, as much as 40 per cent of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten. That’s $165-billion of wasted food. 

    The Environmental Protection Agency says that 35 million tonnes of food was thrown out in 2012 alone, 20 per cent more than the food tossed out in 2000. In fact, more food now ends up in landfills than plastic, glass, paper and metal, and comprises more than a fifth of America’s garbage. 

    Considering food waste accounted for less than 10 per cent of total waste in 1980, the numbers are unnerving.

    Canadians spend more money on wasted food than the GDP of the world's 32 poorest countries — combined. (Thinkstock)Canadians spend more money on wasted food than the GDP of the world's 32 poorest countries — combined. (Thinkstock)

    According to the Washington Post, “The most obvious problem with this waste is that while Americans are throwing out their food, an estimated one in every nine people in the world still suffers from chronic hunger — that is, insufficient food — including more than 200 million in Sub-Saharan Africa and more than 500 million in Asia. Even in the United States, where that number is significantly lower, some 14 per cent of

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  • A video from Engender Health’s WTFP?! (Where’s the Family Planning?!) initiative is making us very grateful for the local drug store. 

    In “History’s Worst Contraceptives,” we learn that having to remember to take a pill at the same time every day isn’t really so bad after all. 

    Even in frontier Canada, women were subjecting themselves to a pretty strange concoction to avoid unwanted pregnancy: ground beaver testicles mixed with moonshine.

    "Which did nothing — except get them drunk."

    Ancient Egyptian women used crocodile dung mixed with honey as spermicide, while women in Europe during the Middle Ages resorted to wearing weasel testicles during sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy. (We’re thinking this also prevented sex altogether in some instances.)

    While French women drank unappetizing onion juice, ancient Greek women gulped down toxic blacksmith water filled with lead. 

    Throughout history, women have used metal thimbles as diaphragms, condoms made from pig intestines, and even fizzy

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  • Worried that sitting at your desk is killing you?

    Maybe the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk is just what you need.

    It’s cheaper than a treadmill desk — you can make it yourself! — and it’s a step up from a standing work station. 

    Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity,” writes one of its creators, artist Robb Godshaw, at Instructables. 

    A collaboration between Godshaw and Instructables developer Will Doenlen, the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk was built from four sheets of 3/4” plywood, four skate wheels, two pipes, 240 wood screws and a pint of glue.

    Already own a standing desk? Perfect. This is built to fit around one. 

    "We already had a standing desk that fits through the wheel, so it was

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