How have you bean?

To bean or not to bean? That is the question…. While occidental culture has not made us big fans of beans, chickpeas and lentils, some international experts have crunched some numbers and confirmed what Jack knew from the start:  those are quite magical.

Indeed, pulse-based proteins are one of the most efficient, sustainable and scalable sources of protein we have to meet increasing demand from our growing population. As a result, the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has officially named 2016 the International Year of Pulses (#IYP2016).


Pulses are a subcategory of legumes and include dried peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils – Photo credits: CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture

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Is the Lorax all that?

Last week, we at Talkin’ Trash were eagerly awaiting the Lorax to come to a theatre near us. Apparently we weren’t the only ones since it raked in a whopping $71 million in weekend boxoffice bounty. That’s the biggest movie in 2012 so far (yes, it’s just March, but still!). Who knew that the Lorax, a cautionary tale about environmental stewardship, would be so popular? Witness the hordes of families at the Beach cinema this weekend and multiply that effect across North American cinemas. Does this mean that unlike Gordon Gecko’s mantra, green is good?

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The Lorax is Coming!

The Lorax is Coming!

Few authors, for kids or adults, are as beloved as Dr. Seuss. Try to find anyone who hasn’t heard “Sam I am”, “Fox in Socks” or “Mr. Brown can Moo, Can you?” . At my stage of parenthood, I can recite a frightening number of these books by heart. Add a backbeat and some funky dance moves, and I may have a great urban-kids act (or something really tragic you normally see and cringe through the first few episodes of American Idol).

I’ve often thought if everyone took a few minutes to read Yertle the Turtle (a turtle-stacking look at politics) and the Lorax (a forest and Truffala-tree view of business and the environment ), industry would turn green, world peace would abound, and it would be sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere. And now, you don’t even need to read the book (though do…it’s fabulous and it rhymes).

Enter one of the most (O.K., my most) anticipated movie premieres…the Lorax!… coming to theatres everywhere this very day! And though there’s bound to be an enormous amount of Lorax-themed promotional items (I’ve already found Lorax and truffala tree cake-pops, more unintentional ironies to be discovered later), there’s an attempt to bring the conservationist’s message home. If you have any wee ones in your life (or if your inner child is more of an outer child), visit the Lorax Project, for kid-friendly games and ideas to help the world’s forests. The Lorax speaks for the trees, after all.

Coming next week…a thought-provoking review of the movie (Disclaimer: the review may or may not provoke thoughts, but here’s hoping). If you’ve seen it already, feel free to weigh in.

Revolution #15. Spread the Green to Your Colleagues

Check out Candace giving her colleagues a piece of Energy & Environment’s mind, by hanging some posters on recycling, energy efficiency and TLC available on the Energy & Environment intranet page. That way, the entire department can join the UHN revolution. Good thing she found them here…such a savvy gal! She also found amazing ways to be green at home! Another thing she found on the intranet and passed on.

Revolution #1. Patient & Planet Centred Care

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Check out Ron with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. He started practicing patient-centred care ages ago, and now he’s taken on patient and PLANET centered care so his patients get better faster and the planet can continue to provide nifty free things like clean air and water. And he likes to read up about what his colleagues are doing around the world on websites like this, and what his colleagues are doing right here at UHN. Thank you Ron, for making sure healthcare doesn’t create health problems.

Revolutions 2012!

Happy New Year! Now’s a great time to make a resolution or two, and beyond the usual…diet, exercise, learn to Samba…why not put the planet on the list of to-do’s?

Tune into our Blog everyday during the month of January for simple day-to-day things we can do to make UHN (and the world) a better place. Wouldn’t it be great to reduce our waste and our waist at the same time? Get the mind-body-spirit connection by getting outside and recycling (but in french!). What a revolution to the world of resolutions.