April 22, 2015

Environmental Protection in the Amazon: #EarthDay Facts

By Shannon Sullivan

Photo:  Shannon Sullivan
Earth Day is celebrated worldwide to raise awareness and support for environmental protection. If you ever get the chance to visit the rainforest in Peru you’ll surely fall in love with the Amazon Rainforest. That’s why this Earth Day we’re honoring this beautiful and enchanting rainforest.  The beauty of the Amazon Rainforest is overwhelming, and the protection of vital resourced is crucial for the entire world.

(Source National Geographic
The Amazon Rainforest is home to millions of people, and an estimated 70% of the world’s plants and animals. (Chron.com) The rainforest also produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen(WWF)

Unfortunately, he divertse ecosystem and the health of the rainforest are threatened due to deforestation caused by logging, unsustainable farming practices, and the burgeoning cattle industry.  Greater deforestation has occurred in the past forty years than in the previous 450 years.  That is 20% of the rainforest which is gone forever.  (National Geographic)   

Indigenous tribes are negatively affected by deforestation and often have their territories invaded by loggers. (BBC)
There is one simple measure you can take to help protect the Amazon Rainforest. Always look for the Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance certified seals when purchasing products that may be sourced from South America.  Only products sourced in a sustainable manner may display the logos.

Eco -Friendly Stores that donate to Amazon CARES with every purchase!
Threads 4 Thought - Sustainable Apparel
Nike - Yes it's true!  One of the Top 15 Greenest companies according to Newsweek!
Better World Books
The Body Shop

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April 9, 2015

The Curious Canine Kitchen is raising money for Amazon CARES

The Curious Canine Kitchen in London is raising money to support Amazon CARES with their pop-up dinner coming up on April 11 and April 12. The event is one of a kind, in which some lucky dogs will be presented with a five-course, fresh, organic meal. There will be two sittings each day.

According to the Curious Canine Kitchen website,
"Items on the "The Nature Way Tasting Menu" for dogs include Textures of Tripe with seaweed and kale puree, crispy Paddywack with reishi mushroom flaxseed cream and coconut and blueberry chia pudding with gluten-free cinnamon quinoa 'dog biscuits' to name a few. Served alongside refreshments such as Alkaline water, beef consommé and coconut water, the menu will be polished off with a piquant marrowbone, known for its teeth cleaning properties and a 'Fresh Breath' herbal tea tonic to aid digestion. 
Served by waiters at one of the restaurants four bespoke doggy tables, any left over's will be available to take home in a doggy bag, along with a special goody bag featuring some easy tips and tricks on introducing fresh foods and herbs to a dogs diet as well as recipes and samples from dog loving sponsors including brands such as Diet D'Og and Woof&Brew. On-site entertainment includes a fido photo booth for posing pooches. 
Not wishing dog owners to miss out on the action.. they too will be served an assortment of seven, raw whole food amuse-bouche and a variety of drinks as part of a set 'Rawsome Tasting Menu'. Featuring a range of the superfoods presented in the doggie menu including spirulina, flaxseed, coconut oil and chia, the menu which includes items such as gazpacho raw soup, golden quinoa, coconut and mango salad as well as avocado, blueberry and chia cheesecake demonstrates how culinary ingredients can be shared between owners and their hounds.

The event is sold out, but you and your pooch can still win a ticket by donating 5£. Even if you can't attend, you can make a donation to Amazon CARES on the Curious Canine Kitchen website. You can also follow along with #FEEDFIDOFRESH.

Amazon CARES thanks Natty Mason and the Curious Canine Kitchen for their wonderful support of our mission to eeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region.

Photo Credit: Curious Canine Kitchen