Actually, two pieces of great environmental news. First of all, now my family is cookin' with gas--avoiding the Carnot inefficiency of generating electricity, which is only about 30% efficient. It's awfully nice to be able to instantly reduce heat while cooking, too.
(but really, we were ONLY thinking of the environmental win, not the cooking....well no, that's not true at all)
Probably more significantly, the rate of breastfeeding among new mothers has hit a modern high at 77%. Why is this an environmental win?
Well, first of all, it eliminates most of the bottles (except for pumping), formula, and other accessories needed for formula feeding. Moreover, breastfeeding also bonds a mother closer to her baby, and I'd have to guess this reduces the chance she'll go back to work--reducing the impact of driving to work, daycare centers, work clothes, eating out, and more.
Plus, as a dad, I hope I can say this without getting into too much trouble; it's an awfully beautiful thing. As such, I would have to guess it might even save on things a mom spends on to keep her husband's attention. Another environmental win!
(if you're "in the family way" and want to pursue this, my wife and I highly recommend the work of the LaLeche League, and we highly discourage listening to the "schedulers")
Christmas Miscellany - We’re still hovering around Zero degrees in Minnesota. I heard a funny on NPR today… a weather person said, “It’s chilly today, but then we expected that.”...
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