a promising new food packaging material

A promising new food packaging material has been developed by scientists at a Lithuanian university.

Made mainly from a plant-derived cellulose composite, the new material also contains clove essential oil along with ionic silver nanoparticles.

The material is biodegradable and should keep food fresh for longer than conventional plastic.


What comes after Evernote? A QOwnNotes review.

Back in 2016 when Evernote changed some policies and pricing there was a flurry of articles about how to get your data out of Evernote and start using an alternative. I, like many others, started looking at the options and auditioning candidates to replace Evernote.


“QOwnNotes is the open source (GPL) plain-text file notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows by Patrizio Bekerle, that (optionally) works together with the notes application of ownCloud (or Nextcloud).”

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more antibiotics please and thank you very much

The FDA tells us that sales of antibiotics for use in livestock rose by 23% over the six year period from 2009 to 2014.

The American Health Institute represents drug companies such as Merck and Eli Lilly. Ron Phillips, a spokesman for the institute says reassuringly, “Sales does not equal use and use is not the same thing as resistance.”


Fresher, longer

strawbpaperThere is a design award granted biennially by a Danish based non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life. The award focuses on designs aimed at improving lives of people in both developing and developed nations worldwide. The 2013 winner in the Home category is a product called FreshPaper, by Fenugreen.

A young woman drinks tap water, mistakenly, in a country where tap water is not safe for consumption. Her grandmother administers an old home remedy, “spice tea’, and remarkably the young woman does not fall ill from the tap water. The young woman is inspired to investigate the anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of certain herbs and spices and ends up developing FreshPaper – a paper infused with organic spices that can keep produce fresh up to 4 times longer than normal. Continue reading

Governor attempts to promote Maine lobster, neighboring governor regifts to soup kitchen

I imagine the NH governor is already pretty well acquainted with Maine lobster.

Aug 1, ’13   LePage to send lobster baskets to nation’s governors

Aug 19, ’13  LePage ships lobster products to 49 other governors

Aug 20, ’13  Gov. LePage sends gifts of lobster to expand markets

Aug 21, ’13   N.H. governor gives LePage’s lobsters to soup kitchen

from the 8/20 story in the Portland Press Herald:

The $5,000 promotion, which covered the cost of the lobster products and shipping, was funded by the governor’s contingency fund…

…The lobster industry, Maine’s largest fishery, has been suffering from record catches and weak prices.

…To combat weak prices, the state has planned a $2 million marketing effort, led by the new Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, to promote Maine lobster around the country and internationally. Maine also has been trying to expand its lobster-processing capacity so that more can be processed in-state rather than in Canada, which now handles most of the industry’s processing.



Two Maine fishermen overcome by gas from rotting fish

public domain, US govt work

Two herring fishermen in Maine had to be hospitalized today after exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas. The gas built up in the ship’s fish hold after herring was offloaded. The gas is produced by decaying organic matter – presumably the load of herring.

link to Portland Press Herald story

I would hope the load of fish was destined to be bait, rather than rollmops or kippers.

link to Wikipedia entry – Uses of Herring as food