Sunday Morning Coffee // 3.09.2014

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite blogger posts, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me...

This week I:
+ Announced that proceeds from all ad sales for the months of March and April will to a special cause.
+ Shared some common household items that double as cleaning products.
+ Shared photos from a backpacking adventure in Alaska. #traveltuesday
+ Answered more amazing questions for the final "You Asked, I Answered"
+ Shared life lately, via my iPhone. #photographyfriday

Must reads:
+ A Country Girl's World shares her own eco-tips in her new series
+ I love staycations and A Stamp In My Passport's new series is right up my alley.
+ ap loves design shares her homemade dog biscuits recipe.
+ Route Bliss shares some great core workout ideas.

To be more responsible:

Eco-tip of the week 08.  Climate change and your food.

I struggled with what to share as my eco-tip today. Not struggled in the sense that I had nothing, quite the opposite actually, there are so many tips that I can share that I didn't know what one to choose. However, when I opened Thursday's newspaper, this article popped out at me...

Agriculture is an important sector of the global economy. But in order for agriculture to be successful, there must be specific climate conditions. Changes in the frequency and severity of droughts and floods could pose challenges for farmers and ranchers and warmer water temperatures are likely to cause the habitat ranges of many species that we enjoy consuming to shift, disrupting entire ecosystems. Overall, climate change could make it more difficult to grow crops, raise animals and catch fish. Here are some of the reasons why:

Impact on crops: Warmer temperatures may make many crops grow more quickly, but warmer temperatures could also reduce yields because faster growth reduces the amount of time that seeds have to grow and mature. Extreme events, especially floods and droughts, can harm crops and reduce yields. Many weeds, pests and fungi thrive under warmer temperatures and wetter climates

Impact on livestock: Changes in climate could affect animals both directly and indirectly - heat waves can cause heat stress, increasing the vulnerability to disease and reduced fertility, and drought may threaten pasture and feed supply, just to name a few.

Impact on fisheries: With changes in climate, comes a change in the ranges of many fish and shellfish species. Many marine species have certain temperature ranges at which they can survive and moving into new areas may put these species into competition with other species over food and other resources. Some diseases that affect aquatic life may become more prevalent in warm water and changes in temperature and seasons could affect the timing of reproduction and migration.

So, what does this mean for us? Farmers have always had to cope with variability in the weather. But climate change will likely produce more permanent shifts in temperature and precipitation, forcing it to become harder to adapt, and ultimately threatening our food supply. Impacts to the global food supply will not only affect food prices here at home, but food shortages abroad can pose humanitarian crises and national security concerns, taking it to a whole other level. (Source: US Environmental Protection Agency)

Just something for you to think about on this lovely Sunday morning...

If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of your living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos.

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