The Friday Five, Vol. 23

A weekly roundup of EcoSalon’s top stories.

The Permacouture institute is a transatlantic business, with education programs in both the UK and U.S. Their courses span small scale school projects to university programs, marking seeds at seed libraries for their fiber and dying potential to running workshops like Dinner to Dye For. In this week’s article by London based writer Sarah Lewis-Hammond called Permacouture’s Dinner To Dye For (London Style), she gives us a first hand look at what dinner is like when “dying” is a main course.

In the latest assault on reproductive rights, losing a pregnancy could mean serious legal consequences for the mother – even the death penalty. In Legislating Misogyny: Miscarriage Could Now Become A Crime (Really), Senior Editor Andrea Newell writes “As you cry for your loss and for the child you will never know, a male police officer arrives and asks you, ‘What did you do to cause this?’ As you are trying to come to terms with your own unfounded feelings of guilt, a man is putting it into words and demanding answers, never mind the fact that in most cases doctors cannot determine the precise cause of a miscarriage. Despite that, the burden is on you to prove that your behavior did not in some way cause your pregnancy to terminate, or you could face life in jail or the death penalty.” A controversial topic and one that has us all talking (and screaming).

HeARTbeat columnist Dominique Pacheco writes this week about Posies for Predators and questions whether colorblindness lends some advantage to seeing the world. In HeARTbeat: Doris Mitch’s Series Posies For Predators Asks “Can You See Red & Green?,” Pacheco writes “And so Mitsch’s series asks us to consider her musings. Though the answers may be harder to suss, she is perhaps encouraging the other 92 to 93 percent of us to understand the striking differences of color recognition as we contemplate her luscious images stripped of their ‘natural’ color. Or, at least our perceptions of it.”

“Local” is the new “global” and fancy is put on the back burner for simpler, more laid back food. We like this (as much as we appreciate a meal with all the aesthetically pleasing trimmings). In Foodie Underground: Haute Is Out, Fun Is In, food columnist Anna Brones says the push for local might be because of the down economy but no matter, “it’s empowering to know that food change could come from the ground up. No longer dictated by big restaurants, it’s the smaller, more local operations that are making a difference and the rest of the world is taking notice.”

In Sex By Numbers: One Night Stands, columnist Abigail Wick might just have us at one night stands. Who hasn’t had one glorious night? Wick writes “In recent weeks, a trend emerged among this column’s readers: namely, one-night stands. Whether you’re actively relishing in its minimal-strings-attached pleasures or simply curious about how to play the field, it seems ladies are of the consensus that life might be sweeter if you adhere to this adage: Why buy the bull when you can just have it for sport?” A must read.

Amy DuFault

Amy DuFault is a conscious lifestyle writer, consultant and fashion instigator. She resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.