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GMO Tomfoolery: Painting #40

Artists for A Pristine PlanetGMO Tomfoolery: Painting #40 I found out about how tomatoes were being modified with flounder genes about ten years ago. It made me wonder how dangerous that would be for someone with allergies to seafood.

Now when I go shopping, all I see are pathetic, grey-pale-pinkish tomatoes that look like they faded on the vine. They’re hardy and last a long time without rotting, I can testify to that – but they have no more taste than pink cardboard.

What’s worse is that people actually buy them and eat them (pleagh!). Have we forgotten what real food used to taste like? That tomatoes are supposed to be soft, and have deep red insides – and be mouth-watering delicious? (Can you tell a tomato lover when you hear one?)

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting and hang it in your kitchen! email Lyon at and let me know you want it.

And if you miss getting the original of GMO Tomfoolery, get a fantastic, high-quality print of it here can also see the printed words better on the print site – there is an enlargement function you can use to read it all. Very cool.

And just so you know this, the red in this image is not as deep and dark and delicious as the actual painting – no matter how I tried, I just couldn’t get the color to translate when I scanned it. Think beefsteak tomato and you’ve got it –


Think Bottled Drinking Water is Safer & Healthier? You’ll Be Shocked at How Wrong You Can Be!

Artists for A Pristine PlanetDo you choose bottled water because you think it is the easier (and healthier) option?

Convenient and good for the environment and water resources?


Clever marketing blinds us to the facts. “…out of a sample of 1,000 bottles sold in the U.S., at least 300 would have some level of chemical contamination.” (read more HERE)

“Each year, bottled water sales grow about eight to 10 percent. In 2005, bottled water sales surpassed milk, beer, juices — everything but carbonated soft drinks.” (read more HERE) It’s now five years later, and we use way more.

“Sometimes bottled water is tap water: In spite of the springs, mountains, and other bucolic scenes depicted on labels, some bottled water is nothing more than tap water, NRDC and Consumer Reports have found.

“The Aquafina brand, for example, is drawn from the municipal water supplies of Detroit, Fresno, and other cities. Coke and Pepsi – the main producers of bottled water (under different brand names) also use tap, not spring water.” (read more HERE)

Artists for A Pristine Planet“Despite the Hype, Bottled Water is Neither Cleaner nor Greener than Tap Water

“A Suffolk County, NY, study tested 88 bottled waters, and what they found was horrifying. It was this study which discovered the cancer agent, benzene, in Perrier and caused it to be withdrawn, but they also found: Freon, kerosene, toluene, trichloroethylene, and xylene in a number of other bottled waters.

“The NRDC in the USA reported that one-third of bottled water products they tested were found to violate an enforceable state standard or exceed microbiological purity guidelines, or both, in at least one sample. Despite popular misperceptions (spawned primarily by advertising), bottled water is not regulated….” (read more HERE)

Because of how bottled water is manufactured, the entire plastic water bottle industry is detrimental to the environment – and not just because of the effects of discarded bottles on our beaches, oceans and waterways.

1. Non-renewable resources (natural gas and petroleum) are used in the manufacturing of plastic water bottles.

2. To produce PET, the type of plastic from which water bottles are made, more than 1.5 million tons of plastic is used per year. That’s a LOT of plastic!

3. The emissions caused by producing PET affects our health, and contributes to the Green House Effect.

Artists for A Pristine Planet4. This manufacturing process uses approximately 17 million barrels of oil per year, in the United States of America alone.

Water Policy Expert and Director in Oakland, CA, Peter Gleik, puts it into perspective by explaining: “It would be like filling up a quarter of every water bottle with oil.”

The oil used in the manufacturing process could be used to fuel more than 100,000 cars a year!

Add onto this the fuel used in trucks and ships to transport the water bottles to the various outlets….

It takes approximately 3 to 4 litres of water just to produce one 1L plastic water bottle. “In fact, more water is used to make PET bottles than is actually put into them.” (read more HERE)

Artists for A Pristine PlanetPlastic water bottles disposed in mixed trash containers make up part of the 88% of water bottles not being recycled.

Instead of being recycled and reused as different products, they end up on our beaches, in oceans or landfills, where it takes approximately 450 to 1000 years for them to biodegrade.

When plastic water bottles degrade, they produces toxins (like chlorine gas) which can lead to diabetes, hyperactivity and breast cancer.

Do you see the real need to change how we’re doing things?

What can you do?

First, please recycle your plastic water bottles.

Check out water filters or use Prill Beads (Ebay – I use the ones that cost $8 – they last forever). Better yet, use reusable glass, stainless steel (or other) bottles instead.

How Much Do We Drink and Spend on Bottled Water Per Year?

What is the average person’s annual bottled drinking water consumption?

It’s 28 gallons per year per person. I bet it’s way more than that – I drink 90 gallons of water a year, myself.

The stats say (source below) that Americans consume more than 31 Billion litres per year.

If each bottle cost one dollar – just to make an average for fun – imagine what kinds fo things we could do with 31 billion dollars! But of course, we buy little bitty bottles, quart-size bottles, gallon bottles – so it’s probably more than 31 billion.

Think about it. What would YOU do with 31 billion bucks more each year?

Source of stats:

26 Out of 100….Update 08.10.10

I didn’t know, stepping into this project, how very much work it would be. I thought oh, paint a new painting each day and post it to FB, big deal. To say the least, it’s been educational and elevating all the same.

As I keep researching about plastic in our oceans, I’m finding out some pretty shocking facts about our rampant consumerism.

FOR EXAMPLE: we the people of the USA throw away 85 MILLION plastic drinking water bottles – every DAY!

Ouch. I can’t even imagine that many things, much less that many every day, and much less throwing them out. Where do they all go? What happens to them? (Want to know? Watch the cool video called the Story of Water at

Out of the 22 created, I’ve sold 25% of the paintings already (Woohoo! Even one to my brother!), and have been able to make some nice donations to my favorite action-taker company, The Story of Stuff, which produces the most interesting, engaging and entertaining videos that help people find out what’s going on.

At first when I thought this project up,

Why Not Drink Bottled Water?

What can you do to help with the plastic water bottle mess??

Here’s one simple alternative to bottled water: buy a stainless steel thermos, and use it. Over and over and over. I save myself over $2000 dollars a year by choosing to do that. I also buy drinks in glass bottles that I like and want to reuse – sometimes just throwing the drink out!
Don’t like the way your local tap water tastes? Inexpensive carbon filters will turn most tap water sparkling fresh at a fraction of bottled water’s cost.
Consider taking Food and Water Watch’s No Bottled Water Pledge. Conserve water wherever possible, and stay on top of local water issues.
Want to know more? Start with the Sierra Club’s fact sheet on bottled water.

You Can Help

Today I was looking again at the figures about how many water bottles we throw away every day. Millions upon millions.

How about this one: Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour!

And here’s another one: Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.

Check out more stats at You’ll be amazed and inspired.

What would happen if we sat down and dreamed up uses for all that plastic?

The other day I was in the art supply store and saw a rack where ball-point pens were being displayed with a water bottle. I’m thinking, “Hm, what’s that bottle doing there?”

I looked closer, and they were pens made out of plastic water bottles! Yeeha! And they were refillable, too! Way to go! Here’s another company who makes all kinds of recycled pens – from paper as well:

And what if we bought reusable water bottles? Here’s a bunch of them, and I believe the least expensive was about 6 or 7 bucks.

Eighty Five MILLION Plastic Bottles are Thrown Away Every Day….

Eighty-five million plastic bottles are thrown away a day…

There are two parts to the problem of bottled water: the water, and the bottle.

In the intro to Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (2010), Peter Gleick writes, “every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy and open up a plastic bottle of commercially produced water, and every second of every day in the United States, a thousand.

“More than thirty billion bottles a year thrown away, at a cost to consumers of tens of billions of dollars.” Read the rest of this article here:

Image: © Story of Stuff 2010

Is Bottled or Tap Better?

Bottled water is so ubiquitous that people can hardly ask for water anywhere without being handed a bottle. But what is the cost to society and the environment?

Check out this great article….

What if We Couldn’t Water Our Gardens?

Artists for A Pristine PlanetWhat if we didn’t have the water to souse our gardens with?

Here’s a shot of where I sit when I do my teleclasses.

What if I couldn’t water those plants? I’d be left with an ugly bare, bald patch of dirt.

Did you know that some bottled drinking water companies reprtedly use up so much water in the manufacturing of their products they the local ground water is disappearing, and the residents are going without? Bummer.

But you can help – quit buying bottled water! The National Resources Defense Council says that more than half of all Americans drink bottled water – about a third of the public consumes it regularly. Sales have tripled in the past 10 years to billions a year. . (Read more here)

Americans purchased nearly 31 billion bottles of water in 2006 and spend $11 billion on bottled water every year. That was 2006! Imagine what is is now!

Nearly 2.5 billion bottles of water a year are sold in New York alone—stacked up end to end, they’d reach the moon.

In New York, the oil used to make our bottles is equal to 66 million gallons of gasoline; enough to power 120,000 automobiles for a year.

Get more details – I urge you to get and download this easy-to-read revealing pdf here:

If your tap water is yugh, then get Prill Beads on Ebay. You can get one little bag (that will last you for years) for a whole 8 bucks. Or get a good filtering system.

I’ve been using Prill Beads for over ten years, and I figure I save more than 100 bucks a month – probably around 1300 annually. That’s a goodly amount! Imagine what my bill would be if I still had my 2 big thirsty sons living with me – ouch!

If you can’t afford to get a filtering system, Prill Beads is your answer. Here’s where I get mine: (No, I’m not affiliated with them.) Although they say they’re good for a lifetime, I change mine once a year – just because.

(Prill hints: Use a GLASS bottle, not plastic, to refresh the ‘mother’ batch in every day. You can use reusable bottles for carrying around with you. I have three, and switch out so I can keep them clean.)

Is There A Smart Water Guide You Can Get?

Yep – Click on the link below and get a Smart Water Guide.

It’s from the Food and Water Watch Organization.

Pass it around to friends, family and other people who care about what we’re doing to the planet and our waters!


View and share the Food and Water Watch Organization’s Smart Water Guide, filled with facts and helpful tips:


How Do You Choose A Water Filter?

Filtering water at home is cheaper and safer than depending on bottled water. Indeed, as much as 40 percent of bottled water is purified tap water.

Choosing a water filter can seem like a daunting process, but it does not have to be.

Download or read the Water Filtration Guide online for help in choosing the best filter for your home.

The first step is to find out what is in your water.

For this, contact your local utility and request a copy of the Annual Water Quality Report, also called the Consumer Confidence Report. Every utility is required by law to provide this and usually includes it with a monthly bill.

This report will give you information about any contaminant violations in your water system and to help you figure out what type of filtration system is best for your home. EPA posts many of these results on its website.

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