The Triple Bottom Line

One aspect of sustainability is something called the Triple Bottom Line. It’s gone by different names such as the three-legged stool concept and the 3 Es. The idea is that you factor the economy, the environment, and social issues on the same or a level playing field, each getting equal weight when being considered for a decision. So, if something doesn’t consider the economic impacts of say an environmentally sound project, it wouldn’t balance by the Triple Bottom Line assessment. The questions we should be asking ourselves, according to this idea, would be: “How does this policy/plan/product impact the environment/people/economy?” If we’re considering outsourcing jobs, for instance, who is being displaced then by lack of a job? How would that benefit those who are losing there jobs? Is there another plan we could use that could balance the economic side while not exploiting the people who get the job done?

A Last Push to Deregulate itemizes some of the recent rules President Bush plans on putting through as his term nears an end.  How does relaxing drinking water standards, for example, impact people and the environment?  Is it a good decision for either?  Would it balance under the Triple Bottom Line assessment?  Does it take into account a longer impact such as health impacts from drinking potentially contaminated water?

No, rules like this do not take a Triple Bottom Line assessment into account. How long will we go before we realize that this type of planning will only serve to harm us? Perhaps the November 4th election will proffer hope or change no matter which party rules this new administration. Perhaps we can see a more complete form of planning for the next 4 to 8 years.

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Bountiful Feast

We’ve been purchasing many of our food goods at a local restaurant supply shop, Cash and Carry. They are, thankfully, open to the public.  This has been one of the ways in which we can experiment with trimming the fat from our budget without sacrificing nutrution, or simply to see if it is possible.  With the help of Cash and Carry and buying in bulk flours, we were able to make $5 pizzas the other night.  The crust was a recipe from a friend, homemade, yielding 2 crusts.  The ingredients included about 1 quart of homemade marinara sauce, with parmasean and mozzarella cheese.  Other toppings included shredded chicken, diced tomato, onion, and green peppers.  I thought they looked quite gourmet when we were done!

More Muffins

Smarter Muffins

Preheat oven 375 degrees

Grease 2 6-cup jumbo sized muffin tins
Makes 12 jumbo muffins

2/3 C milk
1/2 C oil
2 eggs
2 C unbleached white flour
2 C whole wheat flour
1 C packed brown sugar
4 t baking powder
1 t sea salt
2 very ripe mashed bananas
1 C raisins
2 C applesauce
1 C minced carrots
1 C walnuts

Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder & salt) in small bowl and set aside. Mix milk, oil, and egg in large bowl. Incorporate dry ingredients until moistened. Do not over mix. Add raisins, applesauce, carrots, and walnuts. Spoon into muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Apple-Raisin

Preheat oven 375 degrees

Grease 1 6-cup jumbo sized muffin tin
Makes 6 jumbo muffins

1/3 C milk
1/4 C oil
1 egg
1 C unbleached white flour
1 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C brown sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 C raisins
1 C applesauce

Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder & salt) in small bowl and set aside. Mix milk, oil, and egg in large bowl. Incorporate dry ingredients until moistened. Do not over mix. Add raisins and applesauce. Spoon into muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Banana Nut

1/3 C milk
1/4 C oil
1 egg
1 C unbleached white flour
1 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C brown sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t sea salt
2 very ripe mashed bananas
1 C walnuts, crushed

Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder & salt) in small bowl and set aside. Mix milk, oil, and egg in large bowl. Incorporate dry ingredients until moistened. Do not over mix. Add bananas and walnuts. Spoon into muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Synopsis

The milk-applesauce combination in the smarter muffins made a very moist, spongy textured muffin. I would recommend adding 1/4 t of cinnamon or cloves for an added kick to these tasty treats.