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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Aug 23rd, 2018 3:47am

The era of Mega Fires


Searing heat threatens life in North Africa and the Persian Gulf


Get on the Flexitarian train and save our environment


EPA underestimates methane emissions


Trump administration reverses ban on Pesticides in Wildlife refuges


Are bees foretelling the future of mankind?


Red Tide in Florida - natural or man-made catastrophe

Red Tide disaster expanding


Over 30 dead harbor seals wash ashore in southern Maine in 2 days


HAARP readies for busiest research season in three years


Fire in Glacier National Park leads to evacuations, lost structures

 Opinion, Global Warming may be the cause

Washington State Is on Track to Have the Most Wildfires Ever This Year


Geoengineering Is Fueling Firestorm Catastrophes


Higher nighttime temperatures as the climate changes can leave homes and humans little chance to cool off. It’s affecting agriculture and wildfire activity, too.


Ten times more wildfires in Russian Arctic than a decade ago as ice melts and gives way to flame


British Columbia declares state of emergency as over 500 wildfires burn


Interior Secretary Zinke Says Climate Change Isn’t to Blame for Raging Forest Fires, but Environmentalists Are


Wildfires rage in Arctic Circle as Sweden calls for help


It’s not your imagination, summers are getting hotter


Extreme temperatures 'especially likely for next four years


Fossil fuel pollution will render parts of Earth uninhabitable, warn researchers


MIT computer model predicts END DATE for civilization


 Update On The Most Splendid Housing Bubbles In The U.S.


The Housing Market Collapse 2.0 Is Accelerating Rapidly


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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Aug 13th, 2018 11:38pm


Below are some trending stories that may not have been covered by the main steam media which I feel are important to share:

Heat Wave shuts down 4 Nuclear reactors in France

 HSBC warns world is running out of resources to sustain life

 Trump/NASA cancel greenhouse gas tracking program

 Trump Administration opens door to fracking in California

 Australian National University study warns of runaway global warming

 143 MPH Redding Fire Tornado most powerful in California history

 Smoke from Wild Fires will have lasting impact on our climate

 Study shows humans have destroyed 80 % of wild life on earth

 Study shows regarding climate change it is time to panic

 Analysis reveals a hot house future for humanity

 Europe battles wild fires amid record heat wave

 475 wild fires burn in British Columbia

 Heatwaves symptom of early stage collapse of civilization

 Methane threatens democracy

 The climate doomsday is already here

 Research on aerosol spraying and climate manipulation

 New ocean opening up in the North Pole had nations scrambling

 Ocean temp hits all-time record and two days later record is broken

 San Diego sets another ocean temp record

 Study - Red tide impacting Florida caused by human activity

 Hottest four years on record - 2015, 2016. 2017, 2018

 July was the 403rd consecutive month that temperatures rose

 Bus of children bombed in Yemen


Sharing information ...


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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Aug 7th, 2018 8:25pm

Compelling information regarding our environment which I would like to share with the e-community.

As an Association, what should be our response to this information and our next steps ?

 Will humans be extinct by 2026?

 90 degree weather in the arctic circle

 Crop yields down in Europe, food prices up

 Ocean acidification hits record levels not see for 14 million years

 Death Valley sets new heat records


Declines in fish stocks:



 World’s largest Penguin colony shrinks mysteriously


 Florida update:

Sea Life dying on Florida beaches


At 104 degrees photosynthesis stops in many of our key crops.  Something we should be concerned about relating to crop yields.

An older but still relevant read:




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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Jul 27th, 2018 3:37am

Below is a new corporate policy change that may be the first of its kind. Will this be a new trend in policy changes related to corporate responsibility and sustainability?

It is fascinating to see where this may lead. It is also exciting to envision a NACUFS national conference and culinary challenge featuring only plant based menus in support of our environment and our health!

WeWork will no longer serve meat at events or expense meals with it

The workspace company gave environmental reasons for banning meat from all budgets, including their upcoming festival

Sam Wolfson Fri 13 Jul 2018 14.40 EDT Last modified on Sat 14 Jul 2018 04.57 EDT

The company estimates that the policy will save 445.1m pounds of CO2 emissions and 15,507,103 animals by 2023. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images WeWork, the real estate company that rents out and manages office space, has announced that they will no longer hold any staff events that include meat, and that staff will not be able to expense any meals that include poultry, pork or red meat. In an email to staff, WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey also said that WeWork’s upcoming Summer Camp event, a music and food festival which is only open to WeWork members, will not serve any meat options. Tickets to the event cost as much as $409 (£309) – a high price based, in part, on the free food available once on site. McKelvey said the company was eliminating meat for environmental reasons. “New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car.” What is the true cost of eating meat? Read more The company estimates that the policy will save 445.1m pounds of CO2 emissions and 15,507,103 animals by 2023. The Guardian US is based at one of the many offices run by WeWork in New York City. Currently on the event schedule is a TGIM with Capital One event that promises “mini doughnuts and bacon, bacon, bacon”. This is one of many events promising to serve meat at WeWorks across the world – even as the policy was being announced, at the Corrigan Station WeWork in Kansas City lunch is being provided from Monk’s Roast Beef as part of “food truck Friday”, for example.

When the Guardian spoke to WeWork about whether these events would be cancelled, a spokesperson said they would not, and clarified: “This policy only applies to events paid for by WeWork. Members and employees are welcome to bring in meat for meals, and members are welcome to serve meat at events they host … we are working with vendors to align our commitment for previously scheduled events, and meat will not be served at events hosted by WeWork moving forward.” This is likely to create headaches for the company, as many of its events are held in partnership or as promotion for other brands – the lines of what counts as the WeWork budget is likely to be blurry. WeWork is valued at about $20bn, although some analysts believe it is worth even more. Only Uber, Airbnb and SpaceX have higher valuations among US startups. The company’s business model involves buying up offices in cities across the world and then renting the spaces back out to businesses and individuals. But unlike other real estate companies, it also provides office services to its tenants – such as free coffee, yoga classes and regular networking events as well as more basic concerns like toilets and security.

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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Jul 25th, 2018 9:38pm

Meat and Dairy surpass oil companies as the largest pollutants. 

Leading researchers have known this for many years. 

I am hoping our news media picks up this study to increase public awareness and encourage individual action to solve this global issue.

The question of the day is can you really be walking the talk and concerned about our environment while still including animal protein in your diet? Studies and research shows that not only are you adding to global environmental degradation by eating animal protein, you are negatively impacting your own health.  A double whammy!

The million dollar question - Equipped with this knowledge, will you take action to adjust your menus on your campus and work to reduce your program's animal protein purchases?

I would love to get your feedback.


 Physicians Committee for responsible medicine

 Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

 Emissions Impossible: How big meat and dairy are heating up the planet

 PDF Report:  Emissions Impossible

 Skip a beef burger today and save enough water to take a three minute shower every day for 3 months*!



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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Mar 14th, 2018 8:43pm

West Coast sardine fishing closed for 4th year; ‘alarming’ 97% population decline

Sardine fishing nets will remain empty for a fourth straight year along the West Coast, where biologists are comparing the dramatic decline of the schooling fish to ...


Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales ...

Climate change and industrial-scale fishing is impacting the krill population with a potentially disastrous impact on larger predators, say scientists

North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter ...

The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled ...

Retail Apocalypse: 23 big retailers closing stores | Fox ...

Some of the United States’ most prominent retailers are shuttering stores in recent months amid sagging sales in the troubled sector.

Why Cape Town Is Running Out of Water, and Who’s Next

The South African city plans to shut off the taps to 4 million people. But it's just one of many cities around the world facing a future with too little water.

Arctic warming: scientists alarmed by 'crazy' temperature ...

Record warmth in the Arctic this month could yet prove to be a freak occurrence, but experts warn the warming event is unprecedented

Arctic has warmest winter on record: 'It's just crazy, crazy stuff'

Sea ice has hit record lows for time of year as experts say global warming probably fueled big storms in Europe and north-eastern US

Thousands of dead starfish wash up on a British beach - CNN Video

Freezing temperatures and cold weather may be what caused thousands of dead starfish to wash up on a beach in the United Kingdom.

Why are British beaches littered with dying marine life? 3 things you need to know.

Extremely cold temperatures, a strong storm, and low tides combined to fatal effect for marine wildlife.

Climate Change: Ocean Heat Content | NOAA

The ocean is the largest solar energy collector on Earth. More than 90 percent of the warming that has happened on Earth over the past 50 years has occurred in the ocean.

Climate Change: Global Temperature | NOAA

Temperatures measured on land and at sea for more than a century show that Earth's globally averaged surface temperature is rising.


U.S. Lifts Ban on Some Elephant and Lion Trophies

The federal Fish and Wildlife Service will consider allowing some hunters to bring home tusks and hides from certain African countries, overturning an Obama-era prohibition.

Sustained climate warming drives declining marine biological productivity

Projected increases in greenhouse gas emissions could suppress marine biological productivity for a thousand years or more. As the climate warms, westerly winds in the Southern Hemisphere will strengthen and shift poleward, surface waters will warm, and sea ice will disappear. Moore et al. suggest that one effect of these changes will be a dramatic decrease in marine biological productivity (see the Perspective by Laufkötter and Gruber). This decrease will result from a global-scale redistribution of nutrients, with a net transfer to the deep ocean. By 2300, this could drive declines in fisheries yields by more than 20% globally and by nearly 60% in the North Atlantic. Science , this issue p. [1139][1]; see also p. [1103][2] [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aao6379 [2]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aat0795


Animal Die offs since January 1, 2018:


MASS ANIMAL DEATH LIST                                  101 Known MASS Death Events in 36 Countries (or Territory)


8th March 2018 - 700,000+ animals have died due to extreme cold in Mongolia. Link

8th March 2018 - 24,000 ducks dead due to avian flu in Guangxi province, China. Link

8th March 2018 - 3 dead dolphins found washed up on a beach in Porto Santo, Portugal. Link

7th March 2018 - Thousands of sheep found dead after snow storm in Cumbria, England. Link

7th March 2018 - Thousands of dead fish washing up again due to red tide in Indian River Lagoon, Florida, America. Link

6th March 2018 - 12+ dead dolphins wash ashore along the coast of Galicia, Spain. Link

5th March 2018 - Millions of dead sea creatures wash up along the coast of Yorkshire, England. Link

5th March 2018 - Thousands of dead fish found in a river in Lincolnshire, England. Link

5th March 2018 - 140,000 birds killed due to avian flu in General Toshevo, Bulgaria. Link

5th March 2018 - 300 dead chickens found floating in the sea off the coast of Trondelag, Norway. Link

4th March 2018 - Tens of thousands of dead starfish wash up on a beach in Kent, England. Link

4th March 2018 - Hundreds, maybe thousands of dead fish wash up on a beach, 'a mystery' in Marseillan, France. Link

3rd March 2018 - Hundreds of dead fish appear in a river in Chiriqui Province, Panama. Link

2nd March 2018 - Massive die off of fish in a lake in Pennsylvania, America. Link

2nd March 2018 - 60 geese, ducks and chickens found dead with hearts removed 'a mystery' in Curitiba, Brazil. Link

28th February 2018 - Large die off of fish washes ashore on a beach in La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago. Link

28th February 2018 - Large die off of fish in a lagoon in Ramada Paso, Argentina. Link

26th February 2018 - 36,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Groningen, Netherlands. Link

25th February 2018 - Hundreds of birds fall dead from sky in Chihuahua, Mexico. Link

25th February 2018 - 1,000 waterbirds found dead 'due to disease' in Canterbury, New Zealand. Link

25th February 2018 - Thousands of dead fish wash appear in Bluff harbour, Iowa, America. Link

25th February 2018 - 3 dead dolphins found washed up on Long Beach, Mississippi, America. Link

24th February 2018 - Tens of thousands of dead fish found in the Nechi River, Colombia. Link

23rd February 2018 - 400 sheep dead from 'infection', owners 'shocked' in Mulabagilu taluk, India. Link

22nd February 2018 - Thousands of dead fish wash up on beaches in North Carolina, America. Link

22nd February 2018 - Thousands of dead fish found in Chattanooga, Tennessee, America. Link

22nd February 2018 - Thousands of dead fish wash up on beach in Aukland, New Zealand. Link

21st February 2018 - Tens of tons of fish suddenly die in a lake in West Lampung, Indonesia. Link

21st February 2018 - Hundreds of ducks dead due to disease in Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. Link

21st February 2018 - 325 monkeys found dead during the past month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Link

20th February 2018 - Thousands of dead fish wash up in a lagoon in La Pampa, Argentina. Link

15th February 2018 - Thousands of dead fish found floating in a river in Piaui, Brazil. Link

14th February 2018 - 25 pilot whales wash up dead on Maio island in Cape Verde. Link

14th February 2018 - 6 turtles found dead on the coast of Aracaju, Brazil. Link

14th February 2018 - Dead Pelicans, Turtles and 'countless fish' wash up in a lagoon near Sydney, Australia. Link

14th February 2018 - 3,000 dead fish found in a lake in Northumberland, England. Link

14th February 2018 - 21 dolphins dead after 54 strand in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Link

14th February 2018 - Hundreds of dead fish wash up in a river in Gipuzkoa, Spain. Link

14th February 2018 - 70 cattle dead due to disease in Ciudad Fernandez, Mexico. Link

13th February 2018 - Dozens of cattle dying due to disease in Oaxaca, Mexico. Link

13th February 2018 - 11 dolphins found dead along the coast of Mazatlan, Mexico. Link

12th February 2018 - Mass amounts of fish wash up 'a mystery' in a lagoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Link

11th February 2018 - Thousands of dead fish found in a river in Cordoba, Argentina. Link

8th February 2018 - 160 TONS of fish die in Lake Maninjau, Indonesia. Link

8th February 2018 - 12 turtles dead, hundreds affected by cold in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Link

7th February 2018 - Dozens of swans belonging to Queen Elizabeth dying in Windsor, England. Link

3rd February 2018 - Hundreds of starlings fall dead from sky in Rome, Italy. Link

3rd February 2018 - 5 dead dolphins found along the ooast of Almeria, Spain. Link

3rd February 2018 - 35 Manatees have died due to cold in Florida, America. Link

2nd February 2018 - 17 dolphins have died during past 4 months in a river in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Link

2nd February 2018 - Hundreds of dead fish found washed up on Harsens Island, Michigan, America. Link

1st February 2018 - 12 dolphins found dead along the coast of Alentejo, Portugal. Link

31st January 2018 - Hundreds of birds fall dead from sky in Draper, Utah, America. Link

31st January 2018 - Hundreds of dead and dying sea birds washing up on Tasman beaches, New Zealand. Link

31st January 2018 - 28 dead Minke Whales wash up during past year, 'unusual mortality event', along East Coast of America. Link

31st January 2018 - 7 dead sea lions have washed up during past month in Mazatlan, Mexico. Link

29th January 2018 - 14 dead dolphins found on beaches in La Costa Partido, Argentina. Link

28th January 2018 - Hundreds of thousands of fish die 'due to cold' in Jeolla Province, South Korea. Link

27th January 2018 - Thousands of penguins dying on Northland's beaches in New Zealand. Link

26th January 2018 - 193 dead turtles found on the coast in Chennai, India. Link

26th January 2018 - 300 ducks dead due to disease in Christchurch, New Zealand. Link

26th January 2018 - 100+ Cockatoos found dead 'a mystery' in Victoria, Australia. Link

25th January 2018 - 30 dead turtles found this month on beaches in Uruguay. Link

24th January 2018 - 170 dolphins have died 'due to virus' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Link

24th January 2018 - Hundreds of chickens die, reason unknown in Prey Veng, Cambodia. Link

23rd January 2018 - Hundreds of dead fish found in canals in Tavares, Florida, America. Link

22nd January 2018 - Hundreds of dead starfish wash up on a beach in Falmouth, E

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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Apr 9th, 2017 1:00pm


Take care in cooking your salmon:

Our oceans and now our fish farms are under siege.  Chemicals are not the answer if we want to protect our environment

Parasites are threatening farm raised fish and Farmed Raised Fish Farms are turning to chemicals to counteract the parasites and disease:


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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Mar 8th, 2017 7:11pm

I have not posted on my NACUFS blog since 2014, but would like to begin posting more often. However I am not sure of the number of members reading blogs on the NACUFS site. 

I am curious to see who may be reading members blogs on this site. Please let me know if you come across this post by adding a comment below.



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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Oct 17th, 2014 12:16am

On Tuesday October 15, 2014 the EPA approved the use of Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo herbicide clearing the way for sales of corn and soybeans genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide.

An excerpt from the Bloomberg article (link below): 

  • Enlist Duo is a combination of the herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate. Today’s approval will increase use of 2,4-D by two-to sevenfold, reaching as much as 176 million pounds in 2020, the Center for Food Safety said today in an e-mailed statement, citing U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. Enlist Duo will create “still more intractable weeds” that survive both glyphosate and 2,4-D, according to the group which favors curbs on genetically engineered crops.
  • "EPA is registering Enlist Duo in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Approval is pending in ArkansasKansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, MissouriMississippiNebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota once the public has a chance to comment on the agency’s decision.
  • To protect neighboring crops and gardens, Enlist cannot be applied from the air or when wind speed is over 15 miles per hour (24 kilometers per hour) and farmers must adhere to a 30-foot (9 meter) “no spray” buffer zone around the application area."

In essence this herbicide is in the same family as agent orange. It will kill virtually all vegetation it comes in contact with, except GMO crops which we will eventually consume directly or in the animal protein we consume.

Forget the salt and pepper.....Please pass the poison...

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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Aug 2nd, 2014 11:55am

At the NACUFS National Conference in Baltimore, we proudly made a difference in the local Baltimore community by supporting Mother Seton Academy. A tuition free middle school serving over 70 boys and girls, grades 6 through 8, from urban, low-income families of all faiths and cultures.  I have been inspired by the great work of Sister Maureen, Kathleen Minnich, and NACUFS with the impact we had in providing back packs, school supplies and cash donations to Mother Seton Academy. I am still feeling really good about the whole program and what this could mean to NACUFS in continuing this new tradition much like we have done in donating leftover food from Showcase to a local food bank.  I hope we can inspire our 2015 national conference committee to continue this awesome program as we travel to Indianapolis next year.

As individuals, and as an Association, we can do even more on a large scale by recognizing the impact nutrition and lack of access to nutritious foods has on our youth and ultimately the health of our nation. I recently attended a local community gathering and met an inspiring husband and wife team who are changing K through 12 education programs by adapting teaching methods which positively impacts academic results and children’s health.  Their names are Lisa Suriano and Stephen Ritz. They have two remarkable programs for educating students about nutrition which are easily replicated and scalable.

A third site I would like to bring to your attention is a technology which has been around for years but is a relatively new trend which will change the way we grow and harvest fruits and vegetables.  Especially important in areas and climates which do not have access in terms of land or climate to grow food year round.  It is called the Tower Garden.

I would like to explore opportunities within the Villanova community with Lisa, Stephen and the Tower Garden.  I encourage you to research these ideas and see how they might apply to your local initiatives on your campus as well as sharing these resources with others on your campus and local communities.  

I share links to their websites and a link to Stephen Ritz’s  TEDex talk:


Timothy J. Dietzler
Director of Dining Services, Villanova University

"Let's eat like our lives depend on it !" TJD

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Posted by Mr. Timothy J. D. on Jun 15th, 2014 2:30pm

Top of the Day

Here's to yours and your student's good health!

I recently attended the Culinary Institute's Menus of Change summit held in Cambridge.  Led by the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition and the Culinary Institute, this summit and outcome is singlularly the most important educational experience of our time.  For the first time in my experience, sustainability and nutrition are being presented together with facts and emprical data which suggests we can no longer continue on our current trajectory and employ the same menu development techniques as we have done in the past.

The recently published report: Menus of Change 2014 - The businesss of Healthy, Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices is an absolute must read for all food service professionals:

The simple and straightforward recommendations we can all implement and follow:

  • Menu 10 percent more produce every year (year over year) for the next five years; this will not only increase your
    customer’s access to vegetables and fruits, it will likely reduce your sodium levels. 
  • Reduce portion sizes of meat in half of your menu items, including by introducing recipes and concepts where meat plays
    more of a supporting role and leveraging strategies from seasonal and local flavors to global cuisines. 
  • Always offer a 50- to 100-percent percent whole-grain option with rice, pasta, potato, side dish, and bread
  • Tell your beverage supplier that you want more innovative, natural, and less sweet beverage options, and will gladly
    help test market them—or better yet, craft them yourself. 
  • Raise your standards for protein sourcing, including supporting producers who don’t administer antibiotics to healthy animals and doubling the different kinds of fish and seafood you offer, sourced from sustainably managed fisheries.

Best Regards,


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