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Check Out Our New Blog!

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Thanks for visiting our blog! Please click here to be redirected to our new blog area. We’ve made lots of changes and we’re excited to see what you think!

We look forward to continuing to share our ideas and information as well as gaining your input!

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APL: Environmentally Conscious with Climate Smart

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Developed in 2007, Climate Smart began as a program of Ecotrust Canada. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Climate Smart is a social enterprise that empowers and enables organizations to reduce their carbon footprint while strengthening their businesses and building a sustainable future.

To date, they have trained more than 550 business, worked with over 25 host partners, delivered programs in both Canada and the US and built a growing network of expert trainers.

As a leading manufacturer and distributor of clay based (diatomaceous earth and bentonite) agricultural products, industrial absorbents and pet litter products, Absorbent Products Ltd. believes in innovation and environmentally friendly practices. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, APL has worked with Climate Smart to become a 2012 Climate Smart Alumni. As part of an overall plan to significantly reduce our emissions, we will be upgrading our product dryer, replacing our existing extruder with a newer model and re-insulating a large storage warehouse.

For a complete list of Climate Smart Alumni please visit: climatesmartbusiness.com/alumni

Join us in an environmentally friendly and sustainable tomorrow, become Climate Smart!

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What is Zeolite?

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Zeolite is a naturally occurring material that usually contains aluminum, silicon and oxygen. The molecules contained in zeolite form a very rigid and porous crystal structure.

Natural zeolites form where volcanic rocks and ash layers react with alkaline groundwater. They also crystallize gradually in shallow marine basins over periods ranging from thousands to millions of years.

Naturally occurring zeolites are rarely pure and are often contaminated by other minerals, metals, quartz, or other zeolites.

Depending when, where and how a zeolite was formed it will have different a capability, function and size. In fact, there are over 50 different types of zeolite all of which have the ability to exchange one cation in their chemical makeup for another cation. Zeolites can accommodate a wide variety of cations including Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, etc. These positive ions are loosely held and can therefore be easily exchanged for other cations in a contact solution.

Most naturally occurring zeolites in the Northern hemisphere were formed when molten lava came in contact with sea water, causing the zeolite to become loaded with sodium (Na) ions allowing the zeolite to take-up nitrogen in ammonia, and release the sodium. In the Southern hemisphere, zeolites, such as those found in Australia, are formed with fresh water. These zeolites contain calcium that was taken up on formation.

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A New Type of School Food Program: Farm to School

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October is National Farm to School Month.

The initiative started in the United States and is continuing to spread throughout Canada. Local producers partner with schools in their area to provide a fresh and healthy lunch, increasing the students’ awareness and knowledge of growing, harvesting and preparing fresh, local food.

The program began in Canada in 2007 when Joanne Bays launched the Farm to School Salad Bar Pilot Project at Dragon Lake Elementary School in Quesnel, B.C. Since then, the program has been implemented in more than 50 different communities throughout BC.

The Farm to School Salad Bar concept involves the development of a relationship between a school and local farm. Participating schools serve locally grown, harvested and processed foods twice per week.

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Toxoplasmosis: The Possible Effects of Mixing Kitty Litter and Pregnancy

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On cat litter packaging you will notice a caution statement similar to the one below:

“Pregnant or nursing women and people with a suppressed immune system should note that a parasite found in cat feces can cause toxoplasmosis. They should exercise caution and consult a physician before handling a litter box.”

But what does this mean? What is toxoplasmosis and what are its effects?

Toxoplasmosis is an infection found in birds and mammals that is caused by a parasite. Cat feces may carry this parasite and while this may not be harmful to most people, those with suppressed immune systems and women who are nursing or pregnant are at risk.

Most often cats contract this disease by eating an infected rodent. Once a cat has contracted toxoplasmosis it will continue to excrete pathogens in its feces for a number of weeks. The feces become contagious approximately 1-2 days after being excreted.

In pregnant women, toxoplasmosis can be transferred to the fetus via the placenta. This is known as congenital toxoplasmosis. In order to reduce the risk of contracting toxoplasmosis women who are pregnant should avoid handling litter boxes and any other material where cat feces may be present (for example in garden soil and sand pits). The threat of infection can also be reduced by having someone else empty the litter box daily.

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Parasites in Goats

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Parasites continue to be an important concern for goat farmers and producers. These parasites can cause economic and production losses and even serious illness and death in goats. In fact, internal parasites are recognized as a common disease among goats.

An infected goat may show symptoms and become lethargic, have diarrhea, lose weight or barely be able to maintain their weight. However these signs can easily go unnoticed, posing a serious threat to the health and safety of your animal.

Internal parasites infect the gastrointestinal tract, liver, lungs, blood system, lymphatic system, and skin of a goat.

Parasites are present in almost every herd in the United States. The most common parasites that infect these herds are barber pole worms, round worms, stomach worms, Cooper’s worms, wire worms, hookworms, threadworms, whipworms, and nodular worms, lung worms and meningeal or brain worm.

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What is Raw Milk: The Debate

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. It was not until after the industrial revolution, when pasteurization was invented by a French scientist named Louis Pasteur in 1862, that humans consumed pasteurized milk.

Pasteurization is used to control contagious bacterial diseases like Bovine tuberculosis and Brucellosis. In the process of pasteurization, the milk is heated to a very high temperature in order to kill any harmful organisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, moulds and yeasts.

The use of pasteurization became widely used due to the fact that no testing was available to determine whether milk contained any of these harmful organisms, it was assumed that all milk was infected and therefore needed to be pasteurized. However, testing for Bovine tuberculosis and other diseases is now available and farm sanitation has greatly improved, making raw milk much safer. Although these factors have improved, pasteurization is still widely used due to the threat of deadly pathogens such as E-coli, Listeria and Salmonella.

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The Bed Bug Epidemic

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Eating Dirt for Health?

For centuries people have practiced geophagy, or the act of eating dirt. In many cultures this is commonly observed at religious ceremonies, for pregnant women and as a remedy for various diseases. As well, it is very common among children. So, what is dirt eating all about?

It is often assumed that this is strange behavior or that people only resort to eating dirt because food is not readily available to them however this is not true. It has been found that even in areas where food is plentiful people still consume dirt. In fact, dirt eating among pregnant women in certain areas of the United States (mostly in the south) ranges from 20 to 40 percent! Recently it has been suggested that geophagy is an instinctive activity that is used to fulfill dietary needs and to help protect against parasites and pathogens as well as to sooth irritated intestines!

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