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Starbucks Fair Trade Campaign


An interesting campaign from the Organic Consumers Association to pursuade Starbucks to stop using ‘crappy hormone filled milk’.

The time has come to kick rBGH off the market, once and for all. If Starbucks, a major buyer of milk, were to reject rBGH dairy products, we could effectively eliminate it from the market.

Similarly, while Starbucks has slowly bought more certified Fair Trade coffee, it represents only a very small percentage of their total coffee (about 3.7%). Starbucks rarely offers certified Fair Trade coffee as their coffee of the day, nor has it followed its own policy of brewing Fair Trade coffee, on demand.

Kinda fits with my earlier Starbucks post..



We started Geocaching about four years ago; stopped and started a few times when Aoife was really small – and now we’ve started up again.

The weather is perfect in Utah right now for hunting for caches.

For those that really don’t have any idea on this – from

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

Photos from today are on the photo album.

Bike maintenance


I spent the evening getting the mountain bikes out of storage, servicing them, replacing two tyres, adjusting the gears and drivetrain – and finally testing them.

Phew! Hot and dirty. There was so much old oil and dirt in the chain. I spent a lot of time cleaning that and getting everything running well.
Hopefully we will get the chance to go for a ride tomorrow morning.