08 Fruits vs. veggies

first_img Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 8 By Mike Isbell University of Georgia Sometimes I have to go digging through the books on my bookcase to prove things to people. Such was the case when my friend Willie dropped by to see me.The big question”Mike, when I have a question about something, you’re very good at helping me come up with the answer,” he said. “I got to arguing with a fellow about a tomato. He says he learned in school that a tomato is a fruit, and I told him it’s not — it’s a vegetable.””Well, Willie,” I said, “I’m afraid he’s right — it is a fruit.””Now, I always believe what you tell me,” Willie said. “But you’re wrong this time.””Let’s see what old Webster says,” I said as I pulled my dictionary off the bookshelf. But the dictionary definition didn’t do anything but confuse me and Willie both.So I pulled my “Georgia Master Gardener Handbook” off the shelf and looked up “fruit.” That was a mistake, too. The fruits it mentioned were the ones Willie expected: apples, peaches, plums, grapes, blueberries — everything but tomatoes.I was losing Willie’s confidence in me really fast.Finally, I saw “The Wise Garden Encyclopedia” among the scores of books on the shelves. And I looked up “fruit” in it.And this is what it said: “Botanically and strictly, fruit is the ripened ovary of a flower, including its contents and any closely adhering parts. Examples are cucumber, pepper, tomato, apple, plum, raspberry.”Yes!A social conundrumBut that wasn’t good enough for Willie. He launched into a tirade of the problems you would have if you called a tomato a fruit.”Now, Mike,” he said, “if you go into a restaurant to get some tomato soup and you say, ‘Give me some of that fruit soup,’ they’re going to tell you, ‘This isn’t fruit soup — this is tomato soup’ and look at you like you’re crazy!”Or, if you’ve got a little child, and he asks you for a piece of fruit, you’re going to give him a piece of apple, or a pear, or a grape — not a piece of pepper!”After several minutes, Willie finally said, “Mike, let’s say you’re standing in a food buffet line, they’ve got all the meats — the chicken, pork chops, meat loaf — they got all that together. And then you get to the vegetables — the potatoes, turnip greens, carrots — they got all that together.”And then you get to the fruits,” he said. “You ain’t going to find tomatoes!”last_img read more

Renewables a better option than nuclear, French environment agency says

first_imgRenewables a better option than nuclear, French environment agency says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said.France should spend 1.28 trillion euros over the next four decades, mostly on clean power production and storage capacities, networks, and imports, according to a report from the country’s environment ministry. If it does this, France would progressively shut down its 58 atomic plants and renewable energy would comprise 95 percent of its electricity output by 2060, up from 17 percent last year.The development of the so-called EPR nuclear reactors “wouldn’t be competitive for the French power system from an economic standpoint,” the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maitrise de l’Energie –or Ademe– said in a statement. The report assumes that the reactors would produce electricity at a cost of 70 euros per megawatt-hour, while the cost of wind and solar power would fall much lower.The report follows President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement that state-controlled Electricite de France SA will have to shut as many as 14 of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2035 to allow renewable energy to expand the country’s power mix. Macron also gave EDF until mid-2021 to prove that it can build an economically-viable reactor before the country decides to build new atomic plants. EDF’s EPR project in Normandy is more than six years late coming online, and the cost has more than tripled from its original budget.Falling costs means that photovoltaic facilities won’t need subsidies from 2030, nor will onshore wind from 2035, the report said. That’s assuming that EDF halts 30 percent of its reactors after 40 years of operation and an additional 30 percent when they turn 50. Otherwise, surplus production capacity would undermine the economics of both nuclear power and renewables, Ademe said.More: France would save $44.5 billion by betting on renewable energy, agency sayslast_img read more

Beyond the pandemic risk series [Part 1]: Pandemic-related lending portfolio risks

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » Is your credit union worried about how to handle the uptick in uninsured collateral and delinquencies? Hear how to adopt proactive, borrower-friendly strategies to better predict and manage these pandemic-related portfolio risks.Key Takeaways:[08:05] The most critical data that you can get your hands on would be any data that would provide you early indicators that there is going to be a delinquency issue. [10:35] One non-negotiable is that credit unions have a monitoring program that allows them to understand your risk exposure at any point in time. [13:57] Right now we can’t under-score social media; because we all interact virtually, there is a lot of good analytic and trending data that can be provided via social media. As long as you are doing that in a compliant and appropriate manner. center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more