In the face of plummeting insect and bird populations, citizens in the south German state are trying to make farmers preserve habitat. ‘Bee a hero’ A petition for a referendum on preserving the diversity of species — better known as the “save the bees” petition — has gathered the legally required 10 percent of all … Continue reading Bavarians vote to save bugs and birds—and change farming
By STEVEN MCFADDEN The esteemed British medical journal The Lancet has released two commission reports emphasizing the pivotal role that farms and food play in deteriorating human and environmental health, as well as in the mounting chaos of climate change. So dire is our current state, the reports argue, that our ongoing survival and welfare as we … Continue reading Double stab by The Lancet pierces illusions about Farms, Food, Climate
by TRUE NORTH LIFE Backyard chickens are what I like to call a gateway animal, these easy to care for low maintenance animal can be a joy to have on any scale of a homestead. They can be very entertaining simply to watch and they off a great return of eggs, meat, tilling and fertilizer on … Continue reading 5 Common Chicken Diseases and How to Treat Them
by Split Rock Here at Splitrock January is for lack of better words stale, it is the month we hunker down to stay warm, the month we plan and reflect on the year before but mostly it’s the month of waiting. January can get cold here, frigid cold in our little valley in the highlands. We … Continue reading January- A Season of waiting…
Gardening The harvest starts for some. Click here Saving money and doing great gardening. Click here Farming Learning to farm organically as a WWOOFer. Click here NY techie returns to aid Indian organic cotton farming. Click here One farmer's cheerful view on farming. Click here Cow power and the wonder of great pasture. Click here … Continue reading 27 July 2014
The view from the dark side…
This video gives a version of Monsanto’s past and current operations. It especially highlights the most controversial chemical products created by Monsanto (think Agent Orange). Really one large question on my mind was ‘Why do we allow so many synthetic chemical compounds to be used so extensively before we are truly certain of their effects?’
I understand the argument given here by Monsanto, and other supporters of conventional (monoculture farming w/use of pesticides) /factory farming operations, that we simply need more food and (even if some people argue the quality of food suffers) this is the only way to achieve that. I just happen to think their reasoning on the way to achieve that, and what the end goal should be (mostly focused only on quantity of a limited number of crops and a limited number of cultivars of crops), are wrong.
The argument being given to us by companies like…
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Farming Three recent graduates get hooked. Click here Students taught about the ways and means of organic farming. Click here Inter agency group to assist farmers transition to organics. Click here More rice with less water in India! Click here How Walmart threatens organics. Click here Weed control can be a constant issue for some organic … Continue reading 7 July 2014
Gardening Read your labels carefully: "bee friendly" pesticides still carrying neonicotinoids. Click here If you have to buy them, here are some organic fertilisers. Click here Urban gardening or growing in really small spaces. Click here Bees Review of peer reviewed papers confirm neonicotinoids killing bees. Click here Farmers come up with bee saving ideas. Click here … Continue reading 25 June 2014
Gardening Treated seeds bad for bees! Click here High rise gardening! (A slide show.) Click here More vertical gardens. Click here Veggies grow better amongst flowers. Click here Food How far has your food travelled? Click here To reduce waste, eat within "100km". A Chennai example. Click here 101 bright spots in the global food … Continue reading 13 June 2014
A noble project!
I’ve made a project outline to try and inspire myself to research as thoroughly as possible (what can I say, I’m a planner). Below is a rough starting point for my research.
- Project: Design a sustainable living community that is as close to self-sustaining as possible (this includes food, water, buildings, and energy). Focus on making the smallest environmental impact possible, and include a list of tentative but realistic costs for each part of the community (land, building structures, farming equipment, etc.). Also, be sure to include a general timeline for the process of starting up the community (gathering experience, finding land, building structures), as well as a list of necessary/ helpful skills that would aid in creating a sustainable living community.
- Possible Research Topics: Organic gardening, livestock, climate zones, maximizing crop production (green houses, crop rotation, perennials), garden design, existing sustainable communities, best locations for such a community…
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