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Homemade Ant Bait: Less Toxic and More Effective

Homemade Ant Bait: Less Toxic and More Effective | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
In the short video above, you’ll discover five interesting facts about ants that may help you understand how to keep them out of your home and how to stop them from returning. Ants are social insects, living in large groups. They communicate with each other through pheromones. When one ant from a colony finds a food source, it lays out a pheromone trail that other ants from the colony can follow. This is why if one ant from the colony found a way inside your home, others will follow.1

Ants play a vital role in the ecosystem as both engineers and predators.2 They have a positive influence on the density and diversity of other species in their environment, including those further up the food chain. Although frustrating when they’ve accessed your home, these small creatures are actually one of the strongest creatures in relationship to their size.3 They can lift 50 times their own body weight.4 To put this in perspective, if a second-grader were as strong as an ant, she would be able to lift a car!

There are over 12,000 different species of ants living all over the world, except in Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland and parts of Polynesia.5 By sheer number they make up 15 percent of terrestrial animal biomass. Ants are also some of the longest living insects, with the queen of one species living up to 30 years.6

The queen ant is an essential part of the colony. Her responsibility is to mate and lay eggs, sometimes several millions before she dies.7 However, once dead, the remainder of the colony often s
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Chris Hedges America is a Tinderbox 

Exploring Relationships and Reflection in the Cultivation of Well-Being. Daniel Siegel, MD, is Clinical Professor of psychiatry at UCLA, Co-Director o
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David Attenborough: 'Climate Change - Britain Under Threat'

Documentary by Sir David Attenborough - Exploring impacts of Climate Change on UK. Like us https://www.facebook.com/CarbonControl Follow u
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Human Extinction Inevitable: "Time To Say Goodbye" Dr. Guy McPherson On The Carol Rosin Show 5/5/17

“TIME TO SAY GOOD-BYE” (with compassion and love) is THE BEST updated and detailed information presentation, plus with his heartfelt personal summary, EVER delivered by DR GUY MCPHERSON, honored and courageous rare icon in our time, on The Carol Rosin Show, May 5, 2017. The irreversible reality and consequences of man-made decisions he discusses has brought us all into the state of experiencing this extinction process. He explains what his list of 69 feed-back loops are, and how only one of them alone could cause the end of the human species. Dr. McPherson has given countless speeches and interviews, published widely, but NOW is the time when it is vitally important for everyone alive to hear this uncensored truth, this understanding, with urgency, about what has already happened and what is happening, so that each of us can intelligently choose how to live, right now. It is too late to change the direction…no God or ET or innovation is going to reverse this course. Seems to be impossible to educate the uneducable about the fact that this human extinction process is ongoing, and inevitable. Most don’t yet realize, or don’t want to know what is going on! But it is not too late for those who do and can hear, to adjust and perhaps change our own lives, accordingly, as we become aware that in the blink of an eye, or within the next hours, days, weeks, months, or few very short years, for sure, human extinction is near. While this is not a fear mongering talk, it’s actually about love and compassion along with these facts, Dr. McPherson explains, clearly, information about why humans can only survive on this planet for about nine more years or less, with evidence, proof that we are IN this process of extinction, experiencing it now, and with facts regarding why nothing and nobody, no matter what the beliefs or innovations are, can change this. The facts presented here may be shocking to some, but this is also potentially life changing in a most positive way, around the world, to those who will wake up during this talk. (Maybe this information, instead of some supposed enemy or other threat, could bring the world together into a world at peace with love!) This truth is especially relevant to those who have still been living under the manipulated disinformation being spread around, under the fictions out there as though the fictions are facts. Even some have been listening to supposed do-gooders, like from groups like 350.org and others who are not presenting the whole truth or the real facts. Fact is, we live under a canopy of manipulated beliefs, illusions, delusions, and outright lies on which so many base their lives and purposes on the community or national decision making levels. Meanwhile, 100-200 species per day are disappearing, amazing earth changes from climate change are happening causing so much suffering on this planet, news that most know nothing about. The impacts of the incredible facts presented here, regardless of what people know or don’t want to know or accept, major relevant situations are impacting every issue and culture, and every one of all of our lives and concerns. Dr. McPherson discusses education, or the lack of it. He explains how the interconnectedness of complex systems on our planet work and why understanding it is significant. He mentions why it is important to get your daily news from international news stations such as RT TV, CC TV, Al Jazeera , and Press TV, as well as from alternative stations…not from US main stream channels. This is the most critical time in history to hear this presentation, and with a sense of urgency, to network it, because the extinction process in motion is accelerating like never before, at least in our lifetime. This is not about giving up, getting depressed or fearing doom and gloom. This informative talk will deeply tap your heart as it is raising consciousness around the world while feeding our intelligence and supporting our intuitions in the context of this unique moment in time when we are discovering more and more about who we really are on earth and in the cosmos. Always with an message of compassion and love, Dr. McPherson includes a valuable “What To Do Now List” that he has concluded after his decades of focus and intention to share as much as he can via personal contacts and through his 14 books, hundreds of publications, interviews and continual speaking engagements and tours. Thank you for listening, for supporting his hard work, and for helping others by networking this far and wide!
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Electric Trains Everywhere: A Solution to Crumbling Roads and Climate Crisis

Electric Trains Everywhere: A Solution to Crumbling Roads and Climate Crisis | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Moyer has been begging Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to invest in a renewable energy-powered freight rail line from Seattle to Chicago. But the governor has shown little interest, although he recently asked the state Legislature to approve $1 million to study an ultra-high-speed passenger train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. “We’d love for him to show some leadership for the entire state on something that’s not so pie-in-the-sky,” Moyer laments.

Futuristic commuter trains are one thing, but Moyer has his sights set on an idea that is at once larger in scope and more firmly grounded in existing technology.

Moyer is a good-natured musician and progressive activist who has lived on Vashon Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, since 1989. He has a mop of curly dark hair and speaks in the laid-back tone you’ve heard at your local bike shop. These days, he often sports a black T-shirt that proclaims the name of his progressive advocacy organization, the Backbone Campaign.

It was that group that researched and authored the recently released Solutionary Rail, a 126-page book filled with charts, maps, graphs, and tables to support the feasibility of a bold electrified rail proposal.
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The Bicycle Machines of Guatemala Video 

The Bicycle Machines of Guatemala Video  | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Since 1997, Maya Pedal has been focused on sustainable development in Guatemala but locals were handed control in 2001. Recycling bicycles from the USA and Canada to create Bicimaquinas or pedal-powered machines is one of the ways the organization benefits the developing nation. But it wasn't always easy. In this video, director Mario Juarez shares how the program kept getting rejected by the local communities, while also demonstrating the perseverance it took to create a positive impact.
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New Book Examines Agroecology as the Future of Farming – Food Tank

New Book Examines Agroecology as the Future of Farming – Food Tank | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
The Institute for Food and Development Policy, a nonprofit known as Food First, released a new book entitled Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up, edited by Groundswell International Executive Director and co-founder Steve Brescia.

Fertile Ground presents nine innovative case studies authored by agroecologists from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe to make a case for promoting the use of agroecology worldwide.

“There are about 2.5 billion people in the world, on 500 million farms, involved with smallholder family agriculture and food production. Their creative capacity to farm productively and sustainably with nature, instead of against it, is perhaps the most powerful force that can be unleashed to overcome the interlinking challenges of hunger, poverty, climate change, and environmental degradation,” says Brescia. “This is the essence of agroecology.”
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Regeneration: Rules for Revolutionaries

Regeneration: Rules for Revolutionaries | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Degeneration Nation

After eight years of failed promises, warmongering, and “business-as-usual, by-the-rich, for-the-rich” governance by the Obama administration and U.S. Congress, the Democratic Party Establishment and the mass media went on to sabotage the 2016 grassroots-powered campaign of radical insurgent Bernie Sanders. Instead, they nominated the hugely unpopular Hillary Clinton for President.

As a result, 92 million people stayed home on election day, 62 million voted for the neo-fascist billionaire Republican candidate Donald Trump, and 65 million voted for Clinton. Clinton “won” the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.

A hundred days into the Trump administration, what have we learned?

Number one: The Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress and Supreme Court, aided and abetted by Wall Street, fossil fuel companies, Big Pharma, Big Ag, and the military-industrial complex, as well as by collaborators in the Democratic Party Establishment and the “deep state” (FBI, CIA, and the military hierarchy), are the most corrupt and dangerous ruling elite in U.S. history.

Number two: A full 35-40 percent of the electorate (mainly older white people who live in the suburbs and small towns and rural areas outside major cities) are so bitter, nationalistic, greedy, brainwashed, racist, misogynist, homophobic and/or delusional that they continue to support Trump and his cronies no matter what they say or do. Climate change denial, xenophobia, racism, environmental pollution, cutbacks in health and social services, regulation rollbacks that let corporations pollute and poison at will, increased military spending, and tax cuts for the rich and big corporations are apparently no problem for Trump’s mass base, even as we rush headlong toward catastrophic global warming, economic meltdown and endless war.
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Modern Agriculture Drives Hunger, Obesity and Disease While Simultaneously Threatening Food Chain and Worsening Water Crisis

Modern Agriculture Drives Hunger, Obesity and Disease While Simultaneously Threatening Food Chain and Worsening Water Crisis | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
If you'd walked up to a farmer 100 years ago and told him farming would one day threaten life on Earth, he probably would have laughed in your face, saying such a thing simply isn't possible.

Agriculture is necessary for food production, and therefore for life, the farmer would have said with firm conviction — and farming the land or raising cattle is not going to unduly harm anything or anyone.

Today, however, such an impossible scenario is precisely what we're facing. Virtually every growing environmental and health problem can be traced back to modern food production. This includes but is not limited to:

• Food insecurity and malnutrition amid mounting food waste
• Rising obesity and chronic disease rates despite growing health care outlays
• Diminishing fresh water supplies
• Toxic agricultural chemicals polluting air, soil and waterways, thereby threatening the entire food chain from top to bottom
• Disruption of normal climate and rainfall patterns
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Spotlight on Earth Day, by Shari Swanson

Spotlight on Earth Day, by Shari Swanson | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day marks a global celebration of Earth and the concept of peace. It presents an opportunity to demonstrate support for environmental protection. From lush rain forests to arid deserts, thundering waterfalls to serene ponds, majestic glaciers to craggy mountains and teeming coral reefs, Earth is a complex, interconnected planet, filled with diversity and abundance. New species continue to be discovered, and the relationships among species and ecosystems are increasingly revealed in our understanding as intricate and inextricably linked. To be tenants of Planet Earth is a cause for gratitude, but we also have responsibilities to maintain and protect our planet for each other and for future generations. In this Spotlight on Earth Day, we take a look back at prior DailyGood features and offer some suggestions of how you can support and celebrate this planet we all call home.

PLANT A TREE
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Noam Chomsky: Trump Administration is Aiming to Decimate All Programs to Help Working People

Seventy-five days ago today, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Trump has expanded U.S. military operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia, while resuming arms sales to Bahrain. At the United Nations, the Trump administration led a boycott of U.N. talks to ban nuclear weapons, while pushing for the United States to expand its own nuclear arsenal. Trump picked climate deniers to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department, while slashing the EPA’s programs to combat climate change. He’s also attempted unsuccessfully to ban refugees and people from majority-Muslim nations from entering the U.S., and to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. For more on President Trump’s first 75 days, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky. His new book, out today, is titled "Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Powe
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Filtering a Plastic Ocean 

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After 50 years of dumping plastics in the ocean, our seas are returning deadly microplastic particles to our beaches all over the world. This short film, "Filtering a Plastic Ocean," explores the impact these tiny plastics, laced with toxic chemicals, have on marine wildlife and human health, and profiles ocean activist Marc Ward, whose simple invention is making beaches safer for people around the world.
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Using Astrology to Stay Motivated | Awaken Astrology

Using Astrology to Stay Motivated | Awaken Astrology | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
In our modern culture we are more isolated. Often the message is that though we may be quite good at something, we’re still nothing special. We live in an internet world that reminds us that there are others who can do it better. The message of “you’re not that special” is reemphasized time and again.

 
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Malabar Spinach - An Easy-Grow Summer Green That Loves the Heat

Malabar Spinach - An Easy-Grow Summer Green That Loves the Heat | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
alabar spinach is an easy-to-grow alternative to regular spinach. It grows like a perennial vine, and thrives in the summer heat when most other greens tend to turn bitter and dry
Trained on a trellis, with frequent pruning, you can turn it into a decorative edible hedge you can continuously harvest through the summer and fall, until it starts to bloom
You can use Malabar spinach in the same way you use regular spinach — raw in salads, lightly steamed or cooked, or used in stews, soups and stir-fries
By Dr. Mercola

Malabar spinach 1,2,3,4 is an interesting alternative to regular spinach. It grows like a perennial jungle vine, and thrives in the summer heat when most other greens tend to turn bitter and dry, easily reaching heights of 10 to 35 feet in a season. Trained on a trellis, with frequent pruning, you can turn it into a decorative edible hedge. Also known under the names Indian, creeping, Asian, Vietnamese, Surinam, Ceylonese and Chinese spinach, Malabar spinach comes in two varieties:5

Basella rubra, which has purple-red vines and pink flowers
Basella alba, which has white to pale green stems and white flowers
Characteristics
The red variety is more visually dramatic, but other than that, it grows and tastes nearly identical to its white counterpart. Full-grown leaves are about the size of your palm, with a slight crunchiness and a hint of lemon-pepper flavor that take on a more characteristic spinach flavor when cooked, although it’s less bitter than regular spinach, thanks to it being lower in oxalic acid. Beware of overcooking, however, as heated leaves will eventually turn into unappetizing slime.

Young, immature leaves can also be harvested and used fresh in salads or added to a stir-fry. Toward the end of summer, the plant will bloom, at which time the taste of the leaves starts to degrade. So, be sure to harvest leaves continually before blooming.

When you break the leaves off, you may notice a gooey substance at the cut site. This is due to the high mucilage content of the leaves and stems. Mucilage is high in fiber, resembling apple pectin in that regard. Malabar spinach is also a good source of the following nutrients. The rubra (red) variety tends to be a bit higher in the antioxidants beta-carotene and lutein, courtesy of its red and purple colors.
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Green For All

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Green For All works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. 

Our goal is to make sure people of color have a place and a voice in the climate movement. That our neighborhoods are strong, resilient, and healthy. That as the clean energy economy grows, it brings jobs and opportunity to our communities.
Neighborhood activists. National organizations. Hip Hop Artists. Clergy. Elected officials. Business leaders and civil rights advocates. Green For All works with the best and brightest in America to fight for a healthy environment and strong communities.
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Indicators of Ecological Collapse - Dahr Jamail, Guy McPherson, Diane Wilson, Richard Manning

People are addicted to their wasteful, industrialized lifestyle whilst a cooperative lo-tech, agrarian village life is the only infinitely sustainable lifestyle. Not as easy as exploiting the world for all we can get. Let's hope that some of those who do live sustainably will survive and go on to live loving, caring, intelligent, humble, responsible lives. To date, there's always someone who stuffs things up for everyone else - I wonder if we'll ever learn.
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U.S. Doesn’t Need Trump to Honor Paris Climate Agreement

U.S. Doesn’t Need Trump to Honor Paris Climate Agreement | Green & Clean | Scoop.it

With or without President Donald Trump, the United States will work to address climate change. Not because of the Paris agreement, which is nonbinding. Not because backing out would earn the ire of the other 194 countries that have signed on to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

The U.S. will work to address climate change because it cares about environmental health and economic stability.


The Paris climate agreement, which went into effect in November, was an attempt to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius in this century—a level at which, science tells us, the impacts to the planetary ecosystem will be insurmountable. Though nonbinding, it allowed countries to set their own goals for reducing atmospheric-heating emissions, largely from the combustion of fossil fuels, and asked wealthy countries to chip in to help developing nations in their efforts. The agreement was met with praise worldwide, and the active role taken by President Obama put the U.S. in a place of climate leadership.

Now Trump wants to renege, making good on a campaign promise to his voting base and the energy executives in his circle. Yet, a majority of Americans in every state—70 percent of all registered voters in the nation—have expressed support for the agreement. And the actions of cities across the nation prove it.

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'Before the Flood' - Exploration for Answers to Climate Change

'Before the Flood' - Exploration for Answers to Climate Change | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Story at-a-glance -

“Before the Flood” explores the potential of catastrophic disruption of life on planet Earth
To sustain our dependence on fossil fuels, we’ve implemented increasingly risky and environmentally devastating extraction methods, such as fracking, mountaintop removal, offshore drilling and tar sands
Waste pollution is choking our waters and deforestation is rapidly causing serious consequences to the earth
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By Dr. Mercola

In the National Geographic film, "Before the Flood," actor, environmental activist and United Nations messenger Leonardo DiCaprio explores what must be done to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on planet Earth.

We all accept that we are harming this planet to our own detriment and we must stop our wasteful and polluting ways. Whether you are an adversary or proponent of the highly politicized phrase “climate change,” the solutions we need to implement for our long term viability are obvious, necessary and beneficial for everyone that desires a regenerative world.

There are four primary components that can unite everyone and bypass further arguments. Protecting and improving our air, water and soil is simply essential — not doing so is suicide. I recommend you think about four indisputable actions that can help avoid arguments and preserve regenerative systems. These practices are essential and universally agreeable; getting caught up in any debate is unnecessary.

Support Regenerative Agriculture
Protect our lakes, rivers, oceans and aquifers
Reduce Waste
Improve Energy Use and Sourcing
Before the Flood
Whether you believe man-made climate change is real or not, I urge you to lay your judgments aside for an hour-and-a-half and watch this film. A fact that cannot be denied is that our world has become increasingly and devastatingly toxic, and these toxins are damaging our ecosystem, thereby placing the survival of mankind at risk.
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Act by May 17: No Forced Spraying of Roundup on this Organic Farm!

Act by May 17: No Forced Spraying of Roundup on this Organic Farm! | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
County officials want to spray a 2,000-acre certified organic farm in Oregon with Monsanto’s cancer-causing Roundup and other pesticides—and force the farm to pay for it!

Officials in Central Oregon’s Sherman County say they need to spray Azure Farms in order to eradicate “noxious weeds.” Owners of the farm (which has been USDA certified organic for 18 years) say if the county follows through with its plans, it could put the farm out of business.

DEADLINE MAY 17: Take action to stop Sherman County from spraying Azure Farms with Monsanto’s Roundup!

Fill in the form on this page to send a message to the Sherman County court, and then call Lauren, the court’s administrative assistant, at 541-565-3416.

Azure Farms, located in Moro, Ore., is no small operation. Azure provides nearly all the organic wheat, field peas, barley, Einkorn and beef for Azure Standard, a major independent distributor of organic and non-GMO foods in the U.S.

The “noxious weeds” in question—Morning Glory, Canada Thistle and Whitetop—have co-existed with the farm’s organic crops for years, without causing problems for the farm or the lands around it, according to the farm’s owners. They say they have successfully managed the weeds using organic farming and weed-control practices.
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Topical Black Seed Oil Beats Tylenol For Pain Relief in Osteoarthritis

Topical Black Seed Oil Beats Tylenol For Pain Relief in Osteoarthritis | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Recently, over-the-counter "pain killing" drugs like ibuprofen and Tylenol have been found to have a battery of serious adverse side effects, some even life-threatening. Even aspirin, commonly believed to be a life-saving cardioprotective agent, has come under scrutiny as perhaps doing far more harm than good. Even more astounding is the recent discovery that some of these drugs have soul-numbing properties not unlike psychotropic medications.

Due to the growing concern about both the physical and psychological harms of these pharmaceutical agents, interest in natural, evidence-based alternatives has been exploding. In order to satisfy the demand for scientifically validated alternatives to drugs GreenMedInfo has accumulated hundreds of abstracts on the topic, which can be viewed on our various related database pages, such as Pain, Aspirin Alternatives, and Ibuprofen Alternatives.

Why is Everyone Using NSAIDs and Tylenol?
The reality is that because millions suffer from pain and inflammation on a daily basis, the promise of popping a pill to relieve discomfort is an ever-present temptation. It doesn’t help that the US is one of three countries that permit drug companies and pharmacies are allowed to advertise these medications directly to the consumer through television and other mainstream media channels. 

But is it logical to expect a potent chemical to positively alter symptoms that aren’t caused by a lack of that chemical?  If poor diet, lifestyle, chemical exposures, and a suboptimal mindset are the basis of most chronic health issues, then shouldn’t the focus be on addressing and reversing these underlying variables instead? This would be the goal of so-called “root cause resolution” medicine. Instead, palliative medicine -- where the goal is to suppress symptoms -- is the default approach; but it’s not sustainable and the collateral damage to one’s health is often not worth the risk of the intervention.
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A Real Solution to Feeding the World: Family Farms

A Real Solution to Feeding the World: Family Farms | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Family farms produce three-quarters of the world’s food;
Three-quarters of the world’s farms are smaller than one hectare (about the size of a city block);
Small, diversified farms produce more than twice as much food per acre than industrialized farms. This is partly because smaller farms use less pesticides, fertilizers, and antibiotics per unit of production than industrialized farms.
A 2015 meta-analysis found that industrialized farm yields were only about 10% higher than organic farm yields. This yield gap is much smaller than the amount of food that is wasted every year, which is as high as 40%.
The findings of the US National Research Council add further weight to Prof. Montgomery’s conclusions. Even if conventional farming currently helps feed the developed world, there are external costs to industrialized farming practices that cannot be ignored. Discussing a 2010 report on the future of US agriculture, the researchers said,

Many modern agricultural practices have unintended negative consequences, such as destruction of soils, erosion, and decreased water and air quality, and farmers have to consider these consequences while trying to increase production. If farmers are going to meet future demands, the US agriculture system has to evolve to become sustainable and think broadly—past the bottom line of producing the most possible.
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Why Growing Food is The Single Most Impactful Thing You Can Do in a Corrupt Political System

Why Growing Food is The Single Most Impactful Thing You Can Do in a Corrupt Political System | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
The most effective change-makers in our society aren’t waiting around for a new president to make their lives better, they’re plantin
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 This Otherworldly Grove In Montana That's A Real Life Fantasyland

 This Otherworldly Grove In Montana That's A Real Life Fantasyland | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Even lifelong Montanans have a list of local places they have yet to explore. The Treasure State is vast, and it’s full of hidden gems. One such place is the Ross Creek Cedars Recreation Area nestled in the Libby area in the northwest corner of the state. When you’re walking through it, you feel like you’re in another world.
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How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour

How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
When one of the most powerful people in the world encourages us to be paranoid, maybe we should listen.
And Grove isn’t the only powerful person urging caution. Even the director of the FBI — the same official who recently paid hackers a million dollars to unlock a shooter’s iPhone — is encouraging everyone to cover their webcams.
But you obey the law. What do you have to worry about? As the motto of the United Kingdom’s surveillance program reminds us, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.”
Well, law-abiding citizens do have reason to fear. They do have reasons to secure their devices, their files, and their communications with loved ones.
“If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.” — Cardinal Richelieu in 1641
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