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Will Synthetic Biology Benefit or Threaten Wild Things?

Will Synthetic Biology Benefit or Threaten Wild Things? | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it

April 12, 2013 DotEarth New York Times

Biologists and biological engineers meet to explore the impacts, for better and worse, of synthetic life on wild life.

...an emerging force that will, in ways both direct and indirect, shape the face of what we used to call “nature” or “wildlife.”... http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/12/will-synthetic-biology-benefit-or-threaten-wild-things/?smid=tw-dotearth&seid=auto

 

MONSANTO GMO TREES COULD DEVASTATE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/5G9P0L

 

April 8, 2013 - Earth First Newswire
ROBOTIC BEES TO POLLINATE MONSANTO GMO CROPS - NOW THEY'VE KILLED OFF MOST OF THE BEES WITH PESTICIDES http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/robotic-bees-to-pollinate-monsanto-crops/

 

WE'VE ALREADY RAVAGED OUR ENVIRONMENT WITH GMO (GENE-ALTERED FOODS) http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

 

 

 

 

 


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I fear the more we try to "adjust", "improve", and copy the wonderful creations we find in nature the more we will lead to it's ultimate detriment.

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Rather than nurture and foster our natural world back to health,  the huberous of the biotech community wants to change our ecosystems to suit their own financial gains with little or no regards for all the species that depend on a natural, evolving web of life.   What we will be left with is anybody's guess as species after species lays waste to our environment and biosphere.  Their myopic approach disregards the greater whole of the complex and yet to be understood billions of years of natural evolution where the web of life is interconnected and everything is dependent on everything. 

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Goshen man grows vegetables in 800 backyard barrels - News - The Litchfield County Times

Goshen man grows vegetables in 800 backyard barrels - News - The Litchfield County Times | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it
Litchfield County Times is your source for all Litchfield County 24-hour breaking news, local news, life, community, arts, entertainment and more. View weather updates, watch videos and photos. Keep up with News and local happenings.
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CGRFA: Infographics

CGRFA: Infographics | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it
Infographic | Are we losing our treasure? Genetic resources & #biodiversity 4 food & ag http://t.co/KMb0A8gsm3 via @faoknowledge #cgrfa

 


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A summary of the impact of biodiversity on our food

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Un résumé de l'impact de la biodiversité sur notre alimentation -

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Future Generations To Pay For Our Mistakes: Biodiversity Loss Doesn't Appear For Decades

Future Generations To Pay For Our Mistakes: Biodiversity Loss Doesn't Appear For Decades | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it

April 15, 2013 Mongabay

The biodiversity of Europe today is largely linked to environmental conditions decades ago, according to a new large-scale study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)....

 

Future generations will inherit a natural world of our making. ... the scientists say conservation efforts will have to stepped up considerably to stave off mass extinction.

"The progressive impact of environmental degradation on the loss of global biodiversity is strongly linked to key socioeconomic indicators such as human population size, land use, and gross domestic product (GDP). However, species populations do not necessarily respond immediately to environmental degradation but might do so with a delay," the scientists write. This theory is known as 'extinction debt,' whereby it takes species several of their generations to show the full impact of habitat loss and other threats.... http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0415-hance-biodiversity-debt.html

 

April 15, 2013 "Revolution" - Richard Branson's Blog - Virgin.com
"THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONSERVATION BECAUSE CONSERVATION IS THE PRESERVATION OF HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH."  This is the message of Revolution, an excellent new film following the adventures of Rob Stewart as he attempts to spark a change in the global mindset towards conservation http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/blog/revolution

 

April 15, 2013 - CSRWire Talkback
NO NATURE, NO BUSINESS: THE COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE & THE FINANCIAL CRISIS http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/802-no-nature-no-business-the-costs-of-climate-change-the-financial-crises

 

 

 


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Punxsutawney Phil 'indicted' in chilly Ohio

Punxsutawney Phil 'indicted' in chilly Ohio | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it
That's what one of his handlers, John Griffiths, declares in response to an 'indictment' that the Butler County, Ohio, prosecutor issued Thursday against Pennsylvania's famous weather-predicting groundhog.
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Yes, we are expecting lots of snow later today and tomorrow in chilly Ohio.  Are you upset about the continuing cold weather here?  Blame Punxsutawney Phil.  At least that's what the Prosecutor in Butler County, OH is doing.

 

For me this story is more or less a dose of comic relief to bring a chuckle to my frozen Sunday morning.  Blaming a large rodent for our lack of warmth is all we can do to forget that there should be temps in the 50s by now.  It's the only way we can forget that last year at this time we had had weeks of 60+ degree weather that had people knee deep in the dirt already.  Maybe this will help us appreciate the warmth even more when it finally does arrive.

 

We are on the cusp of spring break and I'm going to use that time free of school to start some seeds finally.  My front window is going to turn into a nursery for this years tomatoes and other warm season crops.  My hope is that by the second week in April it will be warm enough to venture out of doors to amend the garden and start sowing our cool season crops.

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Raw Honey Benefits in Photos de Dave Sommers | Facebook

Raw Honey Benefits in Photos de Dave Sommers | Facebook | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it

RAW HONEY BENEFITS ...
Raw honey contains up to 80 different substances important to human nutrition. Besides glucose and fructose, honey contains: All of the B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K, minerals and trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. The live enzyme content of honey is one of the highest of all foods. Honey a...See More

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I love honey.  My DH used to be an apiarist and I so want him to get back into it.  Not only because I like to eat honey, but honey is healthy for your is so many ways. Plus, having the little bees around would be one way to increase the yield in our garden.  The surrounding farmers would like it too I'm sure since many are having to buy or rent  bees because the natural population is disappearing.

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Vermicomposting and Vermiculture: Worms, Bins and How To Get Started

Vermicomposting and Vermiculture: Worms, Bins and How To Get Started | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it
Ed. note: This is the fourth post in the Green Basics series of posts that TreeHugger is writing to provide basic information about important ideas, materials and technologies for new greenies (or those who just need a quick refresher).
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This may sound disgusting, but you can even start with a small vermicomposter indoors.  Yes, I said it, INDOORS.  It doesn't take long or even many resources but you can build a small vermicomposting 'condo' that easily fits into your cabinets under your sink or in your laundry room.  Preferrably keep it out of where it could get knocked over.  I used empty plastic tubs that were for lunch meat that I'd purchased at Sam's.  Instead of sending the plastic containers to the landfill I decided to create a three story 'wormie condo' that fits inconspicuously under my sink.  As long as I don't put onions or citrus in the mix and make sure the substrate stays evenly moist I won't have any escapees.  This is a great way to learn about composting and to have a working compost heap year round.  You can't be squeemish though because eventually you will have to sift through the worms to separate them from their ready-made-compost.

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The Run on Latin America's Raw Resources Endangering Environment, Ecosystems

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 April 15, 2013 - Deutsche Welle: Environment & Development »
THE RUN ON LATIN AMERICA'S RESOURCES Once neglected, now courted: Latin America is becoming increasingly important as a supplier of raw materials for German industry. China, Canada and the US are competitors in the race for natural resources.... http://www.dw.de/the-run-on-latin-americas-resources/a-16745677?maca=en-rss-en-environment-4553-rdf

 

MYANMAR FARMERS PROTEST FOREIGN LAND SEIZURES FOR COPPER MINE, POISONING LAND AND PEOPLE http://sco.lt/6maOP3

 

SIERRA MAGAZINE PRESENTS: THE COST OF COAL: AN EXTRAORDINARY PHOTO EXPOSE W/VIDEO http://sco.lt/5wLb2f

 

HOLDING CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE: Mining Companies Devastate Pristine Wisconsin for Frac-Sand - Leaving A Mining, Chemical Wasteland http://sco.lt/6gL1ov

 

 


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Will Synthetic Biology Benefit or Threaten Wild Things?

Will Synthetic Biology Benefit or Threaten Wild Things? | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it

April 12, 2013 DotEarth New York Times

Biologists and biological engineers meet to explore the impacts, for better and worse, of synthetic life on wild life.

...an emerging force that will, in ways both direct and indirect, shape the face of what we used to call “nature” or “wildlife.”... http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/12/will-synthetic-biology-benefit-or-threaten-wild-things/?smid=tw-dotearth&seid=auto

 

MONSANTO GMO TREES COULD DEVASTATE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/5G9P0L

 

April 8, 2013 - Earth First Newswire
ROBOTIC BEES TO POLLINATE MONSANTO GMO CROPS - NOW THEY'VE KILLED OFF MOST OF THE BEES WITH PESTICIDES http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/robotic-bees-to-pollinate-monsanto-crops/

 

WE'VE ALREADY RAVAGED OUR ENVIRONMENT WITH GMO (GENE-ALTERED FOODS) http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

 

 

 

 

 


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I fear the more we try to "adjust", "improve", and copy the wonderful creations we find in nature the more we will lead to it's ultimate detriment.

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pdjmoo's curator insight, April 16, 2013 2:25 AM

Rather than nurture and foster our natural world back to health,  the huberous of the biotech community wants to change our ecosystems to suit their own financial gains with little or no regards for all the species that depend on a natural, evolving web of life.   What we will be left with is anybody's guess as species after species lays waste to our environment and biosphere.  Their myopic approach disregards the greater whole of the complex and yet to be understood billions of years of natural evolution where the web of life is interconnected and everything is dependent on everything. 

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How to Prepare the Soil in Spring: Organic Gardening

How to Prepare the Soil in Spring: Organic Gardening | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it
How soon is too soon to start preparing the garden in spring?
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Temperatures are rising and the vegetable garden itch is needing to be scratched. You've got your garden clogs, leather gloves, garden tools and seed packets set out an ready to go.  BUT - When is too soon to get digging in the soil?  And what is so bad about getting started early?  

 

For every region the answer varies but here in Zone 5 we have to contend with run off from winter snow and heavy early spring rains.  A tip that you can follow to test YOUR garden plot is testing your soil by hand.  You want to get down and dirty, right?  Well, here's your chance.  Dig about a half a cup of soil out of your garden and squeeze it into a ball.  If water comes shooting out when you squeeze it you might was well just stop, put it back and come back in about a week.  It's just too wet.  First of all trying to dig anything into the ground when it is sopping wet like that will destroy the soil structure.  Second, any seeds you attempt to plant will only rot.

 

If the ball of earth when pressed with a finger or dropped from about 3 feet crumbles into tiny little bits of earth then you are good to go.  Plants require air to their roots as well as to their leaves.  When the dirt is too wet and heavy your plants can actuallly drown.  

 

 

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Why Spring Begins Early This Year

Why Spring Begins Early This Year | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it
Many people associate the first day of spring with March 21, not March 20.
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Spring is HERE! But wait, it's not March 21?!?!  Though we have been taught that March 21 is the first day of spring or the vernal equinox it turns out that it is only an estimation.  Over the past 100 years March 21 has been an exception  as the first day of spring rather than the rule.  Even being very much interested in gardening I've rather taken this fact for granted.  

 

It was gratifying to learn that fall and winter are actually getting shorter and spring and summer are getting longer, to a point.  The reasons why this happens are beyond my scope of expetise, but their implications make me happy - longer growing seasons - even if it is be just a few hours or maybe a day or two.

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How to Make your Own Vegetable Seed Starting Soil by Mike the Gardener

How to Make your Own Vegetable Seed Starting Soil by Mike the Gardener | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it
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The time of year is here to start thinking about and planning for your vegetable garden.  Yes, it may still be February, but even in these northern parts of the Midwest the ground is going to start thawing in six to eight weeks.  This gives you just enough time to give some cool weather seedlings a head start for when the ground is ready to dig into. 

 

Most of the things Mike says in this article are accurate and valuable.  He leaves some important things out though.  Starting seedlings indoors is a study in trial and error and a preparation to fail unless you have a fool-proof setup.  From experience seed starting medium that is based on peat and perlite or vermiculate is extremely messy, drains too fast and typically runs out the bottom of your containers.  Also, peat based starters are also more prone to mold which leads to damping off.  Damping off is a fungal infection that attacks your seedlings at the soil line destroying their ability to send nutrients up the stem and eventually killing them.  I've been there, it sucks.  

 

It's a little more pricey, but I'm going to try and find a coir, shredded coconut husk, based growing medium.  One thing I do not agree with is adding fertilizer to the seed starter.  Even compost if it is too strong will burn and kill your seedling.  Usually, you have to wait three weeks from adding a full strength compost to your garden before you should plant seed or transplants.  Others have recommended not adding fertilizer to your starter, but waiting until your seedlings have started to grow their first set of true leaves.  At this point you would add a diluted compost tea or other half strength fertilizer to prevent burning of the seedling.  Why?  Well, seeds have their own store of food under the seedcote so fertilization is unnecessary until the plant has unfurled and needs nutrients to make their own food.  

 

What are you going to do for your seed starter this year?

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Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening | GoGreenNation.org

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening | GoGreenNation.org | Digging The Earth | Scoop.it
Growing your own vegetables is rewarding and fun. Learn what crops to grow in your spring garden and about the efficient technique of growing your vegetables in raised beds. This event will be repeated on Wednesday, ...
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What better way to beat the winter blues than to get outside as soon as the weather is warm enough to sink your hands and some seeds into the ground.  Vegetable gardening in a raised bed has many benefits including the ability to get started early in the season.  The raised beds are warmer than the surrounding dirt, drain better and you control the composition of the soil for the best in amendments, nutrients and drainage.  In my back yard I tacked together som old fence posts and other pieces of scrap llumber that happened to be laying around and made six raised beds.  With that many raised beds and using a square foot gardening plan I can produce plenty of fresh vegetables for my family and friends from early spring to late fall - even in Zone 5!

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