Our educational system should first expose students to information literacy and critical thinking in elementary school. Students should develop information literacy as a "habit of mind" that enables them to be sophisticated information finders and users by the time they reach college and then the working world. However, other priorities have prevented this from happening...
The change at CUNY’s top colleges among incoming freshmen comes a decade after the university ended open enrollment and confirms predictions made by opponents during the battle over admissions.
With Technology causing World-Class change.. The exclusion of the Latino and Black candidate's from making the transistion to a technologically driven world is the ultimate insult to a bevvy of generation's passed which also left them behind (by design?!).. This is unnacceptable in the year 2012! In particular with CUNY?! (Seriously?)
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To Suncoast Coop farmer's, Florida:
Great news received tonight on your co-op group! I restore lakes (www.lake-savers.com). We have been employing natural processes to restore lakes in our country for many years now. We have been employing the use of a bio-available nano silica fertilizer in these lakes which have produced siliceous diatom colony growth. This advent has hyper-oxygenated the lakes we are restoring and as a result, zooplankton and fish are rapidly increasing and there health is great too.. I digress. The point here is that I have been researching this non-toxic additive to use in our lakes to overcome the nutrient loading from NPK fertilization from point source agriculture upstream. I think we all "get it" that this is a problem. The onset diatom growth is redirecting the nutrients arriving in the water bodies and directing the nutrients into zooplankton and fish instead of accumulating in the water body and then through this accumulation, causing internal loading dynamics that fuel weed growth/plant growth over animal (fish) growth. The reason I am stating this here on your blog is simple, I want to let you know that Lake-Savers' goal is to introduce a "Win - Win" scenario for agriculture and specifically organic farmers to consider what I am going to say very closely...
The Nano-Fertilizer we are employing in our lake restoration projects (nation-wide) is producing very good (remarkable) results, Oxygenation is super-saturated in these waters (from photosynthesis from siliceous diatoms) and nutrients are being redirected to higher order trophic levels, thus nutrient loads are dropping, weed growth is diminishing and depth is being increased one foot + per year (from bottom muck being bio-re-mediated) from aerobes, also benefiting from the abundant O2 produced, all from the enhanced and explosive onset siliceous diatom growth we are initiating from this process. The nano-silica with trace micro-nutrient's formulated precisely and elegantly from this inert and non-toxic, natural mineral compound (nano molecular additive) is so beneficially potent, it's remarkable that this is actually even possible. Science has been looking for such an additive for a very long time actually to accomplish the very same thing we are now realizing within our water-body projects.
Why is this note-worthy of my reaching out to you then as farmer's and local grower's?
Along with the bounty and all the benefits we are seeing from this additive within water-bodies is that this same nano-formulation of nano-available silica is also beneficial to agriculture as a foliar spray. As a foliar spray this nano-silica formulation will cause some remarkable results to all crops where it is applied. The advantages are the following:
Drought resistance (from fortifying the plant cell wall and making the plant much more efficient at retaining and using water). More energy efficient (Photo-Synthesis is greatly enhanced from leaves and stalks being raised to a higher angle to the sun from the plant being more stout from silica reinforcement). Greater strength plant (from being fortified with higher internal silica, the plant becomes less vulnerable to being blown over or to wilting and physical stress). More efficient use of NPK fertilizer (the plant is much more efficient overall and requires less fertilizer.. by up to a third less). Less or no need for pesticides (in many cases the nano-silica infused within the plant becomes a physical reinforcement or barrier, enhancing the armor quality of the leafs, insects cannot break the leaf with their jaws). Greater tasting, healthier and more nutritious food from the vegetation is reported due to the plants being more vital overall, from the silica enhanced and natural growing environment. Greater yields and over all greater plant size (Almost a doubling in the plants size and a 30% yield improvement has been recorded from agricultural use in India).
Secondary to these benefit's is that runoff from the nano-silica that reaches a water body will only help diatom growth. Diatom's are in soils... They are highly beneficial to native soils and provide as much benefit to soils as they do in lakes. The ancient humic soils, so rich in silica and nutrients support this.
As we are the U.S. Import / distributor's of this product, we are going to be reaching out to expand this message to agriculture and individual coop farmers and local-grow farmer's markets everywhere in the U.S.
GMO and heavy pesticide use is clearly hurting all of us.. There is no argument for GMO being more beneficial for greater yields in any commercial application, this is an untruth used to propagate the continued use for potentially harmful practices that support runaway GMO agricultural / commercialized farming practices. This myth is destroying the American Farmer and diminishing the nutrient value within our foods. Pesticides are also harmful, causing the onset promulgation of fatal disease and poor health. Pesticide's are clearly poisoning or waters and our foods (US!).
Anything that would decrease the use of these would only help to benefit us all directly.
I ask that you consider reaching out to us and let us 'pilot' this with you.. If you have a list or other contacts for connecting Local Grower's and local Coop Farmers we'd love to be informed about them too. We are pioneering this here in the U.S. and I'd like to thank you for your attention on reading all about this on your site.
Jack Mosel, Senior Lake Restoration Consultant Lake-Savers www.lake-savers.com firstname.lastname@example.org
As long as I'm in a Scoop.it mood today, might as well include Russell Stannard's "Free online tutorials for teachers and students. These are step by step camtasia screencasts that take you through a whole range of ict and web2.0 tools." If you can't find it here, THEN search YouTube.
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