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The Harvest / La Cosecha Documentary Film - The Harvest / La Cosecha Documentary Film

The Harvest / La Cosecha Documentary Film - The Harvest / La Cosecha Documentary Film | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA is the story of the children who work 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week to pick the food that we eat. These children are not toiling in the fields in some far away land. They are working here, in our back yard, in America.
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Design | WarkaWater

Design | WarkaWater | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro- and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.

 
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Murphy's Menu: Ancient amaranth - Emporia Gazette

Murphy's Menu: Ancient amaranth - Emporia Gazette | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
According the national food folks, ancient grains are all the culinary rage right now, especially if they are gluten free.
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Bamboo Construction - Sustainable, Strong and Elegant - ENGINEERING.com

Bamboo Construction - Sustainable, Strong and Elegant - ENGINEERING.com | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Elora Hardy discusses ideas behind her earthquake-proof buildings made almost entirely from bamboo.
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PA: Hempcrete workshop June 6th, 2015 with Hemp Heals Foundation & Keystone Cannabis Coalition

PA: Hempcrete workshop June 6th, 2015 with Hemp Heals Foundation & Keystone Cannabis Coalition | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
ROBESONIA, PA - The Hemp Heals Foundation and the Keystone Cannabis Coalition have partnered up for a one of kind building with Hempcrete* workshop Saturday June 6th, 2015. This hands on, interacti...
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What is the Produce Rule? | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

The proposed Produce Rule sets forth new standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce. The standards apply to fruits and vegetables normally consumed raw, such as apples, carrots, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. The proposed Produce Rule does not apply to produce rarely consumed raw (such as winter squash) or produce grown for personal consumption.

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What farm cooperatives can do for the food system -- and farmers

What farm cooperatives can do for the food system -- and farmers | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Cooperatives aren't a panacea, but they could get regionally sourced pancetta to a supermarket near you. 
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Tree loss slows in African rainforest | BBC News

Tree loss slows in African rainforest | BBC News | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

Tree loss in one of the world's largest rainforests has slowed, a study suggests.

 

Satellite images of Africa's Congo Basin reveal that deforestation has fallen by about a third since 2000.

 

Researchers believe this is partly because of a focus on mining and oil rather than commercial agriculture, where swathes of forest are cleared.

The work is published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

 

It is part of a series that is examining the state of Africa's forests.

Dr Simon Lewis, from the University of Leeds and University College London, said: "Most of the focus has been on the Amazon and on South East Asian tropical rainforests, and a big bit of the missing picture is what is going on the Congo Basin in Central Africa.

 

"We really wanted to pull together information about this amazing region that we know very little about."

 

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Justin C.'s curator insight, December 10, 2014 7:29 PM

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C-July 22, 2013

R-The information is relevant because it shows the harm of deforestation.

A-BBC is a source that has many researchers, who were able to explore and contribute information over the Rainforest to the case study.

A-The information was made by by journalists who observed African land, this commitment is a reason to indicate that the information is accurate.

P-The purpose of the case study is to show the adverse effects of deforestation on the environment and how it is negatively impacting human's lives.

Emerald Pina's curator insight, May 25, 10:30 AM

The article talks about how deforestation has been reduced in Africa's Congo Basin. The Congo Basin, the world's second largest rainforest, is home to many species and it can be considered as a carbon sink. The article emphasizes that if parts of the rainforest are lost, than it can result in impacts on climate change, biodiversity, and communities that are dependent on the environment. The article talk about how because  the Central African countries are invested in oil and mining, they are not greatly invested in agriculture, However, scientist believe that as population increases than deforestation will increase for the use of commercial agriculture.

 

This article relates to Unit 5: Agriculture, Food Production and Rural Land Use, because it talks about the affects of deforestation. The article gives info on how the need for space and land to build up commercial agriculture are affecting the rain forests environment. The article also mention Thomas Malthus ideas by saying, "But on the other side, the big increase in human population and the rise in living standards globally means we may need more agricultural commodities."

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Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden - Chelsea Green

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden - Chelsea Green | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

Both hay and straw are excellent for soil conditioning. The weave of fibers crisscross to protect the soil from light, wind, and water erosion, while cooling the soil, retaining moisture, and preventing weeds from germinating. As the fibers breakdown through the seasons, the long tubular structures are incorporated into the soil matrix assisting with horizontal and vertical transfers of air, water, and nutrients while providing pathways for roots and mycelium.

 

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The  benefits  of  mulching 

 

Also  Coir  or  coco peat   is  a  another  good  source  of  mulching  material  cause  its  sterile  means  that  disease  free  and  any splash  back  from  the  ground  will  prevented  as  long  as  any  debris is  swept  up.

Another  benefit  of  using  straw,hay &  coir  is  the  fact  that  its  texture  is  rough  to  touch  and  that  prevebts  any  slugs  or  snails  from  harming  your  plants 

More  info  on  coir  can  be  found  here  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/for-peat-sake-choose-another-compost/

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Stop the Navy's Plan to Bomb a Pacific Paradise

Stop the Navy's Plan to Bomb a Pacific Paradise | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
As part of a larger move to expand war training in American waters and territories throughout the world, the U.S. Navy is planning to ramp up war games on two islands in the Pacific's Northern Mariana Islands -- Tinian and Pagan -- a deadly proposal we need your help to stop.
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We're Not Going Down Without a Fight': Nicaraguans Draw Battle Lines Over $50 Billion Grand Transoceanic Canal

We're Not Going Down Without a Fight': Nicaraguans Draw Battle Lines Over $50 Billion Grand Transoceanic Canal | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Vice News By Reese Erlich January 29, 2015 | 7:17 am In a bustling Managua marketplace, hundreds of vendors hawk everything from towels to tomatoes. Music blares as they entice customers with promi...
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Entire Country of Poland Rejects All GMO Corn | We Are Change

Entire Country of Poland Rejects All GMO Corn | We Are Change | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Poland will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810

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Protesters send message to Shell, mess up traffic around Port of Seattle

Protesters send message to Shell, mess up traffic around Port of Seattle | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant was among the protest crowd.

"I'm joining in solidarity with the environmental community," Sawant told KIRO Radio. "Any drilling of oil in the Arctic represents grave danger to all humanity ... the science is very clear at this point about climate change."

She was joined by a range of activists groups such as Rising Tide Seattle, representatives of Inupiaq people who live in the Arctic, and the Raging Grannies.

"My generation is responsible for the way things are and we owe it to our children and grandchildren to stand up to make a change and protect their future," said Annette Clapstein with the Raging Grannies.
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How we can eat our landscapes

How we can eat our landscapes | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course.

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Meet the woman building stunning sustainable homes from bamboo - Treehugger

Meet the woman building stunning sustainable homes from bamboo - Treehugger | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Elora Hardy and her team of designers, artisans, and builders at Ibuku are reimagining sustainable building, using one of nature's strongest and most versatile materials.
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How to stop a bamboo invasion and other surprising facts about roots - PBS NewsHour

How to stop a bamboo invasion and other surprising facts about roots - PBS NewsHour | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
The PBS NewsHour science team takes a field trip to the U.S. Botanic Garden to learn about roots.
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24 inspiring small homes

24 inspiring small homes | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Great lessons in style and comfort from a tiny cottage, vintage trailer, bungalow, and other small homes
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Are Urban Microcenters the Solution to Urban Sprawl?

Are Urban Microcenters the Solution to Urban Sprawl? | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
During the last decades, the conurbation problem in large cities has increased, reaching alarming levels.

At present, the average time a person needs to travel from home to a workplace is around 4 hours, which represents a total loss of 20 hours every week, that is, 80 hours per month, 960 hours yearly, which translates into a total of 40 days in traffic a year.

This is reflected in time loss, otherwise destined for leisure, quality of life, time spent with family, in addition to the obvious heavy traffic, which results in enormous energy costs for moving this population, and this translates in huge CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, in other words, “pollution”.

Hence, the need to create urban microcenters, that are located in central areas in the city, where the necessary infrastructure for transportation, subway systems, metro buses, buses, etc., as well as water supply, sewage, energy power, is already present. Moreover, they integrate elements in the design of their façades and facilities that allow reductions of resources and generated waste; also, they are mostly vertical urban groups that merge different activities on one place, integrating housing, offices, commerce, hotels, fun, and mostly, public spaces in squares, gardens on the ground floor or even on higher levels. The objective is to reduce the need to travel around the city, which at the same time has a direct bearing on traffic density. This allows the quality of life of users, to improve, which makes the city more efficient...


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This article plans out a possible solution to decrease the time it takes to travel around the city. In order to do so, it introduces the idea of urban micro centers located in the center of cities where all major aspects of the city are present. This solution also helps reduce the amount of pollution that is emitted in urban areas since it allows reasonable walking distances from people's homes to their jobs in the micro center. Altogether, I believe that this is a successful plan and I would suggest this design to any major city. It will overall increase environmental benefits, increase efficiency, and provide a key model to solve the issue of urban sprawl. 

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Peat Moss vs Coco Coir | Planet Natural

Peat Moss vs Coco Coir | Planet Natural | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Coir, the popular hydroponic growing medium, rivals peat as an effective soil conditioner. Here's the comparison.

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The  Lowdown  on  coir  

 

As peat industry  here  is  slowly going  to  be  phased  out  due  to  dwindling  resources the  same  as  coal  mining  did.Here  in  the  UK 

Big  horticultural  Agencies  like  the  RHS    and  others  are trying  to    persuade  us  to  choose  the  alternatives 

Like (1)  Coir    where  this  article  here  comes  in  handy  giving  you  the  brief  insight  into  the  benefits  of  coir  as  a  planting  medium  

more  info  can  be  found  on  the  Coir  and  other   peat  free  mediums    can  be  found  here  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/for-peat-sake-choose-another-compost/ ;

           (2)  green  waste   ~  Here  is  a  highly  controversial  subject  according  to  some  reports  that if  the  green  waste  recycling  plants  aren't  monitored  properly  the  compost  that  is  used  in for  farming  may  be  contaminated  with   toxic  waste  #Country  File  24/05/2015 

          (3)  Biochar  ~  a  byproduct  of  burning  green  wood  without oxygen  to  produce  a  carbon  char  compost.

This  can  you  can  get   the  nutrients added  or  with  out.  

If  you  get  the    pure  biochar  then  its  best mixing  it  with  your  own  garden  compost  and  watering  thoroughly  otherwise  its  acts  like  a  sponge.  Then  leave  for  a  day  or  two  before  adding  it  to  your  beds 

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This is what Louisiana stands to lose in the next 50 years

This is what Louisiana stands to lose in the next 50 years | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
The USGS says sea-level rise and sinking could claim up to 4,677 square miles of land along the coast if the state doesn’t implement major restoration plans.
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Goal-Guardians - Endangered Grizzly Bears | Endangered Species Act

Goal-Guardians - Endangered Grizzly Bears | Endangered Species Act | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
CODY, WY.  05-2015  --  James Walks Along was forced to abandon an address to the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) of the joint federal and state Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) by Brian Nesvik,  IGBC Chair and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) Wildlife Division Chief,  at the committee’s spring meeting in Cody, Wyoming. 
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Tips for Growing Abundant Okra | Veggie Gardener

Tips for Growing Abundant Okra | Veggie Gardener | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

"It is believed that okra made it’s first appearance in America during the 17th century. It was brought to the southern Colonies, where it thrived in the hot, humid summers.... The first documented accounts of okra grown in the New World were by Thomas Jefferson, who grew it in his Monticello vegetable garden during the 1780′s".

 

(Photo Attribution: "Hong Kong Okra Aug 25 2012" by Earth100 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hong_Kong_Okra_Aug_25_2012.JPG#/media/File:Hong_Kong_Okra_Aug_25_2012.JPG)


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How Our Family Unplugged From The Matrix & Went Off-Grid - Zen Gardner

How Our Family Unplugged From The Matrix & Went Off-Grid - Zen Gardner | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
The reasons we chose to make such a drastic change to our life are varied and complex. Our family reasons differ, though the overall goal is the same, to be happy.
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National Park Service Shouldn't Be Selling Branding Rights to a Beer Company

National Park Service Shouldn't Be Selling Branding Rights to a Beer Company | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

The growing corporate branding of the public commons, nonprofit events and just about anything that you can't nail down - in exchange for payment - has become a visual blight. Worse yet, corporate branding has become so omnipresent that businesses become associated with sponsoring the pleasures of public life, thus mitigating the negative perceptions of their exploitative and profiteering practices.

 

PEER trenchantly points out how the National Park Service-Budweiser agreement will bolster the image of the beer company at the expense of the environment. For instance, as PEER charges, the co-branding "conflicts with the NPS 'Healthy Parks, Healthy People' effort to improve American 'lifestyle choices' and its Green Parks Plan to reduce solid waste, such as beer cans and bottles."


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Eiffel Tower shrouded in smog as Paris pollution spikes | AFP | The Guardian

Eiffel Tower shrouded in smog as Paris pollution spikes | AFP | The Guardian | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

The Eiffel Tower disappeared behind a brown smog on Wednesday as Paris and much of northern France suffered a spike in pollution.

“The pollution levels are consistent. If we don’t go over the alert level, we won’t be far away,” said Airparif, the body responsible for monitoring air quality in the greater Paris region.

In Paris, authorities measure the concentration of particulates with a diameter of less than 10 microns – so-called PM10 – in the air to determine pollution levels.

These particulates are created by vehicles, heating and heavy industry, and include the most dangerous particles that measure less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and the blood system and can cause cancer.

The safe limit for PM10 is set at 80 microgrammes per cubic metre (mcg/m3).

 

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