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Seeds of Freedom

A landmark film narrated by Jeremy Irons. Find out more at seedsoffreedom.info The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It's b... (GM business is such a dirty, dirty business...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:21 PM

Great Film! I agree with this comment and couldn't say it better!

 

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macdjake 6 months ago

If you care even a little bit about this issue, you know that this affects you, me, our families - everyone. Whether you eat genetically modified food or not. It affects our society, our cultures, our economy, our health, soil, air and our mentality. This video should be shared amongst every platform of social media you use, shared with friends and family. This is something that is only getting worse as time goes on and only people like us can slow it down. THUMBS UP to spread the word.

David Yates's curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:03 PM

Food for thought ....

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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | 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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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 6, 2016 9:13 PM

Fascinating design???

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Cheap Tech Fixes That Could Transform Life In Developing Countries

Cheap Tech Fixes That Could Transform Life In Developing Countries | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
This roundup showcases amazing, cheap tech fixes and gadgets, many that are DIY, that have the potential to transform life in developing countries.

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How to Grow Your Own Tomatoes, Part 3: Staking, Training and Pruning - Modern Farmer

How to Grow Your Own Tomatoes, Part 3: Staking, Training and Pruning - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Tomato beds have an unfair reputation as the messiest, ugliest, most disease-ridden parts of a vegetable garden. To keep them from devolving to this sorry state, tomato plants need your care and support. More specifically, they need the support of a trellis, stake or cage, and they need you to train them to grow on it while primping and pruning their vines into a respectable form. If you do, the plants will be healthier and more productive—and more presentable when you’re showing off your garden to visitors.
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How to tell when to harvest bananas

People frequently ask me how you know when a rack of bananas is ready to harvest, so I made this video. If you have any further questions, please feel fre
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6 uses for amaranth that may surprise you

6 uses for amaranth that may surprise you | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Quit the quinoa and kick the kale*, there’s a new superfood in town. Amaranth is a wonderful multi-purpose plant that should be on everyone’s plate. Though underappreciated in the contemporary West, amaranth is hardly a recent discovery. Like kale and quinoa, this ancient crop has served humanity for millennia. However, its uses aren’t limited to the kitchen. Read on to learn some of the other ways this humble plant can improve our lives. *Don’t actually, these things are great.
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7 Wacky, Weird, and Inspiring Ways to Harvest Rainwater - Modern Farmer

7 Wacky, Weird, and Inspiring Ways to Harvest Rainwater - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Harvesting rainwater is a no-brainer for backyard gardeners, especially in drought-stricken regions. But let’s face it, most catchment tanks and rain barrels are hideous to look at—whether you’re lining up recycled blue plastic drums under your downspouts or investing in a garish 5000-gallon metal tank. There are more attractive, and interesting, options, however.

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How to pop a cork on a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

Subscribe to Mirabeau Wine's YouTube Channel here: http://bit.ly/136LfdR Have you ever been in the situation where you'd like to open a bottle of wine but yo...

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The New Media Moguls's curator insight, June 11, 2014 5:49 PM

Creative and impressive.  Personally,  I would have never imagined using this technique.

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Can local food feed an urban world? | Anthropocene

Can local food feed an urban world? | Anthropocene | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
And maybe it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that at least 800 million people grow food in and around cities. Many of these people are poor, and growing a bit of supplemental produce can make a real difference to their economic and physical health. In the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, families who engage in sack gardening, a space-efficient method in which vegetables such as kale and Swiss chard are planted in soil-filled sacks, eat a wider variety of vegetables compared to other families. (8) This is because they are able to both eat the vegetables they grow and use money earned from selling their crops to buy other foods.
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A better way to predict environmental impacts of agricultural production | Stanford News

A better way to predict environmental impacts of agricultural production | Stanford News | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Scientists at Stanford, the University of Minnesota and Unilever have found a way to better predict and quantify environmental impacts.
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Hemp Is God's Gift To Mankind

Hemp Is God's Gift To Mankind https://myclub8.com/home/?rep=6735 * Mike Adams is a food scientist running LC/MS instrumentation to examine organic compound
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How to Build an A-Frame - DIY - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

How to Build an A-Frame - DIY - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Want to build a sophisticated cottage home, a low-key vacation cabin or anything in between? “Cabins & Cottages” has the know-how you need to get started confidently and finish beautifully. This detailed, color-illustrated guide pilots you through all of the pre-building considerations, such as assessing and preparing your site, and then lays out step-by-step instructions for fashioning four structures: a classic log cabin, an A-frame cabin, a cottage of prefab panels, and a house suspended on poles. You’ll also learn how to equip your new lodging with heat, running water and all of the other comforts of home.

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Growing demand for Giriraja chicken breed

Growing demand for Giriraja chicken breed | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Rearing poultry in the backyard appears to have picked up in Mysuru region ever since the Giriraja breed, a hybrid variety that grows faster and lays more eggs than the local breed, has caught the fancy of enthusiasts.

Nagaraju, an organic farmer from Chowkalli village in the district’s K.R. Nagar taluk, was lured into poultry farming as an additional source of income. He was impressed by the Giriraja breed’s ability weigh four kilograms in three months. Also, the hens lay more eggs than the local breed (country chicken).
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Compact Grapple Rake from Worksaver

Compact Grapple Rake from Worksaver | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Worksaver’s Compact Grapple Rake is used for loading limbs, orchard prunings, piling brush and other hard to handle materials.
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The time for #glyphosate-based #herbicides is over The #truth surfaces #Monsanto #Bayer

The time for #glyphosate-based #herbicides is over The #truth surfaces #Monsanto #Bayer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
This issue of GBH exposures has gained urgency from a new study in rats, which showed that Roundup caused fatty liver disease at the minute concentration of 0.1 ppb given in drinking water over a long-term period. The glyphosate daily intake level from this dose was 4 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 times below US permitted levels. The concentration of glyphosate in the drinking water (50 parts per trillion) was 14,000 times less than the concentration allowed in US drinking water (700 ppb).

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Garlicspot Farm: Your Connection to Hard-to-Find, Easy-to-Grow Heirloom Garlic Varieties

Garlicspot Farm: Your Connection to Hard-to-Find, Easy-to-Grow Heirloom Garlic Varieties | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Garlic Spot Farm grows dozens of varieties of heirloom garlic for planting and culinary use (many people and cultures also consider garlic very good medicine).

Our garlic patch resides on the site of a long-retired turkey farm in Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania. We fertilize with compost and cover crops, not urea or anything else synthetic, and we practice weed control with people power – and creative ingenuity such as our own custom flame weeder – not harmful pesticides.
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Straw Mulch In Gardens: Tips For Using Straw As Mulch For Vegetables

Straw Mulch In Gardens: Tips For Using Straw As Mulch For Vegetables | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
If you're not using mulch in your vegetable garden, you're doing entirely too much work. Straw is one of the best mulch materials you can use around your vegetable plants. This article will explain more.
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Three Stone Hearth. social change in a mason jar #1: reduce, reuse, rethink!

Three Stone Hearth. social change in a mason jar #1: reduce, reuse, rethink! | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
(Over the past year, we’ve been experimenting with “Social Change in a Mason Jar” as a new slogan for Three Stone Hearth. The more we work with it, the more it seems to fit. Here is the first of an ongoing series of articles exploring what’s behind that slogan.)
 
We tend to think of recycling as an indisputable ecological benefit, but we have to start thinking about how to do better. Reuse is generally a far more sustainable alternative, and our mason jar packaging here at Three Stone Hearth, and the cycle of return and reuse that has been a cornerstone of our business model since day one, is a stellar example.
 
A May 24th article in the San Francisco Chronicle, “S.F.’s bins runneth over with special delivery trash,” highlights the limitations of recycling programs to keep up with mountains of packaging being generated by internet and other home delivery shopping, particularly food delivery.
 
Citing these increases in packaging, and the labor to sort through what is and is not actually recyclable, Recology, the city’s recycling contractor, has applied for a 14% rate increase to go into effect in July, which has been approved by Public Works, pending citizen comment and possible appeal.
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When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming - Modern Farmer

When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Drought in the West makes the news every year and it always seems to be the worst in decades. This summer, they say it is the worst in centuries.

2013 was the driest year on record in California. A report released in May by the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California in Davis projects a nearly $2 billion loss to the agricultural economy in 2014 as a result of drought. The report goes on to say that in California’s Central Valley — often referred to as America’s fruit and vegetable basket — 410,000 acres may go unplanted for lack of water, leaving 14,500 farm workers without fields to tend.
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Urban Abundance – 1/2-Acre Urban Property Transformed Into Organic Veggie Gardens

Urban Abundance – 1/2-Acre Urban Property Transformed Into Organic Veggie Gardens | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Mexico, the home of corn, had produced most of its own corn based products for centuries, but in 1994 and with the passing of NAFTA, Mexican farmers found themselves in competition with heavily subsidized U.S. corn farmers. These farmers often sold corn into Mexico at around 20% less than it costs to produce, forcing many Mexican farmers off the land, as they no longer found it profitable to compete with U.S. corn producers. With corn production being diverted into ethanol due to the lack of oil supply after Hurricane Katrina, the Mexican market lacked sufficient supply of corn to meet demand. The price of corn became inextricably linked to the price of oil, as many of the inputs such as fertilizers, fuel, and pesticides used to produce corn rose in lockstep with the rising price of oil. When the price of oil reached $140 a barrel, the price of corn went through the roof, causing food riots in Mexico.

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India: Genetic Engineering, the Commercialization of GM Mustard and the Future of Agriculture | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

India: Genetic Engineering, the Commercialization of GM Mustard and the Future of Agriculture | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The importance of GM mustard should not be underestimated. It is central to the whole debate about the future of agriculture in India and the wider development paradigm. GM mustard is a Trojan horse that would help pave the way for ripping up the economic and social fabric of India and recast for the benefit of powerful Western corporations, not least Bayer-Monsanto (see GM Mustard in India to read my numerous articles on this issue).

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Monsanto attempt to block glyphosate from California cancer list tossed by judge

Monsanto attempt to block glyphosate from California cancer list tossed by judge | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
A California state court has dismissed a legal challenge by multinational agribusiness firm Monsanto that seeks to bar the state from adding glyphosate, the lead ingredient in the company's Roundup herbicide, to a list of cancer-causing chemicals.
On March 10, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Culver Kapetan ruled against Monsanto's challenge to a provision of Proposition 65, a California voter initiative passed in 1986 that requires the state's governor to publicize a list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

The California Office of Environmental Health Health Hazard Assessment proposed to add glyphosate to the Proposition 65 list after the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified the chemical as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.
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How To Grow Red Amaranth - A Nutrition Powerhouse Superfood

How To Grow Red Amaranth - A Nutrition Powerhouse Superfood How To Grow Red Amaranth - A Nutrition Powerhouse Superfood How To Grow Red Amaranth -
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Processing Hemp Mulch - Good Ole Hemp Inc of Minnesota

http://goodolehemp.com/ Hemp & hemp products for sale on our website.
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Building an Outdoor Oven - DIY - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

The technology of the domed oven is ancient. In one of the world’s oldest excavated Neolithic villages, every house had a domed mud oven. That was 9,000 years ago! The technology hasn’t changed. Any refractory dome that has a hole cut into it (so you can heat the oven with an interior fire) will cook pizza and other foods when the fire is still burning. However, the ultimate power of the domed oven is that the dome functions like a battery, absorbing heat while it’s being fired. So, after the fire has died down, you can sweep out the embers and bake bread and casseroles with the stored heat radiating into the oven from the dome. When the oven is nearly cool, you can dry wild mushrooms, herbs, and fruit inside.

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Heritage Cattle and Chicken Breeds - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Heritage Cattle and Chicken Breeds - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Heritage chicken and cattle breeds are generally better suited to small-scale homesteads than many modern livestock breeds. Their tendency to be dual- or even triple-purpose breeds is a noted plus for a family working with less room and fewer resources than a large-scale operation. Heritage cattle breeds are often both decent meat and milk producers, thriving on a grass-fed diet with less of a need for supplemental feed in comparison to modern cattle breeds. Similarly, heritage chicken breeds can be both notable egg layers and solid meat birds, generally only requiring a longer time to maturity than today’s chicken breeds selected for rapid growth. 

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How to Build a Chicken Coop - Modern Farmer

How to Build a Chicken Coop - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

If you’ve taken the plunge and are brooding baby chicks, the only thing that stands between you and a supply of fresh eggs is a permanent place for your hens to call home. By six weeks of age they need something more than a cardboard box to live in.

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