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The Post-GMO Economy - Modern Farmer

The Post-GMO Economy - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
One mainstream farmer is returning to conventional seed — and he’s not alone

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 8, 2013 6:38 PM

This is news to welcome! Good news for farmers, consumers and maybe the planet as well. 

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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | 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 7, 2:13 AM

Fascinating design???

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12 Healing Herbs You Need To Grow In Your Medicinal Garden

12 Healing Herbs You Need To Grow In Your Medicinal Garden | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Medicinal plants grown in your own gardens can reduce your dependence on drugs, if not completely eliminate them. But growing random herbs with medicinal properties doesn’t help. It is a common myth that all herbal preparations are safe by virtue of being natural. This is far from true. A typical example is foxglove or Digitalis purpurea. It has a positive effect on heart function, with… [read more]

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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 28, 6:19 PM
Healing herbs?
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At The Age of 15 She Invented Building Material From Indian Rice Waste

At The Age of 15 She Invented Building Material From Indian Rice Waste | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

"After seeing the environmental hazards that burning rice waste was causing at her family farm in North India, then-15 year old Bisman Deu saw an opportunity to create something useful, and developed an environmentally sustainable building material out of the farm’s biggest waste product.


She’s 18 now, and finishing school in Chandigarh, but Deu is on a journey with her product, Green Wood, as it becomes more relevant now than ever before..."


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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 26, 3:41 PM
Waste from Indian rice waste?
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Cally Whitham: Rembrandt-Style Images Highlight the Emotional Intelligence of Amazing Farm Animals

Cally Whitham: Rembrandt-Style Images Highlight the Emotional Intelligence of Amazing Farm Animals | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
A New Zealand photographer named Cally Whitham has now turned her lens on these often-ignored animals as part of a project called Epitaph.

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Dr. Dee Jackson's curator insight, April 21, 12:47 PM

I found this piece very interesting. The pictures are amazing.  Animals should be treated with dignity as they are G-d's creatures.  Even if some of us are meat eaters, the cruelty which we have read or seen towards animals is truly unnecessary and violates G-d's laws. What do you think?

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How One Tiny Vermont College Is Taking On Big Agriculture

How One Tiny Vermont College Is Taking On Big Agriculture | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
A small school uses its "large voice" to call for a new approach to farming.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, April 5, 4:58 PM
They're "walking the talk" and modeling sustainability with their students.
Eric Larson's curator insight, April 28, 6:38 PM
Vermont college vs big Ag?
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#2 hemp fiber intro

Some basic information about the fiber harvested from Industrial Hemp (C. sativa) and a brief bit on how it compares to Cotton. To support industrial hem
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#5 Hemp Roots and Crop Rotation

The growth habit and qualities of hemp roots are part of what make them a great crop to grow in rotation and an integral aspect of sustainable an
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Hemp Rising

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Move Over Pesticides: Could Traditional Plants Hold the Secret to Saving Crops From Pests?

Move Over Pesticides: Could Traditional Plants Hold the Secret to Saving Crops From Pests? | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Mkindi is among a growing group of researchers studying the prospect of using local plants, often ground into powders, to ward off insects from the stored crops that farmers rely on for food and income throughout the year. Steven Belmain, ecology professor at the University of Greenwich’s Natural Resources Institute in England and principal investigator of the project funding Mkindi’s research, says the trend toward plant-based pesticides is strongest in China, India and Brazil, but the application in those places is mainly for crops in the field, not in storage.
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Journey To Serendipol

Journey to Serendipol - Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade and Organic Coconut Oil from Sri Lanka About Journey to Serendipol: What does sustainable business loo
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Ask the Experts: Submit Your Permaculture Questions Now - Blog

Ask the Experts: Submit Your Permaculture Questions Now - Blog | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Attention all growers, food-lovers, and green-living enthusiasts, celebrate Permaculture Month by putting pioneering authors to work for you.
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Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars Have Made America’s Drought Crisis Worse

The federal subsidies that prop up cotton farming in Arizona are just one of myriad ways policymakers have refused to reshape laws to reflect water shortages throughout the Colorado River Basin states.
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Naturally Blight Resistant Potato Varieties Discovered

Naturally Blight Resistant Potato Varieties Discovered | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

An Innovative Farmers field lab tested heritage varieties of potato and found that all varieties, including newer breeds, performed well for yield and blight resistance. A taste test also found that all tasted good when cooked as chips and mash. 


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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 28, 1:50 PM
Heritage variety potatoes?
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Biofuels, Plastics and Drugs: Is This the Future of Our Farms?

Biofuels, Plastics and Drugs: Is This the Future of Our Farms? | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Farmer Rob Pickering last week planted nine hectares of flood-prone land in Lincolnshire with an African plant called miscanthus, or elephant grass. By selling the fast-growing crop as biofuel for Drax power station, he should earn as much as he would from selling wheat on the world market. Pickering is part of a rural revolution that, thanks to climate change, low commodity prices and new consumer tastes, is seeing Britain’s fields planted with crops that are more likely to end up as electricity or paint additives than food.
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Solar Energy Use is Skyrocketing, and You’ll Never Guess Why

Solar Energy Use is Skyrocketing, and You’ll Never Guess Why | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

Thanks to advances in technology and greater economies of scale, the price of solar panels and the power they produce is lower than it’s ever been. According to Dan Whitten, the vice president of communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association, “By the end of 2020, the amount of installed solar capacity will be 300 percent higher than today. Nationwide, it grew 10 times between 2008 and 2015.”
The benefits of solar power are hard to deny. Users can effectively free themselves from the grips of utility companies, and often wind up supplying excess energy back to the grid. 


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Insulin Plant - Medicinal Plant for Diabetes Treatment

Costus Igneus - Insulin Plant - Spiral Flag Family - Costaceae In India Costus Igneus is also called Insulin Plant . It is treated in Ayurveda as a natura
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Can You Build a House With Hemp?

Growing industrial hemp was illegal in the United States after 1970 because the industrial plant and marijuana were considered to be the same, when in fact ...
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#3 Uses of hemp hurds

The hemp hurd, composed mainly of cellulose and carbon fixed from the atmosphere, is arguably the most important part of the hemp plant, with huge ...
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Hemp Solutions Hempcrete Workshops

John Patterson educating about Industrial Hemp for sustainable building. HempCrete Workshop Grand Rapids, MI 2015
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Hemp Rising

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Hemp- A Sustainable Renewable Resource- Water Purification, Green Building & Clean Energy

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Disturbing New Evidence About What Common Pesticides Can Do to Brains

Disturbing New Evidence About What Common Pesticides Can Do to Brains | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
For defense against the fungal pathogens that attack crops—think the blight that bedeviled Irish potato fields in the 19th century—farmers turn to fungicides. They're widely sprayed on fruit, vegetable, and nut crops, and in the past decade they've become quite common in the corn and soybean fields.
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10 Ways to End Water Pollution in Latin America

10 Ways to End Water Pollution in Latin America | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Our expert panel share their thoughts on how to turn the region’s contaminated lakes, rivers and dams into clean waterways
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pdeppisch's comment, April 20, 3:37 AM
A good thought, Malek, - to democratize water but If they do democratize water then Nestle and the Oligarchy would be very upset. We can't have that! :S) Eventually we will be charged when water becomes more scarce as it will. :(
malek's comment, April 20, 2:16 PM
TY for wake up call: no we can't touch Nestle and allies
pdeppisch's comment, April 20, 2:54 PM
I have been mumbling about Oligarchy and Plutocracy for a long time on twitter and it seldom ever gets re-tweeted or commented about. :( And yet the Oligarchy is pervasive in that it controls the government and the media - I check BBC and CBC and HuffPost and the news is canned - grrrrrr. I sometimes check German TV news and Australia and it is all canned. No hard news! All soft for easy consumption. Some bad news that was bad news yesterday and a 1000 years ago - the patterns repeat - and some good news - and some politics to think that it is a democracy and some scandal and that is it. grrrrrr
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Recycling Unused Garage Items Into Home Decor Treasure • Recyclart

Recycling Unused Garage Items Into Home Decor Treasure • Recyclart | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
On one hand, you want to decorate your home, but on the other hand, your garage and storage areas are so jam-packed that you can hardly imagine filling you
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Use It or Lose It

“Use it or lose it” clauses give farmers, ranchers and governments holding water rights a powerful incentive to use more water than they need.
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