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Farm Bill Reflects Shifting American Menu and a Senator’s Persistent Tilling

Farm Bill Reflects Shifting American Menu and a Senator’s Persistent Tilling | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

"Within the bill is a significant shift in the types of farmers who are now benefiting from taxpayer dollars, reflecting a decade of changing eating habits and cultural dispositions among American consumers. Organic farmers, fruit growers and hemp producers all did well in the new bill. An emphasis on locally grown, healthful foods appeals to a broad base of their constituents, members of both major parties said."

 
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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | 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, 9:13 PM

Fascinating design???

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Rugged Eco-Friendly Cabins Offer Off-Grid Lodging in Norway’s Wilderness

Rugged Eco-Friendly Cabins Offer Off-Grid Lodging in Norway’s Wilderness | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
KOKO architects designed the Skåpet Mountain Lodges, a series of prefabricated weatherproof cabins in Soddatjørn, Norway that sit lightly on the land.

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Sri Lanka: Ancient Innovations Combat Water Woes

Sri Lanka: Ancient Innovations Combat Water Woes | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

"What we are now coming up with is a transformative model that treats drinking and irrigation water as a single local resource - much like the ancients did. It is important to value both uses equally since small irrigation systems contribute to drinking water availability in these villages."

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Dry Beans, Winter Squash and Fall in the Midwest

Dry Beans, Winter Squash and Fall in the Midwest | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Mid-September in northern Ohio means we are in a race to get food from the garden to the pantry before a frost. Normally the first frost date here is on the 20th of October, but the last few nights have gotten chilly- in the low to mid 50’s. The temperature has come back up now, but many of the tender plants have started to wind down. Fall is in the air, and the plants know it.

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Dirt! The Movie - Official Trailer

Now on iTunes: http://www.itunes.com/movies/Dirt!TheMovie Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book 'Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth', thi
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Chris Malloy's Newest Film Focuses on Food's Relationship with the Environment - Modern Farmer

Chris Malloy's Newest Film Focuses on Food's Relationship with the Environment - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Malloy’s latest documentary is Unbroken Ground, which he made for Patagonia Provisions. The 25-minute film, released today, looks at four innovative solutions to agricultural problems, through the lens of the thought leaders behind them: Wes Jackson of The Land Institute, who has been working on a perennial wheat variety that could greatly improve soil health; Stephen Jones, the director of Washington State University’s The Bread Lab, a combination think-tank and baking laboratory that produces grain and legume varieties for small U.S. farmers; Dan and Jill O’Brien, the owners of Cheyenne River Ranch, who switched to raising cattle to bison, which they believe is a more sustainable protein source; and Ian Kirouac, Keith Carpenter, and Riley Starks, the founders of Lummi Island Wild, who use reef netting—a more environmentally friendly technique—to catch salmon.

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Farm Confessional: I Raise Livestock and I Think It May Be Wrong - Modern Farmer

Farm Confessional: I Raise Livestock and I Think It May Be Wrong - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
I have no farming background. I was born and raised in the suburbs, and I spent more time in a shopping mall playing video games and eating fast food than
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Root Barrel Washer - Saving time washing root vegetables [Farm Hack]

John Dindia of Spirit of Walloon Farm shares how he constructed his Root Barrel Washer, what it's good for (and NOT good for), and how it saves time on hi
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High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists prove

High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists prove | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Species that feed most on the bright yellow flowers of the crop treated with controversial neonicotinoids have fallen by as much as 30%

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, August 24, 3:39 AM

El impacto del uso de pesticidas neonicotinoids es terrible.  Aqui unas estadisticas.  En ingles.

Eric Larson's curator insight, September 13, 11:31 AM
Killing bees?
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Lake Powell: Going, Going, Gone?

Lake Powell: Going, Going, Gone? | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The 16-year drought on the Colorado River has drained Lake Mead and Lake Powell to their combined lowest level in history. But that's nothing compared to what could happen, according to a new study from the State of Colorado.

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The Dirty Way to #Feed #More #People and Help #Stop #Climate #Change

The Dirty Way to #Feed #More #People and Help #Stop #Climate #Change | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Building soil fertility increases yields and helps farmland store more carbon.

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Land Tenure and Turnover: How Are Beginning Farmers Affected? | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Land Tenure and Turnover: How Are Beginning Farmers Affected? | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
It’s no secret: farmers need land to farm, and lately they are having an increasingly difficult time obtaining it. Today, nearly half of all farmland is rented and many farmers are forced to cobble together plots of land by contracting with multiple landlords in multiple locations. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) published a report, U.S. Farmland Ownership, Tenure, and Transfer, which sheds some light around the major barriers to land access faced by farmers, particularly beginning farmers, and also explores channels through which farming and non-farming landlords may consider transferring their lands.

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Center for Honeybee Research > Home

Center for Honeybee Research > Home | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Welcome to the Center for all things bee!  
 
Here, you're part of a solution - having an interest, an awareness, and a willingness to help not only bees but beeings like ourselves inherit a world with an inclusive future. Thank you.
 
We invite you to join us in that pursuit and feel the satisfaction that comes from working on something important. The bees teach that - and if we listen perhaps they can lead us to answers our ears are not used to hearing
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Mike Pence Wants to Keep Syrian Refugees out of Indiana. They’re Coming Anyway.

Mike Pence Wants to Keep Syrian Refugees out of Indiana. They’re Coming Anyway. | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
140 Syrian migrants have come to Indiana since the governor tried to bar them in November.
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Kameron Harris's curator insight, August 29, 12:49 AM

​The article “Mike Pence wants to keep Syrian refugees out of Indiana. They’re coming anyway.” by James Brosher for The Washington Post suggested vice presidential candidate Michael Pence stated about a year ago he would no longer Syrian refugees into his state of Indiana. Pence state the terror attack in Paris, France caused him to put a halt to refugees entering the country, but they have been coming anyways due to a lawsuit against Pence. The article suggests; “140 Syrian refugees have since resettled in Indiana, with more expected in coming weeks. The state’s attorney general also argued in court that the directive “does not purport to preclude any refugees from settling in Indiana”. Although governor Pence tried to stop Syrian refugees from entering Indiana, he had no constitutional right to ban people from his state stated by American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
​Not only did governor Pence try to ban Syrian refugees from entering his state, but presidential candidate Donald Trump is wanting to send refugees in America back to Syria if he is elected president. Malak Assaf, 25, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Indiana in May 2015 stated in the article; “It’s unfair, and it’s not the right thing to do…“This is home, and I feel happy here (speaking about Indianapolis)”. Many refugees just want a better life from themselves and for their family. The article gave a lengthy explanation of the security screenings Syrian refugees go through before they ever enter the United States; Refugees referred to the United States are interviewed at a resettlement center, where information and documents are collected to launch a security check by multiple federal agencies, including the FBI…The process can take more than two years, the security check active the entire time”. The Islamic State terrorist group is the main fear for governor Pence and Trump, but is also the main fear for the civilians living in Syria as well.

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Could Bad Buildings Damage Your Mental Health?

Could Bad Buildings Damage Your Mental Health? | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Research has shown city dwellers are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression – but could individual buildings have a negative impact on wellbeing?

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How to Build a Solar Dehydrator - Modern Farmer

How to Build a Solar Dehydrator - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
An abundance of farm-fresh food, yet not enough time to enjoy it—that’s the paradox of harvest season, and the impetus for this genius system, developed by Minnesota homesteaders Bob Dahse and Larisa Walk.

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Bali's Spectacular Bamboo Village!

Explored this incredible Green Village in Bali made entirely from Bamboo!
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Can Renewables Provide Baseload Power?

Can Renewables Provide Baseload Power? | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

Although renewable energy does not necessarily need to provide baseload power in the short-term, there are several ways in which it can do so. For example, geothermal energy is available at all times, concentrated solar thermal energy has storage capability, and wind energy can be stored in compressed air.

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Not Just Pretty to Look At: Try These 10 Edible Flowers - Modern Farmer

Not Just Pretty to Look At: Try These 10 Edible Flowers - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Eating flowers seems almost heretical. If plants could talk, wouldn't they say, you can look, even sniff, but please don’t wolf down my pretty petals? The dainty apple flower, after all, is what gives way to the fruit, and thus the seed, ensuring the cycle of life continues. Do you dare give into the temptation to pluck it for food?

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Breeding a Better Chicken in the Name of Art (and Science) - Modern Farmer

Breeding a Better Chicken in the Name of Art (and Science) - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Vanmechelen launched the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project in 1996 when he began breeding his first hybrid, the Mechelse Bresse, a cross between the Belgian species Mechelse Koekoek and the French Poulet de Bresse. The bird was presented at a gallery on the border between France and Belgium three years later. Vanmechelen realized he was on to something and formed a foundation made up of experts in various fields, such as biology and genetics, including the geneticist Jean-Jacques Cassiman to collaborate on the project and study the birds. He typically breeds about a hundred of each generation and keeps some of his more than 3,ooo birds on a 25-acre farm near Meeuwen, Belgium, and the rest are scattered on various farms across the globe.

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Red Wethersfield Onion Bulbs - (Allium cepa)-Store.underwoodgardens.com

Red Wethersfield Onion Bulbs - (Allium cepa)-Store.underwoodgardens.com | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Great for eating raw, they bring a signature crunchiness and brightness to many dishes. When cooked they retain some spiciness while taking on sweeter overtones. Mature onions range from baseball to softball size with dark red, papery skin covering bright maroon to dark red flesh.

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Amaranth: The Amazing Grain

"Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Liz Waid. And I’m Joshua Leo. Spotlight uses a special method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matte
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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Spraying of Monsanto's Drift-Prone Dicamba

10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Spraying of Monsanto's Drift-Prone Dicamba | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
To the horror of farmers across America's farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto's Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants.A soybean plant affected by dicamba drift from a nearb

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Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food off the Market

Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food off the Market | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
A growing number of food activists believe it’s time to move beyond limited or single-issue campaigning and lobbying and take on the entire degenerative food and farming system, starting with the malevolent profit-driver and lynchpin of industrial agriculture, GMOs and fast food: factory farming.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, September 12, 1:34 AM

Would love to see it, but what a challenge.

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Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC's First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development - Modern Farmer

Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC's First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Some apartment complexes tout such amenities as pools and weight rooms, but a new development in Staten Island, called Urby, prefers to crow about the organic farm located in the courtyard of one of two rental complexes, which opened earlier this year. They also like to brag about their farmer-in-residence, because if you have an urban farm, you need someone to tend to it, right? 

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