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Food Matters: FMTV: FREE WORLDWIDE ONLINE LAUNCH PARTY!

Food Matters: FMTV: FREE WORLDWIDE ONLINE LAUNCH PARTY! | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
MARCH 20 - 31, 2014. Register for Free screenings - Expert interviews - Recipe videos - New release film previews & more!
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WarkaWater Tower Collects Drinking Water From Air - YouTube

The WarkaWater Tower, which is easy and cheap to construct, uses no electricity and has the ability to produce up to 25 gallons of water in a day by capturin...

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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, Environment, & Homesteading | 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, Environment, & Homesteading | 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, Environment, & Homesteading | 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, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course.

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Reclaiming Agriculture: 10 Things to Grow in Food Deserts - Indian Country Today Media Network

Reclaiming Agriculture: 10 Things to Grow in Food Deserts - Indian Country Today Media Network | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Agriculture in food deserts seems to have been forgotten. So, what can be grown in a food desert? Here are 10 possibilities to bring agriculture back.
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Pesticides pose a danger for children and pets

Registration of a pesticide does NOT imply that the pesticide is safe. In fact, Nearly 100,000 accidental pesticide exposures are reported to poison control centers each year. Many of these exposures involve children, providing clear evidence that current efforts to protect children by manufacturers and others are inadequate.

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Food security through biodiversity - Maya Mountain Research Farm

Food security through biodiversity - Maya Mountain Research Farm | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a registered non-governmental organization and working demonstration farm that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permacultural principles and applied biodiversity. With over 20 years of work, Maya Mountain Research Farm is one of the oldest ongoing permaculture projects in Central America.


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Building the Right Compost Bin

Building the Right Compost Bin | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
There are many ways to build a compost bin, but serious gardeners will want to be able to access the finished compost easily and often. Here are some of the many ways we have composted and what works best for us now.

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, April 29, 8:46 AM

This  is  a  great  guide  on how  to  compost  sucessfully  ~  note  though  this  is  for  leaves  only.

Leaves  are  carbon  and  when  composting  they  donn't  need  any   amonia  to  speed  up  the  the  decaying  process.

Leaves  rot  down  by  fungi  if  you  can smell  mushrooms  in  your compost  then  your on  the  right  track.

best  way  to  get  fungi  is  by  looking  for  toadstalls  and  mushrooms  in  your  lawn  or   garden  and  add  them  to  your  pile 

Fungi  only  need  two  things  to  break  down   the  leaves (1)  moisture  and  (2)  air  

Though  when  composting  leaves  don't use  street  leaves  as  they  contain  toxins  from  pollution  and  avoid  big  leaves  from  plane  trees  and  oaks  as  they  will  take  ages  to  rot  down.

Another  thing  you  can  do  is  go  over  the  leaves  with  a  mower  to  shred them  up  so  the  fungi  have  a  better  way  to  feed  on  them  especially  the  earth  worms 

With  grass  leafmould  can  be  added  to  the  mix  to  help   soak  up  the  liquid    and  seperate  the  the  grass  cutting   helping  the  bacteria   decompose  the  grass .

Another  thing  you  can  do  is  to  add  charcoal  to  the  mix  to  especially  bits  of  wood  that  got  partial  burnt  (  Biochar  )   this  will  soak  up  the  acess  liquid  too  and  add  that  extra  fiber  and  beneficiall  microbes  to  your  soil

More  on  the  subject  can  be  found  here  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/how-to-make-a-compost-bin-for-next-to-nothing/

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Outdoor Patio Table

Outdoor Patio Table | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it

I made this patio table from recycled pallets in a weekend, the only cost came from fasteners and casters. http://bit.ly/1GVfyay


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Here  is  something  I  made  earlier

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Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water

Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.
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12 Bee-Friendly Plants for an Awesome Herb Garden - Organic Authority

12 Bee-Friendly Plants for an Awesome Herb Garden  - Organic Authority | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Worried about the plight of the honeybees? Do your part by planting these 12 bee-friendly plants in your herb garden.

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Restoring Our Soils by Learning from History

Restoring Our Soils by Learning from History | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Three myths

Looking at soil history will debunk three commonly held myths about soil restoration. The first myth is that productive soils will inevitably deteriorate over time. For instance, in all long-term experiments carried out in Africa, even those including chemical fertilizer, decreasing fertility was found. This loss of fertility correlated with decreasing soil organic matter levels and the resulting availability of nutrients. But humid tropical forests the world over, by maintaining the soil organic matter content, have maintained impressively high levels of biomass productivity for millions of years, with no fertilizers and often on very infertile soils.

The second common belief to go out the window is that soils need to be ploughed to stay friable and productive. Tropical forest soils were never ploughed, yet after millions of years they are far more friable and naturally productive than most agricultural soils. In fact, family farmers who convert forest land rarely plough it during the first year. Doing so would be ‘like ploughing the sea’, as Simón Bolívar once remarked. Rarely do we need to plough land unless we have previously degraded it.

The third myth is that good modern farmers must use monocrops. But tropical forests maintain biodiversity and thereby increase soil quality and productivity. And the oft-repeated claim that phosphorus will limit productivity because of the phosphorus lost in grain harvests is based on seriously faulty nutrient assessment studies. Furthermore, crops grown with a biodiverse mulch will feed directly from the mulch, just as tropical forests do. In this situation, most phosphorus in annual crops spends 1-8 months in the mulch before being taken up by the crop, and after less than a year, will once again return to the mulch. In contrast, only 10% of chemical phosphorus applied to soils is used the first year, about 5% the second year, and less each year thereafter. Therefore, with a biodiverse mulch, each atom of phosphorus can produce about 15 times more biomass than it can from fertilizer.
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Tips for Growing Abundant Okra | Veggie Gardener

Tips for Growing Abundant Okra | Veggie Gardener | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | 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, Environment, & Homesteading | 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, Environment, & Homesteading | 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, Environment, & Homesteading | 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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Heirloom Corn, Native Recipes & Pickled Jalapeños

Heirloom Corn, Native Recipes & Pickled Jalapeños | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it

Heirloom corn is gaining in popularity as more people taste the vast differences and depths in flavors compared to commercially grown hybrid sweet corn. Comments like “It tastes more like corn than any store-bought corn I’ve ever had” and “The flavor lasts much longer and is much stronger than what I’m used to,” are common when people first taste roasted heirloom corn.

What many don’t realize is there is much more to discover in heirloom corn than just the sweet, fresh eating varieties. After all, corn has been the foundation of nutrition in Mexico and Central America, as well a surprising amount of North America.

William Woys Weaver does a marvelous job of introducing and explaining the different types of corn in his extensive book Heirloom Vegetable Gardening, the result of over 30 years of growing, tasting and cooking with heirloom vegetables.

 
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The Green Energy Revolt

The Green Energy Revolt | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
This is the kind of impassioned talk you might expect from, say, a Greenpeace campaigner. But Dooley is a dyed-in-the-wool political conservative. In 2009, she was one of the original organizers of the nationwide tea party protests. She’s a co-founder of the Atlanta tea party, as well as a board member of the national group Tea Party Patriots. And she’s a staunch believer in the importance of creating a decentralized and renewable energy system. Under the banner of her “Green Tea Coalition,” she’s brought together the Sierra Club and the Christian Coalition to fight for rooftop solar energy, something that she says is right in line with her conservative beliefs. “I believe in the marketplace and I believe in the free market, and we need to allow innovation to take place,” she says. 
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Eco Warrior Princess

Eco Warrior Princess | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Because we're eco girls in a material world xx

 

While there is debate among non-scientists about climate change, there seems to be a general consensus by the scientific community that humans have had an impact on the planet and that our activities have accelerated the rate of environmental decline (although Alex Epstein, a non-scientist, disagrees in his aptly named Forbes article ‘97% of Climate Scientists Agree’ is 100% Wrong).


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La Colombie suspend la fumigation des champs de drogue

La Colombie suspend la fumigation des champs de drogue | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Le président colombien a ordonné de suspendre la fumigation aérienne des plantations de drogue, en raison de l'alerte lancée sur les risques sanitaires de l'herbicide utilisé.

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Christophe Tisseyre's curator insight, May 10, 4:00 PM

De la causalité entre les méfaits du Roundup et la production mondiale de cocaïne :p

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Composting with Worms - National Wildlife Federation

Composting with Worms - National Wildlife Federation | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Gardening for wildlife means you'll get to see beautiful butterflies and birds, as well as have a vibrant yard filled with native plants, so start your own wildlife habitat today with our help.

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, May 7, 9:40 AM

An  excellent  guide  from  the  NWF   on  how  to  make  your  own  wormy

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Senate Republicans Take Aim at Endangered Species Act

Senate Republicans Take Aim at Endangered Species Act | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it

Several of the bills are nearly identical to legislation introduced by Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives last year that sought to limit public participation and citizen enforcement of the Endangered Species Act and undermine the scientific basis for protection decisions for our nation's most imperiled wildlife. Two bills — one introduced by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and one introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., — would eliminate endangered species protections for hundreds of currently protected species and severely weaken habitat protections for many more. 

 

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These Senators need to go back to selling used cars..

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IUCN - Remember the rangers: 31 July is World Ranger Day

IUCN - Remember the rangers: 31 July is World Ranger Day | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Today we celebrate World Ranger Day. We commemorate those rangers all over the world who have died in the course of their duties but also those who risk their lives every day at the forefront of conservation. While some are exposed to hazardous environmental conditions such as floods or dangerous animals, others are targeted because they stand up to poachers, drug warlords and criminals. This year alone, at least 31 were murdered, some under the most horrific circumstances.

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The Biggest Earth Day Gift You Missed, and the Billionaire Behind It - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

The Biggest Earth Day Gift You Missed, and the Billionaire Behind It - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
The latest news is out of Houston, where a new $10 million parks pledge was made by the Hildebrand Foundation. Appropriately, the foundation went public with this massive grant on Earth Day. The money is going towards creating a system of connected, linear parks and trails along Houston’s major bayous. The public-private effort is called Bayou Greenways 2020, and it’s a program of the Houston Parks Board. It’s an ambitious project, adding 1,500 acres of new park space and 80 miles of new all-weather hike and bike trails, but the end goal is to make Houston one of the top “quality of place” cities in America.

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Watch this Kansas farm beat the market with the honor system (and a llama)

JaKo Farm avoids the farmers market by selling 95 percent of their products through an on-farm store — using the honor system. While this obviously wouldn’t work for all farms, it’s a fascinating case study in direct marketing in Kansas, of all places. Being from the Wheat State, and around agriculture for most of my childhood, I had to see it for myself

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