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The Food Cycler - Indoor Composter - No Food Waste

The Food Cycler - Indoor Composter - No Food Waste Introducing the first on-site indoor composter by Food Cycle Science. Tired of your Green Bin? Suitable fo...
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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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The Myth of the Killer Bees | 48 Hills

The Myth of the Killer Bees | 48 Hills | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The terms “killer bee” and “Africanized bee” are used to describe bees that are a hybrid of Western and African honeybees. Breeders introduced these hybrids to Brazil in the 1950s, but some swarms escaped and made their way through South and Central America. They arrived in North America in 1985, have been travelling slowly northward, and were first documented in California in 1994.
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Viewer Questions: Perlite, Rockwool & Coconut Coir - Life Cycle Sustainability Questions

Growing your own seedlings raises so many questions about the right materials for your seed starting mix. Viewers ask questions about perlite, rock wool
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USDA Finds Rising Income Inequality Is Main Driver of Increasing Rural Child Poverty | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

USDA Finds Rising Income Inequality Is Main Driver of Increasing Rural Child Poverty | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Nearly a decade after the 2007 recession, the U.S. economy continues to move steadily toward recovery; unemployment has been cut in half (down to 5 percent), and average family incomes have increased 6 percent in just the last two years. By now the slow but rising tide of economic improvement has touched most corners of the country, yet millions of rural children are still living in poverty. In fact, 85 percent of the country’s persistent poverty counties are in rural America.
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OCA: Tell the EPA: Don’t Re-Up Roundup!

OCA: Tell the EPA: Don’t Re-Up Roundup! | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
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Want Your Child To Grow Up Strong And Healthy? Move To A Farm - Modern Farmer

Want Your Child To Grow Up Strong And Healthy? Move To A Farm - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
It's long been theorized that exposure to more germs at an early age can reduce a person's risk of allergies and asthma later on in life. There's a further hypothesis that life on a farm can do a better job of providing that exposure than anywhere else—and a new study suggests how that might work.
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Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto for Allegedly Giving Them Cancer - Modern Farmer

Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto for Allegedly Giving Them Cancer - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Lots of people have strong feelings about Monsanto. But not everyone takes the next step to sue the agricultural giant.

Four Nebraskan ag workers have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, accusing Roundup of producing their cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and further alleging that Monsanto misled customers about the potential risks of using its product.

Monsanto’s Roundup, the wildly successful herbicide, has attracted an increasingly loud chorus of calls for more research and, possibly, legal action. The European Union has attempted to ban it; that attempt has recently been postponed, but may still happen, and even California, the US’s most important agricultural state, is early in the process to restrict its use.
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Papalo - Heat Loving Cilantro Alternative | Terroir Seeds

Papalo - Heat Loving Cilantro Alternative | Terroir Seeds | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Papalo (PAH-pa-low) is known by many names; Quilquiña, Yerba Porosa, Killi, Papaloquelite and broadleaf in English. It is a member of the informal quelites (key-LEE-tays), the semi-wild greens rich in vitamins and nutrients that grow among the fields in central and South America. These green edible plants grow without having to plant them. They sprout with the first rains or field irrigation, often providing a second or third harvest, costing no additional work but giving food and nutrition.

Other quelites include lamb’s quarters, amaranth, quinoa, purslane, epazote and Mache or corn salad.

Papalo pre-dates the introduction of cilantro to Mexico by several thousand years, which is a very interesting story all by itself. South America is thought to be the ancestral home of papalo.
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Across the Pond, Crooks are Stealing Rare Chicken Breeds - Modern Farmer

Across the Pond, Crooks are Stealing Rare Chicken Breeds - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The United Kingdom’s leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual, tells Farmers Weekly that as part of its annual survey in rural crime, it has identified a rise of thefts of exotic chicken breeds, including Burmese Bantams, Polish Frizzles and Silkies, that can go for between $60 to nearly $300 per bird. And to add insult to injury, the miscreants are also stealing the elaborate (and pricey) chicken coops some backyard enthusiasts have for their flocks. While the numbers are relatively small, thefts are up by one-third from the previous year, and NFU Mutual believes more snatchings have gone unreported. 
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New "FarmHer" TV Show Features the Rock-Star Women of Agriculture - Modern Farmer

New "FarmHer" TV Show Features the Rock-Star Women of Agriculture - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Three years after launching the website FarmHer, Marjorie Guyler-Alaniz is taking the concept to the small screen.
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This New Water-Cleaning Technology Harnesses the Power of Wriggly Worms - Modern Farmer

This New Water-Cleaning Technology Harnesses the Power of Wriggly Worms - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
BioFiltro’s process is a bit different. It takes wastewater, pumps it through a few different filters to remove any large contaminants, then eventually sprays the remaining water over what is essentially a large earthworm habitat. That habitat is constructed in layers: the worms live in the top layer (composed of the large contaminants extracted at first), followed by sawdust, and then finally gravel. The earthworms digest the large contaminants, producing bacteria-rich “castings,” another word for, well, worm poop. The bacteria goes to work on the water that’s sprayed in, separating any even tinier contaminants. Then the water sinks through the sawdust and gravel layers, which catch all sizes of contaminants, only allowing the clean water through. After that, the water is treated with just a bit of chlorine, sterilizing it and making it safe for reuse. (In agriculture, at least; the water isn’t, according to an interview the BioFiltro founders did with EcoWatch, clean for human consumption at that point.) The whole system takes about four hours, much shorter than older filtration systems, which can take weeks.
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From Farm to Bottle: This Brewery Combines Beer and Agriculture - Modern Farmer

From Farm to Bottle: This Brewery Combines Beer and Agriculture - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Something tasty is brewing in the village of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, British Columbia. Maybe it’s Persephone Brewing Company’s caramel-meets-pine Hop Yard Red Ale, or its Double IPA, which packs a pleasingly bitter punch. It depends on the hops—some of which, conveniently and sustainably, are grown right on site.
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Why So Many Brits Would Be Happy to Quit UK for Russia

Why So Many Brits Would Be Happy to Quit UK for Russia | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The initial love affair with all things Western is over for many Russians. Even prior to Merkel’s detonation of the sinking European ship, there was a move away from an uncritical embrace of the Western working model: taxes, degrading morals, loneliness and death punctuated only by debt and the purchase of trinkets from China designed to break before you get home from the mall.
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Cities as Novel Biomes: Recognizing Urban Ecosystem Services as Anthropogenic | California Center for Sustainable Communities

Cities as Novel Biomes: Recognizing Urban Ecosystem Services as Anthropogenic | California Center for Sustainable Communities | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Urban Ecosystem Science is now an established science, arising along side the historic shift of humans to becoming in majority urban dwellers. In this Perspective I suggest there is a need to develop a new framework for UES as embedded in distinct urban biomes that can be classified by city-type and typologized. UES are largely the artifact of human decision making from what to plant where, to determining the urban infrastructure type in which UES will be placed. Developing urban typologies by climate zone, level of development, size and history will better enable the understanding of UES. I attempt to show the rise of the importance of nature, and of urban nature following the development of industrial city, and the importance of human intent in creating these urban ecosystems over time. If humans choose to manage cities through increasing UES, this will require coupled shifts, the shift in rules and regulations, goals and processes and shifts in urban form, infrastructure and function—socio-technical-ecological changes—driven by human decision-making. Such efforts will vary widely by city—by urban biome.

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Heirloom Basil – So Much More Than Pesto | Terroir Seeds

Heirloom Basil – So Much More Than Pesto | Terroir Seeds | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Basil is much more than an Italian herb for pasta sauce and pesto. From sacred uses to food, medicine and aroma, basil is easy to grow and very beneficial.
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BedZED | Bioregional

BedZED | Bioregional | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
BedZED continues to attract visitors from around the world. This award winning development was designed to achieve big reductions in climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and water use. It sought to make it easy for people living there to have a greener, lower impact lifestyle, relying less on private cars and producing less waste. Most importantly, BedZED has turned out to be a great place to live.

The project was initiated by Bioregional, developed by The Peabody Trust in partnership with Bioregional  and designed with architects, ZEDFactory (also based in BedZED) and Arup  engineers. Peabody is one of the largest and longest established providers of social housing in London. The homes range from one bed apartments to four bedroom houses. Half were sold on the open market, one quarter were reserved for social (low cost) rent by Peabody and the remaining quarter for shared ownership, a lower cost way of owning a home.
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Three Take-Aways from the NAS Study on GMOs

Three Take-Aways from the NAS Study on GMOs | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Biased or not, and despite the positive spin by most media outlets, the report’s “conclusions” left plenty of room for doubt on a range of issues, from safety, to improved yields, to damage to the environment. On many issues the committee, made up of 20 scientists and policy experts, couldn’t—or wouldn’t—commit.

Instead the experts produced a 400-page report full of equivocations, and of recommendations the committee knows will be ignored, but little in the way of clarity.
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Wake Up and Smell the Poison

Wake Up and Smell the Poison | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
If you participated in the glyphosate test project launched last year by The Detox Project (formerly Feed The World) and Organic Consumers Association, you probably failed. A staggering 93 percent of Americans tested positive for glyphosate, according to the test results, announced yesterday (May 25, 2016). What makes that figure even more alarming is that many of you who sent in urine samples for testing probably eat more organic than non-organic food. Which suggests that either your organic food has been contaminated and/or you’re being exposed to glyphosate via unknown sources. Worse yet? Children had the highest levels. The testing, carried out by a laboratory at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), was the first-ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America. According to the results, people who live in the west and mid-west tested higher than those living in other regions of the country. It's way past time for the world to wake up and smell the poison.
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How to Build a Chicken Coop - Modern Farmer

How to Build a Chicken Coop - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | 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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Sonoma Mountain Village | Bioregional

Sonoma Mountain Village | Bioregional | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The development aims to generate 100% of its energy requirements from renewable onsite sources and to date has installed the second largest privately-owned solar array in Northern California – a $7.5 million, 1.14 megawatt, 7,710 m2 array that will power 1,000 homes. A second 1.18 megawatt solar array will also be installed.

Further demanding sustainability targets have been set including an 82% reduction in transport emissions, 65% local food consumption goal, and 65% reduction in use of municipal water.

Key strategies for achieving these targets include bringing commuter rail to the neighborhood via the SMART train initiative, a masterplan which draws on new urbanismand ensures that no resident need to walk for more than five minutes to reach local shops and amenities, a year-round farmers’ market in the Town Square to encourage consumption of local, seasonal food, and irrigation and toilet flushes using only non-potable water
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Chile de Agua – An Unknown Heirloom Chile from Oaxaca | Terroir Seeds

Chile de Agua – An Unknown Heirloom Chile from Oaxaca | Terroir Seeds | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Even though it isn’t well known outside of the area, the chile de agua holds a special place among other well-known chiles like the chile de arbol, serrano and jalapeño. Traditionally grown in semi-arid lands, it was planted when the seasonal rains began by transplanting seedlings into cone shaped beds made of adobe-like wet mud filled with leaf-cutter ant manure, then capped with more mud. The cap retained enough moisture in the soil for a few months if the weather didn’t cooperate, giving the village of Hidalgo Jaltepec fame for their yearly harvest of the chile de agua and their growing skills.
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The Bitter Consequences of Corporate America's War on Unions

The Bitter Consequences of Corporate America's War on Unions | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Last week, Oxfam America published a report in which it was revealed that, across the United States, workers at giant poultry factories are being denied basic human dignity in the name of productivity and corporate gain.

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Workers Unite! Form Cooperatives!
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Can Africa leapfrog the carbon energy age? - Aljazeera.com

Can Africa leapfrog the carbon energy age? - Aljazeera.com | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Can Africa leapfrog the carbon energy age?
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Some see Africa as the land of poverty, others as the continent with the fastest economic growth. That growth, and getting out of poverty, need energy.

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Sheet Mulching: How to Smother Weeds, Build Soil & Conserve Water the Easy Way - Modern Farmer

Sheet Mulching: How to Smother Weeds, Build Soil & Conserve Water the Easy Way - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Sheet mulching is a fancy phrase for building a massive compost pile across the surface of a field or garden. Rather than pile up your manure, leaves, crop residue, and other organic materials in a squat pile, you spread it all out where the compost is needed, skipping the effort to build the pile, turn it, water it, and otherwise coerce it to break down into rich, brown earth—a process that goes on for months.
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RELEASE: New “Farmers’ Guide” Helps Organic Producers Apply for Buffer Initiative | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Washington, DC, May 13, 2016 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announced the publication of their Organic Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Reserve Program Field Border Buffer Initiative. The guide is intended to assist organic farmers interested in accessing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new Organic Buffer Initiative, and is one of many free resources produced by NSAC for farmers and farm groups.
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