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Agribusiness giant tells suppliers to stop cutting down forests

Agribusiness giant tells suppliers to stop cutting down forests | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Today, the state of New York announced that, after negotiations with the global agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, ADM will adopt a no-deforestation policy for soy and palm oil.
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Hallelujah - a story like this doesn't come around that often. I have noticed lately that some companies seem to be growing a conscience (from articles I've read). The thing that will change everything is when huge corporations like this insist on non-GMO soy... don't stop with NOT cutting down the rainforest. If they insist on non-GMO soy, then suppliers will have to comply. It will force the market to change and support the non-GMO movement. That could be the edge we need to stop Monsanto. Thx. T.P.A. :)
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The 9 Nastiest Things in Your Supermarket | Rodale News

The 9 Nastiest Things in Your Supermarket | Rodale News | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Think pink slime is gross? Wait 'til you see what other unappetizing secrets lurk within your grocery store.
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Baia Pasta, Artisan-Made in Oakland,CA

Baia Pasta, Artisan-Made in Oakland,CA | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Eat good grains: all organic and American, brass extruded in small batches with care.
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How To Grow Amaranth - Hill Method vs. Trench Method?

How do i grow amaranth? That is a question that i have had people ask me for a few years now. Really there are many different ways to grow amaranth whether y...
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BIO E® World: GMO Sweet Corn - Buyers Beware!

BIO E® World: GMO Sweet Corn - Buyers Beware! | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it

"Monsanto and the EPA swore that the genetically engineered corn would only harm insects. The Bt-toxin produced inside the plant would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system and would not have any impact at all on consumers, they claimed. Alas, they’ve been proven wrong on that account as well, because not only is Bt corn producing resistant “super-pests,” researchers have also found that the Bt-toxin can indeed wreak havoc on human health.

 

Bt-Toxin Now Found in Many People’s Blood!"


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Protect your sauce! Neapolitan pizza tipped to enter UNESCO 'menu'

Protect your sauce! Neapolitan pizza tipped to enter UNESCO 'menu' | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Italy has chosen a culinary staple - classic Neapolitan pizza with tomato, basil and mozzarella commonly known as pizza margherita - as its number one candidate for protection under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, local media report.
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Bamboo charcoal - nature's well kept secret! - The Raw Food World News

Bamboo charcoal - nature's well kept secret! - The Raw Food World News | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
The bamboo plant grows faster than any other woody plant in the world! In as little as five years, the plant reaches full maturity. Some can double its size in a given day, reaching a height of 60 feet in as little as two months.
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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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Meet The Inspiring 18-Year-Old Who Built A Simple Water Purifier That Could Save Lives

Meet The Inspiring 18-Year-Old Who Built A Simple Water Purifier That Could Save Lives | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
A busy university professor didn't have time to work closely with his high school student intern. So he sent her off to figure out her own project...
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Food Movement Gains Ground Despite Resistance - Roots of Change

Food Movement Gains Ground Despite Resistance - Roots of Change | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it

 

There are many signs that the food movement is having its intended impact AND we have much more to do to achieve a healthy, equitable and resilient food system. You may have heard that the Hersey’s Chocolate Company rejected GMOs and its Kisses will soon be free of genetically engineered ingredients. This is notable because they had invested one million dollars in stopping GMO labeling initiatives. Burger King recently removed sugar-sweetened beverages from its kid’s menu. Nestle is phasing out artificial coloring and flavoring and Walmart is raising its minimum wage a bit. This is all welcome progress.

 
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Where's the beef? Everywhere.

Where's the beef? Everywhere. | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
In a new book, "Cowed," Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes look at the complex and omnipresent place of cows in our culture.
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City of Lights dimmed: Paris bans 50% traffic due to heavy smog

City of Lights dimmed: Paris bans 50% traffic due to heavy smog | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
France is introducing emergency traffic restrictions in Paris due to massive smog that has recently gripped the famous City of Lights, almost obscuring the landmark Eiffel Tower. Half the capital’s drivers will be banned from the streets on Monday.
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Zaatar Recipes | Yummly

Zaatar Recipes | Yummly | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Find Quick & Easy Zaatar Recipes! Choose from over 289 Zaatar recipes from sites like Epicurious and Allrecipes.
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Over 6 Okra Health Benefits and Growing Tips

Over 6 Okra Health Benefits and Growing Tips | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Okra dates back 3500 years, but the many okra health benefits are still being seen today. Here are over 6 health benefits of okra.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, March 31, 1:50 AM

Super OKRA; read about it. Easy to grow and cheap to buy.

A Health Benefits of Okra Summary – Okra is Great for:

Preventing diabetes

Promoting colon health and preventing colon cancer

Boosting digestive health

Weight management

Promoting a healthy pregnancy

Maintaining healthy skin

Protecting against free radical damage

Relief from respiratory issues like asthma, cough, or trouble breathing

Promoting eye health

Boosting moodConstipation

Kat Carroll's curator insight, March 31, 9:18 AM

My southern mother knows about okra!

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Thousands of farmworkers strike against work conditions in Mexico’s San Quintin Valley - FSRN

Thousands of farmworkers strike against work conditions in Mexico’s San Quintin Valley - FSRN | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
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Neighbors Celebrate Boston’s First Commercial Farm | DSNI

Neighbors Celebrate Boston’s First Commercial Farm | DSNI | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
On July 11, more than 100 residents, elected officials and community leaders came together to celebrate the announcement by Mayor Marty Walsh of the creation of the first urban farm in Boston allowed under the City’s new “Article 89” farming rules.  The announcement was made during a community-wide groundbreaking ceremony presided over by Mayor Walsh at the formerly city-owned parcel at 225 Harold Street in Roxbury.
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Garden Dibbers, Salad Bar & Garden Answers Shared - Terroir Seeds

Garden Dibbers, Salad Bar & Garden Answers Shared - Terroir Seeds | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
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The Belize Breeze Blog

The Belize Breeze Blog | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
An archive of information an entertainment that can be accessed for free by residents and settlers in Belize, Central America (MesoAmerica), and other countries with minimal resources.
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Belize travelogue: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/belize-breeze-la-brisa-belize/id691623862?ls=1&mt=11

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Avoid Any Products Containing Aborted Fetal Cells -- Sott.net

"Many opposing viewpoints have been raised on the morality of using consumer products which are cultivated on aborted fetal cell lines. Regardless of your position on abortion, the fact that there is an entire industry around the manufacture of foods, beverages and medical products which routinely utilize aborted fetal tissue should be a cause for great concern.  There has always been a great deal of excitement within the medical community regarding the use of fetal tissue for transplantation and for the manufacture of vaccines.

Fetal tissue technology has evolved tremendously in the two decades especially in the area of treating various neural and endocrinal diseases.
However, serious ethical questions are being raised as to the source and procurement of the necessary tissue. While some experts in the medical community forecast unlimited potential for fetal tissue technology, others have expressed deep concern as to the limits to the ethical and moral dynamics of the issue. Where is the line drawn?"


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New Report Links World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide to Cancer

New Report Links World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide to Cancer | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO— A new report by the World Health Organization has linked the world’s most commonly used herbicides to cancer. Glyphosate — widely known as Roundup and marketed by Monsanto — has also been linked to the decline of many wildlife species, including the monarch butterfly. The WHO determined that glyphosate and two other insecticides, malathion and diazinon, are “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

“For too long the pesticide industry has taken the approach of ‘spray first and ask questions later’ and meanwhile these products are posing grave risks to people and wildlife across the globe,” said Jonathan Evans, legal director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Environmental Health program. “These dangerous and far too common pesticides are having cascading effects on our health and environment, and it’s high time we took the worst of the worst chemical cocktails off the market.”
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Mexican farmworkers strike over low wages, blocking harvest

Mexican farmworkers strike over low wages, blocking harvest | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Veronica Zaragoza grew up in these coastal fields, picking berries and tomatoes and watching an industry being transformed.
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Drowning in Garbage — Some Creative Solutions | New Eastern Outlook

Drowning in Garbage — Some Creative Solutions | New Eastern Outlook | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it

International corporations, seeking markets in developing countries, bring along with them a particular form of “baggage”—waste products and refuse. Coca Cola bottles, Frito bags, Twinkie wrappers—in large part, the packaging solution for multinationals is plastic. The developing world largely lacks  the infrastructure in place to deal with this petrochemical polymer influx and plastic garbage has become a major environmental concern, with the impact felt world-wide.


First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/03/21/drowning-in-garbage-some-creative-solutions/

 

 

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We’re finding out what’s in fracking wastewater, and it ain’t pretty

We’re finding out what’s in fracking wastewater, and it ain’t pretty | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Thanks to a disclosure law in California, we now know that frackers are polluting water with petroleum chemicals, heavy metals, radioactive elements, and carcinogens.
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Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil

Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
Soil-conservation farming, a movement that promotes not tilling fields and using “green” manures, is gaining converts in tough environments and markets.
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Watch Bay Area foodies go beyond the holy kale

Watch Bay Area foodies go beyond the holy kale | Permaculture, Environment, & Homesteading | Scoop.it
The Perennial Plate goes to the Bay Area, where foodies are providing healthy options in food deserts, urban gardening, and making fresh jam.
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