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Think Twice Before Tossing Eggshells - Earth911.com

Think Twice Before Tossing Eggshells - Earth911.com | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

We have all heard plenty of hype about the health benefits of the “incredible, edible egg,” but the compact little cases they come in do more than just carry your chickens before they hatch. Although eggshells are beneficial for the soil, most of us don’t think twice about tossing our shells after they’ve been cracked open. In fact, the U.S. dumps about 150,000 tons of eggshells in the garbage every year.

Why not just throw them away? Because these super shells are pretty spectacular. For starters, they’re made up of 93 to 97 percent calcium carbonate, plus they contain nitrogen and phosphoric acid, so they’re beneficial for the soil. Here are just a few uses for them outside the kitchen:

1. Fertilizer for the garden. Rinse and dry eggshells, grind them up and mix them into the soil. They’ll give your plants a healthy boost of sulfur, calcium, phosphorus and potassium.

2. Snail deterrent. Crushed eggshells are kryptonite to snails and slugs! Loosely crush eggshells (you want them to have rough, jagged edges) and scatter them in a circular pattern around your plants. The shells’ sharp edges will keep snails and slugs from crossing to get to your plants.

3. Better compost. It’s common for gardeners to add lime to their compost because it has calcium carbonate, which helps balance out acidity. As mentioned earlier, that’s the main ingredient in eggshells, so instead of purchasing lime, use eggshells instead. After drying the shells, crush them into small pieces and add them to your compost.

To dry the shells, set them outside and use the sun’s natural heat and warmth, or heat them in an oven in wet or cooler weather.

 

 

 

 


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Nature has all the answers we will ever need. Let's practice being open to the abundant richness which nature gives freely to us.

 

Eggshells - another miracle - offering holistic uses (I'm using this word in place of the word 'natural' which has become overused).

Instead of throwing away your eggshells or even putting them in your compost bins use them in these holistic ways: (*Portland, OR city offers compost bins to home owners as part of their Recycling/Trash Removal- a very progressive, GREEN city which I call Home)

 

1. Fertilizer for our gardens; giving our plants a healthy boost of sulfur, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Rinse and dry eggshells, grind them up, and mix into soil.

 

2. Snail and slug deterrent. Snails and slugs do not like crushed eggshells. Loosely crush them - you want to have jagged, rough edges and scatter them in a circular pattern around your plants. The shell's jagged edges will keep snails and slugs from crossing to get to your plants.

 

3. Better compost - instead of adding lime to your compost, use eggshells instead.

 

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When Bees Go Extinct, These 10 Foods Will Follow [INFOGRAPHIC]

When Bees Go Extinct, These 10 Foods Will Follow [INFOGRAPHIC] | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Every third bite of food we take is made possible thanks to our pollinator friends. That measures out to 90 percent of agricultural crops in the United States. What would our food system look like without bees?
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Did you know that every third bite of food you consume is made possible by bees? According to this article, ninety percent (90%) of agricultural crops contribute an average of $19 billion to the U.S. economy. That’s a substantial amount of money. 

 

Are you a lover of almonds and pumpkins? They are entirely dependent on bees for pollination. Other delicious fruits and veggies you enjoy eating are also highly dependent on bees for pollination. Read the neat infographic.

 

Bees are linked to human survival and it is up to us humans to do everything we can to protect them.

 

Health Tips:  Click on the links at the bottom of this article to learn ways you can help to save bees, what to plant in your garden, and about petitions you and your friends can sign. Please share what you learn.

 

Some people are allergic to bee stings, but bees do not go out of their way to attack people, Our species depends on bees and other insects. Everyone must work together for the health of all Planet Earth’s inhabitants.

 

Read more about “When Bees Go Extinct, These 10 Foods Will Follow (Infographic)” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Kate Good.

 

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20 Plants That Improve Air Quality in Your Home

20 Plants That Improve Air Quality in Your Home | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
NASA has been studying the effects of plants on air quality for about 20 years and their research confirms: common houseplants are natural air purifiers
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Did you know that healing our planet starts with you? The choices you and billions of other humans make has a direct bearing on how life will continue to evolve.

 

One simple way you can make a difference is by growing or purchasing  plants that have been studied for their effect on the air quality in your home.

 

Health Tips: Being out in nature has been proven to be a potent stress reducer. If you live in a city that doesn't have parks or gardens, don't let that stop you. Create your own oasis right  where you live, in your apartment, your home. And then help others to do the same. There's always a way, in fact there are millions of ways, but you have to take that first step.

 

Read more about "20 Plants That Improve Air Quality in Your Home" from www.ecowatch.com by Rodale Wellness written by Beth Greer.

 

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How to Fertilize Your Garden Naturally With Plants

How to Fertilize Your Garden Naturally With Plants | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Using plants to fertilize our gardens can increase the production of other plants naturally while providing many other benefits, such as attracting insects, promoting biodiversity and often yielding yet another crop. Plus, it’s easy.
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Did you know there are holistic ways that adhere to the natural order of nature for you to fertilize your garden without using chemical fertilizers which harm bees and other insects? Nature has been around much longer than humans and nature if you closely observe has all the answers for any questions you may have on how to use best practices to grow your food and take care of  our planet.

 

When was the last time you were in a forest, watching and listening, picking up clues to how nature works? The answers to everything about growing food, the natural cycle of trees, how to care for the soil, how the insects and animals survive and benefit each other, how water is utilized, how to help planet Earth instead of destroying her resources; everything you need to know is already waiting for you. You only have to look, listen, and follow her.

 

Healing plant tips: use compost for your garden, whether in a planting bed or a pot. Add your food scraps, some plant material (leaves, ferns, grass clippings, twigs), earthworms to create compost. You can buy compost bins or make your own to which you add your compost ingredients. Plants thrive in good soil which compost helps make. 

 

Read more about “How-toFertilize-Your-Garden-Naturally-With-Plants” from www.onegreenplanet.org  by Jonathon Engels.

 

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How This Trending Diet Is Saving the Planet » EcoWatch

How This Trending Diet Is Saving the Planet » EcoWatch | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
If we all became vegetarians or vegans, we could save land and water resources, mitigate climate change, and reduce methane in the atmosphere. Diet choice plays
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Have you ever considered what it would be like for Planet earth if everyone became vegetarians or vegans? Many more people today have made the switch from mainly consuming animal foods and some produce to totally eating plant foods as vegans do or to only eat eggs and/or dairy as vegetarians do.

 

Health tips for Mother Earth:  Positive changes for land and water resources, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and in fostering a kinder, more compassionate  populace. Plus a healthier and more vibrant society.

 

Here's an interesting thought provoking article and info graphic on "How This Trending Diet is saving the Planet" from Ecowatch by Anastasia Pantsios.

 

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Doctor’s Orders: For Better Health, Put Your Hands in the Dirt

Doctor’s Orders: For Better Health, Put Your Hands in the Dirt | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
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Put your hands in the dirt for better health and for the health of Mother Earth. Teaching young children how to garden using sustainable, organic, non-GMO practices will do more to teach them where real food comes from and how to pass on their learning to their parents, other family, and friends. Children are the present and future for our planet.

 

Having your own garden will also help you to consider returning to cooking meals together as a family or with friends, neighbors, engaging in lively spirited conversation,  and perhaps starting a game night away from electronic devices.

 

Read about collaborations between healthy eating, nutritional subsidy programs, and health care by way of gardening. People get healthier and Planet earth benefits: Doctor's Orders for Better Health, Put your Hands in the Dirt  a TakePart article by Sara McColl.

 

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Heart Vulnerable: A Sweet & Healing Medicine

Heart Vulnerable: A Sweet & Healing Medicine | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Having the courage to allow yourself to be heart vulnerable personally and with others could prove to be one of the sweetest and most healing medicines you ever take.
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Do you have the courage to give yourself permission to be heart vulnerable personally and with others? This isn't about being open to hurt, injury or attack. And it isn't about being mushy or allowing others feelings to pull you down. What this is about, is staying grounded or centered solidly in your heart while you feel what's really going on and listen to your commonsense heart intelligence, writes Sara Childre from HeartMath Institute. 

 

Noticing your feelings as they move through you before they turn into anger or even rage is key. Be open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication. It helps to create the connections you want in your life.

 

Read this beautifully written article which gives you more insight into the tools that HeartMath Institute offers and you can experience for yourself.

 

When each person becomes heart vulnerable, the end result is a healing for our planet.

 

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Your Favorite Food Might Not Exist Without Bees

Your Favorite Food Might Not Exist Without Bees | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
As species go, insects are generally not the most beloved. But encounters with insects can provide fun, memorable, and teachable moments for our children, as I was recently reminded in a strawberry patch. .
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Do you love strawberries, peaches, apples, melons, squash, nuts and other foods which rely on pollinators?  Nearly 30% of the world's crops rely on pollinator insects like honeybees. Bees are more crucial to agriculture than fertilizer according to a Plos One study.

 

Teaching your children about bugs and what role these insects play in helping our planet and us human is critical.to foster awareness.

 

Read about the different ways to teach children about bugs. This is National Pollinator Week. Did you know that 16 oz of honey requires 1,152 bees to travel 112,000 miles and visit 4.5 million flowers?

 

You and I share this planet with countless species. Humans have a responsibility to protect and honor Mother Nature for the next generation. Are you doing your part to heal our planet?

 

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3 Steps To Fighting Climate Change In The Garden

3 Steps To Fighting Climate Change In The Garden | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Learn how you can fight climate change in the garden.
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Are you growing your own garden? Growing food gardens has become one of the best ways to ensure that you know what's in the food you eat, where it came from,.and an activity that involves your children/grandchildren which teaches them about real food and nutrition early in their lives.

 

Read this interesting article to learn 3 simple steps to grow a vegetable garden and fight climate change at the same time. Plus great tips for protecting your veggies from birds, slugs, and rodents.

 

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Your Oreos Are Helping to Kill Chimpanzees

Your Oreos Are Helping to Kill Chimpanzees | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Palm oil - a seemingly innocuous ingredient in many packaged foods and cosmetics - is decimating chimpanzee populations.
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Palm oil, an ingredient in many packaged foods and cosmetics is killing chimpanzees, tigers, other animals, people.. Palm oil comes from part of the palm tree and is sometimes labeled as palmitate, palm fruit oil, and other names.  Even sustainably grown is bad news.

 

Why? Because the beautiful rainforest which the animals and people who live there call home has been decimated by palm oil plantations because of the demand for these harmful processed foods.

 

Orangutans in Borneo are starving to death. There's very little habitable land left due to the slashing and burning of this fragile ecosystem.

 

Read labels and stop buying products that kill animals who can't speak for themselves. These products are harming your health as well.

 

Watch this video and read the article.

 

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The Beautiful Reason You Should Plant Milkweed

The Beautiful Reason You Should Plant Milkweed | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Want to do your part to help reverse the dramatic decline in monarch butterflies? Now's your chance: Plant milkweed. Monarchs are dependent on milkweed,
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Interested in doing your part to reverse the dramatic decline in monarch butterflies? You can plant milkweed in your garden. Monarch butterflies need the milkweed as this is the only plant they will lay their eggs and on which the monarch caterpillars feed.

 

You can start milkweed from seed indoors or buy nursery seedlings for your early spring planting. In doing so, you will be creating "monarch waystations"

 

This important timely article gives information on Monarch Watch, an educational outreach program based at the University of Kansas which engages citizen scientists and accepts seeds for plantings.

 

Read the full article to get all the juicy details on where to plant milkweed, how to buy, how to plant, when to plant, and growing from seed.

 

Plus there's a link to Monach Watch.

 

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Edible Plants That You Can Grow in Autumn and Winter

Edible Plants That You Can Grow in Autumn and Winter | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
No need to put your green thumb away just yet: there are some delicious veggies that thrive quite well in colder temperatures!
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The growing season continues all year for delicious green edible plants. It doesn't matter what your location, it is possible to grow plants in the Fall and Winter months.

 

In our neck of the woods, we recently planted swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, carrots, kale, and beets which will be ready to harvest late October, early November.

 

When growing outside in the colder climes, it's important to have your soil be nutrient dense with good mulch to protect the plants and of course sunshine is key.

 

An ideal way would be in a cold frame or inside large glass cloches. This is like having a mini-greenhouse for your plants so they get a good dose of heat and humidity while being protected from the elements and the little critters.

 

In places like Quebec where the temps dip into the minus (-31F/-35C) it's best to plant your winter greens indoors by placing potted plants by south facing windows. And you can also use heat lamps as we did years ago in Ohio.

 

Read the full article to know which lettuces grow best in the colder weather as well as what other veggies grow well in the cold. And there's even tips on planting seeds that will nourish your soil for the winter months.

 

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The story of honeybees and their importance in sustaining life

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The story of honeybees and their importance in sustaining life
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Honeybees are an amazing and beneficial insect species that are critical for humans to survive on our beautiful planet.

 

Yet honeybees are increasingly threatened by numerous harmful influences such as the excessive use of toxic bee killing crop chemicals that big agriculture uses. This excessive use is contributing to the bee colony collapse.

 

Bee expert Dr Reese Halter in a recent interview on his radio show "West Coast Truth" explained the importance of bees for pollinating crops, producing beneficial honey and other medicinal food substances and most importantly for sustaining the world's natural life cycle.

 

You can listen to Dr. Reese's full interview with host Russell Scott here:
http://youtu.be/UIKnLqK8g_4


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Al Gore backlash: Why environmentalists are celebrating rising CO2 levels

Al Gore backlash: Why environmentalists are celebrating rising CO2 levels | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Al Gore backlash: Why environmentalists are celebrating rising CO2 levels
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Important read. CO2 is needed to Green our planet.

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Here’s Why Grass-Fed Beef is Just as Bad for the Environment as Grain-Fed

Here’s Why Grass-Fed Beef is Just as Bad for the Environment as Grain-Fed | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Unfortunately for those chowing down on an artisanal grass-fed burger on a whole-grain ciabatta bun, there is no evidence that grass-fed beef is better for the environment.
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Did you know that no matter how you slice it grass-fed beef is not better for planet Earth? Try the new plant based beef products if you must have beef.

 

A good reason to reduce your animal based intake is to lower your uric acid build up which can lead to kidney stones. Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die" says that removing all meat from the standard American diet (SAD) appears to reduce the risk of uric acid crystallization by more than ninety percent within a few days.

 

The Western diet yields acidic urine. Fish, pork, poultry, cheese and beef plus eggs are acid forming. Consuming plant based real whole food can alkalinize your urine to a near neutral PH in less than a week.

 

Another good health reason to reduce and/or avoid all animal based foods is that plant based real whole foods help your emotional mood. Animal based food contains the pro inflammatory compound arachidonic acid which can "adversely affect mental health". 

 

Your body already makes arachidonic acid so it doesn't need to take in more through the food you consume.According to Dr Michael Greger, "data shows that people with higher levels of arachidonic acid in their blood may end up at significantly higher risk of suicide and episodes of major depression".

 

The highest sources of arachidonic acid are found in chicken, eggs, beef, pork, and fish. Dr Greger states that chicken and eggs contribute more than the other top sources. "Omnivores appear to consume about nine times more arachidonic acid those eating plant based diets".

 

Health Tips:  Are you eating more greens to avoid the blues?  Pile your plate high with greens, veggies, legumes (lentils, beans. chickpeas). Add an ancient whole grain or sprouted grain. Here's a delicious satisfying meal that fills you up for hours and supports your brain.

 

Here's an interesting fact for you. Seeds (sunflower, sesame, pumpkin) have been shown in clinical trials to significantly improve an objective measurement in anxiety.

 

Read more about "Here's Why Grass-Fed Beef is Just as Bad For the Environment as Grain-Fed" from www.onegreenplanet.org by Sara Farr.

 

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Which Is Worse for the Planet: Beef or Cars?

Which Is Worse for the Planet: Beef or Cars? | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
By Jordyn CormierCars are often used as the golden standard of environmental destruction. We know that our driving is hurtful to the environment. But, what about a burger? We don't instinctually associate meat consumption with climate change, but does the dark side of the meat industry give cars
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Did you know that consuming animal based food and driving gasoline powered cars are not healthy for Planet Earth. Yes there are many other human created activities that fall in this category as well.

 

Health tips for a healthy planet:  This article does a good job explaining the problems that animal based consumption causes. Here are some suggestions to help those of you who are considering lowering your consumption of animal based foods.

 

You might consider eating much more plant based food several days/week without any meat, dairy, egg products and/or eating small portions of animal based once or twice/week as a side with huge helpings of plant based. Plant based food is rich in essential fiber which your body requires to be able to function. If you're not consuming fiber, you're body is experiencing deep health problems.

 

Have you tried different varieties of veggies and fruit or are you someone who just buys the same produce all the time? Buy a green, veggie, and/or fruit you've never eaten before. Opt for the darker pigments which have more health protective antioxidants. Give your tastebuds a thrill as you bite into a juicy berry, a crunchy  slice of red cabbage, and/or a delicious salad of dark green leafy veggies with organic hummus on the side.

 

Plant based foods offer you all the protein your body requires. And plant based protein is far easier for your body to digest and break down. Protein, what kind of protein, you may be asking.

 

Legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas aka garbanzo beans, other beans, split peas) satiate you far better than any other food. Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org recommends you eat legumes with every meal. They are fiber and protein rich and contain folate (help with mood) and potassium (lowers (blood sugar).

 

Nuts/seeds are also high in plant protein as is dark leafy greens. Nuts/seeds, avocados, are also rich in healthy fats, the kind your body needs for fuel. Be aware that organic coconut oil/olive oil, flaxseed oil are best for topical use/or salads and not for cooking. 

See this subscriber's article in scoop.it/t/zestful-living on Olive Oil.

 

Plant based foods are the only regimen proven to reverse heart disease. Many people with type 2 diabetes no longer have this debilitating disease. Plant based foods are anti-inflammatory. Animal based are inflammatory. Inflammation causes chronic diseases, cancer, and alzheimer's.

 

Be kind to your temple, your body, be kind to each other and all animals, wildlife, marine life, birds, inspects, and be kind to Planet Earth. Right now she is our only home. A big blue planet in the sky.

 

Read more about "Which is Worse For the Planet:  Beef or Cars? from www.ecowatch.com by Jordyn Cormier, Care2.

 

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7 Types of Plastic Wreaking Havoc on Our Health

7 Types of Plastic Wreaking Havoc on Our Health | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Aside from the devastating impact on the planet’s health, plastic’s impact on human health has been insidious. As breast cancer rates have risen, fertility
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Did you know that plastic is killing marine animals, harming your health and the health of our planet? Take the "ban plastic pledge" and do your best to not buy.

 

Health Tips:  Use cloth bags for all your shopping needs and drink your filtered water from stainless steel or glass containers. Avoid processed foods that are packaged in plastic. Buy recycled clothes or sew your own. If you use plastic bags, reuse them over and over. Find a company that uses plastic to create new products and donate your plastic, if that option is available.

 

Be wise stewards of Mother earth, she's our home. Remember, you're not the only inhabitant on this planet. Animals can't speak for themselves. Be their friend and avoid use of plastic.

 

Read more about "7 Types of Plastic Wreaking Havoc on Our Health" from www.ecowatch.com by Larry Schwartz, AlterNet.

 

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Did you know that plastic is killing marine animals, harming your health and the health of our planet? Take the "ban plastic pledge" and do your best to not buy.

 

Health Tips:  Use cloth bags for all your shopping needs and drink your filtered water from stainless steel or glass containers. Avoid processed foods that are packaged in plastic. Buy recycled clothes or sew your own. If you use plastic bags, reuse them over and over. Find a company that uses plastic to create new products and donate your plastic, if that option is available.

 

Be wise stewards of Mother earth, she's our home. Remember, you're not the only inhabitant on this planet. Animals can't speak for themselves. Be their friend and avoid use of plastic.

 

Read more about "7 Types of Plastic Wreaking Havoc on Our Health" from www.ecowatch.com by Larry Schwartz, AlterNet.

 

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A Little Bit of Compost Could Help Fight Climate Change

A Little Bit of Compost Could Help Fight Climate Change | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Experiments conducted on a Marin County ranch found that a single layer of compost has significantly increased the soil's ability to store carbon.
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Compost, nutrient rich mulch which organic farmer's and gardeners use enriches soil and helps plants thrive. It also reduces the need or eliminates completely using fertilizer and the biggest benefit for the environment is its ability to reduce carbon in the atmosphere.

 

Read this information packed post to learn how "A Little Bit of Compost Could Help Fight Climate Change". from NationSwell

 

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27 Non-Toxic Recipes for DIY Cleaning

27 Non-Toxic Recipes for DIY Cleaning | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Ditch the toxins—and the dirt—with these DIY spring cleaning recipes for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry, and everywhere else.
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To heal our planet, you must first start with yourself. Do It Yourself (DIY) has become the new norm for many people who are tired of buying brand name products that put more toxins into the environment.

 

Here's 27 Non Toxic Recipes for DIY Cleaning. If you're still using bleach, consider switching to the Homemade Germ Killer in this list. Bleach is a major toxin.

 

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How we can eat our landscapes ~ Pam Warhurst, TEDx

How we can eat our landscapes ~ Pam Warhurst, TEDx | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.
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Today in many communities in the U,S. neighborhoods are coming together to plant community gardens. Cities and towns across the country can offer unused land to communities to plant vegetables and fruits. Here's a common sense approach to help with the growing spread of hunger in this country.

 

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How To Green Your Online Shopping in 6 Easy Steps

How To Green Your Online Shopping in 6 Easy Steps | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
For years, like a child stuck on the wrong side of a playground fence, I watched my friends treat themselves to clothes and decor from darling online shops,
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Everything you do related to consumption of food, clothes, stuff has a direct impact on our planet. Being responsible and accountable isn't always easy when it comes to thinking beyond yourself, taking in the big picture of your footprint on Mother Earth.

 

Here's 6 ways to "Green" your online shopping from finding eco-conscious retailers who truly care about our planet to supporting companies who give back. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle are key words to keep in mind.

 

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6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World: Paul Stamets on TED.com

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LiMycologist Paul Stamets studies mycelium and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world. Cleaning polluted soil, creating new insecticides, treating smallpox and maybe even the flu

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This curator had goosebumps just listening to mycologist Paul Stamens TED talk on 6 ways that amazing fungus can help save our planet.

 

There's always viable solutions. We have to be open to learning from nature.

 

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21 Reasons Why We Need Forests

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Forests cover a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet's densest, most diverse collections of life. They
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Forests -" treasure troves of beauty and stillness' - they cover one third of all land on planet Earth, supporting countless species, as well as billions of human livelihoods, yet humans are responsible for untold destruction every year.

 

March 21st has been declared International Day of Forests. If you live near a forest, then you know that everyday is cause for celebration and gratitude.

 

Here's a wonderful list of 21 reasons why we need forests, beautiful accompanying photos, and an animated video.

 

Wise words to remember:

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness"

John Muir


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Center for Food Safety | Blog | Got Water Problems? Build Healthy Soil

Center for Food Safety | Blog | Got Water Problems? Build Healthy Soil | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
You’ve read the headlines: “Drought Plagues the Midwest;” “Boulder Ravaged by Floods;” “Rivers Across Texas Are Drying Up.” Extreme weather events like these are not-so-subtle broadcasts from Mother Nature that water insecurity is on the rise.
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You've seen the news, read the reports about extreme weather conditions in the U.S. . Could this be instead  a not so subtle broadcast from Mother Nature that water insecurity is on the rise?

 

We're told that this is what climate change looks like. and to expect these extremes in the future. 

 

Recently I viewed a documentary titled, "Back to Eden" about a farmer who follows the advice from Mother Nature in planting his farm. He starts with the soil - creating healthy soil, just as Mother Nature does in the forest. He uses wood chips to cover the ground and just like Mother Nature he doesn't have to water very much to get a bountiful abundant produce.

 

And the people from the Cool Foods Campaign also promote healthy soil and its capacity to store excess carbon and see it as a powerful ally in the fight for a stable climate. They are now exploring a new question: is rising water insecurity tied to widespread soil degradation?  The reason they are asking is because, in addition to storing carbon, healthy soil has another amazing attribute, which is important. And that is the power to clean and store fresh water.

 

It's time to think about soil and water as going together. They are a package deal because without moisture, soil dries up and cannot sustain life. And the water falling from the sky and the snow melt all require a welcoming place to land or there may be flooding.

 

Healthy soils have structure to hold water in place. Nature builds this structure with the help of flourisning soil biology, creating a network of air and water pores. Soil structure makes it possible for plant roots to grow down deep and hold soil in place while allowing to permeate the soil. Plants like perennials with deep roots store more carbon and water. And when soil structure is functioning correctly, there is less chance of fertilizers and pesticides leaching to groundwater. Usually, the more organic matter soil contains, the better the soil's structure, and therefore the more water the soil will be able to absorb.

 

Organic matter also helps to regulate the soil temperature, protecting plants from atmospheric fluctuations of extreme cold or heat. This consistency is key considering the longer warmer summers that now occur in many part of the world.

 

And tilling with plough implements and heavy farm equipment conversely damages soil structures. The damage is known as compaction and was addressed in the documentary I viewed. Compacted soils have stunted plant roots and reduced rates of water filtration and drainage. Pesticides are contribute to soil compaction by killing microorganisms that build structure. Ultimately, compaction leads to soil erosion and flooding because the water can't find its way into the soil.

 

A globally well known soil scientist Dr Rattan Lal wrote  that "the prudent strategy faced with these issues, is to adopt agricultural systems with built-in resilence against drought and other extreme climate events."

 

These are systems that engender soil health so that previously degraded soils can be restored and we can get back to work storing carbon and fresh water.

 

It's time for everyone to come together and work together, climate, food, water, soil science communities; so that everyone begins to recognize that building soil health is an activity that could address several of the planets urgent problems.

 

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Think Twice Before Tossing Eggshells - Earth911.com

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We have all heard plenty of hype about the health benefits of the “incredible, edible egg,” but the compact little cases they come in do more than just carry your chickens before they hatch. Although eggshells are beneficial for the soil, most of us don’t think twice about tossing our shells after they’ve been cracked open. In fact, the U.S. dumps about 150,000 tons of eggshells in the garbage every year.

Why not just throw them away? Because these super shells are pretty spectacular. For starters, they’re made up of 93 to 97 percent calcium carbonate, plus they contain nitrogen and phosphoric acid, so they’re beneficial for the soil. Here are just a few uses for them outside the kitchen:

1. Fertilizer for the garden. Rinse and dry eggshells, grind them up and mix them into the soil. They’ll give your plants a healthy boost of sulfur, calcium, phosphorus and potassium.

2. Snail deterrent. Crushed eggshells are kryptonite to snails and slugs! Loosely crush eggshells (you want them to have rough, jagged edges) and scatter them in a circular pattern around your plants. The shells’ sharp edges will keep snails and slugs from crossing to get to your plants.

3. Better compost. It’s common for gardeners to add lime to their compost because it has calcium carbonate, which helps balance out acidity. As mentioned earlier, that’s the main ingredient in eggshells, so instead of purchasing lime, use eggshells instead. After drying the shells, crush them into small pieces and add them to your compost.

To dry the shells, set them outside and use the sun’s natural heat and warmth, or heat them in an oven in wet or cooler weather.

 

 

 

 


Via Giri Kumar
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Nature has all the answers we will ever need. Let's practice being open to the abundant richness which nature gives freely to us.

 

Eggshells - another miracle - offering holistic uses (I'm using this word in place of the word 'natural' which has become overused).

Instead of throwing away your eggshells or even putting them in your compost bins use them in these holistic ways: (*Portland, OR city offers compost bins to home owners as part of their Recycling/Trash Removal- a very progressive, GREEN city which I call Home)

 

1. Fertilizer for our gardens; giving our plants a healthy boost of sulfur, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Rinse and dry eggshells, grind them up, and mix into soil.

 

2. Snail and slug deterrent. Snails and slugs do not like crushed eggshells. Loosely crush them - you want to have jagged, rough edges and scatter them in a circular pattern around your plants. The shell's jagged edges will keep snails and slugs from crossing to get to your plants.

 

3. Better compost - instead of adding lime to your compost, use eggshells instead.

 

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Feeding the soil: An introduction to the no-till gardening method

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Feeding the soil: An introduction to the no-till gardening method
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A natural way to build up the soil which allows for fungi, earthworms, organic material and bacteria to flourish and do their work for healthy soil ecology.

 

To create your garden using this method read the article. I did this years ago.

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