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Why Burt's Bees Is Committing to This Crazy Social Marketing Plan

Why Burt's Bees Is Committing to This Crazy Social Marketing Plan | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The lip balm giant's plan to drop the letter B from their products and plant a billion flowers is working.
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Oak Park composting program goes village-wide - Chicago Tribune

Oak Park composting program goes village-wide - Chicago Tribune | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Oak Park composting program goes village-wide
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One Oak Park resident reported not knowing how much food the family threw away until joining the village's pilot food-waste and soiled-paper collection that started last April.

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Mullein: The Herb for the Lungs

Mullein:  The Herb for the Lungs | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
relieve lung congestion
lung support
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Cindy Meredith's curator insight, August 2, 7:02 AM
My friend, Ellen Zimmerman, owner of EZ Herbs in Austin, TX has published her latest newsletter while visiting the Colorado Rockies.
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The Great Barrier Coral Reef Is Dying Faster Than Ever ("death happening from Pacific to Caribbean")

The Great Barrier Coral Reef Is Dying Faster Than Ever ("death happening from Pacific to Caribbean") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

The coral bleaching event that struck the Great Barrier Reef earlier this year was the deadliest ever recorded in the region, scientists confirmed this week.

Coral bleaching occurs when a disturbance—in this case unusually warm waters due to El Niño—causes corals to lose their color. The bright organisms can recover under the right conditions, but bleaching events typically lead some to die. More that two-thirds of corals in the northern part of the reef closest to shore, the most affected region, have died in the last nine months, researchers said. Around a quarter died farther offshore in the north.

“The coral is essentially cooked,” James Cook University researcher Andrew Baird, who participated in the survey, told Reuters.

The Great Barrier Reef, perhaps the world’s best known coral reef, is far from the only region hit hard by this year’s bleaching. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported earlier this year that bleaching had occurred in a greater area than ever before, stretching from the South Pacific to the Caribbean.

Restoring coral reefs is a tall order in a warming climate. Scientists expect bleaching to get more frequent and more severe, even if the world fulfills commitments to limit climate change. And, once reefs are gone, they will not come back.

“If you think of corals as canaries [in a coal mine], they’re chirping really loudly right now,” said Jennifer Koss, NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program director, earlier this year. “The ones that are still alive, that is.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, November 30, 8:08 PM
What's the score with our coral reels? As a whole, they are dying, with small pockets of hope.

“The coral is essentially cooked,” James Cook University researcher Andrew Baird, who participated in the survey, told Reuters. ...
“If you think of corals as canaries [in a coal mine], they’re chirping really loudly right now,” said Jennifer Koss, NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program director, earlier this year. “The ones that are still alive, that is.
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Composting 101 - How to Make Compost

Composting 101 - How to Make Compost | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
An informative guide to composting & compost bins!
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Controlling Our Food | A Documentary On Genetically Modified Foods

Controlling Our Food | A Documentary On Genetically Modified Foods | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The gigantic bio-tech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years. Genetically modified foods (or GM foods) are foods derived from genetically ...

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Raw honey: The healing treasure - Step Into My Green World

Raw honey: The healing treasure - Step Into My Green World | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Raw honey: The healing treasure | ... As its name states, raw honey is not pasteurized, not filtered, unaltered, unprocessed, and harvested directly from the honeycomb to your pantry, courtesy of nature's little honeybees.

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Pesticides present in tea, says report | Humanitarian News

Pesticides present in tea, says report | Humanitarian News | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Leading national and international brands of tea contain pesticides, which are considered highly and moderately hazardous by the World Health Organisation, a report released by Greenpeace India said.

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How to Care for Poinsettias

How to Care for Poinsettias | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
HGTV gardening experts show how to keep your poinsettias looking great for weeks - and how to keep them coming back with better blooms, year after year.
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HEALING FOREST

HEALING FOREST | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Healing forest is a journey to discover the magical healing powers of nature. Join us in this exploration of fascinating forests and other healing spots on this planet.

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Scientists propose ten policies to protect vital pollinators - Press Release - UEA

Scientists propose ten policies to protect vital pollinators - Press Release - UEA | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Pesticide regulation, diversified farming systems and long-term monitoring are all ways governments can help to secure the future of pollinators such as bees, flies and wasps, according to scientists.




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Christian Allié's curator insight, November 27, 12:31 PM
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The ten suggested policies in full are:
Raise pesticide regulatory standards
Promote integrated pest management (IPM)
Include indirect and sublethal effects in GM crop risk assessments
Regulate movement of managed pollinators
Develop incentives, such as insurance schemes, to help farmers benefit from ecosystem services instead of agrochemicals Recognize pollination as an agricultural input in extension services
Support diversified farming systems
Conserve and restore “green infrastructure” (a network of habitats that pollinators can move between) in agricultural and urban landscapes
Develop long-term monitoring of pollinators and pollination
Fund participatory research on improving yields in organic, diversified, and ecologically intensified farming
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, November 29, 5:11 PM

Lo que tenemos que hacer para proteger los pollinizadores.  En Ingles.  What we need to do to protect the pollinators. 

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Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline - The Guardian

Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline - The Guardian | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
New studies show antidepressants causing starlings to feed less and contraceptive drugs reducing fish populations in lakes

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Wood Destroying Insects | Entomological Associates

Wood Destroying Insects | Entomological Associates | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Learn more about wood destroying insects and pest management control from our entomology expert Stoney Bachman.

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Cuba's organic honey exports create buzz as bees die off elsewhere

Cuba's organic honey exports create buzz as bees die off elsewhere | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
As it is pesticide-free, Cuba's bee industry could be protected from problems hitting other honey producers
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, Today, 10:31 AM

una de las consequenzas buenas de viivir en una isla sin industrializacion es que la natura sigue viviendo fuertemente.  Los Cubanos tambien tienen meliponas, mucha mariposa--se seguimos como estamos hacienda, vamos a perder nuestro patrimonio, una biodiversidad casi sin ugual.

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Cheap Christmas Decorations: 24 Homemade Decorating Ideas | Reader's Digest

Cheap Christmas Decorations: 24 Homemade Decorating Ideas | Reader's Digest | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Christmas decorations don't have to break the bank. Use these homemade ideas for holiday decorating on the cheap.
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Gardening: Some popular ornamental plants would be right at home on a plate

Gardening: Some popular ornamental plants would be right at home on a plate | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Many wild and ornamental plants have more nutritional value than their cultivated counterparts.

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Cindy Meredith's curator insight, August 4, 5:56 PM
There are some interesting suggestions for edibles here! Hosta shoots cooked like asparagus? You bet! 
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Compost : Compost Fruits & Vegetables

Add fruits and vegetables to compost heaps or compost bins and learn to dig holes and bury them properly in this free gardening video. Expert: Yolanda Vanvee...
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Cereals 2012: GM corn - not a 'panacea' - 6/14/2012 - Farmers Weekly

Cereals 2012: GM corn - not a 'panacea' - 6/14/2012 - Farmers Weekly | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
GM has not delivered the yield benefits that were expected while higher seed costs eat into returns.

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Farming opens new job opportunities in St James - Jamaica Gleaner

Farming opens new job opportunities in St James - Jamaica Gleaner | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
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Farming opens new job opportunities in St James
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"We are also looking at apiculture (bee-keeping) and the possible establishment of an ornamental fish farm," stated Allen.

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Beekeepers urged to microchip bees after rise in hives being stolen ...

Beekeepers urged to microchip bees after rise in hives being stolen ... | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Apiarists are predicting a bonanza 'crop' this year thanks to the warm dry spring, which has led to masses of blossom for bees to feed on. But criminals have cottoned on to the abundance of honey and are scouring the fields ...

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The Floral Christmas Tree Trend Makes Us All Kinds of Happy

The Floral Christmas Tree Trend Makes Us All Kinds of Happy | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Because adding flowers is never a bad thing.
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Wanda Urbanska touts sustainable, simple living - USATODAY.com

Wanda Urbanska touts sustainable, simple living - USATODAY.com | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Frugality is not only good for the pocketbook and the planet, it's good for the soul, too, the author says.

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Roy L Morris's curator insight, May 15, 2013 3:23 PM

I would hope that a lot of people are interested in sustainable living.  We live in strange times, prices are sky high, people are starving worldwide, famine, droughts, climate change, all contribute to the misery of all.  All should be concerned.  We are all in this together.

I encourage everyone to grow some of their own food, organic, non GMO.

It just makes common sense and will help you, your family, your neighbors, the community and the world.

If you wish, you can find information on organic gardening at my blog.. www.greenthumbfun.com/organicgardening ;

For that matter there is more than enough information on the web if you want to search it out.

Make it a great day and a better tomorrow.

Roy L Morris

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Wild honey harvest

Wild honey harvest | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A living tradition in West Timor brings sweet rewards for forests and the community

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Ultimate Garden Tools Reviews And Best Hose Reel Guides

Ultimate Garden Tools Reviews And Best Hose Reel Guides | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Gardening Easily helps you to find and shop for top rated garden tools you'll love to own. Read our ultimate best hose ree

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Protein found in insect blood that helps power pests' immune responses - Phys.Org

Protein found in insect blood that helps power pests' immune responses - Phys.Org | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Pest insects may be sickened to learn to that researchers at Kansas State University have discovered a genetic mechanism that helps compromise their immune system.

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