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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Welsh government announces Glastir Organic payments for farmers 

Welsh government announces Glastir Organic payments for farmers  | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Welsh government has today revealed news about the window for Expressions of Interest to Glastir Organic.

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How London's honeybees are spearheading the fightback against the Asian hornet  

How London's honeybees are spearheading the fightback against the Asian hornet   | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Unconstrained by borders, carried on Channel winds from the northern reaches of France, the arrival of the predatory Asian hornet in Britain - found lurking near a quaint market town in Gloucestershire last week - is bad news for our native honey makers.

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Back to nature: 10 best examples of ecological restoration in NEO | GreenCityBlueLake

Back to nature: 10 best examples of ecological restoration in NEO | GreenCityBlueLake | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
GreenCityBlueLake is the network of people and organizations creating a sustainable Northeast Ohio.

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Retrofitting the Suburbs for Sustainability

Retrofitting the Suburbs for Sustainability | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
What: Retrofitting the Suburbs for Sustainability, by David Holmgren

When: Thursday Feb 16, 2012, at12.45

Where: The Wheeler Centre Auditorium, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne,Victoria


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Selecting the Best Backyard Chicken Breed

Selecting the Best Backyard Chicken Breed | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
There are many different chicken breeds to choose from so we have put together the following summary guide for selecting the best backyard chicken breed for you

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Make sure you get the free e-book - great resource for beginners
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50 Edible Flowers To Brighten Up Your Meal

50 Edible Flowers To Brighten Up Your Meal | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Edible flowers are a staple on Instagram-perfect plates, but before you start uprooting daisies to add to your breakfast, consult this edible flowers list!
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What do Endo and Ecto Mycorrhizae Do in The Garden & What's The Difference?

mycorrhizae is a beneficial fungi that clings to plant roots in exchange for sugars made by the plant. There are two different types of mycorrhizae ; end
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Top 5 Container Gardening Tips

Top 5 Container Gardening Tips Gardening Tips - Southwest Parks and Gardens - Gardening Tips Gardening Tips & Ideas every gardener should know - Home an
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The lavender lady - SWI swissinfo.ch

The lavender lady - SWI swissinfo.ch | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Claudia Dummermuth is living her dream thanks to her 700-square-metre lavender field in a residential neighbourhood near Zurich.
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Monsanto’s Roundup and Other Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Directly Linked to Chronic Disease Spike

Monsanto’s Roundup and Other Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Directly Linked to Chronic Disease Spike | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
“ A new correlation study published in the Journal of Organic Systems has linked glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, Roundup, to an enormous increase in chronic d...”
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Glyphosate Herbicide- Genocide-Attack on the human and plant microbiome.
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This is the real deal and the real reason much of the food we eat causes so many of the issues we have with our health.  This crap is everywhere and very difficult to avoid.

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The Thyme for Growing Herbs

The Thyme for Growing Herbs | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Thyme is one of the easiest to grow and hardiest herbs and deserves to be in everyone's herb garden.
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CANCER - The Forbidden Cures - TRAILER

In the last 100 years dozens of doctors, scientists and researchers have come up with the most diverse, apparently effective solutions against cancer, bu

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Welcome to Masdar City: the Ultimate Experiment in Sustainable Urban Living

Welcome to Masdar City: the Ultimate Experiment in Sustainable Urban Living | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Ten years ago in the United Arab Emirates, a new settlement was started from scratch, with the aim of becoming “the world’s most sustainable city”. Masdar City was designed to be zero-carbon and zero-waste, home to a population of 40,000 people, with an additional 50,000 commuters, in an area of six square kilometres. Today, it’s playing a crucial role in the development of sustainable design and technology.

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Research from Neonicotinoid Pesticide Producers Confirms They’re Dangerous for Honeybees

Research from Neonicotinoid Pesticide Producers Confirms They’re Dangerous for Honeybees | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Research conducted by Syngenta and Bayer shows that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed toxic to honeybees, contrary to previous reports by the companies.

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Farmers Enlist Chickens And Bugs To Battle Against Pests

Farmers Enlist Chickens And Bugs To Battle Against Pests | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old struggle against pests.

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Studies of orchid bees can enable "drones" that “see”

Studies of orchid bees can enable "drones" that “see” | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Synchrotron radiation helps vision researcher Emily Baird create three-dimensional images of how insects see the world. In the future, this could lead to sighted drones that navigate through the air like insects, without being remote controlled from the ground.

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From the article which forms the basis of these findings, Finding the gap: a brightness-based strategy for guidance in cluttered environments: “The ability to move safely between obstacles is critical for animals that fly rapidly through cluttered environments but surprisingly little is known about how they achieve this. Do they reactively avoid obstacles or do they instead fly towards the gaps between them? If they aim towards gaps, what information do they use to detect and fly through them? Here, we aim to answer these questions by presenting orchid bees with different apertures. When negotiating gaps, orchid bees locate and fly close to the point that gives the greatest clearance from the edges. The cue that they use to pinpoint this spot is the brightness gradient formed across the aperture. Furthermore, we find that orchid bees also rely on brightness cues to locate gaps that are sufficiently large to negotiate safely. The advantage of using brightness for locating and negotiating gaps in a cluttered environment is that it provides information about the safest path through obstacles, at least in a forest environment. This brightness-based guidance strategy for gap detection and negotiation represents a fast, computationally simple and efficient mechanism to identify the clearest path through a forest and is, therefore, likely to represent a more general mechanism used by other animals.” The article is located at http://bit.ly/1qDYwgZ. For an interesting discussion of orchid bees, which were central to this research, see http://1.usa.gov/23kzxQN
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6 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet ("digestive health, immunity, anti-inflammatory, etc.")

6 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet ("digestive health, immunity, anti-inflammatory, etc.") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health and improved immunity.

I bet you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of probiotics—but what about prebiotics? These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health, improved immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, and more. 

Because prebiotics help probiotics flourish, eating more of them is a smart wellness strategy. Indeed, a 2012 study found a link between a diet high in prebiotics and a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer. Other research has suggested that prebiotics increase calcium absorption and may improve bone density. And one small study tied prebiotics to increased satiety after meals. 

You’re probably already eating some prebiotic foods simply because you like them. But I advise my clients to be strategic about getting prebiotics on a regular basis. And there may be a few prebiotic foods you haven’t tried yet. Here, six of the top prebiotic sources, plus easy, tasty ways to add them to your diet.

Asparagus 

Raw asparagus, specifically. (When it comes to prebiotic produce, raw is usually the way to go because cooking can break down some of the beneficial matter in certain foods.)

Bananas 

For an extra prebiotic boost, look for bananas that are not quite fully ripe.

Garlic 

The best form of garlic for prebiotics is—you guessed it—raw.

Onions 

Raw and cooked onions are both great sources of prebiotics, and of course, there are countless ways to enjoy them.


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I bet you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of probiotics—but what about prebiotics? 

"These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health, improved immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, and more.
"Indeed, a 2012 study found a link between a diet high in prebiotics and a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer. Other research has suggested that prebiotics increase calcium absorption and may improve bone density. And one small study tied prebiotics to increased satiety after meals."
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12 Most Beautiful Gardens‬‬ to Visit in England

12 Most Beautiful Gardens‬‬ to Visit in England | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
There’s something nerdy (and kind of adorable) about England’s centuries-old fascination with—and subsequent mastery of—gardening.
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Organic Farming | New Zealand Approach to Self-Reliance | Interesting Documentary Films

Organic Farming | New Zealand Approach to Self-Reliance | Interesting Documentary Films Organic farming practices in New Zealand began on a commercial scal
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11 Things Found After Japanese Tsunami

Some of the craziest things will wash up after a big storm like an entire yacht on top of a building and soccer ball across the country! Subscribe t
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A War Within! The FDA Approves Something So Sinister, It’ll Affect Every Single American!

RED ALERT!!! On Friday, August 5th, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially approved the use of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes t
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Hinkley Point deal out of date and too expensive, says energy chief 

Hinkley Point deal out of date and too expensive, says energy chief  | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The head of energy giant ScottishPower has waded into the row over Hinkley Point, insisting that the controversial subsidy deal for EDF's proposed nuclear plant should be renegotiated because it is too expensive.
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Are Microgreens more nutritious than Mature Greens?

Are Microgreens more nutritious than Mature Greens? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
What are microgreens? Microgreens are, by google definition, the shoots of salad vegetables, picked just after the first leaves have developed. They are used as garnishes or to add flavour to dishes.
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Build the Chicken Houses Like It Is Your Very Own

Build the Chicken Houses Like It Is Your Very Own | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

We are always told that as kids that we should have some form of protein in our diet. Well, contrary to the millions of vegetables, did you know that chicken has a lot of protein in it? But, the above mentioned sentence is only useful for those who eat meat. What about those who are strict vegetarians? Well, they can easily eat cottage cheese.  Speaking of chicken, did you know that the ideal way of giving them a healthy life is by giving them spacious chicken houses?

 

You know, if you are raising your own chickens at home, then you’ll end up saving a lot on buying eggs and meat from the market or any other stores.  So, this is the best way to take care of them. Chicken houses are the perfect residence for them but nevertheless, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration.

 

Ok, so here we go again. I know I have said the same thing about a thousand times but you know people often make the same blunders over and over again like for example, there are a few people, who are raising at least 12 chickens and need a spacious home for them, will end up building a really tiny home. So, you see, I need to go over some of the factors of how to go about building the homes.

 

Factors to consider when making the chicken houses

 

Space and Aeration: Depending on the number of chickens you are raising, you have to make their residence spacious enough for them to roam around and even lay their eggs in peace. Speaking of aeration, the hens need the air to breathe and need some sort of sunlight in their roam. You can’t expect them to live in a closed space and well not have enough room to roam around freely with ease.

 

Weather changes and avoiding predators:  You need to build a home that is strong and sturdy. You can’t build something flimsy and expect it to withstand all kinds of temperatures. You also have to keep your hens away from all the thieves. People are found of their chicken and love eating them so, if they see it roaming around, they will easily kidnap it and well boil it to death. Yes, I know it doesn’t sound nice and just thinking about it is making you nauseous.  So, make sure you build a strong sturdy one.

 

Water: Like us humans who need to drink water with our food, chickens need it as well. You should keep a water bowl inside the residence and clean it at least twice a day. This way the chickens will get clean water to drink and won’t fall sick.

 

If you have any sort of problems, then you can easily ask the experts from Egg shell for advice and help. For more information click here: http://www.eggshellonline.co.uk/chicken-coops-and-houses-for-sale-uk.html


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Remember the points I discussed about how to build the best chicken houses. You shouldn’t make mistake while building one. If you help, ask the experts. 

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Scientists Find Root That Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Only 48 Hours

Scientists Find Root That Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Only 48 Hours | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This potent root builds up blood and immune system- cures prostate, lung, and other cancers better than chemotherapy.
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