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How (Most) Scented Candles Are Destroying Your Home Air Quality & What To Do Instead

How (Most) Scented Candles Are Destroying Your Home Air Quality & What To Do Instead | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Emitting a soft, warm, ambient glow, candles have been used for centuries for warding off the blackness of night. Dating back to at least 500 BC, candles were developed independently across the globe and were made from natural substances like beef tallow, whale fat, boiled cinnamon, beeswax, and yak butter.

In the 1850s, Scottish chemist James Young first distilled paraffin wax from residues left over after crude petroleum was refined into kerosene. Creating a bluish-white wax that burned cleanly compared with tallow, paraffin wax was cheap to produce and quickly became the preeminent candle making material.

With the invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1879, candles have become more of a decorative, mood-setting, celebratory item than the lighting utility it once was. And who doesn’t love the glimmer of a flickering flame, the dancing shadows, the subtle light that only a candle can provide?

But, as with so many modern advances, lighting a candle inside your home is not as harmless as it may seem…

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How to Make Wool Dryer Balls - So Easy & So Cheap

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls - So Easy & So Cheap | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Make your own wool dryer balls to help cut down laundry drying time, reduce static and make clothes softer. Wool dryer balls are easy to make.

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Basic Yoga Moves to Improve Balance, Mood and Flexibility

Basic Yoga Moves to Improve Balance, Mood and Flexibility | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
"Yoga protects the brain from the decline in gray matter brain volume as we age. People with more yoga experience had brain volumes typical for much younger people. In other words, yoga could protect your brain from shrinking as you get older."

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Scientists: World likely won't avoid dangerous warming mark

Scientists: World likely won't avoid dangerous warming mark | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
A team of top scientists is telling world leaders to stop congratulating themselves on the Paris agreement to fight climate change because if more isn't done, Earth will hit dangerous warming levels in 35 years.

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Soil Restoration Techniques

Soil Restoration Techniques | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it

Read Your Weeds.


Learn soil restoration tips and techniques from an old-school Hollander - Hendrikus Schraven, founder of Hendrikus Organics.


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How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life

How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
largest landscape transformations in the United Kingdom, the first major forest to have been planted in England for 1,000 year

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Pro-GMO campaign exploits Nobel laureates to attack Greenpeace and fool the people

Pro-GMO campaign exploits Nobel laureates to attack Greenpeace and fool the people | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Latest news on GMO food, GMO crops, GMO labelling and genetically modified organisms

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Check for earthworms: They can tell the health of a soil 

Check for earthworms: They can tell the health of a soil  | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
There are five principles of soil health that all farmers need to pay attention to in their fields.

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The small-scale Hugelkultur Bed Construction

The small-scale Hugelkultur Bed Construction | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
  Composting allows us to recycle plant materials so they can be re-used in the garden, but the materials need to be broken up into small pieces for the composting process to work efficiently. Traditional composting works fine for for soft green plant matter, twigs and small branches, but what do we do with thick…

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Get Smart on GMOs, And Why You Should Care

Get Smart on GMOs, And Why You Should Care | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the National Academy of Sciences released a study that GMOs to
be 'safe,' but not everyone’s convinced. Are they ok for human consumption,
and what’s their impact on the environment?  Carey Gillam, senior
correspondent for Reuters, journalist & biotech researcher dives in to
explain why GMOs matter, and why the issue isn’t dead yet and why you
should care. 

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The 3 Most Environmentally Damaging Habits You Might Be Able to Change

The 3 Most Environmentally Damaging Habits You Might Be Able to Change | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
If going green seems complicated, here are a few key choices that can have a big impact on the planet we call home.

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Our Permaculture Life: Wrapping cloths (Furoshiki) - a plastic bag alternative from ancient Japan.

Our Permaculture Life: Wrapping cloths (Furoshiki) - a plastic bag alternative from ancient Japan. | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it

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Monsanto uses fraudulent data and deception to push harmful GMOs, former company director claims

Monsanto uses fraudulent data and deception to push harmful GMOs, former company director claims | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it

New light has been shed on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the chicanery tactics of Monsanto. Former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan, admitted that the company faked scientific data to gain regulatory approval.


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What Are the Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

What Are the Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency? | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Vitamin B12 is essential, meaning it must come from food or supplementation. Know the signs and symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency and the top vitamin b12 benefits.

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How Regenerative Farming Methods Can Restore Ecology

How Regenerative Farming Methods Can Restore Ecology | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Using regenerative land management that incorporates livestock can increase organic matter in the soil back to healthy levels within a couple of decades.

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12 Best Home Remedies For Blackheads Backed By Science

12 Best Home Remedies For Blackheads Backed By Science | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Blackheads are small bumps that appear due to pores becoming clogged with oil and dead skin. They’re a mild type of acne that usually form on the face, often where they’re most noticeable, such as on or around the nose, but they can also appear on the back, chest, neck, arms, and shoulders, most commonly in teens and pre-menstrual women.

As blackheads can make it feel as if you’ve got a target right in the center of your face, banishing them as quickly as possible is a must, and these 12 all-natural remedies have been found to be the fastest and most effective for getting rid of them.

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20 Really Bad Signs You Aren't Drinking Enough Water

20 Really Bad Signs You Aren't Drinking Enough Water | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
The human body has a built-in mechanism for telling us when we need to drink water – the feeling of being thirsty. Unfortunately, with an alarming two out of three individuals living with some form of chronic dehydration, many people have simply become numb to the sensation. If you are among the majority and have an ongoing water deficit, there are some other less-obvious signals which indicate that your body is parched.

Read over the following 20 common symptoms of chronic dehydration. If any of them apply to your day-to-day life, it could be that your body is trying to warn you that you’re not drinking nearly enough water.

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4 Reasons To Grow Sage & 20 Brilliant Ways To Use It

4 Reasons To Grow Sage & 20 Brilliant Ways To Use It | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Native to the Mediterranean region, sage has a long history of medicinal and culinary use. And with shimmering silvery-green leaves and pretty blue flowers, the sage plant is as beautiful as it is functional.

Here’s why sage deserves a place in every garden:

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Are you growing sage in your herb garden?
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Toxic chemicals in food, plastic and the air are 'poisoning our children'

Toxic chemicals in food, plastic and the air are 'poisoning our children' | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that toxic chemicals in food, everyday products, the general environment and even the air are poisoning our children, a leading group of US scientists, medical experts and health organisations have said. Issuing a “call to action”, the researchers warned pregnant women had been found to be contaminated with dozens of potentially harmful substances such as organophosphate pesticides, PBDE flame retardants and phthalates found in plastic.

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How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic clothing are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals

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How To Identify Any Plant From A Picture

How To Identify Any Plant From A Picture | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Hey! Before you begin, can we send you a free jar of coconut oil? Click here to get the details. 5. GardenTags GardenTags is described as ‘a community of gardeners from budding novices to expert botanists and everyone in between’! Along with identifying unknown flowers with help from the community, this free app gives you access to planting inspiration and advice, the community-generated plant encyclopedia… [read more]

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GMOs: What the Experts Actually Said

GMOs: What the Experts Actually Said | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
After an expert panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences issued a long-awaited report on genetically engineered foods, much of the news coverage said it gave GMOs an unqualified seal of approval. In fact, the report pointed to an array of concerns and unanswered questions. Here are the top ten findings of the report that most traditional and social media missed – or got plain wrong.

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EWG's read on the recent National Academy of Sciences GMO report.
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The beginning of the end for glyphosate?

The beginning of the end for glyphosate? | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Last week the European Parliament voted to re-authorise glyphosate, but with significant restrictions on its use. So what does the vote mean for the world's biggest selling herbicide? And how come the UK's National Farmers' Union welcomed the decision as an unqualified victory?description

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Major hotel chain to grow vegetables at 1000 properties to cut food waste

Major hotel chain to grow vegetables at 1000 properties to cut food waste | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
The group’s restaurants will reduce the number of main courses on offer and record all food that is thrown away

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Reduce food waste by raising vegetables on site?
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Major    hotel  food  chains  to  grow  there  own  vegetables.

  To  me  this  is  a  great  step  forward  in  combating  food  waste.
Along  with  the retailers  and  supper  markets who  are  encouraged  to  sell  deformed  produce  as  well at  a  cheaper  price  
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24 Reasons To Go & Pick Dandelions Right Now

24 Reasons To Go & Pick Dandelions Right Now | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Who hasn’t seen those pesky yellow weeds pop up in the garden from time to time? Yet try as you might – from picking them to poisoning them – nothing keeps them at bay for too long. Perhaps it’s time you embraced the tenacious dandelion and all the benefits it can bring? The Health Benefits of Dandelions Dandelion has been used throughout history to treat… [read more]

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Dandelions?
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Pick your dandelions over mowing them?