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Sustainable smaller fish better for our health

Sustainable smaller fish better for our health | Sustainism | Scoop.it

Big fish less benficial for your health, longer in the water, means they soak up toxins for longer period of time.

 

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Commune With Nature In These 6 Productivity-Boosting Offices

Commune With Nature In These 6 Productivity-Boosting Offices | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Being in the midst of nature, even separated by a window, can help your productivity and morale. These offices bridge the outside/inside divide.
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How does sustainability relate to nature? How does productivity relate to sustains? What is Green anyway?

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WaterLiberty.com - Ancient Water Purification System - Black Mica

WaterLiberty.com - Ancient Water Purification System - Black Mica | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Is your drinking water safe? Don't drink another glass of water until you read this and discover the ancient secret to purifying water and transfering your drinking water into a very potent healing properties
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Scary information you may not want to skip, a message that doesn't need watering down. 

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Insego - Celebrating Green Living & Technology

Insego - Celebrating Green Living & Technology | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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P-Patch Community Gardens | Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Seattle

P-Patch Community Gardens | Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Seattle | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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My Chinese doctor suggested I'd start gardening. To sow seeds and see them germinated, and grow into mature plants would be good for me. We lived in an apartment and had no garden, so I planted green pole beans in a big pot on the outdoors gallery.


Before long I had my first garden in Seattle, a P-Patch plot of 10' x 10' feet. The first year I drafted a garden design, sifted the soil for rocks and pebbles, lay those in a circle, my garden path, and planted herbs, and flowers. 

 

Two years later I graduated to a 10' x 20" plot and added vegetables, and potatoes to my earlier crop. My husband got involved, and even our puppy helped, digging up quack grass roots.

 

Gardening is a healing activity, it can return your trust in nature, in the cycle of life.

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It Might Look Like A Normal Stack Of Firewood. But When You Step Closer... WHOA!

It Might Look Like A Normal Stack Of Firewood. But When You Step Closer... WHOA! | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Where did THAT come from? Brilliant.
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Sustainable? Not completely sure. But I just had to post this.

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Natural Cures Not Medicine: Heat Your Room For 15 Cents a Day

Natural Cures Not Medicine: Heat Your Room For 15 Cents a Day | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The following video shows us an ingenious way to heat a whole room for under 15 cents or possibly even cheaper
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Reading the headline only, I was reminded of the landlord of a house in Austin TX who claimed the cells in his beehive house could be heated with one bare bulb and body heat alone. He was right. Whether the natural A.C. (we call it draft in the Netherlands) would keep the whole house cool during AusTx summers I can't tell you, I left at the end of Spring. This flower pot plan looks solid, perhaps even good enough for the fire chief?

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'Dit gaat helemaal fout'.

'Dit gaat helemaal fout'. | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Joris Luyendijk voorspeelt een nieuwe, nog veel ergere financiële crisis. Twee jaar lang werkt hij nu als antropologisch journalist voor The Guardian in The City, het financiële hart van Groot-Brittannië.
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Why a link to Dutch anthropologist/ journalist Luyendijk about The City (London's Wall Street) and the next world crisis on the Sustainism page? Because the answer to some of the problems is growing your own food. This may seem simplistic, but when citizens don't have power over what happens in the higher echelons, the very best thing they can do is take care of their own, and their first needs by growing their own food. 

In writers' circles doom thinking started much earlier than today, what Luyendijk shares will not come as a surprise to those Americans who are already growing their own food.

 

I may no longer have an organic P-Patch (community garden) plot, my forte lies in preserving fruits, I bet I can barter jam and chutney for potatoes and vegetables.

 

Separately I'll link to Luyendijk's blog for the Guardian, check out adjacent scoops. 

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GoodieDo: Fairtrade, Ethical, Ecofriendly Gifts and Fundraising

GoodieDo: Fairtrade, Ethical, Ecofriendly Gifts and Fundraising | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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Put your money where your mouth is.

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Countries reach for food security while reducing agriculture's climate costs

Countries reach for food security while reducing agriculture's climate costs | Sustainism | Scoop.it

'National integratGet the FAO-CCAFS review paper here. ed mitigation planning in agriculture: A review paper' is published jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

It reviews national integrated mitigation planning activities in agriculture and the experiences that countries have had with the process.

The review aims to inform policy makers and advisers involved in low-emission development planning processes about ongoing agricultural mitigation actions in developing countries, highlighting the potentials, challenges and emerging best practices. It provides an overview of ongoing planning in the agriculture sector and in particular highlights the relevance of agriculture to national mitigation plans and actions.


Via Robin Landis
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This give me hope.

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Judith van Praag's comment, May 30, 2013 9:36 AM
Hopeful!
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Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with[...] (헝가리 소식 한꼭지!

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Will the new regime continue this stance, one has to wonder.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, May 19, 2013 10:57 AM

Apparently Hungary hasn't succumbed to the $$ lure and big promises the companies hold out.

YoComproSano's curator insight, May 20, 2013 2:32 AM

A ver si tomamos ejemplo!!

Judith van Praag's comment, May 20, 2013 7:21 AM
I wonder what will happen to this stance now that Hongary is no longer a democracy.
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Eco Friendly|Eco Products|FourGreenSteps.com

Eco Friendly|Eco Products|FourGreenSteps.com | Sustainism | Scoop.it
FourGreenSteps.com is you source for eco friendly prouducts and all the latest eco products news.
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Livelihoods

Livelihoods | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Livelihoods’s mission is to support the efforts of agricultural and rural communities to live in sustainable ecosystems which serve as the foundation for their food security and provide the resources that ensure their sustainability.
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Help people help themselves. Whether it's growing food, or catching fish. Creating livelilhood is good for body, mind and soul. Self sufficiency builds self esteem.

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Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Can't afford a glass greenhouse? Check out how to build your own underground greenhouse for cheaper and for growing veggies 365 days a year, even in cold climates.
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There's a reason why green houses are above ground in the Netherlands, a walipini would most definitely flood when you're gardening below sea level, but I do love this idea.

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Rachel Biel's comment, March 1, 2013 7:46 AM
Very cool. But it wouldn't work here either. Dig a couple of feet down and it's pure clay....
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Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) Scooters Unassuming rampant polluters on two wheels

Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) Scooters Unassuming rampant polluters on two wheels | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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No, this is not good for the environment. Got it?

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Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The tech giant plans to buy--and then lease--thousands of solar panels to American homeowners
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Saw this on Twitter. Sometimes, make that often, the things you find on Twitter are interesting and worth spending time following the link to the site where the tweet originated. I would love to have solar panels on our roof. Economic, eco-friendly heat and electricity.

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Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun

Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun | Sustainism | Scoop.it
More than 40 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes and left to find shelter in strange lands. Maybe they find a tarp, or a tent, but their quality of life almost always rema...
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Debating whether this article belongs under Sustainism or not. Got to appreciate the design. The collapsible shelter resembles a plant, a yurt, or a kind of fabric iglo; more than a tent in seems comparable to chosen "homes" of nomadic people. 

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At Seattle Tilth People Become Organic Gardeners

At Seattle Tilth People Become Organic Gardeners | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Learn about Seattle Tilth's mission, vision and history, see staff and board listings, and find contact information.
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My first garden in Seattle was 10' x 10', I practiced square foot gardening, but only after sifting the soil for rocks and pebbles. P-Patches in Seattle are all organic, no pesticides allowed. One of my favorite gardens is Bradner in the Mount Baker neighborhood where Tilth Master gardeners share their expertise in exemplary plots.

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Can Beeswax Cloth Wraps Replace Plastic Cling Wrap?

Can Beeswax Cloth Wraps Replace Plastic Cling Wrap? | Sustainism | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, blog reader Sandy Lansdale posted a question in the Discussion Forum: I would love to hear how this beeswax wrap works if anyone has tried it.
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Beth "plastic free" Terry may not write a holiday post, she sure knows how to engage me writing about alternatives to plastic wrap. Since I'm old enough to remember the days before cling wrap and all such Jazz, I could have skipped to the end where she shows her prefered ways to keep things fresh, and smelling like their proper self, but I wouldn't have missed her research, which broad to the surface wrapping cheese in ... (No Spoiler Alert necessary, I'm not going to tell you).

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The Joris Luyendijk banking blog at The Guardian

The Joris Luyendijk banking blog at The Guardian | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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How do we take care of our own when what bankers do is out of control? Grow our own vegetables, barter preserves for potatoes and vegetables. Self sufficiency always is an important tool (lets not call this a weapon even if it is) for citizens world wide.

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In Kenya, Wangari Maathai's country, Livelihoods launches « Hifadhi » against deforestation.

In Kenya, Wangari Maathai's country, Livelihoods launches « Hifadhi » against deforestation. | Sustainism | Scoop.it
More than half a century ago, a little Kenyan girl living in the Ihithe village, at the bottom of Mount Kenya, would collect firewood for her...
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You don't need to be cooking with gas, or in this case wood. Clay stoves, burning clay help save trees, help against trees being cut down.

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How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbies

How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbies | Sustainism | Scoop.it
This week, Connecticut won the honor of becoming the first state to pass a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled. (The governor has indicated he will sign the bill.) It was really only a matter of time.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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This is a good example of how local government, i.e. communities within the States of the Union (not to say U.S.A.), steered by citizens, The People can make a difference. Do not say you can not make a difference. We can each of us, by taking a stand, by informing ourselves, by passing on our thoughts and convictions.

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The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater | Sustainism | Scoop.it
I know you. We have a lot in common. You have been doing some reading and now you are pretty sure everything in the grocery store and your kitchen cupboards is going to kill you. Before Your Health...
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My system doesn't like raw kale, not my stomach, not my intestines. Blame it on my teeth, they don't like to chew kale either. Or perhaps it's all in my mind, between my ears, because I was raised in the Netherlands, and we only eat kale in the winter. After the frost that is, you can't eat kale before the frost has broken down something in the leaves, frozen particles into submission or so. We mix finely chopped kale (FINER!) with mashed potatoes, to which we add salt (others (that's my mom and everybody else) do pepper and nutmeg, but I can't, those spices give me hives) and a splash of vinegar, plus one of soy sauce. We scope a mount on a plate, than approach the top of the mount with a ladle filled with "jus", creating a crater in the mount. By turning the ladle, the jus lands in a green and creamy spotted landscape.The jus is the braising liquid we used cooking our beef for three, or four hours. That amount of time will turn the cheapesy cut into melt-in-your-mouth shreds of deliciousness. Oh, yes, do add a good serving of the beef to the jus filled crater.
Recipe some other time.
Or just look up Pot Roast.

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What's wrong with natural deodorants? You may be surprised to find aluminium.

What's wrong with natural deodorants? You may be surprised to find aluminium. | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The original natural deodorant contains aluminium, the element you may be trying to avoid by buying natural deodorants
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My dad used dampened "Aluin" or Rock Crystal to stop shaving bleeds. And Arm & Hammer baking soda my an old friend, from long before A&H started making their own real deo, but they just don't do the job when persperation is serious. So what's your answer?

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Eco Friendly Products - Green Comparison Shopping : Living ECO

Eco Friendly Products - Green Comparison Shopping : Living ECO | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Shop green with LivingECO's comparison search of home/office eco-friendly products. Environmental & energy product made from recycled & organic materials.
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Yes to Eco Chocolate and more!

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Project Dirt

Project Dirt | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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Take care of your chickens and their eggs will take care of you. Feed the girls your kitchen scraps in the evening and you'll find a smooth gem in return.

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