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Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People

Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
The single greatest leverage point for a sustainable and healthy future for the seven billion people on the planet is arguably immediately underfoot: the living soil, where we grow our food.
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Monsanto’s Army of Online Bullies

Monsanto’s Army of Online Bullies | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
There are hundreds, possibly thousands of them—paid to bully, shame, and endlessly argue with anyone posting a comment deriding GMOs or pesticides.  And when a high-profile person stands up to Monsanto’s technology, watch out.  The trolls swarm in and gang up.

Take Marion Nestle, for example.  When a GMO propaganda film called Food Evolution purposely quoted her out of context, she demanded that her 10-second clip be removed.  Nestle’s blog was then ambushed with 870 comments by Monsanto’s minions, forcing her to block all comments from her site, Food Politics.

The presence of a troll army was revealed during the on-going lawsuit against Monsanto over the cancer-causing properties of their herbicide Roundup.  The lawyers wrote:

“Monsanto even started the aptly-named “Let Nothing Go” program to leave nothing, not even Facebook comments, unanswered; through a series of third parties, it employs individuals who appear to have no connection to the industry, who in turn post positive comments on news articles and Facebook posts, defending Monsanto, its chemicals, and GMOs.”

Scientists Attacked

The legal brief also points out that, “Monsanto quietly funnels money to ‘think tanks’ such as the ‘Genetic Literacy Project’ and the ‘American Council on Science and Health,’ organizations intended to shame scientists . . .”

As a frequent target of these groups, I know well their unethical bullying tactics.  And so too do the scientists who discover evidence that GMOs are harmful.
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HOW TO BECOME A THOUGHT LEADER WITH LARRY KING AND MEL ABRAHAM

HOW TO BECOME A THOUGHT LEADER WITH LARRY KING AND MEL ABRAHAM | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Mel Abraham and Larry King talking about becoming a thought leader and building an export business. Whether you're a speaker, author, consultant, advisor or someone simply wanting to share a message, this is for you.
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Seed Rematriation: Food as Medicine | The Shift Network

Seed Rematriation: Food as Medicine | The Shift Network | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
The seeds are coming home to us. Across Turtle Island, there is a growing intergenerational movement of Indigenous people proud to carry the message of the grand rematriation of seeds and foods back into our Indigenous communities.

Some having been missing from our communities for centuries; carried on long journeys in smokey buckskin pouches, upon the necks of peoples who were forced to relocate from the land of their births, their ancestral grounds. Generations later, these seeds are now coming back home; from the vaults of public institutions, seed banks, universities, seedkeeper collections and some laying upon dusty pantry shelves of foresighted elders, seeds patiently sleeping and dreaming. Seeds waiting for loving hands to patiently place them into welcoming soil once more so that they can continue to fulfill their original agreement to help feed the people.
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Food & Farm Act: Our Best Hope for Healthy Food, Farms and Soil

Food & Farm Act: Our Best Hope for Healthy Food, Farms and Soil | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
You’ve heard it said before: No Farms, No Food.

But let’s not forget: No Soil, No Farms.

A few years ago, the United Nations warned that on average, the world has fewer than 60 growing seasons left. That grim statistic is based on how rapidly the world’s soils are be degraded, in large part due to poor management.

The situation looks bleak for our soils—and just as bad for our farmers. So bad, that experts compare the current situation to the 1980s when bankruptcies and foreclosures contributed to the loss of 296,360 farms.

These are disturbing trends. But it’s not too late to turn things around, assuming we take the necessary steps.

This year, Congress will pass the Farm Bill, legislation that determines how $90 billion per year is used to shape our food system.

Congress could continue with business as usual, directing funding to the wealthiest farmers growing genetically engineered pesticide-drenched industrial monocultures that tear up our best soil to produce crops that get burned in car engines, fed to animals in factory farms or processed into diabetes-inducing junk foods.

Or, this year, the Farm Bill could go in a new direction. That’s what Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is proposing with his version of the Farm Bill, the Food & Farm Act.
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Volkswagen has locked down $25B in battery supplies for its electric vehicle push

Volkswagen has locked down $25B in battery supplies for its electric vehicle push | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
Automaker Volkswagen’s ramping up for its big EV push, with $25 billion in committed battery supplies and plans to outfit 16 factories to build electric cars by the end of 2022, up from three…
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Spirit of the Earth: Indian Voices on Nature, 

Spirit of the Earth: Indian Voices on Nature,  | Green & Clean | Scoop.it

As contemporary life becomes more and more fragmented and unsustainable, many individuals are left perplexed and searching for more complete and sustainable models to understand themselves and their place in the world around them. It is the spiritual crisis brought about by a desacralized worldview that began in the modern West with the emergence of the Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment that has created an existential and ontological void and uprooted the centrality of the sacred in the lives of the human collectivity.


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Why Gardening Can Help You Live Longer and Be Healthier

Why Gardening Can Help You Live Longer and Be Healthier | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
There is a lot of evidence, most anecdotal, some scientific, about how gardeners live up to 14 years longer than non-gardeners. That’s a pretty impressive life extension and it certainly warrants further research.

National Geographic author Dan Buettner has studied this in depth by visiting what he called “blue zones” around the world- places where life expectancy is significantly longer. He studied these people and his findings are somewhat surprising.
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(13) Brenda Davis - Plant-Based Diets and Disease: The Current State of The Evidence - YouTube

• Internationally acclaimed dietitian Brenda Davis explores the health benefits of vegan diets compared to other dietary choices; explains protein and amino acid requirements at various stages of life; describes fats and essential fatty acids and their value in plant-based diets; investigates carbohydrate facts and fallacies; reveals the truth about wheat, gluten, and grains; pinpoints where to obtain calcium, iron, zinc and other minerals without animal products; clarifies the importance of obtaining vitamin B12; and shows how to attain optimal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation and how to achieve and maintain healthy weights and exceptional fitness on a vegan diet.While much of the emphasis is on the health advantages that vegan diets offer. Plant-based nutrition truly benefits the entire planet, and every bite makes a difference.

•Brenda Davis, registered dietitian and nutritionist, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. She is currently on a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Island
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(13) Kip Andersen, Dave Asprey, Dr. Joel Kahn: "The Ideal Diet: The Directors of [...]" | Talks at Google - YouTube

A friendly discussion between Kip Andersen, Dave Asprey, and Dr. Joel Kahn. The question they explore is, "what is the ideal diet?" Each guest approaches this subject in a very different way, and we hope that the dialogue between them can bring more clarity to this perennial question.

Kip Andersen is the director of the documentary "What the Health;" Dave Asprey is the author of "The Bulletproof Diet;" and Dr. Joel Kahn is the author of "The Whole Heart Solution."
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These Climate Scientists' Tweets About the Unusually Warm Arctic Might Scare Your Pants Off

These Climate Scientists' Tweets About the Unusually Warm Arctic Might Scare Your Pants Off | Green & Clean | Scoop.it
"Shocking," "absolutely astonishing," and "remarkable."

That's how climate scientists are describing the recent unusually warm temperatures in the Arctic.

As the Washington Post reported last week, the region is "stewing in temperatures more than 45 degrees (F) above normal. This latest huge temperature spike in the Arctic is another striking indicator of its rapidly transforming climate."

The anomaly continued this weekend, as climate researcher at the University of California at Irvine Zack Labe—one of the scientists taking to social media to describe the exceptional temperatures— tweeted Sunday, "The extreme event continues to unfold in the high Arctic today in response to a surge of moisture and 'warmth.'"

Also on Sunday, Robert Rohde, lead scientist at climate analysis organization Berkeley Earth, tweeted, "The North Pole is warmer than much of Europe right now."

"In relative terms," he continued, "that's a 30 C (54 F) temperature anomaly at the North Pole. This is associated with a warm air intrusion from the Atlantic and displacement of cold air onto Asia following large scale disturbances to the polar jet stream."
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 What Happens To Us If The Oceans And Forests Are Destroyed By 2048 As Predicted? 

Passionate believers in whole food plant based diets, no chemicals, minimal pharmaceutical drugs, no GMO's. Fighting to stop climate change and extinction.
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(15) James Hansen - Scientific Reticence: A Threat to Humanity and Nature - YouTube

discuss how the hesitancy among scientists to express the gravity of our situation is a major block to our understanding and response to climate change, The reticence arises from political pressure, institutional conservatism, so-called 'objectivity', aversion to controversy, etc. But when the data and the conclusions it leads to are alarming, isn't it imperative that the alarm be transmitted publicly? Here is another facet of society's apparent inability to assess and respond appropriately to the present immense, existential threat of climate change.
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Without Bound - Perspectives on Mobile Living 

Without Bound, a documentary featuring perspectives on mobile living from a group of fascinating folks who live fulfilling, sustainable, off-grid lives in vans, travel trailers and motorhomes...

Find out more about the people and how they do it:
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  Scientist Reveals 7% More Water Vapor Fuels Storms Today - 

In this presentation, Dr. Francis will explain new research that links increasing extreme weather events with the rapidly warming and melting Arctic during recent decades. Evidence suggests that Arctic warming is causing weather patterns to become more persistent, which can lead to extremes such as droughts, cold spells, heat waves, and some flooding events.
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(13) May 12, 2015 - FEEM Lecture: "Arctic Amplification, Climate Change, Global Warming" - YouTube

The continuous and progressive transformations related to global warming in the Arctic are posing new challenges which require appropriate reflection as well as innovative and efficient solutions.

The melting of the Arctic ice started over 60 years ago, but its quick acceleration in the last decade brings about a wide range of dramatic consequences at economic, social and environmental level that in turn have geostrategic implications on a world scale.

What a few years ago was considered mainly a local problem is nowadays showing its full potential in transforming consolidated geopolitical relations: the melting of the Arctic ice - which is actually faster than predicted - may lead to conflicts in terms of navigation along new shipping routes, access to local resources and the subsistence of indigenous and local populations.
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(13) Eating For Life. Designing An Optimal Diet by Brenda Davis - YouTube

Brenda Davis offers fresh insights on the treatment of animals in food production and other industries, the latest findings on the health benefits of a vegan diet and expanded information on phytochemicals, Brenda's information is extensive in scope, yet manageable for anyone who wants to easily understand how to construct a nutritionally balanced plant-based diet.

Here are the latest findings on: using plant foods to protect against cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses; obtaining essential protein without meat, eggs, or dairy products; discovering "good" fats and where to find them; meeting dietary needs for calcium without dairy products; understanding the importance of vitamin B12; designing balanced vegan diets for infants, children, and seniors; a
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A simple and smart way to fix climate change | Dan Miller | TEDxOrangeCoast 

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dan Miller shares his passion and empathy for saving our planet. While focusing on a simple solution to help fix climate change, he alerts us on our responsibilities as engaged citizens to be involved and take urgent actions towards the environment, our planet, and our society.

Credit: all media and images are creative common or belong to the speaker.

Dan Miller is Managing Director of The Roda Group, a Berkeley venture capital group he co-founded that is focused on cleantech.
Dan is a member of the board of carbon capture company Inventys Thermal Technologies and battery developer Gridtential, and was previously the president of Ask Jeeves, Inc. Dan co-founded TCSI Corporation, which became a leading provider of telecommunications software.
Before that, he designed communication satellite payloads at Hughes Aircraft (now Boeing) Space & Communications. He received his BS degree from Cornell and his MS from Stanford. Dan is a leading advocate on the need to take urgent action to address climate change
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) Flow Hive 2 - New release pre-order via Indiegogo - 

We’re excited to announce Flow Hive 2 available for pre-order via Indiegogo for a limited time only! We’ve listened to community feedback and Flow Hive 2 is packed with features to make it the most user friendly Flow Hive yet. Visit our Indiegogo page to pre-order yours today!
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(13) Dr. David Montgomery - The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life & Health 

• A riveting exploration of how microbes are transforming the way we see nature and ourselves—and could revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good health—for people and for plants—depends on Earth’s smallest creatures. David Montgomery tells the story of our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut.

David R. Montgomery is a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he leads the Geomorphological Research Group and is a member of the Quaternary Research Center.
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(12) Warm Humid Air Penetrates Arctic Cold Dome: 2 of 4 - YouTube

Above the Arctic sea-ice sits a dome of cold, dry, heavy air. Arctic temperature amplification results in very wavy, pronounced crests and troughs in the jet stream, so warm moist air moves rapidly northward in atmospheric river fingers that often slice through the dome causing above freezing temperatures at the ice surface, and also deflect upwards at the dome surface. With fast enough wind speeds they can penetrate up high into the atmosphere and slice the polar vortex into multiple loops, and feed back to further break the jet streams.
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Climate apocolypse? - YouTube

Professor Peter Wadhams ScD, Professor of Ocean Physics / Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group-Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK RE: A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic. We could be just eighteen years away from a climate apocalypse...
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(11) Peter Ward Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps - YouTube

In honor of Earth Month: Peter D. Ward, Ph.D., is a paleontologist and professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Washington. Ward specializes in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event (the one that killed the dinosaurs), the Permian-Triassic extinction event, and mass extinctions in general. He was elected as a fellow of the California Academy of Science in 1984 and has been nominated for the Schuchert Medal, an award of the Paleontological Society. Ward has written many books including Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future and The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps.
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