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An Act of Resistance

In Mexico, Chocolate isn't just a sweet treat. It is a food steeped in history and spirituality that has lost its place in Mexican agriculture and production. …
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Warka Water – Every Drop Counts

Warka Water – Every Drop Counts | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it


Warka Tower is a vertical structure designed to collect and harvest potable water from the air, providing an alternative water source for rural populations that face challenges accessing drinkable water. The canopy creates a shaded social space where the community can gather for education and public meetings. With photovoltaic panels, the Tower serves as a charging station, allowing villagers to power mobile phones and laptop computers, and offers an illuminated place to study and socialize after the sun goes down.

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Farmers Around the World: Nature Can Reduce Pesticide Use, Environment Impact | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Farmers Around the World: Nature Can Reduce Pesticide Use, Environment Impact | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Farmers around the world are turning to nature to help them reduce pesticide use, environmental impact and, subsequently, and in some cases, increasing yields.

Specifically, they’re attracting birds and other vertebrates, which keep pests and other invasive species away from their crops. The study, led by Michigan State University and appearing in the current issue of the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, showcases some of the best global examples.

“Our review of research shows that vertebrates consume numerous crop pests and reduce crop damage, which is a key ecosystem service,” said Catherine Lindell, MSU integrative biologist who led the study. “These pest-consuming vertebrates can be attracted to agricultural areas through several landscape enhancements.”
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6 Methods for Building Fertile Soil

6 Methods for Building Fertile Soil | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
When growing a garden, success begins with the soil. If the soil can’t provide what the plants need to be healthy, the vegetables will either be lacking or nonexistent. Plants get their vitamins and minerals from the earth, so growing vegetables in soil that lacks these things is similar to feeding our bodies with mostly…

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Did you know that there are Mother Earth natural ways to help build fertile living soil for your garden? Plants grow best in the soil without using any chemical fertilizers which destroy soil and harm plant nutrients.

 

Health Tips:

Depending on your location, you can grow your garden at anytime of the year. Here in the northern hemisphere gardens will be going into the Fall season where root veggies and winter squashes can be harvested.

 

If you have a little greenhouse or cold frame you can still grow veggies for planting next Spring. Plants can grow in container pots while being sheltered from harsh weather conditions.

 

And of course you can grow your sprouts indoors in soil, water or hemp sprouting bags, which are great for travel. In fact growing sprouts is a great way to save money, easiest to do, and best nutrition you can give your body all year long, especially in the winter months.

 

Read more about “6 Methods For Building Fertile Soil’ from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/healing-our-planet site is being curated by Sandi Cornez, Food Consultant, Health and Wellness Educator. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @https://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

 

 

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The March to Stop Monsanto: Taking Back Our Food, Our Farms, Our Democracy and Our Planet

The March to Stop Monsanto: Taking Back Our Food, Our Farms, Our Democracy and Our Planet | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The march to stop Monsanto is one of the most pressing issues of our time.
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Simple palm weaving techniques

How to make a roof, mat, cup, hat, rope and basket from palm leaves (www.junglecraft.com.my)
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The Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana

http://ancientmetal.myctfocbd.com/ The History of Hemp Hemp has a very vast history that cannot go unnoticed. We are very excited to be at the forefront o
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Small Planet Institute/Frances Moore-Lappe/Diet For A Small Planet

At the Small Planet Institute we believe that ideas have enormous power. So we seek to identify core, often unspoken, assumptions—economic, political, and psychological—now driving humanity to take our planet in directions that none of us individually would ever choose. To this core predicament, Small Planet focuses on solutions: From the crisis of needless hunger to that of democracy itself, we offer evidence-based, life-serving frames of understanding that enable us to perceive and join in solutions emerging all around us.

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CPG Giants Reaffirm Commitment to New Plastics Economy, Pledge $150M for Plastic-Free Oceans | Sustainable Brands

CPG Giants Reaffirm Commitment to New Plastics Economy, Pledge $150M for Plastic-Free Oceans | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Six participants in the EMF’s New Plastics Economy initiative - MARS, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and Werner & Mertz - are pledging (or reiterating a pledge) in Malta today to use 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 at the latest. This is a major step forward, and the EMF is calling on the whole industry to follow their lead, as well as to make commitments that ensure all packaging is not just recyclable, but also in practice recycled, reused or composted.

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China Reassigned 60,000 Soldiers to Help Plant Trees!

China Reassigned 60,000 Soldiers to Help Plant Trees! | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
In a pretty incredible move for the planet, China has reportedly reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees and increase the country’s forest coverage. The move is part of China's plan to plant at least 32,400 square miles of trees by the end of 2018 to help tackle pollution.
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SOLARKIOSK | SOLARKIOSK was invited to speak at the Munich Security Conference kick-off event

SOLARKIOSK | SOLARKIOSK was invited to speak at the Munich Security Conference kick-off event | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
“Collaboration with local partners and civil society actors has become an undisputed part of comprehensive and effective international development cooperation. However, the question of how to deal with the old economic elites in the process of social transformation has not...
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Growing Cannabis | Ed Rosenthal - the guru of ganja

Growing Cannabis | Ed Rosenthal - the guru of ganja | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Growing cannabis with Ed Rosenthal - California horticulturist, author, publisher, cannabis grower and former High Times Magazine columnist.
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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Refusal to Release Records on Pesticide Harms to Endangered Wildlife | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Refusal to Release Records on Pesticide Harms to Endangered Wildlife | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
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The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the few environmental justice groups that actually accomplishes anything.

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Iraqis’ Diet Fifteen Years After the Invasion. Travelling Through Baghdad | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Iraqis’ Diet Fifteen Years After the Invasion. Travelling Through Baghdad | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

Inside the store, I saunter along one isle perusing canned and bottled items. Pickled olives and mayonnaise, salad dressings, tang and apple juice, cheeses, olive oil, pasta, canned tuna and tea– almost all of them imported. Not Israel here, but Spain, Turkey, Columbia, China, Thailand, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia supply Iraqis with most of their food. Foreign company names appear on all packaged food items I examine. Moreover, prices here (where 1,300 Iraqi dinar = one dollar) differ little from US supermarket rates. The cost of a ‘Pringles’ package or a can of tuna in Baghdad, for example, is what I pay in the U.S.

When we turn to fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, the situation is even more alarming. Here too most produce is imported. Even oranges (in this land of orange trees). Beets and cabbage are marked ‘Iraqi’, but pomegranate, okra, eggplant, bananas, cucumber and other greens are from Jordan, Turkey and beyond. The nicest looking tomatoes (a staple in Iraqi dishes) are foreign produced.

Why these imports when Iraq is still largely rural? Foreign produce is less expensive than that grown by Iraq’s farmers, I’m told. Why? Because they are priced to undercut Iraqi production. Why? Because import licenses are awarded to foreign suppliers. And why is this? Because ministry personnel who negotiate these contracts receive handsome kickbacks. This, at the same time, when: a) electricity supply in Iraq is so weak and unreliable that local production is impossible, and b) ministries responsible for agriculture and manufacturing don’t function in the interests of Iraqi producers. Iraq’s once thriving agricultural base is woefully neglected and derelict.

These conditions are a direct result of government policy and a heavily corrupt bureaucracy. In the case of the bankrupt Palestinian economy, declining production and joblessness are to a large degree imposed by the occupier, Israel, implemented through a compliant Palestinian bureaucracy, oversupplied with wage earners whose disposable income supports a consumption economy and reliance on imports.

In Iraq, the US government still wields enormous influence on Iraq’s administration. From the start of its occupation of Iraq, the U.S. has thwarted attempts to rebuild the nation’s electricity grid and build and install machinery essential to a functioning manufacturing base.

(Significantly, some energy is available to ensure that communications function so that Iraqis can access television and their phone apps. Most homes and small businesses augment a patchy, inadequate government electrical supply with batteries and generators, imported of course.)

These conditions, in both Palestine and Iraq, are bald ‘disaster capitalism’. They exhibit what Naomi Klein identifies in The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Her influential 2007 study was followed in 2015 by Disaster Capitalism, offering irrefutable evidence of these insidious foreign-directed processes which enrich outside powers while directing responsibility onto incompetent corrupt local governments.

ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA's insight:

Processed foods are only good for the manufacturers.....

The Europeans (and "Eurolites") are ruining the world's food supply as well as everyone's diet.

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Primitive Technology - Eel Trap by Bamboo - Cooking Eel and eating delicious

Primitive Technology - Eel Trap by Bamboo - Cooking Eel and eating delicious Primitive Technology - Eel Trap by Bamboo - Cooking Eel and eating delicious H
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Skip the Pesticides! 10 Plants That Naturally Protect Crops From Pests

Skip the Pesticides! 10 Plants That Naturally Protect Crops From Pests | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
In other words, the time to switch back to those solutions of old is long past due, and it all begins with choosing companion plants that protect crops from pests.

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Natural protection?
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Insights for your garden.

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The Rs 1.4 Trillion Plan to Destroy India’s Agriculture | Asia-Pacific Research

The Rs 1.4 Trillion Plan to Destroy India’s Agriculture | Asia-Pacific Research | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
India is swiftly changing its policy of self-reliance in food production. Despite claiming a bumper production in recent years, the government has encouraged import of agricultural produces. More importantly, it has allowed import of cereals like wheat, maize and non-basmati rice. The volume of import of these grains increased by 110 times between 2014 and 2017. Farmers who produce them are at the centre of the current crisis because they are the worst hit by the fall in the prices caused by the import.

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Destroy agriculture in India?
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Pollinate Farm & Garden Supply

Pollinate Farm & Garden Supply | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Pollinate Farm & Garden is a nursery and urban homestead emporium located
in the heart of Oakland. We specialize in urban farming, edible landscapes
and food forests. We help you get the most out of your space and inspire
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Honeybees, Birds, Butterflies: Neonicotinoid Pesticides Destroy Wildlife, Fail to Increase Crop Yields | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Honeybees, Birds, Butterflies: Neonicotinoid Pesticides Destroy Wildlife, Fail to Increase Crop Yields | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The widespread use of wildlife-harming neonicotinoid pesticides is failing to deliver promised benefits to agricultural production, according to a study published today in the academic journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

The global assessment of 200 scientific studies by the International Task Force on Systemic Pesticides found that use of neonicotinoids over the past two decades has inflicted serious damage to birds, pollinators and other insects without generally increasing yields.

“This study should be the final nail in the coffin for these dangerous pesticides here in the U.S.,” said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s environmental health program. “It’s mindboggling that while much of Europe and Canada are limiting the use of these poisons, the U.S. EPA is considering expanding their use across millions of acres.”

The study shows neonicotinoids can be phased out to protect pollinators and aquatic invertebrates without harming agricultural productivity; research also shows that farmers benefit from integrated pest management practices such as crop rotation and biological controls.
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The CBD is one of the few effective environmental organizations 

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Destroys wildlife?
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Korean Natural Farming: Managing Farm Systems Holistically | Northeast Organic Farming Association: Massachusetts Chapter

Korean Natural Farming: Managing Farm Systems Holistically | Northeast Organic Farming Association: Massachusetts Chapter | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

The natural farming movement grew in the Far East, while a similar pattern was developing with the organic movement in Europe and America. Both of these “movements” came about out of a response to the Green Revolution and the heavy move toward chemically based agriculture in the 1940’s worldwide. Over the span of the 7 hour day, about 22 of us learned many of the recipes used in KNF for enhanced farm production through conversation, power point, mutual sharing, and, most importantly, hands on demonstrations. Many thanks to Linda Ugelow who pushed the idea of inviting Aaron in the first place and has been doing a lot of experimentation. She helped a lot during the day, and brought a few completed recipes to help with demonstrations. Korean Natural Farming recognizes three general stages in plant development, and has developed recipes for products for each of these stages. For the nutritional growth vegetative stage, FAA, FPJ, LAB, and OHN are appropriate to use. For the changeover period (when the plant is in “puberty”), the go-to recipes are LAB, OHN, WCaP, and FFJ. And in the full on reproductive stage, it is advisable to use LAB, WCA, and OHN. Here are most of the basic recipes and their abbreviations:

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Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico power grid

Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico power grid | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

 
Billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk says that he believes he can rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid with batteries and solar power.



“The Tesla team has [built solar grids] for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too,” Musk tweeted on Thursday. “Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR.”
Tesla has already done similar battery and solar power projects with the Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii and in American Samoa.

Both projects were designed to supply power for much smaller populations than Puerto Rico, however. Still, the Tesla CEO is confident that his company’s existing operations can be scaled up to meet larger demand.

Currently, under 10 percent of the island has power. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said on Monday that it could take one month to restore power to only a quarter of households in the territory.

The Puerto Rico state owned electric company says that some households be without power for four to six months. Any Tesla solution would likely be aimed more toward the long-term, rather than the immediate restoration of power that's required.

 

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#Musk is not afraid of a challenge. 

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How to Properly Store Your Fruit and Vegetables for Maximum Freshness

How to Properly Store Your Fruit and Vegetables for Maximum Freshness | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The proximity of one piece of fruit to another can make all the difference in how they appear and taste several days later. Follow these tips for how to properly store your fruit and veggies for maximum freshness.
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Vietnamese Noodle Soup [Vegan]

Vietnamese Noodle Soup [Vegan] | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Phở is basically a Vietnamese noodle pot, whose main ingredient is a strong, aromatic broth served with broad rice noodles, crunchy Asian vegetables, fresh herbs, and chili sauce. Many spices, soup vegetables, and special touch dried shiitake mushrooms give the broth a hearty note.
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What’s Missing From Every Environmental Book? The Simplest Solution to World Hunger and Climate Change

What’s Missing From Every Environmental Book? The Simplest Solution to World Hunger and Climate Change | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The Eat For The Planet book is going to be released on March 20, 2018, and it is available for pre-order now. We hope this little fast-paced, fact-rich, graphic-heavy book shocks you and angers you, but most importantly inspires you to be the change.
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Survive the Winter Blues: Grow, Eat and Plan

Survive the Winter Blues: Grow, Eat and Plan | Sustainability: Permaculture, Appropriate Technology, Homesteading, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
There is no denying it: the days are short and unless you planned for a winter garden, fresh vegetables from your backyard have long passed. But don’t let the winter get you down. There are plenty of recipes to last you through the cold season and into the ‘hungry gap’. And we’ve shared a few …
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