Category: General

Abrasive Weeding: Weed Control with a Sand Blaster and Grit

Abrasive Weeding: Weed Control with a Sand Blaster and Grit

Early in 2007, an idea was conceived by a weed scientist, Frank Forcella in Minnesota. Along with the apricot fruit production and processing, there was a glut of pits which are normally in the past regarded as agricultural waste. The scientist was determined that he could find a better and beneficial uses for the waste. After a brief research, he found out that fruit processor often grinded up the pits […]

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Fomes Fomentarius in the French Alps and Paul Stamets

Fomes Fomentarius in the French Alps and Paul Stamets

Mushrooms and other fungi types already share a long history with us humans. For example, Hippocrates said sometime around 450 BCE that the amadou mushroom (Fomes fomentarius) was used for cauterizing wounds. The present day: Ongoing fungi studies Fast forward to the present day, the amadou mushroom and other fungi species are attracting more attention. That’s because they find many applications in agriculture, pest control, environmental sustainability, and even in […]

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Capitalism

Capitalism

It’s been bothering me. Having spent forty years beavering away in the green movement I still get upset when people say they are anti-capitalism. So I’m trying to work out why this is. I think I’ve got it at last. When people say they are anti-capitalism they are talking about their fear that mega-corporations control the planet purely for profit. Their marketing plans are designed to shred our bank accounts […]

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What Is A Rain Gauge: Uses, Benefits, and How It Works

What Is A Rain Gauge: Uses, Benefits, and How It Works

Last night you heard the weather reporter say “Rainfall measurements of 100 mm/ 3 inches were recorded in [your area] between 6am to 8pm.” Then you’re telling yourself that can’t be true. Yesterday it didn’t rain at all. You’re sure because you were waiting for the rain all day long. What is the truth then? The local weather service uses sophisticated tools and a team of professionals monitoring the rainfall […]

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What is a Rocket Mass Heater?

What is a Rocket Mass Heater?

The experts on all things rocket mass heaters, Ernie and Erica Wisner, are back with their latest book on rocket mass heaters. The Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide will show you from start to finish how to build a rocket mass heater. This book details all of the ins and outs of the rocket mass heater design that Ernie and Erica have perfected, and shows how the most cost effective […]

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Organic Fertilizer Through the Use of Urine

Organic Fertilizer Through the Use of Urine

Over the centuries, people have used animal and human feces as manure made through compositing to fertilize soils and provide the much needed nutrients for plant growth. However, many people aren’t aware that a many other beneficial nutrients can be found in human and animal urine than found in feces. Further, Urine is seen as not to contain harmful pathogens that would mostly be found in feces. Across the world, […]

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What Are Soil pH Testing Kits and Why They Are An Invaluable Tool

What Are Soil pH Testing Kits and Why They Are An Invaluable Tool

What are soil pH testing kits? Why are they useful? In this article we will discuss why a soil pH testing kit is invaluable for agriculture. We will also discuss how to use the data you get from soil pH testing to help you maximise your yield and make your crops healthier. Why soil pH is important in food production Before we discuss how soil pH testing kits work, first […]

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How To Grow A Forest In Your Backyard

How To Grow A Forest In Your Backyard

Forests don’t have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are — even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Follow along as he describes how to grow a 100-year-old forest in just 10 years, and learn how […]

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Less is More & The Pursuit of Happiness

Less is More & The Pursuit of Happiness

In my first post, The Mark of the Baby Boomers: The Internet and Drought, I confessed to being a boomer myself, and to having a joint responsibility for the state of the planet. I promised to share ideas about ensuring the survival of the planet. This is what I hope to do here, but first another confession. When I read all the other posts on this website, I feel out […]

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Sustainable and Residue-Free Agriculture with Semiochemicals

Wasps on the fruits

Semiochemical technology has been studied and used since the 1880s. With little knowledge in chemistry back then, it’s amazing that people already knew about using female insects to lure males into traps. From the early 1950’s, tremendous research has been taking place to study semiochemicals during which at this time, the first pheromones (semiochemicals) were isolated and identified. Since then up to date, over 3,000 semiochemicals connected to the chemical […]

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Vandana Shiva on Einstein’s Influence and Organic Soil

Vandana Shiva on Einstein’s Influence and Organic Soil

In a sneak preview of a film that Dr Shiva has been working on recently, Dr. Vandana Shiva discuss’s her interest in science, as inspired by Albert Einstein.

Traditional seeds have more nutrients as they are bred for nutrients. They are bred by the communities who will eat them. When industry enters the picture on seed, it has an opposite idea. – Dr. Vandana Shiva

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Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems

Caragana-arborescens-feature

I am currently working on a Regenerative Landscape Design for a site in Todorovo, Bulgaria. The plan is to establish an Agroforestry system known as Alley Cropping wherein rows of mixed species edible trees and shrubs are planted at intervals with spaces for herbs, forage and/or grain crops to be grown in between. It’s a dynamic system which is inherently diverse, providing multiple yields and excellent habitat for wildlife while at the same time being relatively resilient to a changing climate.

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