Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

Posted by & filed under Consumerism, Food Shortages, Society.

When you grow your own food, you know for a fact that every piece does not look as ‘perfect’ as those sold in stores. They are each unique, sometimes odd-looking, but taste delicious nonetheless. In our industrial world, these so-called imperfect fruits and veggies go straight to the dumpster and contribute to a shocking amount… Read more »

Preventing Colony Collapse Disorder

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It seems we are frantically seeking a reason and a solution to the infamous and mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder. Although the news makes you think that it’s a plague affecting all beekeepers, the reality shows otherwise. Organic beekeepers — you know, those who gently collaborate with bees — do not experience the same losses. Have… Read more »

The Billboard That Saves Lives

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Potable Water.

An estimated 1.2 million residents of Lima, Peru, lack running water (far from potable in any case) and rely on unregulated private companies who charge an outrageous US$10 per cubic meter. Other wealthier residents pay 20 times less for their tap water! The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) took this situation to… Read more »

The Art of Advertising

Posted by & filed under Consumerism, Economics, GMOs, Society.

Let’s face it, we are surrounded by ingenious advertisements. Whether you drive or surf the net, you will inevitably be bombarded, and most probably influenced, by them. I invite you to look beyond what you see and remember that advertising, filmmaking and photography are powerful art forms. To illustrate my point, I have compiled two… Read more »

Gamping – Another Yield From Your Garden

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Living off your land can be quite challenging. It seems that a ‘secret’ taught by permaculture is multi-cropping — stacking, successive planting, optimizing the planting space, trading, many functions per element, etc. Now, some permaculturists are gifted at finding ways to increase their yields, while some others still struggle to get a fair price for… Read more »

Open Source Beehives

Posted by & filed under Animal Housing, Building, Community Projects, Insects.

We are all too familiar with the Colony Collapse Disorder afflicting our precious bees. So much needs to be done to educate the mass (and beekeepers) about what bees truly need. The Open Source Beehives project is another powerful initiative marrying traditional designs with high tech equipment to promote healthier beekeeping practices. They have designed… Read more »

Carter’s Compost: Traverse City’s Bike Powered, Neighborhood Composters (USA)

Posted by & filed under Community Projects, Compost, Urban Projects.

4th-grader Carter Schmidt is the proud CEO of Carter’s Compost, a bike-powered initiative that aims to build a more resilient community by recycling an entire neighborhood’s organic waste. The 9-year-old visionary is not only helping his folks’ urban farm but he is also encouraging members to grow their own food by redistributing the final product… Read more »