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Growing Rice with Organic Fertilizers

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Rice is one of the world’s most consumed cereal crop. It is a staple food for many Asian, African, Latin American and Caribbean countries; with approximately 90% of the world’s production and consumption of rice coming from Asia (1). Rice is usually classified according to its growing environment (Lowland and upland rice grown in lowlands and uplands) or according to its water source (rain fed and irrigated rice). Organic rice […]

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Food, Familiar Stranger

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When I was a teenager thumbing rides around Mexico, I quickly realized my vegetarianism would not survive. If my friend Valente and I got in some dusty car with a family that brought us back to a tin-roofed house and gave us chicken soup, we ate that soup. The kindness of strangers humbled my big picture ideas of right and wrong.

Wherever food comes from, as soon as it touches human hands, human mouths, it transforms into an intimate thing, a thing we all need, a thing we all want. As soon as it’s prepared, or shared, or savored, it carries with it something beyond itself, a new richness. A new complexity.

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Solar Power Incentives

Solar Power Incentives

For many years, governments around the world have been offering incentives to homes and businesses which install and operate photovoltaics, or as they’re more commonly called, solar panels. While at first the cost of solar power may be more expensive for the owner or operator, these incentives are meant to make the option competitive with what is currently available on the normal electric grid, whether it be powered through coal, […]

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The Seabin Update!

The Seabin Update!

Last year, we introduced you to two Australian surfers with a mission to clean the world’s oceans. Andrew Turton and Peter Ceglinski are the creators of Seabin, an innovative technology designed to sweep up ocean pollution often found around marinas and docks. The invention is created from recycled materials and is affixed to docks in pollution-heavy areas. How does it work? A water pump sucks all floating trash and debris […]

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Before the Flood: The Takeaway

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood, which he produced and stars in, is an unflinching look at the political, corporate, and cultural mess surrounding climate change, the debates surrounding it, and the key question at the heart of the issue: what do we do? The film opens on a fairly straightforward metaphor involving Hieronymus Bosch’s famous painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, which I mention here only to remind […]

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Greenhouse of Abundance and Food Self-Sufficiency

Greenhouse of Abundance and Food Self-Sufficiency feat

Greenhouse of abondance and food self-sufficiency is a captivating and formative online course where the best information and tools are provided so that all may create their own oasis as well as a self-sufficient and abundant lifestyle. About Greenhouse of Abundance For more Information or to support the project, please visit: https://www.ulule.com/serre-dabondance/ It includes: 1. All the required information to master the conception and construction of an abundance greenhouse. 2. […]

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A Brief Overview of Plant Life Cycles

A Brief Overview of Plant Life Cycles feat

Plant types are grouped by the growing seasons required to complete a life cycle. In general, plants are classified as Annual, Biennial, Perennial, or Ephemeral. Factors that determine the classification of a plant include location, reproduction, and environmental roles. The harvest times for most produce varies depending upon environmental factors. Annual plants Are those whose life cycle is completed over a year’s time. Annuals are usually planted in the spring, […]

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The Permaculture Cat

The Permaculture Cat

There is a saying “Cats were once believed to be God – Cats have never forgotten this”. Going by how my own cats behave I tend to believe there’s a lot of truth in that. Love them or not, cats have been kept by mankind for centuries. Some for pure companionship, some revered for their specific breed traits, some for their hunting abilities. Farmers more than anyone know how useful […]

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Best Practices to Support Women in Permaculture

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In my article “A Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture”, published in the Permaculture Activist in August 2013, each pattern identified a core solution to a problem that undermines women’s full involvement and leadership in permaculture. Since then, I’ve been collecting “best practices” that support women’s participation in the permaculture community, so that we can move from discussion to effective action. These practices were identified by many people, from many places (including in a working group at the 2014 North American Permaculture Convergence). I regret that it is impractical to list the names of all those who helped shape this document, and am grateful for the generous engagement of many contributors. Permaculture Design Magazine published this article in its Fall 2015 “Decolonizing Permaculture” issue. In this online version of the article, there are many hyperlinks to resources.

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Evolution of Permaculture

Evolution of Permaculture

Anybody who has taken a PDC course or read material on the net would have learnt basic principles of Permaculture. There are 12 principles from David Holmgren and Bill Mollison’s principles scattered throughout the Permaculture Designer’s Manual. Courses around the World usually follow only one of the founder and base the 72 hours PDC course on him. Learning is an experience and never ends. Especially with permaculture, where the application […]

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Paradox of Value

Paradox of Value

Adam Smith’s famous Paradox of Value theory, as illustrated (literally and figuratively) by the people at Ted Ed in this succinct video, is something that each of us has encountered at some point in our lives. It guides how we choose to spend our resources and time, beginning as early as elementary school—when we’re first challenged with optimizing the hours of the day, balancing schoolwork with play time or perhaps […]

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If Global Aviation Were a Country

If Global Aviation Were a Country

According to the National Resources Defense Council, If Aviation were a country it would be the 7th largest polluter in the world. The NRDC made the statement in a report in 2013 after an annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association. The IATA is a global association that represents 84% of air travel worldwide. In 2013 the industry was responsible for 3% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. […]

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