Bridgette Lawson

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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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 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 Watercress At Home, One Of The Most Nutritious Vegetables

Watercress is among the most highly nutritious vegetables, many of the great herbalists wrote of the revitalizing power of watercress. The health benefits of watercress are attributed to its nutrient content. Watercress is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, and carotenes. It also a good source of calcium, fiber, iron and copper. Watercress livens up raw salad and it also makes a valuable juice. Watercress […]

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Brix Refractometers and Why they take your Knowledge to Another Level

What is a Brix refractometer? In agriculture, it is mainly used in measuring the sugar content in fruits and vegetables. If you know the sugar content of your produce, you will also immediately know if your fruits and vegetables are of high quality. With this information, you can properly time your harvesting. This translates to a higher quality produce. The benefits of using a Brix refractometer In other words, a […]

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Poisonous Mushroom as the Medicine of the Future

“The difference between medicine and poison is dose” Paul Stamets on the Omphalotus Illudens or much commonly known as the Jack ‘o Lantern mushroom. Stamets talked about the infamous poisonous mushroom and talks about its medicinal properties. The mushroom, according to Stamets, provides compounds that can be used to arrest tumor growth by preventing DNA replication and protein binding which makes tumors grow. Though the mushroom has a wide array […]

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Monsanto and the Heirloom Seed

“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.” World food control is almost in place thanks to the reduction of seed diversity with genetically modified seeds being distributed by only a few transnational corporations. Genetic engineering has made proprietary control through the use of intellectual property rights possible over the seeds on which the world’s […]

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The Line Between Thriving and Invading: Plants that Prosper

It’s important to be aware of these plants because of the negative effects they can have on the environment, economy, or even human health or well-being. However, it is also important, especially in permaculture, not to conflate the idea of invasive plants with introduced plants or plants that thrive. Our efforts should always be backed by rigorous research and should not be hindered by emotional reactions, prejudices, or the inability to think about new solutions to problems.

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