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Conditions For Receiving Funding For Conversion To Organic Farming In Scotland

Conditions For Receiving Funding For Conversion To Organic Farming In Scotland

What is Organic Farming? It is a form farming that purely involves natural ways of crop cultivation and rearing of animals. This means that it involves avoiding the use of synthetic inputs like pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, preservatives, additives, veterinary drugs and genetically modified seeds. This is done in order to maintain fertility of the soil and ecological balance to reduce pollution and to keep pests and diseases at bay. It […]

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Toxic Oilsands Tailings Could Be Cleaned Up With The Help Of Dandelion Fungi

Upon noting the weed’s unique ability to grow anywhere, Edmonton scientist Kelcie Miller-Anderson started investigating what makes dandelions so hardy. Her findings may provide a solution to one of the oilsands industry’s greatest concerns – the noxious tailing ponds created by bitumen mines, which are releasing “toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals into the air.” According to Environment Canada scientist Elisabeth Galarneau, preliminary results from testing done in 2014 revealed that […]

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Australian Scientists Are Disappointed To Admit That Extreme Weather Is Now The Norm

At a four-day conference themed around “Australasian weather, climate, and oceans: past, present, and future,” climate scientists from Australia and New Zealand found the topic of discussion drifting repeatedly to global warming, and the impact of climate change on Australian weather patterns. “There is definitely what you would call ‘climate fatigue’ on the part of scientists,” said Dr. Andrew Glikson, from the Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Archaeology and […]

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Organic Produce In High Demand From Colorado Farmers

Growing numbers of Colorado farmers are making the switch from traditional farming methods to organic ones, to accommodate the increasing demand for organic produce in the local market. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual Certified Organic Survey, the organic agricultural industry in Colorado has more than doubled in sales since 2012 – from $66.2 million to $155.2 million in 2015. Currently, organic farmland covers more than 155,000 […]

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Prime Farmland Destroyed Thanks To Energy Company’s Lack Of Foresight

A lack of foresight on the part of Linc Energy has caused “irreversible” damage to more than 300 square kilometres of prime crop land in southeast Queensland. After “flammable levels of hydrogen” were found near Linc Energy’s Hopeland underground coal gasification (UCG) site in 2015, an excavation caution zone was established around the contaminated land and dams associated with the facility. However, according to the Department of Environment and Heritage […]

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Energy Crisis Won’t Be Solved With A Return To Fossil Fuels

Power outages during a heatwave in South Australia have led some segments of the public to push for a return to the use of fossil fuels and less reliance on sustainable energy solutions. However, depending on coal-fired power plants instead of renewable resources will generate further emissions, adding to the global warming crisis that is causing the heatwaves to begin with. Currently 40 per cent of South Australia’s electricity grid […]

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Australia Could Be The First Victim Of “Madhouse” Denial Of Climate Science

Australia Could Be The First Victim Of  “Madhouse” Denial Of Climate Science

As the United States government begins scaling back environmental protections, climate scientist and Penn State professor Michael Mann is warning that ignorance of scientific data could lead to global disaster – starting in Australia. Consistent refusal to accept scientific evidence supporting climate change and his insistence that global warming is merely a “hoax” isn’t just an embarrassment for the United States, Mann said. By engaging in a “fake debate” about […]

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Degraded Land Impacts The Metabolism Of Local Bees

Researchers in Perth have potentially uncovered a secret to understanding the declining populations of bees around the globe. According to a study conducted by Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Curtin University, and the University of Western Australia, when human impact leaves bees with a lack of food, they don’t make an effort to forage further from home – instead, they start to depend on food sources stored inside the hive. […]

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Voices Of Change PODCAST: A Conversation With Diego Footer

Voices Of Change PODCAST: A Conversation With Diego Footer

Recently I had a chance to chat with Diego Footer from Creative Destruction, formally known as Permaculture Voices, on a podcast series featuring “honest, hard conversations about farming, business, and life with those trying to make a living doing something that they love and dealing with life in the process.” We spoke in depth about how permaculture can be an incredible design tool and how it has transformed my own […]

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Just Enough Is Plenty (Book Review)

In my early twenties I came across Henry David Thoreau and attempted to read Walden.  I admit I struggled.  If only Just Enough Is Plenty was available then I am sure Thoreau’s concepts would have been much easier to grasp.  Samuel Alexander has written an excellent introduction to Thoreau’s works.  Just Enough Is Plenty: Thoreau’s Alternative Economics not only summarises Thoreau’s ideas it is also a pithy statement of Alexander’s work itself: it is short, […]

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Registrations are now open for Geoff Lawton’s 2016 Online PDC

Earlier this year, Geoff Lawton started filming a brand new Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC 2.0). His intent was to create a course that was both in depth and thorough using his vast knowledge of both Bill Mollison’s book Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual and his 30+ years of Permaculture teachings. The end result is a course that is vastly different to any other PDC Geoff has ever taught before. So […]

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