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Need Variety? Just Add Potatoes!

If variety is the spice of life, then potatoes must have the spiciest life of all. Nearly everything about potatoes is variety dependent. The differences in color (skin and flesh), flavor, texture, size, baking quality, and even their starch content are all reliant upon the variation of this spiffy little spud. A Tale of Two Tubers There are two varieties of potatoes originating over 5,000 years ago that are considered […]

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City Greening Needs to be Done Properly to Mitigate Harmful Impacts of Global Warming

Covered in heat-trapping asphalt and concrete, cities can become urban heat islands that can stay hot even into the late-night hours. According to some studies, the heat-stress index for many European cities will double by 2050, when compared with adjacent rural areas. By 2100, some cities may even see a temperature increase of 8 degrees Celsius. While adding more trees and creating larger areas of shade seems like a perfect […]

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Straw Bale Homes and Passive Solar Design

Is it possible to stay warm during winter without a fossil fuel powered central heating system? Straw bales are one of the most common left over products from farms in the United States. In many places, excess straw bales are burned leading to huge amounts of contamination. Straw bales, however, are some of the most insulated construction materials available. When designed together with passive solar design, a straw bale home […]

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How to Pack Zero Waste Lunches For Your Kids

Keeping up with a sustainable lifestyle with children can be a difficult feat. Kids make messes, and messes create garbage. Kids want things they believe they need, and sometimes it’s very tough to say no. They probably don’t understand the refrain – reduce – reuse – recycle concept either, but there are things you can do to assure your child is playing their part for the planet, even when they’re […]

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Simple Ways to Improve Sustainability in Farming Supply Chains

Sustainability has many definitions. The dictionary meaning of it suggests it means the ability to sustain or endure. However, it is noteworthy that the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) Brundtland report known as “our common future” published in 1987 served as one of the mediums for making sustainability a popular global issue. Sustainable development was defined in the report as the “development that meets the needs […]

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Maximum Unsustainability – The Worst Ways to Ride Your Bike

Riding a bike is a sustainable, green, eco-friendly transport option, right? Well, “it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it” as the old saying goes. If you want to know how to destroy the planet faster, undermine community spirit and generally be ‘part of the problem’ in all ways possible by riding your bike, then you’ll love this step-by-step guide! 1. The more greenhouse emissions, the […]

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Hügelkultur Farming

What do you do with those large limbs and logs that fall from the trees around your home after a windstorm? Unless you heat your home with wood, chances are that you either call a tree service to cut them up and take them away or line them up on the curb for the garbage truck to deal with. Hügelkultur garden beds offer a fantastic way to use those limbs […]

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Artificial Photosynthesis: Liquid Fuel Created from Sunlight by “Bionic Leaf”

Researchers at Harvard have developed a system of artificial photosynthesis – creating liquid fuel from sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water. Described in a new paper published in Science, the process could be a big step in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Daniel Nocera, a professor of energy science at Harvard, and his colleague, Pamela Silver, have achieved the process at an efficiency of 10 percent using pure carbon dioxide […]

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How to Make a Compost Water Heater

Everyone loves hot water in the home, but the ecological cost of long, hot showers powered by fossil-fueled water heaters adds some guilt to those long hours in the bathroom. What if you could have a huge supply of hot water heated by the compost pile in your garden. Instead of greenhouses gasses, the byproduct of your hot water would be more fertile soil. The Ecological Cost of Heating Water […]

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A Mushroom Home: The Future of Zero Waste

While styles of architecture may change every few years, buildings and infrastructure as a whole will always be needed. Your home, local food store, shopping mall, post office, schools, amusement parks, and pretty much every establishment you can think of involves some sort of building. With each of these institutions comes construction waste. Construction waste is made up of unused and unwanted materials such as wood, shingles, nails, bricks, installation, […]

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The Benefits of Keeping Chickens

Though it may not be for everybody, there are many potential benefits to keeping chickens in your yard, whether they’re free range or in a coop. It can be rewarding in many ways, and it isn’t just about eggs! Though of course, that’s a big part of it. They can be good for gardens, they make great pets for the family, among many other things. They are surprisingly loving and […]

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Are We Running Out of Water?

More than half of the world’s population may be facing serious daily water shortages by 2025 if we keep up our current patterns of consumption. Scientists around the world are warning global policy makers about this impending crisis, hoping to avoid the potential catastrophe. “What’s happening bit by bit is that water scarcity is becoming increasingly common around the world, no matter where you look – as country after country […]

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