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Organic Farming – A Boon for Environmental Sustainability

Organic farming is a holistic approach to integrated farming that produces food and meat without using conventional fertilisers, synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, chemicals or genetically modified organisms. Organic farming strives for sustainability, ensures crops which do not have any harmful residues, and enterprises methods which are sustainable and maintain harmony with nature. (Darnhofer et al, 2010). History of Organic Farming The birth of Organic farming dates back to 1940s when […]

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Fighting Climate Change with Regenerative Agriculture – Restoring Paradise

Regenerative agriculture offers a future for sustainable farming of meat in line with nature’s needs, by using holistic management and organic/biodynamic practices and even sequestering carbon in the soil – so important in the fight against climate change. At Mangarara, in New Zealand’s beautiful Hawke’s Bay, Greg Hart and his family are in the process of restoring 1500 acres of land conventionally farmed for over 150 years into the paradise […]

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The Sustainable Use of Soil Organisms in a Climate Change Era

It has been widely acknowledged that we are in a climate change era. All forms of life are expected to mitigate or adapt to climate change to survive. It is a good practice to understand the natural green credentials associated with life around us- this will enable us to tap into such credentials and use them to further mitigate or adapt to changing environmental conditions, nd at the same time […]

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Scientists claim native Australian plants may offer a potential cure for Zika virus

A potential cure for the Zika virus has been discovered by Queensland researchers, using compounds sourced from a native Australian plant. Through a partnership between Australian-based biotech company Health Focus Products Australia (HFPA), researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have discovered the compound, found in a common Australian plant, halts the virus – preventing it from replicating without causing damage to mammalian host cells. While the plant itself is […]

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Black Locust, How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways: Hmm. At Least Seven.

In Belize, it sounds daft, but I used to find myself daydreaming about a tree called madre de cacao (Gliricidia sepium). It was a strapping type of tree: tall, quick-rooting, nitrogen-fixing. While living there, my wife Emma and I were doing a work-trade at a local cacao farm, and we discovered this specie, the “mother of cacao”, and instantly put it to work in our gardens. It made for great […]

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Technological Utopianism – Why bad ideas cause very real environmental problems

“Nothing so obstinately stands in the way of all sorts of progress as pride of opinion. While nothing is so foolish and baseless.” – J. G. Holland Is science going to solve all the world’s problems? Can we continue engaging in practices which cause environmental damage and disregard our impact on the planet because ‘one day in the future’, through our technological brilliance, someone else will be able to fix […]

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Lets Celebrate Celeriac

Whether you call it celeriac or celery root, this member if the Apiaceae family (carrot family) is quite the distinctive looking tuber. Celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum) is the variety of the celery plant that is cultivated for its roots as opposed to its stalks, as is the plant we often just call celery. In fact, unlike stalk celery, celeriac’s stalks and petioles are inedible. History Celeriac was cultivated from […]

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The Benefits of Using a Solar Cooker

When I first became aware of my impact on the environment I made a decision to run as much of my house off of clean renewable energy as possible. My goal is to completely run my home off solar, wind, and kinetic energy. The only problem is that I do not yet have my own home, I’m still a renter. That means I can’t install solar panels or a wind […]

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Tropical Food Forests

One of the biggest myths of the industrialized food system is related to the issue of productivity. The massive monocultures of wheat, soybeans, corn, and other products that are cultivated by GPS-controlled combines and fertilized with heavy doses of chemical fertilizers are upheld as the standard of maximum productivity of the land. Following from this myth, we are led to believe that if it wasn’t for the genius of industrial […]

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Making Modern-Day Night Soil

While the practice of collecting “night soil” from urban households in China to be repurposed as fertilizer in rural rice paddies might be somewhat outdated, the idea of using excrement to maintain soil fertility continues to be promoted by environmentalists around the world. Over the last fifteen years, humanure has become a more mainstream topic – with community groups throughout the United States urging their neighbours and municipal governments to […]

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Beautifully Unique Romanesco

I’m not sure if I like Romanesco because I enjoy the way its name rolls off the tongue, because it’s such an odd conical shape and bright green color, or because I adore all produce hailing from the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae Family (aka mustard family) that also includes the likes of broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. It could also be because it’s a delicious edible flower with what seems like endless […]

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Mutant Space Bacteria – Real and Dangerous

Researchers from the University of Houston have been studying bacteria growth, change, and mutation in outer space. Their findings are becoming more and more alarming and can pose a serious threat to the health of our future astronauts. The studies have found that some bacterium thrive in the low to zero gravity environment provided in space. According to scientists, the mutation rate of these bacteria can be triple their rate […]

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