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Silvopasture: A Sustainable Way to Raise Large Livestock

Every year millions of acres of forest are cut down to make room for ever-growing herds of livestock. Our industrial diet is centered on the consumption of meat. The combination of these two issues brings us face to face with a serious problem. We are destroying our forests and some of the most pristine ecosystems on earth just so that we can enjoy a nightly steak. What if we could […]

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How Seaweed can Help Save the World

Every year it becomes more and more apparent how much influence humanity has on the climate. While there are a few holdouts, most people are in agreement that we are the direct cause of the increase in global temperature. Everyone knows the cause, right? It’s all the CO2 we are putting into the air, from the cars on the road to the factories spewing out greenhouse gases. However, there is […]

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Storing Water in the Landscape: A Swales and Ponds Primer

Rain is one of the leading causes of soil erosion. The problem isn’t with rain itself, but rather with bad land management practices and farming practices that aren’t designed to take advantage of rainfall in a holistic manner. The best place to store water is in the landscape itself, and through the process of design, water can be effectively stored in the landscape for increased fertility, longer growing season, and […]

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How to Build a Solar Dehydrator to Preserve Food

If you are a gardener, you understand the abundance that comes during harvest season can be overwhelming. Instead of frantically searching for friends who will take away your fresh tomatoes or spending hours over a hot stove on a humid summer day making hundreds of canned tomato sauce, a solar dehydrator might be an option for you. One of the easiest ways to preserve food is through dehydrating. Instead of […]

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Social Opportunities for People and Communities in a Climate Change Era

The changing environmental conditions around the world are accompanied by social, economic and environmental risks to communities. There is currently a huge global awareness around sustainability issues. A lot of businesses around the world are working to better the world we live in. They are increasingly using corporate social responsibility programmes to improve the wider environment. These programmes are being tailored to suit people and communities around the world, providing […]

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3 Myths Around Permaculture Business and Consulting

Rob here. I’ve been consulting in the permaculture world for close to a decade now. Before that, I consulted in the oil and gas industry for another five, so suffice it to say I’ve been around the consulting block. As an O&G consultant, I was solving problems for large firms, which really allowed me to cut my teeth on the project management side of things. But it wasn’t until I […]

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Small Pond Installations for Irrigation and Wildlife – Part 2 – Liners

Welcome to part 2 in a series of posts from Balkan Ecology Project covering the installation of small irrigation and wildlife ponds. Part one can be found here and covers planning and digging a pond. During this post, we’ll look at liner options and the steps you need to take to install a liner for your pond. Pond Liner Options   The majority of ponds will need some kind of liner to […]

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How We Got our Chooks to Lay Again

Around November last year, egg production of our chickens went down to zero over a period of a couple of weeks. The chooks were healthy, they had no disease, they were all looking great and being fed well. We had no idea what was causing the lack of egg laying, as prior to that time we were getting up to 28 eggs per day and the days were getting longer […]

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Alternative Refrigeration Techniques for Food Storage

A refrigerator is perhaps the most common appliance in every household kitchen. Without it, most of us would have no idea how to keep our food fresh and preserved. Refrigerators, however, use tremendous amounts of electricity and are one of the most energy-intensive appliances in our homes. Might there be other ways to preserve our food without relying on fossil fuel energy supplied by a refrigerator? The Energetic Cost of […]

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2030 Zero-Waste Goal for Sydney

Many major cities across the world have been adopting zero-waste strategies that they hope to demonstrate within the next few decades. Sydney has embraced a rather bold strategy to push the hub to 90% zero-waste by the year 2030. Officials plan to focus on residential and industrial spaces, along with buildings within the city and larger public spaces. The new approach requires major adjustments including regular food, e-waste, and textile […]

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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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