Utilizing high-tech construction to create ecological ‘smart-villages,’ many rural families can expect to increase their monthly income 3-fold while living in an integrated, sustainable farm system that includes a communal farming operation of aquaponics, grain-fields watered from the fish tanks with ‘high-cost’ plants, trees, and special technology in ‘autopots’ that reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers.
Paul and Leslie Spell are the husband and wife owners and operators of Humble Heart Farms in northern Alabama, near the Tennessee border, and they’re moving, along with their 14-year-old son, to join some friends in Costa Rica. Rather than just sell the farm, they’re running a contest to see who can write the best 200-word essay, explaining why they should take over.
People are suffering more than ever from a host of chronic conditions and illnesses that can wreck even the healthiest and strongest of us. To be sick is the new normal, and to be healthy is outstanding and unusual. Concerned citizens are battling grassroots struggles on all fronts; yet, at the top levels of society the corruption, gross negligence, and seeming incompetence continue unabated, ensuring that important decisions always favor the health of corporations and special interests.
In this article, I will be discussing 5 reasons why Earth Day and chemtrails/geoengineering go together and that each Earth Day should include education and development of strategies around this issue. The fact that the date for the International March Against Chemtrails this year occurs the weekend after Earth Day seems to me to be very appropriate. If geoengineering/chemtrail activists are right, that a toxic chemical cocktail is being allowed to rain down upon us, then this phenomenon not only affects our air, but also our land and seas.
New publication by Grain and La Via Campesina documents nefarious ways new laws criminalize seed sharing and the growing peasant movement resisting them.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a new analysis on Tuesday debunking the myth that genetically engineered crops (often called GMOs) will be crucial to “feeding the world” as the population soars. My report takes a hard look at recent research and concludes that so far, GE crops have done nothing to improve global food security – and there’s little reason to think that they will any time soon.
Urban farming, particularly with vertical systems, speaks to (and can possibly resolve) issues like food accessibility, scale and affordability. “We need to improve our distribution, eat higher quality food, and make sure that the hungriest, poorest people have access to the highest quality food. It doesn’t make any sense to not provide people with nutritious food, because you end up paying for it on the back end with medical costs and a host of other things,” said Josh Lee, a.k.a. “Farmer Josh,” the co-founder of Green Top Farms: A Queens-based urban farming company that grows and distributes salad greens to New Yorkers.
When paradigms shift, tyrants fall, or corporations lose their market, it is often not from some spectacular event, but by a single, humanizing display. We have just witnessed such an event during the interview of high-profile GMO advocate Patrick Moore. Additionally, this viral video has exploded in popularity giving yet another sign, along with recoiling public dollars, that genetically modified organisms are not wanted. In it, Moore does a near perfect job in less than two minutes to show the world the unempathetic, hypocritical face of the biotech/GMO industry stripped of all spin, lies, and deception.
Did you know that there’s a natural antidepressant in soil? It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study that has been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. The serotonin boost that is provided by this bacteria, might also aid our learning abilities.
The beef industry increasingly feeds cattle “poultry litter,” scraped from chicken coop floors, a practice that, as Brad Jacobson reported for OnEarth, “risks the spread of mad cow disease—yet the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] has done nothing to stop it.” In 1997, the FDA made it illegal to feed dead cows to living cows, the main cause of the disease. In response to those laws, the beef industry teamed up with the poultry industry to exploit a major loophole in the 1997 law. Jacobson describes a “Feedlot Feedback Loop”: first, the poultry industry feeds the dead remains of cattle to chickens and other poultry; the mess created by poultry, known as “litter,” is then sold to the cattle producer who feed it to cattle that the public eventually consumes as beef
Read how this city is setting an example by building a massive greenhouse to benefit their community.
In September 2012, Dr. Gilles-Éric Séralini published research findings in the peer-reviewed . These findings showed the toxic impact of Monsanto’s herbicide and genetically modified corn—including adverse health effects on rats. However, after publication, the journal made the unprecedented decision to retract the study.
Health Ranger Mike Adams reveals the Food Rising Mini-Farm Grow Box at the Health Freedom Expo in Naples, FL. Adams is releasing this technology to the public for free as an open-source project to promote the decentralization of healthy food production.
The mini-documentary, Under Cover Farmers, follows three mid-scale farmers who stopped tilling their soil and started planting diverse cover crops. The amazing results were immediate. This no-till method reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation, herbicides, and fertilizers for growers of cash crops like corn, soybeans, and cotton.
A pragmatic model for bringing together local and regional food production and consumption, from an early pioneer of UK organic farming