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Organic farming earned some negative press recently with the publication of a paper that linked it to higher greenhouse emissions, but the truth is a little more complex.
Learn as Charles explains the ideas behind no-dig growing, (replicating nature through mulching and minimal soil disturbance), from his various experimental raised beds, as well as the importance of soil.
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.
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.
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.
Read how this city is setting an example by building a massive greenhouse to benefit their community.
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
The problems are obvious: food safety scandals, the death of family farming, food supply insecurity, the revolving door between corporate lobbyists and government regulators, and many more. The solution should be equally obvious: rolling up our sleeves and getting in the garden. Join us today as we explore this simple, natural solution to one of our most fundamental problems.