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Food Chains: Revealing The True Cost Of A Purchase

Food Chains: Revealing The True Cost Of A Purchase

Transparency in the food supply is more important than ever. It is great to know more about where our food is grown, raised and what it contains. However, for those of us who wonder where our food actually comes from, we also need to be aware of who is behind the production. Farmers, laborers and families represent the force behind our food supply. A new must-see documentary has just been released called Food Chains that exposes this largely unnoticed operation and the real people who are behind stocking our shelves. The spotlight is placed on the U.S. agricultural industry, government… read more

Family Ranches With Sustainable Style

Family Ranches With Sustainable Style

Updating old buildings and redeeming them into livable, inviting spaces takes skill and planning. Reusing original materials and salvaged finds also takes a clever eye. The following brought-back-to-life farmhouses are examples of how a clean, fresh home can be established while still holding onto the characteristic elements from the past. From Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, this home has distinguished details and a gorgeous design inside and out. Upscale but not stuffy, the Hupomone Ranch is set on a sprawling 160 acres of Californian farmland that is settled in the Chileno Valley. It remained unused for more than 3 decades when purchased for… read more

Ever Heard Of A Slow Money Beetcoin?

Ever Heard Of A Slow Money Beetcoin?

The Slow Movement has encompassed nearly all aspects of conscious minded individuals, from slow food to slow fashion, people are rethinking how they choose to spend their money, and this has a significant impact that goes much deeper than the initial purchase. That reconsideration of consumption and consumerism has led to a refreshing new approach to the way money is viewed – and used. The Slow Money movement initiated in 2010 when the nonprofit organization was initiated by Woody Tasch while writing the now published book, Inquiries Into The Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility… read more

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) assesses that 842 million people across the globe suffer from hunger, which is 12% of the world’s population. More than 70% of those who do not have regular access to healthy foods reside in rural parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America. In the U.S. alone, 1 out of 6 people does not have enough food to eat. 2 billion people are deficient in vital micronutrients. Women account for 60% of those who suffer from devastating hunger. It is estimated that worldwide 26% of children do not develop… read more

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

If you need a little assistance here and there, have specific gardening questions or just need a place to start, it’s nice to have some tools on hand. There are tons of products, apps and other resources aimed at making gardening easier for the average person. A relatively new concept called OpenFarm seeks to up the usefulness factor of gardening related information. Rory Aronson has come up with idea to develop a large-scale gardening guide database. Recently funded on Kickstarter, OpenFarm lets users check out everything from soil and growing conditions to plant and crop how-tos. Check out the video. What makes… read more

Modifying Orange DNA To Prevent Their Demise

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Did you know that over the past few years while you were sleeping, a new virus strain was slowly ravaging the world’s supply of oranges? Yeah, neither did we. It’s affecting farmer’s crops globally, and in the United States, the state of Florida (one of the world’s largest producers of orange juice) has been hit pretty hard. The disease essentially sours an orange and leaves it half-green, and totally inedible. Back in 2005, the disease finally reached “the sunshine state”, forcing orange growers to come up with a plan. Together, a community of roughly 8,000 farmers searched high and low… read more

Just A Normal Day Wearing Chicken Feathers

Just A Normal Day Wearing Chicken Feathers

Referred to as the urban chicken craze, the recent upsurge in popularity of keeping chickens has invaded many cities. Fresh eggs, natural insect control around the yard and the urge to bring a bit of the farm to the city are all reasons to own chickens. However, scientist Yiqi Yang has found another way in which chickens are naturally useful, and it involves their feathers. Turns out, Yang has actually developed a way to make yarn from a combination of chicken feathers and rice straw, which are normally discarded leftovers from the farming trade. He came up with this textile… read more

Plants Perform Arithmetic To Survive

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An intriguing discovery was made just the other day in the field of biology in regards to how plants function during the evening. Plants have the ability to make precise, and complex, mathematical solutions in order to ensure they have enough food to last the evening until the next day. Even if the night ends up coming sooner than the plants had calculated, such as an overcast evening, certain phases of the moon, etc, they can still prepare for the next day. In simple terms, the plants perform arithmetic division to help them decide how to use their starch resources… read more

Inquiry Into Agrarian Communities

Inquiry Into Agrarian Communities

Agrarian communities have been documented in many cultures as a means for sustaining local inhabitants. Agrarianism farming concepts focus more on agricultural good for the commonwealth, and not on industrialization and profitable products. There is also the realization that agriculture has the potential to support and sustain communities, and farmers of the land are held in high regard. Some who examine food security issues question whether or not the concept of the first agrarian communities would be beneficial if currently reinstated on a larger scale, and suggest that these types of farms can be proposed as a model for food… read more

Architecture Meets Agriculture

Architecture Meets Agriculture

Living in the city doesn’t have to equal an automatic lack of outdoor greenery or gardening space. Perfect for small spaces or places with no outdoor access, vertical design allows the benefits of farming without the farm. In vertical growing, plants hang while their roots are submerged in nutrients, and the efficient ventilation allows a steady supply of fresh air. Developed by vertical farming forerunner Dr. Dickson Despommier, the Vertical Farm Project assessed that the population will have grown by an additional 3 billion or so by the year 2050, with an estimated 80% of people living in cities. With the… read more