By News Staff,
Can sound vibrations replace pesticides? Researchers are adapting different eco-friendly methods to try and boost harvests and open up a new chapter in sustainable farming.
Scientists in Northern Italy are experimenting with what they call eco-friendly sound and odor devices to fight off insects from their cultivated fields., though environmental activists dont accept the science…
By Catherine Wilson,
Coconut oil producers in Samoa are benefitting from a scheme to connect local organic farmers with the international market. Credit: Matias Dutto/CC-BY-ND-2.0
SALELOLOGA, Samoa ,(IPS) – Rural farming families in Samoa, a small island developing state in the central South Pacific Ocean, are reaping the rewards of supplying produce to the international organic market with the…
A soil test performed by a laboratory will give you solid information about the soil in which you’ll be growing vegetables.
A lab test can provide facts about texture, pH, nutrients and salinity.
There is little you can do to easily change the texture. Most West Texas soils are somewhat sandy but heavily composed of limestone which was deposited, according to the experts that spend a…
by Lynda Edwards,
To avoid pesticides, UTC professor Jose Barbosa grows his own tea ingredients — lemongrass, lemon balm, aloe vera, mint and other herbs — in the campus greenhouse.
Photo by Tim Barber.
The New Moon Gallery and Tea Room is packed with treasures, from what the owner calls the “Stradivarius of wind chimes” to baskets of moonstone opals and glacier blue calcite to the delicate…
by Angela O’Callaghan/Desert Gardening,
The beginning of fall is the time for garden cleanup.
Tomato plants might have a few fruits that could be coddled until temperatures drop into the fifties, but other than that, its time to spruce up the garden and prepare for the next growing season, which can begin as early as mid-October.
First, remove any vines or other plants which have stopped…
By Linda Holliday,
Sometimes we country folks take for granted the right to grow vegetables and having enough space to do so. A recent trip to St. Paul, Minn., reminded me that not everyone can just plop a row of tomato plants in the ground.
Those ingenious Minnesotans, however, found ways to grow their own fresh veggies right smack in the middle of a big, bustling city. Surprisingly, they were…
Class action lawsuit seeks $400 million in damages
by CBC News,
Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies.
The proposed class action lawsuitwas filed Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of all Canadian beekeepers by Sun Parlor Honey Ltd. and Munro Honey, two…
by Matt Ferner,
A broad new survey shows that a majority of American adults continue to support marijuana legalization in the United States, and that support appears to be growing.
The survey, released last week from online polling data company CivicScience, asked more than 450,000 U.S. adults over the last two years this question: “Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would…
BY MARCUS CHAVERS,
This will give the organic food movement a nice, solid kick. Researchers think they have found the first-ever allergic reaction to antibiotic pesticides. Published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, scientists profiled a 10-year old girl who had a severe reaction after eating blueberry pie.
In this case, the girl already suffered from asthma, seasonal allergies,…
Has there ever been a nation more hooked on drugs than the United States? And I am not just talking about illegal drugs – the truth is that the number of Americans addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans addicted to illegal drugs.
As you will read about below, more than 30 million Americans are currently on antidepressants and doctors in the US wrote…