THINK GREEN

What is Think Green? It's about the earth, humans, animals, & plants, & the intersections where they connect - i.e. "environmental issues." Green living tips, motivating stories about real people making change, what's happening in the environment, & learning to turn "concerns" into healing opportunities. Green Living Tips when you think green ideas. Read green living tips and ideas at All Things Healing. For more green living ideas and green living tips, visit All Things Healing online today!

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 by Brenton Johnson

Brenton Johnson represents a new breed of young, organic farmers whose philosophy is to live in harmony with the land and bring back a sustainable way of life. Naturally (no pun intended), he advocates buying local food. In between tending his turnips and perusing the potatoes, Brenton penned this wise, authoritative list of ten reasons to buy local food. This isn't just about helping the local farmer, it's about preserving our planet -- and eatin' better, too!...

 

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With w-a-a-ay too many plastic bottles floating around, the Levi-Strauss company took polyester fiber derived from 3.5 million of them, added cotton, and created a new line of jeans they call the WastLess Collection.

 

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The planet’s ecosystems are changing faster than humans have been able to track, but now a new network of sensors are coming online that will form an “EKG” for Mother Earth.

 

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Editor's Note: This is such an important and inspiring video. If these young people and their stand on food, growing food, sustainability and most of all their willingness to actually do something about it and create change where they are, are any indication of the future of food in this country, then we might just be able to stop worrying a bit. But only as long as we let them be our example and then begin our own permaculture gardens in our communities and backyards.

 

 

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by Danielle Nierenberg

As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. "Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in Nairobi, Kampala, Dakar, and other cities across sub-Saharan Africa," said Danielle Nierenberg, co-director of the Institute's Nourishing the Planet project...

 

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A two-mile stretch of Chicago’s gritty Cermak Road has undergone a $16 million renovation that make it one of the world’s greenest. The project includes cement that eats smog!

 

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by Brenda Hyland

As an avid protein consumer I know well how important it is to eat veggies.  Protein is acidic while vegetables are alkaline and hence a perfect marriage. We need to have the perfect balance of protein and veggies...

 

 

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Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet

According to staggering new statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to some 1.3 billion tons per year. In the developing world, over 40 percent of food losses occur after harvest—while being stored or transported, and during processing and packing. In industrialized countries, more than 40 percent of losses occur as a result of retailers and consumers discarding unwanted but often perfectly edible food...

 

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by Jim ODonnel

A food forest (or forest garden) is an ancient agricultural concept that mimics nature in all its glory.  We’re not talking a vegetable garden here.  Instead, a food forest is a largely self-maintaining whole and inclusive, interdependent and highly productive system of multi-storied trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers, pollinators, soil, water and you...

 

Editor’s Note: Edible forest gardening is easier over the long run than growing annual crops, and can provide more total output or food per acre (though yields of any one crop will be less than food grown in monocultures.)  Here is the first of three parts describing the benefits of food forests and how to make them. 

 

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Solar power holds the promise of cheap sustainable electric power with no moving parts, but the cheap part is still only a promise.  Now a solar company is testing a new approach to solar power that’s actually kinda cute!

 

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by Michael Bloch

If you do a bit of camping and the idea of going for days without a scrub or bathing in cold creeks isn't for you - consider a solar shower bag.

I've been using one of these for years now and as long as you're not in a place that regularly experiences temperatures below around 15C (60F) during the day; this could be a good solution for saving gas ... and water. In addition to financial savings, that means there's environmental benefits too...

 

Editor's Note: The Solar Shower Bag is a handy tool to have around on a camping trip as well as an effective way to conserve water. I recommend getting the Solar Shower Bag if you camp frequently or if you just want to cut down your every day water consumption.

 

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by The Seed Ambassadors Project

We are losing diversity, biologicaland social, at an unprecedented rate. This erosion of diversity directly limits our ecological and social resilience and adaptability within this changing world.

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, crop genetic resources are disappearing at the rate of 1 to 2 percent a year. About 75 percent of agricultural crop diversity is estimated to have been lost since the beginning of the last century.


Editor’s Note: Saving your own seed can not only save you money, but it can also help increase the genetic diversity of our world’s seeds, which will help us to be more resilient in changing times.  Plus it’s fun to do.  This ‘zine written by the Seed Ambassadors Project will help you get started.

 

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Urban Homestead: Local, Organic and in the City

from Organic Connections Magazine

The Dervaes family in Pasadena, California has converted 1/10 of an acre of urban land from concrete slab to gardens, and grows up to three tons of produce per year right there! Imagine what kind of food abundance and vitality would be available to us and our neighbors if those of us with access to land and water produced food where we live.

 

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