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Aquaponics. DIY Greenhouses. Food Storage. Whole Fraud: Exposing the Myth of So-Called Natural Foods. On Jan. 31, organic and natural foods giant Whole Foods Market (WFM) once again attacked the Organic Consumers Association, the nation's leading watchdog on organic standards, as being too "hard-line" for insisting that retailers like WFM stop selling, or at least start labeling, billions of dollars worth of so-called "natural" foods in their stores - foods that are laced with unlabeled, hazardous genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.

Whole Fraud: Exposing the Myth of So-Called Natural Foods

WFM's most recent attack on OCA predictably backfired, throwing gasoline on the fiery debate surrounding my previous essay "The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto. " In that essay, written in January 2011, I criticized WFM and several other well-known organic companies for their foolish (now hopefully repudiated) stance of espousing "co-existence" with the USDA and Monsanto, in exchange for minimal federal regulation of genetically engineered crops. Growing awareness has created a strong organic movement The myth of "natural" remains a threat Step two?

Bill Mollison - In Grave Danger of Falling Food [1of5] Welcome to Seattle Tilth! — Seattle Tilth. You can grow your own food. We can help. Food Forest Open Source Hub. Intentional earth stewardship by creating an abundant and productive food forest is, in our opinion, essential to comprehensive food sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Food Forest Open Source Hub

It is also foundational to regenerating our planet and One Community’s Highest Good of All philosophy. TakePart - News, Culture, Videos and Photos That Make the World Better. Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward.

TakePart - News, Culture, Videos and Photos That Make the World Better

A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest. Food Forests: All-You-Can-Eat and Coming to a City Near You. Consider it a modern take on the legendary tale of Johnny Appleseed.

Vancouver, B.C., has announced plans to plant food forests, with over 150,000 fruit and nut trees on city streets, in parks, and on city-owned lands in the next eight years, reports the Vancouver Sun . At the moment, the city has about 600 fruit and nut trees on city streets, and another 425 can be found in the city's parks, community gardens, and pocket orchards. "Street trees play an important role in helping Vancouver adapt to climate change, manage stormwater run-off, support biodiversity, and even provide food," Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement about the food forests to the city's council last week. It's that last factor that matters to hunger advocates: Fruit and nut trees are basically free food forests. (That's not to mention that the three other perks also affect the food supply in indirect ways, as evidenced by the 2012 droughts that have taken their toil on farmlands stateside.) Ron Finley: Food Forest. FULL (EXTENDED) INTERVIEW: Vandana Shiva.

U.N: Small-Scale Farming Could Double the World's Food Production. Carla Hall + Tuesday, April 22 Baked Spinach & Herb Omelet View Pin It Sangrita Soup Black Bean Nacho Pizza Breakfast Lunch Dinner This Week The Next Seven Days in Your Kitchen, One Day at A Time.

U.N: Small-Scale Farming Could Double the World's Food Production

One Million Gardens can change the world. The Guerrilla Gardening Home Page. Guerrilla Gardening Seed Bomb Guide. How to Make a Seed Bomb. All materials in this instructable are cheap or free, easy to find, and are natural and organic.

How to Make a Seed Bomb

Clay from your area if available or if clay unavailable in your area you can use crayola air dry clay and is found in walmart for about $5.00 (used to protect the seeds from insects, birds, etc. that might eat them)Water (For forming clay, do not water seed bomb when finished)Seeds native to your area (Check with your local Nature Conservancy or your state's department of natural resources for which seeds/plants are native to your area)( buy seed mixtures of native flowers and plants.

Not only will they grow well, they will not crowd out other plants, disrupt bird and insect populations, or do other environmental damage)Compost or worm castingsYogurt container top or any large flat surface For the dried red clay mix 5 parts clay with 1 part compost and 1 part flower seeds, put some careful drops of water into the mixture(make sure not to make it into a goopy sloppy mess!)

TEDxDirigo - Roger Doiron - A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard. Edible City: Grow the Revolution. ExtraShare. Falling Fruit. RipeTrack. WWOOF-USA® - Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA. Biowave Industries. Solving the Food Problem - click on photo to view page Pictures/Shows.

Biowave Industries

Out in the Open: This Farmbot Makes Growing Food as Easy as Playing Farmville. Image: Farmbot The world’s population is expected to grow from about 7 billion to over 9 billion by 2050.

Out in the Open: This Farmbot Makes Growing Food as Easy as Playing Farmville

That’s means we’re going to need more food. A lot more food. To grow it, the world’s farms must increase production by about 60 percent, according to a report published last year by the World Resources Institute. Got Weeds? Use Vinegar, Not Roundup. NEED PROOF THAT VINEGAR IS A WEED-TERMINATOR?

Got Weeds? Use Vinegar, Not Roundup

Just look at the weeds growing along a pea-gravel path in my Herb Garden. These were photographed yesterday afternoon, just moments before I sprayed them with cheap, straight-from-the-bottle, store-brand white vinegar. Here’s what all that greenery looked like this morning: I’d say those weeds are deader than dead. And that’s why I use vinegar on the gravel paths, brick walk-ways, and blue-stone patio here at A Garden for the House. And speaking of Roundup!

The next time you want to murder your weeds, why douse them with something that will remain in the soil for who knows how long? Application: I use a pump-sprayer to apply vinegar. Farmers tackle pests with colas. For farmers in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh it is cheaper than pesticides and gets the job done just as well. The product? Pepsi or Coca-Cola. Agricultural scientists give them some backing - they say the high sugar content of the drinks can make them effective in combating pests. Unsurprisingly, Pepsi and Coca-Cola strongly disagree, saying there is nothing in the drinks that can be used in pest control. Cheaper Farmers in the Durg, Rajnandgaon and Dhamtari districts of Chhattisgarh say they have successfully used Pepsi and Coke to protect their rice plantations against pests. It is a trend that has been seen in other parts of India, with farmers also using Indian brands of colas. The practice of using soft drinks in lieu of pesticides, which are 10 times more expensive, is gaining so much popularity that sales of the drinks have increased drastically in remote villages.

Farmers say the use of pesticides costs them 70 rupees ($1.50) an acre. Old practice. Enjoy Fresh, Local Food All Year. Can you name three crops that will keep easily for months in a cool closet?

Enjoy Fresh, Local Food All Year

How John Muir Is Revolutionizing the Farm-to-Table Food Movement - Joe Fassler.

Seed Banks

Plant Identification. Gardening. Companion Planting.