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And about time for rights to nature? By Begonia Filgueira It took until 1998 for the UK Parliament to incorporate human rights directly into the domestic legal system. In light of the dangers posed by climate change, is it time to go one step further and grant rights to the Earth herself? Bolivia has done just that – the Mother Earth Rights Law (Ley 071(21 December 2010)) has now come into force. Congratulations to everyone involved in drafting and promoting this law. With Evo Morales’ Party (the Movement Towards Socialism) having a majority in Congress and the Senate, this law passed without much opposition. It is a wonderful legal milestone, which I have been advocating for a number of years as the only way to balance the rights that humans have with the protection of the Planet and ultimately the human race. The Law itself The First Article of this law sets out its objective: “To recognise the rights of [Mother] Earth, and the obligations and duties of a Pluri-National State and of society to guarantee these rights” Mother Earth defined
Organic Garden Pest Control Safe and effective ways to deter and eliminate garden pests. A garden is a food source— so it seethes with life. Organic garden pest control is a safe and easy way to fix those critters that think your food is their food! As with all things in nature, there is a balance. Gardening organically doesn't upset that sensitive arrangement too much. We've got to eat of course, and we're not hunter-gathers now, so we sow, plant and harvest on cleared land. Even if we practice organic gardening, controlling pests is still necessary. Good soil produces good plants and keeps their carbohydrate, protein, chemical (including pest deterrents) and other nutrient ratio in balance. Poor soil undernourishes plants which hampers their production. So keep your soil healthy and pests will not flock to feed on them. Enlightened farmers now use what they call integrated pest management (IPM). Essential information about controlling garden pests organically Decide what you need to do and do no more.
Growing Your Own Garlic - Planting Growing Harvesting and Storing Garlic As far as I'm concerned, garlic gets the blue ribbon for growing your own. It's absurdly easy to plant and care for; it tastes great; it looks beautiful and it takes up so little ground that even those with very small gardens can raise enough to be self-sufficient in garlic for a good part of the year. All you have to do is choose the right varieties; plant at the right time, in the right soil; then harvest when just right and store correctly. 1. Choosing Types of Garlic If you look in a specialist catalog like the one at Gourmet Garlic Gardens, you'll find dozens of varieties of garlic listed. You see where this is going – and you can see a lot more types of garlic on either of those websites, but for general purposes the most important difference is the one between softneck and hardneck. Softnecks are so called because the whole green plant dies down to pliancy, leaving nothing but the bulb and flexible stems that are easy to braid. Gardeners in most of the U.S. can try some of both. 2.
Don’t Blame Mother Nature. | Boomer Warrior (This article by Peter Carter was previously posted on Uprage. Peter is now cross-posting on BoomerWarrior – Editor’s Note.) Public Broadcasting Service PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) is great and just published an article by Rebecca Jacobson about American farmers suffering under this year’s extreme weather and this summer’s severe US drought. But really Rebecca, could you have picked a dumber opening sentence? You can’t blame Mother Nature for these ‘unnatural’ natural disasters. “These are just some of the new normals for farmers around the world”, said Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of Minnesota. We must get this right. A silent video of excellent high-quality images covering the whole terrible spectrum of what was euphemistically being called ‘global environmental change’. Well now we know. Drought Other people are saying we have been hurting Mother Nature and now she’s hitting us back. Merlin Friesen from Filley, Nebraska:
Got ticks &bugs? Get Guineas! by Jeannette Ferguson from the... Got ticks? Got obnoxious bugs and garden pests? Tired of insects destroying your flower beds and leaves and gardens? Just maybe guineas are for you. Years ago when I was unable to participate in the local garden club flower shows, I discovered guineas to be the solution to my problem. Just over a year after raising guineas, not only was I able to enter flower shows, but I won 102 ribbons and several rosettes that first season. Guinea fowl range across the property taking bites of weed seeds, insects, grasshoppers, Japanese Beetles and other obnoxious bugs with nearly every step they take. I also keep chickens but have been unable to free range them because of the damage they would do to the flowers and flower beds-mostly due to scratching for bugs and insects beneath the surface, or scratching to dust bathe and in the process, pulling up plants-roots and all. The farmer’s watchdog Guinea fowl are very entertaining to watch as they patrol across the property. Learn more about guineas at…
Building a Two-Can Bioreactor Purpose Two-can bioreactors are designed to be used as small-scall indoor composting units for families, and for composting as an educational tool in the classroom. Materials 32-gallon plastic garbage can 20-gallon plastic garbage can drill brick spigot (optional) duct tape (optional) insulation (optional) Construction Using a drill, make 15 to 20 holes (0.5" to 1" diameter) through the bottom of the 20-gallon can. Note: A system of 10-gallon plastic garbage cans that can fit inside 20-gallon cans can be substituted if space is a problem. The composting process in the cans will take from three to five weeks. Credits
Bees 101 | Honey Bee Haven Bees pollinate a significant majority of the world's food. In North America alone, honey bees pollinate nearly 95 kinds of fruits, including almonds, avocados, cranberries and apples. In fact, we can thank honey bees for one in three bites of food we eat. We all rely on bees – and the pollination services they provide – every day. What’s happening to bees? In recent years, bees have been dying off in droves. In 2006, about two years after this phenomenon hit the U.S., it was named “Colony Collapse Disorder,” or CCD. Much has been made over the "mystery" surrounding CCD, but two points of consensus have emerged: Multiple, interacting causes are in play – key suspects include pathogens, habitat loss and pesticides; andImmune system damage is a critical factor that may be at the root of the disorder. State of the Science PAN's report Honey Bees and Pesticides: State of the Science presents findings from dozens of scientific studies, focusing on the link between pesticides and CCD.