Broadleaf Plantain: A Wonderful Weed

Broadleaf Plantain: A Wonderful Weed

Leaves can be crushed or chewed and applied as a poultice directly to the affected area, or can be steeped in your favorite oil to create an infused oil or salve.

Weekly Health Quiz: Measles, Agriculture and Carbon Dioxide

Weekly Health Quiz: Measles, Agriculture and Carbon Dioxide

Nutritional ketosis mimics the life span-extending properties of fasting A ketogenic diet improves glucose metabolism, lowering your risk for Type 2 diabetes A ketogenic diet can help lower inflammation in your body 2 Estimates suggest how great a percentage of all processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients?

Why Fake Meat and Eliminating Livestock Are Really Bad Ideas

Why Fake Meat and Eliminating Livestock Are Really Bad Ideas

A growing corps of climate experts have warned us repeatedly that we must stop burning fossil fuels; eliminate destructive food, farming and land use practices; and draw down enough carbon dioxide (CO2) from the Earth's atmosphere through regenerative farming/ranching and enhanced natural photosynthesis to return us to 350 parts per million (ppm) or, better yet, to pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm.

Planting ‘Forest Gardens’ Can Promote a More Sustainable Food System

Planting ‘Forest Gardens’ Can Promote a More Sustainable Food System

In a natural ecosystem, there are several layers of plant growth, starting with tall trees at the top, with shorter trees, medium and low shrubs, root crops, climbing plants and low-lying ground cover underneath. Home gardens will also benefit from cover crops, helping to improve the soil, attract beneficial insects and capture more sunlight (energy).

How to Grow Eggplant

How to Grow Eggplant

A sterile seed planting mix will give your eggplants the best chance of survival4 and allow you to blend ingredients to amend the medium you’re working with, such as bark, a coconut fiber called coir and vermiculite.5 Avoid synthetic fertilizer.

Marjoram: Benefits, Uses and Recipes

Marjoram: Benefits, Uses and Recipes

4 pasture-raised chicken breast halves with ribs 24 ounces cherry tomatoes (about 4 cups), stemmed 1/4 cup coconut oil 5 garlic cloves, pressed 1 1/4 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Procedure.

Degeneration Nation: GMOs, Toxic Chemicals and Factory Farms

Degeneration Nation: GMOs, Toxic Chemicals and Factory Farms

Despite all of our efforts in terms of public education and mobilization, corrupt government officials, regulatory agencies and international trade bureaucrats have allowed Monsanto/Bayer, Syngenta/ChemChina, Dow/Dupont and a cabal of multinational agribusiness, chemical, seed and GMO corporations, aided and abetted by Madison Avenue, Wall Street and the mass media, to hijack our food and farming system and slowly but surely undermine our health, degrade the soil, pollute the environment and destabilize the climate.

Save money by growing peppers year round inside your house

Save money by growing peppers year round inside your house

Place one seed — or two, depending on the size of your container — just under the soil, which should be “moist, not wet.” Those newly planted seeds need to be positioned for maximum sun exposure.

Weekly Health Quiz: Nutrients, Fertilization and Spinach

Weekly Health Quiz: Nutrients, Fertilization and Spinach

1 The following nutrient deficiency has been shown to be a primary driver of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: Vitamin B12 Omega-3 Choline Choline appears to be essential for prevention of fatty liver disease, as it is required to move fat out of your liver.

A Guide to Growing Spinach

A Guide to Growing Spinach

1 Spinach is an annual edible flowering plant that may grow to 12 inches high with leaves up to 6 inches wide. Malabar spinach may provide you with a harvest of spinach throughout the summer and fall months until the plant begins to bloom, which changes the taste of the leaves.

Living the Change Documentary

Living the Change Documentary

“For these technologies to be part of the solution, those of us in the developed world need to drastically reduce our energy consumption.” Leaving coal, oil and other natural resources in the ground and replanting forests that have been lost to deforestation is the path we should be on, but instead humanity is still clearing grasslands to plant monocrops like corn to make ethanol — a perfect example of the dichotomy of many “green” products and fuels.

Tips for Growing and Harvesting Aloe Vera

Tips for Growing and Harvesting Aloe Vera

Aloe vera — of which there are about 450 species 1 — is a succulent plant that thrives in tropical areas of the world and is well-known for its soothing qualities, especially for skin conditions such as burns, rashes, cuts and scrapes, but also for more serious skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Benefits of Growing Blackberries

Benefits of Growing Blackberries

Extended harvesting, longer growing season and thornless varieties make cultivated plants more enticing if you are adding blackberries to your garden. Although the health benefits of blackberries go beyond anthocyanins, it also wise to remember the fruit contains fructose.

Growing Sweet Potatoes: How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

Growing Sweet Potatoes: How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

Since the tubers average 4 to 6 inches in length, and the vines can grow up to 20 feet in length, each plant needs plenty of space Water regularly during growing season, but avoid using fertilizer, as this will not improve the size of the tubers (it typically just increases foliage on the vine) The sweet potatoes will be ready to harvest in three to four months, depending on the variety.

What Are the Benefits and Uses of Safflower?

What Are the Benefits and Uses of Safflower?

1 The name is believed to be derived from the medieval French word “saffleur,” or from the Old Italian word “saffiore.” 2 It is identified by its strong central stems that can grow from 12 to 36 inches tall, and branches that produce one to five yellow or orange flower heads that bloom in late July.

EAT-Lancet Commission To Give Advice on Global Food System

EAT-Lancet Commission To Give Advice on Global Food System

You can vote with your wallet by seeking out local farmers who use regenerative or biodynamic farming practices for your plant- and animal-based food products.

Top 6 Reasons to Support Regenerative Agriculture

Top 6 Reasons to Support Regenerative Agriculture

Reason No. 2: Regenerative Farming Protects Water Sources and Diminishes Water Demands Industrial agriculture also promotes water waste through use of flood irrigation, destruction of soil quality and poor crop choices.

European soils contain a cocktail of pesticide residues

European soils contain a cocktail of pesticide residues

“Considering that we tested less than 20% of the active substances currently approved in the EU markets, pesticide residue occurrence in soils might actually be higher,” the authors state.

Your Guide for Growing Okra

Your Guide for Growing Okra

Red colored okra include Red Velvet, Burgundy and Bowling Red. If you're looking for an oversized vegetable, try the Perkins Mammoth long pod maturing in 60 days and growing to a height of 6 to 10 feet.

Build Better Health by Growing Your Own Food

Build Better Health by Growing Your Own Food

Other commonly sprouted beans, nuts, seeds and grains include: Another plant that is easy to grow that has many valuable health benefits is fennel.

Beavers May Benefit Endangered Salmon Species

Beavers May Benefit Endangered Salmon Species

9 Speaking to The Atlantic, Pollock explained, “Beavers create complex habitat and enhance local biological diversity in a way that’s really unique … They do a much better job of managing these systems than we do.” 10 Beavers Slow Down Water Flow — An Understated Benefit to the Environment Ben Goldfarb, an environmental journalist who has written extensively about beavers, describes beavers as a keystone species because their dams and resulting beaver ponds support so many other organisms.

Civilizations That Depend on Annual Agriculture Collapse

Civilizations That Depend on Annual Agriculture Collapse

Annual monocrops destroy the soil and the surrounding ecosystems, whereas regenerative agriculture rebuilds it, increasing soil organic matter and leading to a number of beneficial outcomes.

How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

Although Sweet Alyssum is best known for the fragrant white-flowered type, the plant does come in a variety of other colors as shown in this short video, including:10 Planting and Caring for Your Hardy Annual Sweet Alyssum Flower

How to Grow Honeysuckle

How to Grow Honeysuckle

Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera), also known as desert honeysuckle, is not a real honeysuckle10 but rather a relative of the shrimp plant, another bloom popular in Central Texas.11 While both shrubs and climbing varieties are easy to cultivate, they have different requirements in terms of soil, pruning and training:12

Herbs and Spices: Turmeric Herb Benefits and Uses

Herbs and Spices: Turmeric Herb Benefits and Uses

Most people are familiar with turmeric (scientific name: Curcuma longa1) as a yellow spice that's used in Indian cuisine, and has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor.2 Traditionally called "Indian saffron," turmeric comes from a rhizome with rough brown skin, dull orange flesh3 and an earthy scent said to be more pungent than ginger.4 However, there's more to this vibrant spice than meets the eye.

Biosolids Are Contaminating Your Food

Biosolids Are Contaminating Your Food

In his article,2 Lewis blew the whistle on corruption and conflict of interest at the EPA causing industrial waste and toxins to be added into fertilizer that is then applied to farm land and added to potting soil.

Lavender Benefits, Uses and Recipes

Lavender Benefits, Uses and Recipes

Relieving respiratory disorders — If diffused via an inhaler or a vaporizer, lavender essential oil can help treat inflammatory respiratory conditions like asthma.6 This recipe, which comes from Honest Cooking, contains a mixture of lettuce, onions, feta and peaches to provide various essential nutrients for optimal health.

Soil Organic Matter Is the Secret to Good Food

Soil Organic Matter Is the Secret to Good Food

Where CAFOs pollute and destroy the soil, regenerative farming rebuilds it. According to Williams, by using regenerative agriculture techniques, they’re able to build new soil organic matter at a rate of 0.5 percent to 1 percent annually.

Great Tips for Growing Squash

Great Tips for Growing Squash

As demonstrated in the video above, summer squash grow in a low bushy formation and work well in containers or in the ground, while winter squash grow along vines, working best when planted directly in the ground.8 If you live in an area with a short growing season, you can start the seeds indoors approximately two to three weeks before the date of your last frost.