Eating well and eating healthy is something we used to take for granted. Nowadays, with more diseases and infirmities plaguing humanity, along with the ever-increasing difficulty of making a decent living in the present economy, a healthy food lifestyle has become somewhat of a luxury. This is far from an ideal situation; good food and good health are things every human being should have, from the humblest of people to the most wealthy and important among us.
It disheartens me to think that only those with bigger paychecks can even hope to afford to buy clean and healthy food. Mass-produced junk that passes for food appears to be cheaper and more readily available, but the ramifications to one’s health from consuming these foods will surely more than make up for the apparent cheapness.
This is why I espouse the idea that more people (even city dwellers) should participate in the business of growing and selling organically and humanely grown livestock and produce. The benefits of such an undertaking will be almost immediate in its manifestation, and I’ll give you, the reader, a few of those positive effects in the hopes of encouraging you to consider (Read More....)
Backpacking is a growing recreation. Thousands of people, every year, saddle up and set out on isolated trails to appreciate the beauty of nature and to meditate in its serenity. Backpacking is essentially free, but is a great way to break away from work and take a break from the mundane, everyday routine. However, when exploring the wilds of nature, maintaining one’s health is of the utmost importance. Hikers are always reporting backpacking-related accidents that could have easily been prevented, had the hikers been more prepared. By taking along the appropriate products, you can ensure personal safety on your next hiking adventure.
Below is a list of five of the most important products to keep your health strong while backpacking.
When walking through the beautiful forests of a national park, backpackers often neglect basic hygiene routines they normally practice every day. Keeping clean hands, washing the face, and cleansing open wounds are as important on a backpacking expedition as they are anywhere else. Certain pathogenic bacteria can live in heavily wooded or tropical regions that your immune system is not regularly exposed to. (Read More....)
Little doubt exists about the many negative consequences of drought in the agricultural industry. However, the additional impacts of drought in other large industries and experienced throughout the world are less apparent. This is due to an economic chain of events that ripple through industries, and even governments in the form of less income or higher associated costs.
Drought has a large impact on the quality and viability of grain crops. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, global crop yields around the world fell short of preliminary expectations for 2012. Moreover, the United States was expected to produce 35.8 percent of the World’s corn in 2012, but by August that percentage had fallen to near 32.2 percent. That decline came despite additional shortfalls in corn production across the globe.
Global crop yields affected by drought had also caused food prices to rise 10 percent in July 2012 per The World Bank. Another substantial impact of drought is the price of non-perishable consumer goods. For example, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported over 75 percent of total U.S. corn crops had become poor (Read More....)
Feeding the world has become harder and harder as the human population balloons. One of the ways that this problem is being tackled is through the use of technology to grow crops where they previously would not have been able to live. Drought resistant crops that can thrive where water is limited increase the ability of farmers to feed the world.
Drought-Associated Crop Issues
Water is not an unlimited resource, and it tends to be fairly unpredictable. All freshwater originally fell as rain, and tends to turn over fairly quickly. This means that if a given region has a dry winter, there’s less water in all of the rivers that drain from that region, potentially affected huge swaths area. Drought resistant crops are very helpful in these situations.
Farmers already plant crops that they think will grow well on their land whenever possible. However, sometimes the crop that sells the best is the one that is least likely to grow in a particular region. In these cases, people often have to make do with meager yields or switch to a less popular, less profitable crop. When the crop serves as a major food source, the situation is even more dire than loss of income.
The Development of Drought Resistant Crops
Drought resistant plants can either be artificially selected for or genetically engineered. (Read More....)
What could be better than stepping out the door first thing in the morning and picking a bowl of organic and natural strawberries or grapes for breakfast? It’s so easy to do that there is no reason not to plant a grape and strawberry garden. It’s cheap and very environmentally friendly.
How to Start a Grape Vine
Grapes come in various seedless and seed varieties and can be started for free. Take a cruise through the neighborhood, and look for neighbors growing grapes. After finding a variety of grape that’s ideal, ask the neighbor for a first year branch that’s about eight-inches in length. This will be a young and succulent branch that’s bright green and not woody. The best time to find this branch is in spring, right after the leaves open on the grape plant.
Take it home and stick it in a vase with water while the planting medium is prepared. Fill a shallow wooden box with clean sand. Beach sand will work fine. Make sure the box has drain holes. Take the grape branch and snip the lower leaves away, leaving a stem with a bunch of leaves at the top. Moisten the sand with water. Now stick only the branch in the sand, covering it to a depth of about one-half inch.
Use River Bottom Soil
In about six to eight weeks, roots will sprout from the grape (Read More....)
When it comes time to head to the store, whether we are struggling college students or six-figure entrepreneurs, our minds inevitably head first to our checkbooks. As important as it is to buy as many organic and environmentally-conscious products as we can, we must admit that these types of items also come with heftier price tags. However, the reason we buy organic is, first and foremost, to protect our bodies from harmful toxins and to provide them with better nutrients, and there are many ways to get the most bang for your buck with this primary goal in mind. Here are a few ways that you can divide up your shopping list according to what most definitely should be purchased organic, and what can be fulfilled with generic products. Read on for some of the top products to buy organic, and where to skimp:
1. Thin-skinned produce.
One of the determining factors in the level of pesticides that will be found in a piece of produce is the amount of protection the fruit or vegetable has against these sprays. Fruits and veggies that are especially absorbent or that have very thin skins are most susceptible to pesticide contamination. Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, (Read More....)