The ‘Tesla of eco-villages’ is developing off-grid villages that grow their own food and generate their own power


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If you move into a new neighborhood being constructed outside of Amsterdam, your salad greens might come from the greenhouse attached to your home. Your eggs could be gathered from the village chicken coop, and your food waste would all get harvested for compost.

ReGen Villages is a startup real estate development company aiming to build small, self-sustaining residential communities around the world. The first one is expected to be completed in Almere, Netherlands in 2018. Unlike traditional subdivisions, ReGen villages would be “regenerative” (hence the name), since they’d use resources in a closed loop.

“Regenerative means systems where the output of one system can actually be the input of another,” ReGen’s founder, James Ehrlich tells Business Insider.

In ReGen villages, household food waste is composted and fed to flies, which in turn feeds fish, which then fertilizes aquaponic gardens (multi-layered systems that combine fish farming and hydroponic agriculture, with plant roots submerged in nutrient-rich solution rather than soil). Those aquaponic farms grow produce for residents to eat, as do seasonal gardens, which are be fertilized by waste from livestock raised to feed residents. Rainwater is harvested and filtered for use in the farms and gardens, and on-site solar panels power the homes.

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Though this kind of regenerative, self-sufficient neighborhood might sound like a pipe dream, ReGen has already determined its first two sites. Ehrlich says he expects to sign a memo of understanding for a plot of land in Lund, Sweden in the coming weeks — the agreement will outline the intent to purchase the land and set forth initial terms. And ReGen’s first site in the Netherlands is currently undergoing archaeological testing to make sure the village won’t be built on top of any historic ruins.

Ehrlich expects to break ground there in the first quarter of 2017, begin construction by the end of the summer, and have the first 25 homes built by the end of the year.

Each completed village will house 100 families on about 50 acres. Each family’s house will have an attached greenhouse for growing personal crops, and the village’s communal farms and livestock will be managed and run by ReGen staff. Individuals can pitch in their labor as a way to lower the monthly fees homeowners pay on top of their mortgages. (In the Almere community, Ehrlich expects that cost to be around $560.)

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“It’s this concept that the way you look at a subdivision is edible, so you walk through the path and there’s berries and fruit trees and nuts and spices and all kinds of things to enjoy,” Ehrlich says. “We don’t do lawns, we don’t do golf courses or tennis courts. That’s a good place to grow food, so we’re going to grow food there.”

Ehrlich refers to ReGen as the “Tesla of eco-villages,” because he says the neighborhoods will allow eco-conscious people to elegantly go off the grid on their own terms. The villages will also use sensors and technology to monitor energy use, farming efficiency, and living patterns, and send that data to the cloud so villages in similar geographic regions can learn from each other. The strategy is similar to the way Tesla uses machine learning to analyze data gathered from the autopilot systems in its cars.

ReGen, which was founded in 2015, has partnered with Copenhagen-based architecture firm Effekt to design all the villages. Ehrlich says he hopes to build many more than the two that are already in progress — he’s in discussions about buying sites in Denmark, Norway, Germany and Belgium.

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Ehrlich says the ReGen villages are designed to give people an environmentally friendly alternative to urban life. He also hopes they can help make agriculture more sustainable and less wasteful.

He envisions these communities as disaster-resistant as well, since they could likely continue running if the current grid were compromised. He mentions Superstorm Sandy as an example.

“My family was without power for three weeks, and it got real after about three days,” he says. “You run out of food, and your credit card doesn’t work, and even if you have cash, you go to the supermarket and the shelves are bare. It doesn’t take long for civilization to collapse, for there to be chaos.”

Not every village could produce enough food or harvest enough water to satisfy all of its residents, of course. Ehrlich says the percentage of the nutritional needs the village could fulfill will depend on the climate in a given place (a farm in Hawaii could produce more year-round food than one in Sweden), as well as what the residents have come to expect to eat (imported delicacies, processed food, etc).

But Ehrlich’s initial estimates are optimistic — he says a village could produce enough fresh food to take care of 50-100% of the needs of its residents.

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And if there’s any excess food or energy gathered, he says, that could also be sold, and the profits could offset residents’ fees.

Ehrlich’s next step is to firm up the designs for the different houses that prospective buyers will be able to purchase in the Netherlands. Then he can start compiling the initial list of people who are seriously interested in moving in.

Source:

http://www.businessinsider.com/self-sufficient-village-regen-2016-9

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/self-sufficient-village-regen-2016-9

LOCAL, PHOTOS: We begin to lean in to Summer Solstice


In case you haven’t noticed, the Sun is rising further NE than at any other time of year. Likewise, it sets further NW. All day long, it arcs across the sky nearly overhead, which is why the day is so much longer than the night. Unlike in winter, when at that Solstice Sun rises SE and sets SW, and never gets that far above the horizon during its short days.

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So here we are, nearly at Summer Solstice, the time of fullness, when the dreams of winter manifest in reality, thanks to the Sun, which heats the earth and makes seemingly lifeless plants turn green, grow, and flower. Hildegaard, a 12th century mystic nun, called this phenomenon “veriditas,” the greening, that mysterious force of Nature to which we owe our very lives.

For this location, the Solstice itself, when the Sun reaches 0°00 Cancer, occurs at 6:45 PM EDT, Monday evening, June 20, and about ten hours after this month’s Full Moon at 5°42 Capricorn.

This Summer Solstice imprints on us the ongoing Saturn/Neptune/Jupiter T-cross which has us all so bedazzled and befuddled by the many varieties, one might say, of “Truth,” — notice the many names we have for it now, “truthiness,” “verisimilitude,” “credibility,” and so on: Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Virgo, large vs. small, philosophical vs. analytic, either or both of which can crush our most sensitive feelings (Neptune in Pisces).

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And this Solstice brings us the powerful, ongoing Mars in Scorpio drama, which forces old buried, emotional stuff to the surface, for review, and hopefully, release.

Here in the Green Acres Permaculture Village, we are readying ourselves for an event, to be held Sunday evening, the night before Solstice. This event will have three parts.

First, at 5 P.M., an orientation for anyone who is interested in joining hOUR Bloomington Timebank,  a wonderful, and powerful way to both extend one’s valuable time and skills to others in exchange for time and skills that you need, not necessarily from the same person. Timebanks value each person’s contribution as equal to all others; whether someone helps another cleaning their house, or giving their services as an attorney, both are equally valued. Timebanks are one way that we can create an eco-nomy, below the money matrix. An added benefit of the Timebank is that it helps us meet new people. Obviously, the more people who sign up for the timebank, the more valuable it becomes for its members. This event will herald hOUR timebank’s first anniversary!

We are holding the event here in the Green Acres Village, partly because I need the hours! I currently owe about 30 hours — thanks to computer help from a member who does IT — and so must make up those hours! Everything I do to prepare for this event, including writing this post, cleaning up the patio, deciding how to publicize it, talking with others about it, cleaning up afterwards, etc. etc., helps me discharge my debt to the timebank.

Not that I wouldn’t be doing a Solstice event anyhow. Over the years we in Green Acres have held a number of Solstice events, both Summer and Winter. About ten years ago, we did an event so elaborate that it required a workshop beforehand to make the decorations for it, and included a parade through the neighborhood and a wishing tree. Two years ago, we held a Solstice Ceremony and breakfast at the moment of the Solstice itself, which happened to be around 6:30 AM! We thought no one would come except we who live here. To our surprise, a dozen people showed up. At that ceremony, my friend Ted led us in a blessing for the garden. Which led me to invite him to come down from Oakwood Retreat Center where he lives, once again, to lead us in a blessing.

But that’s later in the evening. First, as I said, the Timebank oreintation.

Next, at around 6 p.m. potluck. And I hear rumors that there will be music for this one, that someone is bringing instruments. Great!

And finally, at around 7:30 p.m. our Solstice Ceremony, which will include an initial circle, where I will talk about the symbology of Summer Solstice and podmate Brie will talk about what we are doing here to manifest our vision; Rebecca will then lead a tour through the grounds of this three-house complex; finally, we will circle up again for Ted to lead us in a Blessing Ceremony, this time not just for the Green Acres Garden, but for the Green Acres Village germinating here in Green Acres, this sweet little community springing up in the middle of an existing neighborhood.

Here’s the patio where our event will be held. This patio saw many many events last year, including the Witchy Woman’s Equinox Celebration and Ceremony!

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Last night neighbor Jen and I sorted rock and bricks, lining one of the patio garden beds with the bricks,

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and handing the rocks to Rebecca, who is busy making a path to the new chicken house next door.

(By the way, one of the things that helps what we are doing as “wild” permaculturists be more acceptable townspeople is to make edges like that above. To show that our work is intentional, no accident. Somehow, borders help sooth the fears of those whose imaginations limit them to loud mowing of featureless, monocultured, herbicided lawns.)

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The new chicks are still separated from the older hens,

new chicks— oops! I’m at the gate and look down; there are two of the five hens. No, no, you can’t come out right now!

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Since Rebecca is the designer of the grounds, our place is not just practical, but artistic.

Here’s a standing stone . . .

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And a bird’s nest flower . . .

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I asked Rebecca what she wanted me to do today (I try to give an hour or two to the project on a daily basis). Plant these little flowers, she told me.

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“Where?”

“Anywhere!”

“What color will their flowers be?”

“I don’t know! We thought they were berry plants, and they’re not!”

I’ll end with Brie’s third weekly “communique” to the CSA members of our new Green Acres Urban Farm.

Oh yeah, and check out especially this news!

 

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Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies


From blue corn to bison, narrow federal food-safety codes impact tribal food systems. But advocates are writing their own food laws to preserve Native food sovereignty.
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SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. – Jacob Butler eyed a lemon tree—its bright yellow fruit nestled among thick green leaves and set against the blue Arizona sky—then checked on the tiny pomegranates and grapes in the garden as a black-striped lizard darted into the shade of a mesquite tree. In the distance, downtown Phoenix glittered under the rising sun.

”Our garden is a platform to perpetuate our culture.“

“We try to grow what’s been here for hundreds, if not thousands, of years,” says Butler, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community garden coordinator, as he surveyed the land and the plants growing on it. “For the past 13 years we’ve been doing this, so it’s in the minds of the people now.”

Traditionally, Pima and Maricopa tribal members grew lima beans, squash, corn, and other vegetables; used mesquite trees for food, medicine, and other practical purposes; and relied on wild game for food. Today, about 12,000 acres of their reservation are used for industrial farming—cotton, alfalfa, potatoes, and other commercial crops—but, in the garden where Butler works, agriculture isn’t a financial boon: It’s a way to strengthen and cultivate culture.

“What are the stories that go along with this tree? What’s the story we tell that says when squash came to the people or corn came to the people? What are the songs that go with those things?” says Butler. “That’s what we incorporate here: Our garden is a platform to perpetuate our culture.”

According to Butler, tribal members once cultivated myriad varieties of beans, squash, and melons. Now, many of those crops have become extinct and their stories lost, and losing other heirloom foods would have irreversible effects on cultural practices.

Indigenous communities have been sustained by thousands of years of food knowledge. But recent federal food safety rules could cripple those traditional systems and prevent the growth of agricultural economies in Indian Country, according to advocates and attorneys. Of the 567 tribal nations in the United States, only a handful have adopted laws that address food production and processing. Without functioning laws around food, tribes engaged in anything from farming to food handling and animal health are ceding power to state and federal authorities.

To protect tribal food systems, those advocates and attorneys are taking the law into their own hands, literally, by writing comprehensive food codes that can be adopted by tribes and used to effectively circumvent federal food safety codes. Because tribes retain sovereignty—complicated and sometimes limited though it may be—they can assert an equal right with the federal government to establish regulations for food handling.

Recent federal food safety rules could cripple those traditional systems.

“Tribal sovereignty is food sovereignty, and how do you assert food sovereignty?” says A-dae Romero-Briones, a consultant with the First Nations Development Institute, an economic development organization. “You do that through a tribal code.”

Food codes and laws are basic legislation governing agriculture and food processing. Food codes are good things: They are designed to protect consumers from products that could make them sick or even kill them, as with a national salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter in 2008, and, more recently, E. Coli outbreaks at Chipotle restaurants in 11 states.

Since 2011, food laws have become tougher, thanks to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the first major rewrite of U.S. food-safety laws in more than 50 years. Under FSMA, producers must take into account everything from the packaging and refrigeration of products to how crops are grown, all in the name of safety. These safety controls raise interesting questions in Indian Country.

Traditionally, Pima and Maricopa tribal members grew lima beans, squash, corn, and other vegetables. Today, about 12,000 acres of their reservation are used for industrial farming. YES! photo by Tristan Ahtone.

In many Native communities, for example, access to certified kitchens and state-of-the-art facilities is slim to nonexistent. That means producers often must rely on traditional knowledge to make foods that are safe for consumption. One example, says Romero-Briones, is blue corn products.

“That’s an industry that has existed for generations,” she says. “But if you want to produce it or process it in traditional fashions, you’re probably not going to be able to do that because you’re going to have to do it in a certified kitchen.”

Under FSMA, tribal food economies face two options: Assimilate by complying with federal law or keep tribal food products confined to the reservation.

“It’s one thing to say that we have to develop food and process food in certain ways, but it’s another thing to recognize that tribes have their own versions of food safety,” says Romero-Briones. “Tribes have been developing food economies for thousands of years.”

Another example of how traditional foods are impacted is buffalo slaughter. Dozens of tribes from the Dakotas to Oklahoma are engaged in buffalo management and harvesting. But those hoping to get buffalo products into markets outside of tribal communities often face big hurdles.

”Tribes have been developing food economies for thousands of years.“

Buffalo, for example, is considered an exotic animal under federal guidelines, says Dan Cornelius, with the Intertribal Agriculture Council. And that has repercussions when it comes to what the federal government will support.

“For domestic animals, USDA will pay for the cost of that inspector. For exotics, they don’t,” Cornelius says.

Inspections can run as high as $70 an animal, and all buffalo products must be processed in an FDA-approved facility. By implementing food codes, tribes could find alternative ways to getting buffalo meat inspected and processed. Cornelius says building an infrastructure that lowers costs would allow buffalo meat to get to market faster.

“Ultimately, is it a safe process? If it is, then how can you develop a tribally specific provision that still is ensuring a safe and healthy food but is addressing that barrier where there is a conflict?” he says.

So how do 567 different tribes with 567 different traditions, needs, and goals go about writing food codes specific to their cultural heritages? They call a lawyer. Specifically, Janie Hipp, director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, a legal think tank at the University of Arkansas.

Hipp, a former senior advisor for tribal relations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says her office has already received dozens of calls from tribal governments about food inspection and how to get tribal products off reservation and into other markets.

One area of concern has been general food safety. With the passage of FSMA, laws governing how food is grown, processed, and handled are changing rapidly.

According to Hipp, tribal governments need to respond, not only to protect their own producers, but also to protect their own existing food production systems.

Jacob Butler in the seed bank. YES! photo by Tristan Ahtone.

Intellectual property is another priority. Many tribes have specific, traditional uses for seeds, crops, and livestock, and, without laws to protect a tribe’s unique use of a particular plant or animal, a corporation could trademark and commercialize that product—anything from Wojapi, a Lakota dessert made from berries, to Piki, a traditional Hopi bread made from cornmeal.

“Having nothing on the books is not an option anymore,” says Hipp. “Regardless of whether it’s a commercialized product or a traditional and very sheltered and protected product, the law needs to be robust in that area.”

The development of tribal food codes isn’t a copy-and-paste job, though. It’s more of a choose-your-own-adventure situation where newly written laws can be adopted, then tweaked to an individual tribe’s needs. As portions of the code are written, they’re made public so tribal governments can start adapting them. So far, Hipp says the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has had more than a dozen meetings with tribes.

”Are we putting our seeds at risk?”

“I don’t think it does anybody any good for us to just sit and bake it up for three years,” said Hipp. “We would prefer to roll things out, get in touch, modify, have it be a more organic process than to just have everybody sitting outside the room waiting for the release.”

Back at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community garden, Jacob Butler pulled a brown paper bag off a shelf. He dipped his hand into the bag and produced a fistful of white pea seeds.

Most of the seeds in the seed bank are heirlooms with genealogies stretching back hundreds of years. YES! photo by Tristan Ahtone.

“My generation and generations before me, we all went to school outside of the community,” says Butler. “None of us really got taught our culture directly at home because our parents were taught that it was a detriment to our success.”

The seed bank is currently housed in a janitor’s closet with brown paper bags, plastic bottles, and glass containers full of pinto-striped runner beans, amaranth, basil, luffa, corn, and dozens of other seeds. But Butler says he has concerns for their future.

“For me, it’s cross-contamination with [genetically modified] seeds,” he says. “If this was to become a bigger enterprise, where we were growing traditional foods for sale, then are we putting our seeds at risk?”

Most of the seeds are heirlooms with genealogies stretching back hundreds of years, and Butler says one of his next projects is to meticulously catalogue every item in the bank for future Pima and Maricopa farmers.

“There are kids that have grown up being a part of this program that know right off the bat, ‘Oh hey, that’s a Keli Baasho or a muskmelon,’” Butler says as he looked around the shelves. “That word Keli Baasho means ‘old man’s chest,’ so they’re associating that melon with language.”

With food and culture so intimately intertwined and vital to the survival of Salt River, the tribe has some big ideas to consider when it comes to the future of agriculture: Will it be commercial or traditional? What constitutes organic? How will the few remaining heirloom crops be protected from GMO contamination? Will Pima and Maricopa crops be sold, and, if so, how will they be kept safe for consumers? Salt River has yet to decide on those issues, and Butler says adopting a comprehensive food code would start the process of strengthening the tribe’s future: Native people growing native foods, protected and guided by native laws.

“It’s a conversation we should be having,” says Butler. “People are wanting to see change.”

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/tribes-create-their-own-food-laws-to-stop-usda-from-killing-native-food-economies-20160524

Homemade Garden Insect Spray That Really Works


You’ll love this homemade insect spray recipe that we found at An Oregon Cottage! It is easy to make and works effectively against garden bugs. Plus, it does’t have a foul smell.

Many thanks to 

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Homemade Garlic-Mint Garden Insect Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole heads garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 3 c. mint leaves (and stems, too)
  • 2 tsp. dry cayenne pepper
  • 12 c. water
  • 2 small squirts of biodegradable dishwashing liquid

Directions: 

  • Add the garlic and mint to a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.
  • Transfer mixture to a large pot and add the cayenne and 12c. water.
  • Bring to a boil; remove from heat and let sit overnight.
  • Strain into a couple spray bottles (or gallon garden sprayer) and add the two small squirts of dish soap.

To use it:

  • Shake well before each use.
  • This mainly repels bugs, though if they rub against it, it can kill them.
  • Spray all the leaves on affected plants, including the undersides – preferably on a cloudy day so as not to burn the plants.
  • Wait a few days to see the affect and then apply more if needed.

Source: AnOregonCottage.com

http://www.dailyview.co/homemade-insect-spray-really-works/

President Putin facilitates the “Space of Love” concept in Russia


Note: Before the illegal military occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the 1890’s, there was no concept as “land ownership”. The monarchy gave residents a parcel of land to steward in perpetuity and was theirs pass on to family members – as long as the land was cared for as mutually agreed upon, based on land covenants.  This is an interesting move to observe on Putin’s behalf….Blessings, {~A~}
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In January 2015 Russia enacted the principle thing that Anastasia suggests for all nations to do:

– For the governments of the world to GIFT to all families of that nation what she termed “a Space of Love” or a “Kin’s Domain”. This is an area of land that a couple, a group of retirees, or a “family” (a very wide definition here) would establish for themselves and their children and grandchildren, into perpetuity. This would involve putting up your permanent buildings and out-houses such as sheds, woodwork shop, chicken coops, fish farming processing plant, home dairy (cheese, yoghut, etc production), milking shed, piggery, etc… (whatever YOU and your family want!) and planting your permanent fruiting trees and berries, and your timber trees for future generations, and obviously, establishing your vegetable garden. In English-language terms, a “Kin’s Domain” would be the family’s or the group’s “homestead”.

Anastasia specified that the area of land GIVEN to each couple or family should be One Hectare (just as Russian Deputy PM Yuri Tretnev proposed pre-2015) – so people can plant their own crops, raise small animals, have space for their children to run around and learn about nature, keep bees, enjoy each other’s company and welcome people outside of the family.

Anastatia envisaged (in “The Ringing Cedars of Russia” books published in Russian in 1996), that these “Kins Domains” or “Spaces of Love” would eventually return the whole world back to the “Garden Paradise” that it was originally: PEOPLE living on the land would work on creating a beautiful and useful garden on their “Kins Domain” and thereby, all efforts would return the whole world back to its original pristine condition…  A “garden of paradise”.  For example:

This is Tim Wilmott’s garden in England !!

He created this tropical garden paradise over a 20-year period. 

See what humans can do?  … Amazing !!!  : )

Source:  The Telegraph, July 2014

Please note:  The amount of ARABLE land on planet earth is 7,500,000,000 acres… (7.5 billion). You can easily Google these figures. That’s the same number of acres as there are people on the planet – so right now, every man, woman and child could have guardianship of one acre…  RIGHT NOW !!  

And just to clarify: “Arable” land means fertile, good to grow trees, food and vegetables on…  ie: it’s not rock or sand, but it’s good soil.

Also, there are billions of acres of non-arable land on the earth as well, which is where towns and cities could be built (or remain), where manufacturing could happen, IT, commerce, government buildings, and all kinds of other infrastructure such as ship building, airports, logistics…

ie:  There would be no problems whatsoever in getting everbody on this planet 

on to FARMABLE LAND.  There is PLENTY for all !!  : )

Articles/Research paper:

In 2011 the dacha gardens of Russia produced 40% of the nation’s food. – Natural Homes.com

The History of Dacha Movement – Ringing Cedars of Russia.org

“Global over-population” is a crock !!  – Co-creating Our New Earth

THE SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF FOOD GARDENING IN THE VLADIMIR REGION OF RUSSIA – dissertation by Leonid Sharashkin (May) 2008.

Note: Leonid Sharashkin is the translator of “The Ringing Cedars of Russia” books into English.

Anastasia’s ‘dream’ is coming true…

Homestead Act for Russian Far East – Putin supports free land handout

https://www.rt.com/politics/224099-russia-land-free-east/

The Russian president has approved the idea to offer large land plots for free to anyone who resettles to the Russian Far East to start a farm or other business.

The initiative was first voiced by the deputy PM and presidential envoy to the Far East Federal District, Yuri Trutnev, who said that such a step would “strengthen the tendency of people’s migration to the Far East,” Interfax reported.Trutnev told reporters that Putin called the idea right in principle and noted that similar programs had been successfully implemented in Siberia historically. Putin urged all responsible officials to be precise and cautious when detailing the conditions for land ownership, however.

Trutnev’s initial suggestion was to “create a mechanism for the free allocation of a 1 hectare (2.5 acres) plot of land to every resident of the Far East and to anyone who is willing to come and live in the region so that they could start a private business in farming, forestry, game hunting or some other enterprise.”

He added that the agreement could be signed for five years, and then it should either enter full force if the new landlord follows the plan, or be declared void if the land is not used. He also added that corruption in the process of distribution can be prevented if the land plots are far from big cities with their well-developed infrastructure and competitive environment.

The scheme has been designed to limit the possible selling of the land plots to foreign companies and individuals, Trutnev said. “We will give it a try,” he said. “I think this measure will prove to be effective.”

Please also see:

Russia gives away one hectare of farmland and forest to its citizens  – Siberian Times

China Eyes Land Giveaway Program in Russia’s Far East  – The Diplomat

Homestead Act for Russian Far East – Putin Supports Free Land Handout  – Good News Network

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America’s First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals


When schools in California’s Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they were the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainable sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

“Students everywhere are vulnerable to pesticide residues and unsafe environmental toxins,” Turning Green founder Judi Shils said on Tuesday.“Not only does this program far exceed USDA nutritional standards, but it ties the health of our children to the health of our planet. It’s the first program to say that fundamentally, you cannot have one without the other.”

The organization says meals will be accompanied by nutrition and gardening education. The Conscious Kitchen previously served 156 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy, where it first tested the program starting in August 2013. Over the course of two years, the founders said, disciplinary cases decreased and attendance increased.

Moreover, the program will address the controversial issue of GMOs in school food. As environmental news outlet EcoWatch reports:

“This program is the first to take a stand against GMOs. While the long-term effects of GMOs are still uncertain, a growing body of evidence links them to a variety of health risks and environmental damage. An estimated 80 percent of items on most supermarket shelves contain GMOs, and they are ubiquitous in school food programs.”

Nutritional experts have long pointed out that food and beverages in schools have a long-term impact on children’s health and well-being. The 2010 Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act required schools in the U.S. to update their meal provisions to meet new USDA nutritional standards and offer more whole wheat products, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins to children who receive subsidized school lunches.

But as the Berkeley-based nutritional nonprofit The Edible Schoolyard Project explains, it is equally important to prioritize food education.

“Schools that incorporate an integrated approach to edible education—combining local, seasonal food procurement strategies with hands-on lessons taught in the classroom, kitchen, and garden—are far more likely to sustain healthy school meal initiatives,” said Liza Siegler, the organization’s head of partnerships and engagement.

As Justin Everett, consulting chef with the Conscious Kitchen, explained on Tuesday, “By embracing fresh, local, organic, non-GMO food, this program successfully disrupts the cycle of unhealthy, pre-packaged, heat and serve meals that dominate school kitchens.”

via HealthyFoodUSA

 

http://offgridquest.com/food/americas-first-school-district-to-serve-

 

Ed. Note: Parents, if you’re frustrated and feeling helpless about the food being served in the cafeteria where your children eat, here’s your chance to take action. Now that a precedent has been set in Sausalito, CA, I would suggest meeting with other parents in your district who have the same health concerns and putting a strategy together for compiling data to present to the Principal, or even your local school board to address the entire district.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to contact the school board in Sausalito for feedback on how their program works, addressing budget concerns, data on disciplinary action and attendance, and any other pertinent information to build your case. You might ask about overall health of the student population and how that relates to improved attendance. Also, are there any local pediatricians who are willing to share their feedback on how the program has reduced  office calls and if they’ve seen a reduction in specific health problems. You get the picture…get all the facts together and make a solid case before approaching school officials.

This is an idea long overdue, now is the time to take action in your community and make a difference where it counts, with future generations.

How To Get Free Food (And Other P2P Solutions) ~ Corbett Report


CLICK HERE FOR THE INVESTIGATION: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=17930

As we’ve discussed before, the peer-to-peer economy is emerging in surprising and empowering ways, with sites like RipeNear.me connecting people to local food sources in ways never before possible. But as the eye of Sauron (aka JP Morgan) alights on this new phenomenon, it’s important that we take stock of the P2P economy before it is co-opted and corrupted. Join James for a new open source investigation into the P2P platforms that are helping to connect communities and empower individuals across the globe.

Magical Mushrooms: Ancient Galactic Explorers


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Maya Ashley with Laura Chiraya Fox and 9 others.

“I am old, older than thought in your species, which is itself fifty times older than your history. Though I have been on earth for ages I am from the stars. My home is no one planet, for many worlds scattered through the shining disc of the galaxy have conditions which allow my spores an opportunity for life. The mushroom which you see is the part of my body given to sex thrills and sun bathing, my true body is a fine network of fibers growing through the soil. These networks may cover acres and may have far more connections that the number in a human brain. My mycelial network is nearly immortal, only the sudden toxification of a planet or the explosion of its parent star can wipe me out. By means impossible to explain because of certain misconceptions in your model of reality all my mycelial networks in the galaxy are in hyperlight communication across space and time. The mycelial body is as fragile as a spider’s web but the collective hypermind and memory is a vast historical archive of the career of evolving intelligence on many worlds in our spiral star swarm. Space, you see, is a vast ocean to those hardy life forms that have the ability to reproduce from spores, for spores are covered with the hardest organic substance known. Across the aeons of time and space drift many spore-forming life-forms in suspended animation for millions of years until contact is made with a suitable environment. Few such species are minded, only myself and my recently evolved near relatives have achieved the hyper-communication mode and memory capacity that makes us leading members in the community of galactic intelligence. How the hypercommunication mode operates is a secret which will not be lightly given to man. But the means should be obvious: it is the occurrence of psilocybin and psilocin in the biosynthetic pathways of my living body that opens for me and my symbiots the vision screens to many worlds.

Since it is not easy for you to recognize other varieties of intelligence around you, your most advanced theories of politics and society have advanced only as far as the notion of collectivism. But beyond the cohesion of the members of a species into a single social organism there lie richer and even more baroque evolutionary possibilities. Symbiosis is one of these. Symbiosis is a relation of mutual dependence and positive benefits for both of the species involved. Symbiotic relationships between myself and civilized forms of higher animals have been established many times and in many places throughout the long ages of my development. These relationships have been mutually useful; within my memory is the knowledge of hyperlight drive ships and how to build them. I will trade this knowledge for a free ticket to new worlds around suns younger and more stable than your own. To secure an eternal existence down the long river of cosmic time I again and again offer this agreement to higher beings and thereby have spread throughout the galaxy over the long millennia. A mycelial network has no organs to move the world, no hands; but higher animals with manipulative abilities can become partners with the star knowledge within me and if they act in good faith, return both themselves and their humble mushroom teacher to the million worlds all citizens of our starswarm are heir to.”

BUSTED! Kiara gets booted for the TRUTH! SHARE THIS VIDEO! “MUST SEE”


This girl is  a delightful example of how the children will save this world – love her rebellious spirit! 🙂

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BUSTED!! KIARA’S LATEST ECOVENTURE- Kiara gets all ACTIVIST and exposes the TRUTH about the so-called food being sold in grocery stores!!

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Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy


Soil.

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By Bonnie L. Grant

Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy.

Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists have unraveled the why of many medicinal plants and practices but only recently are they finding remedies that were previously unknown and yet, still a part of the natural life cycle. Soil microbes and human health now have a positive link which has been studied and found to be verifiable.

Soil Microbes and Human Health

Did you know that there’s a natural antidepressant in soil? It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress.

Lack of serotonin has been linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar problems. The bacterium appears to be a natural antidepressant in soil and has no adverse health effects. These antidepressant microbes in soil may be as easy to use as just playing in the dirt.

Most avid gardeners will tell you that their landscape is their “happy place” and the actual physical act of gardening is a stress reducer and mood lifter. The fact that there is some science behind it adds additional credibility to these garden addicts’ claims. The presence of a soil bacteria antidepressant is not a surprise to many of us who have experienced the phenomenon ourselves. Backing it up with science is fascinating, but not shocking, to the happy gardener.

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Mycobacterium antidepressant microbes in soil are also being investigated for improving cognitive function, Crohn’s disease and even rheumatoid arthritis.

How Dirt Makes You Happy

Antidepressant microbes in soil cause cytokine levels to rise, which results in the production of higher levels of serotonin. The bacterium was tested both by injection and ingestion on rats and the results were increased cognitive ability, lower stress and better concentration to tasks than a control group.

Gardeners inhale the bacteria, have topical contact with it and get it into their bloodstreams when there is a cut or other pathway for infection. The natural effects of the soil bacteria antidepressant can be felt for up to 3 weeks if the experiments with rats are any indication. So get out and play in the dirt and improve your mood and your life.

Watch this video about how gardening makes you happy:

Resources:
“Identification of an Immune-Responsive Mesolimbocortical Serotonergic System: Potential Role in Regulation of Emotional Behavior,” by Christopher Lowry et al., published online on March 28, 2007 in Neuroscience.
http://www.sage.edu/newsevents/news/?story_id=240785
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/sites/default/files/images/gg607.pdf (pg 12)
Mind & Brain/Depression and Happiness – Raw Data “Is Dirt the New Prozac?” by Josie Glausiusz, Discover Magazine, July 2007 Issue. http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jul/raw-data-is-dirt-the-new-prozac

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/antidepressant-microbes-soil.htm

Marcin Jakubowski: Open Source Ecology Lecture



Lecture, April 2, 2014 at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU College of Fine Arts. Presented in partnership with the CMU School of Architecture Spring 2014 Lecture Series.
TED Senior Fellow Marcin Jakubowski, a Princeton-trained physicist-turned-farmer, is using the power of the DIY movement to create a free, open-source “starter kit for civilization.” Jakubowski directs the Open Source Ecology initiative, which aims to develop a set of easy-to-follow, open source blueprints for the 50 machines most essential for modern life. The 50 machines comprise the Global Village Construction Set: a “lifesize, scalable, modular LEGO construction set” for building modern life, and include an automobile, an induction furnace, and a bakery oven.
Jakubowski is testing the feasibility of this concept on “Factor e Farm,” a 30-acre parcel of land near Kansas City, Missouri. According to its website, Factor e Farm “aims to take what civilization has learned about what it means to thrive, and determine whether it is feasible to use abundant local resources to create industrial civilization. [….] This is a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, but its achievement has huge implications on solving Wicked Problems.”
Marcin Jakubowski’s ideas and work have earned him international acclaim, including distinction as a TED Senior Fellow, a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a White House Champion of Change. He has been profiled by news outlets and academic journals worldwide. During Jakubowski’s visit, he will first participate in a panel discussion with School of Architecture faculty members Dana Cupkova, Madeline Gannon, and Matt Huber about the social responsibility of digital design; then he’ll offer a lecture and participate in a Q&A session about his work with Open Source Ecology and Factor e Farm. Jakubowski also seeks to meet one-on-one with talented designers, creators, and thinkers interested in helping kickstart Factor e Farm as the first full-scale implementation of Open Source Ecology.
For more information on Jackubowski, see this New Yorker article, “The Civilization Kit” (9MB PDF).

Hemp Plant Found To “Eat” Radiation and Drive Away Toxicity – Hemp Fields Should Be Planted Around Fukushima


fukuActivists have been shouting they want an end to GMO foods for more than a decade now, and Cannabis Sattiva L. supporters have been at it for even longer, so why has the US government finally given farmers the right to legally grow industrial hemp, the non-hallucinatory, sister plant of medical marijuana?

It is safe to say that industrialized hemp should have been legalized years ago. With THC levels so low, you would have to smoke more of it than Snoop Dogg to get ‘high’ – and that’s a lot of Cannabis, it is ridiculous that it was classified as a drug at all. It has numerous uses and could replace many crops that require heavy irrigation and pesticides, like cotton, for example. Here’s the most interesting fact though – hemp plants ‘eat’ radiation.

When the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Reactor 4 accident caused severe radioactive contamination in 1986, families within a 30-kilometer area of the site had to be evacuated. Radioactive contamination was later found at 100 kilometers from the accident site, and Fukushima radiation levels are still to be determined, with the Japanese government planning on dumping their overflowing radiated water tanks into the Pacific as we speak.

As with the Chernobyl incident, scientists are finding radioactive emissions and toxic metals–including iodine, cesium-137, strontium-90, and plutonium–concentrated in the soil, plants, and animals of Japan, but also now throughout the United States and all along the West Coast – from Canada to Mexico. Even the EPA has admitted that any living tissue can be affected by radiation exposure. High levels of thyroid disease and cancer have been reported in Japan, and our ocean is dying by the day. Scientists are also expecting that children born on the US West Coast will suffer a 28% higher incident of hyperthyroidism – a disease that accompanies radiation exposure. Even the livestock that grazed on irradiated grasses grown in contaminated soils developed meat with high concentrations of these unwanted toxins after Chernobyl, and Fukushima is exponentially worse.

Dr. Ilya Raskin of Rutgers University’s Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment, who was a member of the original task force sent by the IAEA to examine food safety at the Chernobyl site figured out that through phytoremediation utilizing hemp, among other plants, the soil, and thus the food supply could be saved from toxicity.

Phytoremediation is the process whereby green plants remove toxins from the soil. Plants can extract specific elements within their ecosystem and still thrive. They accumulate the toxins in their tissues and root systems but remain undamaged. Sunflowers have been known to do something similar for centuries, eliminating heavy metals and pesticides from damaged soil. Two members of the mustard family are also useful for this process – Brassica juncea and Brassica carinata, but it seems hemp is quite amazing at sucking up radiation.

Granted, the government is probably dumbfounded at what to do with the Fukushima radiation headed our way, but the legalization of hemp just might balance some of the toxicity scientists expect.  Fortunately, California, one of the states that will be hardest hit, has already legalized industrial hemp, but it has to wait for the federal government to give states the right before they can actually grow it. The Farm Bill only allows ‘research’ growth at certain institutions in 10 states currently.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. In light of Fukushima, let’s join our countries’ founders to grow it too. You can help clean the soil in your area if hemp or medical marijuana has been legalized in your state, and help it to pass in further states by being vocal with your state and federal representatives.

Source:

http://www.nationofchange.org/did-government-give-industrial-hemp-pass-clean-radiation-states-1392388637

The Elites Plan For A California Drought, 4th Gen Farmer Speaks Out ~ WeAreChange


This video was originally produced by Kayla Moon a Change Media University Student who is working as an independent journalist. It was predicted by NASA that California only has a year left of surface water. We are half way through the year in 2015 and our representatives are just now holding town hall meetings with very little discussed with real time solutions. Abundant Harvest founder, 4th generation farmer and activist speaks on the conscious demise of the American Empire, if we can not come together as a nation to solve these vital issues.

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Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Basically Impossible To Kill


February 25, 2015 By Admin
houseplants

Did you know that indoor air pollution is probably the most dangerous to your health? It especially affects young children who spend most of their time indoors.  In fact, indoor air toxicity is often up to twice that of outdoor, which can lead to asthma, headaches,  allergies, hormone imbalances and other health problems.

What you use on a daily basis directly affects the air you breath inside.

  • cleaning products
  • makeup
  • carpets
  • synthetic fragrances
  • smoking
  • Dust
  • mold
  • dry cleaned clothes
  • furniture
  • paints
  • computers

These pollutants all let off poisonous chemicals and gasses. The good news is that you can actually control indoor air quality and even refresh it with certain plants that have been proven effective at doing so. NASA studies have demonstrated that having ample plants indoors can detoxify up to 85 percent of indoor air pollution.  At the end of the 80’s, NASA was looking for plants to purify the air in their space facilities.  So they conducted the study which took 15 plants and examined their ability to remove three common indoor pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air.

The way these plants work is they filter air by removing formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and trichloroethylene. Unfortunately, most homes contain these toxic substances.

Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Air Purification

Areca Palm

The Areca Palm is one of the most popular plants.  It is suitable for the indoor environment; it releases a large amount of moisture into the air.  The Areca Palm is rated among the most effective houseplants at removing indoor toxins. It removes CO2 and converts it into oxygen. Ideally, you will need about four shoulder-high plants per person…. Make sure to wipe the leaves every day.  (you can find areca palm here)

Mother-in-law’s Tongue

Snake or Mother-in-law’s Tongue is also a very common plant. It is also known as “the bedroom plant” as it converts CO2 into oxygen during the night. The plant also filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and benzene from the air .  You would need six to eight waist-high plants per person. (where to find)

Gerbera Jamesonii (Gerbera Daisy)

The Gerbera Daisy is a well known decorative plant. It is not only very pretty, but it’s air filtering properties are impressive.  It is effective at removing benzene and trichloroethylene from the air.  Like Mother-in-law’s Tongue, this plant continues releasing oxygen all through the night to help you breath and sleep better. If you suffer from asthma this plant is a great fit for you.

NASA suggests that you maintain 15 plants for a 2,000 square-foot home. Besides using these plants to remove indoor toxins, you still need to take the necessary steps to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals you bring in your home.

Article originally published on LivingTraditionally.com republished with permission

Squash Tunnel fantastical!! Garden Tunnels, Edible Forests…


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Lance White : “Good friends in the Volcano Ubuntu Community have been making “squash tunnels” for years! The first time I saw this, it instantly resonated as a creative, beautiful and practical way to grow squash and other hanging edibles. Wouldn’t it be great to have these tunnels in every city, near parks and near those needing food. Edible forests are a reality in Europe, where intelligent and practical solutions to what appears to be “insurmountable problems” are solved… not by legislation, not by throwing money at the problem, and not by seeking those in power to effect changes… no, these are collaborative and collective projects, small groups of individuals who understand the nature of “energy exchange”.
Why not start a small project in your own home town, city or country locale? It’s a win-win-win.”
Grow Something Green

This Squash tunnel is fantastical!
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Mom Who Advocated Medical Cannabis Oil Faces 30 Years in Prison


From: infowars.com

A Kansas mother who used cannabis oil for medical purposes booked herself into jail yesterday, facing a lengthy prison term her lawyer equates to a death sentence.

On Monday, Shona Banda, 38, posted a $50,000 bond after turning herself in at the Finney County Law Enforcement Center on several charges stemming from her use of the plant-derived oil.

Banda has used cannabis oil for more than a decade to treat her Crohn’s Disease, an illness characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract.

Police raided Banda’s Garden City home in March after her son made pro-medical marijuana comments at school.

Banda, who has also authored a book entitled, “Live Free or Die: Reclaim your Life…Reclaim Your Country!” which outlines her struggle with Chron’s and the miraculous recovery after she discovered cannabis oil, was arrested while her son was subsequently snatched by the state.

Banda’s attorney Sarah Swain says they will first attempt to argue the raid on Banda’s residence was conducted on an unconstitutional basis.

If the search warrant and questioning are ruled constitutionally valid, that’s when we would get to the Schedule I argument, Swain said, according to KMUW.

At the federal level, the DEA has categorized marijuana as a Schedule I substance, on par with heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

Swain says Banda’s incarceration would keep her from being able to access her much-needed medicine, effectively condemning her to death.

This is a woman who was using cannabis to treat a disease, Crohn’s Disease, that was absolutely debilitating,” Swain told The Wichita Eagle. “So, not only is it that she’s facing life imprisonment just due to the years, but essentially it’s a death sentence.

“If she is sent to prison and does not have access to the treatment that she was using that cured her of her Crohn’s disease and allowed her to live a somewhat normal life, it’s absolutely the equivalent of her being sentenced to death,” Swain said.

Banda faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing Tetrahydrocannabinol and child endangerment.

Use of cannabidiol oil, or CBD, has recently seen a surge in popularity as more people learn about its diverse medical applications, including its usefulness in treating pain, seizures and PTSD.

Despite some states legalizing marijuana for recreation, as well as 15 others legalizing cannabis oil for medical purposes, possession including for medicinal use is still illegal in Kansas and federally.

Currently a few pro-marijuana bills are making their way through the Kansas state legislature, including one seeking to allow cannabis oil as a treatment for seizures.

Watch: CNN’s investigation into the health potential of CBD.

Source: infowars.com

Courtesy of: http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=33584

He Holds The Patent That Could Destroy Monsanto And Change The World!


From: ewao.com


In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world’s leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that? Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical pesticides industry.

What has Paul discovered? The mycologist has figured out how to use mother nature’s own creations to keep insects from destroying crops. It’s what is being called SMART pesticides. These pesticides provide safe & nearly permanent solution for controlling over 200,000 species of insects – and all thanks to the ‘magic’ of mushrooms.

Paul does this by taking entomopathogenic Fungi (fungi that destroys insects) and morphs it so it does not produce spores. In turn, this actually attracts the insects who then eat and turn into fungi from the inside out!

This patent has potential to revolutionize the way humans grow crops – if it can be allowed to reach mass exposure.

To tolerate the use of pesticides in modern agriculture is to deny evidence proving its detrimental effects against the environment. Such ignorance really can no longer be tolerated. For example, can you imagine a world without bees? Monsanto’s chemical concoctions which are being sprayed all over farmers’ fields around the world are attributed to the large-scale bee die off. While a growing number of countries are banning Monsanto, it’s still being used in in nations who should be aware of its dangers. To say that new methods need to be implemented before it is too late is an understatement.

Monsanto presently generates $16 billion dollars per year (as reported in 2014), therefore you can be certain they do not want anything interrupting that flow of revenue. Such income gives them nearly limitless resources and abilities to suppress information that may be damaging their reputation.

But by becoming educated on the benefits of growing sustainable, organic, and bio-dynamic food, sharing articles like this, and boycotting GMO & herbicide-sprayed crops, the corporate demon may soon get the message.

Here are helpful links to understand more about the incredible patent discussed above:

Here is a link to the patent we are speaking of: 7,122,176
http://www.google.com/patents/US7122176

A list of all the patents Paul has applied for:
http://patents.justia.com/inventor/paul-edward-stamets

Plenty of information about Paul Stamets:
http://www.fungi.com/about-paul-stamets.html

Wikipedia page about Paul Stamets:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stamets

And finally, here is a TedTalks video by Paul in 2008 called:

6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World

Source: ewao.com

Courtesy of: http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=33589

Why Legalize Marijuana? Because GMO Pot Is Coming


Filed in Matrix Articles by on June 11, 2015

Source: Wariscrime.com

U.S. corporation Monsanto plans to launch production of genetically modified marijuana, and companies such as Drug Policy Alliance y Open Society Foundation are going to create our own brand, which will be produced under cannabis, information portal La Red 21.

Organization of Open Society Foundation is under the control of the shareholder Monsanto, billionaire George Soros. Company Drug Policy Alliance y Open Society Foundation, funded by Monsanto will be responsible for market development of transgenic seeds of marijuana, particularly in Uruguay.

Uruguay – the first country in the world to officially legalize the production and sale of marijuana. Initiator of the law was the leadership of the State, headed by President Jose Mujica. According to authorities, a guarantee of success in Uruguay marijuana legalization should be state regulation of prices for hemp.

There are many reasons why Monsanto and other companies producing GMOs would like to learn a new product. Marijuana may be the next major GMO crop. First of all, the company plans to produce GMO manipulate so-called “medical marijuana”. If pharmacists join with GMO companies, pharmaceutical mafia can create transgenic strains with the ability to produce more active compounds which are patented and can be implemented as a medicine.

It is also worth noting that former strategic director Jamin Shively Microsoft also announced that it plans to patent in the U.S. is the first national brand under which will be produced hemp imported from Mexico. The new company is based in Seattle.

Businessman said that the initial funding for the project is $ 10 million to start the company’s products will be distributed only in two U.S. states, but at the request of Shively: “We will seek to ensure that in our hands was 40% of cannabis in the world.”

http://howtoexitthematrix.com/2015/06/11/why-legalize-marijuana-because-gmo-pot-is-coming/

This tree produces 40 different types of fruit


Image: Sam Van Aken

An art professor from Syracuse University in the US, Van Aken grew up on a family farm before pursuing a career as an artist, and has combined his knowledge of the two to develop his incredible Tree of 40 Fruit.

In 2008, Van Aken learned that an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station was about to be shut down due to a lack of funding. This single orchard grew a great number of heirloom, antique, and native varieties of stone fruit, and some of these were 150 to 200 years old. To lose this orchard would render many of these rare and old varieties of fruit extinct, so to preserve them, Van Aken bought the orchard, and spent the following years figuring out how to graft parts of the trees onto a single fruit tree.

Working with a pool of over 250 varieties of stone fruit, Van Aken developed a timeline of when each of them blossom in relationship to each other and started grafting a few onto a working tree’s root structure. Once the working tree was about two years old, Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It’s then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree.

After about five years and several grafted branches, Van Aken’s first Tree of 40 Fruit was complete.

Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit looks like a normal tree for most of the year, but in spring it reveals a stunning patchwork of pink, white, red and purple blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months, all of which are rare and unique varieties.

Not only is it a beautiful specimen, but it’s also helping to preserve the diversity of the world’s stone fruit. Stone fruits are selected for commercial growing based first and foremost on how long they keep, then how large they grow, then how they look, and lastly how they taste. This means that there are thousands of stone fruit varieties in the world, but only a very select few are considered commercially viable, even if they aren’t the best tasting, or most nutritious ones.

Van Aken has grown 16 Trees of 40 Fruit so far, and they’ve been planted in museums, community centres, and private art collections around the US. He now plans to grow a small orchard of these trees in a city setting.

Of course, the obvious question that remains is what happens to all the fruit that gets harvested from these trees? Van Aken told Lauren Salkeld at Epicurious:

“I’ve been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit. So rather than having one variety that produces more than you know what to do with, it provides good amounts of each of the 40 varieties. Since all of these fruit ripen at different times, from July through October, you also aren’t inundated.”

Read rest of the interview and see video

http://www.sciencealert.com/news/20142107-25892.html

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