Trump Administration Overturns Rule Requiring Outdoor Space for Organic Laying Hens

December 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm




“Outdoor” porch at one of America’s largest organic egg farms in Saranac, Michigan.

A rule change under the Obama Administration, required egg producers using the label “USDA Organic” to provide real outdoor space for hens, rather than enclosed porches. The Trump administration just reversed that.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has long required organic egg producers to give their hens “access” to the outdoors. Many large brands have created a loophole to this requirement by providing tiny doors leading to small, enclosed outdoor “porches.”

Mother Elephant Thanks Humans Who Rescued Her Baby From a Well (Video)

December 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm




National Geographic just released a heartwarming video (below) of a baby elephant being rescued from a well in Kerala, India.

Living, Plantable Christmas Trees Reforest, Rather than Deforest

December 14, 2017 at 9:43 pm




Living, plantable Christmas tree with soil and roots intact.

Want to make the Christmas spirit last a lot longer than the holidays? Buy a living tree instead of a dead one. And then plant it instead of throwing it in a dump.

The 30 Most Valuable Plants for Urban and Suburban Gardens

December 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm




In a recent post, I wrote about why permaculture is humanity’s last hope for long-term survival. We could go back to hunting and gathering, but there isn’t much wild food left to hunt or gather, thanks to the global destruction caused by agriculture.

Permaculture is not only sustainable, it’s regenerative, says author of the world’s best selling permaculture book Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition Toby Hemenway. It regenerates the soil, plant life, wild animals and eventually creates rich, complex, bio-diverse forest ecosystems, which produce tons of free, nutrient-dense foods.

Airplane Air Can Cause Long-Term Illness, Study Reveals

December 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm




Researchers say airlines have known about the problem since the ’50s, but are ignoring it

While many of us are afraid to breathe airplane air because we don’t want to catch a cold or the flu, a study published by the World Health Organization just gave us an even bigger reason to wish we could hold our breath.

How Permaculture Can Save Humanity

December 11, 2017 at 2:50 am




Agriculture is inherently unsustainable, we need to transition to permaculture ASAP

Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island

When someone claimed to have a “sustainable” farm, the late biologist and permaculture professor Toby Hemenway liked to ask them how long their farm had been around?

“500 years? 5000? A million?”

Because hardly anyone could answer more than a hundred, Hemenway started to realize most of us have no idea what “sustainable” means.

In the video below, he explains why there is no such thing as sustainable agriculture and why permaculture has to be the future of food if there’s going to be a future for humans at all.

9 Reasons You Should Always Put Lemon in Your Water

December 8, 2017 at 2:38 am





Lemons are one of the most powerful food-medicines on the planet. Studies show they can aid in healing from all kinds of illness and have dozens of potent health-promoting properties.

These Homemade Pies Might Be The Most Beautiful You’ve Ever Seen

December 8, 2017 at 12:32 am




When it comes to beautiful desserts, pies are often pushed aside for cakes, cupcakes, tortes and ice cream.  It’s easy to see why — with magnificent tall cakes with buttercream decor and super sugar sculptures.

The “it” factor is on full display with some of these confections. But, one home baker out of Seattle is gonna put a “pie in your eye,” that you soon won’t forget. Lauren Ko, is  producing amazing pie crusts that are not only works of art but also very tasty.

Deprivation of Body Pleasure is the Origin of Violence, Neuropsychologist Says

December 7, 2017 at 2:51 am

The primary cause of violence is deprivation of affectionate touch during infancy and childhood and/or erotic touch during adolescence and adulthood, developmental psychologist James W. Prescott concluded after decades of research into the origins of violence.

Paleo Raw Raspberry and Coconut Cheesecake Recipe

December 6, 2017 at 11:44 pm




This raw cheesecake has less calories than traditional cheesecake (360per slice) but is still packed with flavor. Sweet and delicious, it’s the perfect raw cake for any occasion. Serves 12.