Coconut Rose Water Kefir Has More Probiotics than Kombucha, and It’s Easier to Make

February 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm




Water kefir has twice as many strains of beneficial bacteria as kombucha and takes as little as 24 hours to brew

The ancient probiotic super-beverage kombucha has been all the rage since it made it’s debut in supermarkets about a decade ago.

I was hooked from the first time I tasted it thanks to the even-keeled energy boost and unprecedented clearheadedness I experienced, likely due to improved digestion.

Amazon Ramps Up Sweatshop Conditions in Warehouses with Tracking Bracelets, While Whole Foods Workers Revolt Under the Behemoth’s New Reign

February 3, 2018 at 5:10 pm




Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos now holds the reins at Whole Foods. Photo Credit: Salon

Conditions in Amazon’s warehouses have been called “worse than Walmart” and are about to get even worse with wristbands that track workers’ every move and nudge their hands in the right direction when they make a mistake.

Tattoos Embed Carcinogenic Heavy Metals into Your Lymph Nodes

February 2, 2018 at 8:39 pm





Almost half of tattoo inks contain “unsafe levels” of heavy metals and other carcinogens, according to the European Commission. A recent study found these toxins travel from our skin to our lymph nodes. Safer options are available.

Forty-three percent of the 358 tatoo inks analyzed by the European Union’s Joint Research Centre last year contained “unsafe levels” of carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons. They also contained arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel, all known or probable carcinogens.

Fracking Wastes 5 Million Gallons of Fresh Water Per Well, Study Finds

February 2, 2018 at 4:56 pm




Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas has raised serious concerns about water quality, but a new study indicates the practice also has an alarming impact on water quantity

Open pit storage of toxic flow-back water near well in Pennsylvania. Credit: Paulio Shakespeare, warights.org

Fracking is dangerously depleting water levels in Arkansas streams, which provide drinking water for thousands of people and habitat to 10 rapidly declining aquatic species, a study published Wednesday says.

Farmer Rescues a Rare Icelandic Sea Eagle, Likely the Oldest Eagle in the World

February 1, 2018 at 10:20 pm




The white-tailed sea eagle is one of the oldest, if not the oldest eagle in the world, and a member of an endangered species

An Icelandic farmer noticed an eagle struggling to fly on a riverbank near his farm Saturday. When he realized it was injured he threw his jacket over it and captured it, took it home and fed it wild salmon and lamb for dinner.

The New Antibacterial Soaps are More Toxic than the Ones the FDA Banned, New Study Warns

February 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm




The FDA banned most of the chemicals found in antibacterial soaps last year, but the new chemicals companies are replacing them with are even more toxic, a new study warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned 19 chemicals found in antibacterial soaps last September, acknowledging they’ve caused more harm than good over the last half century.

Earthworms Increase Crop Yields Up to 75 Percent, Study Shows

January 30, 2018 at 5:16 pm





The introduction of earthworms increased wheat growth in Australia by 75 percent and pasture growth in New Zealand by 25 percent
In order to “meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population,” soil scientists from the Netherlands have published a report on what they believe is one the most important factors effecting crop production — earthworms.

LED Lighting May Be Contributing to Depression, Diabetes, Obesity and Cancer, Study Finds

January 29, 2018 at 2:47 am




An international team of opthalmologists, neurologists and biologists warn that the blue light in LED bulbs and screens presents an untold risk to human health… LEDs are far more disruptive to circadian rhythms than incandescent, halogen, and even fluorescent lights, study finds

The invention of the incandescent light bulb in the late 19th century, followed by halogen and fluorescent lamps in the 20th century, changed the human lifestyle, the authors of a recent study write. Easy access to light, even at nighttime, made us more productive, educated and industrious.

The No-Till Gardening Revolution: Why Farmers are Putting Down Their Plows

January 27, 2018 at 2:35 am




After thousands of years of turning the soil upside-down, farmers are finally realizing they’re killing the microorganisms that keep soil alive… Faced with losing the farm, more and more are converting to the ancient “n0-till” methods of permaculture

In the no-till gardening method seedlings are planted into tiny holes drilled with as little disturbance to the soil as possible. Credit: www.charlesdowding.co.uk

To “till” soil means to dig it up, stir it, or turn it over. Whether it’s done with a shovel, a hoe, a pick or a plow, the goal is to turn over the upper layer of the soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface, while burying weeds.

Tilling has been the hallmark of agriculture, since its inception, with the plow being the most intensive tool to this end.

But 10,000 years after we started doing it, humans are finally starting to question whether digging up the Earth is the smartest way to make her produce for us.

Scientists Discover a Ticking Time Bomb Under Melting Arctic Ice

January 25, 2018 at 4:20 pm




As frozen soil thaws, prehistoric bacteria are coming back to life and converting woolly mammoth remains into greenhouse gases, which could cause global warming to spiral out of control

The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Credit: Kate Ramsayer/NASA

Scientists have been warning us about the potential catastrophe of melting Arctic ice for decades. Now they’ve discovered a new threat underneath the ice – thawing soil.