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Santa’s Real Workshop is a Sweatshop in China

December 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm




It’s fun to tell our children fun stories about Santa and his elves merrily making all their Christmas wishes magically come true. But in 2017, maybe it’s time we tell them the real story — the story many grown-ups don’t even know, because they prefer to remain willfully ignorant.

Ward Off Winter Colds the Old-Fashioned Way, With Homemade Sauerkraut

December 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm




Before refrigeration, fermentation was a common method of preserving foods. Not only did fermenting foods keep them from going bad, it transformed them into super foods — making them more digestible, loading them with beneficial bacteria, Vitamin B12, and making other nutrients more bio-available.
Fermented foods have been making a comeback in recent years because of their health benefits.  Here’s an easy recipe for one of the most popular fermented foods — sauerkraut — that’ll keep your immune system strong for the cold months ahead.

Garlic Removes 100% of Warts in Clinical Study

December 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm




A fat-soluble extract of garlic removed 100 percent of warts and almost all corns in one to two weeks in a clinical study published in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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.

Why Agriculture Isn’t Sustainable and Permaculture Is

December 11, 2017 at 2:50 am




Why pemaculture is the future of food if there is a future of food

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.