KJ Stinson

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Consider the plastic drinking straw: Why do we suck so much?

By Jessica Contrera and<p>Jessica Contrera<p>Enterprise reporter focusing on stories about people whose lives are affected by what's happening in the news<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Caitlin Gibson<p>Caitlin Gibson<p>Feature writer<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Maybe it's thatyou don't want to put your mouth where other mouths have been. …

Green Living

Three Important Climate Change Stories Broke This Week - But You Probably Didn't Hear About Them

Sure, I could absolutely have some fun poking fun at the movie <i>GeoStorm</i>, but my colleague Robin Andrews has done a great job with that already. The movie did not fare very well at the box office and among scientists. I could also write another simple, fun article explaining hurricanes or dispelling …

China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

In the gritty industrial town of Yiwu, workers prepare jeans to be dyed in a vivid range of colors.<p>Two months ago, this factory — and this entire city, located in China's eastern province of Zhejiang — was a much quieter place. Inspection crews from the environmental bureau had shut businesses …

Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots

WASHINGTON — For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.<p>The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system …

Pesticides

Nasty Ads Force Londoners to See Their Pollution Problem

To build support for a new charge on older cars, the mayor’s office tells the public, “If you could see London’s air, you’d want to clean it too.”<p>Do you fancy a cappuccino frosted with toxic dust? This is one of the unsettling images from a new campaign highlighting the terrible quality of London’s …

Don't Believe These Dangerous Myths About Industrial Farming

The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of …

Monsanto sues Arkansas over proposed herbicide limits

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop a proposed summer ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage beyond the major farm state’s borders.<p>FILE PHOTO: Monsanto logo is displayed on a screen where the stock is traded on the floor of the New …

Herbicides

Northeast agri-food collective to launch in spring 2018

The idea for an agri-food collective in northeastern New Brunswick was borne out of an initiative by the Town of Beresford to create a website to …

Popular Farm Pesticide Found in Drinking Water

After evidence of pesticides killing off pollinators surfaced in 2016, scientists went on a quest to see if pesticides were seeping into anything …

Farms could slash pesticide use without losses, research reveals

Study shows almost all farms could significantly cut chemical use while producing as much food, in a major challenge to the billion-dollar pesticide industry<p>Virtually all farms could significantly cut their pesticide use while still producing as much food, according to a major new study. The …

Here's what 14 of your favorite foods look like before they're harvested

Reddit is an incredible home to interesting pictures, whether it's sprouting strawberries or mesmerizing "pixelated" avocados.<p>So it was no surprise that when Redditor JavaReallySucks shared an album of interesting photos that showed food before it was harvested, people couldn't get enough. INSIDER …

Spices

Farm-to-Condo Movement Stakes Its Claim to Brooklyn Rooftop

It was only a matter of time before the farm-to-table movement merged with the Brooklyn condominium boom.<p>On a large south-facing terrace on the eighth floor of 550 Vanderbilt Ave., an 18-story brick and concrete building near the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, crews are erecting three large …

These 10 Green Roofs Bring Life—and So Much More—to These Modern Structures

A living, breathing roof offers so much more than just a bright, soft, refreshing surface.<p>Green roof systems can reduce heating and cooling costs, decrease storm water runoff, and help reduce pollution. Composed of a waterproofing layer, root barrier, drainage system, and a growing medium for the …

Taking a Bite Out of World Hunger, One Cricket at a Time

How do you like your crickets done: medium, medium-well, or roasted?<p>One entrepreneur is seeking to change how the world eats, one bug at a time.<p>Mohammed Ashour, CEO of Aspire Food Group, is looking to solve the world’s food problem through insect consumption.<p>“We actually farm crickets in Austin, …

How To Make A Traditional Rag Rug

A rag rug is made out of your leftover fabric scraps, or old tarnished clothes and rags! It’s a great and fun way to recycle and repurpose. You’ll …

9 Ways To Homestead In A Crowded, Unfriendly, Concrete-Filled City

Image source: National Geographic<p>Is there such a thing as urban homesteading? Absolutely, and in the next few moments I will provide you with useful …

Homesteading

Garden Planning for Preservation

Our vegetable gardens offer us beautiful, fresh bounty during the growing season — and they also have the potential to increase our food security the …

Links to Organic Gardening Resources

Organic Gardening Resources - Links for Sustainable Living<p>We prefer to link with groups that also link to us. If you would like to exchange links …

How to make apple cider vinegar

This post my contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support!<p>Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is so simple and easy to make! For years I never knew …

Soil Testing The Pioneer Way (No Equipment Needed)

Want to know how to do soil testing without using any equipment? Test your loam soil with this proven pioneer method.<p>Soil Testing<p>Testing your garden …

A Guide For The Creative Homeowner

Need a guide to upcycling? If you do, this list will help you learn how to get started with upcycled homesteading, so you can always keep your home …

52 Ways to Make Money on a SMALL Homestead

The dream of making a real living from the homestead – only venturing into the hustle and bustle of things for feed and farmers’ markets, and maybe …

23 Best Homesteading Websites and Blogs

Like Homesteading? You’ll also like these homesteading websites! I’m sharing the love and knowledge all around.<p>I know you want to keep the tips and …

Farming

Overcoming Self-Sabotage: How to Stop Attracting Pain

<b>“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” ~Milton Erickson</b><p>Sometimes, there comes a point in our lives when we …

Undone: How to Change Our Procrastination Patterns

Procrastination starts from an avoidance of something from fear, then becomes a pattern that hardens into a habit.<p>We reinforce this procrastination …

A guy who made tools to catch terrorists is now using bomb-sensing technology to grow food

When necessary, the US military employs devices containing ultra-sensitive sensors that can detect if a bomb will explode nearby.<p>Now, oddly enough, that same technology is being used to monitor and grow food.<p>Ag-tech startup FluxIoT has built a robot named Eddy with the same kind of military-grade …

The best thing to do with falling oak flowers is to make mulch

Question<p>Can the flowers of oaks that are falling all over the place now be used as mulch in beds or is there anything toxic about the material? -- …

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Lavenders (Lavendula spp.) are perennial herbs prized for their fragrance, attractive white, pink or purplish flowers, grayish foliage and drought tolerance. Timing the major trimming of a potted lavender for when florets are beginning to open allows you to combine harvesting of the lavender …

Oil & Gas Industry

Good chocolate equals homes for monkeys

Deforestation to make way for cocoa plantations is having a devastating impact on spider monkeys. But a conservation project in the Ecuadorian …

Climate Change Makes Farmers Chase New Planting Windows

Most people think of frost as a farmer’s worst nightmare. But for corn growers in Illinois, there’s little worse than a warm, soggy spring. Rainfall …