Urban Farming: A Return to Our Roots

You’re probably familiar with the concept of urban farming. Community gardens and farmers markets are popping up all over American cities and towns. People in these communities want this to be celebrated and encouraged so they have more accessible means to healthy food. And here’s a surprise…urban farming isn’t a new prospect; it’s a return...

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Learning From Children Can Save The Planet

Saving the world can be hard.  Not only do we as adults, have to worry about making a living, raising our families and staying in good health. But we also have to be concerned about a myriad of social issues like global warming, GMO’s and sustainable water sources. Stress can cause heart disease, high blood […]

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5 Essential Oil Alternatives to Medicine

Despite everything modern science has achieved in the area of western medicine, the general health of people today is declining. Disease statistics continue to skyrocket as more people suffer at the hands of death-inducing conditions like coronary artery disease, stroke and cancer than ever before. It all seems a bit surprising, considering our developments in […]

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Soil Is Our Savior

Soil, Carbon, and Climate Change Ryland Englehart, Molly Haviland, Jimmy Sinton, and Dr. Elaine Ingham, came together to discuss ways to save the soil and protect our climate. The burning of fossil fuels, the release of methane gas, and the increasing amount of CO2 in our atmosphere create the dangerous warming conditions that are driving […]

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Will the Farms of Tomorrow Ship Off to Sea?

Living On a Water-World

The earth is predominately covered in water and, since time immemorial, marine life has made important contributions to the progression of human civilization. Just for examples’ sake, we call to mind how important aquatically derived products have been to different peoples across times and places. The ancient Greeks and Romans used shellfish to create vibrant dyes for beautiful fabric. Native Americans along the East Coast of what is now the U.S. practiced supplementation of their crops with clamming, while Inuit peoples to the far north made clothing, shelter, food, and oil alike from seals and whales. Indeed, entire civilizations in Polynesia and other parts of the Pacific based their entire lives around fishing the warm waters surrounding their homelands. In Japan, both seaweed and raw fish products (such as “sushi “and “sashimi”) have long been staples in their traditional diets, and they are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world today. Unfortunately, as the world’s population has boomed and irresponsible commercial fishing practices have been employed to meet an overwhelming demand for marine-sourced food, entire species and the integrity of aquatic environments have been decimated the world over. In the wake of such depletion of natural seafood sources, many have turned to the creation of manmade fisheries and underwater farms to sustain these demands and make some money along the way.

Sushi, Sashimi, and Seaweed, Oh My!

Nutritionally, aquatic food products provide unique arrays of essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and high quality protein that often can’t be matched by their terrestrial counterparts. Many people also feel more at peace with consuming certain aquatic animals than they do with biting into chicken, beef, or pork. Food aside, aquacultural products also include resources that can be made into fuel, clothing, medicine, and many other products. For all of these reasons, as the human population continues to expand, the increased demands and appetites for aquatic organisms and the products produced from them can lead to negative consequences. Without question, many of the world’s waters have been depleted overfished, as the natural aquatic systems of our planet have been pushed to their limits. For this reason, synthetic manipulation of them to increase yields has become heir apparent to many minds in the aquaculture industry.

Oh Say Can You Sea Farm?

Aquaculture is defined as the farming of aquatic organisms, including finfish, shellfish, seaweed, and algae alike. Ever since the first people trapped fish in small ponds to increase their meat yields, humans from Africa to the Great White North have employed aquaculture to help meet their nutritional needs. Aquaculture has become a very important practice worldwide, as it proffers large potentials for growth, reduced environmental impacts (if carried out responsibly), more efficient and sustainable resource use, and increments in the global food supply.

Options as Numerous as Fish in the Sea

Not only does aquaculture often times take strain off of natural aquatic systems, it proffers high prospects as an economic investment as well. For a picture of successful commercial applications of this sub-type of agriculture, we [...]

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How to Empower Communities with David Gershon

David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change, community empowerment and large-system transformation, and applies this expertise to issues requiring community, organizational, and societal change. David joins Pedram on this episode of The Urban Monk Podcast to talk about the process of empowering communities.

In this episode, he also discusses the projects he’s been working on, which includes the Cool City Challenge that aims to reduce CO2 emissions. The Cool City Challenge will prototype the Cool Block Program in three Northern California cities and then take it to scale statewide, nationally, and around the world. The Cool Block program helps neighbors become planet-friendly, disaster-resilient, and community-rich. Using a state-of-the-art online platform, block-based teams throughout a city meet eight times in each others’ homes over a four-month period, to adopt lifestyle practices that:

reduce carbon emissions
increase disaster resiliency
improve health and safety
share resources
build neighborhood connection

Tune in and let us know what you think of David’s impact. 

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Spectacular Whale Breach Caught on Video

Whale watchers in the Bay of Fundy off Novia Scotia were given quite a surprise by a humpback whale. The whale almost leapt completely out of the water in full view of all the onlookers. The amazing breach was caught on video by Sandy Seliga, who was on vacation and had “whale watching on her bucket list.” 

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A Bold New Stance by the United Nations

The UN threw a gauntlet this weekend at their General Assembly. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years. Critics say it is too ambitious but I say, “hell yes”. This is the kind of thinking we need right now and the UN has stepped into a nice leadership position by being bold here.

Let’s look at the 17 points and tease this out.

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

This is one is ambitious and awesome. The target is to have no one living in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 (US) a day (anywhere) by the year 2030.

2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and…amazingly- promote sustainable agriculture.

This goal calls for a doubling of agricultural production by small-scale farmers. This is a huge move to help local farming and, hopefully can nudge more sustainable and organic practices everywhere.

3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Global health is huge and pregnant woman are dying in the third world. That’s never OK and now the UN is going after it.

4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for people around the globe.

They are saying that students everywhere should have free access to education through high school. BAM!

5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Let’s end discrimination and violence toward women and girls. It also calls for the elimination of child marriage and female genital mutilation. This has been a long time coming and let’s push to get some traction on this ASAP.

 

6. Availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation.

Toilets and clean drinking water for everyone…good idea.

It calls for protecting and restoring natural water resources over the next five years. Many wars are already starting over clean water scarcity so this is a huge move.

7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

It calls for access to electricity and more renewable energy for all. I’d prefer it if they pushed harder for renewables here…

8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Leveling the playing field and bringing prosperity to poor nations.

9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization…foster innovation.

Let’s modernize roads, dams, electrical grids and other infrastructure that’ll help economies grow and bring prosperity to all.

10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Let’s address the growing gap that’s emerged between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”

11. Make our cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

More green spaces and safe neighborhoods…make life livable everywhere.

12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns for food and industry.

Let’s stop being so wasteful and buy less of what we don’t need.

13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

They’ve been on this for a while…it is a big deal!

14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

This calls for sustainable management of fisheries by 2020 and elimination of water pollution by 2025.

15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse [...]

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This Tiny Home Is One Couple’s Dream House

Andrew and Gabriella Morrison wanted to simplify their lives so they got rid of most of their belongings, moved out of their home, and spent the next five months trying to figure out a simpler way to live. What they came up with is a 207 square foot house that may seem tiny to most people but actually has just about everything a person really needs. According to their website the couple currently lives and works in their “hOMe” and since making the switch to a tiny house, they are debt-free and using the money saved to “travel and enjoy time together as a family.”

You can check out the amazing little house below.

Image via tinyHouseBuild.com

 

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Eat Less Meat Without Losing Protein With 5 Killer Protein Substitutes

There’s nothing like a hearty steak, seasoned chicken breast or a nice salmon fillet to satisfy the belly. How could we ever give those up?

Sad news: We might have to. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended to the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to encourage the reduction of meat consumption by Americans.

But don’t fret; there are plenty of protein substitutes that are as satisfying as a piece of steak (or I’d like to think so). Check out our list of protein substitutes, starting with the one with the most protein.

Algae

Algae is evolving as a new alternative source of protein. According to Beata Klamczynska of Solazyme, algae is comparable to other vegan proteins such as rice and soy, as it contains 63 percent protein and a good amount of fiber and micronutrients, among others. You can find algae in some protein shakes, crackers or bars, cereals and dressings.

“Are consumers ready for algae as an ingredient? Yes, they are ready and excited about algae,” Klamczynska said in a statement. “The more they learn, the more excited they get. Just a little education eliminates any doubts.”

Tempeh

Not only is tempeh a fermented food packed with probiotics, but it also has a lot of protein, with about 31 grams of protein per cup. Like the above foods, tempeh is also a good source of fiber and vitamins.

It gets better: There is a variety of recipes you can make with tempeh such as pastas, salads and pizza. Check out this zesty list of tempeh recipes.

Legumes

Legumes are also high in protein and good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Legumes contain a huge class of foods, which include a variety of beans, peas and lentils. The amount of protein in legumes varies, but a cup of lentils contains about 17.9 grams of protein, kidney beans contain 16.5 and black beans contain 15.2.

A study also shows that eating more legumes improves glycemic control and lowers the risk of coronary heart disease in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Quinoa

Quinoa has had a good reputation as a protein alternative, and rightfully so. With 9 grams of protein per cup, the tasty grain serves as a solid ingredient in foods, from salads to desserts.

The fact that quinoa presents a ton of health benefits is a plus. Quinoa is gluten-free and contains iron, B vitamins, potassium, calcium and more. In addition, eating quinoa may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer and obesity.

That’s not all! Research shows that if patients with celiac disease add quinoa to their gluten-free diet, it does not make their condition worse.

“The clinical data suggests that daily consumption of quinoa (50 grams) can be safely tolerated by celiac patients,” said Dr. Victor Zevallos from the Department of Gastroenterology at King’s College London in a statement.

Cauliflower

Although it doesn’t contain as much protein per cup – a little more [...]

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