If your home is in the woods, there are no second thoughts that you live in heaven. Have you ever heard about ‘landscaping’? It is the art of creating your surroundings in such a way that aggrandizes the beauty of it.
It’s that time of year! Maybe you’re already signed up for this season, or maybe you’ve never heard about them. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share is a local farm offering a certain number of farm “shares” of his/her crop to the public. These vary and typically consist of veggies, but often times include fruit, eggs, cheeses, and even meat. Consumers purchase a share from their selected farmer and receive a predetermined quantity of the farmer’s crop regularly throughout the growing season. Even in Western PA, where we experience a relatively harsh winter, there are plenty of programs and shares to choose from 12 months throughout the year.
WHY SHOULD YOU SIGN UP FOR ONE?
Our eating and shopping habits are not just important for health, but for our local economies, the environment, and the future of our food system.
With all the brilliance of technology nowadays, it’s no wonder the invention of organic gardening, on autopilot, is now capable of becoming the ‘norm’. Developed by a small team of three (Rick, Rory, and Time), FarmBot has grown exponentially as pre-orders for this device skyrocket.
The blueprints for the Farmbot device are available as a free download, so anyone can acquire the blueprints and try their hand at building the device on their own (and even make customized tweaks to it) or, pre-made Farmbot kits are available for those who’d like to build the device with everything required for its construction already included.
Bees are crucial to the survival of the human race. Via their impressive ability to pollinate and produce honey, they provide a priceless service in helping us produce enough crops to feed our growing population. Many if not most of the food products we consume contain a vegetable source that the bees helped pollinate (not including honey). And what do they get in return? Squashed because we’re afraid of them and their stingers, or we destroy their homes because they’re too close to ours.
Worse yet… plants and other crops get sprayed with dangerous chemicals toxic to bees, killing them off in droves, resulting in colony collapse. These chemicals really aren’t too great for humans either, yet we continue to use them rather than organic farming methods to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumerism.
Mushrooms and LSD help treat anxiety, depression, and addiction in much the same way. In fact, there is quite a lot of evidence that suggests these two psychedelic ingredients can help even more than just these three symptoms. Fear, a sense of loneliness, doubt, and unease also make the list, among others.
Mushrooms, in particular, contain a psychoactive compound known as psilocybin, a mood-altering substance that can promote feelings of euphoria and contentful peace. With this in mind, psychedelic plants may very well be ready for a medical comeback considering many Native American tribes and other native cultures have used psilocybin in their medical practice.
However, it is difficult to provide any clear research into such topics beings as the Federal Government places LSD and mushrooms into the category of Schedule 1 drugs along with marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, methaqualone, and peyote.
In 2017, humanity will become even more aware of the climate change and the importance of biodiversity, conservation, and environmentalism in general. Although many people think that the new POTUS will put the most powerful country in the world on a completely different track, the expert community that has been pointing out the highly visible and measurable consequences of climate change are simply too strong to be ignored.
New environmentalist trends are being defined by the scientific research, business, and political decisions. In 2016 we’ve seen the eighth annual Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity, which summarized the most important environmental risks and opportunities for the next year. In this article, we’ll use the conclusions from this conference as a framework to determine ten green trends that science and the corporate community will need to deal with in 2017.
Many people seek the feeling of being ‘high’ and euphoric, such as that ‘cloud nine’ or ‘over the moon’ feeling. Something similar to the rush of endorphins, such as when we fall in love or having accomplished something that took a lot of effort. As well as triggering other such derivatives as dopamine (the feel good vibe), or serotonin (the calm, peaceful kind of vibe).
However, unless all-natural alternatives to achieving these types of high are used, many unwanted side-effects may also come into play. This is because most man-made drugs contain harmful chemicals that are harsh and irritating for the human body to metabolize.
Considering there may be sharks, for most people, venturing into the deep blue of the ocean is either a beautifully thrilling adventure or a harrowing combination of fear and paranoia. In particular, surfers and regular beach-goers tend to worry the most about the potentiality of sharks and the ‘all-too-real’ real threat they posses.
However, according to usa.oceana.org, the risk of a shark attack is 1 in 11.5 million people. Furthermore, the chance of that attack being fatal is 0 in 264.1 million people.