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The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle that gets about 50 miles per gallon (mpg), which seems like a gift to Mother Nature during this period of evident climate change events. However, marketing has boasted the Prius and has blinded consumers by the “green” car. Here are some reasons why: Electric Cars Will Always Outshine Non-Electric...

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Born in the forests of an ancient world, Moringa olifera, also known as the Moringa tree, has developed a privileged reputation, its leaf serving as one of the most nutritious and versatile herbs known to modern man. Its easy growing characteristics, abundance of essential nutrients, and practical benefits serve as something of a miracle. Below is...

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People often believe that even if they reduce their energy use and attempt to live a greener lifestyle, they won’t make a difference in a sea of over-consuming citizens. I believe this logic is detrimental to progress and should be put to rest. If everyone thinks their actions won’t make a difference, our society would...

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Similar to the Farm to School Program, the From Seed to Table Program (FStT) helps bring food from farms to local urban systems. However, this program has not yet been utilized in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a success if implemented. The program initially began as a three-year program, implemented...

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What’s a Legume? Legumes are an extremely popular crop for farmers and consumers, but most do not know the agricultural and environmental benefits of using them during crop rotations. Some grain legumes – such as soybeans, peanuts, pecans, and other notable beans and nuts – are cultivated for their seeds and used for food consumption, oil production,...

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Instability in the global food system is becoming more prevalent as we expand onto marginal lands in an effort to feed the Earth’s people. The problems facing agriculture and water resources are very serious; we’re currently wasting huge amounts of water within our large-scale and agribusiness-dominated farming practices. In order to keep up with agricultural demand,...

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Since the second half of the twentieth century animal agriculture has grown swiftly. So swiftly, in fact, that we’re now recognizing it as unsustainable. As developing countries expand and incomes increase, their populations’ consumption of animal protein increases. Why eat grains when you can eat steak, right? Well, there are several reasons. For one, animal...

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Over the past few years we’ve learned much about starting a small-scale farm. It’s a constant learning curve that surprises us at every turn and leaves us amazed at how rewarding it can really be to grow your own food. Apart from growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, we take pride in raising all kinds...

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This year I was fortunate enough to spend the holidays exploring the lush ecosystems of Costa Rica. It was a trip full of jungle hikes, snorkeling adventures, bird watching, and wildlife viewing in one of the most biologically intense ecoregions of Central America. Visiting this green country inspired me to think about the ways in which...

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“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” – Alfred Austin My daughter and I love being out in nature together. We’ve done everything from making mud pies and tracking critters to sledding and decorating a holiday tree for the birds. Still there’s one activity that remains in a class of...

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