UN report says 768 million people around the world are undernourished

A United Nations (UN) report released on July 12 showed a sharp increase in the number of undernourished people around the world. It was the first comprehensive assessment of hunger since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The report noted that hunger and malnutrition have been worsening for over a decade due to conflicts, economic recessions and climate … Continue reading UN report says 768 million people around the world are undernourished

Weed-free gardening: 4 tips for effective weed control

Weeds are a gardener’s worst nightmare. For starters, they compete with plants for nutrients and water. Weeds can also overrun a garden if left unchecked. As such, weeds can cause plants to wither or stunt their growth. Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of weeds and prevent them from coming back without having to use toxic … Continue reading Weed-free gardening: 4 tips for effective weed control

Farmers now eyeing chicken eggs produced in a sustainable manner

Organic eggs have been a longtime staple in a number of supermarkets, being purportedly raised in better conditions than their conventional counterparts. But a new kind of egg – good for both consumers and the Earth itself – is slowly gaining ground. Thus, a number of chicken farmers across the country are now rushing to produce these climate-friendly … Continue reading Farmers now eyeing chicken eggs produced in a sustainable manner

Top 5 vegetables that are cheaper to grow than buy

Organic fruits and vegetables have become increasingly popular in recent years as consumers look for healthier options. Aside from being more nutritious than conventional produce, organic foods are grown without using chemical pesticides that are harmful to human health. But organic foods don’t come cheap. They can put a serious dent in your wallet over time. … Continue reading Top 5 vegetables that are cheaper to grow than buy

4 Easy ways to control weeds without using toxic chemical herbicides

Weed overgrowth is a gardener’s worst nightmare. However, conventional weedkillers like Roundup have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer. Toxic chemicals in conventional weed killers can also leach into crops for consumption and pose a health risk. Herbicides can also contaminate groundwater. But there are better methods of controlling weed growth. Below are four herbicide-free tactics … Continue reading 4 Easy ways to control weeds without using toxic chemical herbicides

Pesticide “ghosts” can haunt organic farms for decades

Most commercial crops grown around the world are treated with pesticides. But some farms are now switching to organic practices to avoid the risks that pesticides pose to human and environmental health. However, new research shows that past pesticide use can still “haunt” fields that have long been converted into organic farms. Published recently in Environmental Science and … Continue reading Pesticide “ghosts” can haunt organic farms for decades

How do bacteria populations travel through soil layers?

Soil bacteria are important components of the ecosystem. They help improve soil structure and aggregation, as well as recycle soil nutrients and water. Soil bacteria also serve as decomposers that consume carbon compounds and provide large quantities of nitrogen to plants. Nitrogen is a major component of chlorophyll and is essential for the production of amino acids, which are … Continue reading How do bacteria populations travel through soil layers?

Container gardening tips for the urban prepper

Ideally, a home garden should be spacious, with enough room for different plants. But if you live in an apartment without a backyard or if your soil is rocky or sandy, you can still grow various plants through container gardening. (h/t to ThePrepperJournal.com) Even if you have quality soil and a spacious yard, you can still try container gardening. It … Continue reading Container gardening tips for the urban prepper

Natural weed control: 9 Herbicide-free tricks

As a good prepper, keeping your garden soil weed-free ensures that your crops grow healthy and strong. If you don’t want to use pesticides with harmful chemicals, you can protect your plants using natural weed-killing methods like mulching or vinegar. (h/t to HomesteadSurvivalSite.com) The natural methods detailed below can prevent weeds from taking over your garden. Pulling … Continue reading Natural weed control: 9 Herbicide-free tricks

Use horticultural vinegar as a natural herbicide

Weeds are a home gardener’s nightmare. There are many ways to eliminate pesky weeds, from old-school hand-pulling to using herbicides, but there is a natural and effective alternative that is worth considering. If you are facing a weed problem in your garden, try using horticultural vinegar as an alternative to store-bought herbicides that may contain toxic chemicals. How … Continue reading Use horticultural vinegar as a natural herbicide