Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reach Record Levels

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reach Record Levels

This year, a record amount of greenhouse gases were added to the atmosphere. Studies showed a strong rise in carbon dioxide emission from 2013, at the rate of 2.3%. At the current rate, the total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising rapidly, and the total emission of carbon dioxide this year will be around 40 billion tons. Leading environmental and climate scientists and the world leaders  at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have estimated a carbon budget, the amount of carbon dioxide that can be added to the atmosphere without triggering a dangerous level of climate change, and found out that more than half of the global allowance has already been used up.

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Grow a Sustainable Herb Garden Indoors

Grow a Sustainable Herb Garden Indoors

Herbs are great for your health, and also lots of fun to grow, if you grow them yourself. You can start your own herb garden indoors, especially if you have a windowsill that gets plenty of sunshine and air. As the weather gets cooler, it would be a great time to start your own indoor kitchen garden. Herbs are great for a quick salad and also for cooking. You can grow a variety of herbs and vegetables indoors that require minimal care and give you great results.

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Freshwater Shrimp Farming- Managing Water Quality & Disease

Freshwater Shrimp Farming- Managing Water Quality & Disease

In our previous blog, we talked about How to Start Your Own Shrimp Farm. In this blog, we are going to discuss how to manage your farm, control the quality of your pond water, and keep your farm free from disease and predators. In our later blogs, we will also cover some valuable aspects of marketing, processing, and economic feasibility, so keep reading our blogs regularly. These are very important factors in successful aquaculture and fish farming, whether you are raising shrimp or any other type of fish in your home pond, or in commercial fish farms.

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Food Safety & Concerns with Pre-packaged Raw Salads

Food Safety & Concerns with Pre-packaged Raw Salads

Eating pre-packed, pre-cut, and pre-processed salads can be hazardous to your health. According to recent data from CDC – Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States, the CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from food-borne illnesses every year. The numbers are devastating. The number of people getting sick from food every year sums up to 48 million. What is even more shocking is that there are about 3,000 people who die each year from food-borne diseases.

Certain types of bacteria found in plastic packaged, raw, pre-cut, and ready to eat salad bags may be responsible in causing fatal diseases to consumers. According to Professor Hugh Pennington, some types of bacteria found in those bags are almost “impossible to kill, unless the leaves are irradiated – a process the public would oppose.” (Salad is more dangerous than beefburgers, leading food expert warns – Telegraph)

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Full-Circle Agricultural Techniques & Methods

Full-Circle Agricultural Techniques & Methods

Simple_ZWA_system_smallAgriculture in the modern era is targeted towards maximizing our production. It utilizes every available source from the five natural kingdoms of the ecological system: animals, plants, fungi, algae, and bacteria. As we are approaching the new age of farming and agriculture, we are learning to use our resources more efficiently in a systematic, full-circle, integrated system, where waste of one system becomes input for the next. As a result, biodiverse foods, nutrients and energy are produced.

In this process, farmers can maximize profit while there is no wastage, and the entire cycle is targeted toward environmental conservation, through recycling, reusing, and reducing. It recycles inputs, reuses energy, and reduces wastage.

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