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A Battle is Brewing in California Over State Pesticide Plan

A Battle is Brewing in California Over State Pesticide Plan

A battle is brewing between California’s organic farmers and the state government over a pest management program organic producers say puts too much reliance on pesticide usage. According to Yahoo,

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These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

A team of University of Colorado graduate students are developing a food gardening system for deep space and potential Martian colonies. The project is an entry in NASA's eXploration HABitat (X-Hab)

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Kendal Murray Creates Magical Miniature Worlds Using Everyday Objects

Kendal Murray Creates Magical Miniature Worlds Using Everyday Objects

Murray's pieces showcase a range of playful and dramatic scenarios charged with symbolic meaning. By looking closely at these dreamscapes we can spot children playing with boats in a pond, someone

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Toshiba’s ‘Clean’ Factory Farm Produces 3 Million Bags of Lettuce a Year Without Sunlight or Soil

Toshiba’s ‘Clean’ Factory Farm Produces 3 Million Bags of Lettuce a Year Without Sunlight or Soil

Does Toshiba hold the key to the future of factory farming? The massive tech giant recently unveiled their incredible "clean" factory farm, which is capable of growing up to three million heads

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Artist David Catá Transforms His Own Hand into a Planter

Artist David Catá Transforms His Own Hand into a Planter

Spanish artist David Catá has a curious relationship with pain, saying he relishes the “emotional aspect” of it, rather than the physical aspect. After his earlier series of work that involved

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Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

Photo © Yale B Quan Forestiere began building the underground arboretum in 1906 when he bought land near Fresno that he thought was fertile, but soon discovered it was hardpan.  Seeking to escape the

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Space Buckets Open Source Plans Help You MacGuyver Your Own Indoor Gardening System

Space Buckets Open Source Plans Help You MacGuyver Your Own Indoor Gardening System

So, you'd like to grow your own food indoors, but don't have the space (or enough natural light) to pull that off? Good news—you can just use buckets. Space buckets, to be specific: futuristic-looking

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Boost Your Immune System This Winter with Homemade Gila Harvest Cider Tonic

Boost Your Immune System This Winter with Homemade Gila Harvest Cider Tonic

In addition to chilly weather and the smell of wood smoke in the air, there's another aspect of winter that can be counted on year after year: the inevitable cold that everyone seems to come down with.

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California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

U.S. consumers love their strawberries, and demand for the charming little red fruits just keeps on growing. In California, strawberry production is a $2.6 billion industry that provides around 90 percent

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USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

Last week, the USDA approved a genetically engineered potato, known as the Innate Potato. Created and trademarked by Simplot, the new potato "has 40% less bruise" than regular potatoes and doesn't turn

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Japanese Artist Baku Maeda Crafts Delicate Sculptures from Magnolia Leaves

Japanese Artist Baku Maeda Crafts Delicate Sculptures from Magnolia Leaves

Baku Maeda is a freelance multidisciplinary artist from Sapporo, Japan. He mainly works as an illustrator, but his most recent work involves delicately sculpting dead tree leaves. Using the strong

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How to Maximize Your South-Facing Windows to Grow Food All Winter

How to Maximize Your South-Facing Windows to Grow Food All Winter

As I write this, I'm chewing on a spicy little arugula seedling that I grew from seed within the last couple of weeks. Considering that it’s hovering around freezing outside right now where I am, and

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Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Culture Urbaine - The Cloud Collective from The Cloud Collective on Vimeo. The Cloud Collective's Culture Urbaine Genève was one of the 13 gardens produced for the Genève: Villes et Champs festival.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

  For those who may be unaware, there is a common and saddening epidemic that exists in today’s textile industry, where impoverished textile workers labor in cotton fields and factories

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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6 Stylish Systems to Keep Your Organic Vegetable Garden Growing Year-Round

6 Stylish Systems to Keep Your Organic Vegetable Garden Growing Year-Round

Aqualibrium If you live in the city, chances are you don't have much real estate to grow vegetables. Enter Aqualibrium: a miniature, modular, urban farming aquaponics system that gives renters a

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Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

Empathy Garden was designed as a hybrid space—a meeting point, a stage for events, and a showcase for farm products. It's a place where people and plants can thrive together in harmony, and their

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Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into Creepy-Yet-Still-Delicious Skulls

Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into Creepy-Yet-Still-Delicious Skulls

The Annoying Orange had better beware: this crop of fruit is scary. Tsykalov is known for his provocative work with food: the series of meat sculptures he created a few years ago looks like something

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

Algae has many different qualities that we can draw upon, from edible varieties that make their way onto our dinner plates, to those whose bioluminescence can be harnessed for glow-in-the-dark

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Rent This Surreal Tikki Beach Barge Complete With Huts and Palms

Rent This Surreal Tikki Beach Barge Complete With Huts and Palms

Debra Dawson, who bought the vessel in Wisconsin and then brought it to Florida, moored the Tikki Beach Barge at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach until 2009. It is now one of nine boats available

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The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

Developed at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, The NativeScapeGR project focuses on uses native plant species and biocrusts to create green roofs with low water requirements, adapted to

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These No-Carve “Pumpkinstein” Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

These No-Carve “Pumpkinstein” Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

Move over Dr. Frankenstein, “pumpkinstein” is taking over this Halloween. Unlike Mary Shelley’s monstrous fictional creation, the pumpkins that bear his face are real and available to add to your

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The Nautilus – Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family

The Nautilus – Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family

The Nautilus, designer Javier Senosiain’s bizarre, snail-shaped dwelling, is a mind-bending union of artistic experimentation and simplified living. Inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd

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Six Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Warm Up Your Mornings This Fall

Six Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Warm Up Your Mornings This Fall

While there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of java to start your day out and give you that morning jolt of energy, drinking too much coffee throughout the day isn't great for your health. Coffee does

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE teamed up with the university, an engineering team and the building's architects to conceptualize a “campus walk” that refocused the campus center experience on pedestrians, rather than

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The Fernwood Eco-Cemetery Offers Natural Burial for a Green Afterlife

The Fernwood Eco-Cemetery Offers Natural Burial for a Green Afterlife

Fernwood itself has existed for over a century, though their natural burial offerings are fairly new. The Mill Valley, CA, establishment is a funeral home, crematory and cemetery with an underlying

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A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

Last year's CASA FOA was set at the old Tornquist Bank; a 1926 Neoclassical National Monument right in right Buenos Aires' city center. Architect Julio Oropel's Wine Bar Trapiche welcomed visitors

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Business of Forestry

INFOGRAPHIC: The Business of Forestry

When most people think of the products created from the forestry industry, it's usually items such as wooden furniture that come to mind. After all, forests are made of trees, and trees = wood, right?

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DIY: Grow Your Own Living Treehouse

DIY: Grow Your Own Living Treehouse

  There’s green building and then there is green building. While there are plenty of great options out there for creating an eco-friendly playhouse for the family, there is nothing greener

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