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Green Building Improving Quality of Living in Cities

December 6, 2019
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Everyone is going green. Yet what does that mean when it comes to our cities?

Today, metropolitan areas hold most of the world’s population. It’s an anomaly we’re just beginning to grapple with. As urban migration continues, we’ll see the growth of green building, which will account for nearly one-third of the construction sector.

Our need to grow sustainably through construction and development is imperative. Eco-friendly building techniques, transportation and municipal planning will take up more of our conversations going forward.

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Environment, Wildlife

Making Livestock Agriculture Sustainable and Cost-Effective

December 4, 2019
livestock agriculture

Livestock agriculture is a farming practice that involves raising animals for food and byproducts, such as wool, oils and leather. Humans have used this practice for centuries. Yet the industry has changed significantly with the introduction of various technologies, an ever-growing population, the societal push for eco-friendly initiatives and the demand for transparency.

Farmers today are concerned about their crops and herd. They also fret over future operations. How long can they remain profitable? More than 1 billion people depend on livestock agriculture to make a living and provide resources. With pressure to become an eco-friendly industry, farmers need to consider how to make the practice sustainable and cost-effective.

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10 Surprising Environmental Impacts of Meat Production

November 29, 2019
environmental impact of meat production

The ethics of the meat industry and protein consumption have come under greater scrutiny in recent times. One new study found that animals — used for meat, eggs, dairy, etc. — use 83% of the world’s farmland, despite providing only 18% of our calorie consumption. Plus, they contribute up to 58% of food’s emissions.

Many believe giving up meat is the most beneficial thing you can do for the climate. While this is debatable, one thing is not. Our reliance on animals for protein — and the production that goes along with it — negatively affects the enrichment in devastating ways.

Read on to discover the surprising environmental impact of meat production.

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Environment

What Are the Effects of Factory Farming on the Environment?

November 27, 2019
factory farming and the environment

The replacement of small-scale farms with industrial agriculture over the past 50 years has changed the world environmentally, economically and socially. The talk around factory farming and the environment is widespread. For centuries, we relied on practices that minimized the impact on the land, called regenerative agriculture. Today, however, factory farms spread across vast swathes of the world’s arable land.

The impact of open-air lagoons, methane gas, carbon emissions and deforestation is irreparably changing our environment. Our global food industry contributes to global warming throughout the supply chain, creating a negative environmental impact at every level of production.

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Environment, Oceans

Alternative Water Sources to Consider for Going Off the Grid

November 25, 2019
alternative water sources

Not all water comes from a city tap. Sure, it’s convenient to link up with a supplier who funnels H2O straight to your home. However, it’s not always the earth-friendliest or safest. Plus, you’re beholden to a company and a monthly bill. The city-wide water supply can pause or shut down in case of a major emergency. If you’ve set up a self-reliant system, however, you have less to worry about.

Are you ready to go off of the grid? If so, consider one of these five alternative water sources for your home.

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Environment, Wildlife

How to Avoid Excess Pollution When Animal Farming on Your Homestead

November 22, 2019
animal farming pollution

Many farming techniques has been wreaking havoc on the environment. Not only are they damaging land, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and polluting our water sources, but they’re also participating in the maltreatment of livestock. Because of this, animal rights activist and environmentally conscious people have been trying to take on the corporate food producers with none other than homestead farming.

Individuals with access to farmland have taken on small amounts of livestock to raise and then eat. These new-age farmers are working hard to give these animals a good life while still maintain their need for meat and dairy. City dwellers have taken to green spaces in densely populated areas and are inventing creative ways to grow fruits and vegetables, with inventions like vertical and rooftop gardens.

Are you interested in running a self-sustaining homestead farm? Here are some ways you can be sure that you’re taking care of the Earth!

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What Are the Most Important Homesteading Kitchen Supplies?

November 15, 2019
homesteading kitchen

The kitchen is where the magic happens. You cut, chop, bake, cook, boil and deep fry so that you can enjoy delicious masterpieces. Whether you decide to share your tasty treats is another story.

But in order to create your favorite meals, you need to have the proper equipment on hand first. Below, we’ll delve into the most important homesteading kitchen supplies you won’t want to skimp on buying. 

Juice Press

What kind of fruits do you grow on your homestead? Whether you oversee extensive farmland or boast a tiny or a backyard garden, we’re betting you grow a few fruits that make their way into your kitchen.

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Environment, Oceans

Homesteading Water Supply Options

November 13, 2019
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Homesteading is a lifestyle characterized by self-sufficiency and independence from living on the grid. Homesteader’s invest in subsistence agriculture, preservation of food and raising livestock or other animals to provide a self-sustaining life. However, water supply is a source of strife for many individuals who invest in living independently from the grid. When buying a homestead, you should prioritize your water source when looking for a home. If you already own a property but do not have a viable source of water, there are alternative solutions available.

Dig a Well

Digging a well on your property creates a reliable source of water that your household can depend upon. Although digging a well is expensive, upwards of $10,000, it allows you to be entirely off the grid and self-sufficient. Wells are perhaps the best long-term solution for homesteads that desire a reliable source of water while remaining independent from the grid.

It is essential to decide whether your well will have a manual pump or an electric pump and if it has an electric pump how it will be powered. Manual pumps require more manual labor, but it ensures that you always have a source of water. Electric pumps allow for an automated water source, but it does rely on outside factors. Electric pumps are either powered by the grid, which can defeat the purpose of a well for some, or they are reliant upon solar or wind power, which puts your homestead at the mercy of the weather. These factors are all considerations when installing a well at your property.

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Environment, Wildlife

The Best Animals for Homesteading Beginners

November 11, 2019
best animals for homesteading

Many people spend years dreaming about owning their own homestead. A homestead gives you space to spread out and live how you want to, without the pressures of neighborhood watchdogs and community rules.

Once you finally get that homestead, the possibilities are endless. What will you grow on your land? How will you use it? You may feel inclined to start raising animals, as many homesteaders do. It’s a big step towards living on sustainable land and minimizing your carbon footprint.

The problem is that not everyone grows up on a farm, so you may not know where to start. Instead of guessing which animals you should raise, read about these animals that are the best for homesteading beginners. You’ll start off with easy and rewarding farm animals that will help you build your sustainable homesteading skills.

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What are the Homesteading Basics for New Homesteaders?

November 6, 2019
homesteading basics

Have you ever purchased something only to get home and realized you could have produced it on your own? Do you find yourself contemplating how our consumer-driven society isn’t a sustainable model? Do you wish you were more self-sufficient? Maybe it’s time you consider becoming a modern homesteader.

What is Homesteading?

The term might be familiar if you’re a history fanatic or remember anything from the last US history class you took. Taking its name from the Homestead Act of 1862, where land was given to families in an effort to encourage western migration, homesteading is a way of living characterized by self-sustainability. Modern homesteading is a mindset above anything else, a can-do attitude.

While the homesteading movement of 1862 was all about pioneers in the wild, today it’s all about self-sufficiency and building the skills to grow your own food. Many modern homesteaders will raise their own animals including chickens, ducks, quails, bees, goats, pigs and even in some cases, larger animals such as cows and horses. Some might even go “off the grid,” taking advantage of solar power, wind turbines and other alternative energy methods. There isn’t a checklist of what you must do to be considered a homesteader; rather it’s the way you think about and interact with the world around you.

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