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Sustainable Farming Methods for Crop Care

January 6, 2020
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Sustainable farming is beneficial for both the planet and crop yields. Agriculture is a booming industry, but despite its connection to nature, people don’t always associate it with environmentalism. Large-scale farming has taken sustainability out of agriculture by relying on monocrops, driving deforestation and causing pollution. Commercialized growing techniques produce full harvests in less time — but at the cost of local wildlife and natural resources.

Many farmers employ sustainable farming methods to combat the effects of industrial agriculture. Plenty of alternatives exist for managing a successful farm without harming the Earth that sustains it. Learning about these approaches is only part of the solution — the other half involves putting them to action.

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Can Recycling Be Used for Agricultural Waste Management?

January 3, 2020
agricultural waste

Composting has long been a solution for repurposing certain forms of organic agricultural waste. During the process, trash is converted to a usable material, most often fertilizer, which helps increase the yield of future crops.

However, organic waste is not the only type of refuse generated by agricultural operations. Chemical debris and contaminants are another concern, as farmers spray pesticides and other treatments to protect crops. Green waste comes from cleared land and exists as old trees, branches, weeds and even hedges. Various plastics and development materials — including concrete — can become waste after a time. Even the ground soil can become useless after multiple harvests deplete the nutrients, which is why crop rotation and rotational grazing are vital practices.

The term agricultural waste refers to any type of garbage, if you will, that’s generated as a byproduct of farming operations. While some of it is commonly recycled, dealing with it is an ever-growing business. As companies look to minimize their environmental impact and incorporate green, eco-friendly operations, they’ll need more constructive ways to recycle or reuse various waste products.

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Environment

Effects of Construction on the Environment: Why Sustainability Is at the Forefront

December 27, 2019
effects of construction on the environment

Sustainability means different things in each industry. In construction, it means building structures from long-lasting and renewable resources, ensuring energy-efficient operation once the structure is standing and practicing good stewardship of the landscape over the building’s lifetime.

Expanding and maintaining humanity’s “built environment” in a conscientious, low-impact and cost-effective way today means future generations will be able to meet their own needs tomorrow. But we need to put sustainability first. Here’s what that looks like in construction and why it’s so important right now.

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Environment

Eco-Friendly Building Materials We Can Expect to Grow in 2020

December 23, 2019

In today’s world, it’s impossible to go a week without hearing about climate change. Temperatures are rising, and extreme weather events are popping up. What’s the solution?

No single answer exists. Instead, the effort must involve a multitude of industries and technologies. In construction, businesses are turning to eco-friendly building materials to do their part.

The green building initiative has generated more than 2 million jobs, totaling more than $134 billion in labor earnings. It’s also injected billions of dollars into the U.S. economy.

Which materials can we expect to grow in the future wake of green building?

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Environment, Oceans

With the Rise of Sustainability, Will We See Suburban Water Change?

December 18, 2019
suburban water

Sustainability is becoming a popular topic around the world. Big consumer pushes over the past few years — like the movement to ban plastic straws — demonstrate that people will go out of their way to save the environment.

Some of the most significant sustainability challenges, however, don’t come from the places you expect. When you think about water pollution, the first image that comes to mind is a factory or power plant — wastewater flowing into a river or water source. Yet in much of the country, this image isn’t entirely accurate. The majority of water pollution today comes from the suburbs.

With the pivot towards sustainability, will customers bring eco-friendly habits home and reduce the pollution produced by suburban water use?

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Environment

What Can the Construction Industry Do to Decrease Habitat Destruction?

December 16, 2019
habitat destruction

Habitat destruction, the most significant ecological crisis we’re facing right now, is a problem for both humans and animals.

Construction — along with other land-clearing industries, like logging and agriculture — is a significant driver of destruction. Yet it doesn’t have to be. Companies can implement sustainable practices that preserve local environments, respect wildlife and minimize impact — all while staying on deadline.

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Environment

Green Building Improving Quality of Living in Cities

December 6, 2019
green building

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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