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Environment

Is GMO Crop Production on the Rise

January 10, 2020
gmo crops

Food scientists engineer genetically modified (GM) crops — often referred to as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms — for a variety of traits, like herbicide tolerance and drought resistance. Over the past few years, these crops have become an increasingly weighty topic as more farmers have begun to plant them — sometimes raising concerns about their long-term impacts on both human health and the environment.

Below, we’ll cover how GMO crop production is changing — whether it’s on the rise, its possible impacts on the environment and what new GM crops researchers are trying to develop right now.

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Environment

Sustainable Farming Methods for Crop Care

January 6, 2020
sustainable farming methods

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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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

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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Green Technology

How to Transition from a Tech Filled World to Off-the-Grid Homesteading

November 20, 2019
off grid homesteading

What does being “off-the-grid” mean exactly? The way most people who are talking about the grid refer to no longer being dependent on the power grid. This takes more than a couple of solar panels and a tiny home, although that’s a good start. Transitioning to off-grid homesteading takes planning and a lot of consideration. Read on to learn about the things you need to consider before making the switch.

Evaluate How Much Energy You Currently Use

In order to figure out how much energy you and your family use you can start recording and analyzing your monthly electric bills or you can buy a Kilowatt Meter to perform energy audits. The Kilowatt Meter report will allow you to see how much energy every electronic item in your house is using. Then it’s up to you to reduce the use of that electronic or find an alternative! Making your family aware of all the energy being used every month is important in making the decision if you and your family are ready and able to go live off the grid.

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Environment, Oceans

Homesteading Water Supply Options

November 13, 2019
homesteading water supply

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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Green Technology

Technology Helping Us Create Clean Oil Drilling Techniques

October 28, 2019
clean oil drilling

Oil and clean aren’t two words you usually see together. The oil and petroleum industry has a reputation for being dirty — one of the biggest polluters and, overall, a threat to the environment. The reputation isn’t entirely unearned, as the industry is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

But oil and gas executives are facing a crisis of reputation that threatens the future of the industry. Younger generations’ poor view of the industry makes it difficult to attract talented engineers. These threats to long-term profits have industry officials rethinking both their drilling methods and overall business strategy.

Now, the oil and petroleum industry is turning to new technologies that they hope will result in “clean” oil drilling — drilling that doesn’t produce nearly as much pollution or harm to the environment.

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Environment

What Are the Environmental Impacts of Offshore Drilling?

October 24, 2019
environmental effects of offshore drilling

Offshore drilling involves extracting oil from reserves located beneath the sea rather than on land. There’s also what’s known as deepwater drilling, where the necessary equipment reaches depths of at least 1,000 meters. Offshore drilling is complicated, but its supporters assert it’s an essential process due to the world’s continued dependence on fossil fuels.

They often overlook the environmental impacts, though. Here are some of them.

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