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Glyphosate Found In Organic Wine

Glyphosate usage has gotten so out of control that it’s seemingly taken on a life of its own and is now showing up even in foods that haven’t been directly sprayed, namely the grapes used to make organic wine. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is the most used agricultural chemical in history. ...Read More »

Baby Chicks Need Love Too: 6 Natural Treatments For Common Chick Ailments

So, you took the plunge and bought some chicks. Let’s say you did everything by the book and researched the breeds you wanted, set up all the equipment beforehand, and gave your chicks everything they needed to thrive; but for some reason they aren’t. While there could be a myriad of reasons why this could be, my ...Read More »

Everything You Need To Know About Raising Baby Chicks On A Budget

Baby chicks…they’re adorable, fluffy, and incredibly delicate!  Despite their fragility, they’re actually pretty simple to raise. If you have some outdoor space and live in an area where it’s allowed, fresh eggs and meat (if you’re interested in that) can easily be yours! This week’s self-reliance strategies are all about getting started with baby chicks. ...Read More »

10 Problems Genetically Modified Foods Are Already Causing

Genetically modified foods (GMOs) have been getting a bad rep for years now as studies continue to come out revealing the dangerous nature of GMOs. Whether it be the harm they cause to people eating them, or the environment, many believe GMOs have no place in our world. On the flip side, many state there ...Read More »

The Unsustainable Absurdity Of The Average American Diet

Have you ever thought about how wildly unrealistic and unsustainable our current diets are?  Items that don’t grow within the same season are commonly consumed together. Things that don’t grow on the same continent are combined into all sorts of meals.  We eat blueberries in December and drink pumpkin spice lattes in the summer.  We ...Read More »

Your Brain On Drugs

Fungicides are widely sprayed on fruit, vegetable, nut crops and corn and soybean fields. But as Tom Philpott (Mother Jones) reports, a new study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications, says there’s disturbing evidence fungicides are “doing more than just killing fungi.” Philpott reports that Mark Zylka and his team of University of North ...Read More »

Shocking! This Is The Chicken That You Feed Your Family With… Abuse, Deformity And Disease (VIDEO)

Pilgrim’s Pride, one of America’s top leading poultry providers is under fire after leaked videos and gruesome images of the deplorable conditions from some of their contract farms. Gangrenous dermatitis, enteritis, coccidiosis are only a few of the vile conditions chickens are dying from, but it gets worse. Disease, Deformity and Deplorable Conditions Spell a Recipe For Disaster ...Read More »

Dirt Cheap: The Best Frugal Gardening Ideas On The Internet

With the price of healthful groceries going no place but up, lots of thrifty folks are starting a garden to save money on their bills this year. But what about the money to start a garden? It can be a very expensive undertaking, especially if you’ve never gardened before in your particular location. I’ve been ...Read More »

Why Investors Should Consider Farming Cooperatives

Investors might be a little uncertain about the idea of investing in organic farming cooperatives. The reasoning, it seems, is farmers working together and pooling their resources surely can’t be a lucrative endeavor. It sounds too wholesome and too beneficial for land conservation efforts to actually turn a profit and provide a return on investment. ...Read More »

Plants Are Smarter Than You Think

By: Dr. Mercola | Plants are not simple bystanders in the environment, soaking up sun and otherwise engaging in a passive existence. They’re actually active communicators and engage in a complex relationship with their environment. Not only do plants communicate with each other but they also take steps to protect themselves from predators. About 200 ...Read More »

Are Coffee Grounds Good For Plants?

You only need to walk past a coffee shop in any American city to see that our country loves java. With so much coffee being consumed on a daily basis, it’s encouraging to learn that there is a productive use for all those grinds. Next time you make a cup, save your coffee grounds and ...Read More »

Aquaponics: How To Grow Your Own Food In Water

Just because you live in an urban setting without adequate yard space, or in an especially cold or inhospitable climate, doesn’t mean that you can’t maintain a delicious selection of fresh fruits and vegetables year round. By setting up a proper aquaponic growing system, you can almost guarantee a healthy pay off. The costs and ...Read More »

Make a Thrifty DIY Swingset Chicken Coop

Do you have one of those old A-shaped swingsets rusting in your backyard? If you do, then you have the basis for an awesome swingset chicken coop! (And if you don’t, watch Craigslist – there are frequently  people offering them for free to whoever comes to pick them up.) Creativity is key when you go DIY ...Read More »

Lessons In Farming With Limited Space On A Limited Budget (VIDEOS)

Our modern way of life has strayed from the family farm and has moved toward the urban and suburban environment. This change has left many people in a compromised position when it comes to full self-sufficiency. However, there are some fantastic examples of cooperative efforts taking place, as well as independent ingenuity, that should serve ...Read More »

10 DIY Organic Pesticides

Ever wonder what farmers did hundreds of years ago to fight off crop pests? Long before the invention of harmful chemical pesticides (yes, the kind that is linked to cancerous cellular activity), farmers and householders came up with multiple remedies for removing insect infestations from their garden plants. The following list will offer some of ...Read More »

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