Sustainable Pest Control Methods For Agriculture And Farming

Controlling pest in the farms is very important because they can damage your crops and reduce production. Some insects and parasites can live in the body of plants and animals feeding on them and causing diseases. They are not only annoying but they can also cause several fatal diseases and deprive the plant and animals of essential nutrients that they need for normal growth. Fortunately, you don’t need to run to your local farm supply store to get a bottle of pesticide containing chemicals anymore for your indoor or backyard garden. You have safer and more eco-friendly methods of pest control available and most of the stuff is available in your kitchen pantry already. There are sustainable ways of getting rid of these insects and parasites, without using harsh chemicals, and some of the easy methods of getting rid of these creepy crawlers include using common household products that you can find around the house. Soapy water: spray plants or animals with soapy water. It will get rid of mites, and aphids.   Beer: Beer is not only for drinking. Your pests like beer too. You can make an effective trap for snail or slugs with beer, and prevent them from eating leaves of your plants.   Garlic: garlic has a strong odor that can repel most common bugs. Placing garlic close to your home garden can repel several harmful insects.   Pepper spray: make a solution with soap water, red chili pepper or black pepper. Spray it on your plants to get rid of spiders.   Nicotine spray: make a solution by taking one cup of dried tobacco...

World Aquaculture Conference In South Australia June 7 – 11, 2014

The World Aquaculture Conference is going to be held in Australia this year. The date and venue of the conference has been set, and it is going to be a 5 day conference, starting from June 7 and will end on June 11, 2014, at Adelaide Convention Center in Adelaide, Australia. Australia is hosting the event for the first time since 1999. A number of environmental scientists government agencies, government delegates, businesses as well as fish farmers are expect to attend this conference which will have the theme of nature, create, grow, which will reflect the nature of dynamic growth of aquaculture in Australia. The preparation for the conference is already well underway and in full swing, and a number of teams are already working on several tasks laid out to develop the conference into success. With world wide support from the environmental and aquaculture industry, as well as the government of Australia, the event is expected to be a rewarding and exciting affair for all participants. This event will combine the Australasian Aquaculture event with exposition and the international annual conference of the World Aquaculture Society. This will bring the world renowned agricultural sector of Australia into focus. Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Gail Gago has said that winning the rights to host this event was an achievement for South Australia. The state’s economy is expected to get a boost of up to $11.5 million with this conference, with expected 2,000 to 3000 delegated who plan to attend this international conference. Ms. Gago also added that aquaculture science and industry event coming to Adelaide shows how well...

Alcohol & Drug Addiction Solutions And Rehabilitation Fasciitis

More people die from alcohol and drug abuse related causes than from car crashes in the USA. Drug and alcohol related deaths are increasing at epidemic rates in the USA, and it is not only the street and illegal drugs that kill people, many of the prescription drugs are also addictive and can be fatal if abused. A large number of people undergo drug addiction treatments who abuse prescribed drugs and legal drugs as well. What is alcohol and drug abuse? There are many reasons why people drink or abuse drugs. The reason could be for experimenting, social drinking, or for having a good time. People may also drink to get acceptance from peers or to belong to a group. Some athletes and artists drink and use drugs to boost performance, cope with anxiety or stress. People also drink and use drugs to fight depression or frustration. Drinking alcohol or trying drugs doesn’t necessarily make someone an addict. Only when the drug use starts creating problems in a person’s life disrupting health or happiness, it becomes drug abuse. The amount of drug taken has little to do with drug abuse, and the level at which it becomes a problem varies from person to person. How can you tell if you have drug or alcohol problems? You can tell very easily if someone is abusing drugs or alcohol. The person will show changes in behavior which may seem strange at times, like sudden mood changes, over sleeping, decline in health and motivation, stealing, strange phone calls, change in friends or hangout places, change in schedules, emotional imbalance and outbursts, decline...

Anger Management – Some Useful Methods For Controlling Your Anger

What is anger? Anger is one of those strong emotions of human beings that is actually quiet natural and to some extent a healthy and normal human behavior, according to American Psychological Association. We all get angry at some point in our lives. It could be triggered when we get annoyed at someone we love or something that either not working right or some catastrophe in our lives. We all come across events or things that trigger anger in us. We may even get angry or frustrated on ourselves for not having enough money, the right job, the right car or the right girl that you like. Anger is a broad topic and basically it’s our natural reaction to threat. When we, our loved ones, our property or our dignity is threatened, we may react to it with anger. It is our natural way of warning others that something is not right and it’s bothering you. A lot of the anger that we see on the street or around us also comes from misunderstanding, influence of drugs and alcohol, poverty, lack of education, and frustration. The way a child is brought up also shapes his or her behavior and education from parents and schools play an important role. A child can have anger management disorder if he was not taught to manage anger, if they modeled their parents which they thought the right way of behavior. Can anger be a disorder? When people fail to manage anger they may show behavioral disorders like being angry without reason, trouble with social life, jobs or relationships. However, anger is not the...

Environmentalists In Conservation Of Nature & Economic Development

Environmentalists around the world have recognized the importance of conservation of nature. There is a deep co-relation between environment and economy and the environmentalist around the world play an important role in both, conservation of nature and boosting the economy of the nation. The dependence of human society on the nature cannot be denied. Environmentalists and environmental professionals work towards sustainability through conservation of nature as well as through minimizing the negative impacts on environment. The two philosophies go hand in hand to better endure the current global issues. What is conservationism? The conservation of the nature is a relatively recent issue today, which stared in the early 20th century in response to the global degradation of environment. The issues associated with rapid industrialization and deforestation, led to the idea that in order to sustain economic benefits, the negative impacts on environment must be minimized and the nature has to be restored. The term ‘’conservation of nature” is actually defined as optimal and wise use of the nature and resources from the nature without harming or negatively impacting the nature. The conservationist will use all the resources of the nature but also put maximum effort to restore the nature as well. For example, if a farmer cut down trees, he also needs to plant more trees to maintain a balance in the nature. This goes with everything. For example if you go hunting or fishing,  you will need to make sure that the nature is not disturbed, or more fish or animals are grown, and therefore, the wildlife is restored as we consume the resources. What is environmentalism? The...

New Year’s Resolution For A Cleaner & Sustainable Environment

As the New Year has arrived, think of the way you may become a better person this year compared to last year. The problem with making a resolution is that we tend to start the year thinking about our resolutions, but as the year progresses, we tend to forget all about our resolutions and get no results achieved by the end of the year. You might have found that your local gym is packed with people at the beginning of the year but soon the number of people decreases, and only those who are serious about their health remains in the gym by the end of the year. To become a better person, your resolutions should not only include getting a better job, better car, and better shape, but also keeping the planet a better place too. Your actions today will impact the planet in the long run, and therefore, our future depends on how we treat our planet today, so why not make a resolution to recycle and work towards a cleaner and sustainable environment? Most people cannot achieve their goals resolved on the New Year’s Day because most people are not willing to go the extra mile and stick to their goals. The lack of commitment is the major flaw of planning for most people. Once committed, one should make every effort to stay on the goals, no matter how hard it becomes or no matter what it takes. Sticking to goals requires breaking down the goal into smaller attainable goals and then every time you achieve a small goal it gives you reinforcement and confidence to...

Sustainable Organic Farming – A Better Way Of Livestock Production

We have heard the old saying that “we are what we eat.” This saying has a great significance because what we eat has a great impact on how we live. It is closely related to our health and environment. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for food that is ethically produced and also sustainable. Along with an increase in the amount of organically grown farm lands around the world in the recent years, the concern for growing animals with organic products and awareness for livestock welfare has also increased. Organic farming has now reached new international standards with 84 countries around the world implementing it. There are many aspects of organic farming that benefits the ecology and environment because organic farming does not input any harmful chemical fertilizers, toxic insecticides or synthetic materials into the plant and soil. It also relies on ecological process such as waste recycling and natural pest control methods. Organic farming can especially outperform the conventional farming methods and benefit the land which has been farmed for a long time and has been going through droughts. The conventional agricultural methods, on the other hand, may degrade the quality of the land and may cause soil erosion, excessive water withdrawal and may cause loss of biodiversity to the land. For many third world countries like Africa and Asia, agriculture is the only way to address the growing poverty, to increase self dependency and to reduce need for foreign aids to support their economy. Even in America, the food grown with organic products can significantly reduce our chances of damaging the environment through insecticides...

Hydroponics – What Is It And How It May Work For You

Many of us have done this as a child. We have clipped a part of a plant and kept it in water hoping that the plant will grow with roots coming out. This works with some plants. You are able to see roots grow from the clipped piece and soon it starts to grow into a complete plant. This is hydroponics, and we have done this without knowing that it is a part of agriculture. The term hydroponics derived from two Greek words, “Hydros,” which mean water, and “Ponos,” meaning work. It can often be confused with fish farming or gardening, but the term closely relates to agriculture and scientific researches, rather than gardening or fishing. Hydroponic farming can be a great way to address shortage of food and the increasing demand of food around the world as the population keeps on growing and the resources does not.  The land available for agriculture is decreasing as farm lands are continuously being used for developing other sectors and industries around the world. Hydroponic can especially benefit the third world nations where land is scarce and overpopulated. If you would like to have a kitchen garden in your house, but have no space in your backyard, hydroponics could be the right thing for you to grow your own fresh vegetables.   What is Hydroponic agriculture? Hydroponic is a part of agriculture where plants are grown in a solution or liquid with nutrients. This is usually done in water with fertilizers in it for plants to grow, and it does not require any other medium such as soil, sand, rocks, gravel, etc. This...

Waste Management Around The World – Turning Waste Into Money

It is the beginning of a new year, and this gives us an opportunity to look back at what we have been doing in the past to help the environment and sustainability, how well we have been managing our waste, recycling our trash and how effectively we have been reusing our resources. There’s waste coming from homes, business, and various industries everyday that can be effectively reused and recycled or turned into energy. When we talk about sustainability and reusable energy, we start thinking about solar panels or wind turbines, but now, we might even think about using trash as a source of energy. Sustainable solid waste management It is alarming to know that half of our food ends up in the landfills, costing us about $165 billion every year. According to a study made by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2010 we recycled only 34 percent of our totals waste. Half the food produced in the US never reaches our plates, but wasted either in the marketing, storage or transporting and packaging process. If we could effectively manage and use this huge amount of waste, we could be adding value to our economy, minimizing mining and energy wastage as well as minimizing our money wasted for food. With production of food, there are also other factor related like tons of gallons of water for irrigation, fuel and energy used for storage packaging and transportation. Countries like Sweden efficiently use their waste to produce energy. They only throw away 4% of their waste and very little of their waste end up in the landfills. it is due to the...

Actions For A Cleaner And Better Planet – Turn A New Leaf This Year

What are you going to do new this year that is going to help the environment become cleaner? There are thousands of actions you can take and make pledges this year to address the current global issues. Issues such as sudden climatic changes, green house effect, plastic, degradation of soil and so on. Use alternative reusable energy sources Solar energy With the starting of a new age where we are constantly looking for cleaner energy sources, the latest technology is opening up new possibilities for reusable energy sources. The sun, which is an abundant source of energy, gives us constant energy for free. For those who can convert solar energy and turn it into electrical or any other type of energy can enjoy unlimited supply of energy for free. This is what the scientists of today are hinting at. We do not need the utility companies anymore. The best part is the solar power is not only free it’s also sustainably and constantly replenished, and it is also the cleanest source of energy that we can find. with all other sources of energy, even when we drive our cars with natural gas or algae, there is some sort of carbon emission, but driving with solar powered motors or supplying our houses energy form solar powered generators have no carbon emission at all. Wind turbines Wind is one of nature’s strongest energy sources which are also free and clean. There are many wind turbines being built today across the country to harness this alternative source of energy. Using wind as a source of energy also does not cause any water...