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...

Lessons of Earth Day: Living Earth Day Everyday

For many people Earth Day is the one day of the year that people stop and think about the environment. They may plant a tree or vow to start recycling. Earth Day is the launching point for many a great project or pledge to help the earth. However with the state of our environment, thinking about what you can do to help decrease your environmental impact only once a year simply isn’t good enough. As citizens of this beautiful planet we need to think about our actions and their effects more than once a year. So this year instead of planting a tree (or better yet in addition to), pledge to live Earth Day every day. To help gauge your impact on the earth please visit the link below to see what your environmental footprint is and what steps you can take to improve it!...

Future of Food: Part 3

This is part three in a three part interview series with renown philosopher, environmental activist, and eco feminist Dr. Vandana Shiva. In this series she talks about the safety of biotechnology, the ability of all of us to be able to freely use their own seeds, and grow food in the manner that they...

Blog Highlights from 10/22/12 to 10/26/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed – The Johnny Appleseed story may be one of legend but it is also one of truth. Obama and Romney, Oil and Science – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth talks about the Second Presidential Debates mention of gas prices and the President’s lack of ability to do anything about them. Colorado Goes Fracking Free: We Have the Power – Mariel Hemingway of The Guardian gives her plea for Colorado to go “Frack Free.” Antarctic Ozone Hole Is The Second Smallest It’s Been In 20 Years – Our warm year in the arctic has caused the ozone hole to shrink, but how long will it take to disappear? Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year – Sweden is importing trash and getting paid for it, both in energy and in cash! An Airline Fleet Fueled by Natural Gas – Qatar is putting their massive reserves of natural gas to use and have developed a method of converting natural gas into liquid airline fuel. Vital Farms: Raising the Ultra-Organic Egg – Vital Farms is raising chickens and eggs the right way! Electric-Car Maker Tesla Bucks Traditional Dealership Network – Tesla is going against the grain and setting up their own stores to fully promote their electric cars. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...