by Marena Gibson
A food desert is, by definition, a geographic area lacking in “fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods”. It is devoid of grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and other healthy food providers. Instead, fast food restaurants and corner markets are king when it comes to food supply, creating a swamp of unhealthy foods. Food deserts are inherent to health problems that stem from poor diet such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. What can be done?
Urban Farming: A Practical, Convenient Solution
At first it sounds like an oxymoron. Isn’t that what makes an area urban in the first place? That it isn’t rural land, where farms would be found? Farming doesn’t seem like it belongs in cities, does it?
In fact, successful farming is what gave rise to the first cities in human history. Eridu, considered the first city to ever exist (it was founded over 7,000 years ago), was located in Mesopotamia, on the extremely fertile land nearby the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Practically every ancient city that followed did as well. This is no coincidence: thousands of years ago, proximity to food was essential for survival, and necessary for any type of growth or prosperity.
So what happened in modern America?
by Marena Gibson
1. What is consumption?
Consumption is the process of using something up; the word carries a connotation of depletion/destruction of what is being consumed. Think about it in terms of natural resources: When we use gas to drive a car, we are consuming fossil fuels. When we buy cell phones, we are consuming a product that contains precious metals (and plastic, which is manufactured from oil).
In a post on waste, I discussed human waste output, or production. Consumption and production go hand-in-hand. If a water-bottling company produces plastic bottles, when we buy and drink them we are consuming them. In turn, if we consume a plastic bottle of water, we then produce a plastic bottle. Consumption, like production, is a key consideration of sustainability.
by Marena Gibson
What is it?
Compost is simply a nutrient-rich soil amendment that is naturally produced when organic matter decomposes.
Soil isn’t dirt. Dirt is dead; soil is full of microorganisms, organic matter, fungi, earthworms, insects, and more. In fact:
Healthy soil makes for healthy plants that require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. The organisms living within the soil are what releases nutrients to plants, but they require organic material and nutrients to do this.
That’s where compost comes in. When added to soil, it enriches and improves the health of the soil by providing soil organisms with the nutrients they need to survive. Plus, making compost is so easy that it can be done in your own home.
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