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Honey Bee Collapse on Vancouver Island

Farmers on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, are reporting losses of up to 90% in their honey bee colonies. Colony collapse is not a new story by now, but it continues to take twists and turns, devastating agriculture.  So much of our food production system is highly dependent on pollinators and our chemical agriculture is killing the bees and/or dampening their defenses to parasitic pests. Yet another reason to grow some of your own food to address future uncertainty, yet we should all be mindful that a lack of pollinators could doom civilization as we know it. One of my joys in spring is watching honey bees and bumblebees buzzing through the blueberry, plum, and apple blossoms. They’re back again this year where I live, but if they don’t show up one of these springs, I’ll keep my paintbrushes handy for some hand pollinating… “Deconstructing Dinner” has done a nice job reporting on this and I encourage you to visit the link to access their audio file.

Furniture from Mycelium

The house is filled with the earthy smell of mushrooms cooking. It’s not a welcome-to-winter soup simmering or a ragout thickening; I’m baking a little mushroom footstool in the oven. That’s not all that’s baking in that house, you may be thinking… Read more: Read More..

Roasted Squash Soup (Recipe)

Roasted Squash Soup This recipe makes some delicious squash soup, which is a healthy way to keep yourself warm as the evenings turn cool. If you like a creamy, herby, or spicy soup, there are some flavor variations included below. I recommend using a sweet, dense-fleshed winter squash such as butternut, buttercup, or kabocha. Alternatively, […] Read More..

Grameen is installing 1000 solar home systems a day…in rural Bangladesh!

In one of the poorest countries on the planet a renewable energy service company is installing one thousand solar home systems – a day. Not in its capital or busy urban centers, but where 80 percent of the population lives – in rural Bangladesh. The company, Grameen Shakti, literally translates as rural energy. By the […] Read More..

Long Orange Firecrackers

In our home garden, we just picked carrots this week. From one raised bed, my kids unearthed an armload of long orange firecrackers. Picking carrots, potatoes, and root/tuber vegetables is such a satisfying harvest. There is something special about bringing up buried treasure: you’re never quite sure what is hidden until you pull it out […] Read More..

Some Sick Chickens and Eggs in Your Food Supply

The U.S. government is attempting to cut the jobs of 1,000 poultry inspectors to save $85 million per year. The new plan is to have the poultry industry “self inspect” themselves (after all, the same concept worked well with Wall Street, right?). One poultry industry inspector will now be responsible for “inspecting” the dizzying number […] Read More..