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Corn Demand Exceeding Supply

Farmers in the U.S. are unable to meet demand for corn, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, despite the probability of a record crop once again (so says Earthy Report, link below). Methinks too much of this corn is going in peoples’ gas tanks; what a waste of good food, land, and water, not to mention fertilizers and pesticides. Thanks to biofuels and all the meat people eat, we are burning through the world’s supplies of phosphorus at a voracious pace. As I’ve written before on this blog, peak phosphorus makes peak oil look like a picnic. I don’t relish having to live in the era of peak anything, but peak phosphorus is the one that scares me the most. The best things we can do now are to reject this biofuel lunacy, grow more of our own food locally and at home, and use greater quantities of composts, manures, and mulches. In this way, at least some of the nutrients are recycled back into the growing system, and there is much less runoff as water and fertilizers are held in. Nevertheless, the era of peak resources will be a bumpy road. If you have not planted a summer vegetable garden, now’s a great time to start thinking about a fall garden! Corn Demand Exceeding Supply, link: http://www.earthyreport.com/site/corn-demand-exceeding-supply


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: http://www.sfgate.com/homeandgarden/article/Philip-Ross-crafts-furniture-from-mycelium-4116989.php#page-1 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..