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Why Are Organic Products So Expensive?

With the best intentions in the world as a green consumer, it’s easy to get put off when you compare the price of organic food with regular mass-produced products. People who are on a limited budget may have the inclination to buy their groceries ethically, but when we stand in the store and check out […]

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How to Garden Sustainably

Not only are sustainable gardening methods better for your wallet, but they are gentler on the planet as well.

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Bamboo Clothing: Green, or Greenwashed?

If you’re looking for more eco-friendly clothing, should you choose bamboo? Bamboo has been touted for the last several years as being one of the most environmentally-responsible fabrics on the market. A hardy grass, it grows like a proverbial weed, sometimes sprouting 4 feet in a single day – and that’s without the assistance of […]

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South Africa’s bamboo-related manufacturing prospects

South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is initiating a study into the prospects for bamboo-related business opportunities in the country, with emphasis being given to prospects that could yield rural development spin-offs. The development finance institution has released a request for proposals for consultants to complete a scoping study that identifies “viable” product opportunities.

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Worm Composting

Worm composting is a process where earthworms are used to process waste materials into a valuable organic fertilizer. It can be done on a large commercial scale – there are farms that produce thousands of tons a month of worm castings – or in a small worm composting bin in your garage or garden. Although […]

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Peak Phosphorus – What does this mean?

Our ability to provide enough food to feed the human population is dependent on the availability of phosphorus. While the term “peak oil” has become a familiar term in the lexicon of sustainability, the notion of “peak phosphorus” may ultimately be a concern of greater consequence. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient required by plants that […]

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Edible Rooftop Gardens

RISC is an inspirational edible roof garden project atop the Reading International Solidarity Centre, a development education centre in the heart of the busy city. It is designed as a permaculture garden, following permaculture principles established in Robert Hart’s permaculture forest garden in Shropshire. With a rooftop education room opening up onto the garden, the […]

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What exactly is ‘Organic’ produce?

Organic farming recognises the direct connection between our health and the food we eat. Strict regulations, known as ‘standards’, define what organic farmers can and cannot do – and place a strong emphasis on the protection of wildlife and the environment. In organic farming: pesticides are severely restricted – instead organic farmers develop nutrient-rich soil […]

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