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The Seeds of Modern-Day Agriculture: Growing Your Own Grain
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry

Wheat Fields photo by Kevin Lallier Agriculture began about 10,000 years ago in Mesopotamia with practices still used today by many farmers—specifically selective harvesting and seed saving. Those Neolithic agriculturalists began removing the more undesirable plants from then-wild wheat and barley species, leaving only plants with apparently beneficial qualities, such as higher seed production and retention. This was most likely the first domestication of any organism by humans. Upon successive seasons of selective harvesting, these wild-grass species began to resemble the crops grown today. Neolithic communities eventually began collecting and saving the most desirable seeds for planned future plantings. Read on…

 
Eco Tube: What Are Your Favorite Outdoor Activities?
Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Kayaking photo by Swampa

In anticipation of warmer weather, EcoHearth inquired of passersby: "What is your favorite outdoor activity?" To see the video containing a representative sample of the responses, click here.

 
Ten Steps to Socially Responsible Investing
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry

Ten Dollar Bill photo by Derek & KristiYou want to meet your financial goals, but want to do so without harming others, and in a manner that promotes the public good. This is a loose definition of socially responsible investing (SRI).

If you are opposed to pollution, war and worker exploitation, you wouldn't want to buy stock in a company that profits from one or more of these. If you think the use of fossil fuels causes global warming, you might choose to invest in the alternative energy sector, for example. It's not difficult to put your money where your beliefs are. Here are ten easy steps to get you on the road to to socially responsible investing. Read on…

 
‘Green’ Incinerators That Aren’t Green
Sunday, 02 March 2014 00:00  |  Written by Dawn Marshallsay | Blog Entry

Municipal Waste Incineration Plant photo by AcmeIncineration of waste may seem like a great way to keep trash out of landfills. However, it generally causes unacceptable levels of pollution. The makers of incinerators capable of producing energy from the burning of waste argue that this capability makes the process environmentally friendly. But labeling such waste-to-energy incinerators green is misleading, according to reports by Friends of the Earth and other organizations that oppose the construction of new ‘green’ incinerators in Boston, Massachusetts, and elsewhere. Read on…

 
Eco Tube: What Do You Love Most About the Earth?
Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Earth Heart Handicraft photo by Steve Snodgrass

In honor of Valentine's Day, EcoHearth asked people, "What do you love most about the Earth?" To see the video containing a representative sample of the responses, click here.

 
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