ENVIRONMENT

Repurposing Victory Gardens

During World Wars I and II, families on the home fronts in many countries were encouraged to plant victory gardens. Home food production was recognized as fundamental to national security, and victory gardens became a source of national pride and patriotism. Food grown at home provided critical relief from the death, famine, and destruction created by the wars. You see, ...

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Why Strawberry Clover in a 21st Century Victory Garden?

     The victory garden of the 21th century must be ecologically balanced so that no chemicals are needed.  To maintain balance, one should choose a variety of plants from different families.  Because space is often limited, plants that serve multiple purposes are always good to have. As a legume, strawberry clover has an ability to associate with microbes of ...

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Water and Organic Matter Make Gardens Productive in Desert Soils

Gardening in the desert presents challenges that are rarely addressed by gardening experts who honed their skills in more humid climates.   Here in the Southwest, it is not uncommon to see precipitation values for the entire year that equal rainfall received in a single storm in more humid climates. When annual precipitation falls below 15 inches, soil, which can ...

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Ending the Fight with Diversification

Soil, water, and air pollution. Chronic disease epidemics (Heart Disease, Obesity, Diabetes….) Chemical dependencies Civil unrest Food insecurity…. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one set of simple and affordable actions could address all of these problems simultaneously? End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC was built on the premise that the most significant common denominator among all these problems is the uniformly regulated management ...

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Sowing the Seeds of Victory

Home gardening is vital to the security of any nation During the first and second World Wars, victory gardens were popular in countries on both sides of the fighting.   The ability to produce food close to home was considered a vital component of national security, and was recognized as crucial to the war effort.  This first half of the ...

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Fixing Our Food Systems

What is a food system? Food systems, at the most basic level, include the spectrum of interactions between humanity and the environment we live in.  Healthy food systems are economically and nutritionally secure food systems.  They ensure access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food for all people, and they serve as the foundation to the remaining economy.   When food ...

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Biodiversity and the Least of Our Brothers

Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me.  Matthew 25:40-45 American Standard Version.   Social norms, various laws, and widely shared ethics prevent most of us from killing other human beings. Animal lovers and certain vegans object to the killing of pets, whales, livestock, ...

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Leaving the Clutter in Desert Gardens

Gardening is a skill that develops over a lifetime.   I envy those who were raised with a successful gardener, because like any art, you just can’t pick it up from a book.  In fact, books on gardening are really just the results of gardeners sorting out their own thoughts out on paper.  Well, nowadays we don’t even use paper. ...

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Healthcare Can’t be Improved With Access to More Insurance

History tells us that when Columbus and his sailors arrived in the America’s, they reported finding American people in astonishingly good health.  Soon, rumors arose of a fountain of youth, which many Spaniards sought, but never found.  The Spaniards were approaching health with the same linear thinking that is currently driving our great nation towards bankruptcy.  They thought a simple ...

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On Becoming a Change Agent

I must have always thought in multiple dimensions.   I remember the anxiety I felt in high school when I recognized that all my friends had definite goals in life, but I wanted to pursue a different goal each day.  Within days, I would bounce from wanting to be a forest ranger to wanting to be a writer, a scientist, ...

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