What Exactly is a Biological Soil Crust?

Soil Crusts are Tiny Communities that Can Help You Build Healthy Soil Did you ever walk out in the desert following a rainstorm?  If so, you may have noticed a thin black or green layer  on the surface of the soil.   Of course. you may have noticed a sprinkling of dry, black powder on the soil surface on a sunny day too, ...

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Rendering Tallow to Make the Most of Naturally Fed Beef

Natural Beef is Simply Too Good to Let Excess Fat Go to Waste! Naturally grazed and fattened beef that has never been exposed to high density feed lots or supermarket distribution systems is one of the best kept secrets on the market.  I buy mine from a custom meat processor named Joe.  I’d tell you where his shop is, but hey,  some secrets ...

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Fast Relief for Sneezing and Sniffling

Essential oils offer a pleasant, popular, and microbiome friendly approach to dealing with common discomforts, such as those associated with seasonal allergies. This essential oil mix can be prepared at home, and can be used either topically or for oil pulling to ease discomforts associated with colds, hay fever, and allergies*.   LLP Relief Mix is a simple home remedy ...

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Remembering the Past With Yerba de Alonso Garcia

 Did Native Americans Name Good Plants after Good People? My friend Andrea once told me that early Americans, like the Navajo and the Apache, named plants with beneficial properties after people they liked. It was sort of a way to compliment the good people in their lives.  She added that snakes, flies, and mosquitoes might be named after people they disliked. ...

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Resurrecting the Corn Mothers to Make Food Systems Sustainable

Sustainable Food Systems Drive Sustainable Economies In the industrialized world, corporate owned food systems have created low priced, readily available, empty calories with long shelf lives.  This biologically inactive foodstuff (emphasis on stuff) has come at the expense of family farms, rural communities, environmental health, basic human nutrition, and civil liberties.  As a result, the cost of health care associated with chronic ...

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Nobel Assembly Highlights Lysosomes and Long Term Research

The Announcements of Nobel Prizes represent current events that are changing our the world around us.  This year’s announcement of an award to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discovery of the genes and mechanisms relevant to autophagy (a recycling system within the cells) offers an excellent introduction to important cellular organelles most of us learn little about in school:  vacuoloes and lysosomes. ...

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Public Education Will Succeed When We Stop Forcing Horses to Drink

Every Horse Lover Knows You Can Bring a Horse to Water, but You Can’t Make Him Drink. Horses will drink when they are thirsty, and students will learn when they have need of knowledge. Public Education is Built on the False Premise that We Can Make Unwilling Students Learn. In 1992, I left public education convinced the system was too ...

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What’s this Page All About?

Hello, and welcome, to Endofite.com! The first questions you might have when you enter this site include, “What is this place?  Is it pronounced “end-o-fight?” or “end-o- fit?”   Is this a business?  Or a blog?  Who’s writing all this stuff?  What is food security?  What do you mean by “Integrated Health?”   What will I gain from reading this ...

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Glyphosate Residues Permeate Food Webs. Here’s How You Can Fight Back.

Photo showing cattle.

A recent (2014) study published by Monika Krüger and colleagues in the Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology  revealed the presence of glyphosate residues in grazing and foraging animals and in people, highlighting key problems associated with a herbicide that targets an entire kingdom of primary producers.  Glyphosate residues were found in hares and rabbits, cattle, and humans, suggesting that the ...

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On Solar Powered Nitrogen Factories

  Recently, I was invited into a discussion on the potential for “solar powered nitrogen factories”. The dialog dealt with using legumes and grasses as cover crops to increase soil fertility. This is of course, a great strategy which farmers are adopting at large scales. As the cover crops grow, they release sugars that feed soil microbes, nitrogen rich amino ...

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