Happy World Environment Day!

Happy World Environment Day! 

In the words of Sadhguru:

“It not because of us that the planet is here, it is because of the planet that we are here. Even to think ‘me and the planet’ is a completely wrong notion because what do you call as ‘myself,’ the physical presence of who you are is just an outcrop of this planet. Whatever you experience as a part of yourself, with that, no one has to tell you ‘please take care of this,’ you will take care of anyways. The planet is for all of us and we cannot exist by ourselves. Our existence here is not here because of our economic activity. Right now, we are made to believe it is because of the percentages of growth happening in this country that you will live well. No, we will live well here if everything is green, water is flowing, air is pure, we will live well here. This idea has to go into every human beings mind.”

To watch Sadhguru’s “Our Environment is Our Life” click here!

The Relationship of Fungi to Soil in Nature’s Restoration

(Photo Credit: Stas Ovsky)

(ABOVE) How strong are the ‘relationships’ in soil communities? From left to right the interaction strength between groups in seminatural grasslands are visualized on recently, mid-term and long-term abandoned agricultural fields. (CREDIT: Elly Morriën et al. / Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW))

‘Relationships’ in the soil become stronger during the process of nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really ‘connected’ at first. These connections need time to (literally) grow, and fungi are the star performers here. A European research team led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) has shown the complete network of soil life for the first time. Last month, the results of the extensive study were published in Nature Communications.

Earthworms, fungi, nematodes, mites, springtails, bacteria: it’s very busy underground! All soil life together forms one giant society. Under natural circumstances, that is. A large European research team discovered that when you try to restore nature on grasslands formerly used as agricultural fields, there is something missing. Lead author Elly Morriën from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology explains: “All the overarching, known groups of soil organisms are present from the start, but the links between them are missing. Because they don’t ‘socialise’, the community isn’t ready to support a diverse plant community yet.”

When nature restoration progresses, you’ll see new species appearing. But those major groups of soil life remain the same and their links grow stronger. “Just like the development of human communities”, says Morriën. “People start to take care of each other. In the soil, you can see that organisms use each other’s by-products as food.” In this way, nature can store and use nutrients such as carbon far more efficiently.

“Fungi turn out to play a very important role in nature restoration, appearing to drive the development of new networks in the soil.” In agricultural soils, the thready fungal hyphae are severely reduced by ploughing for example, and therefore the undamaged soil bacteria have an advantage and rule here. The researchers studied a series of former agricultural fields that had changed use 6 to 30 years previously. With time, there is a strong increase in the role of fungi.

Visit source on eurekalert.org here to read the full article!

The Dutchman Tree Spade

Why cut a tree down when it can be easily and efficiently transplanted?

I re-present to you, the Dutchman Industries’ Dutchman Tree Spade.

In the early 1970’s, Dutchmaster commenced the design, development, and manufacturing of the “Dutchman’s Tree Spade”. Continual design upgrades over the past two decades have resulted in a number of models that can deal with trees of all calipers while maintaining our reputation for efficiency and dependability. The Dutchman Industries Inc. has evolved into a 1600+ acre wholesale nursery distribution center. Their nursery offers a wide variety of deciduous and coniferous plants.

Check out their website for more info and videos here!

Permaculture 101

Above is a video on the fundamentals of permaculture via (Permaculture Fundamentals 101).

Take a look a what permaculture means to our species as we make our footprint on the earth.

A quick dive in, permaculture is:

A “holistic design” system for creating sustainable human settlements, food productions systems as well as preserving and extending natural ecosystems.

It is a movement concerned with sustainable, environmentally sound land use, and the building of stable communities through the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth.

Here are the 3 Ethics of Permaculture:

Care of the Earth: Taking care of the planet that sustains and nourishes us. The earth gives us what we need. In turn, we need to treat it with consideration and respect.

Care of People: Meeting people’s needs so that they can enjoy a good quality of life, fulfill their potential and without damaging the planet.

Share the Surplus: Originally “set limits to population and consumption,” now refined and reworded. Don’t use more than you need or what the planet’s systems can sustain. This includes the philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Food For Thought: 

How would permaculture benefit from looking at modern technologies which are not only ecologically conscious (biodegradable items, vertical farming etc.) but also those involved in conservation and restoration (cleaning drones and magnetics) as well as the earth’s fundamental capabilities to sustain and revive (meal worms, mushrooms, lichen etc.)?