This is a great narrated animation from the National Public Radio website. It’s called Exploring the Invisible Universe That Lives on Us and in Us. Find out what we are REALLY made of. Click HERE.
Please read about National Park Service scientist and UCLA professor Dr. Seth Riley’s research on genetic diversity:
1) Smithsonian: The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-cougars-malibu-have-lives-full-murder-bad-sex-and-poison-180952350/?no-ist
2) Los Angeles Times
3) Science news item. This journal is the most prestigious general science research publication in the US. news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/08/real-mountain-lions-la-county?ref=em
4) Pasadena KPCC radio story with audio. www.scpr.org/news/2014/08/14/45952/study-isolated-gene-pool-threatens-local-mountain/
5) This is a link to Seth’s actual scientific article in the journal Current Biology, but subscription or library access is required
Click here to listen – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007753d
Fascinating BBC podcast –
“We have more microbes in our bodies than we have human cells. We fear them as the cause of disease, yet are reliant on them for processes as diverse as water purification, pharmaceuticals, bread-making and brewing. In the future, we may look to them to save the planet from environmental hazards as scientists exploit their ability to clean up pollution. For microbes are the great recyclers on the earth, processing everything – plants, animals and us. Without microbes life would grind to a halt”
Click here to read the Greenpeace Press Release – www.greenpeace.org/india/en/Press/Greenpeace-calls-on-the-industry-to-save-Indian-tea-from-pesticides/
August 11th, 2014, Mumbai:
“Greenpeace India called on the tea industry to save Indian tea from pesticides while launching their report today. The study exposes the presence of pesticides, considered highly and moderately hazardous by the World Health Organization, in leading national and international tea brands. The report also reveals the presence of other pesticides which have not been approved for use on tea crops in India …”
“A large number of the samples tested positive for a cocktail of toxic pesticides. DDT was present in almost 67% of the tea samples even though it is no longer registered for use in agriculture in India …”
click below to see the National Geographic Video that demonstrates how all things are connected and learn about the beautiful chain reaction that happened when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park.
This Barn Owl could hear my heart beating.
The Barn Owl has excellent low-light vision, but its ability to locate prey by sound alone is the best of any animal that has ever been tested. It can catch mice in complete darkness in the lab, or hidden by vegetation or snow out in the real world.
A barn owl will eat at least 10,000 rodents a year. For every owl that dies prematurely from poisoned rodents, 10,000 extra rodents are free to multiply.
If we don’t want the rat population to explode we must STOP USING RAT POISONS.
All poisons kill the predators as well as the “so called pest.” In the long run your problem becomes harder to manage.
The food chain if allowed to thrive will keep the balance.
As we always say, “No Poison Is Safe.”
At the root of this fava bean plant are nitrogen nodules. This plant along with the peas, Barley, and fetch that are also growing behind me take nitrogen out of the air and fix it to the roots. 2 months ago this hillside was full of weeds. We dug 2 shovels deep into the soil, turned it and then put a mixture of premium soil builder cover crop. Continue reading Nitrogen Fixers
Our constant mantra is that no poison is safe. Read the info here
Sluggo also kills earth worms.
A man-made chemical called EDTA, a chelating agent that causes the iron phosphate to release its elemental iron easily in the digestive systems of not only slugs and snails but of pretty much anything that eats it, children and pets and earth worms. EDTA or the similar EDDS are the only reason these baits are effective, yet interestingly the label only reads Active Ingredient: Iron Phosphate – 1%, Inert Ingredients – 99%. No mention is made of the presence of another chemical that can turn harmless iron phosphate into a deadly poison. Apparently EDTA was slipped through the cracks in our regulatory system as an “inert” ingredient, and inert ingredients do not have to be listed on the label. Since iron phosphate is harmless, and EDTA is the ingredient that makes it effective, not to mention dangerous.
A review of these products by the Swiss organic certification organization (FiBL) discovered the EDTA content and stated that these products were likely no safer than the metaldehyde baits, that EDTA itself was significantly more poisonous than metaldehyde, and even said they weren’t even sure that it wasn’t the EDTA alone that was killing slugs and snails.
The best solution I have found is to gather the snails in the evening or early morning. They like to hide in tall grasses or foliage so look for them there and reduce unnecessary tall foliage. Right after watering, during a rain and the early morning dew are easy times to find them wandering about. You also can place them in your compost pile because they love eating the old food. Rats, crows, ducks and chickens love to eat them. We also feed our snails to our koi fish in our pond. Collecting them for 7 days in a row seems to be the quickest way to bring down their numbers. Continue once a month your snail population will significantly come down.
In our research on Earth Friendly Management, a name that kept coming up was one of the first people in the country to implement organic lawn care on an institutional basis – Chip Osborne from Marblehead, MA. The City of Marblehead was a pioneer in non-pesticide lawn management. This started in 1998, and Chip implemented the plan there. He knows a tremendous amount. You can learn more about his background from his website. Please take a look at http://www.osborneorganics.com. The City of Malibu decided it could benefit greatly from a workshop from him. The Department of Parks & Recreation provided the space for a workshop that Chip gave on January 28 and 29 – Malibu Civic Center, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu. All were welcome.
Malibu Parks and Rec. director Bob Stallings and manager Drew also hired Chip to do a soils assessment of bluffs park, trancas park. Chip included a soils analysis of the median on Pacific coast Highway. The Malibu Parks Dept. are currently reviewing Chips report that includes Chips recommendations. Then it will be presented to the city council for approval to move forward towards implementing organic practices on Malibu City ball fields and park turf. Fingers crossed there is the will and the funds for implementation.