Classroom Aquaponics: Kids Gain Healthy Experience

Small hydroponic and aquaponic systems are perfect for use in classrooms, but when it comes to teaching kids what offers both them and the Earth healthier options, aquaponics wins hands down. In terms of easy sustainability, one system can provide them with fruit, vegetable, and protein production. But it also teaches children two methods for growing food; aquaculture and hydroponics. The Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s new Seafood in Schools program launches in 11 US school systems this fall. The non-profit will provide teachers with a grant and supplies to bring tabletop aquaponics systems into the classroom to start educating youngsters...

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Top 4 True Natural Beauty Products

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, and if you don’t want GMOs and chemicals in your food, you certainly do not want to slather yourself with them head to foot! But not all hair care, skin care, and makeups that profess organic or natural benefits are truly natural beauty products. One glance at the ingredients list will tell you that 99% of them use 1-2% natural botanical, herbal, or other plant-based materials to greenwash the largely chemical-based stuff in the container. (Researching each ingredient is eye-opening.) But here are four brands whose products offer our readers...

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Retail Chain Builds Community Garden Network

Anywhere in the world, this seems a situation at odds with business interests, especially with a large discount chain that sells groceries. Yet, six Kaufland stores in Romania will have a community garden at (or near) the location before the end of 2017. And that’s just the first phase of their new Gradinescu garden building project. Society and the environment are hugely important to this German company’s Romania division. They’re an active participant in afforestation and sustainability and environmental education and also keen supporters of projects that help the disadvantaged. Community gardens fit neatly into the Kaufland Romania views...

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People Street Food: The Urban Food Street

The neighborhood that grows together literally put a healthy twist on street food. It all started with one food street in northeastern Queensland, Australia, and grew to cover a whole section of town. The price of locally grown, organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs is zilch. If it’s ripe, it’s available to every person in the neighborhood. It’s an all-you-can-eat community garden conveniently located along the sidewalk, or footpath as they call them Down Under. Picturing a happenstance scattering of little postage stamp gardens? It’s a bit bigger than that. According to Australia’s ABC News, this neighborhood garden grown by...

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Preserving Health Benefits of Mushrooms in the Kitchen

Many people eat mushrooms because they taste great, but they offer tons more than flavor. They’re rich in vitamins and other nutrients the body needs. A recent study, however, discovered that some common ways of cooking them alter important health benefits of mushrooms. And the findings don’t agree with earlier studies. What Are the Health Benefits of Mushrooms? Since they don’t come from plants, there are no phytonutrients in mushrooms, yet they are still a natural food with big benefits. They are heart healthy, control blood sugar, and improve your immune system. Low in sodium and carbohydrates, they contain...

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