Non-GMO Versions of Grape Nuts and Cheerios Less Nutritious Than GMO Versions

...t are fed a nutrient mix that contains ingredients from GM sugar beets or corn. Not that the presence or absence of GMOs matters all that much from a nutritional perspective. Nestle noted, “Cheerios are essentially a vitamin pill wrapped in rapidly absorbable starch.” At the massive natural food expo, I attended earlier this month, I saw a lot of unhealthy foods with a “non-GMO” label. In the case of Cheerios and Grape Nut...

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Bar Codes on Veggies

...ogy. Rural Ibaraki Prefecture has turbo charged their QR coding for agricultural products tagging a wide variety of vegetables grown in that prefecture. Ibaraki Prefectural authorities and the JA Ibaraki Prefecture Central Union of Agricultural Cooperative cooperating with other farming and agricultural associations are adding QR code labels right at the point of origin. In the supermarket, consumers use camera equipped cell phones to scan the QR...

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How to make a Calendula oil infusion

...ine straining I can line the strainer with cheese cloth or muslin. Strain the oil into a fresh, clean jar. Pour off the oil first, then press the dried matter to squeeze out the remaining oil as best you can. You’ll never get it all back. Label it  Make sure you label it with the type of oil and the date it was made. Believe me, even if you only make one jar, you’ll forget what it is and when you made it, and a year later you’...

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Teflon Coated Light Bulbs Deadly to Chickens

...ry website, birds are particularly vulnerable to airborne toxins. I can’t help but wonder about the effect of these fumes on humans too. Several years ago, Dupont was unsuccessfully sued over the toxicity of Teflon in cookware. Sylvania, apparently, has a warning label on their Teflon coated bulbs, “WARNING: This product contains PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene–”Teflon” is a brand name). When heated, it creates fumes...

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Are Pallets Safe to Reuse?

Now you know. Pallet parts have names. As a fan and proponent of reusing pallets in building projects, such as chicken coops and compost containers, I’m often asked if I think they are safe to use given that shippers and manufacturers fumigate them with pesticides. In the United States quarantine regulations require that pallets be treated with methyl bromide, a pesticide being phased out due to its adverse effects on the ozone la...

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Back on the Yogurt Train: How to Make Yogurt

...ery clean canning-type jars Hot water bottle (optional) Towel(s) for insulation Your last store bought container of yogurt. You need live yogurt to start the culture, only a few spoonfuls. The label should say something about containing live, active cultures. You’ll need 1 Tablespoon of live yogurt for every quart of milk you’re transforming. Milk, of course. Make sure your milk doesn’t say “Ultra Pasturized” or UP o...

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Federico Tbn’s Self Irrigating Pots

...ederico says, This one is a variation on the 5 gallon bucket system.  The handle on the jug was a convenient way of inserting a piece of 1/2 inch PVC pipe to refill the reservoir. The plastic on the 5 gallon jug was surprisingly pliable; I was able to mold the top edge to fit the 5 gallon bucket better by carefully heating it with a propane torch.  The art is just for fun, sometimes it is hard for me to leave things unpainted....

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Saturday Linkages: Of Granola and Turlets

...u Eat Your Own Poop? – http://gawker.com/5985723/can-you-eat-your-own-poop … How to Install a Toilet | The Art of Manliness http://artofmanliness.com/2013/02/06/how-to-install-a-toilet/ … DIY Wax Seals: A History and How-To | The Art of Manliness http://artofmanliness.com/2013/02/13/wax-seals-a-history-and-how-to/ … Emergency Bench http://www.dudecraft.com/2013/02/emergency-bench.html … Bike flat tire repair kit inside tire levers: http://...

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Saturday Linkages: From The Woodsman Workout to Crafting With Your Cat

...t-scratcher/  … Book on Crafting With Your Cat: Kitty Jones Kitty Crafts link Fitness The Woodsman Workout | The Art of Manliness http:// artofmanliness.com/2012/09/19/woo dsman-workout/  …  Things to worry about Warmer Temperatures-New USDA Zone Map Already Obsolete http:// www1.ccny.cuny.edu/advancement/ne ws/Warmer-Temperatures-Make-New-USDA-Plant-Zone-Map-Obsolete.cfm  … Why I don’t Worry Too Much About Organic Fruits and Veggies: http...

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Roundin’ up the Summer Urban Homesteading Disasters

...#8211;don’t ask me why–these things, “just come to me.” Mrs. Homegrown (using her Master of Fine Art superpowers) viewed this project with considerable skepticism. I successfully cast a tetrahedron and dodecahedron and stained them with iron sulfate and proudly placed them in the garden. They kinda worked but I have to agree with Mrs. Homegrown’s assessment that the scale is off–they look like the miniature Sto...

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