Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

More Problems with Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer

By Joanna Poncavage

Studies show that synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, which is ubiquitous in industrial agriculture, is linked with a buildup of uranium in water and in crops irrigated with that water, as well as increased soil acidification.


Are Electric Vehicles Bad for the Environment?

By Jennifer Tuohy

Recent studies have begun to spark a fresh debate about whether battery-powered electric vehicles are really better for the environment than gas-powered ones. The key point is asking how much the source of the electricity that powers an EV contributes to its green credentials. This post explores that question.


Understanding the Complexity of a Carnivore's Life

By Geri Vistein

This blog explains why it is so important for farmers and ranchers to understand the complex social life of coyotes, and how this affects the safety of their livestock.


Best Kinds of Bird Food to Put Out This Winter

By Kayla Matthews

Putting out food for the wild birds in your area will help them get the nutrition they need to thrive through the cold months. Avian nutrition means much more than tossing out a few seeds. If you’re not sure what to put on your wild bird grocery shopping list, check out this list to get started.


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Reflections on Bear Hibernation and Behavior

By Bruce McElmurray

Since moving to the mountains of Southern Colorado, we have encountered many black bears and because of those encounters, we have learned much about the species. I find it incredible that bears and other smaller critters can hibernate. Our winters are sometimes 7+ months long and for any animal to put itself into a dormant state for that long is simply amazing. Read more insights into how bear hibernation works.


Black Friday Manifesto for a Healthier World

By Eugene Cooke, Grow Where You Are

This is the season we change. This year, pause and reflect how best to invest your gift money.


In Defense of Plants

By Matt Candeias

It would seem that most people don’t pay any attention to plants unless they are pretty or useful in some way. I reject this reality outright. From the smallest duckweed to the tallest redwood, the botanical world is full of wonder. I am here to defend that.


Consilience Enhances Resilience: A Key Element of CSA Farms

By Steven McFadden

As climate chaos intensifies, we have many reasons to cultivate resilience - the strength and flexibility to endure shocks and yet still function. Through CSA farms the quality of consilience - the linking together of principles from different disciplines - becomes a way for all shareholders to enhance the resilience of farms and thereby strengthen community.




Crowd at Seven Springs MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.

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