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Homemade Health – Spirulina – Ancient Superfood By Marguerite Fly Bevis RN,BSN

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I first learned about Spirulina from Dr. Harold Foster, PhD, who studied medical geography at the University College of London and taught as a professor at University of Victoria for 41 years. I was privileged to hear him speak and in many ways he changed my life that day. He said that his research indicates that by taking spirulina and selenium every day along with a high oxidant diet, the immune system would function properly and many illnesses could be prevented or improved. His work with AIDS and HIV patients in Africa had phenomenal results. Unfortunately, there was little interest in inexpensive treatments so the information was largely ignored. Thankfully today there are people willing to look at alternatives and…

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Biochar Implementation in Agricultural Systems of Belize

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By Gerardo Ofelio Aldana  In addition to pressures to adapt to climate change, agricultural production demands include innovative and effective solutions to balance both food production and environmental sustainability (Lehmann and Joseph, 2015). Volatility in agricultural commodities, in parallel with population growth, have initiated an alarming concern as to whether the rates of agricultural production will be able to meet its future food demands. Recent years have shown an improvement in agricultural productivity, but future demands are uncertain, especially in light of environmental factors such as climate change (Sands et al., 2014). The climate problem is now extremely large and is drastically affecting our food production systems. What the future needs is solutions that will counteract a myriad of problems all…

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The New Black Gold – How Scientists are Reversing Global Warming and Improving Soils with 2500 Year Old Practice

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In the 16th century, Spanish explorers described the extremely fertile lands they had seen in the Amazon basin. But, it wasn’t until the 19th century that geologists discovered the reason. There were bands of dark earth (terra preta), created by the original inhabitants of the region, who added charred plant material (biochar) to their soil – soil, in which the local farmers of today continue to grow their crops successfully. Yes, centuries later, this same biochar continues to enrich the soil throughout the Amazon basin. “You couldn’t help but notice it. There would be all this poor, grayish soil, and then, right next to it, a tract of black that was several meters deep,” noted Johannes Lehmann, a soil scientist…

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