turtle, fawn and capybara sharing a watermelon
This makes me happy
The Nourishmat comes with everything you need to start growing organic vegetables: seeds, fertilizer and know-how.
The mats last about 5 years and are printed with nontoxic ink that won’t leach into the soil.
The mats use a technique called square foot gardening. “The key is planting in grids instead of rows so you can maximize your space,” said Weiner. “More food in less space. We adapted the layout of the Nourishmat based on this popular method. We say natural because it embraces the idea of bio-diversity.” This method requires less water and fertilizer then conventional monoculture farming.
The square-foot method also makes plants into beneficial neighbors. “The layout of the plants revolves around companion planting,” said Weiner. “For example, the bugs that like marigolds are the same bugs that love to eat the bugs that love to eat tomatoes.”
This might help me not kill everything I try to grow.
FACT FRIDAY: In 2010, 1.2 million cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, nonhuman primates, sheep, pigs, rabbits, and marine mammals were used in animal experimentation.
Mice and rats are not included in these numbers, and it is estimated that mice and rats make up 95% of all laboratory animals used – based on these numbers, it can be estimated that the number of mice and rats used yearly could be as high as 2 million.
SOCHI OUTRAGE: Save the stray dogs.
Sochi Hires Exterminator to Kill Stray Dogs for the Olympics
"Let’s call things by their real name, these dogs are biological trash", says company owner Alexei Sorokin.
As the world comes together in the spirit of goodwill and Olympic sport competition, Sochi contracts a pest control company to poison and kill hundreds of stray dogs in the Olympic host city. The despicable ‘stray dog cull’, in effect for years, is not unfamiliar in many cities of the world.
For now, saviors and benefactors have rallied at the last hour to offer 100 or so strays a safe haven reprieve while the games take place. Estimates of some 5-7,000 dogs have been killed in the current cull. We know well what will happen as soon as the world’s eye turns away, the protests wane, and Sochi is no longer center stage.
The IOC falls short in addressing human and animal rights policies prior to selecting host cities for the Olympics. Fortunes are spent erecting massive state of the art Olympic venues and synthetic villages. Similarly, budgeting and planning for the stray animal population could have been planned into the equation. Animal rights activists have long plead for sterilization and humane, modern programs and treatment. Sign Humane Society International Petitiion here.
Instead of these plastic, anthropomorphic commercial mascots, honor the stray street dogs of Sochi as the real mascots. And, easily enough - make the proceeds on the sale of every plush toy go directly to the stray dog fund. If the children knew the truth, they would not want any part of those scary, bug-eyed plush toys.