Sunday, March 6, 2016

Interesting Links for February 2016

Interesting Links for February 2016
Vaccines Suspended at UK School After Up to 15 Students Collapse
At least one child sent to emergency care
>> [A]s of September 30, 2015, the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which includes only a small fraction of the health problems that occur after vaccination in the U.S., had recorded more than 1,846 serious health problems, hospitalizations and injuries following meningococcal shots, including 99 deaths with about 34% of the deaths occurring in children under age six.
Hackers Allegedly Hijack Drone After Massive Breach at NASA
Hackers release 631 aircraft and radar videos, 2,143 flight logs and data on 2,414 employees
“These internal documents show the Obama Administration took the nation’s creditworthiness and economy hostage in a cynical attempt to create a crisis so the president could get what he wanted during negotiations over the debt ceiling,”

Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably
Study analyzes 40 years of science against 4 areas of sustainability

Researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers.
Natural Farming succeeds in Indian village
interesting excerpt:
...The rishis looked upon the soil as a ‘mother’. Ploughing was forbidden, for many of them believed that the plough would damage the soil and turn it into sand.
...The rishis considered fruit, tubers and milk the most appropriate diet for humans. Rice, barley and millet were grown in small quantities, and used as offerings tot he sacrificial fire. Leftovers were considered consecrated food – prasad – and eaten as such.
.. Soon we learned that some hardy plants such as clover, soyabeans and rice would grow easily on uncultivated land. Not only that, we further observed that plants such as clover could be used to eliminate other less useful ones known as ‘weeds’. In fact, we began to use clover to clear our fields instead of digging them up.
..After gaining some confidence in natural farming we devoted three-and-a-half acres of our least productive land to absolutely no-till treatment. To our utter amazement, it began to recover its health from the very first year. Two years later, we extended our no-till area to six acres.
..Wherever we succeeded in checking erosion, the weeds felt redundant and left us. It became clear to us that the main function of weeds is to check erosion.

>> Ok now that's a new statement I'm seeing:
"the main function of weeds is to check erosion". And apparently here when they started using other mean of checking erosion, the weeds "left".
Plant intelligence / consciousness?
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