Our friends over at Grist are asking a serious question about the nitrogen dilemma: Is America Fertilizing Disaster? This is the first piece in a series, and is a great primer in nitrogen, its uses, and abuses.
From the shared flush to the selective flush to the superiority of male pee in compost, I was told by one commenter that my apparent obsession with urine was "a little creepy." But to paraphrase the famous book, everybody pees,
Ahh, pee—From the selective flush to the shared flush to peeing in public to peeing in the shower, there's almost nothing that seems to bring up a livelier discussion here on TreeHugger than how to treat human urine.
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A looming peak oil crisis isn't the only thing we have to worry about. Jeremy has already noted that the world could be facing a severe phosphorus shortage over the coming century, a shortage that would seriously curtail our
Mounding kitchen scraps in the backyard is all well and good, but we've got nothing against letting technology speed up nature's progress. NatureMill first blipped on our radar back in 2005, and has been steadily improving its automated
A recent post in The American called "The Omnivore's Delusion" seeks to rebut the "agri-intellectuals" like Michael Pollan et al, whose rarefied opinions do not accord with the experience of real farmers like author Blake
Let's clear up one issue: There is no such thing as local vs. organic. When it comes to consumer choice, we should be buying local and organic, though for mostly different reasons.Why We Should Buy Local
Calling Jillian Michaels a fitness guru is kinda like saying Oprah Winfrey is sorta influential or Kim Jong-il has a little problem expressing himself. She is a fitness god…or goddess, whichever! She is the go-to for millions of people that want a
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Peeing in Public Saves Water - But is it Gross?
I seem to be in the habit of sharing my bathroom habits with the world - whether it's the Selective Flush or the Navy Shower. (Perhaps worryingly) people seem to
Left: Will Allen, founder of urban farm non-profit Growing Power (Photo: Kate Croft via The White House Organic Farm Project); Right: Will Allen, author of War on Bugs (Photo: Chelsea Green Publishing)
Urban agriculturalist extraordinaire and MacArthur
Most TreeHugger readers probably a good handle on the concept that large monocropped fields have lesser biodiversity than more mixed cultivation, and that industrial agriculture uses excessive amounts of fertilizer to
The WorldWatch Institute have published the first in a two-part series examining the potential environmental and economic impact of greater localization of food. And, as always, they've put together an interesting read for the current issue of
Some of the author's chickens going outside for the first timeDear Pablo, I am thinking about getting some chickens but I don't live on a farm. Can you raise chickens in the suburbs without causing trouble in the neighborhood?I am hearing of more and