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The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living

24th April 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted worldwide each year. It’s time to change our habits.

Zero-waste is the latest trend among eco-friendly and sustainable-living circles — and it’s taking the world by storm. From legislation in France forbidding supermarkets from throwing away unsold food to completely waste-free stores, as well as a restaurant owner who installed a fridge laden with uneaten food on the street to feed the needy, concerned individuals are taking a hard look at our oftentimes excessive and wasteful habits, and finding creative and innovative ways to close the loop.

“Tree of Goodness” in Southern India

Minu Pauline owns Pappadavada restaurant in Kochi, southern India. The 28-year-old proprietor was upset that her establishment was throwing away food each day when many within the community were going hungry. Then inspiration struck after watching a woman digging through the restaurant’s rubbish bags for food late one night…

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Make Your Own Healing “Boo-Boo” Stick for First Aid

20th October 2015

By Gaye Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Lately it seems that I can not get through the day without banging my shins against something, getting bit by an insect, burning myself while reaching into the oven, or having a dry skin itch-attack then scratching my skin raw. Nothing major, mind you, but I do look like I have been through a war zone.

In the old days, my solution to treating these surface wounds has been to reach for the Neosporin and slather it all over the place. In the new days, meaning now, I ditch the petroleum based ointment in favor of a more natural remedy.

What I have come up with is my own version of a first aid stick, something I call my “Healing Boo-Boo Stick”, which I’m going to share with you today.

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Urban Homesteads and Communal Farms: How To Turn Dirt Into Gold

By Carmen Allgood

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

When Tiny is Huge: How a Family Produces 6,000 Pounds of Food in Their Back Yard

Just 30 minutes north of Los Angeles in the burbs of Pasadena, California, is a burgeoning tiny farm tucked snugly between three major freeways. For the last decade, the Dervaes family has proven the impossible dream can come true and happily shares the trials and tribulations of their Urban Homestead with the world. Using Laura Ingalls Wilders’ autobiographical Little House children’s stories as a sweet-dream lifestyle, their chosen model for sustainable self-sufficiency is now dubbed: Little Homestead in the City.

The family of four raises more than 350 varieties of fruit, veggies, herbs, and berries on 1/10 of an acre, which translates to a 66′ x 66′ garden space. The tiny farm is also abuzz with bees making honey, while chickens and ducks lay eggs and lend their considerable skills to insect control. Other animals share the farm but are safe since the family has a vegetarian palette.

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Permaculture – Reconnect with Nature, Supply Your Own Resources

12 July 2015

By Phillip J. Watt

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Humanity has lost its connection to nature. We’re so bombarded with artificial imagery and ideals of superficial living that most of us think taking in an occasional sunset or going for a bush-walk is what it means to be united with our Mother Earth. These practices are wonderful, and very grounding, however they are temporary and don’t truly represent the holistic way we most naturally connect to the spirit of our world and the life that it breathes.

As a culture, we have become disconnected from our food. We have forgotten the cycles of natural systems. We are blind to the divine patterns found in nature. We have lost the innate wisdom of knowing our environment like the back of our heart, and knowing our place within it. Instead we have accepted urbanization of our civilization as ‘natural’. In cities we live in a cement jungle, on top of each other but isolated from each other and our natural environment. (In this context, the rise of social media technology is an ironic twist.)
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Grow Your Own Herbal Medicine Garden This Summer (and Beyond)

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

For those who are in the thick of summer, now is a fantastic time to plant an outdoor medicinal garden. Don’t worry if you’re into winter, though — it’s also easy to grow a therapeutic herb garden on a sunny indoor ledge. Either way, creating a healing garden is a straightforward and rewarding pursuit, and is a great way to take charge of your day-to-day health and wellbeing. And best of all, it’s fun.

Several plants are well-known, others might be unfamiliar. But one thing is certain, all are powerful for promoting and sustaining optimal health.

Medicinal gardens 101: Which plants are best?

If you have a sunny spot in your garden, on a deck or an indoor windowsill, the following plants will happily thrive:

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Groundbreaking New Documentary Offers Real Solutions for Our Food Security and Environmental Troubles

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” ~ Bill Mollison

A revolution is quietly sweeping across the globe, one that works in harmony with nature to create abundance for all life — including us. The method has been around for some time now, but it’s experiencing a resurgence of interest as ecological repair and regeneration becomes an urgent issue of survival for the planet.

Permaculture works within the structure and efficiency of nature — rather than attempting to dominate and control the natural world as we have in the past. This symbiotic relationship can be used in a wide-array of systems, from building and technology, to education and economics. However, it is best known for its application within agriculture, a practice that offers real life solutions to our food security and environmental troubles. This is the subject of a groundbreaking new documentary, Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective.

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11 Vegetables Anyone Can Grow At Home

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

One in three U.S. households are now growing food, according to a special report from the National Gardening Association (NGA).[1] This equates to about 42 million households with a food garden in 2013, a 17 percent increase from 2008.

Keeping a garden can improve your health by providing you with fresher, uncontaminated food, and cutting your grocery bill. NGA estimates that while the average US family spends $70 per year to plant a vegetable garden, they grow about $600 worth of produce – that’s a $530 return on your investment.[2]

The promise of garden-fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and carrots is what initially draws many new gardeners in… but what keeps so many involved is the intrinsically rewarding feeling of growing your own food.

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DIY Indoor Composting for Tiny Spaces – Learn How to Make Nutrient Dense Soil Without a Yard

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

As a child of around ten, I remember a class trip to a Native American archeological site. The tribe and other details are long gone from memory, but one aspect is still with me today — the amount of waste the group created over hundreds of years. The buried mound was maybe five feet tall and seven feet wide, if even that large. Compare this to the 251 million tons of trash American’s generated in 2012, and it gives one pause for thought about the sheer quantity of garbage we produce.

Landfill limitations

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Make Your Own Bug-Away Spray (Easy Recipe)

By Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Commercial insect repellents are so incredibly toxic with dangerous chemicals such as DEET (diethyltoluamide). As an Earthie Mama I want to make sure that my children only have the most natural ingredients on their skin. While living in Costa Rica, I had to figure out how to protect my family naturally from the overwhelming amounts of bugs.

Today I will share with you how simply you can make your own bug-away spray.

This recipe can be made very simply with your choice of essential oil/s and a ‘carrier’ oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You’ll need to re-apply after a few hours or when you feel like the bugs are biting. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight. If you wish, you may combine the oil with aloe vera gel to change the consistency to more of a spreadable lotion.

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The Greenhouse of the Future — Grow Your Own Food Year-Round With This Revolutionary System

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

It’s no secret that food security is becoming a critical issue around the world. With drought, economic instability, erratic weather and interruptions in transportation a very real threat, it really doesn’t take much to have the food supply disrupted. We’re certainly not immune to these effects in the West, especially since we rely heavily on corporate farming and mega supermarkets. Add to this population growth and the ecological toll of conventional, large-scale food production, and we have a seriously unsustainable system in place — one that could topple at any time. The drought in California, USA is a perfect example, where entire almond orchards and other crops have been laid to dust.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. As the famous proverb says: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Taking this proverb and running with it, a team of innovators from Quebec, Canada have developed an eco-friendly and exceptionally cost-effective solution to our food woes — the greenhouse of the future.

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How To Commit Nutritional Anarchy! Resistance Through Food Self-Sufficiency

By Daisy Luther, Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton

Guest Writers for Wake Up World

Once upon a time, if we felt we needed to, we could go to the pharmacy or department store, select a bottle of vitamins, and feel pretty confident about the actual contents of the bottles.

Nowadays, real vitamins are so hard to track down that they might as well be on the endangered species list. In fact, most of what is sold as “vitamins” in the United States actually contains toxic ingredients and nutritional content that isn’t readily bio-available. Just going to the drug-store and buying one of the brightly colored bottles off the shelf may actually be worse for your health than being bereft of the nutrient. And matters may soon get even worse, as the US government “harmonizes” with an overbearing set of rules called Codex Alimentarius.

Before spending your hard-earned money on candy-flavored chewables or much-advertised over-the-counter vitamin imposters, do some research.

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How to Make Kombucha

By Alexandra ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

I am a huge fan of Kombucha. It has been brewed and enjoyed for over 2000 years all over the world. Many cultures have studied this amazing concoction and applied it to their health regiments, from Russia to China, and early Europe.

I have been brewing Kombucha at my own home for many years now. During it’s brewing, it naturally carbonates and creates a refreshing and fizzy healthy drink! I attribute drinking this fermented tea on a daily basis to many health benefits I have experienced. And it’s easy to make it at home!

Benefits of Kombucha

Kombucha is an all round natural, healthy fermented beverage full of amazing amino acids, probiotics and essential minerals. Probiotic literally means “for life”. Antibiotics kill ALL of the bacteria in your body, even the good stuff, but probiotics re-establish the natural ecology and order of the intestinal system. Probiotics are believed to boost immunity, mood enhancer, fight allergies, detoxify the body and rid the body of disease.

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