The era of the penicillin miracle is over. Through our indiscriminate use of pharmaceutical antibiotics in hospitals and factory farms, humans have created "Superbugs" — tenacious and virulent bacteria that develop resistance to solitary antibiotic compounds at an alarming speed.
In this empowering book, Stephen Buhner offers conclusive evidence that plant medicines, with their complex mix of multiple antibiotic compounds, are remarkably effective against drug-resistant bacteria. You'll learn how antibiotic herbs such as aloe, garlic, and grapefruit seed extract represent our best defense against bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, and Salmonella — and how their use will ensure that, in the future, antibiotic drugs will still be there when we really need them.
Wind power is the fastest-growing source of energy in the world, and by the year 2020 it is projected to supply at least 12 percent of global electrical demand.
Wind Power Basics provides a clear understanding of wind and wind energy systems including turbines, towers, inverters and batteries, site assessment, installation, and maintenance requirements.
Whether you're considering your own small-scale wind energy system or just want a straightforward, detailed introduction to the benefits and challenges of this rapidly emerging technology, Wind Power Basics is the guide for you.
About the author:
Dan Chiras is a respected educator and author who has published more than 25 books on residential renewable energy and green building, including Power From the Wind. He is the director of the Evergreen Institute, where he teaches workshops on small wind energy systems, solar electricity, passive solar design, energy efficiency, and green and natural building.
The stat sheet on hemp sounds almost too good to be true: Its fibers are among the planet's strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. Its one downside? For nearly a century, it's been illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States … even though Betsy Ross wove the nation's first flag out of hemp fabric, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence on it, and colonists could pay their taxes with it. But as the prohibition on hemp's psychoactive cousin winds down, one of humanity's longest-utilized plants is about to be reincorporated into the American economy. Get ready for the newest billion-dollar industry.
In Hemp Bound: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, best-selling author Doug Fine embarks on a humorous yet rigorous journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching and pioneering hemp's applications for the 21st century. From Denver, where Fine hitches a ride in a hemp-powered limo; to Asheville, N.C., where carbon-negative hempcrete-insulated houses are sparking a mini housing boom; to Manitoba, where he raps his knuckles on the hood of a hemp tractor; and finally to the fields of east Colorado, where practical farmers are looking toward hemp to restore their agricultural economy … Fine learns how eminently possible it is for this misunderstood plant to help us end dependence on fossil fuels, heal farm soils damaged after a century of growing monocultures, and bring even more taxable revenue into the economy than its smokable relative.
Fine's journey will not only leave you wondering why we ever stopped cultivating this miracle crop, it will fire you up to sow a field of it for yourself, for the nation's economy, and for the planet.
Many gardeners fashion cold frames from whatever materials they can find. Others rely on old standby covers, such as hot caps. Regardless of the type, row covers help protect plants from frost, wind, pests, rain and snow.
This e-handbook advises you on the different types of row covers, how to make them and how to use them. Chapters include:
- Extending Your Garden Season
- The Ins and Outs of Floating Row Covers
- Plastic Tunnels and Mulches
- Planning Your Garden Protection
- Installing Mulches, Tunnels and Row Covers
- Timing, Pollination and Optimum Temperatures
- Storing Protective Covers
- Frost Dates
Proper protection will result in hardy, healthy plants. 36 pages.
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