‘Don’t Be Trashy, Recycle’ and Other Slogans to Awaken Your Employees

The word “recycle” stirs up a variety of emotions in people. From an enthusiastic desire to save the environment to questions about how and where to recycle, at least everyone has an interest in where to dispose of waste. And while it may not be surprising that people get tired of hearing recycling slogans, there are reasons we should keep shouting them.

Recycling Revolution gives us many sobering facts about waste. Are you aware that an aluminum can will still be that same can 500 years from now, if not recycled? Or that, according to Guardian UK, we will need two more earth-size planets to house our population by 2050? Additionally, the EPA warns that the amount of toxic waste and dump sites in the U.S. alone exceeds 1,200, and companies like Sevenson Environmental can’t seem to remediate them fast enough. When you look at the number of disposable products we use and the impact they will have on the environment if they aren’t recycled, it’s clear that every person and company should try to make some effort to recycle.

Where Does a Business Begin?

For business owners and executives, it’s important to do what you can for the environment and be a good corporate citizen. That means more than just finding good recycling services and sending them a check. To incorporate environmental awareness into a corporate culture requires the employees to buy-in, but it is sometimes difficult to get all of a company’s employees on the recycling bandwagon. Begin by reducing the amount of outbound paper by marketing with email campaigns and through social media. Also, a good slogan can help to not only motivate employees, but also give them a convenient reminder to recycle when it is not necessarily the first thing on their mind.

According to the Recycling Facts Guide, these are some of the most effective recycling slogans:

  1. “Don’t be Trashy. Recycle.”
  2. “Wipe Out Waste.”
  3. “Don’t waste our future, recycle.”
  4. “People who recycle do it over, and over, and over.”
  5. “Once is not enough, recycle.”
  6. “Recycling Works.”
  7. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
  8. “I pity the fool who don’t recycle.”
  9. “Eat, Sleep, Recycle.”

Your slogan can range from simple to comical to thought-provoking, depending on the niche your company represents.

Of course, just having a good slogan isn’t good enough to get people to recycle effectively. They need to know what, exactly, they can recycle. The EPA reports that just 25 percent of America’s dumped garbage is actually regular trash. That means 75 percent can be recycled. People have a tendency to sort materials incorrectly, which can lead to added costs and recyclable items being discarded. Failing to prepare recyclable materials correctly, like forgetting to rinse jars or plastic bottles, is another issue.

Educate the People

One good way to ensure your employees know how to recycle is to post a visual chart showing what is recyclable and what is not. Do your research and get down to detail. For example, The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers is spreading the word that with the advancements in recycling collection and processing technology, caps are now to be attached to their bottles and jars before they are sent off to the centers, contrary to the rules of the past. The caps-on recycling message is just one that can get people interested in the how and why of recycling. Small steps can create big awakenings.

Our society produces a lot of waste, and it is important that everyone do what they can to reuse and recycle what they have. Companies can get their employees to help by using catchy slogans and educating them about the proper ways to recycle. With a concerted effort, let’s declutter the Earth for future generations.

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Eco-Friendly Tires Save Money on Gas: Here’s How

Some environmental consumers drive hybrid vehicles to get better gas mileage. However, now drivers who don’t own these hybrids can also be eco-friendly by having “green tires” installed on their vehicles.

By that, we don’t mean literally green tires. You can buy used or discount tires to save on resources, or you can buy new eco-friendly tires now on the market. These tires will help a car get better gas mileage, because they can reduce rolling resistance, Earthgarage.com reported. They’re also easier on your pocketbook, because these tires typically cost the same as standard tires, so in that aspect, they’re efficient discount tires.

Michelin HydroEdge

Tirerack.com mentioned that Michelin HydroEdge with Green X and the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology are two examples of eco-friendly tires — both tires drove well in wet conditions. They had better rolling resistance, and some were made with more eco-friendly raw materials such as non-aromatic oils, instead of petroleum.

Continental ProContact

In 2007, Continental Tires said it will begin to make tires that are safe and green, Foxnews.com reported. The company came up with the Continental ProContact, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This tire was made for sedans, minivans, coupes and crossover vehicles. Also, the tire maintains safe contact with the road while leaving enough space for a decrease in toxic emissions. (In fact, that’s why the tire’s moniker is ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, addressing both concerns with the same product.)

Bridgestone Ecopia

Also mentioned was the Bridgestone Ecopia EP-02 Tire, specifically designed for electric-powered cars. This tire performs well in dry and wet driving conditions and has a low-rolling resistance without compromising on braking. Another tire with low rolling resistance is the Michelin Energy Saver A/S, which maintains needed traction in all seasons.

Yokohama Tires

RightTurn.com, which provides advice on buying cars, takes a look at eco-friendly tires. For its green tires, Yokohama uses orange oil in place of some petroleum-based products. Hankook green tires have “Kontrol Technology,” which creates durable tires that last longer — thereby not being discarded as quickly.

Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires are created to save drivers thousands of gallons on fuel during a vehicle’s normal life, while the Scorpion Verde by Pirelli is a high-mileage, lower-environmental-impact tire designed to lessen gasoline use and CO2 emissions. Goodyear Tires at discount tires is a good resource for sale, consumer ratings and reviews for all consumer needs.

Think Green: More Eco-Friendly Information

Green Car Reports (.com) acknowledges manufacturers that have been making great progress in improving ride quality of eco-friendly tires, thanks to new materials and construction techniques. Continental Tire, for example, is using new rubber polymers in its ContiEcoContact 5 tires.

Here’s an abbreviated chemistry lesson: Unique long and short chain polymers react differently to cope with the forces the tread of the tire experiences. Long-chain molecules provide the tire’s low-rolling resistance under normal driving conditions.

However, brake sharply, or turn aggressively into a corner, and the tire’s short-chain polymer molecules immediately stiffen. This improves the tire’s grip under big-load conditions. When the tire loads lessen, the short-chain molecules return to their normal state — the tire again becomes low-rolling-resistance.

Michelin has taken a different approach with its eco-friendly tires, Green Car Reports reported. Its Energy Saver series uses a Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES), or tiny cuts in the tread surface, to reduce heat and lower rolling resistance.

Guest post by…Rusty Prince A former car thief, Rusty knows a lot about the wiring in most vehicles because he had to break in to many of them. Now he is an engineer and fixes electrical wiring in Lamborghinis for wealthy clients.

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Exploring Precision Farming as a new Trend in Agriculture

The high demand for technology and trends in the field of agriculture is due to the fact that more demand is also being placed on farmers to produce more and meet the diverse needs that are associated with the industry. Additionally, agriculture is an industry in which meticulousness plays a big role in increasing effectiveness, while at the same time reducing costs. A farm is therefore able to function more efficiently, while producing more and experiencing growth.

Understanding Precision Agriculture

Precision agriculture is a revolutionary trend that is aimed at facilitating the proper management of the farm by paying attention to variations; not just between one farm and another, but also within the same farm. This is done with the goal of facilitating higher returns, while simultaneously conserving resources. Managing farms using this method relies greatly on technology like satellites and geospatial implements, which are especially useful but not limited to farmers with large tracts of land.

In addition to increasing effectiveness, the need for precision agriculture has increasingly become apparent owing to the major concerns that have emerged with regard to the effect of various farming activities on the environment. This has led to innovations in ways to farm in a safe manner, without compromising the harvest.

Conservation of Resources

Precision farming is also a great way to conserve resources. For instance, it enables the use of a Geographical Information System map, which indicates the areas within the farm where the ground is moist, in addition to indicating areas which may not produce high yields as a result of various factors like erosion or a depletion of natural nutrients. This way, the farmer can plan accordingly and make adjustments to better utilize the more productive areas.

In addition, precision agriculture enables the farmer to keep monitoring both the regions of the farm where the crop is thriving, and the areas where it is not. This information, having been uploaded into the system, then enables the program to regulate the amount of fertilizer applied, depending on the unique needs of the crop in that specific region.

A farmer is also able to tell which areas of the farm need more irrigation than others. This may be because the soil where some crops are growing is more retentive than at other areas, or owing to the fact that plants have different rates of water retention. Regardless of the reason, the farmer is able to effectively regulate the amount of irrigation that is required for the different regions.

Benefits of Precision Farming

a) Increased yield from the crop, which translates to increased profits.

b) Reduction of the adverse effects that farming has on the environment as a result of over-applying chemicals.

c) Cost-effectiveness, as it helps to channel resources exactly where they are needed, as opposed to the more common blanket-application approach which results in a lot of wastage. This includes the cost of chemicals and fertilizer.

d) Facilitates the conservation of man-power since most of the work is done by machinery.

Guest Post by… Timothy Clarke. Timothy is an agriculture and education writer who frequently contributes to education resource sites like DegreeJungle.com. In his spare time, Tim enjoys hunting with his two best friends and going fishing with his 8 year old son, Jonathan.

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King of the Hybrids: Who Can Dethrone the Mighty Prius?

The Toyota Prius has evolved into an automotive pop icon for hybrid vehicles; it’s the go-to car for environmentally-conscious consumers. As demand for sustainable energy rises, more car manufacturers are investing in electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid technology. A multitude of hybrid and electric autos are soon set for release, but will the new kids on the block supplant the Prius’ hybrid dominion?

Chevrolet Volt

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt continues its reign as GM’s most technologically advanced vehicle. The Volt’s lithium-ion battery allows drivers to travel gas-free for an EPA-estimated 38 miles. An onboard gas generator produces electricity that grants 380 total miles of travel on a full charge and full tank of gas, as Chevy states on their website. Amenities include Bluetooth, OnStar and satellite radio along with a host of other impressive features.

The Volt comfortably seats four in its cloth-upholstered interior and drives with nary a sound. The innovative and sales-boosting electric powertrain will run on the hyrbrid’s gasoline engine if you never plug it in, according to The Car Connection. The latest Volt arrived at Valley Chevy dealers, such as Freeway Chevrolet, in August.

Ford C-Max

Ford’s high-mileage hybrid hatchback is about to make a big splash in the fuel-efficient vehicle pool and poses as direct competition to the Prius. The front-wheel-drive C-Max outshines the Prius with its EPA-estimated 47-mpg combined rating. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor outperforms Prius’ powertrain by 54 horsepower, The Car Connection states. The SmartGauge digital display system with InfoGuide screens allows the driver to set up information on energy consumption and to view the C-Max’s operations.

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

The Volkswagen (VW) Jetta Hybrid made headlines earlier this year when a modified version of the car was labeled the world’s fastest hybrid. The Jetta Hybrid boasts impressive specs: 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a 27-horsepower electric-motor system. VW estimates the Jetta Hybrid will claim an EPA combined rating of 45 mpg. The Jetta will hit 60 mph from zero in less than nine seconds, according to CarandDriver.com. A trio of aero modifications reduce drag by 10 percent.

Tesla Model S

Tesla’s all-electric, rear-wheel-drive sports sedan flaunts a sporty lightweight-aluminum body and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. With an EPA driving range of up to 265 miles while producing zero emissions, the Tesla Model S is a green blessing. Inside, the Model S comfortably seats five adults on microfiber and synthetic-leather surfaces. When it’s time to recharge, plug in at absolutely any outlet to get your Model S back on the road.

Guest post by… Nicole Henderson Back in the late 1980s, Nicole’s first car was a 1968 Chevy Camaro that leaked a quart of oil a day and had a broken gas gauge. Now she drives a hybrid and writes about the car industry.

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Give the Gift of Sandy Relief

This holiday season, people throughout New York and New Jersey are still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It is going to take months, even years, to fully recover. There is a great deal of need in this region for food and supplies so this holiday season, consider giving the gift of relief.

There are many ways to get involved but we’ve listed some food-related organizations and agencies where you can offer support:



  • Food Bank For New York City accepting donations and volunteers.
  • Citymeals-on-wheels is looking for people to help deliver food to the many seniors in need around the five boroughs.
  • Food Not Bombs‘ Manhattan office was flooded, and needs volunteers to help coordinate outreach.
  • Red Hook NYC Recovers lists sites around Red Hook Brooklyn that need food, volunteers or other support. They update their list on a regular basis.
  • Astoria Recovers, a recovery blog, has a list of local sites in need of assistance.
  • Staten Island Recovers is another community recovery site with a list of places to help out.


  • The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is accepting donations. You can log on to donate, or call (908) 355-3663 ext. 203, or donate $10 by texting FEEDNJ to 80888. The food bank is also soliciting food donations of canned foods, shelf-stable milk, cereal, baby food (note: no glass jars, please) and diapers. For a list of locations, click here.

Wishing you all the best this holiday season.

List source, dated 12/12/12.


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From Black to Green: How Caffeinated is Your Tea?

The benefits of tea have been around for literally thousands of years. With all of the different types of tea, enjoying the great flavors and lasting health benefits that they host can be a great treat.

While some people tend to prefer tea’s beverage buddy, coffee, most people can appreciate a great cup of tea. For those that drink coffee purely for the caffeine, most teas carry the natural stimulant as well. Perhaps the most attractive advantage of tea is that it is a multifaceted beverage — it comes in many types, flavors, caffeine levels and with lots health benefits. To better illustrate the perks of different tea types, here is a breakdown of a few teas and their corresponding caffeine amounts.

Pu erh Tea: ~ 40 mg

Pu erh tea has reached a spike in recent popularity, and while it is technically considered a black tea, for the purpose of this article it deserves its own recognition! Perhaps one of the more interesting forms of tea, the fermented and aged pu erh tea leaves are compressed into circular cakes instead of packaged into tea bags. Due to the distinct flavor of pu erh, it is considered a fine tea for those true tea connoisseurs to enjoy.

Herbal Tea: Caffeine Free

Herbal tea comes in a seemingly endless array of flavors these days, and has been turned into big business with mainstream corporations manufacturing various flavors of tea. For those that aim to avoid caffeine, herbal teas are the way to go. What’s more, various natural herbal teas, like chamomile and St. John’s wort have been shown to have just as many health benefits as other caffeinated forms of tea.

Black Tea: 23 – 110 mg

Generally boiled at temperatures ranging from 195 to 210 degrees Fahrenheit, black tea can be a very delicate tea, but it also comes packed with lots of robust flavor depending on the type. Black tea features many varieties, including Darjeeling, Turkish, Ceylon, Nepal, Nilgirl, and Assam. What’s more, flavored teas, like Chai, are derived from black tea. In addition, black tea has been shown in health studies to improve lung damage and prevent strokes. Also, depending on the variety of black tea, caffeine amounts can vary but are typically considered the highest of any tea.

Oolong Tea: 12 – 55 mg

Oolong tea is also equally beneficial to the body compared to other tea types, as it has been shown to aid weight loss for those struggling with being overweight. Additionally, oolong tea has a significant amount of fluoride, which can help cavity prevention. Oolong tea has also been shown to carry antioxidants that can lower bad cholesterol and fight various illnesses. Oolong’s caffeine content is fairly moderate as far as teas go, but is also generally less potent than a cup of coffee.

Green Tea: 8 – 60 mg

Green tea may be the most widely recognized for its health benefits and perhaps even in terms of taste. The tea is jam packed with antioxidants that have been shown to fight off at least a handful of different types of cancer, as well as common illnesses. Green tea is also considered to be a weight loss aid, along with preventing other health issues, such as clogged arteries, oxidative brain stress, stroke, high cholesterol levels and neurological diseases. Relatively speaking, green tea has a low to moderate amount of caffeine, especially compared to black tea and coffee. It’s crisp, clean finish makes this tea a favor across the orient as well as in your kitchen.

Guest Post by… Allyson Bonavita. Allyson loves the outdoors almost as much as she loves writing. A New York native, Allyson studied at NYC and now freelances for technology-related clients in her spare time.

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5 Surprising Ways You Can Live Green

Earth Day 2013 is still pretty far away, but going green doesn’t have to be a once-a-year checkmark on the old calendar. The super-sized carbon footprint we’ve all been contributing to has been shrinking, and the more society has adopted earth-happy choices the more the environment has seen positive results. Choosing to incorporate eco-friendly habits around the house and in our daily lives can go a long way in helping to preserve the planet.

From hybrid cars to flip-flops made from bamboo, green products are everywhere. Smarter environmental choices can be injected in practically every part of our everyday lives. A stigma in society is that only the posh and privileged can get in on the green revolution. Not so! Acting in environmentally conscious ways can actually help you spend less. It’s comforting to know that doing something good for the planet can actually help you save money, so you can afford those organic, locally made vegan products you love but can’t afford otherwise.

1. Choose Eco-friendly Window Decor

Choosing blinds, roller shades or drapery made of eco-friendly materials will pay off dividends in the long run. Made from all natural materials like bamboo, paper, and grass reeds among others, these shades help keep the light out just as well as the old plastic shades, and save you cash. They also won’t leach carcinogens they way some plastics do, so your home with be healthier too!

2. Eco-chic Furniture

Sounds a little far-fetched, but furniture companies are turning the tide on their indoor and patio collections and making green living a relaxing experience. From rockers to benches, mini-bars to foot stools, eco furniture has made its debut in fine style. This furniture should be responsibly sourced and free of materials that leach chemicals into your home over time.

3. Use Freecycle

Whether you’re looking to buy an item or trying to get rid of something, there are some great hubs online for buying, selling, exchanging and recycling used items. You’ll save money while helping the planet and find the perfect pair of Nancy Sinatra-esque go-go boots that will make the club kids scream!

4. Citrus Peels

Instead of tossing out that citrus shell, chop up it up and mix with vinegar to make an all-purpose house cleaner. You’ll know exactly what’s on the surfaces in your home, something you don’t get when you buy chemical-laden products at the grocery store. This easy concoction does the trick to shine glass, clean appliances, floors, and countertops. Just mix it up, let it set, then strain it into a spray bottle for an eco-friendly way to clean up that smells great.

5. Grow a Garden

Growing a garden can help you to save money on groceries and have access to healthy fruits and vegetables. When you grow at home you can choose your seeds, soil and fertilizers. You’ll know exactly what you’re eating. Remember to compost biodegradable waste from your kitchen for added green savings — and free fertilizer for your garden!

Guest Post by…Wendy Taube. Wendy is a finance guru who writes and edits when she has a free moment or two from her growing family.

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Eat Your Vegetables!

Unfortunately, obesity, and its comorbid conditions, is widespread among the United States population today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese, and obesity-related conditions, like type 2 diabetes, are some of the leading causes of preventable death.

Due to this common association with obesity, type 2 diabetes is sometimes described as a ‘lifestyle disease’ – more common in people who lack physical activity and are overweight.

At its simplest level, diabetes is a condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose comes from foods that contain carbohydrates such as potatoes, bread, pasta and rice, fruit and milk. After food is digested, the glucose is released and absorbed into the bloodstream. In people with type 2 diabetes, insulin (which helps distribute glucose from the bloodstream to the body cells) isn’t able to do its job, and sugar builds up in the blood.

There are a slew of genetic risk factors that contribute to diabetes, but the lifestyle ones, the ones we can change ourselves, include:

  • Being overweight or obese, especially around the waist
  • Low levels of physical activity
  • Unhealthy eating habits, such as regularly choosing high fat, high sugar, high salt or low fiber foods
  • Cigarette smoking

So what does this have to do with organic farming and a product like Growmega? Firstly, the epidemic of obesity and these ‘lifestyle’ related illnesses highlight the importance of natural eating habits – having access to high fiber, all natural produce is crucial. Experts (mom included) recommend eating more vegetables – packed with nutrients, low in calories and high in fiber.

Eating fruits and vegetables means you’re eating fewer carbs and saturated fats – all which help to maintain healthy glucose and insulin levels. The availability of these types of home-grown, nutrient-rich foods is vital to people’s health.

Using Growmega truly helps in the creation of nutrient-rich, obesity-fighting foods – capturing and utilizing the existing unused Nitrogen in the air, your plants are not just being fed from the ground up but also from the top down. This process results in improved taste and Brix levels – 75% of the time, higher Brix correlates to higher nutritional levels, meaning, sweeter tasting, more nutritious food with lower water content, lower freezing point, and better storage. Your tomatoes will taste even sweeter (and maybe more appealing to those not accustomed to eating fresh produce).

So listen to mom and eat your veggies!





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Organic Shmorganic: the use (and overuse) of the certification

So we’ve talked about misunderstood agricultural terms, now what about the misused ones?  When we think about those types of words, “organic” seems to be top of mind. As we mentioned, in terms of farming, organic refers to the form of agriculture that relies on natural techniques, excluding the use of manufactured/synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth hormones, food additives, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Health-conscious “green” consumers are drawn to products that claim to be produced organically – but what happens when vendors use the organic label, but their products really aren’t USDA certified? Or even worse, is it possible that the USDA organic certification isn’t totally accurate?

This month, the New York Times published a controversial article entitled, “Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?” The piece highlights Michael J. Potter, president of Eden Foods, the oldest independent organic food producer in the United States, and his irritation with the large-scale commercialization of “organic.” The article explains that giant corporations (Coca-Cola, Cargill, ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and M&M Mars, etc.) have swallowed up most of the nation’s organic food industry, and, according to the article, as corporate membership on the board has increased, so, too, has the number of nonorganic materials approved for organic foods – more than 250 nonorganic substances are on the list, up from 77 in 2002. The article calls out the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and others in allowing giant corporations and their interest to dominate organic food.

In addition, in May, The Cornucopia Institute published a white paper entitled “The Organic Watergate,” a research effort intended to reveal widespread corruption in the NOSB.

Since the Times article, a variety of organic community members has responded, saying that the Times article only focuses on a small part of the picture – organic law offers a special opportunity for small farmers and others to ensure adherence to the core values and principles of the organics statute.  And still, certified organic production systems represent a huge contrast to conventionally produced foods, both in terms of the environment and public health – we should not lose sight of this while too closely criticizing the system.

Critics of the sentiment behind the Times article also note that focusing on one section of the USDA organic law might steer people away from organic certified products, consumers should not allow these controversies to overshadow the numerous benefits that come with organic certification.

What do you think?


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Our Response to the Worst U.S. Drought in 50 Years

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this summer, you’ve probably noticed – it’s hot!  And saying “it’s hot” is an understatement.  June and July saw excessive heat warnings and advisories in at least 15 states.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows temperatures “much above normal” and precipitation “much below normal” from April through June.  Scorching temperatures during the second half of the month led many cities to set all-time temperature records.  So what does this mean for farmers?

Just this week, Huffington Post reported that drought has been “devastating” corn and soybean crops in the southern and eastern Midwest in states such as Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and southern Illinois.  Drought and heat in the states has led the USDA to slash its corn production forecast – down to 12.970 billion bushels from its previous outlook for 14.790 billion.  In addition, the week of July 8th, the USDA dropped its estimate for corn good-to-excellent condition rating to 40% from the previous 48% and 40% of the soybean crop was rated good to excellent versus 45% the prior week.

While dry spells do occur naturally, these recent droughts have been linked to global warming.  Does that mean that farmers can expect more serious and consistent droughts in the future?  Washington Post notes some good and bad things that we know about, what they call, “our potentially parched future”:

1) Our current drought is in the top 10 for the past century but it’s not at “Dust Bowl” levels (the worst drought month in recorded U.S. history came in July of 1934, the desiccated peak of the Dust Bowl, when 79.9 percent of the country experienced drought conditions. The National Climatic Data Center just announced that “55% of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought at the end of June.”)

2) Current droughts may be hurting U.S. corn yields, but they’re not yet causing a global food crisis – global wheat and rice supplies are holding steady.

3) On the one hand, the United States experienced even more severe droughts in the 1930s and 1950s – you would assume modern droughts are unrelated to global warming. On the other hand, one recent attribution study from researchers at NOAA and the Met Office concluded that global warming may have made last year’s severe drought in Texas more likely to occur.

4) Future global warming could dry us out – according to the International Energy Agency, we’re on pace to warm the planet by 6°C by the end of the century. Warmer temperatures and increased evaporation will dry out soils and make persistent droughts more likely.

5) Farmers can take steps to adapt including better farming techniques and more organic farming. A recent Nature paper found that soils managed with organic techniques tend to hold more water and perform better in droughts.

Sustainable, all natural and organic farming methods and the use of products, like Growmega with Sumagrow Inside, can assist farmers suffering at the hands of drought. When applied to plants or soil, Growmega dramatically increases the number and variety of microbes in the soil and roots, enabling plants to make better use of vital plant nutrients, NPK, and micro-nutrients. This creates stronger plants that are able to better withstand environmental stresses like drought.

Growmega with Sumagrow InsideOnce applied, a variety of groups inhabit the root zone, rhizosphere, and vascular system of a plant, helping to break down, hold, and transport nutrients and water.

Some of Growmega’s organisms have the ability to actually convert insoluble organic soil elements (i.e.: rock) into soluble nutrients, while others take more nitrogen from the air that would otherwise be unavailable.

Switching to farming products, like Growmega with Sumagrow Inside, is one thing farmers can do to help better sustain crops in drought or drought-like circumstances.


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