Author Archives: Gary Deetz

Solar Panels Attract Aquatic Insects

Researchers from Michigan State University have found that the shiny black surfaces of solar panels are highly attractive to aquatic insects, which mistake them for water. They lay their eggs there but these fail to hatch jeopardizing the reproduction of … Continue reading

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Why Bicycles Rule

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Farmers Markets As Community Builders

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Farmers Markets are helping to build community around the country as they have done for centuries worldwide.  A study by sociologists of customer behavior in supermarkets, revealed that when we shop these mega stores, … Continue reading

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Unidentified Mushroom

Mushroom, originally uploaded by organicrider. Showed up in mid August growing on the logs bordering the garden beds.

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Golden Chanterelle2.jpg, originally uploaded by organicrider. Sprouted up early in the season.

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Green Packaging Material Made From Mushrooms?

You bet!  Two undergraduates at the Rensselae Polytechnic Instititute in New York have discovered a way to bond agricultural waste and mushroom roots to make a foam like packaging material called Mycobond.  It’s naturally environmentally friendly and produces one-tenth the … Continue reading

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Basket of Red Currents

Basket of Red Currents, originally uploaded by organicrider.

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The Return of the Bicycle by Lester Brown

The bicycle has many attractions as a form of personal transportation. It alleviates congestion, lowers air pollution, reduces obesity, increases physical fitness, does not emit climate-disrupting carbon dioxide, and is priced within the reach of the billions of people who … Continue reading

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Agribusiness Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis, We Will

‘Tis the season of farmers’ markets. Last week I moseyed on down to the Southampton (NY) farmers market and picked up some tasty, locally produced cheese that melted in my mouth with a delicious tang. But that local dairy farmer … Continue reading

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Charlotte does light rail right

Charlotte is car-loving NASCAR country, a vast suburbia of cul-de-sacs and strip malls. Yet its new light rail line is a national model for success, outstripping ridership projections and inspiring millions of dollars in high-density development. How did sensible transportation … Continue reading

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