sylphaeon
jumpingjacktrash:

positive-press-daily:

Is powdered water the cure for drought and famine? Engineers create material capable of storing water in soil for a year

Farmers in arid countries could soon have a cure for the droughts that blight their crops - in the form of powdered water. 
The powder, called Solid Rain, looks like sugar and is made of an absorbent material called potassium polyacrylate, capable of soaking in liquids up to 500 times its size. 
The water absorbed by the polymer can be stored for up to a year without evaporating - the only time it is extracted is when it is by the roots of plants when the can be added to soils to produce water for plants. 

Solid Rain was created by Mexican chemical engineer Sergio Jésus Rico Velasco. He initially wanted to find an absorbent material that could be used in nappies to absorb lots of liquid in a small space.

Velasco later realised that his potassium-based polymer could be used as a way to cure Mexico’s drought problems. Solid Rain is an absorbent polymer called potassium polyacrylate. This polymer is capable of soaking in water up to 500 times its original size.

A whole litre of water can be absorbed in just 10 grams of Solid Rain, which then converts into a thick, translucent gel. The liquid retained in this gel will stay there for a year without evaporating or seeping out. It can only be extracted when its added to soil and comes into contact with the roots of plants. 
Solid Rain sells for around £17 ($25) per pound.
According to magazine Modern Farmer, the Mexican government conducted a one-season sample study on farmers using Solid Rain in the semi-arid state of Hidalgo. Farm plots showed up to 300 per cent increases in crop yield when Solid Rain was used.
Solid Rain recently won the Ecology and Environment award from the Fundacion Miguel Aleman, and it’s been used in Mexico for a decade. However, Velasco didn’t market it heavily and it only went one on sale in the U.S last year.



i just did a little fact-checking on this. turns out hydrogels like this have been around for quite a while, so these folks didn’t invent it, they’re just marketing it to a new demographic, and their price actually looks kind of high.
also, hydrogels do degrade, and the longer-lasting ones (as opposed to the gelatin or agar ones, which last a year or two) degrade into toxic substances.
that said, the slow leaching of hydrogel polymers is probably a pretty mild toxin compared to the amount of pesticide a lot of famers use, and the yield improvements and water-use reduction are real. so i think, on the whole, hydrogels for agriculture is a cool idea. water shortages are a real thing, and perfect is the enemy of good.

jumpingjacktrash:

positive-press-daily:

Is powdered water the cure for drought and famine? Engineers create material capable of storing water in soil for a year

Farmers in arid countries could soon have a cure for the droughts that blight their crops - in the form of powdered water. 

The powder, called Solid Rain, looks like sugar and is made of an absorbent material called potassium polyacrylate, capable of soaking in liquids up to 500 times its size. 

The water absorbed by the polymer can be stored for up to a year without evaporating - the only time it is extracted is when it is by the roots of plants when the can be added to soils to produce water for plants. 

Solid Rain was created by Mexican chemical engineer Sergio Jésus Rico Velasco. He initially wanted to find an absorbent material that could be used in nappies to absorb lots of liquid in a small space.

Velasco later realised that his potassium-based polymer could be used as a way to cure Mexico’s drought problems. Solid Rain is an absorbent polymer called potassium polyacrylate. This polymer is capable of soaking in water up to 500 times its original size.

A whole litre of water can be absorbed in just 10 grams of Solid Rain, which then converts into a thick, translucent gel. The liquid retained in this gel will stay there for a year without evaporating or seeping out. It can only be extracted when its added to soil and comes into contact with the roots of plants. 

Solid Rain sells for around £17 ($25) per pound.

According to magazine Modern Farmer, the Mexican government conducted a one-season sample study on farmers using Solid Rain in the semi-arid state of Hidalgo. Farm plots showed up to 300 per cent increases in crop yield when Solid Rain was used.

Solid Rain recently won the Ecology and Environment award from the Fundacion Miguel Aleman, and it’s been used in Mexico for a decade. However, Velasco didn’t market it heavily and it only went one on sale in the U.S last year.

i just did a little fact-checking on this. turns out hydrogels like this have been around for quite a while, so these folks didn’t invent it, they’re just marketing it to a new demographic, and their price actually looks kind of high.

also, hydrogels do degrade, and the longer-lasting ones (as opposed to the gelatin or agar ones, which last a year or two) degrade into toxic substances.

that said, the slow leaching of hydrogel polymers is probably a pretty mild toxin compared to the amount of pesticide a lot of famers use, and the yield improvements and water-use reduction are real. so i think, on the whole, hydrogels for agriculture is a cool idea. water shortages are a real thing, and perfect is the enemy of good.

sylphaeon

thefreelioness:

sylphaeon
sylphaeon:

idontmakemonkeys:

mothernaturenetwork:

In 2008, 9-year-old Katie Stagliano brought a tiny cabbage seedling home from school. As she cared for her cabbage, it grew to 40 pounds. Katie donated her cabbage to a soup kitchen where it helped to feed more than 275 people. Moved by the experience of seeing how many people could benefit from the donation of fresh produce to soup kitchens, Katie decided to start vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need. Today, Katie’s Krops donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce from numerous gardens to organizations that help people in need.8 amazing kids who changed the world

I want to do something like this so badly.

Me too.

sylphaeon:

idontmakemonkeys:

mothernaturenetwork:

In 2008, 9-year-old Katie Stagliano brought a tiny cabbage seedling home from school. As she cared for her cabbage, it grew to 40 pounds. Katie donated her cabbage to a soup kitchen where it helped to feed more than 275 people. Moved by the experience of seeing how many people could benefit from the donation of fresh produce to soup kitchens, Katie decided to start vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need. Today, Katie’s Krops donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce from numerous gardens to organizations that help people in need.
8 amazing kids who changed the world

I want to do something like this so badly.

Me too.

sylphaeon
capntrips:

heinrichvonmarzipan:

diamondacks:

kchannel9:

veganmovement2012:

You’re going to want to use every share button at the bottom of this article once you’re done reading, so get ready, it’s time to freak out:  Maybe.
If you live on the west coast of Canada or the United States, you’re pretty much already screwed at this point thanks to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011.  Radiation levels are already increasing in the food and water, babies born with thyroid issues linked to radiation are rising quickly and governments in Canada and the United States are raising the “acceptable levels” of certain toxic substances in the food being shipped in from Japan.
This isn’t a conspiracy theory, this is happening and it’s happening right now.
Do the math – If that radiation screamed across the Pacific Ocean that far in one year, just how far do you think it has gotten since then?  Look at what World Truth TV is saying and then you decide.
Samples of milk taken across the United States have shown radiation at levels 2000 percent higher than EPA maximums.  The reason that milk is so significant is that it is representative of the entire food supply.  According to an article published on Natural News, “Cows consume grass and are exposed to the same elements as food crops and water supplies. In other words, when cows’ milk starts testing positive for high levels of radioactive elements, this is indicative of radioactive contamination of the entire food supply.”
The  Food and Drug  Administration and the Environmental Deception Protection Agency, instead of refusing to prohibit the sale of tainted foods and mandatory testing of foods produced and harvested from the Pacific Coast, have simply raised the “acceptable levels”  of radioactive material in foods.read more..
http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/06/08/holy-fukushima-radiation-from-japan-is-already-killing-north-americans/

Fucking thank you! Finally I’m not the only fucking person posting about this, the most fucking drastically important info currently. We are fucked over here in CA.
EVERYONE JUST PRETENDS NOTHING HAPPENED. IT’S HIGHLY DISTURBING.
Personally, I’ve been avoiding all west coast produce, especially greens, which absorb the most radioactive particles (plutonium, cesium, strontium). Milk & flesh from animals that eat greens are even worse because of bioaccumulation.
And I’m actively working on moving to Colorado, asap.
PLEASE FUCKING REBLOG THIS. PLEASE!

Yes now i can slowly become Danny Phantom

yay! im fucked!

is this surprising? wasn’t it sort of, you know, killing people in japan before? and i’m sorry but if you look at that map and the state of the ocean isn’t one of your main concerns, i don’t know what to say. stop eating fish and west coast grown produce all you want, but recognize the source of the problem

capntrips:

heinrichvonmarzipan:

diamondacks:

kchannel9:

veganmovement2012:

You’re going to want to use every share button at the bottom of this article once you’re done reading, so get ready, it’s time to freak out:  Maybe.

If you live on the west coast of Canada or the United States, you’re pretty much already screwed at this point thanks to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011.  Radiation levels are already increasing in the food and water, babies born with thyroid issues linked to radiation are rising quickly and governments in Canada and the United States are raising the “acceptable levels” of certain toxic substances in the food being shipped in from Japan.

This isn’t a conspiracy theory, this is happening and it’s happening right now.

Do the math – If that radiation screamed across the Pacific Ocean that far in one year, just how far do you think it has gotten since then?  Look at what World Truth TV is saying and then you decide.

Samples of milk taken across the United States have shown radiation at levels 2000 percent higher than EPA maximums.  The reason that milk is so significant is that it is representative of the entire food supply.  According to an article published on Natural News, “Cows consume grass and are exposed to the same elements as food crops and water supplies. In other words, when cows’ milk starts testing positive for high levels of radioactive elements, this is indicative of radioactive contamination of the entire food supply.”

The  Food and Drug  Administration and the Environmental Deception Protection Agency, instead of refusing to prohibit the sale of tainted foods and mandatory testing of foods produced and harvested from the Pacific Coast, have simply raised the “acceptable levels”  of radioactive material in foods.
read more..

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/06/08/holy-fukushima-radiation-from-japan-is-already-killing-north-americans/

Fucking thank you! Finally I’m not the only fucking person posting about this, the most fucking drastically important info currently. We are fucked over here in CA.

EVERYONE JUST PRETENDS NOTHING HAPPENED. IT’S HIGHLY DISTURBING.

Personally, I’ve been avoiding all west coast produce, especially greens, which absorb the most radioactive particles (plutonium, cesium, strontium). Milk & flesh from animals that eat greens are even worse because of bioaccumulation.

And I’m actively working on moving to Colorado, asap.

PLEASE FUCKING REBLOG THIS. PLEASE!

Yes now i can slowly become Danny Phantom

yay! im fucked!

is this surprising? wasn’t it sort of, you know, killing people in japan before? and i’m sorry but if you look at that map and the state of the ocean isn’t one of your main concerns, i don’t know what to say. stop eating fish and west coast grown produce all you want, but recognize the source of the problem

sylphaeon

thefreelioness:

For those of you who have no problem with GMOs, how do you justify the contamination of food supply and environments with GMO seeds?  This is happening as we speak and there is no way to stop corporations so large and intertwined with government that they are, essentially, government.  The consumer does not have buying power when they control 99% of the seeds in the world.  (And their friends control the money, which continues to decrease in value, giving me less ability to buy the foods I might rather invest in.) 

Doesn’t it violate the right to my body and property that I don’t have the right to know what is in the food I eat (studies have shown that even many foods labeled organic actually had been contaminated by GMOs) and that it is increasingly (and eventually, will be totally) impossible for me to grow food not contaminated with GMOs?