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The Environment – Who Cares For It?

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

By Clifford Woods

The whole world is going green. The going green campaign is one that has taken root in all parts of the world as a result of the growing concerns of environmental degradation.

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

From social media to TV advertisements, every possible platform is being used to raise awareness on the horrifying situation we are currently in as far as the environmental care is concerned. There is cause to worry and you can find out why below:

Why Should We Care?

  • 70% of marine life risks extinction
  • By 2100, a third of all species may be extinct
  • Between 15% and 20% of global methane emission comes from farm animals
  • Over 850 million trees are chopped each year
  • 25,000 people die daily due to water contamination and shortage
  • 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide are added to the atmosphere every minute
  • 50 tons of productive soil are blown off and washed away from cropland every single minute

The list is endless and it’s safe to say that we are living in a sorry state as far as our environment is concerned.

Scientists tell us that at this rate, the ozone layer may be depleted to a point where life could be unsupported in just 200 years. This means that only microbial life will be around with higher life forms dying at a much faster rate. It’s not just plants and animals that are at threat of extinction, but the human race as well.

Why Should We Protect The Environment?
The answer for this is quite obvious; we have no other choice. The environment supports life and all components that we depend on for survival is provided via the environment. This means that our reproductive growth, development activities and civilization are all at the mercy of our environment.

Environment Care: Which Way Forward?
While talking about the problem helps, what matters most is getting a solution and we do not need to depend on our governments or celebrities to endorse environmental care. There are two key things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and these are:

  1. Recycle: By recycling and using recyclable products, we reduce the number of landfills we have and the amount of pollution that goes into the air due to production and manufacturing. Can you believe that each ton of recycled paper actually saves 17 trees and 380 oil gallons? This just shows that we can indeed make a difference in our own small way.
  2. Become Energy Efficient: There are many ways in which we can become energy efficient. For starters, we could move to alternative forms of energy. Solar and wind energy are not only feasible, but free. Energy efficiency can be achieved just by changing several things in our lifestyles, such as the way we utilize energy, the products we use every day and even the cars we drive.

Goals that need to be met
So, anything that contaminates the air, water or other areas of the environment can diminish the quality of life as well as shorten a long life. As times go on, we are contaminating more and more of our drinking water, which is the number one resource that all animals, plants, and human beings need to continue to sustain healthy growth.

A famous advocate for environmental care once said that if we were unkind to the environment, nature would not be kind to us.

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

Answer: we all use the environment and so it is we who should care for it.

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Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions.

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Organic Versus Chemical

Organic Versus Chemical

By Clifford Woods

The world, for almost the past two decades, has become highly aware and concerned about health and environmental issues. Though people were concerned about such issues earlier as well, they definitely lacked the means of raising their voice in this regard. With social media becoming one of the most influential tools in educating people, the advocates of organic have become very active in this dominion and quite rightly so, because there is no reason to doubt the accessibility and effectiveness of this medium.

So, what exactly is it about this organic food?

Organic Versus Chemical

Well, in the simplest scientific explanation, any food substances that are carbon based, which are known to be the basic building block of life, are referred as being organic. Many carbon compounds that are human-made, or synthetic are organic compounds too. Plastics are organic, and so are most synthetic wonder drugs, as far as chemists are concerned.

So a Chemist would even say most of the synthetic fertilizers, the ones that “organic” gardeners don’t use, are organic too. This is because synthetic fertilizers are made of molecules that are made of mostly carbon atoms. By this definition, almost everything that we consume as food is technically organic.
However, it is the agricultural context of food consumables that differentiates organic from inorganic or chemical produce.

Organic food must not contain synthetic chemicals at all, starting right from the ground level, as early as a farmer preparing his fields for cultivation of any kind. He needs to stay away from using in his soil any petroleum based fertilizers or any other material that is chemically altered. To make it easily understandable, compost and manure are to be resorted to as natural fertilizers, but Miracle-Gro is to be totally avoided.

As a matter of fact, the use of chemicals is unacceptable even for disease and pest control. When treatment is needed, the farmer is expected to treat the crops with insecticidal soap as well as Neem oil, but the store-brought chemical based sprays are prohibited when it comes to organic.

Organic food has to be all natural and totally free of any kind of genetic alteration. Instead of achieving the desired results through unnatural ways, organic produce requires resorting to conventional hand pollination and selective breeding procedures.

The GMO foods (genetically modified) are known to have gone through some tempering at a genetic level. For example, in order to produce higher yields or making the crops drought resistant, the genetics of GMO food products are tempered with, which makes it devoid of organic certification.

As a matter of fact, it is not only about how organic produce is farmed; one also needs to make sure that organic food does not come into contact with non-organic food. For that, one also needs to ensure separate packaging and shipment of organic food, avoiding any contact with any types of chemical ingredients at any level. People advocating organic produce not only recommend it for its chemical free nature, but they also deem it as more nutritious and tasty, as also backed up by the results of several studies and researches taken in this regard.

For instance, a study conducted at the Newcastle University, United Kingdom reported a boast of about 40% in various nutrients (such as zinc, iron, as well as vitamin C) in organic produce compared to inorganic produce.

Though there is ample room of further research in the domain of organic versus chemical, one cannot deny various health benefits resulting from following natural ways and staying away from chemicals and any genetic modifications.

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Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions.

Fighting Microbes with Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®

Like humans, with their complement of microbes that aid in everything from immune responses to nutrition, plants rely on a vast array of bacteria and fungi for health and defense. Over the last decade, research has revealed many new functional aspects of the crosstalk between human-associated microbes and human cells, but plant biologists are only beginning to scratch the surface of the often surprising ways that soil microbiota impact plants, from underground fungus-wired alarm systems to soil bacteria that can trigger defensive plant behavior or even act as a sort of vaccine. But despite these benefits, microbes are still primarily thought of as harbingers of disease……

Fighting Microbes with Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®.

Beneficial Bacteria: 12 Ways Microbes Help The Environment | WebEcoist

Beneficial Bacteria: 12 Ways Microbes Help The Environment | WebEcoist.

Excellent Read !

 

 

Keeping a Ranch Organically Clean

Keeping a Ranch Organically Clean

By Clifford Woods

Just because you live on a ranch doesn’t mean that you have to live in the filth and dirt that goes along with ranch life. People have been much more enthusiastic about cleaning their homes in a green way, and if you are dedicated to keeping an all organic ranch, then you should bring that same style of thinking into the ranch as well.

Now you can buy all sorts of products that claim to be “all-organic”, but they don’t always offer the power that you need to get the smells, filth and dirt off a ranch. You might need to really start making your own organic ranch cleaners, so that you know exactly what is going into them and be able to determine and measure out exactly what it is that you want to use for keeping a ranch organically clean.

Making your very own organic cleaners means that you control the scent, the style and even what you want to use for cleaning purposes. You can be confident in knowing that it will be safe for you, your children livestock and any pets that you might have as well.

Things like making your own all natural dish soap is as easy as getting yourself a large container of Castile Soap in its liquid form and then adding the scents that will make you happy, including things like lemon grass oil, lavender oil, lime oil, orange oil and so on. When doing so, you won’t have to worry about the wash water contaminating any other parts of the ranch that you live on and run.

What about if you have dirty windows that need to be taken care of? You can use all organic vinegar, which you can buy at speciality shops, add a bit of natural spring water and then add in a few drops of your favorite oil, especially things like lemon oil or lime oil, and you combine them all into a spray bottle.

Followed by that, simply using recycled newspaper, you can get your ranch windows sparkling clean. Organic ranch cleaners are really something that you should be making yourself. It might take a bit of work, but that work is really worth it in the end for all the cleanliness and health benefits you get out of it.

Keeping a Ranch Organically CleanHow about cleaning those hard to get to floors that you have around the ranch? You can make your very own floor washes that can be used on all types of floors all over the ranch. Combine a bucket full of hot spring water, add lemon juice, about a fourth of a cup, then add your favorite citrus oils, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and wash your floors like you would if you were washing them with any normal cleaner. Now, there won’t be much of foam or froth, but it will get up the grease, grime and dirt, so that you can have nice clean floors once more.

Keeping the ranch organically clean by using organic cleaners doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on them as there are things you can make with the stuff that you already have around your ranch.

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Author: Clifford Woods is the CEO of Organic Environmental Technology. and Effective Environmental Services

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Organic Help for Ranchers

Organic Help for Ranchers

By Clifford Woods

In the industry of beef production, especially in the United States, organic ranches are the exceptions. While the majority of ranchers truck calves off to feed lots to be plumped up on grain that is supplemented with all types of nutritional enhancements, there is a new breed of ranchers. This new ranchers keep their young calves close to home, allowing them to spend the final months prior to slaughter grazing on the green grass of their own ranches.

One of the leaders of this “alternative” ranching movement is the Lasater family who own an organic ranch in Colorado. It is at their ranch where it is being proven that it is possible to nurture high quality beef that is organic using procedures that many of the researchers say are not only better for the environment, but also healthier for people who eat beef. However, sceptics don’t believe that these methods will be able to supply enough beef to consumers, while others credit ranchers like Lasater’s with showing the benefits of the movement for “grass-fed” or organic ranching.

Generations ago, all cattle being raised for beef were grass-fed; spending their complete lives grazing on organic ranch lands or prairies. These days, beef calves normally pass the last few months of life in huge feed-lots, where there is hardly any room to move away from fattening up on special feed as well as drugs to ward off disease. Producers in the mainstream of this industry say that these methods have guaranteed a stable, sensibly priced, stream of beef being trucked to grocery stores and into the refrigerators of consumers.

On the other hand, there are critics who say cheap beef has come at the expense of safe beef. These critics debate that modern methods have had dangerous outcomes, for instance, the spreading of food-borne illnesses that are caused by bacteria resistant to the huge amount of drugs that are given to cattle at feed-lots, and deadly “mad cow disease,” a neurological disease that is fatal, caused by consuming contaminated beef.

Scientists theorize that mad cow is spread by giving cattle food in feed lots that include bone meal and spinal cord or brain tissue from cows that are diseased (a practice that is banned in the United States and other industrial nations).

Organic Rancher's HelperOrganic help for ranchers is what the experts look to for when combating such issues.

To avoid such problems, present-day awareness and educated ranchers feed their cattle only pasture grass, hay, and legumes. Though a significant proportion of masses still believe inorganic beef production cannot be of much of a problem to them, the reality of this being totally opposite is true, however.

Microorganisms, such as fungi, bacteria and viruses are considered to be problems by ranchers due to destruction to crops and animals, but actually there are beneficial microorganisms. Fungi and bacteria in the soil are important for decaying of organic matter and recycling old plant components. Moreover, some of these soil fungi and bacteria form relationships with the roots of plants, providing essential nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen.

Also, by fungi colonizing upper areas of plants, they provide organic help for ranchers and their crops, helping their crops to be more tolerant to drought, more resistance to insects, have more heat tolerance and also more resistance to plant diseases. All of this without having to spray these crops with any harsh chemical products.

Most beneficial is the tolerance to drought and heat. Many areas of the country are in the middle of the worst drought and record heat not seen in decades with experts saying it is part of global warming and is not going to get better any sooner.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

Find out more about our organic product: Rancher’s Helper

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Natural Odor Control With Beneficial Microorganisms

Natural Odor Control With Beneficial Microorganisms

by Clifford Woods

From livestock farms, commercial establishments to homes, bad odor is a common problem. Instead of masking the smell, it’s more important that the very source of such bad odors is completely eliminated. Odor control with Beneficial Microorganisms is something that can provide a rapid solution. It’s also an approach that is cost-effective and friendly to the environment. As beneficial microorganisms do not contain any harmful chemical, using it won’t hurt humans, animals, plants or the environment.

Beneficial Microorganisms are made up of millions of friendly bacteria. Basically, what they do is eat up microbes that are responsible for the unpleasant smell detected by ones nose. When BM comes into contact with the source of bad smells, the problem is eradicated. In short, it is gone and does not require constant covering up.

Some of the beneficial microorganism bacteria can thrive even in environments where there is little or no oxygen present. Because of this, beneficial microorganisms are very effective no matter what the condition is. Other than being more affordable compared to other deodorizing solutions, the application is also very simple. Spray it where needed or pour it onto the source straight from the bottle.

Odor Control with Beneficial MicroorganismsIt works in an entirely different way than your usual deodorizer. Instead of covering up the smell with fancy fragrances, friendly bacteria present eliminate the microbes causing the problem. Furthermore, BM helps in speeding up the decomposition of the material which releases the stench into the air. But the benefits offered by this approach don’t stop there. Pathogens present which can spread diseases are also prevented from thriving in a beneficial microorganism rich environment.

Without relying on harmful chemicals, the planet can stay healthy and natural. BM contains nothing that cannot be found naturally in the environment. Do take note that it’s not something that is chemically synthesized or genetically modified. The friendly bacteria present are cultured ones that won’t damage or harm anything, except for the microbes causing the bad odors.

Beneficial microorganisms are capable of eliminating all sorts of odors, including ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.

It also doesn’t matter if the problem is indoors or outdoors. Thanks to the regenerative bacteria that enhance the power of each other, the effect of BM can be long-lasting too. Livestock farmers use BM to effectively get rid of the stench in the enclosures for their animals. More and more composting facilities and waste water treatment plants choose to go the natural way. Medical facilities, restaurants and other commercial establishments rely on it for both the deodorizing and sanitizing benefits offered. Home-owners who like a deodorizing solution that is friendly to the environment and pocket book go for Beneficial Microorganisms.

It may be applied on any type of surfaces, from concrete to fabrics. Because it’s not harmful to humans, it’s perfect for use in the kitchen or wherever bad odors and stench can be found in the home, inside or out. It’s also safe for use in areas where pets are kept, offering rapid and long-lasting odor elimination.

Odor control with Beneficial Microorganisms (BM) is a solution that is completely organic. It’s the perfect way to eliminate nasty odors as well as speed up the decomposition of its source, but without harming the environment. As a proof that it’s 100% organic and safe, it’s also being used by agricultural industry to enhance soil quality, as well as for food fermentation.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

Find out more about Organic Odor Control

We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly products

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