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Permaculture Gardening

The purpose of permaculture gardening is to produce the most growth and product for the least amount of effort. That’s what I was told at least at the permaculture gardening club gardening party by a student that was leading the group in pursuit of a certificate that psu gives to students that fulfill its requirements in permaculture gardening. Permaculture garden has many attractive and creative designs that you may have seen. There is a student run garden in-between Neuberger hall and The Smith Center. Some of the designs there include the keyhole garden a horse shoe shaped garden that allows you to access everything planted in it from the center, as well as a herb spiral an impressive rock and dirt spiral structure that had herbs and strawberries planted in it and they also have 3 raised bed gardens wood boxes that allow you to build soil up off the level ground about 6 inches. We spent our time pruning lemon balm in the herb spiral, aerating and adding compost to the soil in the raised beds and planting several things in them, including spring greens, lettuce, radishes, carrots and beets. It was very fun and I would recommend the club to anyone who likes to garden. Here I am pruning lemon balm

Logan Taylor

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Rainforests

we are losing 137 plant, insects species every day according to experts. Why? Most rain forests are disappearing because of bulldozers, chainsaws and fires for its timber value. Is it really worth killing off species to make a dollar? There has to be a better way for our society to create the items that come from destroying the rain forests. This article has a lot of really interesting facts about the rainforests and how destroying it is affecting all of us.

~Cody Males

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Water companies

I thought that it was interesting that we talked about privatization of water with concentration on bottling companies. I think that the water that we get straight from our faucet should be addressed, most of us have water bills that are either billed separate or included in our other bills. I think that it is really important that we realize how companies that treat our water and provide us with water, could potentially be owned by and employing people like us. Here is an article that shows some of the things that companies managing our water have tried to do to be more sustainable.

Logan Taylor

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The Cove Movie Trailer

I can say that I have never seen anything like this video. It is about people in Denmark, and once a year they herd up as many Whales and Dolphins as they can to slaughter. This has been a tradition for the people of Faroe Islands since the tenth century. If you think about it, hunting Whales and Dolphins with a canoe is a hell of a lot different than herding them up with power boats. I feel that tradition isn’t a strong enough reason to slaughter as many Whales and Dolphins as they, and the manner they do it in.
This movie is really graphic and you might not want to watch it.

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Flammable Water

The sight of flammable drinking water is affecting a Colorado couple. The couple says that a nearby natural gas well has been leaking into their drinking water well. This is causing their drinking water to be flammable. Stories like this one are on the rise as water becomes increasingly polluted. This event should bring light to the United States drinking water problem. The problem is that as companies pollute the¬†environment¬†around them, they also end up polluting a valuable resource, water. A resource so valuable we can’t live without it, yet we continue our progress towards polluting our nations water supplies.

Sam G.

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