Updated: Mar 18
Here in Atlanta, February has hit the scene hard, with plenty of rain, a bit of freezing weather, and several blustery days. But the Roots Down team has been hard at work, building connections to other organizations, solidifying some great contracts, and readying up our first ever Roots Down Monthly Companion. The Companion is our monthly action guide, where we take our members on a mini eco-journey, helping them grow food, ecology, and community right where they are. This month we're focusing on some classic February activities, like picking out seeds, building up some compost, and waking up from your long winter's nap and reaching out to your community.
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Now, here are this week's links!
* "Through nanotechnology, engineers at MIT in the US have transformed spinach into sensors capable of detecting explosive materials. These plants are then able to wirelessly relay this information back to the scientists. When the spinach roots detect the presence of nitroaromatics in groundwater, a compound often found in explosives like landmines, the carbon nanotubes within the plant leaves emit a signal. This signal is then read by an infrared camera, sending an email alert to the scientists." SCIENTISTS HAVE TAUGHT SPINACH TO SEND EMAILS AND IT COULD WARN US ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.
* With Democrats in power, an emboldened environmental movement confronts them via The LA Times.
* "What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people are falling short on life's essentials -- and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet's ecological limits." A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow. A video by Kate Raworth.
* Top 9 Urban Agriculture Companies and Advocates via Roots Down.
* Parking Induces Driving, Study Says via Planetizen.
* "We can point to bright spots of caregiving and sustenance that result from a community-supported agricultural system. But too often these thrive despite a public-supported agricultural system that protects a national economic interest but does not equitably distribute benefits to the broader public or offer protections to wanting communities." U.S. Agriculture is funded by the public. Shouldn’t it serve the public good?
* How regenerative ag and strip grazing improves soil health via Successful Farming.