Bottomless Well
September 2015

De-Salting Water Could Help Drought-Stricken Areas

waterAteam from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jain Irrigation Systems has devised a method of turning brackish water into drinking water using renewable energy. This solar-powered machine is able to pull salt out of water and disinfect it with ultraviolet rays, making it suitable for both irrigation and drinking.

Electrodialysis works by passing a stream of water between two electrodes with opposite charges. Because the salt dissolved in water consists of positive and negative ions, the electrodes pull the ions out of the water, leaving fresher water at the center of the flow. A series of membranes separate the freshwater stream from increasingly salty ones.

The photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal system recently won the top $140,000 Desal Prize from the U.S. Department of Interior. “This technology has the potential to bring agriculture to vast barren lands using brackish water,” says Richard Restuccia, Jain’s vice president of landscape solutions. The prize was developed to supply catalytic funding to capture and support innovative ideas and new technologies that could have a significant impact on resolving global water demand.

Among 13 desalination projects under consideration along the California coast, the Carlsbad Desalination Project will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere once it is completed in the fall.

Source: EcoWatch.com

Empower Your Life Workshops Coming to Seattle on July 25-26 & August 1-2
July 2015

a-smiling-worldLed by Jan and Bill Moore of aSmilingWorld, the workshops are dedicated to teaching people how to live with power, passion and purpose and become master manifesters.

“We are spreading empowerment across the globe and raising the vibrational frequency of people and the planet by teaching people how to manifest happiness, fulfillment and prosperity,” Jan Moore explains.

The two day workshop is offered twice this summer at the end of July and again in early August. The workshops are valued at $997, but are offered on a “give-what-you-can” model, with a minimum gift of $97 to reserve a seat and an opportunity for a love offering at the conclusion of the event.

“If you are on the path of conscious evolution, this powerful, interactive and transformational workshop will teach you how to remove the blocks and limitations that are stopping you from manifesting the life of your dreams,” Bill Moore explains. “You’ll develop self-awareness and self-love, and raise your consciousness from the third to the fourth dimension in which you can consistently manifest your deepest desires,” he continues.

The Moores’ calling began with their vision and co-creation of the 2011 Festival of Enlightenment, which many attendees called ‘life changing.’ After five years of research and insights into empowerment, conscious evolution and positive manifestation, Jan and Bill Moore are now taking their two day ‘Empower Your Life’ workshop around the United States teaching attendees how to step into their power and create a life of love, joy, peace and abundance.

Empower Your Life: Change Your World workshops take place July 25-26 and August 1-2 in Seattle. $97 to reserve a seat, love offering on a give-what-you-can basis at conclusion of workshop. Registration required. For more information: 512-364-6140 or aSmilingWorld.org/events.

Farm Therapy
June 2015

Veterans Heal Through Agriculture

farmOf the 19.6 million veterans in the United States alone, approximately 3.6 million have a service-related disability, 7.6 percent are unemployed and they collectively make up 13 percent of the adult homeless population, according to the Independent Voter Network.

Organizations worldwide are helping veterans heal their wounds through farming and agriculture. The goal is to create a sustainable food system by educating them to be sustainable vegetable producers, providing training and helping families rebuild war-torn lives.

Eat the Yard, in Dallas, Texas, was founded by Iraq War veterans James Jeffers and Steve Smith to cultivate fresh produce in community gardens. The two began organic farming in their own backyards for both therapeutic and financial reasons, and then slowly began to build more gardens in their community. They now sell their produce to local restaurants and businesses.

The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is working with veterans across the U.S. to transition them into agriculture. The coalition partners veterans with mentors experienced in farming and business, matches them with agriculture-related job opportunities and organizes equipment donations in Iowa and California. FVC is helping former members of the armed forces in 48 states.

Source: FoodTank.com/news/2014/11/veterans-day

Antioxidant-Rich Berries Thwart Alzheimer’s
June 2015

Berry Good for the Mind

berriesAn international team of scientists has confirmed that consuming berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, mulberries and raspberries can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Blueberries, in particular, were found to be associated with increased memory and learning.

Researchers from Washington State University, the U.S. National  Institutes of Health, India’s Annamalai University and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences reviewed two decades worth of research relating to consuming berries and dementia. They found that the many biochemicals contained in berries provide antioxidant protection to neurons and prevent the formation of beta-amyloid fibrils found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

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