Tag Archives: Environment

How to make DIY non-toxic mosquito repellants with essential oils

With the mosquito season well underway, it can be tempting to buy mosquito repellants to protect yourself from mosquito bites. But these commercial products contain toxic chemicals that can do more harm than good to your health and the environment. To ward off mosquitoes without getting exposed to chemicals, try one of the following recipes to make your own mosquito repellant. ...

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Lufa Farms to feed Montreal with produce from world’s largest rooftop greenhouse

The world’s biggest commercial rooftop greenhouse, which spans over three acres, sits on top of a former Sears warehouse in a borough in Montreal, Canada. It produces over 24,000 pounds of tomatoes, eggplants and other vegetables each week. The massive greenhouse belongs to Lufa Farms. Since its inception in 2009, Lufa Farms has been fine-tuning its process around farming on ...

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Researchers evaluate the efficiency of natural plant products for disinfecting surfaces

In this study, researchers from India evaluated the efficiency of traditional fumigation practice using natural plant products to disinfect the air and surfaces. They reported their findings in an article published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Environmental disinfection is an excellent method for reducing nosocomial or healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). HCAIs are major healthcare problems worldwide. In India, ...

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Apples contain about 100 million bacteria, but organic apples are still good for gut health and the environment

A recent study in Frontiers in Microbiology showed that apples can contain as many as 100 million bacterial cells – and that organic apples contained more beneficial bacteria than conventional or store-bought ones. The study also showed that store-bought apples not only lacked these beneficial bacteria, these also harbored bacteria strains that are known pathogens. Gut bacteria help improve health and prevent chronic diseases The human ...

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