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3D Printing Homes from Hemp

The ‘sober’ cousin of marijuana deserves some more time in the spotlight. While it’s not going to give you a buzz, it is capable of an even higher power. 

Hemp is already known to produce vital resources such as rope, clothing, and paper, however this humble plant will likely serve an even greater purpose in our immediate future. 

Harmful fossil fuels, mountains of plastic, and our ever-growing population are rapidly sucking the earth’s resources dry. We are terribly unsustainable as a population, and our actions have resulted in this climate crisis, which will be the biggest issue that we will ever face, and it’s already happening.

While we may be hoping that some technological advancement will be what saves us, really – it could be as simple as this humble hemp plant. Maybe we don’t need to colonize another planet. But we definitely do need to change our ways. 

Not only can hemp produce a biodegradable alternative to plastic, be made into an eco-friendly and sustainable fuel source, and save the trees – it can also work to reduce the negative impacts of industrialization. 

As more and more architects turn to hemp as a sustainable material, it may soon be a realistic alternative that with hope, could replace our traditional toxic materials. A biotechnology company known as Mirreco, which is based in Australia has recently shared its plans to 3D print hemp homes. 

Mirreco cites environmental concerns as one of their primary motivations. Within their time working with this technology and material, they have developed a way to produce hemp panels which can be used in both residential and commercial building projects. 

Source – TheHeartySoul

Growing Basil 101

In this video I demonstrate how quickly you can go from one Basil plant to an almost infinite supply. I go from one plant to 8 in 30 days and then to 18 in 60 days. In one year using this method you could have thousands of Basil plants all from the original mother plant. I use time-lapse photography to document the growth at every stage. Basil propagates very easily from cuttings and within a month those cuttings are established plants which can then be used to take more cuttings. At each stage of making new plants there are always plenty of leaves which can be used for cooking. Once you get enough plants to provide for your needs you can stop taking cuttings and just harvest the stems as you need them.

Rainforest Ecosystem inside a Geodesic Domes

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Reclaiming African Herbalism as an Act of Resistance

Plant medicine has been gaining popularity in recent years, but this herbalist wants to decolonize it.

Read the full article here at YesMagazine

Mushroom Bricks Stronger than Concrete?

By Eden Marie Truth Theory

This mycologists figured out how to make bricks made from growing fungi that are super-strong and water-, mold- and fire resistant.

To most people, mushrooms are a food source. To mycologist (mushroom scientist) Philip Ross,  fungi are much, much more. In fact, Ross is most passionate about mushrooms’ ability to be used for building materials and it is this is what he primarily focuses his attention on. Recently, the mycologists figured out how to make bricks from growing fungi that are super-strong and water-, mold- and fire resistant.

Inhabitat reports that the 100% organic and compostable material is made from dried mycelium and then is grown and formed into just about any shape. It has a remarkable consistency that makes it stronger – pound for pound – than concrete. He recently patented his own version of the mycotecture procedure.

During an interview with Glasstire, Ross explained:

“It has the potential to be a substitute for many petroleum-based plastics. It’s left the art world and seems to have entered a Science Fiction novel or something like that. With this stuff it’s possible to go into regional production of biomaterials. For instance, here in San Francisco, we could start producing lots of local materials using this fungus and could create a pilot project of sorts.”

IMAGE CREDIT: Phil Ross and  The Workshop Residence.

Source – TruthTheory 

Africa’s Farming Revolution

Africa’s Farming Revolution

Modern farming techniques will spur Africa’s transformation from a continent dependent on food aid to one of the world’s leading food producers

On the Usangu wetlands in Tanzania’s Rufiji river basin, vibrant green rice paddies stretch as far as the eye can see.

Five years ago, the Kapunga Rice Plantation was producing barely one metric tonne of rice per hectare. Today thanks to a comprehensive modernisation programme that includes providing farmers with irrigation dams, high-quality seed, effective fertilisers and sophisticated logistics, yields have risen nearly sevenfold to 6.8 metric tonnes per hectare.

Kapunga is one of the most compelling successes for the founders of Dubai-based ETC Group, “ETG”, a diversified agricultural conglomerate whose mission is to empower smallholder farmers across Africa, with a wider objective of turning Africa into a global breadbasket. Mitsui & Co. is partnering with ETG out of a belief that transforming the farming sector in Africa – home to 60 per cent of the world’s arable land – will enable the continent to become one of this century’s inspiring success stories.

An ETG employee (right) gives advice to a Zambian farming family on how to cultivate Irish potatoes. Despite enormous promise, African farming is being held back by lack of advanced farming methods and cultural resistance to change.
Rice paddies in Tanzania’s Rufiji River Basin – Five years ago the Kapunga Rice Plantation was producing barely a metric tonne of rice per hectare. Today yields have risen seven-fold thanks to a modernisation programme by the founders of ETG.
Healthy rice crops in Tanzania’s Kapunga Rice Plantation – The estate was transformed by an ETG programme including irrigation dams and modern logistics. McKinsey says advanced farming could allow Africa to triple its production of cereals and grains.
An ETG employee explains fertiliser usage to villagers in Zambia. Mitsui & Co. supports ETG to bring modern techniques to African smallholder farmers – as well as the know-how to use them effectively.
An ETG employee (right) gives advice to a Zambian farming family on how to cultivate Irish potatoes. Despite enormous promise, African farming is being held back by lack of advanced farming methods and cultural resistance to change.
Rice paddies in Tanzania’s Rufiji River Basin – Five years ago the Kapunga Rice Plantation was producing barely a metric tonne of rice per hectare. Today yields have risen seven-fold thanks to a modernisation programme by the founders of ETG.

“In addition to eradicating hunger and developing African agriculture, we have a wider vision of laying the foundations for Africa’s industrial transformation,” says Shusaku Okamura, Mitsui’s Team Leader of Global Affairs & Solutions Dept., Corporate Planning & Strategy Div.

In addition to eradicating hunger and developing African agriculture, we have a wider vision of laying the foundations for Africa’s industrial transformation.

Shusaka OkamuraShusaku Okamura, Mitsui’s Team Leader of Global Affairs & Solutions Dept., Corporate Planning & Strategy Div.

ETG enables farmers across Africa with advanced farming methods, transportation, storage systems, and continent-wide information networks – all cited by experts as critical to tapping the huge potential of African farming. Meanwhile, Moroccan poultry producer Zalar – another Mitsui partner – is at the forefront of the other critical piece of Africa’s farming picture: livestock breeding. According to the United Nations, “demand for livestock products in sub-Saharan Africa will increase several folds by 2050.” That means modern production and delivery methods are critical to meeting development needs.

From tragic continent to world’s breadbasket
In East and West Africa respectively, ETG and Zalar represent the promise advanced agriculture and livestock breeding hold for transforming the continent’s future. The narrative is about more than eradicating hunger. It’s about driving Africa’s aspirational journey, leveraging farming’s power to provide nourishment, both literal and figurative, for Africa’s industrial awakening.

“Agriculture is critical to some of Africa’s biggest development goals,” the World Bank says. “It is a driver of inclusive and sustainable growth.”

According to McKinsey, 60 per cent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is smallholder farmers, and about 23 per cent of the region’s GDP comes from agriculture. This only scratches the surface of Africa’s potential as a global force in agriculture. The global consultancy says investment in fertilizer, storage systems, irrigation and infrastructure could allow Africa to triple its production of cereals and grains – boosting worldwide production of by an astonishing 20 per cent.

Despite the promise, Africa is being held back by lack of advanced farming tools and cultural resistance to change. Approximately 30 per cent of total African farm produce is wasted due to scarcity of quality warehousing and transport systems. Sub-Saharan Africa deploys tractors for only 5 per cent land cultivation, compared to over 60 per cent in Asia and over 80 per cent in other developed markets.

Africa uses only one-tenth of the world’s average fertilizer per hectare. Less than 3 per cent of smallholder land in sub-Saharan Africa is irrigated. And 84 per cent of Africa’s smallholder farmers do not use agro-chemicals. According to ETG Chief Treasury Officer Anish Jain, “mechanization, quality fertilisers and modern farm management could increase farm yields by up to 30 per cent.”

Mitsui is committed to overcoming Africa’s challenges, engaging in ways that go beyond investment. As a sogo-shosha, it has global expertise and networks not only in nutrition and farming but also infrastructure, energy, and more. That enables it to take a comprehensive approach that emphasises on-the-ground collaboration with local partners to provide new value to existing business, as well as insights and know-how for new enterprise.

Protein to power Africa’s economic ascent
As advanced techniques energise African agriculture, the continent can expect a similar dramatic transformation in its livestock industry. In fact, the U.N. says in a policy brief that livestock production for all products and in all scenarios is expected to grow 250 per cent by 2050.

Zalar, Morocco’s leading poultry producer, deploys a unique vertical integration model to meet nutrition needs in North and West Africa. Leveraging Mitsui’s know-how and network capacity, the model integrates grain imports, animal feed production, poultry farming, logistics and meat processing for control over the entire value chain. Economic dynamism and population growth in these regions fuel demand for animal protein, which is critical to urban industrial development. Prosperity, meanwhile, will create appetite for protein variety among emerging middle classes. Zalar’s extensive range of poultry offerings works to satisfy this proliferating demand.

“Poultry in particular is projected to capture growth in demand for animal protein, as there are fewer religious constraints on its consumption,” says Naohiro Matsuda, Zalar’s Chief Project Manager to the CEO, seconded from Mitsui.

Zalar's Vertical Integration modelLeft: Ali Berbich, CEO of Zalar
Right: Naohiro Matsuda, Zalar’s Chief Project Manager, seconded from Mitsui.

Zalar’s vertical integration model can serve as a role model for emerging industries across Africa: “Being a vertically integrated group enables Zalar to benefit from more control over the entire value chain,” according to Zalar CEO Ali Berbich, “while optimizing resource utilization and reducing operating costs.”

A modern poultry farming operation in Morocco – Zalar and Mitsui & Co. are collaborating to foster African urban industrial development by meeting animal protein needs that come hand-in-hand with economic dynamism and population growth.
Advanced egg processing facility in Morocco helps to meet growing protein demand in North and West Africa – Mitsui & Co. partner Zalar’s vertical integration model coordinates poultry operations over the entire value chain.
A modern poultry farming operation in Morocco – Zalar and Mitsui & Co. are collaborating to foster African urban industrial development by meeting animal protein needs that come hand-in-hand with economic dynamism and population growth.
Advanced egg processing facility in Morocco helps to meet growing protein demand in North and West Africa – Mitsui & Co. partner Zalar’s vertical integration model coordinates poultry operations over the entire value chain.

Winning hearts and minds of African farmers
Changing the conservative mindset of African farmers is an important part of the picture. Mitsui is striving with ETG to demonstrate the powerful gains that can be achieved with modern farming technology and management. This includes comprehensive approaches that go beyond fertiliser and irrigation, to include mobile financing and online information networks.

Export Trading GroupLeft: Anish Jain, Chief Treasury Officer of ETG
Right: Takayoshi Oku, Mitsui Middle East’s General Manager of ETG African Business Development Div.

“Generally, farming families are tradition-minded. Therefore they have a tendency to hesitate to adopt new techniques,” says Takayoshi Oku, Mitsui Middle East’s General Manager of ETG・African Business Development Div. “Even when they are willing they are often held back by lack of funds. To work toward a solution, we’re considering measures such as micro-financing, resource sharing, and agricultural apps for mobile device distribution.”

Ripple effects for total transformation
As Mitsui & Co. establishes nutrition and agriculture as one of its four growth pillars, fostering the efforts of companies like ETG and Zalar will help ease African food shortages and put the continent on the road to prosperity. Positive farming sector impact reaches deep into social ecosystems and can transform the lives of millions.

In Tanzania, the Kapunga Rice Plantation has revitalized the entire surrounding region, turning remote villages into centres of commerce and trade, attracting migrants from nearby towns, and allowing farmers to invest in lodges, guesthouses and education.

“Agriculture is the panacea to Africa’s biggest constraints,” says ETG Executive Chairman Mahesh Patel. “It all starts with agriculture, within this sector lies the potential for total transformation.”

Africa’s role in feeding the planet
Although some 60% of Africans are employed in agriculture and the continent has most of the planet’s uncultivated arable land, Africa is currently a food importer. This is unsustainable, unaffordable and unnecessary. With increasing use of modern machinery, farming techniques, fertilisers and high-yield seeds, as well as improvements to infrastructure and the streamlining of supply chains, the continent is set to become food self-sufficient in coming decades. With the global population growing and demand for food predicted to rise dramatically by 2050, Africa will also play an increasing role in feeding the world.

Mouse over and click the infographic to see the potential Africa represents and the challenges it faces in its journey to becoming a leading global food supplier.

  • The Challenges
  • The Potential
  • The Solutions
  • The Successes
  • By 2050, the global population is expected to top 9 billion, a jump of about 35% on the present day. Crop production will be required to outpace population growth because demand will jump an estimated 70% or more. This will be due to the bulk of population growth occurring in the developing world, where increasing affluence will modify diet and demand.

    African agriculture overall currently suffers from low productivity. While agriculture accounts for some 60% of jobs across the continent, it accounts for only 16.5% of African GDP. Africa’s cereal yield is currently 41% of the international average.

    The value added per worker in agriculture in Africa is the lowest of all world’s regions, estimated in 2017 at US$1,990. This compared to US$16,000 in East Asia and US$6,000 in Latin America. Low productivity is due to several factors, including low levels of mechanisation, limited use of high-yield seeds and fertilisers, and poor infrastructure.

Source – FT 

Martin Crawford & His Forest Garden

Martin Crawford, a forest gardening pioneer, based in the UK, explains in a short film by Thomas Regnault, “What we think of as normal, in terms of food production is actually not normal at all. Annual plants are very rare in nature, yet most of our agricultural fields are filled with annual plants. It’s not normal. What’s normal is a more forested or semi-forested system.”

Crawford began his food forest in 1994 – on a flat field, now transformed into a beautiful, thriving garden with more than 500 edible plants. Incredibly, it takes care of itself with just a few hours of maintenance a month. ‘’They are managed, but managed lightly,’’ Crawford says. ‘’They are more like being out in nature than being in a cultivated garden.”

Fortunately, pioneers like Crawford and other enthusiasts have done all the research and are willing and able to share their knowledge to help you create your own sustainable food forest garden.

“It can seem overwhelming, there are so many species,” Crawford says. “You shouldn’t let that stop you from starting a project, because you don’t have to know everything to begin with. Just start, plants some trees, and go from there.”

Watch the film here, and visit the The Agroforestry Research Trust, of which Crawford is the founder and director.

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Plant Growth Regulators

Plant growth regulators are molecules that influence the development of plants and are generally active at very low concentrations. There are natural regulators, which are produced by the plant itself, and also synthetic regulators; those found naturally in plants are called phytohormones or plant hormones.

Substances considered phytohormones include auxins, gibberelins, cytokinins, abscisic acid and ethylene, and more recently brassinosteroids, salicylic acid, jasmonates, systemin, polyamines, nitric oxide and signal peptides. In this article We take a closer look at auxins

There are differences between plant and animal hormones. For example, animal hormones are synthesized in particular organs or tissues, and by definition they act in different places to where they are produced. This is not necessarily true for phytohormones; some exert their action in exactly the smame place where they are synthesized.

Although all phytohormones have their own specific effects, their combination produces a varied response in plants.

An overview of which plant hormone is responsible for which plant process.

Auxins

The main effect of auxins is to cause cell elongation, mainly due to the alteration of cell wall plasticity. Auxins are synthesized in the apical meristems and to a lesser degree in the roots. The main auxin to be synthesized naturally by plants is indole acetic acid (IAA), although others have been found such as phenylacetic acid, the chlorindoles and, more recently, indole butyric acid (IBA).

The movement of these phytohormones is from the apices to the roots (basipetal) and vice versa (acropetal). However, basipetal movement is much more rapid than acropetal movement

Some of the effects of auxins in plants include:

Apical dominance. It is well known among growers that when one eliminates the main apical axis (main vertical stem) of a plant, secondary apices will begin to grow and several of these will go on to form main stems. This occurs because the auxins produced by the apical meristem suppresses the growth and development of secondary buds.

Rhizogenesis. Auxins are the main components responsible for the formation of root cells. This property is used by gardeners to produce cuttings: applying auxins to the base of the cut promotes the formation of new roots. This rhizogenesis occurs at very low concentrations of auxins, since higher concentrations of auxins suppress root growth and development. However, it is the presence of other phytohormones that determines whether the new cells become roots or other organs. The balance between auxins and cytokinins plays a very important role in this process. Thus when plant cells are grown in vitro in culture media, if the concentration of auxins is greater than that of cytokinins, new roots will be formed. However, if the concentration of cytokinins is greater than that of auxins, the cells will eventually develop into new buds. When the concentration of the two hormone types is similar, cell growth will occur without differentiation, forming a mass of developing cells called a callus.

Geotropism. Gravity exerts an effect on plant development. When a plant stem is placed in a horizontal position, lateral buds will begin to develop and may form roots in the zone which is in contact with the soil. This is due to the accumulation of auxins due to the effect of gravity. This phenomenon is used to obtain new plants using a technique called layering.

Phototropism. Plants tend to grow towards the light. This process is regulated by auxins, which accumulate in parts that receive less light; this results in the elongation of the cells in this zone and makes the stem curve towards the light. Further reading in: The effect of light spectrum on plant development.

Regulation of abscission. Abscission is the shedding of some parts of the plant. In many cases the cause is the aging of the plant tissue, called senescence. The exogenous application of auxins will reduce abscission in many species.

Phototropism is the growth of a plant in response to light. This process is regulated by auxins. A: when sunlight is overhead, the IAA molecules (Indole Acetic Acid; the main auxin to be synthesised naturally by plants) produced by the apical meristem are distributed evenly in the shoot. B: once the sunlight starts to reach the shoot at an angle, the IAA molecules move to the far side and induce elongation of cells on that side. C: cell elongation results in the bending of the shoot toward the light.

How the Soil Became Our Soul

How the Soil Became Our Soul: Fasting, Spirituality, and the Ancestors

Many of us think of the word “ancestors” as referring to ancient human-like beings, but if we go further back into time, we can see that our ancestors WERE ACTUALLY microscopic entities. And since our digestive system consists of trillions of microbes, we actually carry around most of our bodily “ancestors”…in our guts. Isn’t that convenient? So IF we carry our ancestors in our guts, then shouldn’t we be able to connect to our ancestors at any time…by just listening…to our guts?

Of course ! Let me tell you how this is possible…And what it means for our spiritual and physical health. Here I offer a different perspective on “Soul retrieval”. A potential bridge between modern science and mysticism…

Let’s say that each of those little micro-dudes carries a fragment of our soul-self, and within that individual fragment is a piece of the “bigger picture”, a piece of the Great Mystery. Each microbe plays a role in commandeering these bio-suits we call “bodies”, to think, feel and act in certain ways. And yes, just like humans, these bacteria each have wisdom, agendas, and tendencies. Some critters like candida have a tendency to be opportunistic and reckless reproducers. They rape and pillage the terrain in an attempt to spread and conquer, despite the damage to the greater organism. Much like the white man has historically done to the indigenous brown cultures 😉

Reflecting on the above parallel has brought me to the idea that these so-called “beneficial bacteria” that have often been trampled upon by candida and other parasites, are VERY much like indigenous cultures that have been over-run by dominating/opportunistic cultures. They may not be as clever or driven to reproduce and dominate, but they are wiser, more connected to source and the lands where they dwell. They are more resourceful and they know how to live within their means, so as to not disturb the whole. They actually give back to the land and only take what they need to survive. They can survive disasters and famine, because they know how to live off the land without over-indulgent behaviors. These native bacteria, I call the “wise ones”, are the microscopic entities that connect us to the source of ancestral knowledge, because they have been with us from the beginning. The ones that came from the ancient soil also connect us to that soil, AND maybe they want us to return to the indigenous ways of living and remind us of our connection to a higher power. They are a part of a collective consciousness that is not competitive and exclusive, but cooperative and inclusive. Perhaps, they want us to create abundance, not exploit it. They break down our food and put nutrients back into our inner ecosystem, instead of robbing us of nutrients like parasites. Natasha Campbell-McBride refers to them as the little “house-keepers” of the gut because they clean up waste and use it for creating a fertile inner terrain.

So how does fasting fit into this story? Fasting has been touted for many benefits such as increased immune function, increased mental clarity, improved digestion and enhanced healing. This is because, when we fast, it’s similar to hitting a reset button on our inner ecosystem. The opportunistic micro-villains that are dependent on high-carb diets of processed fast-foods, start to die-off. And with them and their pollutants/toxins finally under control, we can actually hear the subtle voice of our ancestors once again. The “wise ones”, the symbionts that are resourceful, can adapt to the lack of “fast-food”, by “living off the land” so to speak. They can live through starvation because they’ve been there before, in previous life-times. In fact they are the common thread between human life-times. If you take one bacteria that exists in your gut right now, you could probably link it to your mother, and her mother, and her mother, and so on and so forth. That one bacteria has passed on her soul, her DNA and “wisdom” for millions of years. Through many periods of fasting, when food was scarce. She KNOWS how to surthrive and she carries with her, the wisdom of HOW to surthrive.

This “theory” is very supportive of how I actually FEEL when I fast. I have never felt SO connected to Spirit as I do when I fast, except for maybe when I was a little girl. Before my body was over-run by candida and parasites and before my gut was sterilized by anti-life pills (anti-biotics). I see now, why all the major religious sects practiced fasting as a way to connect to the Higher Power. And speaking of spiritual beliefs…many cultures still believe that ancestral spirits cause disease, how interesting is it that we have also come to the conclusion in our Western society that bacteria cause disease. Do you see the link? Bacteria ARE ancestral spirits!!! The soil IS…our Soul!

In order for us to maximize our potential, as individual spiritual beings and as a collective evolving consciousness, we need to think in terms of how we can shift our inner AND outer eco-systems, from competitive battle-zones to harmonious, self-regulating entities. Let’s start with the “inner” ecosystem, specifically the gut, which is where most of our bacteria reside. If you read the Wikipedia article on gut bacteria this is what you’ll find…”The human body, consisting of about 10 trillion cells, carries about ten times as many microorganisms in the human gut. It is estimated that these gut flora have around 100 times as many genes in aggregate as there are in the human genome.”
That’s a massive amount of genes controlling more than we can ever imagine. So, when our inner ecosystems are over-run by opportunistic micro-dudes, we OURSELVES take on an opportunistic way of being and living. We ALSO become reckless and overly concerned with mating and spreading our DNA regardless of the damage we are inflicting on the greater whole. We BECOME the parasites and the out-of-control candida.

This is why I strongly encourage intermittent fasting, for optimal spiritual and physical health. For the sake of the native micro-cultures, we MUST keep those rampaging, wasteful dominators in check! By cutting off their food source for just ONE day a week, you can start to recolonize your inner ecosystem with little indigenous beings. Ones that don’t just seek to PRO-CREATE, but also seek to CO-CREATE and co-evolve with you, symbiotically. By doing this regularly you will start to develop an inner collective wisdom, that will teach you how to thrive within your environment by downloading intelligence from the field that connects the past, present, and future generations. Think of fasting and eating live, bacteria covered foods as making an investment into our inner culture AND outer culture. AND by exploring these inner terrain modification techniques we are also learning to modify our outer terrains through practices like permaculture, where the primary focus is also on the microbial matter in the soil. We, ourselves, begin to SHIFT from opportunistic parasites to collaborative symbionts. We can stop supporting practices that “till and kill the soil/soul” and start building and giving back to it instead.

I believe the quickest way to “normalize” our inner ecosystem is through intermittent fasting, whether on liquid foods (like broths, fresh juices, herbal teas, fermented drinks, or spring water) or ideally through dry fasting. For some highly acidic individuals, initially re-inoculating with ancient bacteria through ingesting fermented foods can hasten the process of overthrowing the “inner dictators” and supporting the indigenous bacteria. Try it, and you’ll soon find that these “wise ones” seem to carry with them a memory for the feeling of “home.” By increasing serotonin and other feel-good bacteria production in the gut, we can enhance our mood and cognitive function to be more joyful and more conscious stewards of the land. And just as we want to create bio-diversity in our outer ecosystem, we also want to increase diversity in our inner ecosystem to ensure resiliency of the whole…and we can do this by ingesting bacteria on a variety of wild herbs, in-season fruits and veggies grown in your own food forest or by friends, and by breathing in healthy soil bacteria (like M. vaccae) throughout the day by working the soil or hiking in Nature.

So with all that being said…I no challenge you to join me, by doing what I call “flinging poop” (the beneficial microbes) far and wide, inside and outside to connect to the ancient wisdom of our ancestors, which is transmitted through us more easily when we engage in regular fasting…or by just cleaning up our diets. Let’s all guide each other to the source, to the soil, where life began as microscopic entities. A feeling and a place that we call “HOME”…where it all started.

Alohaaaaaahaaaahaaaa!
Pachee

written by TheGiftofSelf

World’s largest flowers blooming in an Indonesian jungle

The rafflesia plant is often referred to as a “monster flower” for its parasitic properties and repugnant stench. Indonesian wildlife officials might’ve found the most monstrous flower of them all.

A rafflesia that recently bloomed in a West Sumatran forest is nearly 4 feet in diameter — that would make it the largest flower ever recorded, according to the Natural Resources and Conservation Center in West Sumatra.

Curiously, it was the same location (and host plant) that produced what was the largest rafflesia ever recorded back in 2017. But this monster flower is 4 inches wider, CNN Indonesia reported.

The plant has no roots or leaves — it’s parasitic. The rafflesia feeds on a host plant to live, drinking its water and nutrients. It’s only visible when it bursts through the host plant to reveal its flowers.

The flower’s menacing open mouth emits a foul odor similar to rotting meat, earning it the nickname “corpse flower.” That stench attracts the insects that pollinate it.

But for all it’s glory, the rafflesia’s life is tragically short. Its mouth remains open for just one week before it rots and dies — so the largest flower on Earth is on borrowed time.

Source  KPTV