There’s nothing that says you need to pay a gas company or electric company in order to use the energy of the world around us! In this video, we see a simple design for a solar oven that uses very cheap materials and could easily be done in an afternoon. The only downside to it is that your cooking time will be increased significantly versus conventional methods. As long as you have the patience to wait 30 minutes for your egg (watch at 3:45 for the result) to cook in the morning sun, this solar oven is for you.
I have heard a lot of talk about Carbon farming and mob grazing and all about how we can raise our meat in such a way that we are actually trapping carbon in the soil. This is a huge and important change in how we raise meat, healing soils and reducing methane output.
One of the benefits of these methods is to strive to maintain constant green cover over all areas, which protects the soil and keeps the grass absorbing carbon. This also prevents erosion and increases efficiency and output per area. These systems are modified from natural observations of herbivores, so many like to call it working with nature; sure sounds better than the alternative, working against nature.
This is only one of the many solutions that we need in agriculture, but it does target a sore spot in our food systems. We need to continue to improve upon our food production systems by increasing the sustainability of every calorie and reducing loss and degradation at every step.
If you’re looking to invest time and money in building a swimming pool, check this out first! David Pagan Butler showcases this beautiful do-it-yourself project: natural swimming pools. Using no chemicals, Butler uses plants and a simple 12-volt solar-powered filter to clean the water. These pools can cost only a fraction of the price of a commercial pool, you’ll leave less of an ecological footprint, and the kids are sure to love it. Prepare to take the plunge at 1:14!