Hey if you want to grow a veggie garden and want to repel insects without hurting the bees you can consider:

  • Flowers like marigolds and nasturtiums repel most insects.
  • Herbs like catnip and peppermint can also repel most insects. Do some research, there’s an herb for almost every bug.

  • Some natural insecticides don’t effect bees, like neem oil, bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (usually just called btk but if you google that you get the serial killer), and certain insecticidal soaps.

  • And you can even do some googling and order live ladybugs or beneficial wasps to release into your garden.

It might seem like people pushing for less chemical use in home gardens are closely aligned with the ‘gmos will give you cancer’ crowd, but the problem with insecticides is not only do they kill the bees in your garden (which still adds up), but some of them, like neonicotinoids, can be carried back to the hive and kill the entire hive, and those numbers really add up. (Anecdote: It happened to a local bee keeper, entire hives of his just started dying in the middle of spring.) And please always carefully read the labels or ask around while shopping for any live plants, as harmful chemicals may have already been applied.

Those of you who can afford to buy organic, or even just buy fresh produce: please do. The more healthy food we buy, the more in demand it becomes, the cheaper it will be.
The cheaper it is, the more people in poverty will be able to afford healthy food, the more kids won’t grow up obese, the more adults won’t be trapped in a cycle.

Every time you buy something, you cast a vote for it to be in supply, to be produced more, to be cheaper.

Remember that.

My Solarpunk Manifesto

My solarpunk is not just about flower-covered fashion and far-off futures.

My solarpunk is about sustainability, about community, about anti-capitalism. It encompasses ecofeminism, afrofuturism, radical queer politics.

My solarpunk is about urban gardening and renewable energy, about food sovereignty, and public transportation. It’s solarpunk to take the bus. It’s solarpunk to buy used clothes.

My solarpunk rejects current notions of “environmentalism” that place rich, privileged people at the top. My solarpunk realizes that it is the rich that create environmental disasters and the poor that suffers. My solarpunk realizes that radical change will not come from the corporations, but from the bottom up, from the inner cities and the reservations and the slums.

My solarpunk stands with indigenous sovereignties, with reproductive justice, with antiracism, with anticonsumption, with unions, with liberation theology.

My solarpunk realizes that the world is deeply, deeply flawed. But my solarpunk believes that there is hope, and that hope will come from the communal, not from the corporate.

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NYC Prayer March for #StandingRock: Indigenous people and allies marched throughout the streets of Manhattan to show their support and solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. #NoDAPL #StandwithStandingRock #NativeLivesMatter 

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Trump promises to rein in environmentalism for the auto industry

  • Trump met with heads of the “big three” automotive companies Tuesday morning — Ford, General Motors and Chrysler — to talk about their plans for job creation during his administration.
  • During the meeting, Reuters noted Trump was quick to extend an olive branch to the industry he has often sparred with on social media, promising to reign in “out of control” environmentalism.
  • Trump didn’t specify exactly which regulations he would target, saying only that he wanted to make it easier to open factories.
  • But the president’s pick for the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has said he will “review” current standards for fuel efficiency that were designed to help fight climate change. Read more

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Dozens of Dakota Pipeline Protesters Are Arrested - The New York Times

Veterans joined activists in a march to Backwater Bridge near Cannon Ball, N.D., during a snowstorm in December.

The authorities in North Dakota said on Wednesday that they had arrested about 75 protesters just south of a bridge that has become a focal point of demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The dozens arrested belong to what the Morton County Sheriff’s Department described in a statement as a “rogue group” that had set up camp on private property south of the Backwater Bridge, the site of previous standoffs between demonstrators and the police.

After instructing the group to take down the camp, law enforcement officers advanced on the site around 3:30 p.m. local time and cleared the area within about a half-hour, according to the statement.

“Regardless of this incident, it is our desire to continue the dialogue with tribal and camp leaders so that the camps continue to be cleaned and protesters leave prior to the flooding season,” the Morton County sheriff, Kyle Kirchmeier, said in a statement.

Representatives of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe worked with officers to collect tepee hides left at the site, according to the department, which said it had made nearly 700 arrests during protests since Aug. 10.

“We hope the arrestees are treated fairly and justly,” David Archambault II, the chairman of the Standing Rock reservation’s official tribal government, said in a statement.

About a week ago, President Trump acted to expedite the $3.7 billion pipeline, which the Army had sidetracked in December.

Despite reports on Tuesday suggesting that the Army Corps of Engineers had approved a final element of the pipeline, an Army Corps spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it had only begun its review of an easement, which is necessary for the pipeline’s completion.

In response to the news of the easement on Tuesday night, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said it would pursue legal action to ensure that the Army Corps conducted an environmental impact study before granting an easement.