Monsanto Knew The Health Risks of Glylphosate 35 Years Ago.

People are starting to become more aware of the dangers associated with Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s infamous herbicide Roundup.  What people are just now starting to learn however, is that Monsanto has been aware of these risks for over 35 years!
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Woman defeats mine, saves wilderness, wins $175,000|

Proof that people can make a difference!   Check out this article by Morgan Erickson-Davis on

“When a huge open-pit mine threatened a pristine lake and surrounding forest in British Columbia, Canada, Marilyn Baptiste jumped into action, spearheading efforts to collect environmental impact data and even physically turning away construction crews. Because of her efforts, the Canadian government rejected the mine, leaving wild a part of the Canadian Rockies upon which First Nations communities have depended for generations. Today, Baptiste was honored for her work when she was presented the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony in San Francisco.” 

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Woman defeats mine, saves wilderness, wins $175,000.


A new way to look at conservation.

When most people think of predator animals like lions or wolves in terms of their environmental impact, they might associate them with functions pertaining to population control and not much else.  We’re starting to see  that the impact  and necessity of the predator is much more profound than we realize.

Science is finding that predators influence the world around them to such and extent that they can even alter the course of rivers and reverse drought conditions.

The effect predators have on their environment is called a “trophic cascade”   According to Wikipedia:

“Trophic cascades occur when predators in a food web suppress the abundance or alter traits (e.g., behavior) of their prey, thereby releasing the next lower trophic level frompredation (or herbivory if the intermediate trophic level is a herbivore). For example, if the abundance of large piscivorous fish is increased in a lake, the abundance of their prey, smaller fish that eat zooplankton, should decrease. The resulting increase in zooplankton should, in turn, cause the biomass of its prey, phytoplankton, to decrease.

This theory has stimulated new research in many areas of ecology. Trophic cascades may also be important for understanding the effects of removing top predators from food webs, as humans have done in many places through hunting and fishing activities.”

Further evidence for the importance of predators can be seen in the Documentary series “Earth A New Wild” where Dr. M. Sanjayan shows us how predators prevent the desertification of landscapes, halt the spread of disease, and more.

Going back to the topic of desertification, Conservationists used to think that the only way to prevent over-grazing (and with it soil erosion) was to cull herds of grazing animals.

They’re finding now that culling animal herds isn’t necessary.  When big herds are kept on the move (by avoiding predators), they don’t have a chance to over-graze and erode soil.  In fact, it’s been found that keeping herds on the move actually has a revitalizing effect on the landscape.

Predators fill this natural role of keeping herds on the move, and it’s a tactic we can utilize to help bring back endangered species and regrow our grasslands simultaneously.  It also gives us another way to approach farming cattle that is better for the environment.

Here’s the description from youtube:
“Produced by National Geographic Studios in association with Passion Planet, the series is hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, leading conservation scientist, who takes viewers on a stunning visual journey to explore how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems.

With 45 shoots to 29 different countries, the series features spectacular natural history footage from the most striking places on Earth, filming encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them. With up-close looks at a range of species, from giant pandas to humpback whales and African lions to Arctic reindeer, Sanjayan reveals that co-habitations with animals can work — and be mutually beneficial.”

You can see the whole series on YouTube, here are a couple to get you started.  It is well worth the watch, especially if you are looking for something to inspire you and restore faith that there’s still hope of reversing some of the damage we’ve done.


Promoting People, Positivity and Community.

Essentially, Indigrow is all about  People, Potential,  our Planet and Permaculture.

Permaculture is a design system and philosophy of living more ethically and harmoniously with the Earth.

(And in the process, ourselves).

One thing that’s a huge part of permaculture is community.  A strong community will be full of diverse individuals working together.  We recognize that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and if we want to have strong communities we need to support the individuals who compose the larger whole.

We think it’s a shame that we live in a world where people are forced to work long hours to feed families they never get to see.  It appears that our communities are eroding right before our eyes in pursuit of the “American Dream”.    Sometimes it seems like the odds are stacked against us when it seems like our only options are big box stores and cold and unfriendly corporate chains.  We want to help find solutions to this problem.

What if we could empower people to pursue their dreams and goals, while at the same time living in a way that’s more environmentally friendly.  (Think voting with your dollars, buying local, supporting real people who are putting their time and love into what they do and make.).

We like the idea of empowering people to do what they love.   In our community (in person and online) we have some incredibly creative and talented friends who are doing amazing stuff and we would like to introduce you to them and share what they’re up to.

That’s why we’re adding a new section to Indigrow called “Promoting People” where we’ll be featuring at least one person, small business or organization a week.

If you would like to be featured, send us your information in the form below!

This is simply awesome; turning plastic into oil.

Plastics are derived from oil, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that they can be converted back into oil.  I guess the real question is why hasn’t this been implemented on a broader scale?

I like this, I think we should look into it more, it’s a good step in the right direction toward protecting our environment from dangerous drilling and pollution.  However, I am still hoping to see our society switch more completely to alernatives that don’t involve oil and non-renewable resources.


10 Stories the Mainstream Media Ignored While Obsessing Over #CaitlynJenner |

If there’s one thing I’m certain of in this crazy world, it’s this:  When the Mainstream Media is obsessing over celebrities, there’s probably something of real importance they’re trying to avoid talking about.  Here’s a great article from ANTIMEDIA that covers 10 such stories:

(ANTIMEDIA) On Monday, the world stopped turning to focus on the recent debut of Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic athlete formerly known as Bruce. Jenner, the ex-husband of Kris Jenner and stepfather to Kim Kardashian, took a bold step in announcing her completed transition into the woman she always felt she was. She posed on the cover of Vanity Fair to premiere her new identity. This a monumental step forward for the transgender community that many hope will help foster increased tolerance in society. While this is a positive development, the degree of media attention devoted to the celebrity news story left many other equally important stories ignored.

While the world was debating whether or not it was Jenner’s right to become a woman, here are ten significant stories that deserve equal, if not more, attention:

1. Rand Paul received widespread coverage for delaying the Patriot Act’s renewal at the end of May. As a result of his filibuster and congressional inaction, the Patriot Act and its Section 215—one of the NSA’s justifications for bulk data collection—expired on Monday. Though this was lauded as a victory, this week the Senate pushed through the USA Freedom Act, selling it as a bill to respect the privacy of Americans. In actuality, it renews and arguably strengthens the government surveillance apparatus.

2. On Tuesday, news broke that the FBI has been conducting warrantless surveillance across the United States using a fleet of planes disguised as private aircrafts. It was responsible for mysterious planes flying over the Baltimore protests in May and surveilled as many as 40,000 people in one flight over Anaheim, California. In similar news, it was revealed this week that a single local police department conducted over 300 warrantless searches using highly secretive and controversial Stingray technology.

3. This week, NBC was caught manipulating footage of a witness interview to make the police shooting of unarmed college student, Feras Morad, seem less sinister to its audience. His death was one of nearly 400 police killings logged this year, alone.

4. In what appears to be good news, Congress moved this week to require police to report all killings and uses of force committed on duty. There has previously been no requirement and only 750 of 17,000 police departments voluntarily report such data. The law also requires reporting of police deaths on duty (this was already codified in a law passed in May) but nevertheless, signifies a growing shift toward police accountability.

5. A Department of Homeland Security investigation found that in 95% of cases, the TSA failed to find weapons and mock explosives smuggled through airports. Undercover DHS agents managed to sneak through 67 of 70 incidents without any hassle from the TSA, the administration that claims its services are necessary to keep Americans safe.

6. A “high value” Guantanamo detainee, Majid Khan, alleged this week that he was tortured by CIA agents with tactics worse than previously revealed. Though the Senate’s December torture report detailed gruesome techniques including forced rectal feeding and sleep deprivation, Khan claims he was sexually abused, hung nude from beams, and had his genitals dipped in ice water—among other offenses.

7. In a continuing, unsettling pattern, three more stories came to light of bankers meeting their death. The executive of American Express died mysteriously on an international flight while another jumped off the 24th floor of his apartment building in an apparent drug-induced suicide. Another story released this week detailed a Goldman Sachs employee found dead in her car in April. They join a growing list of bankers whose lives have ended prematurely.

8. In an all too common pattern, news surfaced this week that local police in Palm Beach, Florida engaged in illicit activity. As Anti-Media reported, “At least one minor and at least one sex-worker were invited to a private party on a golf course that was held by members of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Department in 2012. Witnesses reported that members of the party were openly using cocaine and that the woman who attended the party was walking around the golf course fully nude.” This parallels the DEA’s recent drug cartel-funded prostitute party scandal as well as a plethora of cases where police use and sell “illicit” substances.

9. In a “once-in-a-century” discovery, archeologists in Russia discovered 2,400-year-old golden bongs. They contained trace amounts of opium and marijuana, suggesting (as the Palm Beach cop cocaine soiree does) that seeking altered states of consciousness is not a crime, but human nature. The findings further prove the failed war on drugs to be futile and obsolete.

10. A declassified Pentagon report revealed this week that Western governments helped to create ISIS, the infamous terrorist organization. According to the Defense Intelligence Agency report, “US and other western governments allied themselves with al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups to oust Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. They suspected the consequences of this tactic would lead to the rise of an ‘Islamic State.’”

While Caitlyn Jenner’s transition into femininity is a newsworthy and ultimately positive story, the media’s incessant focus on celebrity gossip leaves a vast majority of relevant stories on the sidelines. If in a matter of several days this many stories could go uncovered by the mainstream media, consider how many have been sacrificed over the years in the name of covering celebrity deaths, weddings, breakdowns, and divorces—which come without the social progress of Caitlyn’s debut.

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