Natural Pest Control Using Bugs

Natural pest control uses “good bugs” to fight pests, instead of spraying produce with harmful chemicals. This prevents disturbing the natural balance, and is safer for farmers and the food supply.

‘HugelKultur’ Building Rich Soil

Soil can be built up using a simple technique called Hugelkultur. Soil is put on top of a bed of wood, and the decomposition process creates enriched and self-sufficient “alive soil.”

Fungus That Decomposes Plastic

A group of students from Yale’s Department of Molecular Physics and Biochemistry discovered a fungus in Ecuador, called Pestalotiopsis microspora, that likes to eat polyester polyurethane.

Biochar Soil Fertilizer

Biochar may be added to soil in order to improve soil functions and to reduce emissions from biomass that would otherwise naturally degrade to greenhouse gases.

6 Uses of Mycelium Fungus

Mycelium holds together soil and disassembles natural materials generating humus, building and cleaning polluted soil, as well as making insecticides, and antibiotics to treat smallpox and flu viruses.

5 Medicinal Mushrooms

Five common medicinal mushrooms can help to heal the human body and the ecosystem. These are Reishi, Chaga, Turkey Tails, Shittake, and Cordycepts Sinensis mushrooms.

Growing Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms

You can grow your own shiitake mushrooms by inoculating medium size logs, placing them into a shaded and humid area, letting them incubate, shocking the logs, and enjoying the harvest.

Natural Swimming Pools

A natural swimming pool is a pond that keeps clean and clear water with the help of plants and animals, and without the use of chemicals, such as chlorine and other disinfectants, safe for people and wildlife.

‘Olla’ Efficient Irrigation System

Olla is an unglazed terracotta clay pot that’s buried next to plants to water them at a steady rate, especially effective in hot and dry locations. It is considered the most efficient irrigation system in the world.

‘Sunplace’ Solar Powered Grill

The SUNplace is a “solar cooking table,” a collaborative project by designers Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai, intended for a group of chefs to cook together and prepare a meal using sunlight.

Pot-in-Pot Refrigeration

Mohammed Bah Abba, a teacher in rural Nigeria, developed the Pot-in-Pot Preservation Cooling System that keeps food and medicine fresh by storing them in two clay pots, and requiring no electricity.