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When Britain's Prince Charles chose a stance against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as the crux of his humanitarian crusade, England – and the World – took notice. His Royal Highness has long fought against the use of GMOs, which are legal and utilized throughout the UK and the US, though banned throughout much of Europe. Companies like Monsanto, who engineer GMO seeds and control the patents for them, typically genetically structure the seeds to keep them from being able to reproduce, which causes farmers who use GMOs to continually have to buy seeds from Monsanto (at an exorbitant price).

... in Truth Squad

 

We are always on the lookout for new green products and eco-friendly innovations, especially when they merge with cutting-edge technology. After all, isn’t that what hydroponic growing is all about?

... in Tech & Toys

 

Professional and amateur growers alike know the joy of sharing our babies with friends and family. Anyone who uses social media may be aware that Instagram is currently the top dog of photo-sharing applications, and for good reason — the intuitive free app has great filters and allows us to quickly edit our snapshots and share them across multiple formats with the push of a button. However, there are a variety of excellent non-Instagram apps on the market that allow greater control of the photo-editing process, or offer features not available through Instagram. If you download these three apps (all free), you will have all the tools needed to edit and share your precious flora like a pro.

... in Growers

There is no lack of reasons why we should strive to save as much energy as possible, ranging from selfish (to save money) to altruistic (there needs to be enough to go around), but the end recommendation is the same: use as little energy as possible to lessen your carbon footprint.

 

The 2012 Summer Olympics have officially come to a close, and while the world's elite athletes head home, hopefully with medals in hand, host-city London returns to its own business as usual -- high tea, period dramas on television, pork pies, and -- prostitution?

... in Truth Squad

 

It's a tough economy and hydroponics gear can be expensive, as most growers quickly discover when entering the field. In addition to shopping around for the best deals, growers may be tempted to buy supplies online. This can be a great option, especially when buying from reputable retailers. While we do not typically recommend buying used hydroponic supplies, some items can be purchased through Craigslist while keeping you and your grow safe, and saving you some precious green in the process. Here is our guide to buying hydro gear from Craigslist, with the top dos and don'ts to keep your transaction smooth and pleasant.

 

It is a rare occurrence when a double amputee is accused of having an unfair physical advantage over his able-bodied counterparts, but that's the situation South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius faced heading into the 2012 Summer Games. Born without developed fibulae (the bones between your knees and ankles), Pistorius has been competing internationally on blade-like carbon fiber artificial limbs called the Cheetah FlexFoot and, not content to simply annihilate the competition in the Paralympic Games (winning four Gold medals in 2004 and 2008), he will be competing this week in London against a field of able-bodied competitors in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

 

By all accounts, 2012 has been a very dry year for the US. With the Farm Belt facing its worst disaster since the drought of 1988, farmers are worried, and rightfully so. The crops hardest hit so far have been corn and soybeans, with 38 percent of corn and 30 percent of soybean crops rated as "poor" or "very poor" by the US National Weather Service. With 61 percent of the US mainland in a state of drought, the potential for large-scale crop failure is imminent, with no relief expected as temperatures stay high and rain refuses to fall throughout most of the country.

... in Hydro-Pop

 

Among the thousands of apps available in the Apple and Android Marketplaces, it is often easy to overlook some of the less advertised or publicized options. Most of us smart-phone owners have Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, but there are a lot of pretty fantastic programs that a lot of us may be missing as we browse our options. Luckily for you, our loyal Rosebud Magazine readers, we took the time to outline what we believe to be some of the brightest gems in the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace, and we think we have found something for everyone. Of course, many apps are exclusive to one operating system or the other, and in these cases we have carefully chosen the best alternative for the rival OS. You're welcome!

... in Tech & Toys

 

It's that special time of year again, everyone. A sweltering mid-Summer, when all the big migrations are in full-swing. The monarch butterflies are on the move, returning from their winter vacation in Mexico to once again occupy eucalyptus groves north of the border, countless migratory birds fill our foliage, and today, the geeks return to San Diego for the annual orgy of fandom that is Comic-Con International.

 

Each year, the Princeton Review publishes their list of what they deem to be the greenest colleges and universities in the US, and this year 16 of those schools received a "green rating" of 99, the highest score possible. Schools may be considered "green" for a variety of reasons, from offering a large assortment of sustainability-focused majors or research opportunities to structural improvements like solar panels and compostable toilets that raise efficiency and lower emissions. For our readers who are interested in "green collar" jobs and conservation movements, we have carefully examined the 16 top-ranked schools and picked the six that we really believe to be setting the bar for sustainability in US colleges and universities.

... in Eco-Trends

 

A trip to the mall may score you some new clothes, DVDs, shoes, or perhaps a haircut and manicure. But what if, while munching on that Cinnabon or soft pretzel, you could also pick up your cholesterol medication from the vending machine nearby? If the FDA has its way, their "Patient Kiosks" will be popping up in public places around the country, allowing individuals to purchase prescription medications without ever visiting a doctor or pharmacy.

... in Hydro-Pop

With our lackluster housing market and the economy continuing to struggle, many Americans are choosing to rent apartments rather than committing to a mortgage. We all know that there are already ample and continually growing opportunities for homeowners to add green upgrades to their property, but more and more apartment complexes are choosing to go green as well, giving renters a chance to reap the benefits of eco-friendly living, like lower utility bills, access to public transportation, and the satisfaction of knowing that they are doing their part for the planet. So, what exactly are the benefits of renting a green apartment, and who decides which apartments deserve this designation? Let’s take a look at how a building gets certified as "green," and what to expect from your eco-friendly apartment.

... in Eco-Trends

There is a daily struggle happening in our country. No, not Republicans vs Democrats, Apple vs Android, The Voice vs American Idol. This battle is much more insidious, and if it doesn't affect you already, chances are that it most likely will during some part of your life, perhaps more than once.

... in Truth Squad

Few will deny that fossil fuels are an archaic technology that need to be replaced as our primary power source. Our use of petroleum-based power accounts for a vast majority of the world's air pollution and contributes in no small way to global warming. Catastrophes like the recent BP oil spill have devastated communities and ocean-dwelling organisms, bringing more attention to the dangerous nature of our primary fuel source.

... in Eco-Trends
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