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On the Trails: How to be an herbivore

...keep growing) and staying warm. Manatees and dugongs have low metabolic rates and take days to slowly process their plant food. These observations beg the question: why aren't all plant-eaters slow?!More things to think about!? Mary...
How do your heirloom tomatoes grow?

...down the fish waste in a nutrient-rich solution that's high in nitrogen, one of the three essential elements in plant food. Plants thrive on that broken down waste, use it as nutrients and end up cleaning water for the fish.In other words...
Hemp is making a comeback

...The original Declaration of Independence was printed on paper made from its fiber. Its seed has more protein than any plant food except the soybean. The seed is also rich in essential fatty acids. And it is illegal for farmers in the US to grow...
Bath salts controversy - when politicians become pushers

...and sold legally on the Internet under the label "plant food." Two people were arrested on suspicion of supplying...consumption. Dealers will just start labeling them "plant food" or some other banal phrase, as the Brits did. Even...
Prosecutors say dangerous designer drugs arrive in Alaska

...according to a story in Tuesday's Anchorage Daily News.The drugs are sold under the guise of "bath salts" or "plant food," and when ingested can cause delusions, seizures, heart palpitations and other health emergencies, said Assistant...
Recycle yard waste into valuable compost

...organism of sorts, comprised of beneficial bacteria, insect life and nutrients for plants, is on the other side of the plant food spectrum. Because it can be generated for little to no cost, compost is not only environmentally responsible but economical...
On the Trails: Dung - a resource for its producers feces on the ice, but only remnants, suggesting that the swans were really hungry, because their usual green plant food was under the ice, and so they recycled their own feces.A wonderful example is provided by the nesting habits of hornbills...
Masters of the mountains

...or so.Snow can create big problems for mountain goats, especially as they get older. Deep snow makes much of their plant food inaccessible and also makes travel energetically expensive, unless the snow is well compacted and can support their...
Bearings on bears

...months of hibernation and for females to produce milk to feed their cubs. Although our bears commonly eat a lot of green plant food, they can't digest plant fibers. So, apparently, big bears just can't get enough nutritious plant material to...
Late October hikes, kinglets and critters

...know, voles are a bit like chubby, short-legged mice). How do such small beasts manage in cold weather? Even the plant food they eat is cold, so it takes some extra energy to warm it up to body temperature (this can add 10 percent or more...


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