When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine

When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine

A serious, but not too serious, discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

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August 7, 2022 29 min

Globalization and genetically modified food has led to a world where nearly every plant can be harvested and shipped nearly every week of the year.  While this is convenient - it is not natural.  And can lead to some serious problems. 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

 
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Hate to break it to you, but we are all going to die.  Yet the way we dispose of those final remains has become more and more unsustainable.

Cemeteries are full or filling up, cremation fills the skies with toxins and greenhouse gases, hundreds of thousands of cancer-causing fluids are pumped into dead bodies to make them look a bit more lifelike. 

So alternatives are increasingly the norm - from reusing graves to dissolving bodies...

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July 24, 2022 29 min

Solar energy is one of the most disruptive technologies in the history of mankind.  It is about to displace the fossil fuel industry and change the world in ways we can barely imagine.  So what are some of the changes and technologies that are underway - often below the radar of most people's experience.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the 10 new innovations and changes in solar energy that wi...

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Battery technology is the next great technical frontier.  As we transition to renewable energy, we face the reality that the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow.  So how do we store energy when it is abundant and use it when we need it.  We are in the very beginnings of an industrial revolution that will transform our society in ways we can only barely imagine.  

Join Annie and Jay Warmke as they discu...

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July 10, 2022 29 min

For the past 30 years or so, the Internet has changed our lives in ways we could not have imagined.  It connected 7.5 billion people together regardless of time or distance.  But we ain't seen nothing yet.

The Internet of Things has already connected nearly 30 billion "things" together, and that number is poised to grow exponentially.  Is this amount of data bombarding us constantly sustainable?  Can our brains cope?  A...

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July 3, 2022 29 min

We are used to energy becoming more and more expensive over time.  The cost of electricity has increased 7 fold since 1970.  That same year a gallon of gasoline cost 36 cents.

But solar energy has changed that assumption.  The cost of a solar panel has dropped from over $100 per watt in 1975 to only around 25 cents today.  If these trends continue - energy will soon be free.

But that doesn't mean you won't pay for it.  Join...

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June 26, 2022 29 min

Fuel cells are a technology that has been around since the early 1800's.  Every decade or so, the scientific press gets all excited about them and declare that their emergence as the next big thing is "just around the corner."  Yet that corner always seems to recede into the distance.

So why does this technology never seem to catch on?  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the myths and rea...

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Many of the illnesses suffered by your pets are the result of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.  So what are some of the healthy, natural, and sustainable ways you can feed and care for your pets without breaking the bank or incurring massive vet bills.  

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

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June 5, 2022 29 min

Out picture of the family farm, Aunt Bea and Uncle Joe pushing the plow, raising a few cows, tending the vegetable patch – hate to break it to you – but it's a myth. Maybe it has always been so, but farming is a large corporate affair, riddled with insurance fraud, corporate welfare, crushing debt – and a relentless push toward mono culture food-like substances.

 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke for a discussion about sustainability...

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May 29, 2022 29 min

Since the dawn of time women have dominated the field of agriculture. But it has only been recently that the US government even acknowledged that women farmers exist.

 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the unique issues and challenges women face when they decide to dedicate themselves to agriculture - and what programs are available that are designed to help.

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May 22, 2022 29 min

According to a United Nation's study, the planet has only about 60 years of soil left. The nutrients in our soil have been so depleted that today you must eat 8 oranges to get the same vitamins that your grandparents got by eating just one. So what are the issues and what can we do about them?

 

Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Heather Kabler and Chitra Iyer of the Isha Foundation to discuss the Save Soi...

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Early settlers of America found the most comfortable homes were often similar to those inhabited by the Native Americans who had survived in this climate for thousands of years.  

Early residents of Philadelphia built cave homes along the Delaware River - but where forced to abandon them when William Penn decided they were not "British" enough.  

Homes made of sod, grass, mud, and yes - even log cabins dotted the landscape....

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May 8, 2022 29 min

What is social justice and why is it not incorporated in all aspects of life, business and our culture? What can we personally do to help promote a culture of fairness and equity in our everyday activities.

 

Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Jarod Marsh, who recently graduated with a degree in human rights and sustainability from the University of Dayton - then packed off to India to experience whether not t...

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May 1, 2022 29 min

Huge solar arrays are beginning to dot the landscape - sometimes 300 acres or more... spreading out across farmland and next to highways. So what is happening? What are the dynamics that are changing the utility landscape, closing coal and natural gas power plants and replacing them with acres of solar? And is this all a good thing?

 

Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Jake Kuss, assistant director of the Util...

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April 24, 2022 29 min

We have all had periods in our lives when there there are pressures that seem determined to suck the joy out of life and lead us down a path of constant toil. For some this is a terminal condition. We all have to work to live... but do we need to live to work?

 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion on how to find the right balance between work and living your life.

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The world is your buffet if you only know what to look for and where to look. Not only is every walk in the woods full of plants that are nutritious and delicious - but there is also a free medicine cabinet out there packed with remedies for what ails you.

 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they are joined by Laurel Hobden for a discussion what naturally healthy plants are waiting for you in your back garden or al...

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April 10, 2022 29 min

Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide.  It currently produces about 3% of the US electricity - but is anticipated to generate as much as 30% within a decade.  And as is true with any large industry - it will create its share of problems.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the environmental problems the growth of solar energy will generate for our planet - from mineral extrac...

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April 3, 2022 29 min

The industrialized food industry has discovered that a growing number of people are hungry for meat alternatives.  Everyone from fast food restaurants to mega grocery stores are rolling out their meat alternatives. 

But are these fake meat products healthy (as claimed)?  Just what is in this stuff?  Join Annie and Jay Warmke as they discuss the evolving world of fake meat - coming to a grocery store near you.

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March 27, 2022 29 min

As solar goes more mainstream, we are beginning to see solar “aluminum siding salesmen” knocking on doors and trying to sell homeowners systems that are overpriced and may or may not meet the needs of the household. We are seeing misleading advertisements claiming there are “new incentive programs for your zip code” that the utility companies “don't want you to know about.”

 

So how do you separate the truth from the BS?

 

Ever...

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March 20, 2022 29 min

Increasingly there is a growing awareness that the world is in crisis. Four years of Trump, two years of Covid, the outbreak of war in Europe... people are reaching an emotional breaking point.

 

Well clearly the sad reality is that difficult and troubling things happen in each of our lives. But how do some seem to deal with this stress better than others?

 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of how to ...

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