Every year, on April 22 we celebrate Earth Day, but many people are not familiar with the origin of the movement. During the 1960s, Americans started to become more aware of the effects that pollution has on the environment. This awareness came from the publishing of books/articles about chemicals, hazardous waste dumping and more.
The concept of Earth Day was introduced by a Senator by the name of Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was a Democrat from Wisconsin that was elected to the Senate in 1962. It was during this time that he was determined to convince the US government that a threat was facing our planet.
The idea of Earth Day was introduced in 1969 at a conference and Nelson invited fellow Americans to get involved. People were wildly receptive to the idea and hungry to make a change. The very first Earth Day was observed on April 22nd the following year and was wildly successful. Rallies were held in the largest cities nationwide and since then, Earth Day observance has grown. In 1990, the movement became a global celebration that is observed in more than 140 countries.
Affordable, Sustainable, Nutritious. These are three words that we use to describe our official state crop. You might already know that peanuts are affordable and nutritious, but did you know they are environmentally friendly, too? Here are just a few facts about how the perfectly powerful peanut is also one of the most sustainable crops being grown!
- Peanuts are nature’s zero-waste plant. Everything from the roots to the hulls is utilized.
- Peanuts require less water and have the smallest carbon footprint of any nut. While tree nuts such as almonds and cashews need consistent water, peanuts adjust their growing cycle based on available water.
- Peanut plants have a unique ability to improve the soil. They are nitrogen-fixing, which means they take nitrogen from the air and produce their own in the ground which benefits other crops.
- The peanut industry is constantly looking for ways to improve sustainability. Thanks to better farming practices, it takes less than half the amount of land to grow a pound of peanuts today than it did just 30 years ago.