THE CURRENT STATE OF CALIFORNIA’S UNPRECEDENTED DROUGHT Startling Statistics California is currently in its fourth year of a severe drought. The United States Drought Monitor estimates that over 90 percent of California is currently experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions. For farmers, the increasing scarcity of water has been devastating. According to the American Farmland… Read more »
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One man’s struggle for sustainable farming on his land in the occupied West Bank is not only a fight against occupation. It suggests that international environmental law provides a legal avenue for Palestinians to sue for their rights. Fayez and Muna Taneeb harvesting beans in one of their polytunnels (photo Alice Gray) Fayez al-Taneeb is… Read more »
Deadline for registration and presentation proposals is Jan 31st. This may seem a little early, but as small group of busy volunteers, we’ll need plenty of time to organise the conference to make sure it is the best it can be. Register at http://www.apc12tas.com/register-now/ Send presentation proposal to: http://www.apc12tas.com/program/call-for-presenters/ Our planet is going though the… Read more »
Geoff Lawton was one of the keynote speakers at PV1 in Temcula, CA in March 2014. PV2 isn’t just another permaculture convergence that focuses on hyper-local DIY skill building and resiliency; we instead decided to look bigger. We are blending the practical techniques and tactics found in workshops with the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity of… Read more »
At a time when many children are over-policed and over-protected, even parents who are open to the idea of rewilding may wonder what would happen if young ones were allowed to truly run rampant. Contrary to the descent into savagery envisioned in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, one primary school is proving that… Read more »
Reflecting on what I learned at the COP 20 in LIMA, Peru John D. Liu, Director, Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) – Ecosystem Ambassador, COMMONLAND Foundation – Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Gardener holding handful of Parisienne Carrots, which are a variety of heirloom carrot. (Photo: Chiot’s Run) In 2013, the United Nations announced that the world’s agricultural needs can be met with localized organic farms. That’s right, we do not need giant monocultures that pour, spray and coat our produce with massive amounts of poisons, only… Read more »
The full scheduled voting on a state-wide ballot for Measure 92 in Oregon to label GMO foods won’t come in until November 4th, but voting has begun, and we’re winning! The measure would ensure that the labeling of genetically modified foods was mandatory, and that Big Food corporations along with Big Chemical like Monsanto and… Read more »
Editor’s Note: On Monday The Independent published an article titled "Britain has only 100 harvests left in its farm soil as scientists warn of growing ‘agricultural crisis’". We are all too aware of why Britain’s (and other nations’) soils are becoming so depleted (if not, please see here and here, for example), and with the… Read more »
Growstuff, a website for backyard vegetable gardeners created by Australian software developer Alex Bayley, has launched a campaign to provide open data for food growers worldwide. With interest in home-grown food on the rise — a recent study found 52% of Australian households grow some of their own food and 13% more are planning to… Read more »
Public access to scientific information and the scientists’ ability to make the information generally available to the public are both under threat simultaneously as tremendous opportunities are opening up to counter the threat. TheSparc has been created to take full advantage of the opportunities for distributing scientific information and promoting public access.
Free online summit — April 26th to May 4, 2014 Joining John and Ocean Robbins are celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Jane Goodall, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Goodman, and more! These cultural persuaders are joining with expert doctors and food activists because they’ve realized that if we don’t do something now, we’re in trouble.