From Prairie to Monoculture

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From Prairie to Monoculture’ is a three minute video tour of the industrial food industry. Let your friends know that monoculture is not farming. It is a plant factory on the ground where there is no life.

The Earth – A Living Creature (NASA video)

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We’ve all seen images of extreme weather from space. But none of those could prepare us for this video just released by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio. Using real data, this simulation’s volume-rendered clouds depict seven days in 2005 when a category-4 typhoon developed off the coast of China.

Permaculture Site Establishment: Phases of Abundance

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An abundance of jackfruit at Project Bonafide in Nicaragua Five years ago I had the opportunity to join a land-based project (Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center in Costa Rica) already eight years into operation. At my arrival I found a site that had focused on infrastructure and program building over its initial life span. This… Read more »

A Glimpse of Climate Smart Agriculture (Kenya)

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There are many ways to describe Maurice Kwadha: farmer, entrepreneur, and climate-smart are some of them. But some in Kombewa, in western Kenya’s Nyando Basin, used to call him a madman. Once, when he was collecting discarded milk packets at the local market, he was physically attacked by someone who thought he had lost his… Read more »

World Bank and UN Carbon Offset Scheme ‘Complicit’ in Genocidal Land Grabs – NGOs

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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 »

What’s Possible

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What happens when Louis Schwartzberg and Morgan Freeman collaborate? A poetic message filled with hope and optimism. Presented to world leaders at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York, this short film shows that the world we believe in is possible. We already have the appropriate technology to harness nature sustainably. Thanks to… Read more »

Discovering an Oasis in the American Desert

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We’re out in the hot Sonoran Desert, somewhere near Tucson, Arizona. It’s hot. Very hot. I’m down to a small amount of water in my bottle and it’s disappearing fast. I’m starting to think one could go crazy and possibly die of thirst out here filming this stuff. Luckily I’m with Geoff Lawton and Brad… Read more »

Wendell Berry – Agriculture for a Small Planet, 1974

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Many will have been interested to see a video interview with Wendell Berry that I submitted previously. Here is another from the archives. This is Wendell in the early years of his speaking out for the agrarian cause — quite ‘prophetic’ in his views as a younger man.

A Little Knowledge Can Be a Dangerous Thing

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I had a conversation with my eldest son, Michael, some time ago. We discussed: “Why can’t knowledge be used to make things in society work better?” This question of my son’s got me to thinking about what is knowledge and what is the difference between knowledge of nature and knowledge of human affairs. In philosophy,… Read more »

Advice for Developing a Permaculture Internship Program

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Timber-frame raisings have become an annual intern group experience There is no better way to gain hands on experience in permaculture than by spending time on an established (or establishing) site and learning what the work entails day-in and day-out. Interning on a site should provide an equal exchange of one’s labor for the opportunity… Read more »

The Importance of Eating Food

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With global food prices rising (see for example 1), concerns over climate change causing major disruptions in the food supply system (see for example 2), and the dubious nature of many food additives or products (see for example 3), it is no surprise that there appears to be a growing trend towards foraging for wild… Read more »