Why Australia Needs a “Peoples Food Plan”

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by Richard Widows We are in the early stages of a global food crisis, the likes of which has never previously been seen. Nearly 1 billion people (or 1 in 7) experience chronic hunger and another 1 billion are faced with serious nutritional deficiencies. Meanwhile, reports suggest that nearly 2 billion people are overweight. Combine… Read more »

Degrowth, Expensive Oil, and the New Economics of Energy

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by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. Our understandings and expectations of the world have been shaped by our experience of economic growth. The dynamic stability of that growth has habituated us to what is ‘normal.’ That normal must soon shatter…. Read more »

The Great Impostors

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In the name of saving the natural world, governments are privatising it. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying "this is mine", and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of… Read more »

Scorched Earth Economics

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Why have the Year Zero policies of neoliberalism not been abandoned? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The model is dead; long live the model. Austerity programmes are extending the crises they were meant to solve, yet governments refuse to abandon them. The United Kingdom provides a powerful… Read more »

Permaculturebusinessworld.com

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It’s been three years in the making — researching, designing, testing the application, and now it’s ready for the world to tap in and download the knowledge. During my PDC back in 2009 at the PRI, I sat there as Geoff Lawton was going through the many applications that permaculture covers. All I could think… Read more »

The Australian National Food Plan – Have Your Say!

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National Food Plan, Green Paper 3.75mb PDF The Australian federal government has issued a green paper on a National Food Plan for public consultation, which will include a series of public meetings in various places over the next several weeks, until September 30, 2012. This is an excellent opportunity for permaculturists, localvores, agro-ecologists, etc., to… Read more »

Sacred Economics (video)

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The precariousness of the economy is becoming increasingly apparent to the masses. Indeed, every day more and more people are falling below the bread line, or are spending sleepless nights wondering how to extricate themselves from the situations they find themselves in. In some ways, this is good — being short-sighted creatures, we don’t seem… Read more »

Raj Patel on Changing the Global Food System

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MST: The Landless Workers Movement Raj Patel has been tracking the pathologies of the global food system for many years.  An activist and academic who teaches at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, Patel has just published a second, updated edition of his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved:  The Hidden Battle for the World… Read more »

The Promised Land

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This is the fate of young people today: excluded, but forbidden to opt out. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Hounded by police and bailiffs, evicted wherever they stopped, they did not mean to settle here. They had walked out of London to occupy disused farmland on the… Read more »

Anomie

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Enclosure and dispossession have driven us, like John Clare, all a little mad. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The land around Helpston, just to the north of Peterborough in Northamptonshire, now ranks among the most dismal and regularised tracts of countryside in Europe. But when the poet… Read more »