The Woes of Industrial Agriculture

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Our relationship with the earth changed fundamentally when we began practicing agriculture some ten thousand years ago. The transition from nomadic to settler life allowed for the evolution of great civilizations, and the growth of human cultures. Agriculture also made possible the increased rise in population, which in turn created the need for more agriculture,… Read more »

Cheap Oil Begets the Centralization of Power

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The oil age allowed us to do the wrong things with unprecedented speed and efficiency. Oil is an almost ideal energy source. It is relatively easy to extract (until recently) requires little refining, and has an extremely high energy density. The only problem is that there’s not an endless supply of it. To get an… Read more »

Keystone PipeLIES Exposed

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed (Duration: 23 minutes) This film, produced by the Center for Media and Democracy, debunks the claims of proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline regarding jobs, energy security, gas prices, safety, and climate change. More information about this film and research project, "Keystone PipeLIES Exposed," at pipeliesexposed.org.

Call for Water, Not Gas (Australia)

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Coal Seam Gas (‘fracking’) in the Pillaga Forest, NSW, Australia It was revealed last week that groundwater has been poisoned with uranium and heavy metals from Santos’s coal seam gas development in the Pilliga forest (Map). Just two days after the Environmental Protection Agency gave a paltry $1,500 fine for the contamination spill, the NSW… Read more »

A “Special Period” in the Mid-Hudson Valley Feeds the New York Local Food Renaissance (USA)

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Local squash, like the ones pictured here, are frozen and consumed through the winter by Farm to Table Co-Packers. The families in my bioregion, the mid-Hudson Valley of New York (90 miles north of New York city), have been coping well with increasing food prices and sourcing food supplies as we face peak oil. This… Read more »

Holmgren’s ‘Crash on Demand’: Be Careful What You Wish For

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Originally published on TransitionNetwork.org It is a rare occurence that I disagree with David Holmgren. One of my heroes, and the co-founder of permaculture, I generally find his intellect formidable, his insights on permaculture revelatory, and his take on the wider patterns and scenarios unfolding around us to be deeply insightful. But while there is… Read more »