Pricing the Priceless

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The market has not solved the problem of power: it has simply given it another name. by George Monbiot On this we can agree: the relationship between people and the natural world is broken. We fail to value the systems that keep us alive. We treat both natural resources and the biosphere’s capacity to absorb… Read more »

The Global Land Rush

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Between 2007 and mid-2008, world grain and soybean prices more than doubled. As food prices climbed everywhere, some exporting countries began to restrict grain shipments in an effort to limit food price inflation at home. Importing countries panicked. Some tried to negotiate long-term grain supply agreements with exporting… Read more »

Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture – UN Agencies Call for an End to Industrial Agriculture & Food System

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A rising chorus from UN agencies on how food security, poverty, gender inequality and climate change can all be addressed by a radical transformation of our agriculture and food system. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members’ website and is otherwise available for download here. Agriculture… Read more »

Parliament of Fools

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The US disease has arrived in Britain: representatives waging an all-out war against science. by George Monbiot A “flat-earth love-in”. That’s how one MP described the debate he witnessed in parliament last week(1). The politics with which citizens of the US, Canada and Australia are now wearily familiar – in which elected representatives denounce both… Read more »

When the Food Forest Comes to Town!

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Starting in early 2014, organizers with the East Feast Coalition of Austin, Texas, USA, and cooperating community members, plan to begin planting the trees, shrubs and smaller plants that will reshape one East Austin park into a food forest. In doing so, they will join other communities around the US that are also reclaiming community… Read more »

The Economics of the Future: Relocalisation

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Eight thousand supermarket outlets now account for over 97 per cent of total grocery sales in the UK; a pattern increasingly replicated in other parts of the world. It’s a trend that former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy recently called “part of progress”, describing small shops as “medieval”. However, a wealth of research now tells… Read more »

The Three Legs of the Integrated Permaculture Design Stool

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by Rob Avis I woke up this morning with a realization — nothing I didn’t already know in principle, just a clearer understanding of how certain principles fit together to create good design. My epiphany was visualizing integrated design as a three-legged stool which requires all three legs to make a stable seat/design. The three… Read more »

Obama’s Rogue State

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The US calls on other nations to abide by the treaties it violates. by George Monbiot You could almost pity these people. For 67 years successive US governments have resisted calls to reform the UN Security Council. They’ve defended a system which grants five nations a veto over world affairs, reducing all others to impotent… Read more »

Abbottalypse Now

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Tony Abbott intends to trash Australia on behalf of the super-rich. by George Monbiot His views have changed, but don’t expect Tony Abbott to acknowledge this, let alone apologise to Australians for misleading them. In 2009 he maintained that manmade climate change is “absolute crap”. Now he says “I think that climate change is real,… Read more »