Thomas Hayhow

Failed Promises of GMO

crude oil on oil spill accident on Ao Prao Beach at Samet island

Thanks largely to Europe’s flat rejection of GMO seeds for the last twenty years, as compared to North America’s overwhelming welcome of them, the New York Times was able to conduct a thorough analysis of United Nations data on the two promised benefits of the infamous GMO products: increased crop yield and decreased pesticide usage. The results, as many farmers already knew from years of experience, are that these promises […]

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Humus: A 20-Minute Primer with Graeme Sait

Man digs a hole

Graeme Sait is the co-counder of Nutri-Tech Solutions, author of Nutrition Rules!, and founder of the Radiance Festival. His work focuses on the connection between soil conditions and nutrition, following the ancient wisdom of the adage “you are what you eat.” This short video is dedicated to the key component of our planet’s soil system: humus. Graeme begins by explaining the impetus behind this particular presentation, which he said was […]

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Small Farm Contributions

Community Garden in  Santa Monica, California

With all of the focus on striving towards wholesale changes to the entire global farming model, it’s sometimes hard to believe that we, as individuals, can make much of an impact on the prevailing models of food production and its detrimental effects on the environment. But this could not be further from the truth. Yes, each of us needs to be putting pressure on lawmakers, community leaders, corporate growers, and […]

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Does Information Want To Be FREE? Should It Be?

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In 1968, in the United States, during that country’s counter-cultural revolution, the writer Steward Brand began publishing the Whole Earth Catalog, a magazine that included, among other things, articles about DIY projects that focused on ecology, and carried the tag line “access to tools.” The articles were essentially manuals on how to build new forms of technology or ways to adapt existing technology to increase efficiency or better address a […]

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Before the Flood: The Takeaway

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood, which he produced and stars in, is an unflinching look at the political, corporate, and cultural mess surrounding climate change, the debates surrounding it, and the key question at the heart of the issue: what do we do? The film opens on a fairly straightforward metaphor involving Hieronymus Bosch’s famous painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, which I mention here only to remind […]

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Australia Is Currently In The Midst Of Its Own Potato Famine

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From 1845 to 1852, Ireland suffered through one of the worst famines in history when potato blight ruined the island nation’s crops year after year. The country’s eight million citizens were highly reliant on the staple food product, and around a million people died in that time frame, while another two million migrated, forever altering the course of Irish history. As you might have heard, Australia is currently in the […]

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Paradox of Value

High Cost Of Doing Nothing Concept

Adam Smith’s famous Paradox of Value theory, as illustrated (literally and figuratively) by the people at Ted Ed in this succinct video, is something that each of us has encountered at some point in our lives. It guides how we choose to spend our resources and time, beginning as early as elementary school—when we’re first challenged with optimizing the hours of the day, balancing schoolwork with play time or perhaps […]

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Fighting Seed Hegemony

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For anyone familiar with the heavy-handed sales approach that Monsanto takes with farmers around the world, this seemingly unrelated clip of Prince Ea discussing a hypothetical class-action lawsuit against the entire American public education system will likely invite a slew of apt comparisons between the two highly contentious issues. The rapper-activist’s basic premise is that it’s impossible to educate and evaluate all students using the same core curriculum and standardizes […]

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