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Paradox of Value

Paradox of Value

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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If Global Aviation Were a Country

If Global Aviation Were a Country

According to the National Resources Defense Council, If Aviation were a country it would be the 7th largest polluter in the world. The NRDC made the statement in a report in 2013 after an annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association. The IATA is a global association that represents 84% of air travel worldwide. In 2013 the industry was responsible for 3% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. […]

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One Man’s Mission to Revive the Last Redwood Forests | Short Film Showcase

One Man’s Mission to Revive the Last Redwood Forests | Short Film Showcase

David Milarch’s near-death experience inspired a personal quest: to archive the genetics of the world’s largest trees before they’re gone. This short film from The Story Group documents his effort to save the redwood champions of Northern California from the effects of climate change. The Story Group: http://thestorygroup.org/ Courtesy of Youtube

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Soil Classification

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Soil classification involves the grouping of soils based on their physical, chemical and biological properties. There are different systems of soil classification. In the 19th century Vasily Dokuchaev a Russian geologist gave the first soil classification system. Soils were grouped into abnormal soils (now called azonal soils), transitional soils (now called intrazonal soils) and zonal or normal soils. A brief description of this soil classification is described in table 1. […]

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The Future of Food Production – Short Documentary by Bayley Pilling

The Future of Food Production – Short Documentary by Bayley Pilling

The Future of Food Production is a short documentary by Bayley Pilling, a 15-year-old who has captured the urgency and importance of growing your own food.

In this 28-minute video, this young student addresses the current failings of a conventional agricultural system and interviews individuals in his local area who are striving to make a difference; those with solutions who are living the change and growing their own food.

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Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes

Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes

I’m happy to announce the publication of my new book – or, rather, my new ‘philosophical play’ in six acts – called Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes. Here is the advance praise the book received from Dr William Desmond, author of The Greek Praise of Poverty. “This is a creative re-enactment of the life, death and ideas of the most influential Cynic of antiquity, Diogenes of Sinope. […]

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The Monsanto – Bayer Merger

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Monsanto has announced that it has accepted a merger deal with Bayer AG for a $66 Billion dollar buyout with an acquisition proposal of $128 per share in cash. Money is the center focus of this merger, and leaves the question of what the future of agriculture will hold. According to Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto, it means “… an innovation engine for the next generation of farming.” To observe […]

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Dig the Fig – The Essential Guide to All You Need to Know About Figs

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Man and fig have come a long way since then but have remained very much good friends, travelling and setting up home together all over the world where summers are warm and dry and winters are cool.

During this article, we’ll be focusing on the common fig – Ficus carica. We’ll look at fig types, hardy figs, fig cultivation, fig reproduction, fig propagation, good companions plants for figs, and growing figs commercially.

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Cuba’s Sustainable Framing May be Under Threat

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The story of Cuba using sustainable agricultural production techniques is an exciting one. Cuba has for decades, since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990’s, adapted and used ecologically safe agricultural practices in producing its own food. This was after experiencing a devastating food crisis that resulted directly from the lack of farm input supplies that used to come from the soviet bloc. This crisis was so […]

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PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthworks

PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthworks

Since 2011, I’ve been regularly teaching permaculture design courses at a place called Phangan Earthworks on the island of Koh Phangan, one of the Gulf Islands in the southern portion of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a bit of a schizophrenic place – people are typically travelling there for yoga retreats (to get their minds & bodies together) or the monthly Full Moon party (to indulge in lots of alcohol and bad club music).

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The Blackgrass Challenge in Britain

The Blackgrass Challenge in Britain feat

Blackgrass (Alopecurus myosuroides) is an annual grass weed also known as twitch grass, black twitch or slender meadow foxtail. It grows to a height of approximately 90cm and is a prolific weed in Britain, common in winter cereal crop production. Blackgrass flowers between the months of May-August, shedding its seeds before the harvest of the main crop. Blackgrass has caused significant reduction in crop yield. According to Dr Stephen Moss […]

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What Can Be Done in 99 Days

What Can Be Done in 99 Days

Recently Justin Rhodes has given a vlog update on what he and his family have achieved in just 99 days. This is a great video by Justin and shows just what can be accomplished in 99 short days. From reclaimed materials though to growing 75% of his food. Connect with Justin; On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundantpermaculturefarm/ On his website: http://abundantpermaculture.com/ Or on his very popular Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOSGEokQQcdAVFuL_Aq8dlg/featured

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