Category: Biodiversity

A New Year Message from Dr. Vandana Shiva

Dr Vandana Shiva opens her message for 2015, by touching on the triumphs of 2014, and offering her new year announcement of growing the seeds we sow, through hope, love, abundance and creativity in the year of Soil.

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Growing Collective Consciousness from the Voices for the Climate

Reflecting on what I learned at the COP 20 in LIMA, Peru John D. Liu, Director, Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) – Ecosystem Ambassador, COMMONLAND Foundation – Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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Origins Documentary Premiere – Available for Free Between November 13 – 22, 2014

Watch the exclusive worldwide premiere of the Origins film — available here between November 13th – November 22nd, 2014.

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inDUSTrial agriculture

inDUSTrial agriculture is a parody commercial about sustainable farming. Chemical agriculture bears an uncanny resemblance to the pharmaceutical industry. Both produce patented drugs that are meant to eventually fail so new ones need to be invented.

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Study Says Earth on Brink of Mass Extinction Event

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3inFXgO_k8?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> A landmark study by an international group of scientists has concluded that planet Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction event comparable in scale to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The researchers found that extinction rates are currently 1000 times higher than normal due to deforestation, global climate change, and the depletion of ocean fisheries.

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Island Earth: Documentary

A documentary exploring the GMO controversy in Hawaii and those determined to create more local and sustainable food systems.

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Nature is Speaking

I say may those who have a loud voice speak! This is precisely what Nature Is Speaking has ventured to do — to give nature a voice (and a very familiar voice). Watch the videos below to see what I mean! Some of the most famous American actors (from Julia Roberts to Robert Redford) have lent their voices in the name of nature. This is a global invitation to collaborate […]

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Ripping Yarns

Only 0.01% of our seas are protected, and even the top conservation sites are up for grabs. A few days ago, I visited the Flamborough Head “no take zone”, one of the UK’s three areas in which commercial fishing is prohibited. Here marine life is allowed to proliferate, without being menaced by trawlers, scallop dredgers, drift nets, pots and all the other devices for rounding it up, some of which […]

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Beware the Corporate Takeover of Seed Under Many Guises

New and existing legislations and treaties are increasingly restricting people’s food rights and eroding agricultural biodiversity in favour of a handful of big seed corporations that are already monopolizing the world’s seeds. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji The UK hosted a festival across the country to celebrate and honour the humble seed. In London, the Lambeth Garden Museum hosted farmers, growers, food sovereignty campaigners, artists and chefs for 2 days of […]

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Natural Swimming Pools for Passive Holistic Education, Increased Diversity, and Health

Where I grew up, I had two swimming choices. The first was in various rivers and ‘swimming holes’ (deeper parts of rivers, where the shape of the riverbank creates a calmer, very slow-flowing area to bathe in) around the town I lived in, and the second was the local public swimming pool. The former, while preferable, required transport — which, back in the day, my family rarely had access to. […]

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Neonicotinoids: The New DDT? (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWLPORypiB8?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. They’ve been linked to the decline of honeybees. But scientists now say they also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. They damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off the insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles rely on for food. According […]

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The Tree of 40 Fruit

In trying to find different varieties of stone fruit to create the Tree of 40 Fruit, I realized that for various reasons, including industrialization and the creation of enormous monocultures, we are losing diversity in food production and that heirloom, antique, and native varieties that were less commercially viable were disappearing. I saw this as an opportunity to, in some way, preserve these varieties. In addition to maintaining these varieties […]

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