With words taken from a Democracy Now Interview with John Perkins, a self-styled ‘Economic Hitman’, the studioJOHO crew have made a very cool animation to showcase the fantastic services we the wealthy offer two-thirds world countries. Watching this led me to check out other work from these video magicians – excellent stuff to watch and… Read more »
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Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts Here’s a nice piece on AGW, markets and food-riots, by Raj Patel in the Guardian, and some further words on the biofuel connection. A fine series on urban food solutions at GRIST.
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts A human powered car.
Here’s a photo of a famous Permaculture person. Can you guess who it is? He was photographed with this shovel back in 1956 at the age of two. He is wearing a child restraint belt usually attached to a long cord as was customary in those days to prevent him from running away to play… Read more »
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts In a warming world pests migrate and flourish in previously inpenetrable habitats and latitudes. Of course there are obvious problems with Frank’s position here – like what happens when your subsistence gets washed away by some other unpredicted AGW shitstorm. As ever, Permaculture looks straight into the heart… Read more »
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts Loaded dice and extra spots, courtesy of DotEarth.
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts Whilst the Russians learn to live without buckwheat and displaced people are poised for land-struggles in Central Africa, boffins crack the wheat genome, which promises to keep us trying the same industrial scale thing for ever. And how will we fuel this ever expanding industrial agriculture sector? Hmm,… Read more »
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts The UK Gov’t backtracks on cast iron commitments to environmental performance standards to make space for more dirty coal. I can’t help thinking it’s a sweetener to bring the big energy companies on board for the stalled nuclear programme. Investors won’t commit unless the taxpayer guarantees their profits… Read more »
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts Russian president Medvedev puts unprecedented weather conditions down to Climate Change. The potential impacts on food supplies of this sort of occurrence are pretty clear. Further Reading: The Biology of Global Warming Rising Temperatures Raise Food Prices The Looming Food Crisis and the 2030 Report The Food Crisis:… Read more »
Warning: Irony alert. People without a sense of humour should proceed with caution. Some time ago the National Geographic did a piece on the connection between the introduction of caffeinated drinks into Europe and the Industrial Revolution. It’s hardly a coincidence that coffee and tea caught on in Europe just as the first factories were… Read more »
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts The Uk may have to import waste to burn as it builds more incinerators than we can use, whilst waste pickers in the majority world – the poorest of the poor – complain that their livelihoods as recyclers are being destroyed by incineration plans. Oh – and there’s… Read more »
Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts With phyloplankton levels crashing and the whole marine food chain going belly-up, perhaps marine life should follow this whale‘s example, and be a bit more pro-active.