Food Feudalism and the Invention of the Wilderness

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Humans, in this current form, have been around for about 100,000 years. Until agriculture went mainstream about 10,000 years ago, most cultures lived as hunter-gatherers, only making minor modifications to the plant communities growing around them. They relied predominantly on native, perennial plants and animals. The development of agriculture is typically referred to as the… Read more »

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

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Corrupt, irrational, destructive, counter-productive: this scarcely begins to describe our farming policy. Soil erosion in a maize field. Photo: Defra Just as mad cow disease exposed us to horrors – feeding cattle on the carcasses of infected cattle – previously hidden in plain sight, so the recent floods have lifted the lid on the equally… Read more »

Permaculture in the Islamic World: The Dire Need to Get Involved!

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A Dead Sea Valley family home with their typical front ‘lawn’ (Photo © Craig Mackintosh) Looking at the state of the Islamic World these days, it seems like Muslims don’t really care much about the environment. Canals which carry Nile water to irrigate farmlands in Egypt are so full of rubbish they frequently get blocked… Read more »

Help Neil Young and the ACFN Draw a Line in the (Tar) Sand(s)

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The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and other communities live at the front lines of the largest industrial project on earth. Much of ACFN’s traditional territories are home to tar sands rich deposits eyed by industry for exploitation. Tar sands extraction methods cause large scale and irreversible harm to our health, land, water, wildlife, and the… Read more »

Wake up Before it is Too Late – Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Biofuels, Deforestation, Desertification, DVDs/Books, Food Shortages, General, Global Warming/Climate Change, Land, Plant Systems, Population, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Village Development, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

Click to download (5mb PDF) In late September of last year (2013) the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) put out the latest in their Trade and Environment Review series — titled Wake up Before it is Too Late: Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate. Alert readers… Read more »

Drowning in Money

Posted by & filed under Deforestation, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Storm Water, Trees, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

The hidden and remarkable story of why devastating floods keep happening. by George Monbiot We all know what’s gone wrong, or we think we do: not enough spending on flood defences. It’s true that the government’s cuts have exposed thousands of homes to greater risk, and that the cuts will become more dangerous as climate… Read more »

My Story, in Contribution to Our Story of Hope (Zimbabwe)

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by Mugove Walter Nyika I grew up with my grandparents in a village 200 km south of the capital Harare, in Zimbabwe. From an early age I learned from my Grandfather, who passed on when I was six, to plant trees, to collect seeds and seedlings and put them into the earth. There were many… Read more »

India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

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Editor’s Note: As is often the case with the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), crucial solutions are largely missing from the article below. I personally believe India’s population is not the problem, but land mismanagement and the prioritising of extractive short-term economic policies. The author, Lester Brown, only touches on solutions (a surface-level mention of water… Read more »

Addressing the Causes of Land Degradation, Food/Nutritional Insecurity and Poverty: a New Approach to Agricultural Intensification in the Tropics and Subtropics

Posted by & filed under Animal Forage, Biodiversity, Deforestation, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, GMOs, Health & Disease, Plant Systems, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

by Roger RB Leakey, Agroforestry and Novel Crops Unit, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. Photo 1: A multifunctional agriculture landscape in Viet Nam with many income-generating tree-based production systems on hillsides surrounding an area of intensive food production on the most fertile soils. Abstract The shortage of new land… Read more »

UNCCD Land for Life Award Winners for 2013 (India, Mexico, Africa): Practical, Doable, Magic

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Bio-regional Organisations, Community Projects, Compost, Deforestation, Desertification, Education, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Irrigation, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Village Development, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Educating small-holder farmers in India Every year the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents awards and supportive prize-money to projects that have had a positive impact on combating desertification and restoring watersheds and the hydrological cycle. This year’s awards went to excellent projects in India, Mexico and Africa. Watch the fantastic videos below,… Read more »

Ecology From the Air (video)

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What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data,… Read more »