Can the United States Feed China?

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute In 1994, I wrote an article in World Watch magazine entitled “Who Will Feed China?” that was later expanded into a book of the same title. When the article was published in late August, the press conference generated only moderate coverage. But when it was reprinted that weekend… Read more »

The End of Farming in the Fertile Crescent

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It’s heart-breaking to think that there will be farmers in the United States, harvesting produce bound for Iraq, who actually, sincerely, think they’re doing the Iraqis a favour…. For those not familiar with the mechanisms that bring about this wholesale dismantling of localised agricultural systems, please take some time to study this piece and this… Read more »

Sutures in the City

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by Adrian Buckley This article’s about where, I think, the best place to invest our energy toward creating positive change lies in repairing community and the planet. We all have the power to be just as positive an influence on this planet as we are the negative element many environmentalists make us out to be…. Read more »

The Great ‘Simple Living’ Survey

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Editor’s Preamble: Regular readers will know I’m fully behind any efforts to enact policy changes which would incentivise/facilitate/incubate a rapid and peaceful transition to a society that can live in harmony within the limits of Earth’s resources. The Simplicity Institute seems to be working to the same ends: "…by developing an understanding of the challenges… Read more »

Industrial Era Assumptions

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by Richard Burton I no longer work with corporations much because the heart of the conversation and action in my own life has to do with considering the implications of the industrial era and the anthropocenic era and working to dissolve and disentangle many of my associations and way of participating in that regard. I… Read more »

Why World Food Prices May Keep Climbing

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Editor’s Note: In addition to the post from Lester below, also check out this: "Warning Of ‘Food Price Riots In The UK’ — A senior economist at the worldwide bank HSBC has warned of civil unrest in Britain if food prices continue to soar." by Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute In February, world food prices… Read more »

The Price of Food is at the Heart of this Wave of Revolutions

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It seems as though the wheels are continuing to show signs of coming off as it concerns the issue of global food security. The recent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa are a testament to that. It has caught everyone by surprise — experts and laypeople alike. The article that follows, which was… Read more »

The Ancient Taberna in a Future World

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by Øyvind Holmstad Ladakh, India All photographs © Craig Mackintosh A taberna (plural tabernae) was a single room shop covered by a barrel vault within great indoor markets of ancient Rome. Each taberna had a window above it to let light into a wooden attic for storage and had a wide doorway. A famous example… Read more »

Robot Wars

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by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Every month more evidence piles up, suggesting that online comment threads and forums are being hijacked by people who aren’t what they seem to be. The anonymity of the web gives companies and governments golden opportunities to run astroturf operations: fake grassroots… Read more »