The War on Africa’s Family Farmers

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Proposing ‘grandiose solutions without first diagnosing the causes of what ails Africa and her people has never stopped the World Bank, corporations and the odd billionaire from prescribing the wrong medicine for the continent,’ writes Joan Baxter, as the Bank makes plans to ‘unlock’ the future of African agriculture. by Joan Baxter, originally published on… Read more »

Let No Man Say It Cannot Be Done

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute We need an economy for the twenty-first century, one that is in sync with the earth and its natural support systems, not one that is destroying them. The fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy that evolved in western industrial societies is no longer a viable model—not for the countries… Read more »

Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism

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People who are self-proclaimed "die-hard capitalists" seem to have a very simplistic idea of how capitalism actually works in the real world. They tend to dismiss valid, factual criticisms of the system as temporary problems in a system which will go on to benefit all. Any initial suffering caused by capitalism, they argue, will eventually… Read more »

Earth Policy Institute Video Asks “How Many Failing States Will It Take?”

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Watch the full episode. In this PBS-produced video, with actor and philanthropist Matt Damon narrating, Lester Brown gives a good overview of some of the current issues we face as a race. He connects the dots between the world’s rapidly melting glaciers, extreme weather events, and resource depletion, etc., and what it will mean to… Read more »

Climate Change – Meet the Scientists

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It’s tiring hearing some write off many thousands of peer-reviewed studies by climate scientists — by brandishing apparent petitions by ‘thousands of climate skeptics‘ who supposedly say the exact opposite. Now, these thousands aren’t putting forth peer-reviewed studies and thoroughly researched counter-claims. No, they’re just putting forth their signature…. As a sound bite, it sounds… Read more »

What To Do With Nuclear Boy?

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Given recent events in Japan, I wanted to broach the somewhat controversial topic of nuclear fission power plants, and the following video (thanks Thomas) — making the Fukushima nuclear situation a little easier for even little Japanese children to comprehend — makes a good lead-in to the topic. At time of writing, water and food… Read more »

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 »