Category: Food Shortages

The Man Who Stopped the Desert

by 1080 Films Trailer: The Man Who Stopped the Desert “The Man Who Stopped the Desert” is a full High Definition, one hour feature documentary telling the story of Yacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate African farmer who has transformed the lives of thousands of people across the Sahel. Soil is essential to life on earth. But much of the world’s soil has become degraded and useless. As the global demand for […]

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Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was Better Prepared for Collapse than the US

by Dmitry Orlov Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am not an expert or a scholar or an activist. I am more of an eye-witness. I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and I have tried to put my observations into a concise message. I will leave it up to you to decide just how urgent a message it is. My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in […]

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Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century

by Dmitry Orlov A decade and a half ago the world went from bipolar to unipolar, because one of the poles fell apart: The S.U. is no more. The other pole – symmetrically named the U.S. – has not fallen apart – yet, but there are ominous rumblings on the horizon. The collapse of the United States seems about as unlikely now as the collapse of the Soviet Union seemed […]

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Definancialisation, Deglobalisation, Relocalisation

This talk was presented at The New Emergency Conference in Dublin, on June 11, 2009. by Dmitry Orlov 1. Good morning. The title of this talk is a bit of a mouthful, but what I want to say can be summed up in simpler words: we all have to prepare for life without much money, where imported goods are scarce, and where people have to provide for their own needs, […]

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Sustainable Agriculture and the Green Energy Economy

I have recently been focusing on the work and contributions of Dr. Mae Wan Ho and the Institute of Science in Society, UK . Here is a paper she presented at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland 24-25 March 2010 entitled "Sustainable Agriculture and the Green Economy" (PDF). The importance of agriculture within the context of the establishment of a viable green economy is surprisingly overlooked still – even with […]

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A Delicate Balance (Documentary)

I found this film very interesting and well researched, and would highly recommend it to counter much of the nutrition disinformation out there and get the full picture. Three years in the making, A Delicate Balance is a succinct production featuring candid, heartfelt interviews with some of the world’s leading experts. It gives you answers to the questions you never thought to ask, and sets you on the path to […]

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Mae-Wan Ho: Big Picture Interview and Closed Loop Agriculture

Mae-Wan Ho, geneticist and biophysicist and author of more than a dozen books, including the ground-breaking Genetic Engineering: Dream or Nightmare?, talks about the big picture elements of reductionist science and mechanistic and competitive approaches that have given birth to genetic engineering and have shaped the world we know; bringing us into conflict with ecosystems and robbing society of the potential found in their alternatives — systems-based thinking and cooperation […]

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Looking for a Better Food Future for Our Kids

11-year-old Birke Baehr talks about his disgust with our present industrial food system. As they say, out of the mouths of babes…. And talking about children, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative looks interesting. She’s working with faith-based and other community organisations to eliminate childhood obesity, food deserts and our junk food culture within a decade. The latest aspect of the campaign is of particular interest — including a determination to, […]

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Future at Risk on a Hotter Planet

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute We are entering a new era, one of rapid and often unpredictable climate change. In fact, the new climate norm is change. The 25 warmest years on record have come since 1980. And the 10 warmest years since global recordkeeping began in 1880 have come since 1998. The effects of rising temperature are pervasive. Higher temperatures diminish crop yields, melt the mountain glaciers […]

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Guardians of the Seed

This is a trailer for a much longer film on the same topic that Seed Savers produced over three years, the one-hour documentary , “Our Seeds”, available here Our food plants originate in areas of the world where the poorest people now live. They domesticated wild plants over the last 10,000 years. Let’s honour, assist and join those who continue to develop and maintain the genetic diversity of tomorrow’s food.

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