Improving Food Security by Strategically Reducing Grain Demand

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After several decades of rapid rise in world grain yields, it is now becoming more difficult to raise land productivity fast enough to keep up with the demands of a growing, increasingly affluent, population. From 1950 to 1990, world grainland productivity increased by 2.2 percent per year, but from 1990 until 2009 it went up… Read more »

Peak Oil – “The Debate is Over”

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It’s been a long time coming, but the uber-significant Peak Oil issue has finally started to infiltrate the corridors of power. What they’ll do with this information remains to be seen…. There is no reason for optimism. — Dr. James Schlesinger (former Secretary of Defence and the U.S.’s first Secretary of Energy) I made mention… Read more »

When The Water Ends: Africa’s Climate Conflicts

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Nomadic herdsmen in Kenya and Ethiopia struggle, and fight, over water resources as the climate changes and the land dries out. Meanwhile, making a bad situation a lot worse, Ethiopia is building what will be the largest hydro-electric dam in Africa, the Gibe III, which will seriously exacerbate problems for these same subsistence tribes. "Gibe… Read more »

Three Major Reports

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Deforestation, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Health & Disease, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

A Viable Food Future Download here What kind of food production can: drastically reduce poverty reduce climate change and cool the planet restore biodiversity, soil fertility and water resources improve livelihoods and provide employment for billions of people produce enough, good, and nutritious food for 9 billion people or more? From the report: Regulation and… Read more »

Using Radio to Spread Sustainable Agricultural Practices Across Africa

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Due to the work of a Canadian based Farm Radio International, who’ve partnered with more than 300 radio stations in more than 39 countries, farmers in Africa are tuning in for best-practise tips in agricultural systems and health and are being encouraged to revisit their traditional techniques and to increase their self-reliance. Broadcasts cover "Nutrition… Read more »

Fruit Flies in a Bottle

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Copyright 2010 by Ernest Partridge. Published here with permission of the author. Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings. – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I Place a few fruit flies in a bottle with a layer of… Read more »

Monsanto Has Us Walking the Gangplank, and Wants to Give That Final Push

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Monsanto is starting an advocacy campaign in Australia, calling for greater acceptance of their GMO wares. Aside from all the environmental and personal health issues involved with GMOs, Monsanto is also conveniently ignoring that mother of all wake up calls, peak oil. Without cheap energy, their large scale globalised monocrop systems will collapse. Click for… Read more »

Confessions of An ‘Economic Hitman’, and Other Animations

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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 »