It’s a Forest, You Just Can’t See It

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An aerial view of a goat farm in the desert outside Dubai, a landscape that would benefit from Tony Rinaudo’s farmer-managed natural regeneration technique. Courtesy Mayang. Tony Rinaudo has an astonishing theory about the vast and apparently lifeless desert wastes of the UAE. He hasn’t been here, mind, and his observations are based on examining… Read more »

Across the Board, European Farms Planting Non-GMO Seeds More Successful than GMO Crops in the U.S.

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by Shicana Allen, Institute for Responsible Technology On its website, Monsanto uses the slogan “Producing more, Conserving more, Improving Lives” and celebrates the five-year anniversary of its 2008 Sustainable Yield Initiative. Calling itself a “sustainable agriculture company… developing better seeds and systems to help farmers with productivity,” the biotech giant boasts that, despite anti-biotechnology activist… Read more »

Grain Yields Starting to Plateau

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Editor’s Note: As regular readers will know, I don’t agree 100% with everything I post to the site. The article below, for example, has somewhat of a focus on fossil-fuel-based fertiliser, as the means to increasing yields. But, I put this piece up anyway, as the statistical information it contains on plateauing yields is an… Read more »

Permaculture in Lesotho

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The PRI editor has been encouraging me to give a little more background info on my work on the ground here, so you can all better understand the situation I’m working in. Here’s a short attempt to do so. I have been living in Lesotho for two years, as a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International… Read more »

Endgame Strategy

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Why the Revolution Must Start in America The unrest in the Middle East, the convulsions in Ivory Coast, the hunger sweeping across failed states such as Somalia, the freak weather patterns and the systematic unraveling of the American empire do not signal a lurch toward freedom and democracy but the catastrophic breakdown of globalization. The… Read more »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1)

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It was the beginning of June this year and we were off on another exciting permaculture adventure in Ethiopia. This time we would be heading into the west. I was contacted last year by Gemma Pilcher, an Australian lady who supports a small food security project run by some Catholic nuns from Daughters of Charity,… Read more »

Food or Fuel?

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute At the time of the Arab oil export embargo in the 1970s, the importing countries were beginning to ask themselves if there were alternatives to oil. In a number of countries, particularly the United States, several in Europe, and Brazil, the idea of growing crops to produce fuel… Read more »

How Non-GM Cassava Can Help Feed the World

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Great strides are being made in improving this important staple through conventional breeding by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. The hidden importance of cassava Cassava is a food that most people in a country like the UK… Read more »

Nightshade, Peach and Money for Jam (Lesotho, Africa)

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Peach blossoming in Lesotho Along roadsides, and in wild parts of the countryside and vacant lots here in Lesotho, many potential food plants can be found. These have been collected and eaten by people long before the start of agriculture, such as black nightshade (Solanum nigrum). Peach trees are very common on the Lesotho landscape,… Read more »

Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water. We drink on average four liters of water per day, in… Read more »