New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Food… Read more »

Prepared for Disaster

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Editor’s Note: The PRI Sunshine Coast starts their next Internship on February 11, 2013. Get in quick! After being flooded in again recently (an at least once a year occurrence), this time with PDC students and volunteers on the property, we are very happy we are somewhat prepared…. by PRI Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Our… Read more »

Dr. Vandana Shiva on Just Food

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This is a good summary of what Vandana Shiva talks about lately. Even if you think you’ve heard it all before, I think this is a excellent one to watch and share. Forbes Magazine called Vandana Shiva one of the seven most influential women in the world. A noted philosopher, scientist and author, Dr. Shiva… Read more »

Water Not Fit to Drink

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From pathogens, biological drugs, illicit drugs to arsenic, by Prof Joe Cummins A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. An intact forest ecosystem protects and supplies the watershed Photo © Craig Mackintosh Unpolluted healthy drinking water is a right not a privilege…. Read more »

Global Grain Stocks Drop Dangerously Low as 2012 Consumption Exceeded Production

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by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute The world produced 2,241 million tons of grain in 2012, down 75 million tons or 3 percent from the 2011 record harvest. The drop was largely because of droughts that devastated several major crops—namely corn in the United States (the world’s largest crop) and wheat in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine,… Read more »

Fernglade Farm – Mid Summer (January) 2013 Update

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What a difference six weeks has made to the food forest here! The change in climate between cool and wet to hot and dry happened in less than a week during early October and since that time there has been no significant rainfall. The rain probably won’t fall here now until about April based on… Read more »

Psychedelic Garden Love

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by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. A huge ‘dome of heat’ over Australia has broken temperature records, and this heat has been so intense that the Bureau of Meteorology has been forced to create new colours for their charts, which… Read more »

New Weather, New Politics

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The extremes now hammering Australia leave old perspectives stranded. by George Monbiot Five children and their grandparents survived an inferno by spending three hours clinging to a jetty in the sea I wonder what Tony Abbott will say about the record heatwave now ravaging Australia. The opposition leader has repeatedly questioned the science and impacts… Read more »

Annus Horribilis

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2012 was the worst year for the environment in living memory. by George Monbiot It was the year of living dangerously. In 2012 governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority over an immediate concern, however trivial. I believe there has been no worse year… Read more »

Line in the Sand (Video)

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We often only begin to understand the importance of nutrient- and water-cycling when they don’t — when they don’t cycle, that is. When ecosystems fail, when the hydrological cycle gets broken, when soils degrade faster than they build, the consequence is desertification. Already a full 25% of the planet’s land surface area (about 3.6 billion… Read more »

Flow – For the Love of Water (Documentary)

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As permaculturists, we have a great many solutions for the water crisis. From water harvesting to reed bed grey water systems, to watershed rehabilitation, there are common sense approaches to holistically restore eco-system services, rehydrate our landscapes and stabilise water flows and the climate. In the video above, however, we come face to face with… Read more »