Grow your own Drugs

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Pharmaceutical companies have been raiding nature’s larder for years and isolating ingredients to make high cost, patented, chemical drugs to cure our ails. My friend Florence who is 99 tells me that there is a plant for every ailment and James Wong agrees. An ethno-botanist and gardener, James Wong explains, in the videos below, how… Read more »

Farmer Faces Possible 3-year Prison Term for Feeding Community

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Press Release February 24, 2012 Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition 301-807-5063, lizreitzig (at) Farmer Faces Possible 3-year Prison Term for Feeding Community — Customers and Other Supporters Stand with Farmer Baraboo, WI—Food sovereignty activists from around North America will meet at this tiny town on March 2 to support Wisconsin… Read more »

The Fight of the Century

Posted by & filed under Alternatives to Political Systems, Consumerism, Deforestation, Economics, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Health & Disease, Peak Oil, Population, Society, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Village Development, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

As economies contract, a global popular uprising confronts power elites over access to the essentials of human existence. What are the underlying dynamics of the conflict, and how is it likely to play out? by Richard Heinberg (Article originally published on 1. Prologue As the world economy crashes against debt and resource limits, more… Read more »

Roundup in City-Dwellers’ Urine

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Studies have already found Monsanto’s toxic herbicide Roundup in groundwater, in streams, and even in the rain and air of US agricultural areas. It’s been found in our blood and even crosses the placental barrier to enter our unborn fetuses. So are we surprised that a German university study has now found significant concentrations of… Read more »

USAID to Incorporate Permaculture in Aid Work

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USAID Permaculture Technical Brief (580kb PDF) The growing food crisis has struggled to stay in the headlines since being highlighted broadscale in the mainstream media back in 2008, but it moves apace regardless, and I can assure you it will continue to do so, likely at a frightening rate. A 2012 Save the Children report… Read more »

2nd National Sustainable Food Summit, Sydney, Australia (April 2012)

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Editor’s Note: I would encourage all well-spoken permaculturists who can make it to Sydney for this event to go along and contribute your thoughts — to help show how permaculture can shift our planetary orbit onto a safer trajectory…. What: 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit When: 2-4 April, 2012 Where: Dockside, Sydney, NSW, Australia Last… Read more »

Under Industry Pressure, USDA Works to Speed Approval of Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Crops

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by Mike Ludwig, Truthout For years, biotech agriculture opponents have accused regulators of working too closely with big biotech firms when deregulating genetically engineered (GE) crops. Now, their worst fears could be coming true: under a new two-year pilot program at the USDA, regulators are training the world’s biggest biotech firms, including Monsanto, BASF and… Read more »

Anonymous Took Down Monsanto Website

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It’s not as good as seeing all of Monsanto’s plants and chemicals getting taken ‘offline’, but at least I can get a little mischevious pleasure from learning that Monsanto has been on the hit-list of the Anonymous team. The following video apparently shows how Monsanto was taken offline (Note that I’m a bit slow on… Read more »