Sustainable Agriculture and the Green Energy Economy

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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… Read more »

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

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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… Read more »

America is Bankrupt: It’s Going Full Circle

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Yes, it’s a strong title. But, it’s very real. The United States of America, built on incredible potential and an amazing constitution, has digressed and democratised itself into hell. The US has declared financial war on the world – Prof. Dr. Michael Hudson A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can… 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 »

Early Retirement Extreme

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Two issues keep on puzzling me about economics. On the one hand, it undoubtedly is an incredibly important subject. At present, my life pretty much depends on being able to buy certain things from a functioning economy and the same holds for just about everybody else. On the other hand, there seem to be a… Read more »

Fair Share Festival, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

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Editor’s Note: I would recommend people in Australia get behind this, and people everywhere could consider how to organise your own festival in your respective states. Getting transition discussions into the lenses and microphones of mainstream media is an urgent need. What: Natural and Economic Solutions to the Global Financial Crisis Where: Hamilton Public School,… Read more »

Your Input Wanted – Guidelines for Worldwide Permaculture Network Users

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I know some of you are itching to use the new Worldwide Permaculture Network system. Well, I hope to launch in just a few weeks! One aspect that I want your input on is in regards to user guidelines. We want to make a clear list of guidelines for what kind of projects are and… Read more »

Looking for Trouble

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Why are we still prospecting for oil when we can’t afford to use existing reserves? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Forget, for a moment, the fragility of the Arctic environment and the likely consequences of a spill there. Forget the dangers of deepwater drilling in a strait… 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 »