Agroforestry Support Species for Cold Climates

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A silk tree in my garden, serving as living trellis to arctic kiwifruit; also shade provider for shade crops including currant, mayapple, fuki, and edible hosta. Also fixes nitrogen. Rafter Ferguson’s recent excellent article “Permaculture for Agroecology” (PDF) challenges the permaculture movement to read up on what’s happening in related fields like agroecology and agroforestry. I’m particularly interested in learning from the well-established agroforestry practices of the tropics to see […]

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Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry Workshop with Eric Toensmeier (Vermont, June/July, 2014)

Butternut, hazel, sunchoke and elderberry: nuts, fruits, tubers, and beneficial insects! What: Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry Workshop Where: Huntington, VT, USA Want to learn about edible forest gardens, agroforestry, and commercial food forest business development for cold, humid climates? This is the workshop for you! Choose from an introductory weekend and an advanced six-day intensive. For more information or to register click here.

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Center for Food Safety Sues the USDA for Release of Missing Documents to Explain Suspicious GMO Alfalfa Approval

by Shicana Allen On March 13, 2014, the nonprofit Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit against the USDA, demanding the release of nearly 1200 federal documents from its Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The official pages would detail the agency’s decision-making process in a very puzzling change of heart on genetically engineered alfalfa. For several years, the Center has sought to uncover the true reasons […]

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Cheap Oil Begets the Centralization of Power

The oil age allowed us to do the wrong things with unprecedented speed and efficiency. Oil is an almost ideal energy source. It is relatively easy to extract (until recently) requires little refining, and has an extremely high energy density. The only problem is that there’s not an endless supply of it. To get an idea of just how huge of an impact this has, consider if we were to […]

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To the Last Drop: Canada’s Dirty Oil Sands (video)

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Part I Part II Residents of one Canadian town are engaged in a David and Goliath-style battle over the dirtiest oil project ever known. The small town of Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta is facing the consequences of being the first to witness the impact of the Tar Sands project, which may be the tipping point for oil development in Canada. The local community has experienced a spike in cancer […]

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Russia Rejects GMOs, Will Grow Organic Food Instead

Image source: RIA Novosti / Maksim Bogodvid Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food. Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday. “If the Americans like to eat GMO products, […]

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Celebrating 5 Million Trees (Tanzania)

Global Resource Alliance was recently honored to plant the 5 millionth tree sponsored by the Belgium NGO, WeForest, in Kinesi Village, Tanzania. WeForest sponsors reforestation projects around the globe, and has worked with GRA over the past three years to plant 250,000 trees in Rorya District, Tanzania. On very short notice our Kinesi projects coordinator, Owino, organized a big event and invited the Commissioner of Rorya District to plant the […]

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Save Our Foodbowl From Coal Mining (NSW, Australia)

Please take one minute to send an email to protect our national food-bowl, the Liverpool Plains, and the rich groundwater supplies it depends on. This is an urgent request. BHP are planning on digging the largest underground coal mine in the world under our very best farmlands, on the Liverpool Plains in north-west NSW. Submissions on the groundwater assessment for this mine are due on the 23rd February — that […]

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Do We Really Need Compulsory Schooling? An Interview with Peter Gray

Marcin Gerwin: It seems almost natural that when children reach the age of six or seven they go to school. The idea of compulsory schools seems obvious and it is rarely questioned. However, one may start to wonder if forcing children to learn is an effective way to provide education at all. We learn easier when we want to do it rather than when we are told to. Is it […]

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The DARK Act is Here: Denying Americans’ Right-to-Know

Big Food is trying to kill your right to know if the food you’re eating is genetically engineered. With their anti-labeling allies, like Monsanto and Dow, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has teamed up with Koch brothers-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill that would deny your right to know. The bill, which we’re calling the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act),” would:

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Composting Toilets in Thailand

Newly completed composting toilet This is an analysis of a humanure composting toilet designed and built at the Panya Project in Mae Taeng, Thailand. Humanure toilets are a very effective, easy, cheap method of creating a resource out of what our conventional society views as waste. A humanure composting toilet allows feces to break down into soil by adding sawdust to the chambers after each ‘use’. After six months of […]

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