Aquaponics and Sunlight

by Frank Gapinski, Ecofilms Stress is a big killer of fish. This barramundi grown in aquaponics has a fine slime coating preventing bacterial infections. Recently a friend was telling me how difficult it was to grow strawberries in his aquaponics system. He didn’t have any success in growing them and was wondering if he was doing something wrong or indeed, if this aquaponics thing was over-hyped? He didn’t have a […]

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Zero Net Energy Households

A "zero net" home is a household with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually — essentially, the idea of a zero net home is a building with a virtually invisible carbon footprint. As renewable and clean energy sources become more affordable and accessible to everyday homeowners, we should hopefully see an increase in both zero net homes, and homes that consume slightly more energy than they produce, […]

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An Interview with Elisabeth Fekonia

by Matis Aerts, Nederlands (14 years old) Elisabeth Fekonia has been practicing food self-sufficiency for the last 20 years on her six-acre property at Black Mountain on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Besides the usual vegetable gardens, fruit trees and chooks, Elisabeth also keeps cows, goats, pigs and bees. She makes all her own dairy foods including various types of hard cheese such as cheddar, brie and feta, as well […]

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Nanjing Permaculture – To PDC or Not to PDC, That is the Question (China)

Through a lucky coincidence, we found a couch-surfing host in Nanjing that was interested in permaculture. Not only that, once he learned of our trip, he put us in touch with James Gu, a man from Nanjing who plans to practice permaculture on his newly purchased land. We met at a restaurant and discussed modern food production and the hope that permaculture will provide an answer to safe, responsible food […]

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Mainstream Media Strategy – a Summary

An image you’ll never see broadcast on CNN Will the day ever come where the mainstream media actually serves humanity, and not just plutocratic interests?

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Japanese Farmers Producing Crops and Solar Energy Simultaneously

Revitalizing the farming sector for the next-generation and could provide more than enough electricity for the entire country. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho Restriction to solar PV installation on farmlands removed Solar sharing in Fukushima Farmers in Japan are taking advantage of new opportunities to generate electricity while growing crops. In April 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation of solar PV systems on crop-producing farms, […]

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The Accidental Permaculturalist (Victoria, Australia)

Raised rock beds provide a solid but permeable edge Many years ago, out of a desire to be able to plant more fruit trees, I purchased a forested block of land. It wasn’t a particularly good bit of land, or even well adapted to my desires. What the property had in its favour was that no one else wanted it (having been on the market for a long time), and […]

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Michael Sandel: Why We Shouldn’t Trust Markets With Our Civic Life (TED video)

In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it’s fair to say that an American’s experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is […]

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The Miracle Water Village – Water Harvesting in India (video)

As the world reels under the threat of unrelenting climate change, erratic monsoons and fast depleting groundwater reserves, The Miracle Water Village narrates the inspirational story of impoverished farming community in India that reversed its fortunes through its visionary model of water management. Lying in one of the worst drought-prone regions of India, the village of Hiware Bazar battled many decades of sparse rain and failed crops. However, 20 years […]

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Elite Insurgency

The real threat to the national interest comes from the rich and powerful by George Monbiot Subversion ain’t what it used to be. Today it scarcely figures as a significant force. Nation states are threatened by something else. Superversion: an attack from above.

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Regaining Sustainable Agriculture Practices in the Amazon (Peru)

by William Park, Acaté Amazon Conservation View of fish pond on Matsés land with small farm on hillside The Matsés indigenous people are master farmers, and it seems strange to even suggest farming ideas to people who live almost entirely off the land. The problem is that their traditional small-scale swidden (slash-and-burn) approaches to farming, once superbly adapted for a semi-nomadic lifestyle, do not translate to newer, larger fixed settlements. […]

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Scientific American Disinformation on GMOs

America’s most trusted science magazine is spreading disinformation on behalf of a failing and desperate industry, in utter disregard of scientific integrity and the overwhelming evidence of hazards to health and the environment. by Dr Mae Wan Ho, Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji and Prof Peter Saunders. Deceptively authoritative pronouncements not backed up by evidence, scientific or otherwise A recent editorial in Scientific American entitled “Labels for GMO Foods are a Bad […]

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