Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide – Featuring the Darth Vader Chemical

http://www.youtube.com/embed/h_AHLDXF5aw Duration: 1:05:42 It was “supposed” to be harmless to humans and animals — the perfect weed killer. Now a groundbreaking article (520kb PDF) just published in the journal Entropy points to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating — possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.” That’s right. The herbicide […]

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Obtain Yourself a Yield!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/tSTFfKHJg4Y Who knew permaculture principles could be so catchy? Formidable Vegetable Sound System, out of Australia, turns an education in sustainability into an epic dance experience. Quirky, upbeat, and oh-so-appealing, this group’s musical magic will have you humming about homegrown roquette all day! Their first album, Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual, was released in April. Already popular on Australia’s festival circuit, the band is currently touring Canada, the US, and the […]

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Nuclear Subsidies Largesse by other Names

A new inquiry into energy subsidies has been launched by UK’s cross-party Environment Audit Committee [1], but will it uncover all that are to go into nuclear energy? by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Many ways to hide nuclear subsidies Ever since it decided to commission a new fleet of reactors, the […]

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Wellbeing Gardening – Gardening for the Body, Mind & Spirit

Wellbeing Gardening – Gardening for the Body, Mind & Spirit

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. — John Burroughs (1837-1921), American naturalist and writer Gardening is a very healthy hobby, on so many levels. It’s not just about filling our tummy either, there’s a lot more to be had from a well designed garden than a tasty meal! If we properly understand our relationship to plants and […]

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What’s Missing from this Picture?

Somehow almost all of us have missed the real story behind the disappearance of our wildlife. by George Monbiot Even before you start reading the devastating State of Nature report, you get an inkling of where the problem lies. It’s illustrated in the opening pages with two dramatic photographs of upland Britain. They are supposed to represent the natural glories we’re losing. In neither of them (with the exception of […]

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The PRI Announces a Groundbreaking Global Partnership

Editor’s Note: Recent discussions on this site have encouraged us to take this bold and exciting new step. Read on to find out more! The PRI are very happy to announce a game changing partnership. Continually looking for ways to spread its brand of permaculture to the mainstream, the PRI has been tirelessly working on strategic partnerships to extend its influence. Such an amazing opportunity has just been struck between […]

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PDC With FWS in Tanzania, June 2013

Click for larger view (2mb PDF) Following the success of our 2012 PDC, FoodWaterShelter is pleased to offer you the chance to join USA based instructor Steve Whitman and a team of local teachers in Arusha, Tanzania from June 17th to 28th 2013 for two weeks of intensive learning and an incredible networking opportunity. Click here to find out more and to register.

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Humus – the Essential Ingredient (TEDx video)

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Learn all about Humus, the layer of soil essential for healthy food production which is being gradually depleted by unsustainable farming practices.

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Different Degrees of Compost

Before and during shots of a compost pile built for demonstration during a PDC.So this is 14 days into the process, not 60 days at completion. Many words these days have become so broad in their use that they have lost real meaning. The word ‘love’ is a perfect example. In one breath people express love for a dog, pizza and their partner. The word compost has suffered a similar […]

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How on Earth? Flourishing in a Not-for-Profit Economy by 2050

by Donnie Maclurcan and Jen Hinton Imagine waking up in a world where you feel good about going to work, no matter the nature of your job. You feel positive and motivated, knowing that your work provides you with a livelihood that also contributes to the wellbeing of others in a way that respects the ecological limits of the planet. Welcome to a not-for-profit world, where businesses can still make […]

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Genetically Modified Crops and Hunger – Another Look at the Evidence

Genetically modified crops are hailed by their proponents as the basis for a “new green revolution”, and as the key solution to feeding the world in the face of population growth and the exhaustion of new sources of agricultural land. There is a massive volume of research and research literature around genetically modified crops, but how much of it is really of value in assessing this often heard hypothesis about […]

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Connecticut Senate Backs Bill to Label GMOs

With my home state being recently known for tragedy beyond imagining, it is refreshing that our senate has backed a bill 35 to 1 to label genetically modified food. While this has been hailed by supporters as a victory thus far, we are not out of the water just yet. The bill still must be passed by the House of Representatives, and then signed into law by the Governor. It […]

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