No-Nonsense Marketing for Permies, Farmers and Earth Repair Entrepreneurs (Podcast)

by Rob Avis I recently had the opportunity to interview my friend Tad Hargrave from Marketing for Hippies in Edmonton, Alberta. Verge has been hosting Tad’s workshops in Calgary, Edmonton and Central Alberta for the past few years now, and we’ve benefited greatly from his coaching services too. We share a similar vision with Tad: we see the importance of showing people how to thrive in earth repair businesses. A […]

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Elevation

Who do Bono and the ONE campaign really represent: the very poor or the very rich? It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq(1,2,3). At one point Geldof appeared, literally and figuratively, to be sitting in Tony Blair’s lap. African activists […]

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Food from Perennial(ising) Plants in Temperate Climate Australia, for April 2013

This is the mid-Autumn post for the ongoing research project about perennial plants and self-perpetuating annual plants providing food in temperate climate Australia. The original article introducing this project, stating its aims, and providing participant instructions, can be found here. Growers are sending me information on a month-by-month basis, then this information is collated and published the following month. All previous posts from this series can be found by clicking […]

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Water is Life

How Integrated Natural Resource Management improves water security for small farmers. by Dinabandhu Karmakar, Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), India A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Photo © Craig Mackintosh Why does PRADAN support small decentralized farm-based rainwater harvesting rather than big projects? In short, we made a commitment to poor, small-holder farmers to ensure […]

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Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation

Paul Gilding, author of The Great Disruption, has described Entropia as "a masterful work of the imagination… a literary manifesto that will inspire, challenge, and give hope." Richard Heinberg, author of The End of Growth, has praised the book as follows: "Overflowing with insight and beautifully written, Entropia unveils the radical implications of moving beyond fossil fuels. This book may come to define what sustainability really means." Below is an […]

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Unapproved Monsanto Crop (Wheat) Found Growing in Oregon, Whilst “Monsanto Protection Act” Sneaks Into Law

http://www.youtube.com/embed/VG8RxB-dwAE A genetically modified strain of wheat that was never approved by the United States Department of Agriculture as been discovered growing in Oregon, triggering a federal probe that is now spanning several states. The GMO wheat was made by biotech company Monsanto and was tested in parts of the US until 2006, at which point Monsanto stopped pursuing the USDA’s approval. Investigators are now trying to figure out why […]

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March against Monsanto: A Huge International Success

by Jeffrey M. Smith http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ifa33dLp6OA Our movement to end the genetic engineering of the food supply just entered a whole new era. On May 25th, two million people in 436 cities and 52 countries banded together to express their outrage over GMOs and Monsanto’s attempted takeover of seeds and agriculture. Read more.

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Seeds Of Death – Unveiling the Lies of GMOs (Documentary)

The leaders of Big Agriculture — Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta — are determined that the world’s population remains ignorant about the serious health and environmental risks of genetically modified crops and industrial agriculture. Deep layers of deception and corruption underlie both the science favoring GMOs and the corporations and governments supporting them. This award-winning documentary, Seeds of Death, exposes the lies about GMOs and pulls back the curtains to witness our […]

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The Green Way to Go!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/YJ4fxpKYEl0 Want to push green to another level? You can now live green and die green with environment-friendly burials. These new alternative methods will make you turn in your grave! Backed by the popular seals of "sustainability, eco-friendliness, and fair trade", funeral businesses are now offering you killer deals to go back to the land. Remember, it’s not about how much it will cost you in the end but more […]

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Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef

Janet Larsen and J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute The world quietly reached a milestone in the evolution of the human diet in 2011. For the first time in modern history, world farmed fish production topped beef production. The gap widened in 2012, with output from fish farming—also called aquaculture—reaching a record 66 million tons, compared with production of beef at 63 million tons. And 2013 may well be the […]

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What Permaculture Isn’t – and Is

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by Toby Hemenway The Permaculture Flower, modified from David Holmgren. The petals represent the basic human needs, and we work to meet them sustainably on the personal, local, and regional levels. Permaculture is notoriously hard to define. A recent survey shows that people simultaneously believe it is a design approach, a philosophy, a movement, and a set of practices. This broad and contradiction-laden brush doesn’t just make permaculture hard to […]

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Prince Charles Attacks Monoculture Food Production Systems – A Speech at the Langenburg Forum on Regional Food Security, Germany

May 27, 2013: Ladies and Gentlemen, if I may say so, this is a very important conference. I am sure what you have heard so far about the problems we face and the obstacles to tackling them has given you a clear context in which to be able to consider what comes next this afternoon. The aim here is to think through how we might create a much more local […]

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