Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are Disappearing

Back in 2007, when the words ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ first hit the media spotlight, I wrote an article that sought to steer through all the reductionist scientific responses — where scientists and the public sought silver bullet solutions by trying to pinpoint a single cause for the mysterious and globally widespread disappearance of millions of bees — to share my thoughts that CCD was not caused by just a single […]

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OrBio – a Cover Crop Strategy for Market Gardens

A bug’s eye view of the sky, from a stand of cover crop Photo © Craig Mackintosh A recent post by Australian permaculture aid worker, Miles Durand, writing from Lesotho, reminded me to share a method of growing vegetable crops alongside cover crops that I learned when I studied organic biological horticulture many years ago. In the context of the holistic soil science and natural pest control studies I was […]

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Soil, not Dirt – Dr Elaine Ingham Talks Soil Microbiology

Dr. Elaine Ingham talks about soil fertility and the role of soil microbial life. Dr. Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist who pioneered many of the currently used biological soil amendment techniques and pioneered the testing of soil microbial life as an indicator of soil and plant health. Dr. Ingham is the Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute. She is the founder of the Sustainable Studies Institute and the Soil […]

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Law of the Landed

A remarkable “mistake” by the police hints at who wields power in the UK. by George Monbiot Who runs this country? It’s a question every voter should ask themselves. Look at the revelations about the mass surveillance of citizens by GCHQ and the US National Security Agency; the exposure of the intimate relationships between Rupert Murdoch’s companies, the police and the government; the failure to rein in the excesses of […]

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Holistic Management Survey

Allan Savory’s recent TED talk has brought much publicity to Holistic Management, and a lot of conversation around this management framework and its impact on the land and its stewards. Holistic Management offers the prospect of much improved land management, with benefits for food production, biodiversity and even the stability of the global climate, while halting and reversing desertification. There has been an outpouring of support from HM practitioners and […]

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Pricing the Priceless

The market has not solved the problem of power: it has simply given it another name. by George Monbiot On this we can agree: the relationship between people and the natural world is broken. We fail to value the systems that keep us alive. We treat both natural resources and the biosphere’s capacity to absorb our waste as if they were worth nothing. The obvious answer is to place a […]

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Healing the Planet Through Photosynthesis and Carbon Sequestration

If we implement wise geoengineering, even eating meat could help tackle the backlog of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon depleted soil, at left, compared to a carbon rich soil, at right. Eating meat is bad for the planet, right? That hamburger you’re contemplating for lunch comes from a cow that, most likely, was raised within the industrial agriculture system. Which means it was fed huge amounts of corn that […]

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Top 10 Excuses Why We’re Still Addicted to Supermarkets

We know that the best food is from local, small-scale farmers and out of our own gardens and food forests. But why do most of us still find ourselves regularly going to the supermarket? As a permaculture teacher, IT professional and someone who is passionate about high quality local food, I ask this question to friends, colleagues, farmers, students and people I meet every day. Here is what I’ve found […]

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The Global Land Rush

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Between 2007 and mid-2008, world grain and soybean prices more than doubled. As food prices climbed everywhere, some exporting countries began to restrict grain shipments in an effort to limit food price inflation at home. Importing countries panicked. Some tried to negotiate long-term grain supply agreements with exporting countries, but in a seller’s market, few were successful. Seemingly overnight, importing countries realized that […]

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Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture – UN Agencies Call for an End to Industrial Agriculture & Food System

A rising chorus from UN agencies on how food security, poverty, gender inequality and climate change can all be addressed by a radical transformation of our agriculture and food system. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members’ website and is otherwise available for download here. Agriculture the problem and the solution to climate change Record breaking heat waves sweeping over both […]

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