Making Pests a Pleasure

MAKING PESTS A PLEASURE feat

Australian Honeyeater It’s an age-old struggle: ever since people gave up the hunter/gatherer lifestyle for a more settled agricultural age, food production has been subject to the ravages of creatures with appetites similar to our own. The ‘taming’ of our natural environment has come at a huge price, the only subject of debate is what our excesses will cost our children. Home food producers, not to mention an ever increasing […]

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Christian the Lion

CHRISTIAN THE LION feat

Forgive me if this is a little off-message (or is it?), but I can’t help but share this amazing clip. I am always inspired when I see how man and animals can relate to each other, and this story speaks volumes in this regard. Imagine 1960s London, where Harrods was the famed department store that boasted being able to source anything from anywhere. In the day you could, in all […]

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The Development of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

THE DEVELOPMENT OF FARMER MANAGED NATURAL REGENERATION feat

Editor’s Note: Arguably one of the most successful land regeneration projects in the world, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneraton (FMNR), beginning in Niger during the 1980s, has revegetated three million hectares of arid land in that country alone – bringing back biodiversity in flora and fauna, increasing soil humus (and thus carbon) content, improving water retention and microclimates, and dramatically improving the health and viability of local communities. It is now […]

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Easter Island – Our Past, or Our Future?

Easter Island Our Past or Our Future feat

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins Easter Island has long been looked upon as an historical looking glass, through which we can observe the implications of continued environmental destruction to our planet – the larger island floating in a sea of black. The cries of a people that could clearly see destruction coming, but did little or nothing about it, come hauntingly down to us here in this new millenium. […]

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Biodiverse Systems are More Productive

Biodiverse Systems are More Productive feat

Sustainable farming across the world relies on cultivating a diversity of crops and livestock to maximise internal input, and this is in marked contrast to the high external input monoculture of industrial farming, which is proving unsustainable in many respects. Indirect support for the sustainability of agricultural diversity is coming from an unexpected quarter. Academic ecologists are discovering that biodiverse systems are more productive. by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho: Geneticist, Biophysicist […]

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How the West was Lost

How the West was Lost feat

Click for larger view Courtesy: Throbgoblins What a week it has been. The world’s financial systems have been convulsing violently – an edge-of-seat roller coaster ride, sans the fun. Massive centralisation of financial management, combined with blinkered, short-term thinking, is seeing us teetering on the edge of a global depression. And the result? Even greater centralisation as banks swallow up banks in a bid to shore up the damage – […]

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The World According to Monsanto

Champs de colza débordant sur la route en Bretagne, submergeant un panneau stop - Overflowing rape field in Brittany, immersing a stop sign

The following documentary is a thorough, in-depth look at the history of one of the world’s most dangerous and despised corporations and the serious issues swirling around genetically modified crops — from the implications for biodiversity and personal health, to the corporate control of our food, and more. Don’t miss it! (particularly U.S. residents who will likely never otherwise get to see this material on their screens…)  

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Humanure Handbook – Free Download

Humanure Handbook - Free Download feat

With chapters like ‘Crap Happens’, ‘Deep Shit’ and ‘A Day in the Life of a Turd’, this is sure to be an interesting book, albeit possibly not one to read over lunch? With this wonderful substance piling up in all the wrong places (after all, we’re running out of clean water, and yet we’re crapping in it…), this taboo topic deserves a lot more attention than it gets. The book […]

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PDC Courses at Rainbow Valley Farm, New Zealand

PDC Courses at Rainbow Valley Farm New Zealand feat

Two Permaculture Design Courses will be held on Rainbow Valley Farm this summer. This is the original 72 hour design course – graduates will be awarded a certificate from Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Institute in Australia. This is an intensive 14-day course where students have the chance to get fully immersed in the permaculture way of thinking and acting while studying on a working permaculture farm. The course covers sustainable living […]

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