Letters from Vietnam: The Hmong People – Reclaiming Lost Skills

LETTERS FROM VIETNAM THE HMONG PEOPLE RECLAIMING LOST SKILLS feat

The Future of the Hmong People Photos: Paid for by and Copyrighted to the PRI It took a few moments for my eyes to adapt to the light. There was a single, clear incandescent bulb hanging just millimetres above my head – hanging from somewhere high in the blackness of the ceiling, from a cable so weathered it looked more like a vine than an electrical cord. But it wasn’t […]

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New Beginnings?

NEW BEGINNINGS feat

Click for larger view Courtesy: Throbgoblins I don’t blame old Cantankerous Frank here (at right) for getting all excited. Everyone likes to hope – and there’s nothing like a perceived new beginning to get people all agitated in a positive way, ready to pick up the ‘ol load again, and trudge forward, excitedly, into a golden new age. For myself, half of my relief over the election was just as […]

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The Flaw of Western Economies

THE FLAW OF WESTERN ECONOMIES feat

by Marcin Gerwin, Sopot, Poland. Marcin graduated with a Ph.D. in political studies, from the University of Gdansk, Poland, with his thesis: “The idea and practice of sustainable development in the context of global challenges”. Cob House Photo, Gerry Thomasen Let’s imagine a green and responsible consumer. Let’s call him George. George lives in a sleepy town, near the center and the park where he often goes for a walk […]

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Permaculture Pooch

Permaculture Pooch feat

Alanna Moore is the author of ‘Backyard Poultry – Naturally‘ – where you can read more about Vikki and poultry care, including a permaculture approach to keeping them. You don’t often hear about the positives of dog ownership, in a permaculture sense. My Jack Russell terrier Vikki is a permaculture farm dog, who works for her keep – a real ‘WOOFer’. Not only does she provide a 24 hour fox […]

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The Flawed Economics of Nuclear Power

THE FLAWED ECONOMICS OF NUCLEAR POWER

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, there is little evidence of private capital investing in nuclear plants in competitive electricity markets. The reason is simple: […]

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Escaping the Matrix – Lifestyles Without Limits

ESCAPING THE MATRIX LIFESTYLES WITHOUT LIMITS feat

How many of you remember having to share the bath water with your siblings? A few baby boomers may get nostalgic here, but younger ones will laugh, or shreak “eewww!”. For us in the North, long gone are the days of little Johnny going in last, the days of gathering wood and doing your best to make it last the winter, the days of cold mornings and dimly lit rooms. […]

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The Failures of Genetically Modified Crops Continue

THE FAILURES OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS CONTINUE feat

The GM industry has been ailing at least as far back as 2005, but kept alive by an aggressive campaign of disinformation. GM Watch brings you the latest GM failures 2007-2008 GM cotton debacle in India GM cotton has been failing in India and elsewhere for years [1] (Broken Promises, SiS 22), escalating the epidemic of farmers’ suicides [2] (Stem Farmers’ Suicides with Organic Farming, SiS 32). Unfortunately, the Indian […]

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The Rise and Predictable Fall of Globalized Industrial Agriculture

THE RISE AND PREDICTABLE FALL OF GLOBALIZED INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE feat

Today I’d like to introduce you to a (well written and beautifully presented) report, titled – ‘The Rise and Predictable Fall of Globalized Industrial Agriculture‘ (55 page, 2.4mb PDF). The title says it all. Should you be concerned? Yes. Your concern, however, should not be that the globalised industrial agribusiness model will collapse – this is not only inevitable, but also necessary, and, might I add, desirable – the focus […]

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