Paris Agreement- A Part of the Climate Change Journey

Paris Agreement- A Part of the Climate Change Journey

During the COP21 gathering, that took place from November 29 – Dec 12 2015, protesters from several nations took action through a historic protest calling for immediate action on climate change. Though a ban on protests in Paris had been declared under the State of Emergency and enforced by police with batons, tear gas and concussion grenades. Thousands of French citizen took part in protests. Following this, 150 heads of […]

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5 Chop-and-Drop, Nitrogen-Fixing Perennial Legumes for the Tropics and Beyond

Pigeon Pea feat (Courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr)

Recently, I’ve been looking to buy land in the tropics, most likely southern Belize, and in doing so, my wife and I have high hopes for making a lush and fruitful food forest that is likely only possible somewhere like this. It’s a land of mangos, avocadoes, cacao, coffee, papaya, chaya, okra, hibiscus, all spice, mulberries, coconuts, jackfruit, cashew, pecan, sour sop, limes, oranges…it’s easy to get carried away with all the trees. But, then we might forget the rest of the forest: the vanilla bean, bananas, plantains, ginger, turmeric, chayote, passion fruit, and it just keeps going.

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Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on the Brink of GM Decision

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on the Brink of GM Decision

It’s an important issue, because without the classification, there will be no impetus—legally or otherwise—for fresh food providers to let consumers know whether or not the fruits, vegetables, and grains they’re eating have been subjected to genetic editing.

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Grow Your Own Food Year-Round with DIY Solar Greenhouse

Grow Your Own Food Year-Round with DIY Solar Greenhouse

If you’ve ever thought about growing your own food, the Greenhouse of the Future might be the answer you’re looking for. A futuristic greenhouse design allows people to escape the tyranny of the industrial food system.

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Ethical Eating

Ethical Eating

There exists many opinions and thus misconceptions about what is considered to be ethical consumption, and its necessary to draw some lines in the sand for a more clear cut definition of what is and isn’t. For example, is shopping locally more ethical than buying organic? Do vegetarians/vegans, have a moral high ground to stand upon? Let us clarify these notions just a little.

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Answering for Climate Change: A Peruvian Farmer Sues an Energy Giant

Answering for Climate Change: A Peruvian Farmer Sues an Energy Giant

Saul Luciano Lliuya lives near Huaraz, a city in the Andes. Huaraz may not exist much longer, thanks to the swiftly melting Churup Glacier. The glacier feeds a lake which has grown more than thirty times in volume over the past four decades, and threatens to swallow Huaraz, along with Lliuya’s home and his farm. Scientists believe that the lake’s growth is a direct result of global warming. Lliuya has […]

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Whose Space is Space? Asteroid Mining Rights Raise Questions

Whose Space is Space? Asteroid Mining Rights Raise Questions

President Barack Obama ushered in a new era of U.S. law—an era in which the American President has taken a stand on how mining rights in space may work in the future. The new law grants private companies the right to any materials they mine from the moon and asteroids, potentially painting space as a capitalistic free for all. Ostensibly, the bill is intended to serve as motivation for the […]

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Permaculture in Prison

Permaculture in Prison

Back in September I was visiting a prison on Batam Island, Indonesia. While I was there, the head of security told me he was interested in producing some food on a small patch of land in the prison.

A crazy thought came to my mind: Permaculture behind bars on a remote island close to the equator? Yes, please!

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Found-Object Garden Design at The Farm Inn in Southern Belize

To The Farm Inn

Something that has thoroughly impressed Kevin during our six weeks at The Farm Inn in the southern depths of Belize, where a paved highway has only just made it, is that we are only using things that are already on the property. When I hear him excitedly describe his concept of permaculture—what we, my wife Emma and I, are doing—to people, he always mentions this fact. Over the last few […]

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Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

Ah, an archetypical permaculture zones of use chart. So elegant in its simplicity, yet bewildering to those who wish to transpose it. Just what are permaculture zones of use and why do they matter? Permaculture zones of use are at once an organizing force during the design process as well as a management tool. They directly aid our efforts by offering simple, but effective logic to the positioning of design […]

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David Holmgren Interview on Permaculture, Energy Descent & Future Scenarios

David Holmgren Interview on Permaculture, Energy Descent & Future Scenarios

An interview with David Holmgren, questions by Samuel Alexander. This is the full length interview from the upcoming documentary A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity. This interview is a great opportunity to hear David’s latest thoughts on permaculture, energy descent, retrofitting the suburbs, and future scenarios.

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Capture Seasonal Spirit in a Card

Capture Seasonal Spirit in a Card

As the year comes once again to a close, many of us find ourselves preoccupied with thoughts of the holidays—especially the gift giving (and receiving) aspects. Of course, there are always many reminders from different quarters that the “reason for the season” is not material, yet it’s still difficult to find a way to redirect that focus. Our advice to you this holiday season is to choose a proactive way […]

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