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The beginning of life for a new permaculturist….

Living in the concrete jungle of Mumbai, there is a terrible smog and a mild stench of ammonia in the air. I try to ignore the noise that comes from the various households. People are busy with their morning chores, children are getting ready to go to school and there is a constant sound of buckets being filled and the showers turned on and off in the bathroom blocks. I try again and close my ears to all these and concentrate on some beautiful things….

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Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, General, Global Warming/Climate Change, Health & Disease, Peak Oil, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss.


Fractured Country — An Unconventional Invasion (Duration: 40 minutes)

This is madness. This is sickening (and not just figuratively). It makes me feel ashamed to be a member of the human race. Please watch, and share widely. We must stop this….

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Posted by & filed under Community Projects.

I thought I’d share with you a project we’ve just completed in Guatemala. We designed and built a demonstation garden for a woman’s weaving co-operative in Guatemala working with Project Nuevo Mundo and JUSTA. We built a medicinal herb spiral, rainwater catchment, drip irrigation, composting and banana circle, rocket stoves for brewing natural dyes, and planted natural dye plants. Whilst building we held plant walks and workshops so that the project could be self-sustained by the ladies and was educational. We have someone continuing its management; and the women have started using it to reignite the tradition of natural dying for weaving. Here’s the latest update since the garden has been opened to the public.

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Posted by & filed under GMOs, Health & Disease.

A steep decline in human male sperm count concomitant with rise in testicular germ cell cancer, congenital malformations of the male reproductive tract and drop in serum testosterone levels, all pointing towards increasing exposure to glyphosate/Roundup herbicides during the past decades, now corroborated by lab findings.

A fully referenced and illustrated version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here.

by Dr Mae-Wan Ho

“The infertility timebomb: are men facing extinction?”

The headline of a newspaper article published in 2010 [1] refers to findings from decades of research carried out by Niels Shakkebaek, a professor at University of Copenhagen. Male infertility has been rising sharply in industrialized countries worldwide, one in five healthy men between the ages of 18 and 25 produce abnormal sperm counts. The problems start in the womb, says Dr. Gillian Lockwood, medical director of Midland Fertility Services in the UK. Testis development begins in the growing foetus. Factors blamed include too much beef in the diet rich in polycyclic aromatics, obesity during pregnancy, exposure to smoke, pesticides, traffic fumes, plastics and even soybeans.

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Using coal and kerosene to fuel a stove is both costly and hazardous. Social entrepreneur Crosby Menzies hopes it will become a thing of the past in Africa. He rolled out his solar cooker, a satellite-dish shaped oven that uses sunlight to cook meals, in the Johannesburg township of Soweto. By employing locals like Mthobisa Cebekhulu, he believes he can bring it to other impoverished parts of the continent.

Posted by & filed under Consumerism, Economics, Food Shortages, Peak Oil, Society.

The best way to feel hopeful for the future is to prepare for it.

The best way to feel hopeful about our looming energy crisis is to get active now and prepare for living arrangements in a post-oil society.

Out in the public arena, people frequently twang on me for being "Mister Gloom’n'doom," or for "not offering any solutions" to our looming energy crisis. So, for those of you who are tired of wringing your hands, who would like to do something useful, or focus your attention in a purposeful way, here are my suggestions:

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Posted by & filed under GMOs, Health & Disease, Society.

That a former Monsanto scientist should find himself in charge of a specially-created post at the very journal that published two landmark studies questioning the safety of that company’s products should surprise no one who is aware of the Monsanto revolving door. This door is responsible for literally dozens of Monsanto officials, lobbyists and consultants finding themselves in positions of authority in the government bodies that are supposedly there to regulate the company and its actions.

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Posted by & filed under Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

Next weekend, the community of Boolarra, Victoria, Australia will declare itself coal and gasfield free. This will be the first town in the Latrobe Valley to do so. The Latrobe Valley has recently witnessed the worst impacts of uncontrolled coal mining, with the Hazelwood coal fire causing a severe health crisis for the residents of the adjoining town of Morwell. The town and the wider La Trobe community has mobilised in response.

We need to turn this growing community concern into real political action.

If we can raise enough money to run a successful state election campaign, Victoria could become Australia’s first Gasfield Free State. Achieving a permanent ban on unconventional gas on agricultural and residential land in Victoria would put huge pressure on state governments in NSW and Queensland to follow suit and protect communities from gasfields.

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Posted by & filed under Building, Community Projects, Village Development.

Previously on this series, I featured a video on the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador. Today, we move to the south of this beautiful continent for an exploration of bio-construction in the Argentine Patagonia.

Take a look at this meditative video that features images from a bio-construction event that took place in the town of El Bolsón, Patagonia, in 2011.

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