Moves Towards Sustainability in Shanghai

Shanghai was an amazing city with an incredible energy of opportunity. My only wish was to stay a little longer. I found it difficult to get in touch with a lot of experts in Shanghai. A part of me feels burned that so few bothered to return my numerous calls and emails, but then again I wonder if I myself would bother with a traveling blogger. I did manage to […]

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Breach of Trust

Ill-informed and incoherent: the head of the National Trust talks nonsense on fracking. by George Monbiot “It’s not for me to judge the relative merits of fracking versus wind turbines.” So said Dame Helen Ghosh, the National Trust’s new director-general. To this there are two obvious responses. The first is: yes, as the head of Britain’s biggest conservation group, this is just the kind of judgement you should be making. […]

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Permaculture in Cuba – An Interview With Ron Berezan

Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Ron Berezan, aka The Urban Farmer, who was one of the first people in Alberta to get permaculture kick-started. Ron has been teaching and running permaculture tours in Cuba now for many years and has a very unique perspective on Cuba, permaculture, and how permaculture has played a major role in Cuba’s transition from industrial high input agriculture to organic hyper-local production. Ron […]

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Want to Help Build an Earthship? (December 7 – 13, 2013, Victoria, Australia)

A couple of months ago I wrote about the ecovillage project that I am involved in, a project that is based on the vision of radical simplicity expressed in Entropia. I am uber excited to announce that our first build for the ecovillage is going to be an Earthship-inspired ‘mini-ship’, taking place this December in Victoria, Australia. Want to be involved? Read on! Earthships and other natural building methods are […]

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Retrofitting a Small Town

For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people that are tired of living in these massive, hyper-urban environments that meet our basic needs […]

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Teaching Patience in the Garden

About two years ago, my wife and I started researching permaculture as another tool to our independence. We aspired to an off-the-grid life filled with freedom and presence. Our permaculture journey started in the Himalayas, as we helped an inspiring Indian visionary establish his Himalayan Farm Project. Until today, I have read a hearty chunk of the permaculture literature out there, watched more documentaries and clips than YouTube could offer […]

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A Hugelkultur Pumpkin Patch (Netherlands)

This year I made a hugelkultur area in my veggie garden. I love it — they bring a nice shape into my flat garden and now we have so much pumpkin and squash, because of the hugelkultur, that we can’t eat them all, and so we give them away. All the other gardeners around were laughing about me and my wood chips and now the hugelkultur. But they don’t laugh […]

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Growth is Obsolete

Society needs to realize growth does not equal prosperity. The word that sticks in the craw of many who cogitate over economics is growth. The condition that the word refers to has proven disturbingly problematic in recent years, especially as the world’s population continues to expand exponentially and the global ecology suffers in response. In fact, Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) called economics “the dismal science” in direct reference to […]

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Funding for Small Scale Anaerobic Digesters in England

UK government starts mining agricultural wastes for renewable energy as municipal and household wastes are becoming scarce. by Dr Mae Wan Ho On Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund The UK government has set up the On Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund to help farmers in England install small scale anaerobic digesters on site [1, 2]. The scheme, formally launched 12 October 2013 by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Secretary […]

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Huge GMO News

It hasn’t been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry. Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country’s […]

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What Plants Talk About

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7MOe5clOtI In 1973, Lyall Watson, a South African botanist, claimed that plants had emotions that could be recorded on a lie detector test. His research was fiercely dismissed by many in the scientific community. Recently, researchers at The University of Western Australia relaunched the debate by revealing that plants not only respond to sound, but that they also communicate to each other by making "clicking" sounds. (The article was published […]

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Scientists Declare No Consensus on GMO Safety

A group of 93 scientists from all over the world deplore the disinformation over the safety of GMOs and expose the lack of empirical and scientific evidence on which the false claims of “consensus” on safety are being made. Sign the statement "No consensus on GMO safety" Find the List of Signatories Here (PDF) The full statement is reproduced below. As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to […]

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