Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Lester Brown In the May issue of Scientific American, Lester Brown discusses how food shortages could be the weak link that brings down civilization. In this feature article, “Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?” Brown reveals that the biggest threat to global political stability is the potential for food crises in poor countries to cause government collapse. Those crises are […]

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Play the McDonald’s Video Game!

Today we look at another environmental feedback loop, and also put you in the driver’s seat of the world’s biggest fast food chain. Over the last few years, the term ‘feedback loop’ has become common terminology. For the uninitiated, it’s a concise way to describe how the results of an activity cause a change in the activity itself – subsequently amplifying the outcome of the activity, and beginning an increasingly […]

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Assistance/Consultations for Establishment of New Permaculture Projects

Because of increasing interest and demand for help in setting up new Permaculture projects worldwide, we’ve just added a couple of new documents to the site that will help get your started thinking at a practical level, and that will help us to engage in meaningful conversation with you as you seek to establish your own project. Advice and/or Resources: If you’re seeking help for your site, please complete our […]

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Earth Policy Institute Press Teleconference – How Food Shortages Could Bring Down Civilization

Teleconference: Thursday, April 23, 11:00 AM EDT Environmental Analyst Lester Brown: How Food Shortages Could Bring Down Civilization Washington, DC — On Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. EDT, environmental analyst Lester Brown will discuss how food shortages could be the weak link that brings down civilization. In an article featured in the May issue of Scientific American, Brown reveals that the biggest threat to global political stability is […]

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When Fixes Need Fixing?

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins Grist provides these two links to reports of pending agricultural collapse in the Punjab due to (profit driven?) over-exploitation of resources. [Editor’s Note: for more on this, head here] The Huffington Post posts this, by Lise van Susteran, on Moral Obligation. Fred Pearce, on consuming vs population. Did I post this already? I just saw this – Ian Tomlinson’s death at the G20 demonstrations […]

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Women’s Only PDC in Far North Queensland with Rosemary Morrow

Sunday 29th November – Sunday 13th December 2009 Walkamin • Near Cairns • Far North Queensland Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take part in a very special two week Women’s Only Permaculture Design Certificate Course, taught by one of the best, internationally renowned teachers in the world. Rosemary is the acclaimed author of “The Earth Users Guide to Permaculture” and a role model for all aspiring female Permaculturists. This […]

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How to Turn Astringent Persimmons into Enchanting Natural Confections, Japanese Style

by Cecilia Macaulay This week I’m shopping for a persimmon tree for the Edible Japanese Garden I’m creating. Of course I will be planting a sweet, rather than an astringent, or ‘shibui’* persimmon. The sweet ones, such as Fuyu, are squat-shaped, and can be eaten either crunchy or yielding. The long-shaped Hachiya variety, the ones Aussies first planted before we knew better (sorry Hachiya), are awfully ‘shibui’. You have to […]

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An Industrial Revolution Like No Other

French illustrator and printmaker Gustave Doré shows the squalid conditions in London, England created for the urban labouring classes by the Industrial Revolution From the very beginning proponents of the industrial revolution looked upon nature as a pirate might look upon a defenseless gold-laden ship – as easy pickings. A long term view of stewardship gave way to the short term mindset of a plunderer.

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Obama’s Organic Example Sets Cat Amongst Corporate Pigeons

Recently I shared how Michelle Obama was planning to plant a garden on the White House lawn – thrilling the many people that lobbied for them to do exactly that. Later we learned that, as we dearly hoped, the garden would be organic. On top of this, the First Lady also named chef Sam Kass to head the White House Food Initiative. Mr Kass happens to have a good understanding […]

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Calling for Volunteers for IPC9 and the Permaculture Centre, Malawi, Africa

The ninth International Permaculture Conference (IPC) and Convergence is inching closer. Previous conferences have been held in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia and Brazil. This time it will run from November 2-6 in Malawi, Africa (Kumbali Village, Lilongwe), and will include site tours of Permaculture projects in Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The theme for IPC9 is "Plan Africa – Food & Empowerment". There are a few volunteer […]

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