Monthly Archives: December 2012

The beginning of the world

A repost from the blog: The Archdruid Report by John Michael Greer   Last Friday was, as I’m sure most of my readers noticed, an ordinary day. Here in the north central Appalachians, it was chilly but not unseasonably so, … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Plant Abundance:
Alice Walker and Eric Schlosser are heroes of mine. I am an enthusiastic member of the Slow Food Movement. I have just read a wonderful article by Alice on the Slow Food website, and, although…

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Pesticides: Now More Than Ever – NYTimes.com

By Mark Bittman How quickly we forget. After the publication of “Silent Spring,” 50 years ago, we (scientists, environmental and health advocates, birdwatchers, citizens) managed to curb the use of pesticides and our exposure to them — only to see … Continue reading

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The religion of economics

I came across this piece by deep ecologist John Seed. It is an insightful take on a system we take for granted. Unfortunately it is a pdf so it will have to be downloaded from this link: http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/deep-eco/Economics-as-Religion5000.pdf

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Talking turkey…

This is my 26th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. Roast turkey has always had a pride of place on my family’s Christmas table. It has always been my mothers speciality and without fail she has always produced … Continue reading

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George Monbiot – The Gift of Death

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it.   By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th December 2012 There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a … Continue reading

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The case for Organic food

Over the last three months a recurring theme has reared its head in our local newspapers. Variously titled, “Organic food no better than conventional” or “Is Organic better, the jury’s still out”, these articles were sourced from news agencies and … Continue reading

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George Monbiot – The Unsung World

Biodiversity offsets threaten both the survival and the meaning of nature.   By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 7th December 2012 Propose a get-out clause and – however many warnings and caveats you wrap round it – before … Continue reading

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Are We Heading Toward Peak Fertilizer? | Mother Jones

You’ve heard of peak oil—the idea that the globe’s easy-to-get-to petroleum reserves are largely cashed, and most of what’s left is the hard stuff, buried in deep-sea deposits or tar sands. But what about peak phosphorus and potassium? These elements … Continue reading

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Shutterstock One of the big debates in agriculture right now involves “coexistence” between farmers who use genetically modified or GMO seeds and those who don’t. This is far more than an academic debate; in question is…

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