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Food & Water – Resilience



Building a world of resilient communities



Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:24:39 +0000

 



Reducing Consumption and Local Exchange Better than “Sustainable Consumption”

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:57:02 +0000

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While it is clear that global trade play a major role as a driver of destruction of biodiversity there is no way “consumers” in the US or other developed economies can be expected to take responsibility for the effect on biodiversity of their consumption.




Milk: The Sustainability Issue

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:54:36 +0000

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The most recent turn in the UK dairy crisis is the rejection of milk by young people, replaced by alternatives such as soya or almond milk. David Dobbin, the chief executive of United Dairy Farmers has described this as a “demographic time bomb”.




Afghan Beekeepers Demonstrate the Power of Co-ops to Transform Lives

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:07:54 +0000

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We recently came across an inspiring video report by Agence France-Presse about a honey cooperative run by women in Afghanistan. It offers a glimpse into the life of an Afghan mother of seven who runs a beekeeping enterprise. She is just one of an estimated 200 women in the Bamiyan province working in honey production jobs.




Farmland LP: Investing In Sustainable Farmland

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:26:47 +0000

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Over the past few years, we’ve tracked the success of Farmland LP, a family of funds created to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices.




Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 2

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:06:47 +0000

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The use of hand tools is one of the definitive characteristics of our species. We even go so far as to define our preindustrial past by ages of hand tool technology: stone, bronze and iron.




The 2016 Garden: What the Rabbits Taught

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:36:48 +0000

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Once again, it’s time to look at the lessons that the garden and its residents taught me during the past year. You can check this post for basic information on how I listen to what the garden tells me and how to conduct a dialogue with your own garden.




The Future of Farm Subsidies: What Really Matters to Farmers?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:12:50 +0000

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Behind all that lay a sense that in farming, we face one of the mysteries of life: how food is conjured from the soil, in an alliance with the natural world – with all its challenges of weather, pests and diseases – to support the human race in its most basic need. Farmers are at a crucial intersection between human demand and the integrity of the biosphere on which we are absolutely dependent.




Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 1

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:42:41 +0000

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The magic of fire and hammer is truly transformative and I am marvelled by it every day that I work at the forge. An abandoned railroad spike is reborn as a hori hori and a truck’s leaf spring becomes a heavy duty trowel. This marvellous process has been around for millennia and it still appeals to many




Conclusion to Inquiry Circuit # 1

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:19:00 +0000

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The focus of this initial circuit has been the popular practice of defining permaculture design as, above all else, a process of assembling elements into whole systems.




Regenerative Agriculture: Our Best Shot at Cooling the Planet?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:21:45 +0000

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Soil is the second biggest reservoir of carbon on the planet, next to the oceans. It holds four times more carbon than all the plants and trees in the world.




Snow Day

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:43:35 +0000

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The wind is gusting in a low whistle outside my study, blowing snow on the front porch. The mercury reads 15 and it’s still a couple of hours until sunrise. Today’s to-do list has been written: Deliver hay and carry out the usual farm chores. Set up heaters in the livestock watering tanks. Castrate and vaccinate calves, then move cattle to their winter pasture up in the back forty. Dig postholes for the new hog enclosure and set posts in concrete. And, of course, attend to any newborn lambs that may have been born overnight.