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Water Scarcity, Public Protest Slow Foreign Farmland Purchases

This month, in a new report, GRAIN found that investment in foreign land holdings, purchases that the group calls “land grabs,” remains prevalent around the world.

Breaking the System: A Review of Surviving the Future

The three-century-long reign of the market economy is nearing its end whether we like it or not, wrote late British economist David Fleming in Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy.

A New Chapter of Agricultural Practice

Although to a degree the soil remains and perhaps always will be a dark and mysterious world – the phrase from the hymn comes to mind “in light inaccessible, hid from our eyes” – the microbiome revelation has definitely brought about a shift in my approach to soil management.

Beyond Development: The Commons as a New/Old Paradigm of Human Flourishing

As the planet reels from the slow-motion catastrophe of climate change, we are seeing the distinct limits of the prevailing paradigms of economic thought, governance, law and politics.

As Britain Exits, the Need for a Strong Climate Movement Remains

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will be a disaster for the climate — both physical and political — on both sides of the Atlantic.

Looking for Food in All the Wrong Places

Thus far, the government of Mozambique has dutifully reformed its seed laws to conform, creating obstacles to the kinds of real solutions – to hunger, poverty, and climate change – farmers in Marracuene are creating for themselves.

Peak Oil Review - June 27 2016

 A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Quote of the week -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia/Ukraine -Nigeria -Venezuela -United Kingdom -The Briefs

Christopher Alexander’s Challenge meets Darren J. Doherty’s Design Process

This post continues and deepens an inquiry into two contrasting understandings of design process.

Brexit and the energy equation

Neglected in the analysis of Brexit is the role energy supply and prices have played in depressing productivity growth and wages, intensifying the discontent of those whose prospects have been undermined by competition from low-wage workers abroad.

Buying Local Is the Key to Strong Regional Economies

In the leaky bucket analogy for local economies, money flows into a region to circulate through local businesses like water into a bucket.

Degrowth by Designed Disaster?

The degrowth movement has been developed in response to neoliberal reality, neoliberalism’s comically reductive view of human nature, its ecological blindness and the rise in social inequality it has brought about.

Feeding Cities from Within

Urban agriculture is sprouting up all over the world.

Inside the Little Free Pantry

Created by Jessica McClard, the Pantry is an easy way for people to share surplus food and household goods, and access items they may need.

Globalization and the American Dream

Implicit in the rhetoric promoting globalization is the premise that the rest of the world should be brought up to the standard of living of the West, and America in particular.

The Cosmos, the Earth, and Your Stomach: The Story of Soil

When we deeply understand the system we’re working with—be it a garden, a business, a community, or even a personal relationship—we can spot the places where a small, perfectly located nudge will beget a large response.

BP: Global Coal Use Fell by Largest Recorded Margin in 2015

Global coal use fell by more than 70 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) – a 1.8% decline – in 2015, the largest annual reduction in records going back half a century, according to BP.

Requiem for the Imperial City

Might it be time for policymakers to start thinking about ways of trimming back the hyperdevelopment of large cities like London in service of wider interests?

A Brief History of Climate Denial

The fossil fuel industry has spent many millions of dollars on confusing the public about climate change. But the role of vested interests in climate science denial is only half the picture.

European Referendum: Issues for Agriculture

Agriculture has been one of the key issues in the build up to the European referendum.

The Dithering Age: Holocene, Anthropocene, and Chthlucene

If people just hear that humans are destroying the environment, they aren’t given much incentive to act or even think much.

In Praise of the Reprehensible

Between the political correctness of the left and the patriotic correctness of the right, it’s hardly surprising that so many Americans stumble blindly toward the future in a fog of manufactured ignorance...

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