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Seeding change

73% of seed crops are now ‘owned’ by 10 corporations – while community and grassroots initiatives are working to keep global diversity alive.

Peak Oil Notes - Oct 23

 A mid-week update. New York oil futures traded around $82 a barrel this week until Wednesday’s stocks report showed an unexpected 7 million barrel jump in US crude stocks.

A Paradox to Savor: A High-Quality, Free Economics Textbook

Wow, a fresh set of voices in the study of economics that go well beyond the holy dogmas of Samuelson, Nordhaus, Bernanke and Mankiw.

Living and Breathing in a 'Black Swan' World

Resilience...is the capacity to make ongoing adjustments to changing political, economic, and ecological conditions.

A Pink Slip for the Progress Fairy

...I’m going to spend this week’s post summarizing the the decline and fall of industrial civilization.

Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Urban Energy Systems

Extreme weather from climate change and growing urbanization are making cities more vulnerable to loss of electric power and damage to energy infrastructure.

Fracking Ban Ballot Initiatives Intensify

County ballot issues to ban fracking could have a large impact outside those counties

The Next Financial Crisis May Be Just Around the Corner

As growth stalls, stocks tumble and investors fret, the question is no longer if there will be another crisis, but when and where it will strike first.

Bringing the Jungle to the City

A techno-shamanic quest to reconnect urban life to ecological reality.

Mother Nature's Tillers

Been thinking how to grow a prairie. I am facing a steep learning curve.

Inspiring New Film, “Voices of Transition,” on the Agriculture That We Need

How will agriculture have to change if we are going to successfully navigate past Peak Oil and address climate change?

Inner Transition: Commit to Staying Awake

FULL engagement with transitioning asks us to recognize the power of goodness in others, our neighbors and most difficultly, to accept it in ourselves!

Carrots among the concrete: the role of urban agriculture

Urban agriculture is cutting edge. It’s what we need right now.

How will Saudi Arabia respond to lower oil prices?

Oil prices (along with prices of many other commodities) have fallen dramatically since last summer. Some observers are waiting to see if Saudi Arabia responds with significant cutbacks in production.

The Krugman Function, Part 2: Whole-System Thinking

Because of its emphasis on liberty, autonomy, free will, and consent, the Enlightenment tradition of Liberalism has, I will be arguing, in large part been based on the rejection of whole-system thinking.  

Shades of Green: A Movement in Search of a Narrative

Unity is found in diversity, or so the popular saying goes.

New England Can Feed Itself. Here’s How.

A new vision for New England's food.

Peak oil review - Oct 20

 A weekly roundup of peak oil news including -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -Russia/Ukraine -Quote of the Week -The Briefs

Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Jon tells us about mission-aligned investing, reforming philanthropy, making our work fun, and more...

After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It

For more than 15 years, there were many efforts to lure a new grocery store into the space. However, while the store would be profitable, it wouldn’t be profitable enough to satisfy the demands of the shareholder-based economy of a large corporation.

Learning From Ancient Human Cultures

We are much more into securing our future based on accumulation rather than on sharing.

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