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The Art of Fermentation

One way to reduce household energy use associated with food is to adopt fermentation as a primary means of food preservation.

Crops of the past and future

Developing perennial varieties of grains, legumes, and vegetables can help save precious soil.

Growing the Open Food Revolution

The open food movement has been developing at a pace in recent months through projects like the Australian-based Open Food Network, a free and open source project aimed at supporting diverse food enterprises and making it easy to access local sustainable food.

Farming peace for Palestine

Olive trees in the Holy Land are a renowned symbol of peace.

Focusing on Food Miles is a Mistake

While I'm all for reducing the energy demands associated with food production, I think the singular attention given to the issue of food miles is misguided, and I'll use this post to explain why.

Why Energy?

Perhaps the biggest reason why I focus on energy is that it mediates all biophysical transformations. Without an all-important energy conversion, nothing happens.

Handmade Tools Make Simple Work at Inspiration Farm     

Watch Brian Kerkvliet cut thick grasses easily and quickly with his hand-built scythe — a far cry from a noisy weed whacker!

The right to cook

I want to suggest the creation of a new human right. That human right is the right to cook.

The Energy Cost of Local Food

Years back a pair of planners, Branden Born and Mark Purcell, warned that there's nothing about smaller scale enterprises that make them inherently more efficient than their larger counterparts. With respect to on-farm energy intensity, they're certainly right.

Teach a Country to Fish...

...we send fully a third of American-caught fish abroad, even as we import 91 percent of the seafood we eat.

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