Permaculture in the USA

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Permaculture in the USA
This arrived in my mailbox this morning.  Considering the number of enqiries I've received personally about assistance with designing permaculture, I would strongly urge anyone wanting to go that way to contact the Institute.  They have done absolutely marvelous things in Australia.
Mike. 

Rediscovering Democracy

Alternatives to Political Systems, Economics, People Systems, Society, Village Development — by Marcin Gerwin


Photo: Korean Resource Center

Political and economic systems can be designed just like gardens. We
can design them in such a way that they will allow simple, harmonious
living with nature, without much bureaucracy. It is not written in
stone that there must even be taxes. Taxes are very practical, but, for
example, Native Americans managed to do just fine without them for
hundreds of years. And they did create a country, the Iroquois Confederacy
can be considered as one. I’m not suggesting we get rid of taxation, my
point is only that it’s not an obligatory feature of a design. Many
people see governments with ministers and presidents as the only way of
ruling a country, even in democratic systems. It may seem that since
all countries are now ruled by some form of government - parliamentary,
presidential or monarchal - it must have always been like that. Well,
it wasn’t.

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Posted on: February 18, 2009

Supermarket Secrets

Biodiversity, Consumerism, Economics, Health & Disease, Society — by Craig Mackintosh

Here’s
a great behind the scenes look at modern supermarket and supply chain
practices that have significant implications on the health of our
environment, our animals, our food - and ultimately our own health. If
you don’t have more than a few minutes up your sleeve, bookmark this to
watch when you do - as these are two full (and very interesting!) 49
minute documentary episodes.

 

Part I: 49 minutes

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Posted on: February 17, 2009

Restructuring the U.S. Transport System: The Potential of High-Speed Rail

Peak Oil, Society — by Earth Policy Institute

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute

Aside
from the overriding need to stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)
levels to stabilize climate, there are several other compelling reasons
for countries everywhere to restructure their transport systems,
including the need to prepare for falling oil production, to alleviate
traffic congestion, and to reduce air pollution. The U.S. car-centered
transportation model, with three cars for every four people, that much
of the world aspires to will not likely be viable over the long term
even for the United States, much less for everywhere else.

The shape of future transportation systems centers around the
changing role of the automobile. This in turn is being influenced by
the transition from a predominantly rural global society to a largely
urban one. By 2020 close to 55 percent of us will be living in cities,
where the role of cars is diminishing. In Europe, where this process is
well along, car sales in almost every country have peaked and are
falling.

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Posted on: February 16, 2009

Oil Supply Crunch Coming

Economics, Peak Oil — by Craig Mackintosh


The Future of Travel?

At the risk of labouring the point, I must bring the following
warning from the International Energy Agency (IEA) to your attention:

Nobuo Tanaka, the IEA’s executive director, warned there could be a "supply crunch".

… "Currently the demand is very low due to the very bad economic situation," Mr Tanaka said.

"But when the economy starts growing, recovery comes again in 2010
and then onward, we may have another serious supply crunch if capital
investment is not coming." - BBC

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Re: Permaculture in the USA

bump

 

If there's a better way to meet our basic needs than through permaculture practices, a lot of us would appreciate the link ;)

Permaculture, biodynamic, organic farming are growing. We need to encourage this.

peace

 

Bruce

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February 19, 2009, 4:53 pm

First Lady at Agriculture Department

Susan Walsh/Associated Press The
first lady, Michelle Obama, brought a seedling from the Jackson
magnolia tree at the White House to Agriculture Department employees.


The first lady, Michelle Obama,
continued her rounds of government agency visits
today to say thank you to the employees and to get to know the District
of Columbia better. This time, Mrs. Obama brought a gift.

Before cheering throng of Agriculture Department employees,
including 18 long-time employees who were singled out for their
service, Mrs. Obama presented a seedling from the Jackson magnolia,
which has been growing on the west side of the south portico of the
White House for 180 years.

Andrew Jackson planted the tree in memory of his wife, Rachel, who died before he entered the White House.

Last week, the Agriculture Department started its own garden, one
that will include fruits and vegetables to be donated to the city’s
soup kitchens. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack jackhammered a spot in
the black asphalt outside the Whitten building to prepare the ground.
It is part of an effort by the Obama administration to get people to
grow some of their own food.

Mrs. Obama said she was particularly pleased that the department’s
facilities all over the world would be planting gardens. “I’m a big
believer in community gardens,” she said, “both because of their beauty
and for providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables to so many
communities across the nation and the world.”

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