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Greens Who Want Results Should Take Lessons From The Grassroots

Greens Who Want Results Should Take Lessons From The Grassroots | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Environmentalists moped into 2015 knowing that last year’s midterm elections produced the most hostile Congresses on climate change and the environment in recent memory. Rhea Suh, the new president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, told me that “there are more challenges” confronting the environmental movement now “than we’ve ever seen.” The movement’s leaders will be fighting aggressively and begrudgingly, mostly from behind enemy lines in Congress, longing for the days when lawmakers like Henry Waxman, Ed Markey, and Barbara Boxer met them with open arms.
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What Harvey Milk Can Teach Today's Green Activists

What Harvey Milk Can Teach Today's Green Activists | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Milk, the movie, strangely leaves out the riot at city hall. During White’s trial, his lawyer argued that he was agitated and hopped up on sugary junk food at the time (a strategy that became known as the “Twinkie Defense”). The day that he was sentenced, he was given seven and a half years total for killing both men. (White ultimately served five years in prison.) That day, thousands of people marched to city hall, and when they arrived, began to tear it apart. By the end of the night, 61 police and 100 protesters would be in the hospital.
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How One Oregon Town Got Its Fish Back

How One Oregon Town Got Its Fish Back | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The big problem with fish in the United States, as Paul Greenberg has nicely summed up, is that the vast majority of the seafood that Americans actually eat comes from farms overseas while we export our domestically caught, superior wild fish. As a result, there’s very little rapport between communities and their local food supplies (ergo little motivation to care for said supplies), huge amounts of fossil fuels are expended in transporting farmed fish from halfway across the world, and no one even has the slightest clue what kind of fish they’re putting in their mouths. Community-supported fishery programs, like the one in Port Orford, are beginning to change this extremely bizarre system in favor of local ecosystems and the people who depend on them.
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Oh, Heck Yes: Check Out These Farm Tools For Women

Oh, Heck Yes: Check Out These Farm Tools For Women | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

"You get Green Heron Tools and a batch of farming and gardening tools that are actually useful for women. Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger founded the business after farming for 20 years and noticing the tools didn’t quite work for their bodies. Deborah Huso interviewed the pair over at Modern Farmer:"

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The Secret to Richer, Carbon-Capturing Soil? Treat Your Microbes Well!

The Secret to Richer, Carbon-Capturing Soil? Treat Your Microbes Well! | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Imagine if someone invented machines to suck carbon out of the atmosphere — machines that were absurdly cheap, autonomous, and solar powered, too. Wouldn’t that be great? But we already have these gadgets!
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This Site Will Answer All Your Growing Queries

This Site Will Answer All Your Growing Queries | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
PlantVillage crowdsources responses to all sorts of farming questions from around the globe, pooling scholarly info with hands-on experience.
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When Your Produce Gets Wasted, It's Really A Cry For Help

When Your Produce Gets Wasted, It's Really A Cry For Help | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

"We end up throwing out a lot of the food we grow. According to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council, we’re tossing 40 percent of our food, the equivalent of $165 billion wasted — giant lakes of water, mountains of fertilizer, and megajoules of energy, all squandered."

 
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Want to create a new generation of farmers? Forgive their college debt

Want to create a new generation of farmers? Forgive their college debt | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
A new campaign calls on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to recognize farming as a public good.
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California's New Coffee Farm Isn't Your Average Joe

California's New Coffee Farm Isn't Your Average Joe | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Yes, coffeeJay Ruskey is the first farmer in the continental U.S. to grow coffee commercially. Here's what that means for the future of coffee.

The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's insight:

Yes, coffee is a food.

It's in the Brown food group, along with chocolate and cinnamon.....

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This Illustrated Guide Makes Marine Protected Areas Fascinating

This Illustrated Guide Makes Marine Protected Areas Fascinating | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
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So, Nietzsche and an Alaskan fisherman walk into a bar ...
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This Is What A More Sustainable American Food System Looks Like

This Is What A More Sustainable American Food System Looks Like | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Let’s be real: The American food system today has some pretty daunting issues. We’re saddled with a farming system that, on the whole, releases a massive amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (675 million metric tons annually at the most recent tally, to be exact), sucks nutrients from the soil, and leaches chemicals into the water table. And in regions with some of the richest farmland, historically speaking, you can’t buy a fresh vegetable for love or money — but you can get a two-liter bottle of potable sugar and an endless variety of nutritionally vacant foodstuff approximations at any corner store. To that end, we find ourselves in the midst of a dietary and environmental crisis. We could ask, “How did we get here?”, but I’m not trying to answer that question. There are many possible culprits at whom we could point fingers, but what’s much, much more important is how we get ourselves out of this mess.

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Crazy Contraption Turns Cow Poo Into Clean Water, Fertilizer, and Natural Gas (ahem)

Crazy Contraption Turns Cow Poo Into Clean Water, Fertilizer, and Natural Gas (ahem) | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

"I know what you’re thinking: “Water from cow shit? Bullshit.” And you’re right — it works on bulls too!"

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Top 8 Uses For Non-Laying Hens (Not Including Lunch)

What can you do with a chicken past her prime? Here are a few ideas.
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