UN and USA technocrats must listen to the small-scale and indigenous farmers of the world! Large scale biotech industrial food production and destruction of our oceans, land and our forests (and all species within them) for PalmOil and pure profit is not the answer if we are to survive on this planet.
- Transition Times, Jennifer Brody:
"I am having trouble summoning any enthusiasm over the upcoming Rio+20 UN Conference, which will begin on June 20. When you go to the conference website, everything sounds so benign, forward-looking...
Greenpeace shows the true face of the problem in "The Weather Gods", a hard-hitting documentary that tells the story of the people in the front line of climate change; rural communities in Mali and Kenya and South Africa.
Our earliest descendants were hunter/gatherers who foraged for their food, were in tune with their surroundings, and ate with the seasons. After foraging was essentially replaced by agriculture, people became increasingly detached from where their food came from. Foraging offers people a way to reconnect with nature and shows that food is all around us.
I recently had the good fortune to interview Liz McLellan. Liz runs hyperlocavore.com, a site that matches "people up in yardsharing groups and neighborhood produce exchanges." Here's our discussion...
This is the new project I'm planting my self into. Please help. - @ddrrnt
We're raising $20k to help rural communities in Zambia grow moringa crops so they can earn money and improve their nutrition.
Moringa is a superfood and regarded as the most nutritious plant on earth, it can help eliminate malnutrition in developing countries and LOTS of health-conscious people and sports enthusiasts in the First World also want to get their hands on some because it has loads of health benefits!
Moringa leaves can be consumed fresh, or dried in the shade and crushed into a powder which can then be mixed into food. It's super nutritious and really good for babies and young children too!
Here’s a line of thinking I found that was useful. You might find it useful too.
1. Food security starts with successfully growing something you can actually eat. It progresses as you get more skilled at growing a variety of foods throughout the season.
2. If you can get to the point of either personally growing or locally sourcing nearly everything your family eats, you are well on your way to food security.
3. However, real food security that can handle a wider variety of threats and opportunities goes beyond simply growing lots of food locally. It requires growing or raising heirloom and heritage foods locally that few others in the world do.
Edible City is a 72 minute documentary film that asks a few burning questions…
“How can we live in cities and still eat local, healthy, sustainable food?” “How can we create jobs, build local economies, and increase food security all at the same time?” “How can we create food systems that are economically, socially, and environmentally just?”
Edible City follows ten extraordinary stories exploring what’s going on in the food movement today, from the grassroots growth to the politics in Washington, D.C., from Occupy Oakland to creating community resiliency and local economic infrastructure.
With sky-high unemployment, Richmond, California, is not a place where traditional business models alone can dent poverty. The city has turned to co-ops in hopes that people who might be unemployable in the traditional economy gain access to both jobs and control over their own labor.
The roof of a city-owned downtown parkade will be converted to a high-tech vertical growing space capable of producing 95 tonnes of fresh vegetables a year.
Vancouver-based Valcent Products has entered into a memorandum of understanding with EasyPark, the corporate manager of the city’s parkades, to build a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse on underutilized space on the roof of the parkade at 535 Richards Street, in the heart of the downtown core.