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Our Industrial, Western Agricultural System Is Destroying the Earth and Our Health

Our Industrial, Western Agricultural System Is Destroying the Earth and Our Health | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience

AllAfrica, January 07, 2014

OUR CONTEMPORARY, WESTERN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM IS DETROYING THE EARTH AND OUR HEALTH

Over the course of the past century our food supply has shifted from local to global. Most food our grandparents ate was grown regionally, often by neighbourhood farmers.

Today our food comes from across the world. More importantly, it is often produced in highly destructive ways, at the lowest possible cost.

Consequently our food production system is responsible for accelerating the rate of destruction of the very ecosystems we are reliant upon in order to maintain our delicate global environmental equilibrium.

We cut and clear the lungs of the world, our tropical rainforests, to feed livestock or grow dishonestly named "biofuels". We bulldoze natural filtration systems and the nurseries for life like wetlands and mangrove swamps to produce luxury foods for obese populations...  http://allafrica.com/stories/201401071158.html?viewall=1

 


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An honest article about the world food order.   

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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, February 12, 2014 3:39 PM

more reason to pursue urban and vertical farming ...

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Good compilation of links to push us into action.

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                                              ENOUGHNESS: 

               WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY

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BillMoyers.com, November 21, 2014
'FOOD CHAINS,' A NEW DOCUMENTARY BY 'FOOD, INC." Food Chains, a new hard-hitting documentary about the battle between Florida farmworkers and the giant supermarket and fast food conglomerates. Farmworkers are among the lowest paid workers in America, averaging about $12,000 per year in wages, and many of them, especially women, have been subjected to human rights abuses in the fields. In its review of the film, The New York Times calls Food Chains an “emphatic and empathetic documentary” that presents farm laborers as modern-day slaves  http://billmoyers.com/2014/11/21/food-chains/


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          An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 

 

-▶  AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD - The Natural Eye Project - http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

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IUCN - All species great and small must be preserved

IUCN - All species great and small must be preserved | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
The paper, “The Importance and Benefits of Species”, released today in the journal Current Biology, advocates a conservation philosophy that all species are important, no matter their direct use by humans, apparent value, intelligence or...
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Environment Ministry plans regeneration drive for forest land - Daily Mail

Environment Ministry plans regeneration drive for forest land - Daily Mail | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
The Prakash Javadekar-led Environment Ministry, which had been clearing forests in the name of development, is now thinking of reviving woodland which is lying in a degraded condition.
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Reviving degraded lands must be done with scientific inputs and will need to be long term projects of at least 10 years.  The Aravali and Yamuna biodiversity parks in Delhi are some good examples.

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If modern farming can't sustain bees, how much longer can it sustain us?

If modern farming can't sustain bees, how much longer can it sustain us? | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Our bees and wider farmland ecosystems have been seriously harmed by neonicotinoids, writes Dave Goulson.

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Fliss Clooney's curator insight, May 14, 8:09 AM

My local bees are declining in number all the time.  A world without bees is unthinkable.  An important article from the Ecologist

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid

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Learning With Nature | Curiosity | Engagement | eSkills

Learning With Nature | Curiosity | Engagement | eSkills | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
In our time of fast-paced, exam-pressured, high-tech culture, where does learning with nature have a place?

When adults are asked to recall a time in their youth when they were happiest, invariably they refer to times spent outdoors and with friends.

 

Our clever screen world keeps us busy and on the go, but does not help us to communicate, feel loved, gain the satisfaction of the quiet mind, and relax. Time with others in nature does exactly that -- and much, much more!

 

Learn more:

 

https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/practice-learning-about-sustainability-up-from-the-early-age-a-must/

 

Using blogs to document the beauty of nature:

 

https://gustmeeshobbyen.wordpress.com/

 


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The contribution of public parks in improving the health of a population is immense.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 26, 12:19 PM

In our time of fast-paced, exam-pressured, high-tech culture, where does learning with nature have a place?

When adults are asked to recall a time in their youth when they were happiest, invariably they refer to times spent outdoors and with friends.


Our clever screen world keeps us busy and on the go, but does not help us to communicate, feel loved, gain the satisfaction of the quiet mind, and relax. Time with others in nature does exactly that -- and much, much more!


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https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/practice-learning-about-sustainability-up-from-the-early-age-a-must/


Using blogs to document the beauty of nature:


https://gustmeeshobbyen.wordpress.com/



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a compilation of activities that inspire learning by doing, observing and sharing...

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Human diseases: Insights obtained from wildlife research | Current Conservation

Human diseases: Insights obtained from wildlife research | Current Conservation | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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"Modern humans are increasingly found living in crowded urban environments away from wilderness and serenity. High population densities create an anticipation of future food scarcity, since this is what happens in nature. Populations of wild animals periodically rise and fall; these ups and downs have caused animals to evolve the ability to anticipate starvation and store fat. Experiments in worms and fruit flies have shown that crowding induces fat storage. Perception of crowding also affects behavioural responses, favouring diplomat traits over soldier traits. It also affects many hormone levels in the body. The unprecedented overcrowding of cities and lack of serene natural places is likely to be an important contributor to changes in human health."
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Ranthambhore Tale's.. .: A Tragic day in Ranthambhore.. .

Ranthambhore Tale's.. .: A Tragic day in Ranthambhore.. . | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
A sad tale of human animal conflict and lack of medical resources in ranthambore via @drkrishi
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Reality bytes

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Tree conservation

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A heroic effort to showcase the tree plantation drive in Kenya.

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To Corbett with Love - YouTube

A short film made in the year 2000, set in Corbett National Park, India. Filmed, scripted and produced by Dr.Susan Sharma.
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Planning to visit Corbett National Park, India?  Get to know some of the untold stories about the Park - Watch "To Corbett With Love"

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Snake Tales- Part I - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - May, 2003

Snake Tales- Part I - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - May, 2003 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Zookeepers are great story tellers!

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FOREST FIRES - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

FOREST FIRES - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Indian Wildlife Club Ezine
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Most of the animals remain unharmed as they can take temporary shelter in unburnt or already burnt areas. Fires burn the eggs of birds, destroy the young animals and damage their habitats. - See more at: http://indianwildlifeclub.com/Ezine/View/Details.aspx?aid=1036#sthash.rVnS8cYa.dpuf

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Rewilding Our Hearts: Ecocide Is Suicide - Huffington Post

Rewilding Our Hearts: Ecocide Is Suicide - Huffington Post | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Rewilding our hearts calls for a global paradigm shift, a social revolution, in how we interact with other animals and with other humans....
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"The revolution has to come from deep within us and begin at home, in our heart and wherever we live. I want to make the process of rewilding a more personal journey and exploration that centers on bringing other animals and their homes, ecosystems of many different types, back into our heart. "

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Purify air quality inside homes with plants - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

Purify air quality inside homes with plants - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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There is so much talk about Delhi being the most polluted city in the world now.   While air quality outside is bad, quality of air inside our homes is also not good.  The common pollutants are  formaldehyde: in carpets, upholstery, glues, paint, and more; benzene: in plastics, synthetic fibers, lubricants, rubber, pesticides, and more); trichloroethylene: in paint removers, rug cleaning solution, adhesives, and more... 
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Don't feed the ducks bread, say conservationists

Don't feed the ducks bread, say conservationists | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
We feed six million loaves of bread a year to ducks in England and Wales causing damage to birds’ health and polluting waterways. Oats, corn and peas are safer for the birds

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The seemingly innocent act of feeding ducks with bread is harming waterfowl and polluting waterways, conservationists warned on Monday as they urged people to use more benign alternatives.

“There’s also a risk that ducks and other water fowl could get an illness known as angel wing, which is caused by not getting the right nutrients in their diet. "

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Save the bees: How to attract pollinators to your yard - The latest buzz - Wildlife - How to - Canadian Gardening

Save the bees: How to attract pollinators to your yard - The latest buzz - Wildlife - How to - Canadian Gardening | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Help end the decline of honeybees, bumblebees and other pollinators
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California is drilling for water that fell to Earth 20,000 years ago

California is drilling for water that fell to Earth 20,000 years ago | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
We're using so much groundwater that it's contributing to sea level rise.

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Wildscapes Product Store - Mobile Apps

Wildscapes Product Store - Mobile Apps | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Simple but useful applications to awaken the bird watcher in you.

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Susan Sharma's curator insight, May 25, 11:51 AM

Download these free mobile apps if you are a bird watcher.

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Wildbytes from India: Shooing away monkeys-You can't be serious!

Wildbytes from India: Shooing away monkeys-You can't be serious! | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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The small back yard garden I have faces the biggest threat from troops of monkeys on the prowl looking for goodies...............I was ready to try anything to protect the mangoes.  This suggestion seemed harmless to all concerned.  So we implemented it. 

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Living with the park-Part I - YouTube

Living with the park is a film about the Ranthambhore National Park looking at the Park in its entirety. Can you ignore the people living around the Park whi...
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Ranthambhore National Park, India
Do the people living around the Park have a stake in protecting the Park and its animals?
Watch a two part documentary "Living With the Park"

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Rare turtle, thought extinct, reintroduced into wild

Rare turtle, thought extinct, reintroduced into wild | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Conservationists have brought the Myanmar roofed turtle, the world's second most endangered turtle, back from the brink
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Read about illegal trading of turtles at

http://www.indianwildlifeclub.com/ezine/view/details.aspx?aid=717

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Rewilding: Landscaping with Nature | Planet Natural

Rewilding: Landscaping with Nature | Planet Natural | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Rewilding is less a collection of specific practices and more a philosophy that becomes functional when applied to designing your own landscape.
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paying more attention to what you grow while making your landscape more environmentally friendly.

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Flamingoes - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

Flamingoes - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Indian Wildlife Club Ezine
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Environmentalists and bird enthusiasts do not know whether the flamingos come from the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, or Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa - 

Also read about the threat to Flamingo City in Gujarat at 

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/The-Pinks-Will-Leak/293293

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Biofuels - messiah or myth? - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

Biofuels - messiah or myth? - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Indian Wildlife Club Ezine
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The 1970s were years of innocence - we became aware of the fuel crisis, but we did not suspect global warming. It was only in 2006, that Al Gore, with his documentary, ‘An inconvenient truth’ brought it home to many that the earth may never be the same again. - See more at: http://indianwildlifeclub.com/Ezine/View/Details.aspx?aid=1037#sthash.G9bffa09.dpuf

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Human-animal conflict touches jumbo figures @timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Human-animal conflict touches jumbo figures @timesofindia.indiatimes.com | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
via WordLink - It's raging war between humans and jumbos! While 685 elephants died in past 11 years, mainly because of humans, the animals killed 660 people and injured 272 during the same period.
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Search for "Human Animal Conflict" at http://IndianWildlifeclub.com

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Mumbai: With this duo, learning about nature is a walk in the park - Hindustan Times

Mumbai: With this duo, learning about nature is a walk in the park - Hindustan Times | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
If you love trees but are clueless about the names of most, or are a nature enthusiast who would like to know more, shake off your Sunday laziness and join Renee Vyas and Dr Usha Desai for their Tree Appreciation Walks (TAW).
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I have been for tree walks and recommend them. You get a new perspective on your town/city when you start knowing the tree names.
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Wildbytes from India: Plants around us are havens for wildlife!

Wildbytes from India: Plants around us are havens for wildlife! | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Urban wildlife can be very fascinating!

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