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What is in the 2014 Farm Bill For Sustainable Farms and Food Systems? – NSAC

"At the start of this long and twisted farm bill reauthorization process, NSAC released an ambitious farm bill platform with the goal of expanding opportunities for family farmers to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities.  Reflecting input from sustainable and organic farmers, rural and urban communities, and food entrepreneurs, the platform contained proposals that fell into two overarching categories: fund and grow innovative sustainable farm and food programs that build an alternative food system, and reform farm subsidies to level the playing field and make much-needed systemic transformation in our farm policy."

 

 

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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro- and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.


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Fascinating design???

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Refusal to Release Records on Pesticide Harms to Endangered Wildlife | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Refusal to Release Records on Pesticide Harms to Endangered Wildlife | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
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The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the few environmental justice groups that actually accomplishes anything.

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Cities Can Do a Better Job Managing Public Assets

Cities Can Do a Better Job Managing Public Assets | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Politicians versus Public Management: The removal of the political class from public asset management has a salutary effect on democracy: It turns politicians from asset gatekeepers to consumer and citizen advocates on behalf of public asset productivity and quality.

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The Wasted City

The Wasted City | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Cities of the global north are traditionally dominated by linear 'take-make-waste' habits. This is the Wasted City: an urban settlement in which it is difficult to develop circular systems on a mainstream basis. We currently see urban hot spots of circularity proliferating across the world, where reducing, recycling and reusing meet progressive policymaking and economic innovation. But the truly circular city remains utopian.

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Hemp Anatomy

Learn what parts of the hemp plant can be used to make our world more sustainable. Courtesy of Brady Blackburn
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Organic Farming Internships in Michigan

Organic Farming Internships in Michigan | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Organic Farming Internships in Michigan for 2018 Granor Farm, located in Three Oaks, MI, is a 27-acre farm growing a wide variety of organic vegetables, he

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From arms to farming: Russia becomes a grain superpower

From arms to farming: Russia becomes a grain superpower | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Exports of Russian wheat have grown by nearly a quarter in the first ten months of 2017, according to the country’s agriculture ministry. Russia now earns more from agriculture exports than weapons sales.


Wheat exports surged by 23 percent to 10.6 million tons with overall sales of Russian grain up by 28.4 percent to 16.9 million tons.

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Swords into plowshares.....

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Offshore wind cheaper than new nuclear

Offshore wind cheaper than new nuclear | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Figures from the government are seen as a milestone in the advance of renewable energy.

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The Battle against the Global Food Conglomerates: The Seeds of Agroecology and Common Ownership | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

The Battle against the Global Food Conglomerates: The Seeds of Agroecology and Common Ownership | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The increasingly globalised industrial food system that transnational agribusiness promotes is not feeding the world and is responsible for some of the planet’s most pressing political, social and environmental crises. Localised, traditional methods of food production have given way to globalised supply chains dominated by transnational companies policies and actions which have resulted in the destruction of habitat and livelihoods and the imposition of corporate-controlled, chemical-intensive (monocrop) agriculture that weds farmers and regions to a wholly exploitative system of neoliberal globalisation.
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Cool Season Gardening

Cool Season Gardening | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Cool Season Gardening

As far as I’m concerned, the longer I can grow and harvest my own food the better.  Last year I picked my last bowl of salad greens…
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Hemp for Paper Commercial [SCHOOL]

This was an interesting project to make. Songs: Sarah McLachlan - Angel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozKsQnRHb-c PilotRedSun - Warsaw
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How to Recover From a Fire on the Homestead - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

How to Recover From a Fire on the Homestead - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it


Smokey Bear did his best to teach everyone how to prevent forest fires, yet you too can experience a house fire.

No matter what type of house you have, it’s your job to protect it, your loved ones and the treasured memories built within. Here’s what you can do to keep your  house safe, and in the case of a fire, stay alive and recover:

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Poor Orphan Crops...So Valuable, So Neglected | Inter Press Service

Poor Orphan Crops...So Valuable, So Neglected | Inter Press Service | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Why? Simply because these species have been overshadowed by those in greater demand. For example, of the 30,000 edible plant species, a mere 30 are used to feed the world.

“Yet these neglected and under-utilised crops can help to increase the diversification of food production, adding new species to our diets that can result in better supply of particular nutrients, i.e. essential amino acids, fiber, proteins.”

The UN agency also notes that, in addition to diversifying nutritional intake, orphan crops provide economic and environmental benefits–farmers can grow them on their own, as part of crop rotation systems or inter-plant them with other crops, protecting and enhancing agro-biodiversity at the field level.
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Survive the Winter Blues: Grow, Eat and Plan

Survive the Winter Blues: Grow, Eat and Plan | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
There is no denying it: the days are short and unless you planned for a winter garden, fresh vegetables from your backyard have long passed. But don’t let the winter get you down. There are plenty of recipes to last you through the cold season and into the ‘hungry gap’. And we’ve shared a few …
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What's Wrong with Our Food System? Capitalism.

What's Wrong with Our Food System? Capitalism. | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

In a new book, the decades-long veteran of the global food justice movement says there's no way of substantively changing or transforming the food system, and tackling the immense problems of world hunger and labour exploitation that characterize it, without changing the economic system in which it operates. The problem with North Americans in particular is that as much as they may want to feed the hungry and create a more just and equitable world, many of them still lack a firm understanding of how the capitalist system operates and makes possible -- even necessary -- tremendous levels of suffering and exploitation.


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Cities Aren't Broke. But They Need New Ways to Raise Money.

Cities Aren't Broke. But They Need New Ways to Raise Money. | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

As we’ve written before in CityLab, we believe that cities can leverage the public assets they own (e.g., land and buildings in downtowns and along waterfronts) to invest at scale in critical public goods like infrastructure. In The New Localism, we devote a chapter to the workings of the Copenhagen City & Port Development Corporation, a publicly owned, privately managed corporation that has regenerated the historic harbor and used the revenue to service the debt on a city-wide transit system. Think of that: an entire transit system built on the revenue from the sale or leasing of public land.

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Interview - Christopher Cook - Diet for a Dead Planet - YouTube

Interview with Christopher Cook author of "Diet for a Dead Planet: How the Food Industry is Killing Us"
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The Most Powerful Plant on Earth? | The Hemp Conspiracy | Documentary

Is there more to this than we think? Background music by CO.AG: Don't forget. A groovy hip-hop hempster tune extolling the extraordinary virtues of HEMP
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The locations of 14 new garden villages have been revealed

The locations of 14 new garden villages have been revealed | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

The first wave of garden villages planned to create tens of thousands of new homes in England has been given the go-ahead.

Ministers have backed 14 bids across the country that will develop new communities with between 1,500 and 10,000 properties.

Larger scale garden towns in Aylesbury, Bucks, Taunton in Somerset and Harlow and Gilston, on the Essex-Herts border, have also been signed off by the Government.

The plans are expected to create a series of new communities with green spaces, good transport links and high quality affordable homes to help tackle the country’s housing crisis.

Some £6 million in funding will go towards developing the new villages, which could generate 48,000 new homes, while £1.4 million has been earmarked for the towns.

Combined with seven garden towns and cities already announced, the initiative has the potential to deliver 200,000 properties, the Government said.

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GoSun Stove | High Performance Solar Cookers

GoSun Stove | High Performance Solar Cookers | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Premium solar ovens and cookers that are the ultimate in design, performance, and ease. Shop now with fast and free shipping from the official store.
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Bee Better Certified™

Bee Better Certified™ | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Bee Better Certified partners with innovative farmers and food companies to protect bees and other pollinators in agricultural lands. The Bee Better Certified seal gives consumers confidence that their purchasing decisions benefit pollinators, reward conservation-minded farmers, and incentivize the incorporation of pollinator conservation into product supply chains. Together we can make the world better for bees.

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Don't smell the coffee: How to fight back against 'Starbucksification'

Don't smell the coffee: How to fight back against 'Starbucksification' | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Eurovision is just one example of how modern neoliberal globalization, pushed by US multinationals (we could also call it 'Starbucksification'), is inimical to genuine internationalism. The former, which has profit maximization as its sole objective, sets out to destroy national culture, to homogenize every aspect of our lives; the way we talk, the way we dress and the way we socialize; the latter respects the differences between peoples and their countries, while at the same time rejoices in our common humanity.

This explains why internationalism, and genuine solidarity between the peoples of the world, was more evident in the more socialistic, egalitarian era before Starbuckisifaction than it is today. Sameness, as the great Erich Fromm pointed out over 60 years ago, is not the same thing as equality. Too many people have been brainwashed by the big corporations into believing that it is.

We might not have had so many ethnic restaurants, but growing up in Britain in the 1970s, I was, as I explained in a Guardian column in 2008. "In the 1960s, European cultural influences were everywhere in Britain – from the pop charts to television screens. Not any more exposed to a much wider range of cultural influences than children growing up in the UK now. The television schedules included programs made in France, Germany (East and West), Japan, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and many other foreign countries.
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Warfighter Hemp

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Organic Hemp Harvesting in Estonia

High quality edible hemp products from the cleanest country in Europe. HULLED HEMP SEEDS | HEMP OIL | WHOLESEEDS Estonian Organic Protein Cooperation: ..
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Wild mushrooms: What to eat, what to avoid

Wild mushrooms: What to eat, what to avoid | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Join a local mycological (fungi) group. They are located all over the United States. A list is available at the North American Mycological Association.


Buy a regional field guide to learn what mushrooms grow wild near you.


Seek to identify at least the genus of the mushroom you have found (identification keys include the stem, a spore print, what the mushroom is growing on and the structure of the stem base, which could be below ground).

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Food Loss and Food Waste

Food Loss and Food Waste | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year
Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption
Food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs, increasing the green gas emissions in vain (FAO, 2011)
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