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The European Union and the Misery of Bigness

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 12:35

Years ago, the great Austrian economist Leopold Kohr argued that overwhelming evidence from science, culture and biology all pointed to one unending truth: things improve with an unending process of division.

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The Magic of Trees

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 12:14

So when you talk about “complete streets” and “active transportation” be sure to mention the importance of canopy trees.

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These Entrepeneurs are Using Technology to Turn a Profit on Food Waste

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 11:40

Take a look at what some creative businesses are doing to turn trash into treasure.

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Oil, Interest Rates and Debt

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 10:58

At first glance it is hard to see how oil, interest rates and debt are connected. Two of them are human constructs while oil (fossil sunlight), a gift from Mother Nature, took tens of millions of years to process.

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A Higher Calling for Higher Education

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 10:29

We need a new conception of human progress that recognizes the interdependence of the economic, social, political, and environmental spheres.

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Water Scarcity, Public Protest Slow Foreign Farmland Purchases

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 09:53

This month, in a new report, GRAIN found that investment in foreign land holdings, purchases that the group calls “land grabs,” remains prevalent around the world.

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Breaking the System: A Review of Surviving the Future

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 09:06

The three-century-long reign of the market economy is nearing its end whether we like it or not, wrote late British economist David Fleming in Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy.

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A New Chapter of Agricultural Practice

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 13:15

Although to a degree the soil remains and perhaps always will be a dark and mysterious world – the phrase from the hymn comes to mind “in light inaccessible, hid from our eyes” – the microbiome revelation has definitely brought about a shift in my approach to soil management.

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Beyond Development: The Commons as a New/Old Paradigm of Human Flourishing

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 12:15

As the planet reels from the slow-motion catastrophe of climate change, we are seeing the distinct limits of the prevailing paradigms of economic thought, governance, law and politics.

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As Britain Exits, the Need for a Strong Climate Movement Remains

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 10:54

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will be a disaster for the climate — both physical and political — on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Looking for Food in All the Wrong Places

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 10:23
Thus far, the government of Mozambique has dutifully reformed its seed laws to conform, creating obstacles to the kinds of real solutions – to hunger, poverty, and climate change – farmers in Marracuene are creating for themselves.
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Peak Oil Review - June 27 2016

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 10:16

 A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Quote of the week -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia/Ukraine -Nigeria -Venezuela -United Kingdom -The Briefs

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Christopher Alexander’s Challenge meets Darren J. Doherty’s Design Process

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 08:36

This post continues and deepens an inquiry into two contrasting understandings of design process.

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Brexit and the energy equation

Sun, 26/06/2016 - 17:36

Neglected in the analysis of Brexit is the role energy supply and prices have played in depressing productivity growth and wages, intensifying the discontent of those whose prospects have been undermined by competition from low-wage workers abroad.

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Buying Local Is the Key to Strong Regional Economies

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 12:01

In the leaky bucket analogy for local economies, money flows into a region to circulate through local businesses like water into a bucket.

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Degrowth by Designed Disaster?

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 11:15

The degrowth movement has been developed in response to neoliberal reality, neoliberalism’s comically reductive view of human nature, its ecological blindness and the rise in social inequality it has brought about.

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Feeding Cities from Within

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 10:32

Urban agriculture is sprouting up all over the world.

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Inside the Little Free Pantry

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 10:15

Created by Jessica McClard, the Pantry is an easy way for people to share surplus food and household goods, and access items they may need.

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Globalization and the American Dream

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 10:04

Implicit in the rhetoric promoting globalization is the premise that the rest of the world should be brought up to the standard of living of the West, and America in particular.

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The Cosmos, the Earth, and Your Stomach: The Story of Soil

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 09:07

When we deeply understand the system we’re working with—be it a garden, a business, a community, or even a personal relationship—we can spot the places where a small, perfectly located nudge will beget a large response.

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