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Family Farming is the Key to Alleviating Hunger and Poverty

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Family Farming is the Key to Alleviating Hunger and Poverty

A young family farmer works in the rice fields outside of Antananarivo, Madagascar. (Bernard Pollack) After decades of failed attempts to eradicate hunger, development agencies, international research institutions, non-profit organizations, and the funding and donor communities now see family farmers as key to alleviating global poverty and hunger. Recent estimates show that currently, 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty, and at least 870 million go to bed hungry every night. As the world gears up for the International...

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Building An Earthship & Community

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in USA | 2 comments

After a thirty-one hour drive from Ohio, we arrived at the new Higher Elevation Permaculture Center, which is sprouting up in picturesque Teton Valley, Idaho. Just over the mountains from Jackson, Wyoming, at an elevation of 6,200 feet, an Earthship is being constructed in a valley steppe surrounded by monoculture potato and barley farms. The Tetons and the Big Hole mountains are snowcapped and form the beautiful backdrop where high country snow feeds artesian springs. Forested stands of pine, aspen and firs paint the nearby...

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India’s Ambitious Biogas Program in Question

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in India, News | 1 comment

Survey of plants in Uttar Pradesh tells a dark tale of neglect Written by Bobby Ramakant An ambitious and heavily subsidized program to encourage rural India to install biogas and manure plants for renewable energy appears to have been largely a flop, at least in Uttar Pradesh, according to Surabhi Agarwal, an engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology in Khanpur. Despite acute power shortages in rural areas, varying levels of poverty and impoverishment and a cheap and efficient power source, why is the program not an outstanding...

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17 Rules For A Sustainable Local Community

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Regions, USA | 1 comment

By Wendell Berry (Editor’s Note: This list is all over the internet and I’m not sure who posted it first but all credit goes to the man himself; from a speech delivered by ‘mad’ farmer, author, and cultural critic Wendell Berry November 11, 1994 at the 23rd annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council.) How can a sustainable local community (which is to say a sustainable local economy) function? I am going to suggest a set of rules that I think such a community would have to follow. I hasten to say that I do not understand...

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Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World is a Seed

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in USA | Comments Off on Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World is a Seed

“The Seed Underground” is a love letter to the quiet revolutionaries who are saving our food heritage. by Abby Quillen posted Apr 04, 2013 Janisse Ray celebrates the local, organic food movement but fears we’re forgetting something elemental: the seeds. According to Ray, what is happening with our seeds is not pretty. Ninety-four percent of vintage open-pollinated fruit and vegetable varieties have vanished over the last century. The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray, Chelsea Green,...

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Women In India Use Saris to Filter Water & Protect Against Cholera

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in India | Comments Off on Women In India Use Saris to Filter Water & Protect Against Cholera

  Sure, the clothes we wear may protect us from the elements, but some women in India are also using their saris to stave away disease, including cholera. The low-tech solution, which involves using the traditional Indian garment to filter pond and river water before drinking, is ingenious in its simplicity. And it works, too. A study in Bangladesh found the method effective in reducing cholera cases by nearly half. FILTER FOR GOOD In a 2003 field study, Rita Colwell and her colleagues from the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins...

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Vandana Shiva and Bija Devi of Navdanya Speak About Seed Freedom

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in India, Regions | Comments Off on Vandana Shiva and Bija Devi of Navdanya Speak About Seed Freedom

Please watch this video produced by our friends Daniel & Mirra from The Perennial Plate. They interviewed Vandana Shiva & Bija Devi at Navdanya and the result is a beautifully inspiring video about self reliance, seed saving & the dangers of GMOs.

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Urban Agriculture Helps Combat Hunger in India’s Slums

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in India, Regions | Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Helps Combat Hunger in India’s Slums

Urban agriculture, credited with producing up to 20% of the world’s food in 2011, can be a driving force of urban nutrition and community development. In slums across India, farms are popping up on rooftops and former dumpsites are being transformed into community gardens. In Nairobi’s Kibera slum, urban agriculture is thriving. Slums across India are following suit. (Urban Africa)   In 2010, nearly 830 million people around the world lived in slums, up from 777 million in the year 2000, according to the United Nations. The...

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Living Soil Photos

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Photos | Comments Off on Living Soil Photos

Living Soil Photos

These photos were taken on our two most recent trips to India. The photos highlight our collaboration with Navdanya at Bija Vidyapeeth in Dehradun and also at the new ‘Living Soil’ lab in Balasore, Orrissa. This gallery also includes photos from our collaborations with Emmanuel Hospital Association in Champa, Chhattisgarh, Pushp Niketan School in Dhampur, Uttar Pradesh and SUHDIVA in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. [Show as slideshow]

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Kenya Biogas

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Kenya, Regions | Comments Off on Kenya Biogas

Biogas is a clean renewable source of cooking fuel that can be generated from leftover organic matter.  Currently, over 90% of East Africans use wood or charcoal as fuel to cook their daily meals, resulting in a myriad of environmental issues such as deforestation and desertification as well as health issues to those who are exposed to the smoke. Each of the household digesters will provide a free clean renewable source of cooking fuel by capturing the methane released from organic waste materials such as animal manures and household food...

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