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Sustainable Futures

Urban gardening survival secrets: some ways to grow food in any city even when your life depends on it
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If you want to grow enough food for yourself and your family – enough that can sustain you in hard times – you’d need several acres of prime farmland, right? In a word, no. All you need is some guidance on what to grow and how to grow it, as well as a few trips […]

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Geoff Lawton’s permaculture wisdom can literally save the world
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In the modern age many of the world’s biggest problems have been solved through technology. But at the same time, technology has created a number of big problems, too, not the least of which is how we feed ourselves. The global agriculture industry has been infiltrated and subsumed by mega-biotech corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta, […]

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The real damage of climate change
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) claims that potential future effects of climate change will include an increase in wildfires, longer periods of drought and an increase in the intensity and duration of tropical storms. William D. Nordhaus, a professor of economics at Yale University, writes about many issues related to climate change of […]

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Small-scale gardens provide sustainable food without damaging soil
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Urban and small-scale farming is a growing trend that’s healthy and sustainable for the environment. Luckily, this trend is catching on fast, not just in the U.S. but in Europe too. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/045245_gardens_sustainable_growing_soil_damage.html#ixzz32Ro1kKzn

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Scottish isle hails as first 100 percent self-sustaining place on Earth
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When life throws lemons your way, just make some lemonade — or, heck, start growing your own lemon trees and produce all the lemons you could ever want! This is what the residents of the small isle of Eigg, off Scotland’s northwestern coast, did when the big energy conglomerates refused to service their remote locale. […]

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Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
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In the latest stunning assault on Americans’ right to grow their own food, the freedom-crushing state of Michigan has ruled that local governments (cities, towns, counties) can now ban any animal they wish from small residential farms. The move opens the door to the mass criminalization of backyard farms and small, residential farming operations where […]

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Open Source Seed Initiative aims to keep seeds free from patents
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In a public ceremony on April 16, a coalition of farmers, scientists and sustainable food advocates launched the Open Source Seed Pledge, a parallel licensing system designed to keep seeds in the hands of the public and prevent them from being patented by private interests. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044934_Open_Source_Seed_Initiative_patents_public_domain.html#ixzz30MUaJsnK

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Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor
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Alfredo Moser’s invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity – using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach.

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Venezuela tracks citizens’ food purchases to criminalize ‘hoarding’ of food during severe shortage
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Despite a dearth of news coverage detailing the failing nature of Venezuela’s experimentation with abject socialism, there is nonetheless a trickle of reporting that provides the trained eye a glimpse of just how bad life is getting in this formerly thriving oil-rich South American nation. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044881_Venezuela_purchase_tracking_food_shortage.html#ixzz30BSKWgnS

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