Food & agriculture

Food & agriculture - July 22

Staff, Energy Bulletin

We Gotta Eat 'em to Save 'em
On tiny plots, a new generation of farmers emerges
Vandana Shiva and the Earth Democracy (audio)

archived July 22, 2009
	

The Two Sides of An Organic vs. Chemical Story

Gene Logsdon, Dave Smith, Organic To Be

The photo of stunted corn tells why grain farmers don’t like trees in their fence rows. Don’t like fence rows at all, in fact. The trees suck the moisture away from crops, as you can see. But what’s going on here? The corn in the other photo, just across the fence, growing the same distance from the same trees, is tall and healthy. Why aren’t the trees robbing moisture from this corn?

archived July 22, 2009
	

San Francisco peak oil task force report

San Francisco Peak Oil Preparedness Task Force, City & County of San Francisco

San Francisco was born at the beginning of the oil age, and the city has flourished during an era in which fossil fuels became the foundation of our economy and society...Task Force Members will present their findings to members of the Board of Supervisors’ Government Oversight and Audit Committee in Room 263 of City Hall at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 23. Interested readers in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to join them in room 263, City Hall, at 2:00 P.M.

archived July 21, 2009
	

Food Crisis and the G8 - July 20

Staff, Energy Bulletin

G8 Summit: Feed the Hungry or Fuel Hunger?
G8 Calls for Decisive Action to End Hunger, Recognizes Role of CAADP and AGRA at L'Aquila Summit
U.S. working group on the food crisis statement on the G8 in L’aquila, Italy

archived July 20, 2009
	

HOME documentary - Earth's unsustainable energy and environmental situation - with critical review

Greg Jalbert and Jan Lundberg , Culture Change

The film HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a beautifully shot panorama of the Earth and the damage done to it by modern humanity. It includes a moving narration about the evolution of the Earth, nature, agriculture, humans, and the crises of habitat destruction, energy depletion, climate disruption, degradation...of the environment, health, economic disparity, and more. They are well integrated in the film, but many assumptions in the script make this film hard to recommend unless accompanied by a reality check on energy and the value of traditional ways.

archived July 20, 2009
	

Reflections on the G8 summit - July 15

Staff, Energy Bulletin

The Alternative G8 Summit: Final Summary Statement
The G-8 Is Dead
G8 summit features evolution of global governance

archived July 15, 2009
	

Hard times - July 15

Staff, Energy Bulletin

The State of Homelessness in the U.S.
Looming crisis spells stimulus (Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Will Lose Unemployment Benefits Soon)
Food banks squeezed by prices, demand

archived July 15, 2009
	

Food & agriculture - July 13

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Newsom's fresh idea: mandates on healthier food
A Geodesic Greenhouse — Year-Round Gardening at 6000 Feet
Announcing the Release of ‘Can Totnes and District Feed Itself?’

archived July 13, 2009
	

Deep thought - July 13

Staff, Energy Bulletin

A problem of security
Energy Bill Ignores Resource Depletion
Interview with Carolyn Baker about her book Sacred Demise
Peak oil means peak food as well

archived July 13, 2009
	

Grains and how we get them - July 12

Staff, Energy Bulletin

This post talks about a seldom-mentioned aspect of local sustainable food production: how do we get our carbs? Local and urban fruit and veg production is all very well and needs to be encouraged, but as East Anglia Food Link Coordinator Tully Wakeman says, "...fruit and veg supplies only about 10% of our calories". How and where our grains are grown, and how they can be sustainably transported and processed form the crux of this issue.

archived July 6, 2009