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Adam Smith and a Steady-State Economy 4° (4 replies)

"Properly functioning markets allocate resources efficiently, but they cannot determine the sustainable scale; that can be achieved only by government policy." - Herman Daly Human beings are the strangest of creatures. We make observations about our surroundings or about our behaviors, these observations become cast into theory, and then these ...

Started by John V. in August 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Air Quality, Architecture, Consumerism, Economics, Energy Saving

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Froggie in a pesticide mine 7° (2 replies)

Amphibians are a bellweather species. Much like a canary in a coal mine they indicate the overall health of the environment. When I lived in Bermuda I used to sit and watch the giant toads come out around sunset and snap up the giant cockroaches as they emerged from the ...

Started by C Robb W. in November 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Environment & Wildlife

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America farmers still burning crops. What will it take to get "old timers" on board with newer practices that will save $ and preserve the earth? 10° (5 replies)

This morning I received an email from Arkansas farmer Norwood Creech, whom YERT corresponded with while seeking out rural farmers in the South. She wrote with great concern about "old time" farmers burning off crop stubble (rather than turning it under as compost). There no evidence that charring fields improves ...

Started by Julie E. in June 2008, about Agriculture & Food

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A Living Nightmare 2° (2 replies)

Imagine London before Dickens, before King Henry the VIII, in the 14th century. Teeming with the great unwashed, rivers of sewage in the streets. Now imagine London with even more people, unable to leave their homes. Now the rivers of sewage are underfoot at the kitchen table, in the bedroom, ...

Started by C Robb W. in February 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Food, Health, Industry & Business, Organic, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans

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East Africa Trust Newsletter 1° (1 reply)

East Africa Trust http://www.surreycommunity.info/eastafricatrust/ is a charity working to promote sustainable healthy lifestyles through appropriate technology, consultation, and hard work. If you are interested in Tristan's work please contact him at eastafricatrust@aol.com Rwanda joined the East African Community, EAC, in 2007, joining Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi in a union ...

Started by C Robb W. in January 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Education, Energy Saving, Green energy

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EU continues to see the light and listen to reason 8° (3 replies)

See Organic Consumers Association http://www.organicconsumers.org/gelink.cfm " Although more than 70% of the non-organic food in American supermarkets contains genetically engineered ingredients, massive opposition to GMO crops in Europe has basically kept them off the market (except for imported animal feed). According to the majority the EU, biotech crops pose unacceptable ...

Started by C Robb W. in February 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Food, Genetic Modification, Organic

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GM crops increase pesticide use 11° (6 replies)

From Organic Consumers Association "According to a recent (December 2008) global summary report from the Worldwatch Institute: 1) The U.S. leads the world, by far, in genetically engineered crop production and consumption. 2) The widespread planting of crops genetically engineered to resist specific pesticides (which allows farmers to apply more ...

Started by C Robb W. in February 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Genetic Modification, Organic, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans

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Soil, organics, and Co2 14° (9 replies)

Soil is one of our most precious resources and along with many others we are treating like dirt. * The United States is losing soil 10 times faster -- and China and India are losing soil 30 to 40 times faster -- than the natural replenishment rate. * The economic ...

Started by C Robb W. in October 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Carbon Sequestration, Emissions, Food, Organic, Pollution

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Corn Syrup contaminated with Mercury 2° (2 replies)

Industrial agriculture has had some spectacular failures of late, contaminated tomatoes, contaminated spinach, deadly beef. Now they want to irradiate our vegetables, and kill it's nutritive qualities in the process, to kill contamination after the fact rather than cleaning up their act. On top of all that this new study ...

Started by C Robb W. in January 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Organic

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Where can I find a large storage tank for a large scale rain catchment system? What type of tank if recommended? 12° (12 replies)

The Homestead will be putting in a large scale rain catchment system once we have our new roof (lots of leaks) on this summer. Ideally, I would be interested in a 1.5-2 story cylindrical holding tank to be placed outside near the house. I can't seem to find anything on ...

Started by Jayne Bielecki in July 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Consumerism, Environment & Wildlife, Health, Recycling, Water

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