Richard Maybury on the Collapse of the Anglo-American Empire and What It Means for You. Backyard Food Production -How Much Land Does it Take? When thinking of becoming self-reliant, the question arises "how much land do I need to be able to sustainably grow enough food for my family?
" The exact answer to that question depends on several factors, but you can learn a lot, and make a pretty good estimate, by looking at some scenarios that span the various alternatives. How Much Land Does a Man Need? "How Much Land Does a Man Require?
" (Russian: Много ли человеку земли нужно? , Mnogo li cheloveku zemli nuzhno) is an 1886 short story by Leo Tolstoy about a man who, in his lust for land, forfeits everything. Synopsis The protagonist of the story is a peasant named Pahom, who overhears his wife and sister-in-law argue over the merits of town and peasant farm life. He thinks to himself "if I had plenty of land, I shouldn't fear the Devil himself! ". He stays out as late as possible, marking out land until just before the sun sets. Cultural influence Late in life, James Joyce wrote to his daughter that it is "the greatest story that the literature of the world knows"; Ludwig Wittgenstein was another well-known admirer. Motifs from the short story are used in the 1969 West German film Scarabea: How Much Land Does a Man Need?
References External links World land area / world population. Backyard Food Production Library Store - How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine. What Does 200 Calories Cost? The Economics of Obesity. (Update: I thought this popular article would be worth bumping back up due my #BelowTheLine eating challenge.
There have been some good comments about the fact that caloric content does not equate to nutrition. Very true, I am actually planning to buy relatively little of the “cheap” junk food items on this list like donuts, white bread, chips, and candy. Instead, I’m buying rice, lentils, beans, eggs, and a few fruits. The economics of obesity should also acknowledge the important factors of convenience and taste. Fast food tastes good and arrives instantly. The 2% : Casaubon's Book. Michael Ableman has written a lovely manifesto from the 2% - the tiny percentage of Americans who actually farm: There are far more people in prison than growing our food, more stockbrokers and lawyers than those of us who feed our neighbors.
We are the 2 percent we call farmers. There is nothing more central to our lives than how we secure our food. Yet the responsibility for this has been almost entirely handed over to someone somewhere else, to an industrial system where farms have become factories and food has become a faceless commodity. Why are so many Americans in prison? - Inside Story Americas. Taming the Zoning Monster : Casaubon's Book. For the last several years I’ve been working on the invention of “Urban and Suburban Right-to-Farm Laws” and have had some notable successes including a legal conference on the idea and a few municipalities that have implemented them.
This is one of the reasons I think this is so incredibly important – zoning presumptions simply can’t be allowed to prevent people from using less and meeting their own needs. Over the last 50 years, food and zoning laws have worked to minimize subsistence activities in populated areas. Not only have we lost the culture of subsistence, but we’ve instituted legal requirements that make it almost impossible for many people to engage in simple subsistence activities that cut their energy use, reduce their ecological impact, improve their food security and improve their communities. In some cases, these laws were instituted for fairly good reasons, in many cases, for bad ones that associate such activities with poverty.
Coping with Unlimited. Grocery Shopping With Your Middle Finger. The Grocery Store is the only retail establishment that I visit more than once a month. But even then, we have a bit of a love/hate relationship. I Love the grocery store, because it is the source of almost all of my food. Under its roof lies a world of unlimited possibilities. It can help me cook up almost any recipe on Earth, and by selecting the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones, I can ensure a fantastic level of health for myself and my family. Lab-Grown Burger To Be Served In Six Months. Muscle cells taken from a cow are placed in a special nutrient mixture that promotes growth.
Researchers hope to combine the cultured tissue into a hamburger sometime this fall. Case for Zero Waste. "Although unheard of a decade ago, there is considerable recent interest in designing industrial production processes that produce zero waste…the goal is a worthy motivator.
" Kenneth Geiser, Materials Matter Waste causes great loss of value and resources. Humans are the only species that create waste. We can learn to identify all types of waste and through their elimination, save money and achieve a more sustainable world. Environmental Group Breaks the Silence on Population Control. Getting ready for the end of growth on Earth. Long Beach, California—Paul Gilding wants to scare us.
He wants to scare us into acting before it's too late. "The Earth is Full. Full of us, full of our stuff. Full of our waste," he said during his TED talk. In financial terms, we live on the Earth like we are spending 50 percent more than we earn. The end of oil is closer than you think. How to Make Trillions of Dollars. A Formula for Success: The Power of Implementation Intentions. Sacred Economics: Why our money economy doesn’t work anymore. Malthus.pdf (application/pdf Object)