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It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest
Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest. “This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. MORE: Amazing Apple Powered Lamp Related:  Food Issues

Vandana Shiva - The Future of Food and Seed: Justice, Sustainability and Peace in the 21st Century | pdxjustice Media Productions Vandana Shiva, February 28, 2009:The Future of Food and Seed: Justice, Sustainability and Peace in the 21st Century NOW AVAILABLE AS STREAMING VIDEO >>> Click the image of the viewer below and you'll be transported to the Google Video server ... Physicist, ecologist, feminist and author, Vandana Shiva, delivers a keynote address at the Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon, on February 28, 2009. Contact: pdxjustice@riseup.net Broadcast dates, times, channels: TBA This program is currently available as streaming video through the Google Video hosting website: >> Vandana Shiva - The Future of Food and Seed: Justice, Sustainability and Peace in the 21st Century. Related Links: Navdanya website Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, by Vandana Shiva Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis, by Vandana Shiva Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit, by Vandana Shiva Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, by Vandana Shiva

Garden of Eatin' :: How to Avoid GMO/Monsanto Learn why Monsanto and GMO must be avoided. See what companies have questionable seed-buy practices, and who sells safe seed. What is GMO, and who is Monsanto? A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. The Monsanto Company is a U.S. Why does it matter if seed has been genetically modified? These books have excellent reviews at Amazon and go very in depth into the issues with Monsanto. >> The Council for Responsible Genetics has an excellent FAQ page that will answer this pressing question. Other links to read: Vanity Fair article Center for Food Safety: Monsanto vs US Farmers Report Mcspotlight article Government slashes pesticide reporting laws Organic Consumers For more information, just Google Monsanto. Now, who to avoid? 1.

Vandana Shiva: Teachers for a Living World by Madhu Suri Prakash While Ivy League schools marvel at India’s economic growth, Vandana Shiva’s University of the Seed looks to the earth—and Gandhi—for guidance. posted Jan 27, 2012 Gandhi once burned British cloth imported from the mills of Manchester to reveal the power of the indigenous spinning wheel; and led the famous Salt March to underscore the capacities of all Indians (in fact, all human beings) to live autonomously, depending on the support of themselves and each other while throwing off the shackles of global empire. Renowned food and anti-globalization activist Vandana Shiva’s Bija Vidyapeeth (University of the Seed), co-founded with Satish Kumar in 2001, is grounded on the four Gandhian principles of non-violence: swaraj (self-rule), swadeshi (home-spun), satyagraha (truth force), and savodaya (the uplifting of all). “Gandhi and Globalization” is a course co-taught annually at Bija Vidyapeeth for ten short, intense days in November and December. Interested?

Urban hunter-gatherers unable to resist the lure of forbidden fruit Juliette Anich picks apples in Brunswick. Photo: Rodger Cummins PICKED from the branch, fresh fruit always tastes better. But it's all the sweeter when plucked for free from a neighbourhood tree. At least that's the ideology behind the city's growing legion of self-described ''urban foragers'' and ''urban hunter-gatherers'', who say it's smarter, greener and cheaper than buying supermarket fruit that's well-travelled and aged in cold storage. These groups are using the internet to circulate maps showing where free fruit is ripe for the plucking, prompting concerns from some lawyers and councils, which say that the practice is illegal, even if fruit hangs over public land. Curiosity first drove Juliette Anich to map ''feral fruit'' in Brunswick streets, then came frustration at the abundance of figs, pears, mandarins and apples left to ripen and rot. Advertisement ''We let fruit go to waste in our backyards but hop in the car to drive down to a supermarket to buy an apple,'' she said.

James Lovelock Quote Posted on | February 23, 2012 | 1 Comment “There have been seven disasters since humans came on the earth, very similar to the one that’s just about to happen. I think these events keep separating the wheat from the chaff. And eventually we’ll have a human on the planet that really does understand it and can live with it properly. That’s the source of my optimism.” May we become those humans that do understand it and live with it properly… Comments FRESH (english) | jordforbindelse World’s wildest supermarket A holistic and most outrageous concept From: Sepp Holzers Permakultur, Leopold Stocker Verlag, 2008 Fresh is the concept for an organic, living supermarket in cities and villages, were instead of taking the items off the shelf, the customer harvests the produce directly from raised beds. A system that works along with nature rather than against it. By harvesting, the customer contributes to the work of producing to such a large extend that the produce can be offered at a never before seen quality and low charge. Man is the only creature that has to pay for living on planet earth. The system is designed out of economic interest and thus fails to address the fundamental values of food. All processing of food diminishes its quality, whether it is the tilling of the soil or the processing of the actual crop. A highly productive place offering the most fresh and healthy produce at low and sustainable cost. To be established A place to experience and teach ecology.

Introduction to Permaculture - 40 hours of Free video lectures Permaculture means 'permanent culture,' (or 'permanent agriculture') and ...'is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem.' (Bill Mollison) This course will explore, through lectures, discussions, field trips, and required projects, a design/thinking methodology that seeks to profide for our physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner. Download all lectures for Free here: Watch online all lectures for Free here: See also: Introduction to Permaculture - 18 part webinar with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture - This is an 18 part 90 minute intro to permaculture webinar with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture in Illinois. Documentary Films - Permaculture / Organic FarmingEbooks - Permaculture & Forest Gardening Free Documentary Films ArchiveFree Full Ebooks Archive

Action Agenda Chapter 3 Additional Recommendations Chapter 3: Achieve a More Complete Scientific Understanding of Chemicals and Their Health Effects Featured Additional Recommendations Recommendation 3.4: Federal agencies should lead an effort to improve awareness of existing databases and increase the accessibility of information across multiple databases. Related recommendations: 2.1, 2.4, 2.8, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5 Data and database management has the potential to significantly enhance our knowledge of contaminant risks and improve the quality and timeliness of risk assessments. To continue to address the need for collaborative data management and access, the federal government should charter a National Data Management Advisory Committee or turn to an existing body comprised of representatives from major government agencies, industry, academia, NGOs, and the public to plan a national registry of databases. Recommendation 3.5: Improve understanding of individual susceptibility to chemical exposures. Related recommendations: 3.6, 3.7

Nations Of The World Collectively Kick Out Monsanto Health Wire Posted by Nate Holl - Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 Natural Society named Monsanto the World's Worst Company last year, and this peddler of pesticides might defend its title in 2012. On Monday a French court declared the U.S based company guilty of the chemical poisoning of a French farmer. Grain grower, Paul Francois, claims he suffered severe neurological problems after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso Weedkiller in 2004. Jean-Philippe Delsart, the company’s lawyer disagreed with the court's decision stating that not enough evidence was presented during trial to substantiate claims of a causal relationship between Mr. “I think if we had a major health problem with pesticides, we would have already known about it.” Despite these claims, it appears French politicians are poised to use the court ruling to expedite the systematic phasing out of pesticide use in the country. But France is just the most recent European nation to reject Monsanto’s madness. Until next time, Nate

Farming on the fringe: Q&A with Anna Meroni | Michael Green Anna Meroni , from Nutrire Milano (Feeding Milan), visited Australia recently for the On the Edge forum, run by Village Well . Why should people care about agriculture on the city fringe? I AM a designer – I believe that people really understand something when they are touched by the issue, not because of rational drivers. If I have to convince someone that the food produced just close to the city is important, I would say that it’s a matter of wellbeing and wellness of the whole environment. Frankly speaking, sometimes there is no added value in quality, but it’s better because of the story of that food. I’ve often been asked by people, ‘What changes in reality my body if I eat an organic tomato while I’m breathing the air of a town which is very polluted?’ Tell me about the project you’re working on? In 2015 we will host the international expo in Milan and the tile of it will be ‘Feeding the planet, energy for life’. How easy will it be to scale up these kinds of schemes?

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