Soleta ZeroEnergy One
A self-sustainable home situated in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. It was designed by FITS
The Science Barge greenhouse is a prototype of sustainable urban farm floating on the Hudson River. The greenhouse grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, greens, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff.
Entire species of marine life will never be seen in the Anthropocene (the Age of Man), let alone tasted, if we do not curb our insatiable voracity for fish. Last year, global fish consumption hit a record high of 17 kg (37 pounds) per person per year, even though global fish stocks have continued to decline. On average, people eat four times as much fish now than they did in 1950.
Around 85% of global fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted, fully exploited or in recovery from exploitation. Only this week, a report suggested there may be fewer than 100 cod over the age of 13 years in the North Sea between the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. It’s a worrying sign that we are losing fish old enough to create offspring that replenish populations.
Rich marine biodiversity and healthy oceans are what sustain life on land and without both, all life suffers. This is important.
To find out more about the critical issue of overfishing and to learn about what you as a consumer can do to avoid endangered seafood, click here.
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Small West Yorkshire town aims to be first town with food self-sufficiency by growing all its own vegetables
Different local authorities throughout the USA have been harassing homeowners for growing veggies or herbs in their front lawns. But in the small town of Todmorden, England, a grass-roots food movement has been started by one woman who grew veggies in her front yard and let neighbors pick them free.
It took six months before neighbors and passers-by got the notion that Mary Clear’s lowered fence and signs encouraging people to pick veggies from her lawn was for real. Mary, a 56 year old grandmother, kicked off a scheme thought up with local Bear Cafe owner Pam Warhurst and others to engage in local guerrilla agriculture.
Soon, others joined in and they called the movement Incredible Edible. Now this small community has 70 large, raised beds flourishing with fruits and vegetables, all of which are there for others to take from without paying.Even the Todmorden police station has a few of those beds on its premises. The police also allow others to come and pick from them. It’s a high profile setting that lets others know it is okay to grow your own in Todmorden.
Mary and Pam realize that Incredible Edible isn’t up to feeding all 15,000 residents of Todmorden yet. But their goal is to achieve that level of self sufficiency by 2018. They’re working on getting more involved with growing veggies and fruits with a grass roots free educational system to help others learn how to plant and nurture communal food gardens.
So far, there has been no government financial support or interference with Incredible Edible, which has even sprouted up in another British town, Somerset.
* FUCK MONSANTO
* What a simple way to transform a non-biodegradable material like a plastic jug into a useful tool! yayyy
We created a way of raising standards of living that we can’t possibly pass on to our children. We have been getting rich by depleting all our natural stocks—water, hydrocarbons, forests, rivers, fish, and arable land—and not by generating renewable flows.
You can get this burst of wealth that we have created from this rapacious behavior, but it has to collapse, unless adults stand up and say, “This is a Ponzi scheme.”
We have not generated real wealth, we are destroying a livable climate. Real wealth is something you can pass on in a way that others can enjoy."
Food Inc.—the documentary.
The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business - with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. Many of the changes are based on advancements in science and technology, but often have negative side effects. The answer that the companies have come up with is to throw more science at the problems to bandage the issues but not the root causes. The global food supply may be in crisis with lack of biodiversity, but can be changed on the demand side of the equation.—Summary written by Huggo of Imdb.com
Note: I finally got around to finishing this documentary. I suppose post-semester I’ve just been unmotivated to read much so watching documentaries I’ve been meaning to watch has been my kick as of late. This one brought me to tears. What this system is doing to men and women who passionately farm because they love it—they love providing good food to good people who want good lives and good health—screams to me intolerable injustice. To everybody who follows this blog, or whomever may in the future see this, change absolutely must come. It starts with information. Educate yourselves. Emancipate yourselves. And then help others do the same.
* IT’S 1 OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES I’VE WATCHED. SO PLEASE CHECK IT OUT.
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