By Rady Ananda
Need a last minute gift for your beloved locavore? Several books would make excellent holiday gifts, so this review covers a few of them on the environment, as it relates to local food sovereignty, food security and palate delight. There’s even one for kids, which starts the set:
Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow
Professor Heart (self-published: 2009, 210 pp.)
Charlotte Purin of Los Angeles decided one of the best ways to save Mother Earth is to get kids involved. So she wrote Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow for preteens. The tale educates as it entertains, integrating the concepts of sustainability, healthy-eating, and environmental consciousness into a fantasy adventure story.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties
Tagged Agroecology, Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow, Charlotte Purin, Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots along the Pepper Trail, csa, Ellen LaConte, Environment, Films & Books, gardening, Genetically Engineered Food, Health Foods, Kriese Kraft Naghan, Life Rules: Why so much is going wrong everywhere at once, Sharon and Andrew Cooper, Sustainable Practices, The Superfood Gardener
By Rady Ananda
The British Hen Welfare Trust re-homed 20 commercial hens at HM Prison Holloway on Oct. 3, as part of the staff’s garden program offering educational and therapeutic projects to its women inmates. This is a far cry from the days when Holloway imprisoned women for agitating for the right to vote, and then tortured them.
Volunteer re-homer at the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT), Jean Gill, delivered the hens and spoke to prisoners about the work of the charity and advised them on hen care.
“This is a really interesting experiment and a real opportunity from the charity’s point of view,” said Gill in a press release. “It is apt and extraordinary on so many levels that some of the prisoners will be able to take care of something as vulnerable as a battery hen that has had a restricted start in life, that has been kept, literally behind bars in a small cage without access to sunlight or fresh air.”
Posted in Animals, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Prisons
Tagged battery hens, British Hen Welfare Trust, factory farms, Garden Project, gardening, Health Foods, holloway prison, nutrition behavior link, NY Horticultural Society, NYC GreenHouse, prison brutality, prison farming, suffragists, UK Black Friday, US Night of Terror, Wandsworth prison, Wormword Scrubs prison
By Rady Ananda
Review of Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlee (2010, 322 pp.); and
Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer (English version 2011, 232 pp.)
Notice: PBS is rebroadcasting Food, Inc. on Tuesday, August 9 and is kicking off its new Food site. Check local listings here.
While the Bush reign may be described as a war on privacy, Obama’s is clearly a war on food freedom.* As his Monsanto administration arrests organic farmers and distributors, seizing and destroying healthy foods privately contracted and sustainably grown, this tyranny is not unique to the United States. All over the world, organic, sustainable farmers are under attack by large agribiz actors who, through government and trade agreements, are regulating them out of business and destroying the environment in the process.
Two farmers arguing against ecocidal hyper-regulation and “conventional” and “orthodox organic” farming are Simon Fairlee of England and Sepp Holzer of Austria. Both have written seminal books that should grace the bookshelves of everyone who gardens, farms or cares about the impact of agriculture on the biosphere.
Posted in Animals, Art, Books, Music & Film, Energy, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Resistance
Tagged aquaculture, CAFOs, corpogov, courts, eatwild.com, Environment, factory farms, fao, farmers, Films & Books, Food Criminalization, food inc, Free Range Animals, gardening, gene logsdon, ghg, greenhouse gas emissions, holy shit, joel salatin, lab cultured meat, Land Rights, meat a benign extravagance, meat diet, mike pollan, nomads, omniovers dilemma, Organic, pbs, Peasants, permaculture, Ranchers, sepp holzer, Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening, Silviculture, Simon Fairlee, Soil, subsistence farming, Sustainable Practices, terrace farming, The Contrary Farmer, transhumanism, vegan diet
By Rady Ananda
Billing itself as the “world’s fair” of the heirloom industry, the National Heirloom Exposition will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California from Sept. 13-15, 2011.
Supported by firms “passionate about heirlooms and pure foods,” the three-day event will feature over 250 vendors, plus speakers, workshops, films, tours, and, of course, FOOD – the all natural, organic, pure kind that farmers and gardeners have reared or raised for ages.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming
Tagged alice waters, biodiversity, farmers, Films & Books, food freedom, food sovereignty, gardening, Health Foods, heirloom, Land Rights, National Heirloom Exposition, Organic, Peasants, Ranchers, seed sovereignty, sonoma county fairgrounds, vandana shiva, water rights
By Rady Ananda
Several books, including Seeds of Destruction and Corrupt to the Core, along with the film, The Idiot Cycle, lay out the framework for and evidence of a concerted effort to sicken and then treat humanity, while earning obscene profits. When we factor in other recent actions taken by transnational corporations and lawmakers, the conspiracy adopts a more ominous tone.
Authors William Engdahl and Shiv Chopra appear in Emmanuelle Schick Garcia’s powerful film, The Idiot Cycle: What you aren’t being told about cancer. Both writers provide detailed evidence of a corporate-government conspiracy to adulterate the food and water supply with dangerous substances linked to a host of illnesses. The Case Against Fluoride, a book using hundreds of peer-reviewed studies, provides more evidence. In David Gumpert’s Raw Milk Revolution, we get a peek at the US government’s war on the natural dairy industry.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Big Pharma, Bioweaponry, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Healthcare, Land Grab, Obama and Company
Tagged australia, Big Pharma, biotechnology, canada, codex, corpogov, corrupt to the core, economics, Environment, EU, farmers, fda, Films & Books, Food Criminalization, gardening, Genetically Engineered Food, Germany, Health Foods, herbal ban, justice system, Litigation, monopolies, pollution, scientific studies, seeds of destruction, shiv chopra, the idiot cycle, uk, usa, USDA, william engdahl
A bushel of sawdust and a low-tech composting toilet used for compost collection.
By Robert C. Koehler
Day after the election and, wow, there it was, a story in my local paper that cried out that the world was changing in a sensible direction. I simply had to stare at it for a while before I could even read it.
The world-changing aspect was simply the fact that the paper — the Chicago Tribune, which I don’t expect to cross serious taboo lines — ran it at all, as a feature story in its Chicagoland section: “Taking the ‘waste’ out of human waste,” by Lauren R. Harrison.
It was a story, to put it indelicately, about the composting of human excrement for eventual use as garden manure.
In a comment to a NY Times article by Nicholas Kristoff, there is a recommendation, 122, related to saving farming as part of our holiday giving. If people recommend 122, it will rise in the results rank and bring attention to the issues. Here’s the comment:
Posted in Food & Farming, Resistance
Tagged fda, food legislation, Food Safety, food security, Food Supply, gardening, Genetical Engineering, grow your own, monsanto monopoly, Organic, s510, Sustainable Practices, USDA
By Rady Ananda
This six-inch female weaved a web support line so strong that it impeded my opening the patio door – not by much, of course, but enough that I could feel it. The silk of Nephila clavipes surpasses the strength of Kevlar, a fiber used in bulletproof vests. And she layers it.
Nephila clavipes (banana spider) by Rady Ananda Sept.2009, Ft. Lauderdale