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350 or bust: Start A Garden, Change The World

Hope you are enjoying a relaxing long weekend Friday, as we are. One of the topics that has come up while we relax and sip our morning tea is the plans for our garden this summer. Besides just talking about it, my husband, also spent time this morning tending to his basil seedlings and babying . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Start A Garden, Change The World

350 or bust: It’s All About Food – and Zombies

Okay, maybe we don’t need to worry about zombies but we should certainly consider future food shortages, not to mention the pesticide-laced food and genetically modified food (GMO) we are already exposed to on every trip to the grocery store. Today is World Food Day, and while I write this I’ve got a batch of . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s All About Food – and Zombies

350 or bust: Incredible Edible Movement: If You Eat, You’re In

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here’s Pam Warhurst from Todmorden, U.K, sharing about the revolution in local food growing that she and the rest of her volunteer community association started three years ago. Very inspiring! What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Incredible Edible Movement: If You Eat, You’re In

350 or bust: Our Broken Food System And Our Poor Health

Everyone on the planet requires regular meals every single day of our lives. Despite the incredible importance of food, our North American food system, like much of the rest of the world’s, is dominated by a handful of agricorps that have a very cozy relationship with the U.S. and Canadian governments. This means that decisions . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Our Broken Food System And Our Poor Health

350 or bust: We Are The Solution As Well As The Problem

This podcast features Joel Salatin, interviewed by Chris Martenson from Peak Prosperity.com. Salatin rejects the idea that all human involvement in shaping the landscape is bad; in this interview he discusses how humans can improve the environment through “ecological participation”. I always feel better, and more optimistic, after listening to/reading America’s foremost “philosopher-farmer”, so I’m . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: We Are The Solution As Well As The Problem

350 or bust: Transformation

What are you making for supper on this Meatless Monday? Right now we have an abundance of swiss chard, although our other greens have been slow to come in. I substituted chard for kale in this family-favourite salad yesterday, and it was deemed acceptable by the more discerning (aka “picky”) members of the family. So . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Transformation

350 or bust: Hope Is A Verb With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

Sometimes it feels like the forces working against a sustainable future for humanity – vested interests like Big Oil, Coal, & Gas, and the politicians they’ve bought, as well as an overall apathy among the general population – are too formidable to be overcome. We are so close to losing the battle, as Bill McKibbon’s . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Hope Is A Verb With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

350 or bust: Vandana Shiva: A “Dinosaur” Mentality Guides The Planet Right Now

One of the best interviewers on television, Bill Moyers, speaks to one of the global sustainability movement’s “superstars”, physicist and food activist Vandana Shiva. The discussion is wide-ranging but centers around genetically modified seeds/foods and the fight against corporate agro-giant Monsanto: These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Vandana Shiva: A “Dinosaur” Mentality Guides The Planet Right Now

350 or bust: Meatless Monday Thoughts: The Stinky Circle of Life

One of the problems in our industrialized, heavily urbanized North American society is the huge disconnect between our food system, and the cycle of life and death that nearly every other generation of humans in the history of our planet has known intimately. As I sit here at my computer this morning I’m reminded quite . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Meatless Monday Thoughts: The Stinky Circle of Life

350 or bust: Thirty Minutes To Change Your World

The Spring of Sustainability is a three-month series of events that allows callers to interact directly with world-class visionaries by phone or webcast, for free. Since the end of March, this amazing series has brought visionaries like Vandana Shiva, Hunter Lovins, John Robbins, and Van Jones to people all over the world, for free. If . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Thirty Minutes To Change Your World

350 or bust: It’s Gardening Time

It’s a gorgeous sunny May day, and I’m busy building my “hugelkultur” raised garden bed at the edge of the conifer forest which covers some of our one and a quarter acres of Canadian Shield land. A hugelkultur bed is a raised garden bed filled with rotten wood. Anyway, one of the things that is . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s Gardening Time

350 or bust: The Response To Food Dictatorship: Occupy Our Food System

* VandanaShiva.org: Global Visionary Solutions For A Secure & Sustainable Energy And Food Future Dirt! The Movie

350 or bust: Our Food, Ourselves

Considering that most of the people reading this blog will be part of the lucky global minority who eats at least three times a day, it is astonishing how little thoughtful consideration most of us (myself included) give to food, which powers us through the rest of our day. Any CEO who gave as little . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Our Food, Ourselves

350 or bust: Monday Musings

Although today’s title suggests that I might be taking the time to write some insightful lines about the state of the world this morning, in fact I’m not feeling up to it (and some might suggest that I am never quite up to the task, anyway!). This morning there’s a little too much going on . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Monday Musings