Category Archives: Agriculture

Humanity’s Inertia in the Face of Increasing Droughts

Human society seems unable to move away from the exponential economic growth that is the underlying cause of the unfolding crises of climate change, ecological destruction and resource depletion. Instead, it works to adapt itself to the early manifestations of … Continue reading

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Watching The World Go By: Valencia, Spain

Sitting on a beach south of Valencia, 30 degrees and no clouds, with my iPad and a cold beer (and a ready supply from the bar 20 feet away from me). Only 30 minutes away is the city itself, with … Continue reading

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Watching the World Go By: Quebec

I sit here in a Montreal coffee shop on a rainy day, looking through the window at people living their lives. I feel as if I am watching one of those movies where normality pervades, but the ominous soundtrack warns … Continue reading

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From Nature as the Nurturing Mother to Nature as the Thing to be Controlled

For the vast majority of humanity’s time on this earth, individuals have lived within small groups of hunter gatherers. These groups truly lived within nature and although they could use such things as fire and selective plant removal to alter … Continue reading

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The United Kingdom: Bad Circumstances and Bad Policy

For the past couple of weeks I have been in the United Kingdom (U.K), where two months of nearly continuous rain storms in many areas have produced extensive flooding. Such flooding has become somewhat of a fixture with every year … Continue reading

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The indigenous and modern relationship between people and animals

Indigenous groups hold a fundamentally different view of their relationship to animals than do modern industrialized societies. The latter tend toward the view put forward by Descartes (1641) that non-human animals are simply automata, with no ability to reason or … Continue reading

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Arctic Amplification, Weird Weather and Agriculture

Fossil-fuel powered human civilization has existed for just over two centuries, a mere blink of an eye compared to the billions of years that the earth has existed, and has been aided by a relatively benign and stable global climate. … Continue reading

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Unsustainable Farming: From Bird Droppings to Corporate Agriculture

        The linkage between access to energy resources and the level of social development and complexity of a given civilization was noted in the work of Tainter, who states that “Human societies and political organizations, like all living systems, are … Continue reading

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