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February 2010

Localization: The Alternative to the Alternatives

The following is an excerpt from Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World by Michael C. Ruppert. It has been adapted for the Web. The end of the Age of Oil will also be the end of globalization1, long-distance commutes, and long-distance transportation of goods and services—period. Oil […]

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How a Foodie Got Duped and Seduced By Mass-Market Produced Fast Food

I’ll be honest. I love the taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken. It’s really tasty—I ain’t gonna front, as the kids say (do the kids still say that? Crap, when did I turn 32?) But, probably like many of you, I haven’t eaten there in many years. I just don’t trust them to source their chickens […]

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WATCH: Animal Antibiotic Overuse Leading to Drug-Resistant Bacteria

There’s no question that animal antibiotics are being overused in factory farms, leading to drug-resistant bacteria that go on to attack humans. Antibiotics are administered to animals in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to make them bigger and fatter faster and to keep diseases from spreading like wildfire in their cramped, often unsanitary conditions. It’s […]

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LISTEN: Raw Milk Revolution Author David Gumpert on The Power Hour

Author/journalist David E. Gumpert (The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights) appeared on The Power Hour with Joyce Riley last month to discuss the raw milk debate—raw milk: health food or health hazard? Is it a food safety issue, or a citizens’ rights issue? Have the FDA’s enforcement tactics been too […]

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“Commencement”: An Excerpt from DIY U

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education by Anya Kamenetz. It has been adapted for the Web.I have visited the university of the future. Its classroom is a van bumping over dirt roads in Baja California, Mexico. The curriculum includes technology, economic and […]

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Climate Change Deniers, Step Up and Answer Some Questions

By Keith Farnish, author of Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution to a Global CrisisHere’s a situation you might be familiar with: you are doing something at work that you are particularly good at, having gained those skills through study, experience, and learning from your mistakes. Along comes a person who you know of by reputation […]

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Italian Critics Trash McDonald’s Nationalist Food Bid

In an attempt to improve their image in Italy and foster better relations with that country’s government—and also, perhaps, placate the vocal Slow Food movement—fast-food restauarant chain McDonald’s is adding an item to their menu there: a burger with a nationalist twist. The imaginatively-named </sarcasm> McItaly gives natives and tourists exactly what I assume corporate […]

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Why Small Organic Farming Is Indeed Radical (and Beautiful)

At the 2010 Eco Farm Conference, Chelsea Green’s own Makenna Goodman got to witness firsthand one of the most well-attended and inspiring talks: organic farmer Eliot Coleman on the subversive power of the small farmer.Coleman adapted his address for AlterNet. Here’s a snippet: An observer today cannot help noticing the continuation of a trend that […]

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Hugely Successful Signature Gathering Means Legalized Pot Measure Almost Certainly Headed for Ballot

A signature drive by the group Tax Cannabis 2010 was easily able to gather 700,000 signatures—far more than necessary—to ensure the “Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010″ will show up on the ballot in California this November. The law would make it legal for private citizens 21 years and older to own up […]

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WATCH: On Salatin’s Livestock Farm, Grass Is King

Ask Joel Salatin what he does for a living and chances are he’ll tell you he’s a grass farmer. If that brings to mind images of burritos stuffed with sauteed Kentucky blue, or biofuel cars that run on lawn clippings, you’ve probably never seen Food, Inc. or read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Called “the […]

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