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LISTEN: Survival Expert Mat Stein Is “Beyond the Ordinary”

Can we reverse trends that author Matthew Stein calls “civilization busters”? There’s plenty of evidence that a gloom and doom attitude is sensible—even conservative. But Mat points to how quickly and nimbly the world turned itself around on the threat of CFCs to the ozone layer. We saved ourselves before, and with a concerted global effort, we may be able to do it again. And we may have to—over and over and over again.

To be sure, we face numerous challenges on multiple fronts: overfishing, overpopulation, forest-clearing, carbon in the atmosphere, peak oil, climate change, nuclear proliferation….

In this set of audio podcasts, Matthew Stein talks to Beyond the Ordinary about the problems, his proposed solutions, and how his book, When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, fits in.

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Why Modern Wheat Is Making Us Sick

Why is modern wheat making us sick?  That’s the question posed by author Eli Rogosa in her new book Restoring Heritage Grains.Wheat is the most widely grown crop on our planet, yet industrial breeders have transformed this ancient staff of life into a commodity of yield and profit—witness the increase in gluten intolerance and ‘wheat […] Read More

A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Plants & Pests: Will Bonsall’s Advice on “Wee Beasties” in the Garden

“From a plant’s point of view there is little difference between a cutworm, a woodchuck, a blight spore, and, for that matter, us.”“These are all things that in one way or another prey upon it. It is an inevitable constraint of all living things: We escape one peril only to ultimately succumb to another,” so […] Read More

To Create Climate-Secure Foodscapes, Think Like a Plant

The techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change contained in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and […] Read More
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