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World Bank Withholds (Some) Funding for Deforestation

Despite its pledge to help reduce deforestation, the World Bank seems to be aiding and abetting the industry most responsible for clearing the Amazon rainforest: the Brazilian cattle industry. What’s going on here?

In 2007, the World Bank pledged $90 million to a company leading one of the world’s most ecologically destructive industries. Cattle ranching in Brazil has created the single greatest threat to the Amazon rainforest, which is treasured for its biodiversity as well for its role in fighting climate change by acting as a carbon sink. Yet the International Finance Corporation, the Bank’s private lending arm, agreed to loan $90 million to Bertin, a company it recognizes as “the leading integrated beef and hide processor in Brazil, with slaughtering capacity of about 5,400 heads per day.”

Read the whole article on HuffingtonPost.com.


What’s a Carbon Sink?

World leaders met in Marrakech this month as part of COP22, to discuss the next steps to reducing global climate emissions. One of the solutions being discussed is carbon farming. Author Eric Toensmeier participated in COP22, in part, because he literally wrote a book on it. First off – what is carbon farming? It’s a […] Read More

The Seven-Point Protocol for a Lean Economy

In the future, what will our local economies look like? How will they function if there is little, to no, state or national support? The late David Fleming envisioned a post-capitalistic society that we could call “deep local” — in which all needs are met at the local level — from income to social capital […] Read More

Happy Holidays from Chelsea Green Publishing!

Today we kick off our Holiday Sale — with 35% off every purchase at our online bookstore. Simply use the code CGS16 at checkout from now until the end of the year. Along with this great discount, we are offering free shipping on any order over $100*. Are there homesteaders or organic gardeners on your […] Read More

Sex, Violence, and Figs

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are the fig trees. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilization. They feature in every major religion, starring alongside Adam and Eve, Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. This is no coincidence – fig […] Read More

10 Fascinating Fig Facts

“As our planet’s climate changes and reminds us that nature really does matter, the story [of fig trees] has important lessons for us all.” –Mike Shanahan In short, fig trees are awesome. They have been around for 80 million years and during that time they have shaped our world and impacted humanity in profound but […] Read More
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