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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.


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When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How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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