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Survivalism and Preparedness Links
July 10, 2011, 11:05 am
Filed under: agriculture, alternatives, collapse, community, food, health, nuclear war, resistance, water

No Nonsense Self Defense is a website that features many great essays about violence and self-defense, including “High Risk Behavior And Knowing Where You Are,”“Are Martial Arts Self-Defense?,”“The Best Way to Get Attacked,”“The Economy And Stress Violence,”and “Who’s Going To Rob You?.” But my absolute favorite section is “Psychology and Survival.” If I can convince you to read only one of these links, please let it be that last one.

Progressive Backyard Survival: How to Master Survival Skills on Limited Time

EBook: Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills

EBook: Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skill

E-Book: Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness

10 Essential Skills Necessary for Survival

Essential maker skills

Practical Survival Skills 101 – Understanding Emergencies

Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction

Air Force Survival Training Manual – Free Download

Nowhere safe: natural hazard maps

Surviving Economic Collapse: Tips, Tactics, And Gear

Fifty Things To Do Now if you fear an economic breakdown

11 Ways To Prepare For Civil Unrest

Depression 2.0: Creative Strategies for Tough Economic Times

Collapse Survival Will Be Tribal: Begin Recruiting Now

Arctic Survival::Desert Survival::Jungle Survival::Sea Survival:: Cold Weather Survival

Use Desert Survival Skills to Get Drinking Water During Floods 

Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills

100 Items to Disappear First

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

11 Emergency Food Items That Can Last a Lifetime

Survival Gardening: Part 1

Sprouts: An ideal emergency preparedness food

Don’t Leave Home Without It: the Vehicle 72-Hour Kit

The Get-Home Bag

Emergency Preparedness: Your Vehicle

The 4 Most Likely Ways You Can Die If the SHTF

SURVIVE ANYTHING! Chapter 1: Nuclear Attack

Nuclear War Survival Skills – E-Book from Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Models for Developing Sustainable Food Systems

The 10 Biggest Issues with the Global Food System and What You Can Do

It’s difficult to separate the problems into discrete categories because everything is connected. Big problems lead to seemingly smaller problems, that, when allowed to fester, become open wounds – much like the foul waste lagoons on industrial pig farms that dot our landscape, or the actual wounds on human flesh caused by antibiotic resistant staph infections, which are a direct result of the overuse of antibiotics in livestock operations.

Most of the problems in the system stem from one giant problem: Concentration of power, land, wealth, and political influence in the hands of a few large players who have gamed the system for their benefit. Here are the biggest issues, as we see them, followed by suggestions for what you can do about them.

Video: Vandana Shiva: Alternatives to Monsanto in India

Vandana Shiva explains the effect of GMOs on Indian agriculture—and how to promote home-grown alternatives.

Moving Toward Land Reform, Food Sovereignty and Agroecology in Venezuela

“Urban Foragers Cropping Up in U.S.”

Short documentary about urban foragers in Chicago

Scavenger’s Manifesto: HOWTO be an urban scavenger

It’s urban vegetable foraging season!

Backyard Orchard Culture

The three key components of a successful small scale backyard orchard and helpful tips

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Organic Gardens Feeding People from Argentina to Haiti

Sharing the Harvest: What to do when your apple trees don’t produce? Start ringing doorbells

Learn How to Compost Via the Humanure Handbook

Farmers Replace Corn with Weeds, and Make Money Doing It

Another way of thinking outside the box

Help Make Farmers’ Markets Universally Accessible

The Website GrowFood Unites Farmers With Willing Volunteers and Workers

Empowering Backyard Growers to Sell Their Produce

Foodie Underground: Connecting Local Buyers and Sellers with Food Hub [Pacific Northwest]

Foodie Underground: Keep It Simple With a Soup Swap

Video: Delivering A Local Solution to Hunger, By Bike

B-Line launced a new venture – B-Shares, which turns a $20 donation into more than 40 meals by providing the missing link between local food sources – famers and groceries – and the nonprofits that provide meals for people in need. The missing link, of course, is transportation, and in B-Line’s case, emissions-free bicycle-based transport of food that might otherwise go to waste.

Fallen Fruit

LA public art project, Fallen Fruit, started by mapping public fruit–fruit trees growing in or over public property. Since then, the interests of this Meshy project “have expanded from mapping public fruit to include Public Fruit Jams in which we invite the citizens to bring homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam-making; Nocturnal Fruit Forages, nighttime neighborhood fruit tours; Community Fruit Tree Plantings on the margins of private property and in community gardens; Public Fruit Park proposals in Hollywood, Los Feliz and downtown LA; and Neighborhood Infusions, taking the fruit found on one street and infusing it in alcohol to capture the spirit of the place.”



Update on the Disaster in the Gulf – Ongoing Dangers and Emerging Evidence

MUST WATCH: Oil and Dispersants are Changing the Gulf Ecosystem

Video: Shrimper witnesses visible oil in shrimp and crabs

Gulf still loaded with chemicals, but FDA says seafood safe to eat

Fresh Oil Dead Fish Cover Grand Isle As Crews Bury Fish On Public Beach

Revealed: BP rates 148 of its own Alaska pipelines ‘F’ for safety

Senior EPA Analyst: Government “Doing a Cover Up” Regarding Dispersants, Trying to Reassure the Public Instead of Doing Honest Scientific Testing

Report: BP dispersants are making people sick

Massive stretches of weathered oil spotted in Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Oil Spill: Mission Accomplished or Ongoing Crisis?

BP dispersants ‘causing sickness’

Riki Ott: ‘People Now Dropping Dead’ In the Gulf

Healthy 16 y/o goes gulf swimming, then hospitalized with “compromised lung” & “enlarged heart”

NOAA Official Asks EINNEWS to Withdraw Story Questioning Safety of Gulf Seafood

AP Video: The Surface Of The Gulf Of Mexico Is A Dead Zone

“We saw nothing alive above 35 feet.”

NEW TEST RESULTS: 8 out of 8 Blood Samples from BP Cleanup Workers Test Positive For Toxic Chemicals Found in BP Oil

Pensacola Bay Lab Results ‘Extremely Toxic to Human Health’

Panel Says Firms Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill

Environmental expert for the City of Gulf Breeze, Florida: “I would not recommend going into the water.”

BP’s Environmental Disaster: Fishermen Report Louisiana Bays Filled With Oil

Another BP Oil Rig is a “Ticking Time Bomb”: Whistleblower

US sets up security zone around BP oil spill site

Local doctor links spill to symptoms

Rodney D. Soto, medical doctor for the Younger You Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, recently started testing and treating patients in relation to high levels of volatile solvents in the blood stream that he says may be linked to BP’s oil spill in the Gulf. “What I am concerned most about is a long-term effect, that won’t even show up for years, but are going to have tremendous implications in human immune system and hormonal function and brain function,” Soto said. These compounds (petroleum and dispersants) are liposoluble; meaning they have a “high affinity for fat,” Soto said. While the clinic specializes in “anti-aging and aesthetic medicine,” Soto points out that he is a medical doctor licensed in two states. He said the medical community has been monitoring the spill’s impact but has failed to develop adequate treatment methods.

Project Deep Spill: Feds had deep water “blowout” 10 years ago

The goal was to simulate a blowout or pipeline rupture in deep water.  The results from these measurements show that the rising of the oil through the water column represents a kind of a “stripping” process of some of the most toxic compounds in the oil, resulting in a portion of the most toxic compounds is left in the water column.



Gulf Oil Disasters’ Toxic Effects on Plants & Animals

Microbiologist researching “fish with mutated gills or mutated fins” via changes to DNA from oil; Mutations can be inherited and permanent — What about microbes?

“Entire food web at risk” say researchers just back from Gulf: OIL “may be HIDDEN in LARGE MARINE MAMMALS” — “Discolored” zooplankton found

Up to 90% of Gulf oysters dead in reef sample

INLAND fish kill near Destin, FL: Reporter says “red plume replaced the visible bottom” & “Oily sheen with a foamy, bubbling substance with reddish stringy globs”

Large Oil-Corexit Plumes, Fish Kill Coverup and Wackenhut(Photos)

State authorities say fish kill in St. Bernard Parish waters likely caused by low oxygen levels

Large fish kill found at mouth of Mississippi River Gulf outlet

State authorities say fish kill in St. Bernard Parish waters likely caused by low oxygen levels

US: Fears of Oil in Inland Waters Grow After Fish Kill in Florida

US: Fish Kill Mystery On New Jersey’s Delaware Bay Beaches

Oil and Dispersants: Huge Fish Kill at the Mouth of the Mississippi River

Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana fish kills: “Millions of fish, absolutely, millions”

ALL KINDS of sea birds PARALYZED and DEAD near SARASOTA, FL — Doctors raise DISPERSANT… Close by where 173 ppm oil found in sand

BP Is Hiding Dead Animals to Avoid Fine of $50,000 Per Dead Animal (and the Bad Publicity)

More on USF report: Newborn fish “ingesting pure oil”; Organisms showed a “strong toxic response” scientists say

Toxic oil levels found in key Gulf breeding zone, scientists say

VIDEO: BP Coverup of Environmental Catastrophe in the Gulf: Dead Birds, Fish, Turtles, and Mammals

VIDEO: Cousteau, other experts “stunned” by island “littered” with “many dead birds” — It’s “clear” birds poisoned by BP disaster

VIDEO: Dead Bird Island – Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

VIDEO: Thousands of dead dish wash ashore on US East Coast for second time this week

VIDEO: More whales wash ashore in Florida

VIDEO: dead fish all over the east coast, lack of oxygen from gulf disaster

Shrimp Covered In Oil Found In BP Gulf Oil Spill Waters Being Opened For Fishing

VIDEO: Hundreds of Thousands of DEAD Fish Wash up in New Jersey, Mass. and New York

Dead Fish Washing Up Everywhere Due to BP Oil Spill and Dispersants

VIDEO: Hundreds of Thousands of DEAD FISH on NEW JERSEY SHORE AUG 12 2010

DEP: Delaware Bay scene of major wash-up of dead fish

More on USF report: Newborn fish “ingesting pure oil”; Organisms showed a “strong toxic response” scientists say

Toxic oil levels found in key Gulf breeding zone, scientists say

VIDEO: BP Coverup of Environmental Catastrophe in the Gulf: Dead Birds, Fish, Turtles, and Mammals

Engineering lab finds dispersant in Biloxi water

100,000s: UNBELIEVABLE FISHKILL in Lousiana — ALL TYPES, EVEN MAMMALS

Dead whale and thousands of dead fish found near Venice shipping canal

Yesterday near Bay Chaland, Louisiana: FOUR FOOT wide, four inch thick “oil patty” + 100,000s of dead fish = NO TESTING TO SEE IF FROM BP’S OIL

Not BP? Hundreds of dead fish and crabs wash ashore before Florida Seafood Fest; Fishermen relate kill to DISPERSANTS

Dead Fish Washing Up Everywhere Due to BP Oil Spill and Dispersants

Breaking News: Fresh Oil Dead Fish Cover Grand Isle As Crews Bury Fish On Public Beach

*SCANDAL* State officials did no testing on any dead fish from the four major kills near oil-impacted areas

Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up On New Jersey Beaches (again)

Portions of the Gulf are So Toxic that Dolphins, Fish, Crabs, Stingrays and Other Animals are “Trying to Crawl Out of the Water”

Researchers reveal 80 PERCENT of crab larvae samples from Florida to Louisiana have “oil orange droplets” — NOAA says “HAVE NOT FOUND” IT

Scientist: At least half of spilled Gulf oil embedded in sediment and ‘highly durable’

No oysters? It’s NOT the oil says MS State Official, while fishermen ALL say not to open waters

RELATED: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Posts



Environment & Health News Round-Up: Threats to Water & Food Supplies, Water Recognized as Human Right and more

UN Declares Water a Fundamental Human Right — U.S. Abstains from Voting on Resolution

The United Nations General Assembly has declared for the first time that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. In a historic vote Wednesday, 122 countries supported the resolution, and over forty countries abstained from voting, including the United States, Canada and several European and other industrialized countries. There were no votes against the resolution.

High levels of benzene, health hazard in Michigan now

Michigan spill: Would you like some Benzene with your Water?

Battle Creek girl vomits black liquid

Newtown Creek Is New York City’s Parallel to Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Fracking With Food: How the Natural Gas Industry Poisons Cows and Crops

New garbage patch discovered in Indian Ocean — ‘The world’s oceans are covered with a thin plastic soup’

Water Scarcity Facing 1/3 of US Counties

Poison Tap Water

Alex Jones is launching a new campaign to inform the public about the toxic chemical fluoride being added to tap water across the country. While EPA scientists and workers are calling for an end to water fluoridation, the government is doing everything in its power to continue and even increase the amount of toxic chemicals being added to public water supplies.

Video: Australian TV Exposes Fluoride as Poison

39 More Toxic Coal Ash Sites Found to Contaminate US Water Supply With Arsenic & Heavy Metals

BPA contamination found in 90 percent of soup cans

Even tiny exposure to BPA turns offspring into genetic mutants

Is Modern Medicine Founded On Error?

America’s Mental Illness Epidemic: It Turns Out That the Drugs Are the Problem

Aspartame: The Hidden Poison

Amazon’s Chernobyl – Massive Contamination and Destruction by Chevron

Cloned Meat May Already Have Invaded Our Food Supply, Posing Alarming Health Risks

Cloned Livestock Gain a Foothold in Europe

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals suspected as more girls experience early puberty

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely cause of feminization of fish in Alberta rivers

US food crops absorb toxic pharmaceuticals and personal care products from treated wastewater

6 million dead fish, alligators, turtles and dolphins floating down Bolivian rivers

“The extreme cold front that hit Bolivia in mid-July caused water temperatures to dip below the minimum temperatures river life can tolerate. As a consequence, rivers, lakes, lagoons and fisheries are brimming with decomposing fish and other creatures.

Iraq’s Garden of Eden

Restoring the Paradise that Saddam Destroyed. “Saddam Hussein drained the unique wetlands of southern Iraq as a punishment to the region’s Marsh Arabs who had backed an uprising. Two decades later, one courageous US Iraqi is leading efforts to restore the marshes. Not even exploding bombs can deter him from his dream.” [Via]

New Data Emerges On Gulf War Illness

Alarms sound over trash fires in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq

Document Reveals Military Was Concerned About Gulf War Vets’ Exposure to Depleted Uranium

For years, the government has denied that depleted uranium (DU), a radioactive toxic waste left over from nuclear fission and added to munitions used in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, poisoned Iraqi civilians and veterans.

But a little-known 1993 Defense Department document written by then-Brigadier Gen. Eric Shinseki, now the secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), shows that the Pentagon was concerned about DU contamination and the agency had ordered medical testing on all personnel that were exposed to the toxic substance.

The VA, however, never conducted the medical tests, which may have deprived hundreds of thousands of veterans from receiving medical care to treat cancer and other diseases that result from exposure to DU.

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center recently reported that ten years of data confirm that service members tend to have higher rates of certain cancers compared to civilians, according to the Army Times. While researchers suspected that service members are diagnosed with cancer more often and at a younger age because they have guaranteed access to health care and mandatory exams, the data does not explain the disparities in diagnosis among branches of the military. For example, the rate of lung cancer among sailors is twice that of other branches, while Marines have much lower cancer rates across the board.

A Quarter Century after Chernobyl Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

As Germany’s wild boar population has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the number of animals contaminated by radioactivity left over from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007.

The CLEAR ACT: They are stealing it all: Land, water, minerals and the air we breathe

HR.3534, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (Reported in House – RH) will effectively render a greater amount of land as owned and/or controlled for profit, by the federal government along with minerals and water rights to now be controlled by the federal government and enforced through the BLM.

The Clear Act claims control of the oceans, Great Lakes and by extension many other waterways and freshwater resources, mineral mining, solar, geo-thermal, and gas and oil conducted on land or in the oceans, in, on or near the continental United States. This bill passed the House on August 4, 2010.   All of this as a result of the BP Oil gusher; like we didn’t already have thousands of unused laws on the books to deal with this.

Shocking Negligence: Gas Companies Drilling in Pennsylvania Have Committed Nearly 1,500 Environmental Violations in Just Two Years

Canada Forfeits Sovereignty Over Food & Natural Health

U.S. dietary supplements often contaminated: report

S510 – Illegal To Grow, Share, Trade, Sell Homegrown Food

S510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US.

Climate Scandals: List Of 94 Climate-Gates

Rare Earth Elements: World is Rapidly Running Out, China has Most of Remaining Supply

The Food Crisis in Niger

Nigeria records 3,000 oil spills since 2006

Weapons Buried at Sea: Big, Poorly Understood Problem

I n June, a clam boat happened upon some old military munitions off the coast of Long Island, New York. Mustard gas, released when the fishermen inadvertently hauled in the shells, blistered one crew member and reminded government officials, scientists and the public of the weapons arsenal that is buried deep below the surface of the world’s oceans.

UN Identifies Medical Use of Radiation as Main Source of Human Exposure

FDA ignored evidence that CT scans are killing 14,000 Americans a year from cancer

The Cancer Epidemic: Its Environmental Causes

The World Health Organization is projecting that this year cancer will become the world’s leading cause of death. Why the epidemic of cancer? Death certificates in United States show cancer as being the eighth leading cause of death in 1900. Why has it skyrocketed to now surpass heart disease as number one? Is it because people live longer and have to die of something? That’s a factor, but not the prime reason as reflected by the jump in age-adjusted cancer being far above what could be expected from increased longevity. And it certainly doesn’t explain the steep hike in childhood cancers. Is it lifestyle, diet and genetics, as we have often been told? They are factors, but not key reasons. The cause of the cancer epidemic, as numerous studies have now documented, is largely environmental – the result of toxic substances in the water we drink, the food we eat, the consumer products we use, the air we breathe. As the President’s Cancer Panel in May in a 240-page report titled Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now declared: “The American people – even before they are born – are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.” It said: “With the growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the unacceptable burden of cancer resulting from environmental and occupational exposures that could have been prevented through appropriate national action.”

Cannabinoids Kill Cancer and the Government has Known for 36 Years



Beyond the BP Spill: Serious Threats to the Environment and Our Health

The World’s Ongoing Ecological Disasters

While the focus is centered on the Gulf of Mexico, many of the world’s greatest environmental catastrophes continue, with no end in sight.

7 Secret Ways We Are Being Poisoned

The synthetic chemicals we encounter on a daily basis in our food, water, and environment are increasingly shown to be disastrous to our physical and mental well-being.  Volumes can be written — indeed have been written — by experts in both mainstream and alternative medicine who have documented the sleight of hand used to hoodwink consumers and threaten our health.  The categories below are worth deeper investigation as prime examples of what we might face as a species if this chemical bombardment continues.

THREATS TO WATER – KEY TO LIFE

One Million Gallons of Oil Leak Into Michigan River From Pipeline – Largest in Midwest History

Toxic waste reaches Potomac Aquifer

Tainted groundwater is spreading across thousands of acres in northern Delaware and has reached the Potomac Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to people across much of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.  In some areas of the upper Potomac near Delaware City and New Castle, concentrations of benzene, vinyl chloride and chlorinated benzenes are so high that exposure poses an immediate health threat. Elevated levels of these industrial byproducts significantly increase the risks of cancer. Sustained exposure could kill.

“Fracking” Poisons Your Drinking Water: Stand Up to the Oil Giants and Help Stop the Catastrophe

1/2 of All China’s Water is Too Polluted to Drink

Amazon Watch campaigners report from Ecuador region devastated by Chevron oil spills

Jordan River too polluted for baptisms

“Sadly, the lower Jordan River has long suffered from severe mismanagement with the diversion of 98 percent of its fresh water by Israel, Syria and Jordan and the discharge of untreated sewage, agricultural run-off, saline water and fish pond effluent in its place,” the statement said.

Court Ruling: Botswana Bushmen Denied Access to Water

Worst drought in a decade destroys millions of hectares of Russian crops

Millions face starvation as Niger prays in vain for rain

Oceans facing ‘irreversible’ deterioration, report says

One Year After Ontario Ban: Over 80% Decline of Most Common Pesticides in Surface Waters

John Gormley: Fluoride, GMO and the Rockefeller Communist ‘Coincidence’!

FOOD SUPPLY

Dr. Joseph Mercola Stresses Artificial Sweetener Killing Americans

America’s Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You with Name Change

Meet the Food Industry Front Groups That Push for Carcinogens in Your Food

Something Fishy This Way Swims! Genetically Modified Population Control is Something to Beef About!

USDA Reports Food Shortages: Wall Street ‘Caught Off Guard’ by Severity

Devastation of Food Farming: Expansion of Biofuels in Sub-saharan Africa

$500,000 Damages in Genetic Rice Trial

A federal jury awarded a rice farmer $500,000 for his claim that genetically modified rice contaminated his crop. It was the third of five “bellwether” trials involving hundreds of lawsuits that farmers have filed against Bayer CropScience. The complaints are the result of an August 2006 announcement that LibertyLink, a herbicide-resistant rice, had somehow been released from testing facilities. The rice had not yet been approved for sale for human consumption, causing rice futures to plunge.

CHEMICALS

Prozac Pollution Making Shrimp Reckless

Shrimp in Prozac-laced coastal waters swim into bright areas, making them more visible to predators, a new study says.

Pharmacists give themselves cancer from dispensing toxic chemotherapy chemicals

Deet Finally Exposed as Neurotoxic

Is Pfizer the BP of Drug Companies?

To say Pfizer’s been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill. Other drug companies have a portfolio of products, Pfizer has a portfolio of scandals including, but not limited to, Chantix, Lipitor, Viagra, Geodon, Trovan, Bextra, Celebrex, Lyrica, Zoloft, Halcion and drugs for osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s disease, kidney transplants and leukemia.

During one week in June, Pfizer:

1) agreed to pull its 10-year-old leukemia drug, Mylotarg, from the market because it caused more not less patient deaths;

2) Suspended pediatric trials of Geodon two months after the FDA said children were being overdosed;

3) Suspended trials of Tanezumab, an osteoarthritis pain drug, because patients got worse not better, some needing joint replacements (pattern, anyone?);

4) Was investigated by the House for off-label marketing of kidney transplant drug, Rapamune, and targeting African-Americans;

5) Saw a researcher who helped establish its Bextra, Celebrex and Lyrica as effective pain meds; Scott S Reuben, MD, trotted off to prison for research fraud;

6) was sued by Blue Cross Blue Shield to recoup money it overpaid for Bextra and other drugs;

7) received a letter from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) requesting its whistleblower policy; and,

8) had its appeal to end lawsuits by Nigerian families who accuse it of illegal trials of the antibiotic, Trovan, in which 11 children died, rejected by the Supreme Court.

And how was your week?

OTHER 

Mobile phones ‘causing memory loss’

Widespread male infertility sweeping the globe

VIDEO: Life Under the Toxic Mountain. Kosovo Roma Suffer Ongoing Lead Poisoning

Mapping the Atlantic Garbage Patch: Expedition counts up to 500,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer

It’s Not Just the Bees — Now Scientists Say 25% of All Flowering Species Could Go Extinct

Walmart, KFC, Burger King Paper Purchases Destroying Indonesia’s Rainforests

Fallujah children’s ‘genetic damage’

US War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima

Photos Iraq babies born deformed depleted uranium — US Veterans becoming sick with DU — Children living lives with DU

In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital, Iraq, had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed.  This can be compared with data from the month of August in 2002 where there were 530 new born babies of whom six were dead within the first seven days and only one birth defect was reported.  Doctors in Fallujah have specifically pointed out that not only are they witnessing unprecedented numbers of birth defects but what is more alarming is: “a significant number of babies that do survive begin to develop severe disabilities at a later stage.”



On Creating Local Food Economies

Food-backed Local Money

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario

Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness

Exploring Permaculture in the Big City

Limits to Living Off the Land

Permablitz UK: Neighbors Reinvent Backyards (Video)

An Edible Schoolyard in Durham: How Kids Grow (Video)

Is Decentralized Urban Farming the Future of food?

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm

The Localization of Agriculture: A Predetermined Future

Think small on farming to help poor

Mother Jones Debates the Future of Our Food Systems

A debate is going on over at Mother Jones about our food systems, sparked by a piece written Paul Roberts pointing out that sustainable food systems aren’t all that easy to obtain when it comes to feeding billions of people.

Whence Nutrition

Where does the food in your bodega — or the corner grocer, the local minimart — come from? […] How come it’s easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables in Brooklyn Heights than in the South Bronx? What’s the connection between the incidence of diabetes and the food market supply chain?

The Center for Urban Pedagogy and Designer Observer‘s 30-minute video Bodega Down Bronx looks into the urban grocery gap, and is freely available to stream.
The food justice movement is a broader response to this well-known discrepancy. In the past decade, a few organizations have started up in places such as Seattle, West Oakland, New York City (including parts of the Bronx), amongst others.

The Urban Nutrition Initiative (more here) is addressing this same problem via projects like the Corner Store Project which aims to incentivize healthy eating habits.  More background on this can be found in Amanda Shaffer’s 107-page [PDF] The Persistence of L.A.’s Grocery Gap. There are more academic studies, so if you’re on a university campus, check out papers by Wekerie and Giang et al.

Do kids need to learn gardening or more algebra?

“The suicidal dietary choices of so many poor people are the result of a problem, not the problem itself. The solution lies in an education that will propel students into a higher economic class, where they will live better and therefore eat better.” So argues Caitlin Flanagan in the pages of The Atlantic against Alice Waters’ idea that school curricula ought to teach children where food comes from and how to grow it (see The Edible Schoolyard).

The school gardener strikes back

Shunning Wal-Mart: A DIY general store

The residents of this windswept basin 100 miles from anywhere know that if they want something done, they have to do it themselves. Whether it’s repairing a tractor or rejuvenating Main Street, the people here fix their own problems.

[news] 184 Communes Currently in Formation in Venezuela

The Water Crisis: A Practical Solution

One practical solution to the water shortage is to replace our centralized water based sewer system with on site, waterless toilets and recycle grey water. Grey water is the water from the kitchen and shower and can be recycled, on site and reused for landscaping. This will reduce our demand on the water source by 80 percent while simultaneously creating a sustainable, renewable, agricultural resource, namely, organic nitrogen.

How to treat and store emergency water: Part 1, 2 and 3 – via There Are No Sunglasses

Scavenger’s Manifesto: HOWTO be an urban scavenger

What can Burning Man teach cities?

Hello local, goodbye global: Relocalization movement gains momentum

Grassroots Heroes: Tell Us What YOU’RE Doing to Spread the Message!

Open Green Map – Real-Time Mapping of Growing Green Communities