Four years into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, some Americans are losing confidence that the conventional wisdom at our disposal, whether liberal or conservative, is capable of restoring the financial security and opportunity we once enjoyed.
David Korten, author, and co-founder of Yes! magazine shares his views on the importance of building local, community-based economies.
Korten, minces no words about the dangers our capitalist system poses to democracy.
Alan Kapuler is well-educated in a formal academic sense, and also from a lifetime of work planting, breeding, and cataloging his vast collection of open pollinated seeds.
Lisa H. Weasel is a molecular biologist, an associate professor of biology at Portland State University, and the author of Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food. This 5-part interview was conducted in February of 2010, and predates last month’s decision by the USDA to deregulate the production of roundup ready alfalfa; the [...]
“Ecology is permanent economy”— Sunderlal Bahuguna, environmental activist and active crusader in the Chipko Movement Dr. Vandana Shiva founded the Research for Science, Technology, and Ecology, (RFSTE) organization, inspired by her earlier involvement with the Chipko movement. In 1973, in a mountainous region in the Himalayas, women villagers, in heroic and desperate fashion, clung to [...]
Dr. Vandana Shiva expresses her strong views on hunger in the developing world, and the struggle of small farmers in her native India.
Considering the importance of the African continent for future food production, and that roughly 70% of its population are subsistence farmers, this is no idle question. But is the future of this region really dependent upon industrial agriculture methods, or is more organic and sustainable farming practices with emphasis on lower input farming the more [...]