Last Chance to Register for our FREE Webinar

This is your last chance to join us for a FREE webinar with Dr. Carolyn Baker, hosted by Nourish the Planet and the Institute of Ecolonomics. Space is limited! Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/871451129   Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 11th at 7pm MTN, when we will be joined by author and speaker Dr. Carolyn Baker!  We are very excited and honored to be bringing Dr. Baker to you – she is the author of several books, including “Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition,” and “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse.”  Carolyn will be speaking to emotional and spiritual preparation for navigating a world in the midst of crisis and change.  Dr. Baker is also the editor for Transition Colorado’s Eat Local Guide.  For more information, please visit www.nourishtheplanet.com. Title: Ecolonomics in Action: Dr. Carolyn Baker Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT   After registering at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/871451129 you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar....

Headlines 9/5/12

Here are this week’s headlines!  We have edible landscapes, pet bees, Canada’s strategic maple syrup reserve, parasites, escalating food price, and more… TED Talk:  How Can We Eat Our Landscapes?  “What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.” Farm Use of Antibiotics Defies Scrutiny – “Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States goes to chicken, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs — which ones, on what types of animal, and in what quantities. This dearth of information makes it difficult to document the precise relationship between routine antibiotic use in animals and antibiotic-resistant infections in people, scientists say.” Study Questions Advantage of Organic Meat and Produce –  “They concluded that fruits and vegetables labeled organic were, on average, no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts…  Conventional fruits and vegetables did have more pesticide residue…”  Read in light of the article linked above. Experts Issue Warning as Food Prices Shoot Up –  “The directors of three major United Nations food and agriculture programs sounded the alarm both on the immediate problem of high food prices and the “long-term issue of how we produce, trade and consume food in an age of increasing population, demand and climate change.” Record 46 Million Americans...

Headlines 8/29/2012

Hi all!  Here are the headlines for this week.  There’s a theme that will show up towards the end – see if you can guess it. Great Interactive Drought Tool on the New York Times.  Fun to play with. Spain’s Crisis Reignites Old Social Conflict:  “The resentment here over land that has been left uncultivated at a time of deepening recession and record joblessness reaches beyond local politicians and landowners to European Union bureaucrats. Agricultural subsidies are criticized by many here as favoring landed interests, paying them not to grow crops when nearly a third of the work force in Andalusia is unemployed.” Breakfast in America, The Real Cost of Corn:  A smart and accurate breakdown of just how much money the rising price of corn is adding to your grocery bill.  Excellent numbers!  A must read. What is the Fate for Drought Impacted Farmers?  Video from Bloomberg.  This drought is putting farmers out of business at a time when we need more of them.  I’m also wondering what impact this drought will have on younger people considering farming as a career. Food Shortages Could Force World into Vegetarianism:   “There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.  There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable...

Carolyn Baker to be featured on our FREE webinar

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 11th, when we will be joined by author and speaker Dr. Carolyn Baker!  We are very excited and honored to be bringing Dr. Baker to you – she is the author of several books, including “Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition,” and “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse.”  Carolyn will be speaking to emotional and spiritual preparation for navigating a world in crisis and change.  Please visit her website at carolynbaker.net. We at Nourish the Planet are working to bring you the best difference-makers through our free webinar series – and we are lining up incredible guests like James Howard Kunstler, author of “The Long Emergency,” and most recently “Too Much Magic.”  Stay tuned for more information on our growing list of great guests. Check back soon for the registration link for this great FREE...

Headlines 8/22/12

Here are the headlines for this week!  You’ll see articles about global food shortages, rising commodity prices, the shrinking arctic ice cap, the health of our oceans, a farm labor shortage, and a 300 mile-long water pipeline to Las Vegas.  Enjoy! Arctic Ice to Hit Record Low Next Week – “Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is likely to shrink to a record small size sometime next week, and then keep on melting, a scientist at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center said on Monday.” By the Numbers: Disappearing Fish:  “90%. That’s the staggering amount of forage fish caught globally that are used for non-human activities such as providing fishmeal for aquaculture—fish farms—and agriculture, pigs and chickens. Other uses include fish oil for Omega-3 oils and pet food. Human consumption is limited.” Corn Yield Falls 29%, Soy Counts Down: “Average corn yields found on the 20th Midwest crop tour in the western two-thirds of Ohio, the eighth-biggest corn- producing state, were down 29 percent at 110.5 bushels, smaller than an average yield of 156.3 bushels found a year earlier on the tour and 160.5 bushels on average the prior three years.” Russia Cuts Harvest Forecasts: “Two leading Russian agricultural analysts cut their forecasts for Russia’s grain harvest on Monday after harvest data from two drought-stricken eastern growing regions reduced the outlook for the overall crop.” Commodities Enter Bull Market: “The drought that has parched fields in the U.S. Midwest sent soybeans to an all-time high on the Chicago Board of Trade today and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has cut its corn harvest forecast by 27 percent...