Secret Trade Agenda Threatens Shift Toward Sustainable Food System by Karen Hansen-Kuhn + Promises and Perils of the #TTIP

Dandelion Salad

Freihandel_13-06-18_9

Image by campact via Flickr

by Karen Hansen-Kuhn
www.iatp.org
October 24, 2013

After being delayed by the U.S. government shutdown, talks for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are quietly gearing up again. Tariff barriers between the U.S. and EU are already low, so these negotiations are focused squarely on achieving “regulatory coherence.” Continue reading

Advertisements

Shutdown Solution: Opt Out of Tyranny by David DeGraw

Dandelion Salad

by David DeGraw
EvolveSociety
October 16, 2013

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

It’s Time For A Do-It-Ourselves Revolution

“All countries are basically social arrangements, accommodations to changing circumstances.
No matter how permanent and even sacred they may seem at any one time,
in fact they are all artificial and temporary.” -– Strobe Talbott

How much longer are we going to protest and post online reports, rants, videos and launch campaigns that will hopefully raise awareness on issue after issue, problem after problem, as the situation gets worse? Continue reading

The Story of Solutions

Dandelion Salad

storyofstuffproject on Oct 1, 2013

Reuse

Image by steev hise via Flickr

The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.

In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy — more roads, more malls, more Stuff! — even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting.

But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better — better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?

Shouldn’t that be what winning means?

Continue reading

Saru Jayaraman: Why Sustainable Food Must Include Sustainable Working Conditions for the People Who Serve Us

Dandelion Salad

mayday_NYC2013_DSC_0237

Image by Michael Fleshman via Flickr

talkingsticktv on Sep 8, 2013

Talk by Saru Jayaraman author of “Behind the Kitchen Door” on “Serving Up Justice: Why Sustainable Food Must Include Sustainable Working Conditions for the People Who Serve Us” given September 7, 2013 at the Community Alliance for Global Justice 7th Annual Strengthening Local Economics Everywhere Dinner held at University Christian Church in Seattle, WA.  Continue reading

Chris Hedges: As a Socialist, I Have No Voice in Corporate Media, Part 6

Chris Hedges

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

with Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 21, 2013

TheRealNews on Jul 24, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says an effective movement that defies power will have to be disciplined and articulate what a vision of socialism might look like. Continue reading

Spinning Out Of Control by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 12, 2013

Forward on Climate  19813

Image by tedeytan via Flickr

Being born ‘with a silver spoon in your mouth’ means that you start with an advantage that others don’t have: parents with money, property, influence, business connections and so on, connections that can last for generations.  A silver spoon that appeared recently was the exceedingly generous compensation paid to British slave owners when the UK abolished slavery in 1833, though not one penny went to the freed slaves.  The ancestors of many well-connected people (including David Cameron) benefited.  Continue reading

Carolyn Baker: Preparing Emotionally for the Coming Chaos

Dandelion Salad

Lilacs

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

peakmoment·Jan 1, 2013

“The external growth of a budding economy is over. The focus on growth now needs to be on the inner world.” Carolyn Baker’s Navigating the Coming Chaos is a toolkit to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the collapse of industrial civilization now underway. First build an “internal bunker,” she suggests, to begin healing the fear, grief and despair that immobilize many people in our “culture of numbness.” From that foundation, she invites us to look at who our allies are ? people, places, possessions. Carolyn observes that many people experience a level of joy by doing this work (Episode 225). Continue reading

The Quiet Revolution: Combating Climate Change by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
originally published on dissidentvoice.org, Dec. 2, 2012
Nov. 28, 2012

The Smoking Gun Photo

Image by Ray Janus @ 350.org via Flickr

While the great and the not so good were preparing to jet to Doha to disagree over what, if anything, they were going to do about climate change (and indigenous people everywhere wring their hands), and the British government was preparing to allow a possible 60% of the UK to be affected by shale gas exploration, Crisis Forum was presenting the last in a series of workshops on Climate Change and Violence.  We tried to remain positive, but…  To help prepare us the organiser, Dr Mark Levene, asked us to consider these deliberately provocative questions:
Continue reading

Peak Moment: Cecile Andrews on Community, Simplicity, Joy and Social Change

Dandelion Salad

Community Garden Work Day

Image by Melissa Wall via Flickr

Sep 30, 2012 by

Peak Moment 220: When Cecile Andrews asked herself, “What matters?” the answer popped up: “Having time to do the things you want to do.” She simplified her life, quit her full-time job, and started simplicity circles to support others in savoring life. Now she has expanded into neighborhood stop-and-chats and a Gross National Happiness movement. Her latest book advocates broadening the joy in our lives, Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, A Caring Economy, and Lasting Happiness.

Continue reading

The CEB Story: The Liberator — Open Source Brick Press

Dandelion Salad

OSE's open source compressed earth brick press

Image by Sean Church via Flickr

by

This story traces the evolution of the Liberator, OSE’s open source compressed earth brick press, from 2007 to 2012. If you’re interested in our CEB press, you can find our information and designs at opensourceecology.org/

Continue reading

The Collision Course Is Set by Chris Hedges

Capitalism isn't working

Image by celesteh via Flickr

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
September 10, 2012 Continue reading

Dirt! The Movie

Dandelion Salad

Summer 2009: Juliet Tomatoes

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

http://vimeo.com/17797689

DIRT! THE MOVIE is an astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet. Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Why do we humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource? Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods and global warming. Continue reading

Green-washing “Sustainability” by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 31, 2012

applebins

Image by melihaik via Flickr

“Sustainability” has become a buzzword. But what does “sustainability” really mean? One definition is that it requires a triple-E bottom line—economics, the environment and equity. However, this word sometimes is used to “green-wash” and promote things that are not sustainable. Genuine sustainability must be evidence-based. But language can be used to conceal rather than reveal.

Continue reading

Edible City: The Movie

Dandelion Salad

Strawberries

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Oct 17, 2012 by

Dig in and Grow the Revolution at www.ediblecity.net

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that’s making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system.

Continue reading

“Quaquaponics” – How to set up Aquaponics with Ducks! + Art Garden: Backyard Aeroponics: Self-sustaining Farm in the City

Dandelion Salad

Duck feeding

Image by Andwar via Flickr

Aug 20, 2012 by

You don’t need to eat fish to set up a backyard aquaponics system! Ducks are a great alternative and produce a huge amount of nutrient for growing veggies (not to mention eggs, meat and snail & slug control!) and they’re generally good friends to have around. At the Farm of Fluff, Chris and James set up this “quaquaponics” system with a few bits and pieces we’d collected from the side of the road and so far it’s doing brilliantly! You need a strong pump and good filtration to cope with the large particles coming through, though! (We found a whole tomato blocking the drain one day, so check and clean regularly!)

Continue reading