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Archives for January, 2010

In 2005, my first widely republished article was entitled “Peak Oil is a Women’s Issue” and detailed the ways that material realities for women were likely to change in an energy depleted world. I got more than a 100 emails after I wrote that piece, mostly falling into two camps – either “Wow, I never…

Reversing Deforestation in Haiti

My fellow Science blogger Eric Michael Johnson has a superb post up about possible strategies for reforestation in Haiti – and the enormous economic barriers to doing so: In other words, by providing a 25% subsidy for seed and a 75% subsidy for fertilizers both large and small farms would improve their income while at…

Garden 2010: The Calendar

Note: This is a repeat from ye olde blogge, because I think this is a really useful, and probably obvious tool that wasn’t obvious to me. It has made everything so much easier. I also wanted to put in the plug for the Ozone House Calendar! Those of who know me in real life will…

What Is In Your Seed Order?

Buying seeds here is not a quick process. First there’s the perusal of all the seed catalogs, the dreaming and fantasizing with my garden porn. Then there’s the marking of all the things I’d like to try this year, which would get me a seed order about 4 times bigger than I could possibly plant,…

A while back I ran a post-apocalyptic novel book club on ye olde blogge, which was a lot of fun. It allowed us to get our doom on at low stakes. Now I’m not, strictly speaking, a hard doomer. I suspect most of the likely scenarios involve gradual declines in resource availability and increasing poverty.…

The New Economic Foundation’s Report on the infeasibility of continued economic growth is yet another bit of analysis that points out the obvious – we have radically overdrawn our resources and that has consequences. One of them is that we can’t draw down natural resources infinitely. The other is that infinite economic growth is (duh)…

Many Hands

Over the last 50 years, the average American has seen their private space more than triple. In the 1950s, the average American, according to Pat Murphy’s excellent book _Plan C_, had 250 square feet per person. By 2005, the average American had 850 square feet of space in their home per person. And we want…

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post with the above title, about the way that biofuel and meat production in the US was pushing up world food prices. I observed, as has been documented in any number of studies, that when the world’s poorest people and the world’s richest people’s vehicles (or their…

One of the roles our farm has, rather unintentionally, taken on is as sanctuary (mostly temporary) for the unwanted roosters of friends and loved ones. First, there was Cora, who turned out to be Corey – and not permissable under town regulations. My step-mother relocated him here and found Eunice, a hen, and Corey lived…

Purely Medicinal

We’ve all been down with colds this weekend, nothing really serious, just uncomfortable. Or rather, nothing really serious in my estimation. My husband, on the other hand, is always pretty sure he might be dying whenever any minor virus hits him. So far, though, he’s still alive and seems to be more or less ok.…