Stories about re-skilling, preparing for peak oil with style, and gardening.

Joel Salatin: How food can restore America’s integrity

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin originally published this article in the spring 2015 Polyface Farms newsletter. We run the piece here with Joel's permission. -- Ed. While I was in Australia in February, imported Chinese raspberries carrying Hepatitis A (from human sewage) hospitalized a dozen people and heightened interest in my seminars to a fever pitch. The news media and individuals fell over themselves trying … [Read more...]

Lemminged: to be herded off the peak oil cliff by filmmakers

photo of couple on bench TV screen style

"Fish don't know they're living in water, nor do they stop to wonder where the water came from. Humans? Not much better, as we share a world engulfed by television. And the deeper our immersion becomes, the less likely it seems we'll poke our heads above the surface and see there must have been life before someone invented TV." Those are the opening words of a recent Associated Press piece on … [Read more...]

Humanity’s heating of planet is planting seeds of hunger: Report


Ahead of IPCC report on global warming, Oxfam warns of dangerous spiral of poverty and food scarcity It is nearly a cliché to declare that the failure of the world's governments to respond to the repeated warnings by scientists and environmentalists about the perils of climate change is a crime against future generations. However, as a new study released Monday by Oxfam International proves, … [Read more...]

More reasons to avoid industrial meat

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Are you demanding locally-raised, pasture-fed meats? Do you protect yourself and your family by eating animals raised in a non-industrial environment that doesn’t depend upon the constant administration of low levels of antibiotics? If you do, you’ll be relieved that you do after you read this article. If you don’t, I’m about to give you a lot to think about. This little piggie went to market … [Read more...]

Sustainable farming mania is frustrating me

farm display

I'm certainly no farmer. I work at a computer all day. So it's odd that the books that get me most jazzed up these days are not about the big problems of the day -- the economy or politics or climate and energy. They're about farming. For me, that's a real about face. I used to revel in the skulduggery of the Koch Brothers and scorn the subtleties of heirloom tomatoes. But now I can't get … [Read more...]

USDA: Rural population needed not for farming but for cannon fodder

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Joel Salatin recently posted this piece on the Polyface Farms Facebook page and we repost it here with Joel's permission. -- Ed. Why do we need more farmers? What is the driving force behind U.S. Department of Agriculture policy? In an infuriating epiphany I have yet to metabolize, I found out last Wednesday in a private policy-generation meeting with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial … [Read more...]

Faith communities, foodsheds and the future

Holy Nativity Garden

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. -- Joel 2:26 We are the transformers of Earth. Our whole being, and the flights and falls of our love, enable us to undertake this task. -- Rainer Maria Rilke For the past six years I have been writing profusely about the challenges the earth community is encountering in the … [Read more...]

Convergence: A novel of a catastrophic future

quarantine on plane

Below is an excerpt from Convergence: A Novel of a Catastrophic Future by Paul Boerger. The novel deals with a global collapse due to climate shift, endless wars and a global pandemic "converging" to end civilization. The piece below is a version of the book's Chapter 1 condensed by the author for Transition Voice. 2220 CE Post-convergence, North American survivor enclave “It appears,” said … [Read more...]

Charter of the deep future: plenty is enough

Old French map of Pacific Ocean

Below is an excerpt from Samuel Alexander’s new book, Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilization. This book is a creative work of fiction – a "utopia of sufficiency" – which brings to life a simple living community that became isolated on a small island after the collapse of industrial civilization. Looking back from the future, the book describes the economy, culture, and politics of the … [Read more...]

Is it organic?

USDA organic sign

  Making healthy food choices is important. But, sometimes it’s really tough to be sure that you are getting what you intended to get. Let’s say, for example, that you have made a decision to eat primarily organic foods. Well, how do you know it’s organic? The obvious answer is that it is labeled by the USDA, whose National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop … [Read more...]