Biochar (from Sharing for Survival)

Jan 22, 2013 Comments Off on Biochar (from Sharing for Survival) by
James Bruges provides a useful overview of biochar - charcoal produced for agricultural purposes - based on research from India, the UK and Mozambique. One hope for biochar is for increased global food production while permanently enhancing soil. The other hope is that it could help the struggle against climate change.
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Biofuels are causing famines

Aug 18, 2012 Comments Off on Biofuels are causing famines by

The rich are using land for growing biofuels that the poor desperately need for growing food, and to make matters worse, biofuel production is likely to exacerbate climate change rather than alleviate it, according to George Monbiot.…

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The nutritional resilience approach to food security

May 25, 2011 Comments Off on The nutritional resilience approach to food security by
by Bruce Darrell, from Fleeing Vesuvius. This paper describes practices for ensuring that we can continue to feed ourselves adequately in the future, with a focus on the need to ensure that the soil contains an optimal mix of nutrients. Very few soils have a perfect balance of minerals. As a result, their fertility is limited and the crops grown on them cannot provide all the nutrients people need. As people can get food from elsewhere at present, these local deficiencies do not matter too much. But this situation is likely to change.
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Tipping Point: Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production – An Outline Review

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The report Tipping Point: Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production, by David Korowicz of Feasta and the Risk/Resilience Network, is now available for download. The report argues that the defining dynamic of our civilisation is the withdrawal of energy from a complex and integrated system adapted only to growing. A managed “de-growth” is impossible; what is required is rapid emergency planning coupled with a plan for longer-term adaptation. …

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Bruce Darrell – Climate, Energy, Nutrition and the Glorification of Kale; a framework to create regional food security.

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on Bruce Darrell – Climate, Energy, Nutrition and the Glorification of Kale; a framework to create regional food security. by
Bruce Darrell thinks that a secure food supply is an essential part of the response to the climate, energy, economic and health crises. As state planning for such a supply has been grossly inadequate, he detailed the key actions that we need to take at a personal, community and regional level to compensate.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Food Security and Landuse Management

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Food Security and Landuse Management by
Recording of parallel workshop with Annie Sugrue and Bruce Darrell. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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Bruce Darrell – The Future of our Food Supply

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on Bruce Darrell – The Future of our Food Supply by
Bruce Darrell gave a talk on food systems in which he surveyed the effects of strategic global influences on the future of our food supply. (His talk replaced that of Kate Bailey, who was unable to travel to attend the conference).
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Community Food Initiative Stakeholder Workshop – Bruce Darrell

Dec 01, 2008 Comments Off on Community Food Initiative Stakeholder Workshop – Bruce Darrell

Food Security through Community Food Initiatives

Date and Time: Mon 1st December 2008, 11:00am-14:30pm

Venue: Comhar SDC, 17 St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2…

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Skilling Up for Powerdown – 10 week course by Cultivate

Nov 01, 2008 Comments Off on Skilling Up for Powerdown – 10 week course by Cultivate

Deconstructing Dinner: Food Systems by Bruce Darrell on 7th November 2008

Global Citizenship: Opportunities for Change by David Korowicz on 28th November 2008

Venue: Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre, Co. Wexford…

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Irish Green Gathering 2008

Aug 01, 2008 Comments Off on Irish Green Gathering 2008

Date and Time: 8th-10th August 2008
Venue: Woodbrook House, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Three members of Feasta made presentations as part of the Irish Green Gathering on the 8th-10th August, 2008. On Saturday, David Korowicz spoke about Climate Change and Sustainability, and John Jopling spoke about The Global Atmosphere Trust. On Sunday Bruce Darrell spoke about food security and the possibilities of biochar.

Read more about the Gathering and get a schedule at http://www.irishgreengathering.com.…

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Converging Crises, Policy Responses – Feasta seminar series

Jun 01, 2008 Comments Off on Converging Crises, Policy Responses – Feasta seminar series

Converging Crises, Policy Responses – Feasta Seminar Series

Date and Time: 12 noon, 1 Friday followed by 4 Thursdays in June and July 2008
Venue: Irish Architectural Archive building, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
This series of seminars was aimed primarily at policymakers, however Feasta members were most welcome too.

The five seminars are as follows:

The Future’s Not What it Used to Be, Friday 13th June
David Korowicz


Many of our civilisation’s key resources have become more tightly coupled and are under increasing strain. We look at the systemic interactions of energy, greenhouse gasses, food, and the macroeconomy; …

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Capping Carbon! (Post Carbon Toronto Meetup) – Public presentation by Bruce Darrell

May 01, 2008 Comments Off on Capping Carbon! (Post Carbon Toronto Meetup) – Public presentation by Bruce Darrell

Date and Time:7 pm, Wednesday 7th May 2008

Venue: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 310, Toronto, Canada

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Linking urban agriculture and built form to carbon cycles, energy use and nutrient flows – Bruce Darrell

Apr 19, 2008 Comments Off on Linking urban agriculture and built form to carbon cycles, energy use and nutrient flows – Bruce Darrell

Part of conference “The Role of Food and Agriculture in the Design and Planning of Buildings and Cities”

Date: 3rd May 2008, 4:00 pm- 5:45 pm

Venue: Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science, 325 Church Street, Toronto, Canada

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