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REVIEWING
Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Chelsea Green, 2012

Farming in the United States is ebbing, and the growers who remain in business are consolidating into larger operations to save their farms. In addition, this country constantly struggles with nutrition-related diseases, and obesity rates are at an all...

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Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution

Marjorie Kelly, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012

In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.
—Genesis - Bereishit 1:1

Since the very beginning, who owns the world, its natural assets, and its people’s productivity has been an open question, the goal of dynasties, wars, and tax...

Noteworthy

Five years ago, a 20-minute YouTube video called “The Story of Stuff” went viral. The creators can now count 40...

D. O. M, a unique restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, has been shaking up the culinary world. Founded by renowned chef...

The earth’s biodiversity is undergoing what some biologists are calling the sixth great mass extinction since life...

Who would’ve thought that a short video of a high school teacher giving a lecture on subject-verb agreements could...

Long used for sniffing out bombs and drugs, K9 units are increasingly being put to the test in the global trade of...

The idea of simply giving money to the poor often makes people feel uncomfortable. Liberals fear that doing so only...

The United States wastes about 40 percent of its edible food each year. Food is wasted at each stage along its...

Not having to do the dishes ranks as one reason people go out to a restaurant for dinner instead of cooking at home...

Since international negotiations on global climate change began, it has been evident that the two countries most...

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REVIEWING Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World Alyse Nelson, Jossey-Bass, 2012 Alyse Nelson is the president and CEO of the transnational organization Vital Voices. Since...
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As a former mayor of Santa Cruz, California, I have had a sustained interest in alternative investment strategies for local communities. Most of the proposals I’ve studied and worked on tend to be...
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Wild boar, Burmese pythons, common carp, lionfish—rather than defend these species, environmentalists are encouraging the American public to eat them. As many of them as possible. A new website, www...
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In the summer of 2011, a group of artists, leaders of a local women’s center, students at a girl’s school, and other local residents gathered in Balata, the largest refugee camp in the West Bank....
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Frances Moore Lappé takes on big issues in big ways with important results. In her mid-20s, she set out to understand why there is hunger in the world. The result was Diet for a Small Planet, which...
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Clay Shirky popularized the notion of “cognitive surplus,” the idea that in modern life people have hours of free time to engage in extracurricular activity, provided they can break away from the...
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Early in 2000, the Institute for Policy Studies, where I work, hosted a regrouping session for the veterans of the Battle in Seattle—the massive, mostly peaceful protest that disrupted the World...
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How big is your house or apartment? What (and how much) do you eat? How much bling do you wear? How many times have you paid for sex? Slavery Footprint’s survey asks you these questions—and many...