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Rice Yields Being Doubled in Developing Countries

Written by , on February 19, 2013

Using a technique deriving from work started in the 1960s by a French priest, Henri de Laulanié, in Madagascar, farmers in many developing countries have increased their paddy field rice yields by 50 to 100% – and often much more. The worldwide average rice yield is about 4 tonnes per hectare. Using modern fertilizers and […]  Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Hamburgers

Written by , on February 15, 2013

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“Food is the new oil”, Lester Brown

Written by , on February 13, 2013

Lester Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, discusses the global struggle for food security, which is the subject of his latest book "Full Planet, Empty Plates".  Read more »

Clean Drinking Water Using “Miracle Tree” Seeds

Written by , on June 19, 2012

The moringa oleifera is known as the “miracle tree” because it has been used in northern India and many parts of Africa for traditional medicine, food and cooking oil, a pesticide, a domestic cleaning agent and biofuel. Moringas are extremely hardy. They grow on marginal soils, regrow after being chopped down and are one of […]  Read more »

Apple’s New Level of Built-in Obsolescence

Written by , on June 15, 2012

For a long time, Apple products were the most easily repaired and upgraded computers on the market. Apple's new top-of-the-line MacBook Pro goes to the opposite extreme.  The case is secured with proprietary pentalobe screws to prevent you from gaining access to anything inside. The RAM is soldered to the logic board. It can never […]  Read more »

The Fracking FAQs

Written by , on May 11, 2012

Using oil and gas as an energy source is a remnant of old Industial Age technology and not normally part of our discussion of the developing Global Age. However, the increased price of fossil fuels, resulting from the world’s diminishing oil supply, has led to some extraordinary techniques being used to extract oil and gas […]  Read more »

Default Meat

Written by , on August 16, 2011

The conventional wisdom is that it takes as much as 10 units of grain to produce one unit of meat with the equivalent nutritional value. George Monbiot has recently pointed out that we should be comparing the amount of land and water required to grow meat with the land and required to grow plant products […]  Read more »

Professor Says Peak Oil in 2008 Caused Financial Crisis

Written by , on November 13, 2010

Professor Kjell Aleklett has told the ABC Science Show that oil production peaked in 2008 and has been in decline since. He says that the reserves are there but the flow is lower than in the past. Professor Aleklett, who is head of the Global Energy Systems group at Uppsala University in Sweden, also says […]  Read more »

New Approach to Rice Growing Increases Yields and Reduces Water Use

Written by , on November 10, 2010

Oxfam America is promoting a new approach, called "the System of Rice Intensification" or SRI, for small farmers which helps them produce more rice at lower cost without relying on harmful fertilizers and pesticides that can decrease soil fertility and threaten clean air, soil, and water. Farmers using the SRI method simply transplant younger seedlings […]  Read more »

More Rice with Less Water

Written by , on October 20, 2010

According to Oxfam America, rice farmers could produce 50% more rice using less water than with current techniques.   Rice farmers normally rely on flooding their fields to keep seeds covered in water throughout the growing season. But farmers in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and India have been able to produce as much as […]  Read more »