Build a wall and deport undocumented Mexicans? How else could the United States' (posh) way of life exist if not off the back of (indentured) Mexican labourers?
It's said that money makes the world go round. But since money is a proxy for energy, it would be closer to say that energy makes the world go round. But they're both wrong. Truth is, shit makes the world go round.
Human wastes and animal manures have lost their place in agriculture, replaced with petrochemical fertilizers. However, our modern fertilizers are just as tied into the limits as those inherent in fossil fuels. It's time we re-think this shit.
The problem of Colony Collapse Disorder is a symptom of transient pollinators-for-hire who are forced to live in giant bee slums and to survive on diets of junk food.
I just did my first series of podcasts, with RE and Monsta of the Doomstead Diner. As the title says, these cover my quitting of film, WWOOFing in New Zealand, my two visits to the Age of Limits conferences, and collapse.
It's time we stop perpetuating the status quo of unhealthy, mechanistic beekeeping that the new Flow™ hive continues, and move towards more holistic practices that would allow the bees to show us the way it should be done.
Diversity is the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture. Industrial agriculture – based on monocultures – is anything but diverse. If we want sustainable societies and cultures, we're going to have to extend diversity into all aspects of our agricultural systems. And only then could we have authentic multiculturalism.
Multiculturalism is commonly regarded as a synonym for diversity. Yet this generally means diversity of skin colour, a bit of clothing, and a few comfort foods. Is there a lack of diversity in our generally accepted notion of diversity?
Does culture have anything to do with agriculture? To be ecologically respectful, yes, and this would imply locally adapted agriculture. Furthermore, since places are different, people adapted to their places would be different – and this would be authentic multiculturalism.
It's often said that "we are what we eat." But since the majority of the food that the majority of us eat is grown in monocultures, would that not then make us monoculturalist rather than multiculturalist?