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Culture of Denial

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Former VP Al Gore highlights the parallels between the fiscal crisis and climate change denial

Kate Sheppard for The Huffington Post: Former Vice President Al Gore sees parallels between the last two and a half weeks of budget chaos on Capitol Hill and the climate crisis: Many will deny there's a problem -- until they are ultimately compelled to take action by forces beyond their control. "The tendency by many members of Congress to deny the reality of the government shutdown and the......read more

How to Avoid GMO Food

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At Ultraculture, Jason Louv offers up eight steps that ensure you're not eating genetically engineered food

Only a few months ago, most Americans had never heard of Monsanto, or fully understood the dangers of genetically modified (transgenic) food. With the passage of the Farmer Assurance Provision (“Monsanto Protection Act”), that’s a situation that’s changed: Now we’ve seen 2 million people marching globally to demand transparency and choice in the food they......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Farm City

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A celebration of urban agriculture in Brooklyn.

The way we see it, growing food in cities is a great way to address some of the social, environmental, and health problems faced by urbanites. Derek Denckla agrees. The Brooklyn-based green visionary helped launch the Farm City project (named after Novella Carpenter's excellent book on adventures in city farming) to explore and promote the practice of urban agriculture. Our intrepid Brooklyn......read more

An Englishman Abroad: Greg Holland in Myanmar

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Vibrant photos of Burmese culture from a foreigner's lens

Earlier this year, photographer Greg Holland fled the inhospitable British winter for the tropical climes of Southeast Asia, setting up shop in one of the least visited countries on earth: Myanmar. Based in Yangon, he's been staying busy exploring the country and capturing evocative pics of a place that has seen very few foreigners within its borders. The photos paint a colorful picture of a......read more

No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom In a Modern World

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New photo show at the Annenberg Space celebrates diverse cultures and shared humanity

If we were asked to imagine a dream curator for a photo show, Wade Davis would definitely be on the list. An accomplished photographer himself, the esteemed Canadian anthropologist and ethnobiologist is also one of the world's most influential advocates of indigenous culture. Century City's Annenberg Space for Photography (ASP) has answered our curatorial dreams, giving Davis the reins for its......read more

Prinzessinnengarten: A Productive Green Space Blooms in Berlin

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Urban agriculture takes root at a community garden in the German capital

For sixty years, an empty space gathered garbage in a section of Berlin's Kreuzberg district. In 2009, over a hundred volunteers cleaned the area of two tons of trash to make way for a community garden. Today, Prinzessinnengärten (Princess Gardens) is a thriving urban agricultural project, providing fresh, organic produce for Berlin residents and a space to come together to learn more about......read more

Monkstone's Superbly Sustainable Knitwear

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Perfect knits based on the principles of permaculture

Wool-lovers worldwide are flocking to the beautifully realized creations of Monkstone Knitwear, a new brand out of West Wales. The company is the brainchild of designer Anna Felton and her boyfriend Richard Reed, who runs his family's farming concern, Trevayne Farm, in Monkstone. Felton's designs are simple and natural, a reflection of the way Reed approaches sheep raising. Since......read more

Ironic Landscapes by Cook/Jenshel

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Famed husband and wife photo duo interpret the interplay between culture and environment

Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, two of America's most celebrated landscape photographers, shoot powerful images covering all types of environmental issues. Whether the subject is aquariums or green roofs, gardens or the NYC High Line, the husband and wife photo duo shoot in a signature style that combines a documentary and a fine-arts aesthetic. The Cook/Jenshel......read more

Wal-Mart to Sell More Local Produce

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World's largest grocer announces sustainable agriculture program.

The local food movement made a very large friend last week, when Wal-Mart announced a sustainable agriculture program that includes a plan to double the amount of locally grown produce sold at its stores by the end of 2015. The company says the goals will enable small- and medium-sized farm owners around the world to increase revenues, improve local economies and reduce their impact on the......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-15-10

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Weekly links: Muji, the art of SoCal bike culture, and Bjork and Antony on the environment.

Muji is one of the most influential brands working in sustainable design today. The eco-minded Japanese retailer sells nearly 5,000 products in hundreds of stores. A new monograph from Rizzoli tells the Muji story. A new group show at UCR's Sweeney Art Gallery explores the growing cultural impact of the bicycle. Re:Cycle: Bike Culture in Southern California is up until the end of the year.......read more

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