In his book, The Long Descent, John Michael Greer observes that our culture has two primary stories: “Infinite Progress” or “Catastrophe”. On the contrary, he sees history as cyclic: civilizations rise and fall. Episode 138.
Ben Gisin is co-founder and publisher of Touch the Soil magazine, an agricultural magazine promoting resilient agricultural practices. He speaks with Jason Bradford about the crumbling industrial agricultural system and its close relationship with the global economy. With transcript.
On Part III of the Kootenay Harvest Revival recordings, we listen to Deconstructing Dinner Host Jon Steinman address the audience of 270. On day 2 of the event, the success of the Creston Grain CSA was celebrated at the All Seasons Café where presentations were made by CSA co-founder Matt Lowe, CSA farmer Roy Lawrence and board member of the West Kootenay EcoSociety Russell Precious who read some passages by poet and essayist Wendell Berry.
One response to the global crisis that is gaining enthusiastic momentum is the Transition Towns movement. Jennifer Gray, a pioneer in the Transition Initiative in the UK and cofounder of Transition US, describes it as "a community-led response to the twin crises of peak oil and climate change. It's ... positive, pro-active [and] engages the whole community in building resilience into their world." Episode 139.
Crop To Cuisine explores the world of brewing beer at home, speaking with Richard Berkey and Brian Carter, owners of Hop To It Homebrew supply shows. They explain the joys of brewing, and the benefits, ranging from economic to entertainment.
On this Part II of the Kootenay Harvest Revival recordings, we hear from author and farmer Luanne Armstrong who spoke on finding one's sense of self through place. "In this day and age, we need to think about where we live, not only where we live and how we connect to it but how we look afte rit so it can look after us," says Luanne. She also described what the word "farmer" means to her.
On Part IV of the series, we explore the first in a three-partseries of recordings from the Kootenay Harvest Revival - an event hosted byDeconstructing Dinner, the Nelson-Creston Grain CSA and All Seasons Café.Day 1 of the event heard from a series of speakers who shared the history offood production in the Kootenay regions of British Columbia. By exploringwhat was once possible to grow and produce in the area, it was hoped thatthe event would inspire visions of what the soil is currently able toprovide both now and into the future.
In this edition of The Reality Report host Jason Bradford interviews Nate Hagens. Topics in this program highlight how the current financial melt down and impact the timing and severity of peak oil and natural gas--including the dreaded "natural gas cliff" as rigs go idle due to low prices. We discuss whether this means economic growth now over, and if so, how should societies adjust?
Independent financial consultant Jim Hansen runs every investment through the "peak oil test". In this presentation from the ASPO-USA 2008 conference, he explores energy-related investments. And an interview with ecologist and professor Charlie Hall about energy return on energy invested. Episode 136.