Deep Nutrition — Eating the Way We Used to Eat (321)

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“Nature knows Best,” says Cate Shanahan, M.D. “Just eat the way people used to eat….” For their book Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, she and her partner Luke researched early American cookbooks and worldwide cultures with intact cuisines. They came up … [Read more...]

Food, Community and Our Place on Earth (320)

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If the trucks stopped rolling, how long could locally-produced food sustain your community? A farmer friend of Whidbey Islander (WA) Vicki Robin calculated “Two weeks in August [peak harvest time].” Vicki went on a one-year 10-mile diet, building relationships with her … [Read more...]

Imagine If — ‘The Great Turning’ meets ‘Community Rights’ (319)

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Community rights educator Paul Cienfuegos reads his inspiring short declaration inspired by Joanna Macy’s notion of “The Great Turning,” a total change in how we govern ourselves. Paul writes, “The Community Rights movement has been spreading across the United States — one … [Read more...]

Ecovillages — A Leading Edge for Sustainability (318)

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What might ecovillages show us about living sustainably? Political science professor Karen Litfin visited fourteen ecovillages in both developing and developed countries. The author of Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community looked for commonalities among such … [Read more...]

EagleYew House — Efficient Technology With an Artist’s Aesthetic (317)

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Artist Ezio Cusi’s house is a work of art —and also built smart. The cob house with timber-framed upper stories is made with mostly local natural materials. For the cold winters, it has an annualized geo-solar system (AGS) which in summer transfers hot water from solar … [Read more...]

Knowing and Using Our Gifts (316)

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“Each of us was born to do something unique on this planet, and to give our gifts. That all comes from heart and soul and spirit. Without those in [our] work, we cannot really feel satisfied or fulfilled or truly rewarded…”  Ellen Hayakawa, author of The Inspired … [Read more...]

Forging Alternatives to the Growth Economy — Examples from the Real World (315)

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The growth economy is historically relatively recent, and is now consuming 1.5 Earths and growing. Compound interest is sucking the lifeblood out of the real economy, from households to countries. Mike Lewis, co-author of The Resilience Imperative, tells the story of the … [Read more...]

The Once and Future World — Rewilding Nature and Us (314)

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“Today we’re looking at a ten percent world,” says J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World: Nature as It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be. “What we think of as nature today has been depleted by 90% in many cases.” Diaries of explorers reveal an abundance of sea … [Read more...]

Beautiful Money — Salt Spring Island’s Community Currency (313)

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An island near Vancouver, B.C. has designed its own form of currency. Salt Spring Island's paper dollars and coins look and feel beautiful. For the Island’s tourists, they’re genuine souvenirs. Michael Contardi, President of the Salt Spring Island Monetary Foundation, … [Read more...]

Tour Salt Spring Island’s Local Meat Processing Facility (311)

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(No animals or meat products are portrayed in this program). When new regulations required Salt Spring Island's meat producers to take their animals off-island for processing, local production plummeted nearly in half. In response, the Salt Spring Agricultural Alliance … [Read more...]