Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change | Talk Video | TED.com

Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change | Talk Video | TED.com.

Blue Zones – Recipes

Blue Zones – Recipes.

Longevity Diet Tips From The Blue Zones : The Salt : NPR

After-all, what’s more important than health?
Eating To Break 100: Longevity Diet Tips From The Blue Zones : The Salt : NPR.

SEXECOLOGY.ORG | Elizabeth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle

My prof at UCSC, Beth Stephens, and her wife Annie Sprinkle, have figured out a way to combine art, sex, environmental activism, while having a lot of FUN, to make a living. WOW. I am impressed!

SEXECOLOGY.ORG | Elizabeth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle.

Well, my birthday is coming up soon too… and

I am going to be 61 years old in 48 hours. Wow. I thought i was only forty-seven, but looking over the paperwork, I…

Posted by Anne Lamott on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Democracy Now Video re: The Biggest Users

For those of you having trouble uploading the link on my post “The Biggest Users,” here’s the Democracy Now video straight off Youtube:

Oligarch Valley: How Beverly Hills billionaire farmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick profit from the Iran sanctions they lobbied for – Mondoweiss

Makes me wanna get my hands on some of those Iranian pistachios..!!

Oligarch Valley: How Beverly Hills billionaire farmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick profit from the Iran sanctions they lobbied for – Mondoweiss.

The Biggest Users

I have been thinking a lot about this issue, obviously, living in Cambria where these restrictions on water use has been just a part of living here. The reportage is excellent and I think hits the nail on the head: why isn’t Gov Brown placing the same restrictions on the Biggest Users? We can spend all day talking about how, if only every human on the planet miraculously became a vegan tomorrow then we’d cure the planets’ most egregious woe, that is, global climate change. But hey, people gotta eat. And grass-fed cattle is wonderful, but it’s elitist. Only the families with a lot of disposable income can afford the luxury of eating an all organic and sustainably farmed diet. For the rest of us (and I include myself in that group even though I try to eat mostly organic and sustainably farmed, I sacrifice things that I really shouldn’t– like saving for retirement…), that option is out of reach. And what about the restaurant industry? Not just “fast food,” but all but the most expensive restaurants buy pretty much grain-fed and farm raised protein. Not to mention institutional food industries, such as the food that is sold to hospitals, travel, facilities for the elderly, schools, and prisons. So, what is the most practical solution? Raise the price of water across the board. Most of the almonds grown in California is exported. I’d like to see a pie chart showing how much of what we grow here is exported and to where. I’d like to see an export tax on water-intensive crops. I’d like to see Mandatory Restrictions for the Biggest Users.

Drought-Stricken California Exempts Big Oil and Big Ag from Mandatory Restrictions " EcoWatch.

Should We Clone Neanderthals? – Archaeology Magazine Archive

Um, they aren’t kidding. A post-modern Frankenstein?

“We could learn a lot more from a living adult Neanderthal than we could from cell cultures,” says Church. Special arrangements would have to be made to create a place for a cloned Neanderthal to live and pursue the life he or she would want, he says. The clone would also have to have a peer group, which would mean creating several clones, if not a whole colony. According to Church, studying those Neanderthals, with their consent, would have the potential to cure diseases and save lives. The Neanderthals’ differently shaped brains might give them a different way of thinking that would be useful in problem-solving. They would also expand humanity’s genetic diversity, helping protect our genus from future extinction. “Just saying ‘no’ is not necessarily the safest or most moral path,” he says. “It is a very risky decision to do nothing.”

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Should We Clone Neanderthals? – Archaeology Magazine Archive.

How Mushrooms Could Hold the Key to Our Long-Term Survival as a Species

How Mushrooms Could Hold the Key to Our Long-Term Survival as a Species.