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Unplug Yourself From The Industrial Food System With Permaculture Gardening

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“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.”

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Bill Mollison

Observe and Interact

Over forty years ago, Bill Mollison, with the help of David Holmgren, helped develop a blueprint for sustainable living. Mollison — an author, scientist, teacher, and biologist — spent many years working in and with nature. He came to the understanding that everything is connected and that the way we are living is killing us and the planet. He developed a system which integrated agriculture, horticulture, architecture, and ecology in a conscious effort to design landscapes which replicate the natural patterns found in nature. Mollison and Holmgren understood the value of observing nature. By observing nature we can design solutions which suit our particular circumstances while producing human settlements which are abundant in productivity (food) and pleasing to inhabit.

Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share

Apart from the design principles, permaculture promotes three main ethics which many native cultures once practiced: Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. The key differentiator of Permaculture from conventional farming is that it is not just about the utilisation of resources in an efficient and effective way. It embraces ethics in design and teaches one to think more critically. These three underlying principles are in stark contrast to the modern food system which focuses on profit at all costs.

Permaculture Works with Nature and is Regenerative

Most of us are all-too-familiar with the ill effect the industrial food system has had on our planet. Species extinction, ecosystem destruction, salinity issues, the removal of top soils, deforestation, overfishing, soil toxicity, and climate change are just a few of the externalities of an overly resource intensive system which leaves many with excess and many more people hungry.

The difference between permaculture and modern industrial agriculture is that permaculture works with nature as opposed to against nature. Permaculture is a design science which observes natural systems in an attempt to learn from what they offer in the way of design, stability, and resilience. Hence, permaculture looks at the whole system and values how it all works in a synergy of balance and abundance. Permaculture focuses on techniques and practices which help re-establish this balance by creating places of diversity and abundance through restoring natural habitats which benefit all — not just humans.

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Permaculture Captures and Stores Energy

Our long distance agriculture uses vast amounts of energy. It takes approximately 2,000 litres of oil equivalents per year to feed and supply the average American. This accounts for about 19 percent of the total energy used in the United States. In industrialised countries today, one food calorie requires expending an average of between seven to ten calories of fossil energy. (1)

Permaculture captures and stores energy. How does it do this? There are a number of ways. The act of simply growing your own food is effectively storing the energy or sunlight that we receive each day. Any excess food can be preserved, dried, bottled, or canned. Hence we are storing this energy for another time. Today we truck in and ship goods from all over the planet. The simple act of storing excess foods you have grown in the summer saves significant amounts of energy.

Our reliance on long distance supply chains not only makes us vulnerable to external influences to the system but also leaves us blind to how, what, and where our food is coming from. We have no control over how and what is done to the food we eat. We have chosen to be dependent consumers as opposed to responsible producers. While not everyone has the luxury of a backyard or land there are many things which can be done to get started. Pot plants, planter boxes, community gardens, urban gardens, and land share schemes right through to local CSAs help reduce our reliance on long distance supply chains. The key to this is focusing on local solutions.

Permaculture Produces No Waste

As a young boy my father drummed into me the mantra of “waste not want not,” and he was absolutely right. Another permaculture principle, “produce no waste,” is highly relevant to our throw-away, planned obsolescent model of production and consumption. Nothing is wasted on a permaculture property or site. Understanding the value of resources and the natural world allows us to see the connection and interconnectedness of all systems. Under the permaculture model everything is composted, mulched, or recycled. Everything from food scraps and green waste to your own waste is integrated and used as valuable resources. That’s right, while many would find it hard to fathom that human waste can be recycled, there is a growing movement of people who understand the importance of collecting and composting “humanure.”

It has been estimated that every time we flush the toilet we launch 5 or 6 gallons of polluted water out into the world; that’s 4.8 billion gallons of fresh water polluted by waste and then treated with harmful chemicals every day in America alone. (2) Each year over 450 million tonnes of nitrogen fertilizer is produced and sprayed, poured, and scattered across the planet. Most of this is in the form of anhydrous ammonia, ammonia nitrate, and urea. This equates to the consumption of between 3–5% of the world’s natural gas production for this process alone. (3)

When you think about it, it is a no brainer that we should be making use of this valuable and easily accessible resource. The environmental benefits should also be considered. The environmental impact of treating your own sewage helps out on the eco-friendly front as there is less energy used and greater overall efficiency and less wastage along the way.

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(1) UNEP, The end to cheap oil: a threat to food security and an incentive to reduce fossil fuels in agriculture, April 2012. http://na.unep.net/geas/getUNEPPageWithArticleIDScript.php?article_id=81

(2) http://brie-hoffman.hubpages.com/hub/Off-Grid-Toilets

(3)   http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.CON.FERT.ZS

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Trump EPA OKs ‘Emergency’ Use of Bee-killing Pesticide On 13.9 Million Acres For The Next 4-6 Years

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  • The Facts:

    The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced “emergency” approvals to spray sulfoxaflor — an insecticide considered “very highly toxic” to bees — on nearly 14 million acres of crops known to attract bees.

  • Reflect On:

    Why do corrupt federal regulatory agencies have the power to do what they please, regardless of how many people oppose it? Why do their actions not take into consideration all life on Earth and the environment when they are tasked to do so?

It’s no secret that pesticides have been killing bees in extreme numbers, especially in North America. Many other countries have imposed bans and restrictions on the pesticides that are sprayed in Canada and America. The idea that pesticides are killing bees in mass amounts isn’t really up for debate, and it’s something that we here at Collective Evolution have been creating awareness about for nearly 10 years.

Since 2006, when the term “Colony Collapse Disorder” or CCD was coined in the U.S., commercial beekeepers have reported extraordinary losses averaging 29 to 45 percent per year. Such losses are unprecedented — more than double what is considered normal. In the last several years, neonicotinoid pesticides — both alone and in combination with other pesticides — have emerged as a key catalyst behind this disturbing phenomenon, both because of their direct toxicity to bees and their indirect and cascading effects. If you’d like to learn more about this, there are countless examples and studies online.

The question that’s most important to ask is: Why and how are substances like these getting approved by our federal health regulatory agencies when they are clearly wreaking havoc on human, animal, and insect health? They are destroying nature.

We must acknowledge that our federal health regulatory agencies have been completely compromised. Big corporations have “captured them (our regulatory agencies) and turned them into sock puppets. They’ve compromised the press.” – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (source)

This is evident thanks to so many examples, including testimonies from employees within these agencies. Known as the ‘Spider Papers,’ a group called the CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or CDC SPIDER, put a list of complaints in a letter to the CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK).

We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency.  It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behaviors.

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These rouge parties include pesticide manufacturing companies like Monsanto, which is now Bayer. This is also why we constantly see a ‘revolving door’ of employees that go to and from these corporations and our federal regulatory agencies. Merck’s Julie Gerberding is one of several great examples. 

This is why it wasn’t a big surprise when the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced their “emergency” approval of spray sulfoxaflor — an insecticide considered “very highly toxic” to bees — on nearly 14 million acres of crops known to attract bees. Crops of cotton and sorghum in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia are all included in the approval, and 10 of the 11 states have been granted approval for at least four consecutive years for the same “emergency.” Five have been given approval for at least six consecutive years.

5.8 million acres in Texas are implicated, which is home to more than 800 species of bees native to that area. This also includes Monarch butterflies and eight species of bumblebees.

According to the Center For Biological Diversity,

The EPA may approve temporary emergency uses of pesticides, including unapproved pesticides, if it determines they are needed to prevent the spread of an unexpected outbreak of insects.

But the agency has routinely abused this authority, as chronicled in the Center’s report, Poisonous Process: How the EPA’s Chronic Misuse of ‘Emergency’ Pesticide Exemptions Increases Risks to Wildlife. The report found that the alleged “emergencies” cited are foreseeable occurrences.

Last year the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General released a report finding that the agency’s practice of routinely granting “emergency” approval for pesticides across millions of acres does not effectively measure risks to human health or the environment.

In response to a lawsuit by beekeepers, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the EPA’s original registration of sulfoxaflor in 2015. The EPA’s 2016 registration for sulfoxaflor — purportedly designed to ensure essentially no exposure to bees — excluded crops like cotton and sorghum that are attractive to bees.

A study published last year in Nature found that sulfoxaflor exposure even at low doses had severe consequences for bumblebee reproduction. The authors cautioned against the EPA’s current trajectory of replacing older neonicotinoids with nearly identical insecticides like sulfoxaflor. A major study published earlier this year found that more than 41 percent of the world’s insect species are on the fast track to extinction, and that a “serious reduction in pesticide usage” is key to preventing their extinction.

This is politics for you. Presidents and politicians have always been frontmen for corporations and the global elite. These are people that clearly do not care about our planet, the environment, or the beings that live on it. All that seems to be of concern to them is major profit. Furthermore, the drastic and inhumane acts like the spraying of these pesticides, which not only contribute to a massive bee decline, but have harmful implications on human and animal health as well as the environment, makes one wonder what the heck is really going on?

Who in their right mind would approve such a thing? And how is it even justifiable? It’s confusing and heart-breaking to say the least.

The Takeaway

Jane Goodall once told the world that “there are people in government who truly agree when I talk with them, they agree that this mine shouldn’t go ahead, or that dam shouldn’t be built, or Monsanto shouldn’t be allowed to test its seeds here. It’s corruption really, the might of money, the corporations that hold governments in their hands because of lobbying power and so forth, it’s really frightening.”

So, what can we do about it? Well, we can keep using our voices and creating awareness, because that’s the only thing that’s ever lead to any type of change within this area. There are countless activists out there working on this issue, and that’s because we are awake, aware, and clearly see what the problem is.

Now more than ever people are well aware of how big business and money completely control politics. Not everything we see on the surface is accurate, and this awareness alone leads to a change in perception. No, the president and presidents before him are not who you think they are, they are simply puppets. Politics has never really served the people and the planet, it simply provides the illusion that it does.

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Scotland Has Added 22 Million Trees Since Last Year!

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  • The Facts:

    Scotland is leading the way for Europe when it comes to reforestation, having just announced that last year they planted more than 22 million trees.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are we constantly bombarded with fear, chaos and negativity from mainstream media? Why are we never provided with good news or solutions to the worlds issues?

Deforestation is such a huge problem on our planet, and it’s all for profit. It’s not needed at all, and if the Earth and its wellbeing were our top priorities, as they should be, it wouldn’t really be happening. That being said, human beings have tremendous potential to restore the Earth, and as the masses become more and more conscious about Earth and the environment, the closer we get to restoration.

A great example comes from Scotland, where the government announced that in 2018, they flew past their national tree planting goals by planting over 22 million trees. How incredible is that? This equates to approximately 43 square miles (11,200 hectares) of new forestry in 2018 alone.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “This is fantastic news that we’ve smashed the targets. It is testament to the Scottish Government making forestry a priority and investing and helping growing the industry.” He also said that “In Scotland alone, around 9.5 million tonnes of CO2 each year are removed from the atmosphere by our forests – this is a clear example of why an increase in tree planting is so important in the fight against climate change.”

Planting trees is great, and it’s extremely necessary in order to restore our planet, clean our air, and help regulate multiple greenhouse gases. It’s a huge necessity for so many reasons.

We here at Collective Evolution have always been huge advocates of cleaning up our water ways, the restoration of forests, clean energy, and much more. Obviously, we still have a long way to go. When it comes to the CO2 issue in particular, you can read more regarding our thoughts about that here.

This news from Scotland also comes off the heels of a recent data release from NASA, as they happily reported that the Earth is greener, with more trees than 20 years ago thanks to efforts from China and India.

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The Takeaway

Mainstream media sources portray a constant state of worry, fear, anxiety and hysteria on several different issues. When it comes to mainstream media, a lot of information is unfortunately false, made up and used to serve the agenda of various financial elite groups. We now know this for a fact, as multiple documents have surfaced outlining the close connections between mainstream media and government/intelligence agencies. We also have operation Mockingbird, a CIA program that used mainstream media to manipulate the perception of the masses on certain issues, like geopolitics for example. We’ve also had multiple award winning mainstream media journalists come out and state multiple times that mainstream media is nothing but a mouth piece for the government, the financial elite and various corporations.

It’s unfortunate, but it’s the truth.

For years, we’ve been fed nothing but propaganda and fear, our minds have been programmed and manipulated, and we rarely see any good news stories. Is our planet really as bad as it’s been presented to us? Sure, there are several issues that we need to take care of. We need to heal the planet and fix many things, but at the same time, we must remember that there are still a lot of good things happening, and there are good initiatives and efforts to be proud of.

Our world is a beautiful place, and there’s just as much turmoil as there is ‘good’ stuff, perhaps we just don’t know it because we are never shown it. All we are presented with is chaos, and that chaos is frequently used to justify certain actions by the global elite, which always seems to impose more restrictions on us and take more of our rights away.

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The #Trashtag Challenge Is Inspiring People To Clean Up Beaches & Parks

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  • The Facts:

    A viral 'Trashtag Challenge' is spreading across the internet and encouraging people to clean up litter, while at the same time taking a before and after picture to show the world.

  • Reflect On:

    Imagine what we could do as a collective if all 7 billion of us came together for one cause. We could literally change anything we wanted to. On a side note, why do we still use plastic when it's completely unnecessary?

Hashtags are obviously quite popular, and it’s great when one sparks efforts that lead to direct action and change. The latest example is the #trashtag challenge, which has inspired people to go to locations covered in garbage, pick up trash, and then post ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures. As of yesterday, more than 26,000 posts were tagged on Instagram, and as a result, more and more volunteers are picking up trash wherever they are and posting their own before and after pictures.

Initiatives like this make you wonder what would happen if several people on our planet all came together for one common purpose. Just imagine the change we could create. If you think about it, we could literally create anything we wanted, and solve anything we wanted to. Most of the issues we face in this world, if not all of them, are because of us, which means we have the power to solve these issues. Together we are co-creating the human experience, and anytime we want to change the game, ultimately, we can.

If you want to play devils advocate and argue against this point, you might say, “Yeah, but that will never happen.” But that’s not the point. The point is to recognize and acknowledge the fact that yes, if billions of people came together for a specific purpose it would, without a doubt, manifest.

While we are talking about trash, it’s odd that we still manufacture products using plastic. Obviously, it’s big business for many, but humanity has the potential to completely revolutionize and clean up our planet. This includes manufacturing all products with a biodegradable substance that causes no harm to the planet. Hemp is a great example of a substitute for plastic, concrete, paper, oil, and many other substances. It makes absolutely no sense to use plastic given that there are so many environmentally-friendly alternatives. This is one of many confusing things about humanity’s actions.

 

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It’s not quite clear on where it all started, but it might have been this post below.

Below is a posted on Reddit by u/idontknowjack69.

The Takeaway

At the end of the day, change comes from within. Personally, I know if I was in a position of power to make billions of dollars by bottling water with plastic, or by using plastic in any mass manufacturing process with the intention of worldwide distribution, I wouldn’t do it. There are people who would, and people that do, and those are the people who need to experience a shift in consciousness and values. This shift is happening within many people all over the world, and the ripple will continue to spread and eventually touch those who control our planets resources.

Something’s gotta give.

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