Want to double world food production? Return the land to small farmers!

All over the world, small farmers are being forced off their land to make way for corporate agriculture, writes GRAIN - and it’s justified by the need to ‘feed the world’. But it’s the small farmers that are the most productive, and the more their land is grabbed, the more global hunger increases. We must give them their land back!


Venison neck roast.
10/21/2015 Atlanta, Ga.

My wife harvested this buck on opening day of rifle season. The first part of the deer we cooked was normally a piece of meat we left in the field.

This is the first time I’ve prepared neck roast. To be honest, I have normally left the neck in the field because I thought it was too bony. Boy was I wrong. I dry aged the neck for two days. Early this morning I trimmed off the fat and seasoned it with salt, pepper, poppyseed, crushed red pepper, and olive oil. I then slid it into a vacuum sealed bag to marinate at room temperature for about seven hours. I browned the neck in our pressure cooker then threw in black trumpet mushrooms, potato, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, a big handful of grape tomatoes and two cups of water. I pressure cooked it on high pressure with a low flame for 45 minutes. We were skeptical until this amazing aroma begin to fill the house. We were all blown away on how good this was! My wife and I were contemplating when we’ve had a roast this good. We will never leave another neck behind in the forest again ;-)


We harvested this doe today and we are processing the meat ourselves. We have hunted this land for 6 years now. We know these deer are drinking from the springs on the property. We watch them get fat on all the acorns that cover the forest floor. At this point we know where and how they move. Without seeing the deer drama that unfolds under the moon light, we can piece together the story and the hierarchy in their ranks by studying the tracks and scrapes the next morning. Now, we even can take a good guess on where they will be through out the day. Its grounding to have a relationship with nature in this way.


-  The smoke is by far the best method we have discovered to keep the fly’s and wasps away from the meat as you work on it. We load hickory chips and oak leaves in the smoker. After the deer has had enough time to hang we do a quick wash in smoke then set the smoker underneath the work area. While the smoker rests, a small stream of smoke continually flows around the meat. This allows you to focus on the job and not worry about swatting at wasps with a knife in your hand. This method works great in the field. Just keep any heat from the meat… just a cool smoke.

-  Nothing goes to waste. Our chickens will turn those little pieces of meat on the bones into big beautiful eggs.

-  We marinate the venison backstrap in olive oil, sweet onion, salt, pepper, poppy seed, and a tablespoon of organic curry. It’s in the marinade for 3 days. Before it goes to the grill for dinner we take it out if the fridge in the morning. Ideally, the meat has acclimated to room temperature before cooking. We get the grill up to 500 degrees and cook it on one side for 5-6 min, then flip and cook for 4-5 min. We let it rest for at least 12 min before cutting into it.

- the meat can hang, skinless, above freezing and below 40 degrees. I have never had the conditions to do it ideally. Usually I let the meat hang for 24 hours. Tip: bring two ratchet straps. As soon as the dear passes, field dress, hang her upside down, and cut the jugular before the body gets cool. This is ideal to get the blood out while it is warm and can still flow. The look, texture, and taste of the meat depends on what you do in the first moments after you kill.

In closing:

From the hunting perspective, there is the, what seems to be always unfolding, interconnection with the wind and moon phases that guides us to the moment we see the deer. When one arrives to that moment it sets the stage for a challenge which forge actions that are unique to that person, that time, and that place that can never be duplicated again… or reversed. Its artful, if you open yourself to it. It may be one of the few ways to connect to the 10,000 generations it took to get us where we are today. In that light, we feed ourselves and our children the way “they” did… Non-GMO, free range, no antibiotics, natural.
UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability

“On November 1st, several UN entities issued a “Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability,” which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

The Blueprint provides an overview of the threats faced by the oceans, including unsustainable use, deforestation of mangroves, disappearance of coral reefs, ocean acidification, and climate change. It also highlights the role of oceans in regulating the climate, contributing to food security, and sustaining livelihoods.

Among the measures proposed by the Blueprint are:

  • Creating a global blue carbon market as a way of creating direct economic gain through habitat protection
  • Promoting research on ocean acidification
  • Increasing institutional capacity for scientific monitoring of oceans and coastal areas
  • Reforming and reinforcing regional ocean management organizations
  • Promoting responsible fisheries and aquaculture
  • Strengthening legal frameworks to address aquatic invasive species
  • Enhancing coordination, coherence and effectiveness of the UN system on ocean issues.”


Social protection is the best foundation for development

11th November 2011 - Jayati Ghosh, Triple Crisis

The social and economic system that has powered global economic relations in the past two decades is clearly in crisis. We now know only too well that periods of “rapid growth” have been based on unsustainable bubbles; that such growth has contributed little in terms of generating more decent work and has significantly increased inequality; and that people will no longer accept these unfair outcomes, as shown by the waves of protest in many countries.

We need a completely different approach to economic policy making, one that will provide for a more just and equitable society and be more compatible with the aspirations and expectations of citizens. This means that decent employment and better living conditions cannot be seen only as potential byproducts of income growth – or even as ends in themselves – but as a means to sustainable growth.

In this context, an important new report, Social protection floor: for a fair and inclusive globalisation (pdf), from the Social Protection Advisory Group, chaired by Michelle Bachelet for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and World Health Organisation, (WHO) has just been released. The report provides a key element of the economic blueprint for forward-looking economic policy, by emphasising the role of social protection measures in cushioning the impact of the crisis among vulnerable populations, serving as a macroeconomic stabiliser fuelling demand and enabling people to better overcome poverty and social exclusion in both developing and developed countries.

What exactly is the social protection floor? Basically, it can be seen as integrated set of social policies designed to guarantee income security and access to essential social services for all, paying particular attention to vulnerable groups. It includes guarantees of: basic income security, in the form of social transfers (in cash or in kind), such as pensions for the elderly and persons with disabilities, child benefits, income support benefits and/or employment guarantees and services for the unemployed and working poor; universal access to essential affordable social services in the areas of health, water and sanitation, education, food security, housing, and others defined according to national priorities.

This approach is quite different from the old “social safety net” approach beloved of the Bretton Woods institutions…—dgreports/—dcomm/—publ/documents/publication/wcms_165750.pdf


A Southern Mother part 2.

These are just some images of my wife and the children that we have taken last year. From time to time I will post about her doings. She is a beautiful independent, creative, and fierce creature.  We believe that raising our children with exploring  nature is the way to get them started in a world full of commercials and plastic imported toys. Their heads in the sky, their feet in the soil, and their heats in the forest. Furthermore, Don’t mess with Mama.

Heard about Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions? Those from direct and indirect sources?…

The following definitions, and graphic above, are offered by the widely used global standard for reporting on emissions- the GHG Protocol.

The GHG Protocol defines direct and indirect emissions as follows:

  • Direct GHG emissions are emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the reporting entity.
  • Indirect GHG emissions are emissions that are a consequence of the activities of the reporting entity, but occur at sources owned or controlled by another entity.

The GHG Protocol further categorizes these direct and indirect emissions into three broad scopes:

  • Scope 1: All direct GHG emissions.
  • Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam.
  • Scope 3: Other indirect emissions, such as the extraction and production of purchased materials and fuels, transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the reporting entity, electricity-related activities (e.g. T&D losses) not covered in Scope 2, outsourced activities, waste disposal, etc.

Janine Benyus Issues Call to Green 3D Printing Sooner Rather than Later ~

personalfactory: It would be really cool if at some point of additive manufacturing development clever company will provide “recyclable” or “closed loop” type of 3d printer filament. As for comparison with spiders that eat their nets and reuse it to create another one… it is not so simple task in case of now available traditional manufacturing materials. When we talk about current 3d printing filaments it is very hard or almost impossible. Every iteration of remelting thermoplasts has bad influence on their parameters.Today material engineering doesn’t have traditional materials (mass manufactured) similar to spiders net in all the parameters… Though new materials will come up inevitably (incorporating structural functionalities and nanotechnology). Biodegradable materials other than PLA would be also a big milestone. Who knows what future will bring?

To be green, or to be green - There is NO question about it!


On March 1, 2011, the apparel industry took a huge step in the green direction with the unveiling of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a new initiative that not only helps companies track their level of sustainability with the use of eco indexes, but holds them accountable for their efficiency as well. Being a part of the green revolution has been trendy for a while, but it is high time for it to become a mainstay, don’t you think?

Collaborating members include big shot apparel and footwear companies (i.e. H&M, Levi Strauss & Co., and Nike), government programs (i.e. Environmental Defense Fund), and other NGOs. According to the SAC’s website, responsibilities of these leading members are:

-Agreement to engage upstream suppliers to collect data in support of the index at a time to be set by the Coalition.
-Commitment to work toward attaining a specified, minimal level of best practices within the member company’s supply chain.
-Agreement to share best practice information in support of Coalition initiatives to improve supply chain performance industry-wide.
-For affiliated organizations (NGOs or trade associations), a clear statement showing alignment with Coalition Vision, Purpose and Shared Beliefs

We have always prided ourselves in knowing that “green was the new black” here at Portland Fashion Week, so we can’t help but show our support and get the ball rolling. We’ll be sure to keep all of you eco-fashionistas updated, so don’t forget to visit Portland Fashion Weekly soon!

Visit the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s website to see a full list of founding members:

-Erika Christiansen

Dallas, TX.

Has one of the faster growing populations in its urban core. After years of outward growth city officials have spent the last 10 years developing residential housing in the city.

With the newest and one of the largest Arts Districts in the world and many nationally successful sports teams, Dallas is becoming one of the cultural centers of the world. It was recently upgraded to an ALPHA world city alongside Melborne, Dublin, Atlanta, Barcelona, Taipei, Lisbon, etc.

Its exciting.

Dallas’s vision of becoming a globally recognized city for leadership in sustainable living, business prowess,  and technological is happening as we speak.