Economics

Home Growing Produces Ten Times the Food of Arable Farms

Amongst scientists, policymakers and the public, there is increasing awareness of the multiple benefits of ‘own-growing’. Indeed, explains permaculturist Keir Watson, the level of productivity possible from allotments, backyard gardens and pastoral landscapes is very impressive compared to that of intensive farming, largely due to soil health.

Is the US Overplaying Its Energy Hand?

The evidence suggests the United States is playing energy poker with a pair of jacks in its hand, but betting as if it had four aces, says the Post Carbon Institutes’s Richard Heinberg. Policymakers are using exaggerated resource estimates just to score points, while economic and ecological catastrophe loom over the global arena in which the game is being played.