Janaia Donaldson's blog

Tour a closed-loop water system where one critter's wastes become another's food. Inside a steamy greenhouse, Jeremy Roth of Aprovecho Center's Aquaculture Project shows us fish tanks containing tilapia just like you might order in a restaurant. Water from the tanks is pumped through troughs where pond plants take in the nutrients from the fish. Plant material is then returned to feed the fish in their tanks. The nutrient-rich water is also diverted to nourish veggies like chard, tomatoes, and water chestnuts rooted in a shallow gravel bar.

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At the GreenLife EcoFest on May 22, 2011 in Grass Valley, California, Dmitry Orlov presented "The Twilight of the Antipodes and the Cultural Flip" about swapping the market economy for gift economies, as humans have done throughout most of history.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011. We taped a lively chat with Janelle Orsi and Jenny Kasson, co-directors of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) in Oakland, California. These passionate women are using their lawyerly skills to help people form sharing organizations like worker cooperatives and cohousing partnerships. They're also supporting local enterprises of all types, including reducing the legal barriers to local investment and structures.

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I am feeling shaken. Personally. An earthquake halfway around the planet in Japan may be touching us directly. The butterfly effect, up front and personal. This planet is one organism.

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The county Office of Emergency Management room looked official and serious. It was packed with tables covered with laptop computers and communications equipment and a large county map on the wall. I visualized a busy urgent hubbub  in the event of an earthquake — every station staffed and lots of phone and internet calls going on.

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100924_comty-kitch1_250.jpgSeptember 24, 2010. This evening we taped footage at the Sustainable Wallingford Community Kitchen in Seattle. This is not a place, it's a monthly event run by volunteers.

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