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The robot lawnmowers of Sweden and the future robot farmers of America

Robot lawnmower does the work in Sweden, while the family relaxes (top right).

When I was visiting family friends in Sweden a few years ago, I was intrigued to see that the man in the house next door had a robot lawnmower cutting his grass. We don’t see that so much in North America. The Swedes are ahead in other technological fields as well, from attendant-less gas stations, where you’d better know Swedish or else, to banks where a cheque is passed around as a curiosity because so many of the people there had never seen one.

But I digress. Robots is our topic for today. We’ve already seen what a hit they are in the battlefields of the ‘stans, killing people for the “war on terror”. And now we have this Wired article that’s mainly about how much better than people they are at landing aircraft on carriers. But the interesting part, to me at least, is the increase in distance from human responsibility that you get with the robot instrumentality. If we farm out more of the actual farming to robots we’d need fewer morally compromised people to ruin more of the soil on which we all depend. And that’s where it starts to get scary.

From Dave Mosher at Wired:

“It’s not nearly as sexy as aircraft carriers, but we have a real problem in this country. We just don’t have the manpower to do the farming that we need,” Cummings said. Continue reading

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Prince Charles on “The Future of Food”

From The Prince of Wales’ own website. Thanks to Margo for the link!

Screen grab from HRH's website.

“…One or two of you may have noticed that over the past thirty years I have been venturing into extremely dangerous territory by speaking about the future of food. I have all the scars to prove it…! Questioning the conventional world view is a risky business. And the only reason I have done so is for the sake of your generation and for the integrity of Nature herself. It is your future that concerns me and that of your grandchildren, and theirs too.

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Shaping food and agriculture policy

From Marler Clark’s Food Safety News blog:

“Eight major foundations announced Tuesday that they have launched an initiative to solve long-term national and international food and agriculture policy issues.

Called AGree, the effort is being funded by the Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and The Walton Family Foundation. Continue reading

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Laboratory-grown meat has arrived … but the demand, not so much — MSN

From MSN news:

Just think... meat for which no animal will have suffered and died! Photo: MSN

“As time moves forward the world faces crisis after crisis, food shortages among the greatest of these shortages. Dr. Vladimir Mironov of the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina has the solution: Grow it in a lab.

Sounds like something out of a dystopian futuristic sci-fi novel, doesn’t it? Continue reading

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Resilient communities as an answer to the “hollowing out” of the nation state?

The following is excerpted from a recent interview with author and futurist John Robb:

Author and futurist John Robb, photo from his blog

….Do you see a diminishing role for the state in large-scale governance? Does this compel communities to do it for themselves?

Yes, large scale governance is on the way out. Not only are nearly all governments financially insolvent, they can’t protect citizens from a global system that is running amok. As services and security begin to fade, local sources of order will emerge to fill the void. Hopefully, most people will opt to take control of this process by joining together with others to build resilient communities that can offer the independence, security, and prosperity that isn’t offered by the nation-state anymore. However, this is something you will have to build for yourself. Nobody is going to help you build it. Continue reading

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Manna Storehouse #6, and speaking up for the kind of world we want, without “drinking the kool-aid of fear”

Manna sheep in happier days

Manna sheep in happier days

NEW DEC. 17: Manna Storehouse 7: The Stowers tell their story.

Here’s  a summary of the Manna Storehouse story so far, fact-checked and verified by the Weston A. Price Foundation’s very own publicist, Kimberly Hartke. To my knowledge the Stovers who run Manna Storehouse have still not come out with a statement to the media regarding the raid, so there may yet be further revelations to come in the week(s) ahead.

Valuable intelligence from Project Camelot

Valuable intelligence from Project Camelot

But before we proceed with Kimberly’s story, I’d like to add a few words about the excerpts which follow. The interview they are from provides a helpful framework with which to understand how the Manna Storehouse raid could be seen as a kind of “test-marketing” for a new style of policing (or repression). And according to that interview, the planners would be carefully monitoring everyone’s response through internet and telephone traffic, as well as through the more public media, to see how they could “model” this “perturbation” they’ve caused to the status quo, all the better to better roll out their “program” smoothly when the time comes. Continue reading

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Saturn – Uranus – Pluto “T” 2008-2011

Richard Tarnas' book

Richard Tarnas' book

After hearing cultural historian Richard Tarnas speak back in April about the work he published in “Cosmos and Psyche”, I felt moved to order a copy of his book. I have been reading it over the summer and fall and am hugely impressed by his analysis of cultural history in connection with astrological planetary aspects or, as he calls them, “world transits”.

Tarnas is a serious scholar of this stuff and he teaches PhD programs in Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integrated Studies. Thirty years ago he tackled the project of taking a serious look at astrology, a subject which, according to him, is commonly denigrated as being “the gold standard for superstition”.

Through his painstaking research, correlating cultural history to astrological events, he’s built a strong case for looking seriously at astrology as a way of understanding the interplay of archetypal influences in human life. And while what he has to say about the recent past is fascinating, for our purposes here, I’d like to look at what he has to say about the immediate future. Although he couches it all in general terms, I think his description pretty accurately characterizes the forces that are arrayed around the raw milk debate currently in progress. Continue reading

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