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Sneak Attack on Organic food standards by USA Current rating: 0
26 Nov 2005
Industry sneak attack on organic standards rammed through congress.
organic food SOS - Despite receiving over 350,000 letters and phone calls from OCA members and the organic community, Republican leaders in Congress October 27 attached a rider to the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations Bill to weaken the nation's organic food standards in response to pressure from large-scale food manufacturers. To see full report go to link below.
link - http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm
http://www.bhopal.net

FREEDOM from the OIL PIRATES and ROBBER BARONS
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http://manila.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview;=6086

ELIMINATE HUNGER AND ABATE GLOBAL STARVATION Luke 10:29
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http://www.carbon.org http://www.greenthumbnyc.org http://www.yesmagazine.com/article.asp?ID=576 http://www.trees.co.za http://www.gleanerscoalition.org http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk http://www.moringatrees.org http://www.permacultureinternational.org http://www.seedinternational.com.au http://www.permaculture.org.uk http://www.csa-india.org http://neemfoundation.org http://www.neemresource.com http://www.cocopeat.esmartweb.com http://www.treesforlife.org http://www.livingnutrition.com http://www.emnz.com http://www.acresusa.com http://www.growbiointensive.org http://www.organicdownunder.com http://www.tilth.org http://www.naturewise.org.uk http://www.echonet.org http://www.healthmasters.comhttp://www.remineralize.org http://www.organicgarden.org.uk http://www.soilassociation.org http://www.invisiblegardener.com http://www.seercentre.org.uk http://www.seaveg.com http://www.squarefootgardening.com http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com http://www.veganorganic.net
http://goodgrub.org
http://www.sistersonline.org/Articles/index.cfm?article_id=257

ORGANIC FARMING WILL FEED THE WORLD
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http://www.midiaindependente.org/en/blue/2005/06/320339.shtml
book: Eco-Farm; author: Charles Walters http://www.acresusa.com
journal: Acres http://www.acresusa.com

EAT LOCAL ORGANIC FOOD
and abate global starvation
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http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/45868.php


utilizing ORGANIC COMMUNITY GARDENS to feed the hungry
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http://www.communitygarden.org.au http://www.communitygarden.org/publications.php http://www.communitygarden.org.au http://www.growingpower.org http://www.greenguerillas.org http://www.greenthumbnyc.org
http://www.st.catharines.com/recreation/pt/grow_row.asp
http://www.earthandtable.com/commgarden/cgresources.html
http://www.tbdhu.com/food/security/Gardening.htm
http://www.cityfarmer.org/booksales.html
http://www.foodsecurity.org/links.html
http://www.communitygarden.org.au/news/cgjun05_email.pdf
http://www.longbeachorganic.org/Site/englishstartupguide.PDF
http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/garden/articles/startup_guide.html
http://www.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/spew4th.pl?ascribeid=20030513.123819&time;
http://news.ucanr.org/newsstorymain.cfm?story=476
http://www.vegparadise.com/24carrot4.html
http://www.organicfood.co.uk/stories/historicfarm.html
http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi
http://www.lta.org/resources/index.html
http://www.lta.org/publicpolicy/advocates.htm
Free book: http://www.wasatchgardens.org/Library/CommunityGardenStart-upHandbook.PD
book: Growing Communities: How to Build Community Through Community Gardening; author: Jeanette Abi-Nader http://www.communitygarden.org/publications.php
book: Cultivating Community: Principles and Practices for Community Gardening as a Community-Building Tool; author: Karen Payne http://www.communitygarden.org/publications.php
book: Community Planning Handbook; author: N. Wates http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: Sustainable Communities; author: H. Barton http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: Sustainable Community - A Practical Guide http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: Common Sense of Community; author: D. Atkinson http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: Conservation Finance Handbook; author: Kim Hopper http://www.chelseagreen.com/2004/items/conservationfinance
book: Doing Deals: A Guide to Buying Land for Conservation http://www.amazon.com
book: In Gardens We Trust http://www.tpl.org/tier2_kad.cfm?folder_id=1385

connecting ORGANIC HOME GARDENS with FOOD BANKS to feed the hungry
P Patch Gardening and Grow a Row for the hungry
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http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch http://www.seattletilth.org
http://www.growarow.org/overview.html http://www.organicconsumers.org
http://www.winnipegharvest.org/index.cfm?SC=6&PT;=101
http://www.gleanerscoalition.org
http://lifecyclesproject.ca/food_directory/?q=node/444
http://www.compost.org/growarowintro.html
http://www.ywcapeterborough.org/growarow.htm
http://www.hmk.on.ca/plantarow.html
http://www.cnh.bc.ca/foodsecurity/growarow.htm
http://www.afbna.ca/plantarow.html
http://www.tbdhu.com/food/security/N148Plantarow%20Growarow.pdf
book: Super Nutrition Gardening; author: William Peavy http://www.alibris.com
book: No-Did, No-Weed Gardening; author: R. Pioncelot http://www.homestead.org/Gardening/Ruth%20Stout%20-%20The%20No-Dig%20Duc
book: The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden; author: Ruth Stout http://www.emilycompost.com/books.htm
book: Tips for the Lazy Gardener; author: Linda Tilgner http://www.countrysidemag.com
book: Square Foot Gardening; author: Mel Bartholomew http://www.squarefootgardening.com
book: Windowsill Gardening, Year-Round Indoor Gardening Projects for Kids; author: Klutz http://eco-artware.com/books.shtml
book: Practical Guide to Container Gardening; author: Susan Berry http://eco-artware.com/books.shtml
book: New Organic Grower; author: Eliot Coleman http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3c.html#NOG
book: Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening; author: J. Howard Garrett http://www.alibris.com
book: Planning Your Organic Vegetable Garden; author: Dick Kitto http://www.alibris.com
book: Organic Gardening; author: Elizabeth Miller http://www.alibris.com
book: Soul of Soil; author: Grace Gershuny http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3e.html#SS6
book: Permaculture Garden; author: Graham Bell http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc2.html#PCG
book: Organic Salad Garden; author: Joy Larkcom http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3d.html#OGC
book: Growing and Using Herbs Successfully; author: Betty Jacobs http://acresusa.com
book: Heirloom Vegetable Gardening; author: William Weaver http://www.alibris.com
book: Organic Methods of Pest and Disease Management http://www.ciks.org/pub-org.htm
book: Weeds-Control Without Poisons; author: Charles Walters http://acresusa.com
book: Secret Life of Compost; author: Malcolm Beck http://acresusa.com
book: Handbook of Successful Ecological Lawn Care; author: Paul Sachs http://acresusa.com
book: Neem, The Ultimate Herb; author: John Conrick http://www.neemassociation.com/products.htm
book: Neem, a User's Guide http://www.ciks.org/pub-org.htm
book: Hydroponic Home Food Gardens; author: Howard Resh http://www.alibris.com
book: Planting a Bible garden; author: F. Nigel Hepper http://www.alibris.com
book: Keeping the Harvest; author: Nancy Chioffi http://acresusa.com
book: Allergy-Free Gardening; author: Thomas Ogren http://www.allergyfree-gardening.com
organic seeds: http://www.heirloomseeds.com http://www.seedalliance.org http://www.seedsavers.net http://www.enscseeds.org http://www.seedsavers.org http://www.nativeseeds.org http://www.korewildfruitnursery.co.uk
Free Cataloge reviewing books about Organic Gardening, Natural pest control and Natural weed control http://acresusa.com
Jouranl: Acres http://acresusa.com

utilizing ORGANIC GARDENING in SCHOOLS-UNIVERSITIES
for improving Academic Performance and social development
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http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicgardening/schools.php http://www.studentsseedsandsoil.com http://www.schoollunchinitiative.org http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/cla_lessons.html http://www.ecoliteracy.org/programs/rsl-guide.html http://www.calhealthyschools.org http://www.organicconsumers.org
http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/cfj/cfj_factsheetsarticlesetc.htm
http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/cla_edures.html
http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/kit_lessons.html
http://www.utafoundation.org/Sunshine/home.htm
http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/garden/pubs/index.html
http://hort.ufl.edu/ggk/resbook.htm
http://www.communitygarden.org/commgreenrev-99.pdf
http://www.thewatershedproject.org/Library/research%20library.html
http://www.cherylcorson.com/lbd.pdf
http://www.drjaygordon.com/nutrition/goodfood/healthy01.htm
http://www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/create_orderakit.cfm
http://www.jhsph.edu/clf/PDF%20Files/Toolkit.pdf
http://64.243.182.248/going_solar/better_schools.cfm
http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu/programs/nc_solar_in_schools.cfm
http://www.solarschools.com http://irecusa.org/schools http://www.crestuk.org
http://www.pv.unsw.edu.au http://www.rise.org.au
http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/ed/teachers/links.htm
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/keep/ProfessionalDevelopment/index.htm
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wauk/sep02/82148.asp?format=print
http://www.bibleplus.org/health/ms_lupus.htm
http://www.healthmasters.com http://www.livingnutrition.com
http://www.wellbeingjournal.com http://www.stevitastevia.com
book: Learning About Lifecycles Using An Organic Garden; author: Allan Randall http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc16.html#LAL2
book: How to Grow World Record Tomatoes; author: Charles Wilber http://www.acresusa.com
book: Super Nutrition Gardening; author: William Peavy http://www.alibris.com
book: No-Did, No-Weed Gardening; author: R. Pioncelot http://www.homestead.org/Gardening/Ruth%20Stout%20-%20The%20No-Dig%20Duc
book: The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden; author: Ruth Stout http://www.emilycompost.com/books.htm
book: Tips for the Lazy Gardener; author: Linda Tilgner http://www.countrysidemag.com
book: Square Foot Gardening; author: Mel Bartholomew http://www.squarefootgardening.com
book: Windowsill Gardening, Year-Round Indoor Gardening Projects for Kids; author: Klutz http://eco-artware.com/books.shtml
book: Practical Guide to Container Gardening; author: Susan Berry http://eco-artware.com/books.shtml
book: Permaculture Teachers' Guide; author: Andrew Goldring http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc2.html#PTG
book: Manual For Teaching Permaculture Creatively; author: Robin Clayfield http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: Soul of Soil; author: Grace Gershuny http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3e.html#SS6
book: All New Square Foot Gardening; author: Mel Bartholomew (available February 2006)
book: Growing Naturally: A Teacher's Guide to Organic Gardening; author: M. Brown
book: A Child's Organic Garden, Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables; author: Fryer Bradford http://www.alibris.com
book: Children’s Gardens: A Field Guide for Teachers, Parents, and Volunteers; author: Elizabeth Bremner
book: Let's Grow!: 72 Gardening Adventures with Children; author: Linda Tilgner http://www.alibris.com
book: Digging Deeper: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrating Youth Gardens into School and Communities; author: Kiefer and Kemple
book: Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities; author: Terry Williams http://www.oriononline.org/pages/ob/index_ob.html
book: Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World; author: Michael Stone http://www.bioneers.org/programs/books/ecolit.php
book: How To Talk So Kids Can Learn; author: Adele Faber http://www.amazon.co.uk
book: Ability Development from Age Zero; author: Shinichi Suzuki http://www.azsuzuki.org/readlist.htm
book: Nurtured by Love, The Classical Approach to Talent Education; author: Shinichi Suzuki http://www.alibris.com
book: The Mozart Effect for Children; author: Don Campbell http://www.growingyourmusician.com/booksforparents.html
book: The Healthy School Handbook, Conquering the Sick Building Syndrome http://store.nea.org/NEABookstore/control/productdetails?item_id=1866400
http://www.seventhgeneration.com/site/pp.asp?c=coIHKTMHF&b;=84958
Jouranl: Acres http://acresusa.com

BOOKS ABOUT ORGANIC GARDENING-FARMING
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http://www.acresusa.com http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk http://www.organicconsumers.org http://www.soil-health.org.nz http://www.organic.aber.ac.uk http://www.soilassociation.org
http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/book_list.html#Anchor%20L
http://agebb.missouri.edu/sustain/moa/almanac/2001fall
journal: Acres http://www.acresusa.com

BOOKS ABOUT BIODYNAMIC GARDENING-FARMING
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http://www.biodynamic.org.uk http://www.acresusa.com http://www.biodynamics.com http://www.biodynamic.org.nz http://www.biodynamics.net.au http://www.ibdf.de
http://www.moscowfoodcoop.com/books/wilson.html

ORGANIC GARDENING THERAPY
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http://www.thrive.org.uk http://www.camphillkimberton.org http://www.horticulturaltherapy.com.au http://www.growingcenter.org http://www.gardening4good.org http://www.plants-for-people.org http://www.camphill.org.uk http://htinstitute.org http://www.steinerwaldorf.org.uk http://www.kidsgardening.com http://www.calhealthyschools.org
http://www.kurisu.com/kurisu-restorative-gardens.shtml http://www.meristem.org
http://www.sustland.umn.edu/design/healinggardens.html
http://www.kinghorngardens.com/healing.htm http://www.kurisu.com
http://www.djc.com/special/landscape98/10037844.htm
http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/swt_0905p19.htm
http://www.talesoftheearth.com/pages/articles.html
http://www.mhtachapter.org/resources.htm
http://www.healthdesign.org/resources/pubs/books/books_gardens.php
book: Starting a Horticultural Therapy Program; author: Cathedne Drew http://www.horticulturaltherapy.com.au/Object.asp?ObjectID=468
book: Healing Gardens, Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations; author: Clare Cooper Marcus http://www.alibris.com
book: Accessible Gardening: Tips and Techniques for Seniors and the Disabled; author: Joann Woy
book: Restorative Gardens; author: Nancy Gerlach-Spriggs http://www.alibris.com
book: Horticultural Therapy and the Older Adult Population; author: Suzanne Wells
book: Horticulture As Therapy: A Practical Guide to Using Horticulture As a Therapeutic Tool; author: Mitchell Hewson

NATURAL ANIMAL CARE and HEALING BOOKS
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http://acresusa.com

WINTER FARMING AND GARDENING TECHNOLOGY
Solar greenhouses and more
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http://www.newfarm.org/features/0404/moore/greenhouse.shtml http://www.newfarm.org/features/0404/moore/greenhouseII.shtml http://biointensiveforrussia.igc.org http://www.fourseasonfarm.com http://www.growbiointensive.org/newsletter/may2000/passive-solar.html http://www.homepower.com
Passive Solar Greenhouse Workshop: design, construction and year round production:
contact: sandcmoore (at) juno.com telephone: 717.225.2489 (USA) Steve and Carol Moore
book: Four Season Harvest; author: Eliot Coleman http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/main/books/books.html
book: Solar Gardening; author: Leande Vogel Poisson http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3e.html#SG2
book: Winter Harvest Manual; author: Eliot Coleman http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/main/books/books.html
book: Lasagna Gardening; author: Patricia Lanza http://www.alibris.com

HEATING GREEN HOUSES with SOLAR HOT WATER and radiant heating systems
(Using the floor as a Thermal Mass for Retaining Heat at Night - see THERMAL MASS)
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http://www.radiantsolar.com http://www.solargenix.com http://www.radiantec.com http://www.radiantcompany.com http://www.wirsbo.ca http://www.heliodyne.com http://www.twapanels.ca http://www.thermotechs.com http://www.thermomax.com http://www.orange-energy.de
Free Installation Manual: http://www.radiantec.com/installation.htm
book: Energy Conservation for Commercial Greenhouses; author: John Bartok http://www.growingedge.com/store/books_multimedia.php
book: Biodynamic Greenhouse Management; author: Heinz Grotzke http://www.alibris.com
book: Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners; author: John Bartok http://www.growingedge.com/store/books_multimedia.php
book: Complete Greenhouse Book, Building and Using Greenhouses from Cold-Frames to Solar Structures; author: Peter Clegg http://www.alibris.com
book: Complete book of the Greenhouse; author: Ian Walls http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3.html
book: Greener Greenhouses; http://www.growingedge.com/store/books_multimedia.php
book: Greenhouse Gardener's Companion; author: Shane Smith http://www.alibris.com
book: Building Your Own Greenhouse; author: Mark Freeman http://www.alibris.com
book: Gardening Under Cover: A Northwest Guide to Solar Greenhouses, Cold Frames; author: William Head http://www.alibris.com
book: Building and Using Cold Frames http://www.alibris.com
book: Polytunnel Companion; author: Jayne Neville
book: Gardening Under Plastic: How to Use Fleece, Films, Cloches and Polytunnels; author: Bernard Salt
book: Starting Early Flowering and Vegetable Plants Under Glass; author: Charles Nissley http://www.alibris.com

HEATING GREEN HOUSES with GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS and radiant heating systems
(note: some manufactures in Europe combine geothermal with solar hot water and solar wall heating systems)
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http://www.advgeothermal.co.uk http://www.radiantcompany.com http://www.demarcoenergy.com http://www.wirsbo.ca http://www.orange-energy.de http://www.twapanels.ca

BRINGING SUN LIGHT INDOORS for Gardening inside your home
(recycling indoor air with plants, save energy)
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http://www.solatube.com http://www.kalwall.com http://www.sunpipe.com http://www.sun-dome.com
book: Daylight Design of Buildings; author: Nick Baker http://www.cat.org.uk

UTILIZING ORGANIC ALLOTMENTS TO FEED THE HUNGRY
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http://www.hhdra.org.uk http://www.nsalg.org.uk http://www.farmgarden.org.uk http://www.soilassociation.org http://www.jardins-familiaux.org http://www.allotment.info http://www.allotments-uk.com http://www.allotment.org.uk http://neildixon.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk http://www.earthlypursuits.com/AllotGuide/AllotGuide.htm http://www.btinternet.com/%7Erichard.wiltshire/alldoc13.htm http://www.odpm.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1127689 http://www.allotments.net http://www.keirg.freeserve.co.uk/diary/default.html http://perrone.blogs.com http://www.staan.co.uk http://www.keirg.freeserve.co.uk/diary/default.html http://www.kitchengardens.dial.pipex.com/homepage.htm http://www.paddocks-allotments.org.uk http://www.othas.org.uk http://www.spahill.org.uk/shogg http://www.firsestateallotments.co.uk http://www.btinternet.com/~richard.wiltshire/draa1.htm http://www.wlcsallotments.org.uk http://www.weybridgeoasis.org
http://www.farmgarden.org.uk/ari http://www.foodsecurity.org/UAHealthArticle.pdf
book: The City People's Book of Raising Food, authors: William Olkowski and Helga Olkowski http://www.alibris.com
book: Allotment Gardening; author: Susan Berger http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3.html#AGO
book: Successful Allotments http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3b.html#SA2
book: The Allotment Handbook http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc3.html#AH1

PERMACULTURE
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http://www.seedinternational.com.au http://www.tagari.com http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/perma.html http://www.permaculture.co.uk http://www.berg-en-dal.co.za http://www.permacultureinternational.org http://www.permaculture-hawaii.com http://www.permacultura-es.org http://www.permacultureactivist.net http://www.permaculture.org.au http://www.permacult.com.au http://www.permacultura.org http://permakultur.dk http://www.permaculture-steve.net http://www.permacult.com.au/noosa http://www.permaculturemelbourne.org.au http://www.permaculture.biz http://www.tortuga.com/permacultura http://www.3.telus.net/permaculture http://permaculturevisions.com http://www.permaculture.net http://www.openpermaculture.com http://www.permaculture.org.nz http://www.permacultura-bahia.org.br http://www.permacultura-montsant.org http://www.permacultura.org.br http://www.tierramor.org http://www.ecohabitar.org http://www.ecocentro.org http://www.pacificos.org http://permacultura.freeservers.com http://www.permacultura.cl http://permacultura.no.sapo.pt http://www.utopie.it/ecovillaggi/permacultura.htm http://www.gaia.org.ar/cursoperma.htm http://www.vidasana.org http://www.ufpa.br/permacultura http://www.mutantia21.com.ar/permacultura.html http://www.permaculture.org.uk http://colombiaenhechos.org/permacultura.htm http://www.permacultura.it http://www.ipemabrasil.org.br http://www.brightonpermaculture.co.uk http://www.torri-superiore.org http://www.agrorede.org.br/curso-permacultura http://www.ybytucatu.com.br/permacultura.htm http://www.amazonia.org http://www.permacultura-rs.org.br http://www.mmrfbz.org http://www.permaculture.org http://www.moa-inter.or.jp/english/naturefarm/nf-contents.html
http://www.booksite.com/texis/scripts/oop/click_ord/showlist.html?sid=58
Eco-Buddhahist Project: http://www.buddhafield.com
journal: Permaculture Activist http://www.permacultureactivist.net
journal: Permaculture Magazine http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc1.html
journal: Permaculture Drylands Journal http://www.permaculture.net
PIL's Planet Newsletter http://www.permacultureinternational.org/newsletter/newsletter.htm

PERMACULTURE FARMING-GARDENING Methods for Europe and Temperate Countries
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book: The Earth Care Manual; author: Patrick Whitefield http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc2.html#ECM

PEAK OIL AND PERMACULTURE
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http://istanbul.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/77679.php

NATURE FARMING
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http://www.infrc.or.jp http://www.naturesnovel.com http://www.moa-inter.or.jp http://www.emlabo.co.jp
book: Nature Farming and Microbial Applications; author: Hui-lian Xu http://www.acresusa.com

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)
keeping our communities Safe from Peak Oil
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http://www.cuco.org.uk/index.php?page=3 http://www.localharvest.org/csa http://www.biodynamics.com/csa.html http://www.csacenter.org
http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/farmtrust/index.html
http://solutions.synearth.net/2004/02/04
http://www.foodsecurity.org/PerspectivesOnCFS.pdf
http://www.localharvest.org/csa.jsp
http://www.planetfriendly.net/dontpave.html
http://www.vlt.org/partners.html
http://www.lta.org/newsroom/pr_090105.htm
http://www.swcs.org/en/advocacy/societys_latest_action/letter_to_protect
http://www.seedinternational.com.au/CG%20article%201.html
http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC42/Resource.htm
http://www.indianlinefarm.com/csa.html
http://www.communitylandtrust.salford.ac.uk
http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/farmtrust
http://www.nfucountryside.org.uk/news-1691.htm
http://www.fordhallfarm.com/Project%20home.htm
http://www.cureorganicfarm.com/curenews.htm
http://farmlandtrust.coop/farmcoop/wrap.php?about.html
http://www.farmers-market.org/vendors/kirsopfarm/kirsopfarm.html
http://www.planetfriendly.net/dontpave.html
http://www.ctnofa.org/Farmland.php
http://www.farmland.org
http://www.savelancasterfarms.org/savelanc
http://www.ffcf.bc.ca/gg_new2/PDF%20and%20linked%20documents/Mar%202003%
http://www.permacult.com.au/community/land_trust01.html
http://www.umich.edu/~econdev/agrecondev
http://aesop.rutgers.edu/~njuep/tec3.html
http://www.landtrustalliance.bc.ca/research.html
http://www.lta.org/publications/index.html
http://www.lta.org/resources/index.html
http://www.bodeganet.com/landtrust/about.html
http://uruguay.indymedia.org/news/2005/06/36067.php http://www.isec.org.uk
book: Sharing the Harvest; author: Elizabeth Henderson http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc17.html#STH
book: Farms of Tomorrow: Community Supported Farms; author: Trauger Groh http://www.greenpatchseeds.com.au/biodynamic.html
book: Rebirth of the Small Family Farm, authors: Bob and Bonnie Gregson http://www.acresusa.com
book: MetroFarm; author: Michael Olson http://www.growingedge.com/store/books_multimedia.php
book: The New Organic Grower: Master's Manual; author: Paul Hawken and Eliot Coleman
book: Valuable Vegetables; author: Mandy Pullen http://www.amazon.co.uk
book: Formula to Create Community Supported Agriculture; author: Robyn Van En http://www.csacenter.org/brochure.html
book: Community Land Trust, A Next Step In Hummanizing The Economy; author: Gretchen Older http://www.amazon.co.uk
book: Community Land Trust Handbook http://www.amazon.co.uk http://www.alibris.com
book: Starting a Land Trust, by Land Trust Alliance http://www.alibris.com
book: Sold Out; author: William Young http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc18b.html#SOT
book: The Economics of Convulsion; author: Harold Wills http://www.alibris.com
video: CSA: Making a Difference http://www.csacenter.org/brochure.html

HEATING BUILDINGS and SPAS with Solar hot water
and radiant heating systems
(note: some manufatures combine solar hot water with geothermal heat pumps)
(Using the floor as a Thermal Mass for Retaining Heat at Night - see THERMAL MASS HEAT STORAGE)
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http://www.radiantsolar.com http://www.heliodyne.com http://www.radiantcompany.com http://www.radiantec.com http://www.solargenix.com http://www.thermotechs.com http://www.twapanels.ca http://www.wirsbo.ca http://www.thermo-dynamics.com/solar_radiant_heat.html http://www.solarthermal.com http://www.thermomax.com http://www.twapanels.co.uk http://www.radiantheatingweb.com/learn/101202.asp
http://www.ourcoolhouse.com/images/construction/floor.htm
training for: installing and maintaining solar radiant heating systems: http://www.solarenergy.org sli (at) solarliving.org
Gino Nicolai Hydronic Radiant Simulator Training Center http://www.theiqa.com/gntc.shtml
Free Installation Manual: http://www.radiantec.com/installation.htm
book: Modern Hydronic Heating; author: Siegenthaler http://www.alibris.com
book: Radiant Heating and Cooling Handbook; author: Richard Watson http://www.ourcoolhouse.com/go/library/10000/BS_1077567592
book: Solar Water Heating, A DIY Guide; author: Paul Trimby http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc13c.html#SWH
book: Hydronic radiant heating, a practical guide for the nonengineer installer; author: Dan Holohan http://www.heatinghelp.com
book: Modern Hydronic Heating for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings; author: John Siegenthaler http://www.radiantheatingweb.com/learn
book: Radiant Floor Heating; author: R. Dodge Woodson http://www.radiantheatingweb.com/learn
book: Golden Rules of Hydronic Heating; author: Dan Holohan http://www.amazon.com
book: Installation Guide for Residential Hydronic Heating Systems http://www.alibris.com

SOLAR HEAT STORAGE
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http://www.iea-eces.org http://www.orange-energy.de http://www.freeheat.com.au http://www.solargenix.com http://www.warmwater.com

THERMAL MASS HEAT STORAGE
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Some European manufactures use the floor for thermal mass heat storage. This can keep the building warm for three to seven days if electricity is lost or there are many cloudy days in a row or if there is little daylight during the winter.

One method is to put a layer of insulation on the ground, using the same insulation that is used for the Monolithic Dome, see www.monolithicdome.com. A three foot (one meter) layer of sand is placed over the insulation. In the sand is placed the hydronic radiant floor heating system or hot water pipes. Then the flooring system is placed on top of the sand.

A deeper base of sand may use to obtain more thermal mass for areas of extreme cold. The hot water heats up the thermal mass of sand allowing the retained heat to keep the building warm if electricity is lost or there are many cloudy days.

An additional option for multi story buildings is to place one foot ( 1/3 meter) of sand between upper level floors and to place additional hydronic heating pipes in the sand. A floor systems is placed on top of the sand. The building has be built extra strong to withstand the additional weight of sand sub-flooring. Some manufactures use the steel framing method for homes and building to obtain the strength needed for the additional weight of the sand. See www.tri-steel.com for steel homes and buildings.


HEATING BUILDINGS with VEGETABLE BioDiesel
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(recycled used Cooking Oil works better than home heating oil)
http://www.homepower.com http://www.dieselsecret.com/heatingoil.html http://www.biodieselwarehouse.com

SOLAR WALLS
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http://www.solarwall.com http://www.kalwall.com

FREE JOURNAL ABOUT SOLAR ENERGY, Sustainable Technologies:
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http://www.homepower.com http://www.epsea.org

FREE CATALOG - RENEWABLE ENERGY
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http://www.realgoods.com/renew/service/catalog.cfm
telephone: 800-919-2400 (USA and Canada)

TOURS of SOLAR HOMES and SOLAR BUILDINGS
and links to local chapter NGO's and their events
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http://www.ases.org http://www.solarhouseday.com/index01.shtml http://homepower.com

PASSIVE SOLAR HEATING of BUILDINGS
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http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/yourhome/technical/fs14.htm
http://www.ourcoolhouse.com/phase2.htm
http://www.sunplans.com http://www.solardwellings.com.au http://www.omsolar.net http://www.poweredliving.co.nz http://www.solarliving.org
book: Passive Solar House; author: James Kachadorian http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc12d.html#PSH
book: Solar House, Passive Heating and Cooling; author: Ph.D. Chiras http://www.alibris.com
book: Affordable Passive Solar Homes; author: Richard Crowther http://www.alibris.com
book: Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook; author: Michael J. Crosbie
book: Warm House, Cool House: Inspirational Designs for Low-Energy Housing; author: Nick Hollo http://www.bookworm.com.au/bookworm/dw000013.htm
book: The Passive Solar Energy Book: A Complete Guide to Passive Solar Home, Greenhouse, and Building Design; author: Edward Mazria http://www.alibris.com
book: Solar Projects for Under 500 Dollars; author: Mary Twitchell http://www.amazon.co.uk
book: Passive Solar Construction Handbook; author: Levy Emanuel http://www.alibris.com
book: Survey of European Passive Solar Buildings; author: Commissariat a L'ene http://www.amazon.co.uk
book: Profiting from Sunshine - Passive Solar Building in the Mountains http://www.amazon.co.uk
book: Passive Solar Design Strategies; National Renewable Energy Lab http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/index.books
book: Passive Solar Retrofit; author: Darryl Strickler http://www.alibris.com

GeoThermal Heat Pumps for HEATING and COOLING OF BUILDINGS
note - some Manufactures combine GeoThermal systems with solar hot water heating systems
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http://www.advgeothermal.co.uk http://www.demarcoenergy.com http://www.geothermalheatpump.com/how.htm http://www.geoexchange.org http://www.soundgt.com/links.htm http://www.earthenergy.co.uk http://www.heatpumpcentre.org http://www.aphgeothermal.com http://www.alliantenergygeothermal.com http://www.waterfurnace.com http://www.earthenergy.ca http://www.geosource.info http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu http://www.geothermalheatpump.com http://www.earthcomfort.com http://www.hydronmodule.com http://www.geothermal-heat-pump-resource.org http://www.hydro-temp.com http://www.geo-systems.com http://www.econar.com http://www.amgeo.com http://www.alliantenergygeothermal.com http://www.sustainablehawaii.com
book: Geothermal Heat Pumps, Introductory Guide http://www.hvacbooks.com/heat_pumps.htm
book: Closed Loop geothermal heat pump design handbook; author: Canbek Karaca http://www.amazon.com
book: Commercial geothermal heat pumps; author: J. Mark Hannifan http://www.amazon.com
book: Geothermal heat pump options manual; author: J. Mark Hannifan http://www.amazon.com
book: Ground Source Heat Pumps, Design of Geothermal Systems for Commercial & Institutional Buildings; author: Stephen Kavanaugh
book: How Come, Hydronic heating questions we've been asking for 100 years; author: Dan Holohan http://www.heatinghelp.com
book: Residential Hydronic Heating, The I=B=R Coursebook; author: Dan Holohan http://www.heatinghelp.com

SOLAR WATER HEATERS and solar heated swimming pools and spas
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http://www.heliodyne.com http://www.rpc.com.au http://www.tctsolar.com http://www.solar.org.uk http://www.thermotechs.com http://www.ecs-solar.com http://www.estif.org http://www.bubbleactionpumps.com http://www.heliosenergies.com http://www.sourceguides.com/energy http://www.sundasolar.com http://www.solarthermal.com http://www.thermotechs.com
free books: http://www.ecs-solar.com/publications.htm
book: Solar Hot Water Systems: Lessons Learned 1977 to Today; author: Tom Lane http://www.ecs-solar.com/lessons_learned.htm
book: Tapping The Sun, A Guide To Solar Water Heating http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: Solar Water Heating, A DIY Guide; author: Paul Trimby http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc13c.html#SWH
book: Cascade Solar Water Heating Plans; author: Bob Larson http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/index.books
training for: installing and maintaining Solar water heating systems: http://www.solarenergy.org http://www.lowimpact.org/courses.htm http://greendragonenergy.co.uk http://www.rpc.com.au sli (at) solarliving.org http://www.homepower.com

BUILD INTO THE FUTURE
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Indestructible and energy efficient buildings and homes
(Hurricane proof, Tornado proof, Earthquake proof and Tidal Wave proof)
http://www.monolithicdome.com http://www.kalwall.com http://www.solatube.com http://www.solarwall.com http://www.demarcoenergy.com http://www.advgeothermal.co.uk http://www.sloanled.com http://www.cansolair.com http://www.myecospace.com http://www.thermotechs.com http://www.waterless.co.nz http://www.wintersundesign.com cnalbant (at) skydome.com.au

COHOUSING NETWORK
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http://www.cohousing.org http://www.cohousing.org.au http://www.cohousing.ca http://www.cohousingco.com http://www.converge.org.nz/evcnz http://home.vicnet.net.au/~cohouse http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/research/publications/hdm/back/8ahrentzen.htm http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/1999/0199bader.html http://www.berkeleydaily.org/article.cfm?storyID=3205
book: Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community; author: Chris Hanson http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/index.books
book: Cohousing; author: C. McCamant http://www.tenspeedpress.com/catalog/all/item.php3?id=2079
book: Thinking About Cohousing; author: M. Field http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: The Challenge Of Sustainability; author: Lisa Gibellini http://www.converge.org.nz/evcnz/resources/hb_paper.html
book: Senior Cohousing; author: Charles Durrett http://www.tenspeedpress.com/catalog/all/item.php3?id=2158
free book: The Needs Of Innovative Community Housing Projects; author: Peter Scott http://pl.net/%7Epscott/rp/
journal: Cohousing Magazine http://www.cohousing.org/magazine

ECOVILLAGE NETWORK
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http://www.ecovillage.org http://www.villagepower.net http://www.zegg.de http://www.ecologicalsolutions.com.au http://www.ecohousing.pl.net http://www.earthaven.org http://www.lacaravana.org http://www.folkecenter.dk http://www.gen-europe.org ..
http://www.feasta.org/documents/shortcircuit/contents.html
Ecovillage Designers Conferences http://www.ecologicalsolutions.com.au
book: Ecovillages, a Practical Guide to Sustainable Communites; author: Jan Bang http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/book_list.html
book: Creating a Life Together, Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities; author: Diana Christian http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/book_list.htm
book: EcoVillage Living, Restoring The Earth And Her People; author: Hildur Jackson http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: Creating A Life Together; author: D L Christian http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/index.books
book: EcoVillage at Ithaca, Pioneering a Sustainable Culture; author: Liz Walker http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/book_list.htm
book: Natural Step for Communities; author: Sarah James http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3841
book: Findhorn Book of Community Living; author: William Metcalf http://www.findhornpress.com
The Earth Repair Catalog http://www.permaculture.co.uk
journal: Communities magazine http://communities.ic.org

CAR SHARING
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http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/tdm/publications/carsharing.html
http://carshare.com http://www.carsharing.org http://www.carshare.co.nz http://www.flo.net.au http://carshare.org http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/campuscars/join.htm http://www.stattauto-kassel.de http://www.stattauto.de http://www.flexcar.com http://www.commuterpage.com/carshare.htm http://www.dublintraffic.ie/Carpool.html http://www.rideinfo.co.nz http://www.carsharing.net http://www.victoriacarshare.ca http://www.autoshare.com http://afo.sandelman.ca/afz/issue9-II.html http://www.zipcar.com http://www.bilkollektivet.no
book: International Developments Towards Improved Car-sharing Services; author: Ing Bodo Schwieger
book: Shared EVs in Denver: Extending the station car and car sharing concepts; author: Martin Bernard

SINGLE MOTHER COHOUSING
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http://www.co-abode.com http://www.homehold.org/about/hxacheiv.htm http://www.charityadvantage.com/goldengirlhomes/Home.asp
http://www.womenspress.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID;=1243&SectionID;=1&

COMMUNITIES for DISABLED PEOPLE
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http://www.camphill.org.uk http://www.thrive.org.uk http://www.camphillsoltane.org http://www.permaculture.org.uk
book: Camphill Movement; author: Karl Konig
book: Man as a Social Being; author: Karl Konig

COMMUNITIES for THE OLDER PEOPLE
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http://www.fellowshipcommunity.org http://www.thrive.org.uk http://www.permaculture.org.uk

INSULATING HOUSE PAINT
reduce heating and cooling costs and energy use
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http://www.insuladd.com

REDUCE AIR CONDITIONING COST 20% to 40%
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Paint your house and roof white, which reflects infra red sunlight http://www.duro-last.com/buildingowners/coolzone http://www.silvercote.com/reflective.asp

REDUCE AIR CONDITIONING COST 10% to 20%
by using solar Attic fans
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http://www.atticsolarfan.com http://www.hotattic.com http://www.solarventtech.com http://www.solatube.com/res_solarstar.php http://www.theledlight.com/solar-fans.html http://www.cetsolar.com

HOUSES FROM THE EARTH
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http://www.calearth.org http://www.rammedearthworks.com http://www.cobcottage.com http://www.earthshelter.com http://www.builderswithoutborders.org
book: Cobber's Companion: How to Build Your Own Earthen Home; author: Michael Smith http://www.cobcottage.com
book: Hand Sculpted House; author: Ianto Evans http://www.cobcottage.com
book: Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture; author: Nader Khalili http://www.calearth.org
book: Earth-Sheltered House; author: Rob Roy http://www.cat.org.uk
book: Rammed Earth House; author: David Easton http://www.rammedearthworks.com/publications.html
book: The Owner-Built Adobe House; author: Duane Newcomb
book: Adobe Houses for Today; author: Laura Sanchez http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/index.books
book: Adobe Build It Yourself; author: P.G. McHenry http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/adbuilityour.html
book: Cinva Ram block press Plans http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/cinvaramplans.html
book: Australian Earth-covered building; author: S. Baggs http://www.integratedliving.com.au/pub_aecb.htm
book: Earth-Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisa; author: Gideon Golany http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/index.books
Dirtcheapbuilder Guide on CD http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com
training: http://www.lowimpact.org/courses.htm http://www.rammedearthworks.com

STRAW BALE HOMES
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Recycling Straw- Create furniture and homes from straw waste
http://www.strawhomes.com http://www.greenbuilder.com/sbat http://www.primeboard.com http://www.strawboard.com http://www.meadowoodindustries.com http://www.odiseanet.com http://www.skillful-means.com http://www.environbiocomposites.com/biofiber.php http://www.nexwood.com http://www.kenaf-fiber.com http://www.kenaf-industries.com http://www.greenenaturalfibers.com http://www.visionpaper.com http://www.kenex.com
book: The New Strawbale Home; author: Catherine Wanek http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/frame.books
book: Building With Straw Bales; author: Barbara Jones http://www.lowimpact.org/booksstrawbale.htm
book: More Straw Bale Building; author: Chris Magwood http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc12c.html#SBB1
book: Serious Straw Bale; author: Paul Lacinski http://www.solarenergy.org/resources/store.php
book: Straw Bale Details; author: Chris Magwood http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3791
book: Strawbale Homebuilding http://www.soil-health.org.nz/books.htm
book: The Straw Bale House: Designing and Building with a Resource-Efficient Material; author: Athena Steen http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/frame.books
book: Papercrete and Low Cost Homes http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/paplowcoshom.html
journal: The Last Straw; http://www.strawhomes.com
training for: buiding straw bale buildings http://www.solarliving.org http://www.lowimpact.org/courses.htm

STEEL FRAMED HOMES
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http://www.tri-steel.com http://www.heritagebuildings.com http://www.clarksteel.com http://www.sbi.se http://www.dietrichindustries.com http://www.cemcosteel.com http://www.marinoware.com

ROOF TOP GARDENING and Farming
and storm water abatement (Recycling storm water)
Saving energy costs by reducing heating and cooling costs and heat island mitigation
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http://www.greengridroofs.com http://www.greengridroofs.com/advantages/greengridadv/index.htm http://www.rooftopgardens.org http://livingroofs.org http://www.greenhellas.com http://www.miller-roofscapes.co.uk http://www.optigruen.de http://www.zinco.de http://www.roofgreening.com http://www.greenroofservice.com http://www.greenroof.se http://www.igra-world.com http://www.sfg-gruen.ch http://www.greenroof.co.uk http://www.greenroofplants.com http://www.dachgaertnerverband.de http://www.ecoroofsystems.com http://www.prairie-tech.com http://greenroofblocks.com http://www.eltgreenroofs.com http://www.gardensinthesky.com http://www.greenroofnewyork.com http://www.countyflatroofing.co.uk/greenroofs.html http://www.greenroofs.com http://www.roofmeadow.com http://www.sarnafilus.com/vegetated_roofs_s http://www.xeroflora.com http://www.hadj.net http://www.ecoroofseverywhere.org http://www.re-natur.de http://www.scholz-barth.com http://greenroofonline.com
http://www.greenfingers.com/articledisplay.asp?id=427
books: http://www.cityfarmer.org/booksales.html
book: Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls; author: Nigel Dunnett

ELECTRIC BICYCLES and ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Freedom from the Oil Pirates and Robber Barons
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http://manila.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview;=6058
solar boats, solar bicycles, making BioDiesel

RECYCLING USED COOKING OIL into BIODIESEL
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Run your diesel vehicle on used cooking oil.
Fill your gas tank at fast food restaurants.
http://www.plantdrive.com http://www.greasecar.com
book: From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank; author: Joshua Tickell http://www.joshuatickell.com/books_films.htm
book: How to Make Biodiesel; author: Dan Carter http://www.lowimpact.org/booksbiodiesel.htm
book: Biodiesel Power; author: Lyle Estill http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3898
training for: veg oil engine conversion: http://www.lowimpact.org/courses.htm

PEAK OIL and PERMACULTURE
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http://istanbul.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/77679.php

RENEWABLE ENERGY
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http://italy.indymedia.org/news/2005/10/903470.php
solar energy, wind energy, micro-hydro
ocean energy, tidal energy, river energy
energy conservation

ORGANIC TECHNOLOGY FOR GARDENERS and FARMERS
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http://melbourne.indymedia.org/news/2005/06/92738.php
http://www.midiaindependente.org/en/blue/2005/06/320339.shtml

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
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http://www.zeri.org http://www.emtech.org http://www.oceanarks.org http://www.bokashi.co.nz http://www.elementgreen.com

TRAINING for DEVELOPING COUNTRIES and for emergency response teams
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http://www.lowimpact.org/courses.htm http://www.rpc.com.au http://www.carbon.org http://www.sunutility.com/html_pg/healthcare.html http://ranchomastatal.com http://greendragonenergy.co.uk http://www.lutw.org http://www.grupofenix.org http://www.solarenergy.org http://www.scoraigwind.com http://www.seedinternational.com.au http://www.watermotor.net http://www.solarliving.org http://www.homepower.com http://www.journeytoforever.org http://www.rainwaterclub.org http://www.sre.org.np http://www.lowimpact.org http://www.passerelleco.info http://www.gen-europe.org http://portugal.ecovillage.org ian (at) solarenergy.org
Specialized training for women http://www.solarenergy.org http://www.hlf.org.np/solsis.htm

EMERGENCY SHELTERS AND HOUSING
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book: Earthbag Building; author: Kaki Hunter

WORM COMPOSTING
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http://www.vermico.com http://www.elementgreen.com http://www.wormdigest.org http://www.wormbooks.com http://www.eco-ireland.com http://www.bedrockworms.com http://www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/index.html http://www.earthworms.co.nz http://vermitechnology.com http://www.wonderwormsuk.com/recycling
http://www.sfenvironment.com/aboutus/recycling/compost/worm.htm
http://home.alphalink.com.au/~salo/rivers/guide.html
http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/Redwormsedit.htm
http://www.homestead.org/Gardening/RaisingEarthworms.htm
book: Worms Eat My Garbage; author: Mary Appelhof http://www.vermico.com/books.htm
book: Recycle With Earthworms; author: Shelley Grossman http://www.wormbooks.com/all.books.htm
book: Let An Earthworm Be Your Garbage Man http://www.wormbooks.com/all.books.htm
book: Composting With Worms; author: G. Pilkington http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: A Worm's Eye View of Recycling Rubbish http://www.soil-health.org.nz/books.htm
book: The Farmer's Earthworm Handbook; author: David Ernst http://www.vermico.com/books.htm
article: The Worm Composting Toilet http://www.wormdigest.org
book: The Worm Café: Mid-Scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes- A Manual for Schools
resources for the Classroom http://www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/index.html
schools and univerities composting their organic waste http://www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/index.html
newsletters: http://www.vermico.com/newsletter1.htm http://www.elementgreen.com
training and seminars: http://www.vermico.com/seminar.htm
Kitchen Worm Composter http://www.elementgreen.com

COMPOST TEA
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http://www.vermico.com/compost_tea_brewers.htm http://www.growingsolutions.com http://www.soilsoup.com
http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/compost-tea-notes.html#soilfoodweb
http://www.westonaprice.org/bookreviews/fateful-harvest.html
book: Compost Tea Brewing Manual; author: Elaine Ingham http://earthfortification.com/shopexd.asp?id=18 http://www.vermico.com/books.htm
book: An Introduction to the Soil Foodweb; author: Elaine Ingham http://www.soilfoodweb.com http://earthfortification.com/shopexd.asp?id=22

WORM TEA
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http://www.ourvitalearth.com/tea.php http://www.wackyworldsof.com/worm-tea http://bristen.com/natureshop/gardenjournal/wormtea.htm http://www.kitsapezearth.com/fact.html#tea

E.M. COMPOSTING
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http://www.emtech.org http://www.emrousa.com/about.html http://www.bokashi.co.nz http://www.eminfo.info http://www.agriton.nl/apnanman.html http://www.emro.co.jp http://www.emtrading.com http://www.embnusa.org http://www.emnz.com http://www.emrochina.com http://www.emroeurope.com http://www.multikraft.at http://www.school-el.net http://www.unet.or.jp http://www.emrokorea.com http://www.go-emco.co.jp http://www.embiotech.org http://www.chujosl.com http://www.effectivemicro-organisms.co.uk http://www.emgreen.pl http://www.emhellas.com http://www.emiko.de http://www.lindros.co.za/Effective%20Microorganisms.htm http://www.emhawaii.com
http://www.newfarm.org/depts/gleanings/0803/rutter.shtml
book: Beneficial and Effective Microorganisms for a Sustainable Agriculture and Environment; author: Teruo Higa
book: An Earth Saving Revolution; author: Teruo Higa http://www.emtechnologynetwork.org
book: Eco Pure The Front Line of EM Kitchen Garbage Recycle; author: EM Joho-shitsu
book: EM Teacher's Manual Transforming Waste http://www.emtechnologynetwork.org
Compost-Zing for Kitchen Waste Recycling http://www.bokashi.co.nz/order_form.htm
Bokashi Compost-Zing Systems http://www.bokashi.co.nz/order_form.htm
EM Kitchen Composter bucket http://www.emtechnologynetwork.org

RECYCLING WASTE WATER
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http://www.ecological-engineering.com http://www.wolvertonenvironmental.com http://www.emrousa.com/about.html http://www.emtech.org

PURIFYING WASTE WATER WITH PLANT TECHNOLOGY
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book: Growing Clean Water; author: B. C. Wolverton http://www.wolvertonenvironmental.com http://www.bioscan.dk http://www.oceanarks.org http://www.waterstewards.org

PURIFYING WATER WITH POND SAND FILTER SYSTEMS
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http://www.asia-arsenic.net/dhaka/posand-e.htm http://www.sos-arsenic.net

GRAY WATER RECYCLING
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http://www.oasisdesign.net http://www.ecological-engineering.com http://www.oceanarks.org http://www.waterrecycling.com http://www.waterrecycle.com.au http://www.korte-organica.hu http://www.livingmachines.com http://www.cepp.cc http://www.seacology.org http://www.seaweb.org
book: Builder's Greywater Guide; author: Art Ludwig http://www.oasisdesign.net
book: Sewage Solutions; author: Nick Grant http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3914

RECYCLING HEAT FROM WASTE WATER for heating and cooling buildings
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http://www.demarcoenergy.com http://www.focus-solar.com

NO FLUSH COMPOSTING TOILET SYSTEMS
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http://www.compostingtoilet.com http://www.waterless.co.nz http://www.toiletsforall.org http://www.composttoilet.nl http://www.ecosan.nl http://www.sun-mar.com http://www.riles.org http://www.solartoilet.com http://www.envirolet-europe.com http://www.berger-biotechnik.de http://www.aquatron.se
book: Composting Toilet System Book; author: David Del Porto http://www.oasisdesign.net
book: Humanure Handbook; author: Joseph Jenkins http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/humanure.html
book: Wastewater Recycling Manual http://csestore.cse.org.in
book: The Toilet Papers: Designs to Recycle Human Waste; author: Sim Van Der Ryn http://www.alibris.com
article: The Worm Composting Toilet http://www.wormdigest.org
Compost-Zing for compost toilets http://www.bokashi.co.nz/order_form.htm
training for: building composting toilet systems http://www.cepp.cc

SOLAR WATER PURIFICATION
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http://www.mindquest.de/Zonnewater http://www.sunutility.com/html_pg/thermos_bottle.html http://www.solartoilet.com

SOLAR POWERED OZONE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS
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http://www.hlf.org.np/spowts.htm

RECYCLING and PURIFYING INDOOR AIR by utilizing plant technology
(reducing heating and cooling costs)
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book: How To Grow Fresh Air; author: B. C. Wolverton http://www.wolvertonenvironmental.com
http://www.corporate-plants.ie/html/plants___health.html
http://www.nipa.asn.au/Articles/article17.htm
http://plantsatwork.org/pdf/NatHotelExec2.pdf
http://www.healthygreenatwork.org
http://www.iuoe.org/cm/iaq_greenbuild.asp?Item=447
http://www.houseofplants.co.uk/healthbenefits.html
http://www.greenworks.com/healthbenefits.htm
http://www.nipa.asn.au/Articles/article6.htm
http://www.plantscleanair.com
http://www.interiorplantscaper.com/benefitp.htm
http://www.planterra.com/research/research_1.php
http://www.planterra.com/research/research_2.php
http://www.planterra.com/research/SymposiumUlrich.pdf
http://www.drdelphinium.com/green/research.asp
http://www.actionindoorplants.com.au/benefits.htm
http://www.potnplant.com.au/health.htm
http://www.secondnatureplants.com

SOLAR TUBE INDOOR DAYLIGHTING for growing plants indoors
(reducing heating and cooling costs)
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http://www.solatube.com http://www.kalwall.com http://www.sunpipe.com http://www.sun-dome.com
http://64.243.182.248/going_solar/better_schools.cfm

RAINWATER HARVESTING COLLECTION SYSTEMS
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http://www.ircsa.org http://www.rainharvesting.co.uk http://www.eng.warwick.ac.uk/dtu/rwh/index.html http://www.raincentre.org http://www.smartflo.com.au http://www.rainwaterclub.org http://www.aboutrainwaterharvesting.com http://www.krg-rainwater.com http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org http://www.rainwaterharvesting.net http://www.skywater.jp
book: Rainwater Harvesting; author: Arnold Pacey and Adrian Cullis http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc13b.html#RH1
book: Rainwater Catchment Systems for Domestic Supply; author: Erik Nissen Petersen http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc13b.html#RCS
book: Safe Rainwater Collection; author: Charmaine Taylor http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/safraincol.html
book: Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns; author: by Art Ludwig http://www.oasisdesign.net
book: Water Harvester's Manual http://csestore.cse.org.in
book: Tanks of South India http://csestore.cse.org.in
book: Ferrocement Water Tanks http://www.eco-logicbooks.com
book: Ferrocement Tank Construction Manual http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/sol.html

FOG WATER COLLECTION SYSTEMS
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http://www.fogquest.org http://www.scienceinafrica.co.za/2003/march/fog.htm
http://www.oas.org/osde/publications/unit/oea59e/ch12.htm
http://www.silsoe.cranfield.ac.uk/iwe/documents/fog.pdf
book: Fog Water Collection Manual http://www.fogquest.org/Manual.shtml

WATER SCARCITY
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book: Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity; author: Sandra Postel http://www.worldwatch.org
book: Water for every Farm; author: P. Yeomans http://www.acresusa.com
book: Gardening Without Water; author: Charlotte Green http://www.alibris.com
http://www.zeolite.com.au http://chapinlivingwaters.org http://www.ecoshower.com.au http://www.swaphep.virtualactivism.net http://www.thewaterpage.com

RECYCLING STORM WATER
(heat island mitigation, cleaning and filtering storm water)
Porous concrete vehicle parking areas and green parking lots
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http://www.grasscrete.com http://www.ecocreto.com http://www.nidaplast.nl http://www.hexapath.com http://www.perfo-uk.com http://www.hoofmark.co.uk http://www.netlon.co.uk/_turfsystems http://www.heitonuk.com/ground1.htm http://www.invisiblestructures.com.au http://www.grasspave.com/GP2/grasspave.htm http://www.ritter-technik.co.uk/grass.html http://www.geoproducts.org http://www.geosyn.co.uk/products/duoblock.html http://earth-savers.com

PURIFYING and RECYCLING POLLUTED SOIL with plants
(phytoextraction of lead, arsenic and uranium from soil)
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http://www.edenspace.com http://www.kengro.com

RECYCLING GLASS
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http://www.enviroglasproducts.com http://www.remade.org.uk http://www.rbgc.co.uk http://www.energywiserecycledglass.co.uk http://www.recycledglassworks.com http://www.bedrockindustries.com http://www.fireandlight.com http://www.glasstile.com http://www.greenglass.org http://www.icestone.biz
book: Trash to Treasure; author: Ann Van Wagner Childs http://eco-artware.com/books.shtml
book: Choose to Reuse, An Encyclopedia of Services, Businesses, Tools & Charitable Programs That Facilitate Reuse http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/index.books

WIND ENERGY
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http://www.canwea.ca http://www.bergey.com http://www.activepower.com http://www.bwea.org http://www.tmawind.com http://www.kestrelwind.co.za http://www.ewea.org http://www.abundantre.com http://www.provenenergy.co.uk http://www.windpower.org http://www.vestas.com http://www.sourceguides.com/energy http://www.windpower.org/composite-224.htm
http://cvilleindymedia.org/newswire.php?story_id=2075
books for building wind energy systems - http://www.scoraigwind.com/books/books.htm
Training for: building and maintaining wind generators http://www.scoraigwind.com http://www.solarenergy.org http://greendragonenergy.co.uk http://www.cubasolar.cu

ELECTRIC BICYCLES AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES
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http://www.electroauto.com http://www.nedra.com http://www.myebike.com http://www.tidalforce.com/why_M750/index.cfm http://www.evt-scooter.de http://www.ibike.org http://www.tidalforce.com http://www.nbeaa.org http://www.solarsailor.nl http://www.electrictransport.net http://www.ebikesnw.com http://www.etraction.com http://www.velomobile.de http://www.ecospeed.net
http://twincities.indymedia.org/newswire/display/22611/index.php
http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/11/1784013.php

CONVERT YOUR VEHICLE to an electric vehicle- classes, books, videos and consulting
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http://www.electroauto.com http://www.cloudelectric.com http://www.canev.com http://www.evparts.com http://ev-america.com http://www.kta-ev.com http://www.go-ev.com http://www.metricmind.com
book: Convert It; author: Michael Brown http://www.electroauto.com/info/books.shtml

SOLAR ENERGY
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http://www.powerlight.com http://www.activepower.com http://www.greenenergy.org.uk/pvuk2 http://www.solarsave.com http://www.rweschottsolar.com http://www.sourceguides.com/energy http://www.sharpusa.com/solar http://www.solargenix.com http://www.dansksolenergi.dk http://www.firstsolar.com http://www.eslsolar.com http://www.hydrogenics.com http://www.solarsystems.com.au (http://www.nef.org.uk/gshp http://www.twapanels.co.uk and http://www.waterfurnace.com) http://www.solarfoerderung.de http://www.pvsystems.com http://www.umweltdatenbank.de http://www.evergreensolar.com http://www.beaconpower.com/products/SolarInverterSystems/index.htm

SOLAR ENERGY TRAINING
build and maintain solar energy systems
------------------
http://www.rpc.com.au http://www.hlf.org.np http://www.solarenergy.org http://greendragonenergy.co.uk http://www.cubasolar.cu http://www.solarliving.org http://www.homepower.com ian (at) solarenergy.org
http://www.lotusenergy.com/download.htm http://www.lowimpact.org/courses.htm

MICRO-HYDRO ENERGY
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http://www.microhydropower.com http://www.hydroscreen.com http://www.waterwheelfactory.com http://trifloengg.com http://www.inshp.org http://www.harrishydro.com http://www.canyonindustriesinc.com http://www.rpc.com.au http://www.wkv-ag.com http://members.aon.at/gepperthall http://www.cink-turbiny.cz http://www.sourceguides.com/energy
book: Micro-Hydro Design Manual; author: Adam Harvey http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc13b.html#MHD
book: Micro-Hydro Pelton Turbine Manual; author: Jeremy Thake http://www.permaculture.co.uk/erc/erc13b.html#MHP
book: Motors As Generators for Micro-Hydro Power; author: Nigel Smith http://www.alibris.com
book: Microhydro: Clean Power from the Sun; author: Scott Davis http://www.solarenergy.org/resources/store.php
training for: building and mainting micro-hydro systems: ian (at) solarenergy.org http://www.solarenergy.org http://greendragonenergy.co.uk http://www.rpc.com.au

SOLAR WATER PUMPS
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http://www.lorentzpumps.com http://www.sunpumps.com http://www.lorentz.de http://www.gpe-waterpumps.com http://www.rpc.com.au http://www.lotusenergy.com http://www.maguysama.biz http://www.yin-yang.com/rampumps http://www.hi-ram.co.uk http://www.off-grid.net http://www.demotech.org/index.html http://www.greenandcarter.com http://www.molinos-indelmec.com.ar

SOLAR COOKERS and SOLAR OVENS
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http://www.sunoven.de http://ashokk_3.tripod.com/solar1.htm http://www.solarcooking.org http://www.sunspot.org.uk http://www.konacooker.com http://www.solare-bruecke.org http://www.cleardomesolar.com http://www.eg-solar.de http://www.cuisinesolaire.com http://soltac.bampton.com http://www.enolar.com http://www.cookwiththesun.com http://www.wisementrading.com/solarcooking.htm http://www.inika.com/chitra/energy_savers.htm http://www.she-inc.org http://home.germany.net/100-441770/amsi-links.html
Solar Steam Cooker - cooks for 2,000 people http://www.auroville.org
book: Heaven's Flame; author: Joseph Radabaugh http://www.solarenergy.org/resources/store.php
book: Solar Cooking Naturally; author: Virginia Gurley http://www.solarcooking.org/books.htm
book: Cooking with the Sun, How to build and use solar cookers; author: Beth Halcy http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/sol.html
book: Solar StoveTop Cooker http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/solstovcookp.html
journal: Solar Cooker Review; http://www.solarcooking.org/docs.htm#newsletters

OCEAN ENERGY, Tidal Energy and River Energy
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http://www.marineturbines.com http://www.wavegen.com http://www.waveenergy.dk http://www.activepower.com http://www.hydroscreen.com http://www.uekus.com http://www.itpower.co.uk http://www.bluenergy.com http://www.poemsinc.org http://www.waveplane.com http://www.wavestarenergy.com http://www.wave-energy.net http://www.jamstec.go.jp http://www.tidalelectric.com http://www.bwea.org
book: Power from the Waves; author: David Ross

STORING RENEWABLE ENERGY for later use
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http://www.activepower.com http://rpm2.8k.com http://www.uptenergy.com/eng http://www.piller.co.uk/energy.php http://www.pentadyne.com http://www.beaconpower.com/products/SolarInverterSystems/M5.htm http://www.activepower.com http://www.urenco.co.uk/flycylinder http://www.afstrinitypower.com/apps/app_fut.html http://www.tribologysystems.com http://www.satcon.com/applications/estorage.html http://www.magma.ca/~fesi/ http://www.amsuper.com/products/applications/windEnergy/index.cfm http://www.mechron.com/hybrid.asp http://ecmweb.com/mag/electric_cure_battery_blues/index.html

WATER BATTERY
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economical energy storage for developing countries and for remote sites:
Use a Ram Pump to pump water to an elevated storage tank. Then use the gravity of the water in the storage tank to generate electricity by utilizing a Micro-Hydro generator.
http://www.gpe-waterpumps.com http://www.microhydropower.com http://www.watermotor.net http://www.windmills.biz http://www.lorentzpumps.com http://www.greenandcarter.com http://www.hi-ram.co.uk http://www.waterwheelfactory.com
book: Complete Hydraulic Ram Manual; author: Tom Moates http://www.countrysidemag.com/books/chr.htm http://www.lehmans.com/sdx/268889.jsp

WHY BE STUPID?
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http://italy.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/930568.php

Keep our country and community strong like a rock. Please ban all GM foods from our country. Please refrain from purchasing or consuming any product containing GM materials.

Please help disabled people, older people and poor people to grow their own organic food. Luke 10:29 THANK YOU for your help!!!

Please support LOCAL Organic FAMILY farmers. Please use sustainable technology. http://www.localharvest.org/csa.jsp

Please email this web page to your friends and to people who are concerned about our future and our Grandchildren’s future. Thank you.

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Harvey and the Soul of Organic
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27 Nov 2005
HARVEY AND THE SOUL OF ORGANIC

By Grace Gershuny

There have recently been a lot of accusations and “action alerts” flying around the internet and print media that raise the specter of corporate agribusiness conspiring to “weaken” or “dilute” organic standards. Calling it a “sneak attack,” the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and others rallied the grass roots to oppose a legislative change to the Organic Foods Production Act (the law that authorized the Federal organic regulations) that was initiated by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). The amendment was passed by Congress on October 27th, along with a directive to USDA to study the organic industry and report back in 90 days.

OCA and others accuse OTA of having been “taken over” by agribusinesses like Dean Foods and WalMart, who, according to OCA, want to undermine the strict organic standards reached through a democratic process in order “get organic cheap.” These accusations are not only based on distortions of truth, but they work against the interests of organic farmers, consumers and everyone else involved.

The controversy has left a bitter rift in the organic community, a rift which threatens to unravel years of consensus-building that contributed to USDA publishing an organic regulation that almost everyone could live with at the end of 1999. This is my effort to clarify some of the confusion generated by the accusations and misinformation, and to urge folks who support the bigger organic vision to avoid undermining that vision. I have been a passionate advocate and practitioner of organic agriculture for over thirty years. I developed NOFA’s (Northeast Organic Farming Association) first organic certification program in 1977, and have organized, written, taught, and consulted around agriculture and food system issues since then, as well as keeping my hands in the soil. I was also a founding member of OTA, served on the National Organic Program (NOP) staff for five years, and currently consult for the organic industry, including OTA, on regulatory issues.

What was all the fuss about?

The current scenario begins with a lawsuit filed three years ago by Arthur Harvey, an organic blueberry grower from Maine. Harvey challenged several provisions of the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations as being inconsistent with the law. Although he lost on all counts, in 2004 his appeal was joined by twelve “amici,” primarily consumer and environmental groups; in January of 2005 the First Circuit Court of Appeals found in Harvey’s favor on three counts. OTA’s amendment was intended to change only the language in the law that the court said invalidated the current organic regulations.

If let stand, the Harvey ruling would have blocked the use of “allowed synthetics” in or on organic processed products, including substances like baking powder, one form of pectin, ascorbic acid, and carbon dioxide. By some estimates, this would remove the organic label from up to 90% of current organic processed products (which accounted for 58% of all organic products sold at retail in 2004, according to OTA’s Manufacturers Survey).

Beyond multi-ingredient products such as baked goods and frozen foods, this change would also have affected single ingredient products such as sugar, which uses calcium hydroxide as a processing aid, bananas, which are ripened with ethylene gas, and many whole grains, which are treated with carbon dioxide as a fumigant. Because these key ingredients could not be counted as part of a product’s organic content, additional products would have lost their organic status in a domino effect. This is the primary correction that OTA’s amendment made, and there will now be no need to change the rules for processed organic products.

The second outcome of the Harvey ruling invalidated the rules relied upon by small dairy farms transitioning to organic management, which allowed cows to receive up to 20% non-organic feed until three months prior to selling their milk as organic. OTA’s amendment, which inserted language that allows transitioning dairy herds to consume farm grown feed from land that is in its third year of transition to organic, has generally been supported.

The third Harvey ruling disallowed the procedure by which any non-organic agricultural ingredient may be used in up to 5% of an organic processed product if an organic equivalent is verified to be commercially unavailable. Instead, it stipulated that any non-organic agricultural product must be individually reviewed by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and included on the National List before it can be used—a process that can take a year or longer. OTA’s amendment did not eliminate this problem, but it did include a provision allowing for a temporary emergency exemption for specific products to be issued by the USDA. The exemption would still have to be published in the Federal Register for public comment before it could take effect, and be approved at the next meeting of the NOSB. This exemption could apply to products that may become unavailable in organic form due to natural disasters, crop failures, or other unforeseen factors.

A recent legal analysis by the Congressional Research Service confirms that the amendment’s effect was limited to reversing part of the Harvey ruling, without otherwise changing the law. There had long been discussion about making these and other technical corrections to the law, and there was some agreement among the various stakeholders that this would be supported in the next Farm Bill. Hardly a “sneak attack.”
For the sake of this discussion, I will refer to those who opposed OTA’s legislative amendment as the “amici.”

Regulatory Fixes and Industry Impact

There is a lot in the OFPA that is both unclear and ambiguous, and the process of trying to write regulations that were consistent with it taught me how frustratingly contradictory it is. The new amendment removes at least one of the contradictions, and the new language ratifies the existing regulations that allow the use of a limited number of approved synthetic substances in up to 5% of organically labeled products. While some continue to insist that this allowance is inappropriate, all organic standards in the world, including the European Union, Canada, and Codex Alimentarius, include allowances for similar lists of synthetic ingredients in organic processed products.

One accusation made is that the amendment would allow hundreds of synthetic substances, known to the cognoscenti as “food contact substances,” to be used in organic processing without review by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the citizen advisory panel authorized by the law. Substances such as sanitizers and boiler chemicals are not currently required to be reviewed by the NOSB and included on the National List, and this amendment does not change this. Concerns about residues of these things getting into organic products can readily be addressed by a regulatory revision. Most certifiers currently interpret the rules requiring protection of organic integrity by insisting that processors protect products from sanitizer and boiler chemical residues on equipment surfaces. A regulatory approach could also make certain categories of these substances off-limits for organic handlers, based on NOSB recommendations—having the NOSB spend its time reviewing each of these materials, which are already scrutinized by FDA, would be pointless.

The charge has been made that the amendment takes authority away from the NOSB. This accusation refers mainly to the emergency exemption provision discussed above. Since the NOSB does not make these decisions now, this charge is groundless. Moreover, the new requirement that each agricultural product must be individually listed will create a huge problem that will tie up the NOSB in examining hundreds or thousands of petitions for agricultural products, none of which should really be concerns for the National List.

The amici argued that the industry could adjust to the Harvey ruling through revising the regulations, without having to change the law. It wouldn’t be so bad, they said, for affected products to just use a “made with organic ingredients” label. However, many farmer advocates (especially in the Northeast, where we don’t sell a lot of ingredients to processors) don’t seem to realize that the “made with” label, beyond being less appealing to consumers, also allows almost any non-organic agricultural ingredients, commercially available in organic form or not, to be used in up to 30% of the product composition. It also allows some other unpleasant things like sulfites, nitrates, and unapproved processing aids to be used in producing the non-organic portion.

This translates into a diminished market for a bunch of those organic minor ingredients—why buy expensive organic blueberries for that “made with” pancake mix if you don’t have to? And they have also not considered those single ingredient products--can you imagine a “made with organic bananas” label on the box? Big processors such as Stonyfield Farm said that they would stop making organic products at all if the only option was the “made with” label, which consumers don’t recognize and won’t pay higher prices for, thus eliminating a major market for organic dairy. It’s also interesting to note that, when the regulations were being developed, many consumer groups opposed the provision for a “made with organic” label as misleading.

The democratic process

As a member of the organic committee of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture (representing Rural Vermont, on whose Board I serve), I have never been informed or asked for my input about decisions concerning their response to Harvey. I bring this up to suggest that those criticizing OTA’s strategy as undemocratic might do well to avoid throwing stones. In various discussions with Campaign members and others, I heard repeatedly that they opposed amending the law at all, since it could open the door for various undesirable changes by agribusiness types. They then came out with their own legislative proposal, which included major new issues that haven’t been publicly discussed. Although negotiations between OTA and the amici broke down over this issue, OTA’s intent to pursue a legislative strategy was never a secret.

The ironic thing about this is that, in contrast to groups such as OCA, OTA is a democratically controlled, member directed organization. It has about 1600 members, representing the whole spectrum of organic producers, processors, distributors, retailers, suppliers, consultants (including yours truly) and certifiers. Everyone’s vote, regardless of scale, counts equally. OTA’s Board (which includes representatives of various organic sectors, none of whom are Dean Foods or WalMart) unanimously approved a plan to quickly enact the needed technical corrections to avoid severely disrupting the industry. More information about OTA and its activities is available at www.ota.com.

It is also worth noting that the strategy of changing the rules (which were extensively publicly vetted) through a lawsuit is a decidedly undemocratic approach. While groups such as OCA vociferously lobbied Congress to oppose the legislative amendment, no such public input is possible in influencing a court decision.

What consumers want and what consumers don’t know

One of the most frustrating things for me is the sense that the whole meaning of organic has become a hostage to consumer ignorance. Much of the blame for this rests squarely with the organic industry and its imperative to market products as “pure, natural and safe.” It is no wonder that, according to a Consumers Union poll, most consumers think that organic products contain no “artificial ingredients.”

If someone is ignorant about what you do, does it make sense to work on educating them, or should you change what you do to fit their beliefs? This is the crux of the debate that was raging in the organic community when the OFPA was being drafted. As I argued then, and believe now more strongly than ever, the distinction between “synthetic” (bad) and “natural” (good) is the wrong place to hang the whole definition of what is organic. Consumers must realize at this point that not all synthetics are bad, and not all “naturals” are good.

It should also be obvious to the organic community that the distinctions are not nearly as straightforward as the advocates of this position argued in the eighties. Recent deliberations by the NOSB in attempting to clarify the definition of “synthetic,” and efforts to reclassify some substances now designated as synthetic to become non-synthetic, have underscored this fuzziness. The compromise of allowing specific exemptions to the “no synthetics” rule that was crafted into the OFPA does make sense. The distinction between synthetic and non-synthetic in the realm of food additives is, however, pretty meaningless, but that is what we are stuck with.

Much of the controversy, in my opinion, results from a combination of ignorance, ideological blinders, unchecked assumptions, and confusion about the regulatory process. I would like to suggest in closing that one of the biggest unchallenged assumptions holds that making organic standards “higher” and “stricter” protects small producers and consumers. Understandable and well meaning, but really mistaken.

Contrary to the widespread presumption that agribusiness types wish to “loosen” or “weaken” organic standards for their own ends, in reality the increasing bureaucratization of the organic rules benefits the bigger players, who have regulatory compliance staffs to make sure they are meeting all the arcane requirements. Small, independent producers then feel like organic has been “stolen” from them, as one former colleague put it, and try to find ways to circumvent the rules. Similar issues have arisen over health and safety rules that have put many small producers out of business. From the consumer standpoint, most of these “stricter” organic requirements do nothing whatsoever to improve organic integrity, product quality or environmental protection. Despite these obstacles, the organic industry has grown exponentially over the past decade or so.

Many in the community think it’s fine to get rid of mass produced organic processed products, and believe that big corporate players should be prevented from going organic. They believe that everyone should just buy all their food from local producers and prepare home-cooked meals of whole foods. This may be the ideal choice, but how many American consumers are likely to change their lifestyles this radically? And how about products like cotton? I recently attended an organic fiber training that drove home to me the importance of supporting an inherently mass-production oriented industry for the sake of removing as many acres (and farm workers) as possible from the harm caused by massive toxic pesticides, herbicides and defoliants. It is simply not okay to limit this possibility in the realm of food production in the name of meeting uninformed consumer expectations--at the same time diminishing the range and quality of organic products available to ordinary consumers.

My own vision would have organic become the predominant kind of agriculture in this country (and of course, the whole world), and not remain an elite niche market. For the sake of the planet, I hope that those who support the organic vision will stop erecting more obstacles to its proliferation.

Grace Gershuny
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