Bernie’s Green New Deal Stands Out, and Now Labor Must Step Up – The Bullet

An interesting overview of Sander’s GND proposals vs others. No mention of degrowth or post growth however!
Bob

Bernie’s Green New Deal is the real deal. It is very different from the Green New Deal proposals of other leading Democratic presidential hopefuls

https://socialistproject.ca/2020/01/bernies-green-new-deal-stands-out-and-now-labor-must-step-up/

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Two futures of food and farming

Contrary to the myth that small farmers should we wiped out because they are unproductive, and we should leave our food future in the hands of the Poison Cartel – with surveillance drones and spyware – small farmers are providing 70% of global food using just 30% of the resources that go into agriculture. Industrial agriculture is using 70% of the resources to create 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions while providing only 30% of our food.

https://www.zedbooks.net/blog/posts/two-futures-food-farming/

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Food in 2050: bacon grown on blades of grass and bioreactor chicken nuggets

In 2004, the Guardian correctly predicted that the developed world’s overreliance on meat would be one of the most pressing issues for the survival of our species

The west’s overconsumption of meat and dairy continues to fuel global warming. Livestock is responsible for approximately 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions; 70% of global deforestation takes place in order to grow animal feed.

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/jan/01/food-in-2050-bacon-grown-on-blades-of-grass-and-bioreactor-chicken-nuggets

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Ways Out of the Growth Trap – The Bullet

The ‘ever more and ever faster’ creed of constant production increasingly blocks an ecologically compatible mode of production and living. Currently, global resource and climate policy continue to point in an entirely different direction, namely that of unsustainable development. So far, trade unions and employees have not played a central role in this discussion.

https://socialistproject.ca/2020/01/ways-out-of-the-growth-trap/

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We’ve spent the decade letting our tech define us. Is it out of control?

An important overview of where the internet is taking (or has taken) us.

See also my view of the threat and the promise of the internet at https://tinyurl.com/vb9rb9c

Bob

Guardian Comment Is Free by Douglas Rushkoff

We may come to remember this decade as the one when human beings finally realized we are up against something. We’re just not quite sure what it is.

More of us have come to understand that our digital technologies are not always bringing out our best natures. People woke up to the fact that our digital platforms are being coded by people who don’t have our best interests at heart. This is the decade when, finally, the “tech backlash” began.

[But it may be a little late.]

The next decade will determine whether we human beings have what it takes to rise to the occasion of our own, imposed obsolescence. We must stop looking to our screens and their memes for a sense of connection to something greater than ourselves. We must stop building digital technologies that optimize us for atomization and impulsiveness, and create ones aimed at promoting sense-making and recall instead. We must seize the more truly digital, distributed opportunity to remember the values that we share, and reacquaint ourselves with the local worlds in which we actually live. For there, unlike the partitioned servers of cyberspace, we have a whole lot more in common with one another than we may suspect.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/29/decade-technology-privacy-tech-backlash

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Moving towards low-carbon lifestyles: a question of collective action | Blog by Joël Foramitti, Lorraine Whitma rsh & Angela Druckman · CUSP

Our way of life must change if we want to avoid climate breakdown—but how much can we do as individuals? Ahead of the upcoming ICTA-UAB Conference on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes, Joël Foramitti, Lorraine Whitmarsh and Angela Druckman are outlining a roadmap.

https://www.cusp.ac.uk/themes/s1/blog-jf-lw-ad-icta2020/

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Food in the nude – NZ ditching plastic packaging of fruit and vegetables in supermarkets |Alberton Record

Food in the nude’ is a New Zealand campaign to end plastic packaging for fresh produce in supermarkets. Foodstuffs have signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration which is committed to making all store and private label packaging 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

https://albertonrecord.co.za/198508/food-nude-nz-ditching-plastic-packaging-fruit-vegetables-supermarkets

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