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Pharma-Ecology – The Occurrence and Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment, Patrick K. Jjemba, 2008.

A Rising Tide of Contaminants, New York Times, Sept.25, 2014

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http://modernfarmer.com/2014/04/microbes-will-feed-world-real-farmers-grow-soil-crops/

https://www.waag.org/en/lab/open-wetlab

A Microscopic Issue of Unknown Consequences On Warmer Planet, Range of Soil Microbes May Change, New York Times, Sept 22, 2014

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New York Times, “For Trees Under Threat, Flight May be the Best Response, Sept. 18, 2014

http://www.mediamatic.net/376204/en/innovative-citizen-mushroom-workshop

http://philross.org/#projects/mycotecture/

 

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An older study, comparing production methods of different plastics:

http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/Landis_polymers_LCA

developments in recycling PLA

http://www.loopla.org/cradle/cradle.htm

Artificial fertilizers do their thing

http://www.fertilizer.org/GlobalFertilizerTradeMap

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Hoekstra, A.Y. and Chapagain, A.K. (2008) Globalization of water: Sharing the planet’s freshwater resources, Black­well Publishing, Oxford, UK.

http://www.waterfootprint.org/Reports/Hoekstra-2008-WaterfootprintFood.pdf

A foggy morning run. Under these atmospheric conditions suddenly you can see how everything is knitted together and sound waves traveling close to the ground enhance this connectedness.

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A very different scene than the one I visit later in the day at Mediamatic in Amsterdam. Bio-me is a three-day event functioning as a bio-cultural lab, in which artists, designers, engineers, scientists, farmers, chefs, and public explore and sample bio-based material.

http://www.mediamatic.net/search/374891/en

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New York Times, September 17, 2014 “Sit Less, Live Longer?”

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to access NYT articles, follow me on twitter, bottom of the page

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Click to access krause_niche.pdf

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http://www.smartbeeing.com/?page_id=8

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http://gatherjournal.com/

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Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning, 1999, The Gardeners and Farmers of Terre Vivante

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http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/y1669e/y1669e0c.htm

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10806-012-9392-0

http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2014-01-15/dutch-beat-french-and-swiss-top-oxfams-new-global-food-table

http://sites.duke.edu/foodbarriersinnc2013/results/spatial-analysis/

 

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http://www.gelderlander.nl/regio/betuwe/noodkreet-einde-glastuinbouw-betuwe-zonder-hulp-overheid-1.4498783

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http://en.airbornemuseum.nl/

A book that also influenced my thinking on this topic:

Eric Wolf, Europe and the People without History, (1982)

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For my favorite research on pulsing visit:

http://budworkshop.co.uk/index.html

http://vortexoflife.org.uk/

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http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/people/staff/fuller/usercontent_profile/Fuller_Madella_2009_Bananas_in_S_E_Asia.pdf

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-10/with-chiquita-fyffes-merger-dole-will-no-longer-be-top-banana

http://www.mdgfund.org/sites/default/files/PS_STUDY_RDominican_Analysis%20of%20US%20Market%20for%20Organic%20and%20Fair-trade%20Bananas.pdf

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Click to access 3dea0961-4cc1-4745-bbc6-c52d1f138e4b_HennepinEuropa.pdf

 

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http://www.thepsychologist.org.uk/archive/archive_home.cfm?volumeID=23&editionID=192&ArticleID=1720

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for some recipes:

http://www.eattheweeds.com/cattails-a-survival-dinner/

for information of ditch bank diversity:

https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/bitstream/handle/1887/4336/Chapter%20%206.pdf?sequence=19

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http://zone2source.net/nl/home/

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At some points in your life your larger concern confluences with your personal situation. Metaphorically, I have lost ground beneath my feet, sure, I run everyday on different grounds around the globe to stay connected, and running induces feelings of lightness and freedom. In other words, it feels good to realize that you really don’t need much to stay healthy and happy and that minimizing your ecological footprint supports your larger concerns for sustaining human life on this planet. But rootlessness also begs questions.

Like some great men and women who gave up their material possessions to dedicate their lives to a social cause, I come from a privileged background. But, unlike those men and women, I lack their wisdom and focus; I have a hard time feeding my (scientific) beliefs. In this process of increasing lightness, there is also hope of attaining greater insight, especially if you can metaphorically match your situation to your cause. However, along with it is an increasing nagging question: is it just a process of emptying. Am I just becoming a depleted soul?

What is the route to replenishment for soils and souls?

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This afternoon I went with one of the millers to the farmer who cultivates the spelt. On his farm, spelt started as marginal crop, in an effort to create a unique local product, based on collaboration between farmer, mills, and bakeries. The spelt is good, the mills are doing their work, however, the bakeries may be the weak link, according to the miller. Spelt requires a different way of making bread; it contains less gluten, and needs experimenting. The consumer so far is enthusiastic and this may be due to the potential health benefits and the fact that ‘local’ sells. It is nice to know your farmer, your miller, and your baker and their dedication to the product.

For anyone who wishes to experiment making spelt bread, here is a recipe from Pompeii,

Watch the video at:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2013/pompeii_and_herculaneum/pompeii_live/live_event/bread_recipe.aspx

 

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I recommend:  The Cloud Collector’s Handbook, written by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, enjoyable in rural and urban settings.

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http://www.molendevalk.nl/

http://www.oergezondlekker.nl

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http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/dairy-conference-2013_en.htm

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http://agritrade.cta.int/Agriculture/Commodities/Dairy/USDA-assessment-of-the-impact-of-quota-abolition-on-the-French-dairy-sector (impact of aboltion global scale)

http://agritrade.cta.int/Agriculture/Commodities/Dairy/Expanding-Dutch-corporate-involvement-in-local-milk-procurement-in-Nigeria

 

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http://www.fao.org/ag/agp/AGPC/doc/Counprof/nigeria/nigeria.htm

https://ilri.org/InfoServ/Webpub/fulldocs/South_South/Ch19.htm

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I moved into the windmill, located within the Ruige Weide polder. From this perspective I hope to gain better understanding of the Dutch planning mind and the dynamic relationships between rural and urban areas that are played out in this process. Is it about food, landscape, recreation, and/or else?

To get your feet wet, you can read about the Delta metropolis:

http://www.deltametropool.nl/nl/association

http://www.deltametropool.nl/nl/veenweidegebieden (report in Dutch)

http://www.deltametropool.nl/v1/pages/english/Deltametropolis.php

http://www.oma.eu/projects/2002/delta-metropool/

 

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Today I move into “the green heart” of the Netherlands

http://www.groenehart.nl/over-het-groene-hart/nationaal-landschap

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During this year, declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming, in recognition of the importance of family farming in global food security, the goal is to “promote new development policies…that will help smallholder and family farmers eradicate hunger, reduce rural poverty and continue to play a major role in global food security through small-scale, sustainable agricultural production.” It sounds fantastic, but in this moment it is still hard for small farmers to make ends meet, even to apply for subsidies because they are…too small! If one outcome of this declared year of FF is that farmers are given a voice, it will be is a step in the right direction. One such voice was heard last weekend in the New York Times, with the title: “Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers” (Aug 9, 2014) arguing that while local food is celebrated widely, those who do the work of growing this food are not making any money. This is not the first and only voice expressing this concern, and more so, my own experience has given me a clearer idea of the challenges in sustainable farming, where many farming families have to tap into supporting income sources to make ends meet.

http://www.ifad.org/events/iyff/

http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/y1669e/y1669e0c.htm

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So what is the importance of smallholders and family farming in global food security and should we care? If I have learned one thing by spending time and energy at organic farms is that you enter a DIFFERENT DIMENSION OF TASTE, inspiring of something bigger. The incredible intensity and variety of flavors is something experienced close to the source, and many of the products cannot be entered into the market because of local, regional and international food policies and guidelines. It is this we should be concerned about, the imminent loss of the FLAVOR of this world, now associated with the care and dedication of small scale and family farming, will be gone if this is no longer possible. Food makes the [human] world go round, great tasting food exalts us. Now that is BIG.

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http://www.punpunthailand.org

see also post July 24

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No this is not about some exotic way to unearth precious mushrooms in the Dutch polder land. It is a translation of the names of the two dogs I am currently looking after, Truffel & Bliksem. They are super sweet and funny, and each has a distinct but very different character, behaving together like an old, odd couple.

Animals (and plants) can teach us valuable lessons, at least that is the idea of the fable, in which anthropomorphized animals, plants, and inanimate objects take on human qualities to reflect something back to us. Living with Truffel and Bliksem has been very enjoyable, but also confronting. Like living in an animated fable, they have shown me, and taught me something about myself, especially regarding my recently ended long-time relationship.

When it is time to move on, I will remember Truffel and Bliksem, they will guide me on the road ahead.

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Visit this website

http://www.kookhistorie.nl/

maintained by Marleen Willebrands,  some enjoyable reading and recipes, from De Verstandige Kock (1669), Een notabel boecxken van cokeryen (ca. 1514) and much more…