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Island Earth Documentary Movie cover photo that shows a traditional Hawaiian system of land management. Water flows from the mountains down to the valleys to the ocean.

Island Earth – Inspirational Documentary

Island Earth Here is the write up from the Island Earth website: A rich and complex tale of a young indigenous scientist’s journey through the corn fields of GMO companies and loi patches of traditional Hawaiian elders reveals modern truths and ancient values that can save our food future. To feed all the humans on […]

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UH Maui workshop

Growing Asian Medicinal Plants Workshop

Growing Asian Medicinal Plants – UH Maui We have an up and coming event which we are hoping you will be as excited about as we are!  Michael Howden, L.Ac., Permaculture Designer and myself have invited renowned horticulturist Peg Schafer of Petaluma, CA, owner of The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm and author of The Chinese […]

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DOH Announces Medical Marijuana Inventory System

The State Department of Health has selected the on-line “seed-to-sale” tracking system that will manage Hawai‘i’s medical marijuana inventory. Florida based BioTrackTHC was awarded the contract yesterday. Their system will track every plant with a unique number, measuring each fraction-of-a-gram of cannabis from seed, through sale. Patrick Vo is the CEO of BioTrack THC. He […]

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Hawaii banana disease

Banana disease continues to spread on Hawaii’s Big Island – Lancaster Farming

, Hawaii (AP) — Farmers on Hawaii’s Big Island are worried after a disease affecting banana plants was found north of Hilo despite a quarantine effort. The banana bunchy top virus, which stunts the growth of banana plants and deforms their fruit, was first found on Oahu in 1989 and arrived in Kailua-Kona the next […]

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desertification

California could be the next Saudi Arabia

In the early 1980s, Saudi Arabia embarked upon a bold project: It began to transform large swaths of desert landscape into wheat farms. Now, “desert agriculture” isn’t quite the oxymoron it might sound like. These arid zones offer ample sunlight and cool nights, and harbor few crop-chomping insects, fungal diseases, or weed species. As long […]

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Animals Poop

Loss Of Animals’ Poop Disrupts Nutrient Cycles, New Study Shows

Animals’ poop plays a key role in keeping the planet fertile. However, when large animals go extinct the natural cycling of nutrients from deep ocean waters to high mountainous areas is significantly reduced, researchers revealed in a new study. “This once was a world that had ten times more whales; twenty times more anadromous fish, […]

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hemp, sustainable building, alternative building

Hempcrete: The Astounding Benefits of Using Hemp to Build Homes

If governments and corporations really wanted to help the environment and create more sustainable housing, I can guarantee you that the whole world would be using Hempcrete right now. Unfortunately, It seems that they are too concerned with keeping their very profitable system that they fear changing things. Growing industrial hemp was illegal in the […]

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Permaculture

Permaculture as a Method for Ecological Healing: – The Permaculture Research Institute

Permaculture as a Method for Ecological Healing: Maui Case Study with Native Plants and Stream Restoration Photography by Jasmine A Koster It may not seem readily apparent when viewing scenic photos, or strolling along the beach shoreline if you’ve been there, but something like 90% of Hawaii’s species are invasive. In other words, a species […]

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Unlearn & Rewild

Vandana Shiva on the Emancipation of Seed, Water and Women

Unlearn & Rewild is a forum where we discuss the critical ideas of our time and parlay them into action for the regeneration of natural communities. Key topics include the rediscovery of wild nature, ecological renewal and resistance, and healing from the trauma of individualistic society. We will travel deep into ancient forests, and enter […]

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