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A Food Revolution in Berkeley: Fighting Malnutrition and Disease, Teaching Ecological Literacy, and Giving Hope to Family Farmers Begins with Kids Growing Their Own Food
In Berkeley, the Center for Ecoliteracy (CEL) is cooking up a revolution. The recipe includes food, nutrition, parents, students, organic farmers, urban gardeners, and school district and city policies. In just three years, CEL's Food Systems Project...
A Green Transformation of Spirit? (What's Next?)
Environmentalism, like almost everything else, does not work by the Julian calendar. The big shift took place from 1986 to 1988. The next decade will refine, define, and combine the consequences of these events, not create whole new scenarios. In...
Americans Are Just Discovering the Americas. (What's Next?)
Realigning American Geography When I think of globalization, I think of that new line in the American imagination, which was missing. We'd always written the American history book like Hebrew, east to west, against the page, which is why we couldn't...
A Morally Superior Civilization? (What's Next?)
The Middle East and Its Clash with the West The Middle East is, in a weird way, the other part of the West, the other half of the Roman Empire and of the Mediterranean world. As recently as 800 C.E., these countries were part of the West; Turkey...
Being Ethically Driven without Being Blind. (What's Next?)
The Marketplace as King I call it the new reformation. The first reformation was the separation of church from state. The pope really was calling the shots prior to the reformation. Health, education, and welfare were in the hands of the church....
Best Herb Resources
Herb books proliferate like weeds. Thanks to master herbalists 7Song and Kat Harrison (and Henrietta Kress's and Michael Moore's websites) for their recommendations. These have the best pictures with the clearest texts. --EP For Starting Out PHARMACIST'S...
Bhopal People's Health and Documentation Clinic. (Mead2001 Award Winner)
From 1999 through the centennial of Margaret Mead's birth in 2001, Whole Earth and the Institute for Intercultural Studies (IIS, Margaret's Foundation) joined to honor small groups of thoughtful, committed citizens who have changed the world. In...
China: Massive Problems; India: A Great Experiment. (What's Next?)
China's Massive and Unprecedented Problems [One] huge problem centers around environmental degradation. You'd have to point to the staggering environmental cost of this development, the degradation of almost every aspect of life--air, water, estuarial...
Cover-Up. (Letters)
I take exception to several of the recently published remarks concerning the "unseemly nature" of the "Welcome to the Greenhouse"cover (Summer 2001). It may not be attractive (aside from Ms. Earth), but it does attract attention. What sort of demographic...
Death and Life in the Ethnosphere. (the Naked Geography of Hope)
In Haiti, a Vodoun priestess responds to the rhythm of drums and, taken by the spirit, handles burning embers with impunity. In the Amazon, a Waorani hunter detects the scent of animal urine at forty paces and identifies the species that deposited...
Ecofolk: Music for Earth Healers
If you are a songwriter/poet/artist in this time and you are not writing about the changes you see, feel, and live in ... what the hell are you writing about? --Bear Dyken I first became familiar with "ecofolk" music (my term) through befriending...
Globalization Equals Conformity and Loss Diversity. (What's Next?)
The Anti-Globalization Protests I could be wrong, but I think that we're seeing the first worldwide uprising. We've never seen one before. We saw protofascistic movements like communism and Marxist-Leninism, but they're the opposite of what we're...
Gone Insane. (Letters)
Editor, I don't get it. I've been a long-time reader, subscriber. I've treasured my CoEvolution Quarterlies and Whole Earth Reviews. Back issues take up several feet of valuable shelf space on my book case. You folks have been like old friends....
Health, History, and an Enraged Beaver
There's a local legend in southeast Alaska about a giant beaver that goes berserk and destroys an entire village. I've been to the site of that village, a magical place beside a salmon stream at the mouth of a limestone grotto, and I've always wanted...
Herbalizing the Back Forty; Natural Medicine in Your Backyard
Last fall at the Bioneers Conference, 7Song (director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine) took about twenty of us on a walk, enthusiastically pointing out dozens of plants, grasses, and barks useful for healing purposes, all growing on the...
JB Builds a Better Camper
Recreational Vehicles (RVs), are proliferating--more than 6.5 million of the waddling, fuel-guzzling, condo-on-a-skateboard machines were registered last year. The newer ones are tending toward bigger, heavier, and show-offier; some weigh more than...
Looking to the Next Decade: Excerpts from Global Business Network Conversations. (What's Next?)
The musings that follow began as material for the 2001 Annual Forum of GBN, the global membership organization for thinking collaboratively about the future and developing tools for organizational learning and innovation. The 2001 Forum generated scenarios...
Officer Joel Fay Helps Mentally Ill Homeless People Get off the Street and into Care. (Doc Cop)
A few months ago, almost every day, we heard a girl moaning up on the hill behind our office (the hill has been an encampment for a wide variety of homeless people for years). One day the moans turned into screams. David, Devon, and I raced outside...
"Organic": Is It Healthier? Soybeans Pollute, Tofu Causes Dementia, Capsuled Herbs Are Poisonous
Breathe. As you breathe, open yourselves and let oxygen in, and then breathe out that terrible poisonous gas called carbon dioxide. I want you to pollute this room. Because what's going to happen to that terrible pollutant, carbon dioxide, which...
Peter Warshall at Large
Now that I've become editor at large, I have more time to return to the world, where I'll be reporting and scouting for story ideas for Whole Earth. "At large" in January/February included a trip to Guanacaste, Costa Rica for the ALL Species Foundation....
Poor People Don't Live under the Rule of Law. (What's Next?)
The Long Arm of Commercial Law The law's becoming global. Because as globalization occurs, there is a very strong interest by multinational corporations to have at least the commercial rule of law implemented in the places where they're investing....
Research Suggests Consciousness Can Change the Physical World. (Measuring the Power of Prayer)
When any new idea crops up in science, it is generally possible to make out a four-step process for how people respond to this new idea. First, in conventional medicine, the skeptics almost always say that the new therapy just has no effect. Their...
Riding a Laser into the Sky. (What's Next?)
Making Space Exploration Commercially Viable It's a problem of whether you can find a cheap way of getting into space. I think that's essentially what it depends on. At the moment, just getting cargo into space costs you around $10,000 a pound....
Something Is Sacred, but What Is It? (What's Next?)
Identity Shifts in an Interconnected World I think it's a decade not to solve problems but to start thinking in a new way. There are many signs that point to that. We are having a big debate now about the identity of human beings and who we are....
Surviving Cancer: With a Lot of Help from My Friends
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last September 18. The terrorist attacks a week earlier gave me all the metaphors and rhetoric I needed to describe how I felt: Aliens seeking immortality had mounted a surprise attack. I was at war, my innocence...
The F-16 of Oral Hygiene
Don't ask Dr. Piero Policicchio about what's in your mouth. You don't want to know He calls your mouth "the last frontier of hygiene." There are, he says, at least 200 different species of bacteria breeding feverishly behind your lips. "No place in...
The Most Important Thing Is the Comics. (What's Next?)
Opening the Window of Virtual Reality The development of immensely more sophisticated virtual realities introduces a new form of complexity to our society. It's not just another game. I was involved twelve years ago in the development of Jaron Lanier's...
The US as Microsoft: Nobody Loves Us. (What's Next?)
The US as Rogue Superpower Last summer in the Hart-Rudman Commission we developed the scenario of the rogue superpower--that the United States, because of its great success, would be seen as the Microsoft of the world: hugely successful, triumphant,...
Water. (Letters)
Dear Editor, In the recent issue of the WE there is an article about a $300 device for disinfecting drinking water with UV-radiation. The device is touted as a low-cost solution to the drinking water problems of the developing world. I would...
Watts Up?
The Viridians (Whole Earth, Summer 2001, p. 8) get excited by fanciful electric meters that tell how much electricity your whole house is using. It's good to know how much you use, but even more important to know where and why These two products can...
Whole Earth 107, Try This at Home
Much of this issue focuses on small-scale maps in the health atlas--resources for personal and planetary health found in backyards, families, neighborhood schools, geographical and spiritual communities. Working on the issue, we've been reminded again...
Wind. (Letters)
Dear Peter Warshall, I am most pleased that you devote a considerable section of the Winter issue to renewable energy, especially to wind energy. However may I perhaps suggest that there are a couple of misconceptions in the otherwise interesting...
You Give Me a Charge
When I was recuperating from surgery, my wife got a cell phone so I could track her down in an emergency. We're still ambivalent about the thing, but were happy to have it a few times, and it saved Pat from a lot of trouble after a late-night car breakdown....