Book: Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully presented guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Entries feature a description of the plant, its botanical name, its native range and its primary functions — edible, medicinal, commercial or practical. Concise text is highlighted by elegant botanical drawings, paintings and photographs as well as insightful quotes. Continue reading Book: Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History

Book Review: Getting A Grip 2

Getting A Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want is a revised edition of a book that addresses the common feeling that the planet is in trouble and we have little control over the outcome. Author Frances Moore Lappé tackles the issues of the world by acknowledging the problems and the overwhelming task of dealing with them, and then doesn’t waste any time offering up solutions.Click through for our full review… Continue reading Book Review: Getting A Grip 2

Rocking the Environment with Alternatives Journal (37.4)

Musicians have always drawn inspiration from the world around them, but what happens when that world is in trouble? For an increasing number of environmentally minded artists, their efforts are moving off-stage. Instead of writing green lyrics, they are setting up foundations, leading conservation drives, greening their tours, and changing the faces of both environmentalism and music. Continue reading Rocking the Environment with Alternatives Journal (37.4)

Backyard Bounty

This practical guide is packed with simple, low-maintenance methods to produce the most organically grown food all year round from any home garden. With advice on soil preparation, composting, seeding, watering, mulching, pruning, winter crop planting schedules, greenhouses and more, as well as a wealth of information specific to the West Coast climate, Backyard Bounty will get you growing. Continue reading Backyard Bounty

AJ Update: Just Food available now!

The first and most important thing to say about food,” writes Wayne Roberts in this issue of Alternatives, “is that there is no first and most important thing to know about food.” This apparent riddle summarizes the message in our latest issue “Just Food.” Food is ubiquitous, affecting health, social welfare, agriculture and the economy. By thinking of food holistically – as our report on Belo Horizonte, Brazil, demonstrates – we will begin to implement policies and adopt systems that will result in a healthier population and a more robust economy in which farmers are fairly rewarded for their labours.

We invite you to dig into this tasty issue, and decide for yourself whether a food revolution is really in the making. Continue reading AJ Update: Just Food available now!