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Joanna Chen

Joanna Chen | Bedouin Pastoral

I’m thinking of the Bedouin shepherd near our house with his fierce dogs and his Kansas City baseball cap pulled down over his eyes.   He’s maybe fourteen and knows how to whistle   so low that only the sheep,  grazing on fennel  shoots and hyssop,  raise their heads to listen.  Last week I stood on the stony path that runs between the two   sides of the forest, trapped by […]

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Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen | The role of diversity in the natural world

Derrick Jensen is the author of twenty-one books, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame. Often called the philosopher-poet of the environmental movement, he was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” In 2008 he led Press Action’s “Dynamic Dozen” and in 2006 he was the Press Action “Person of the Year.” But Jensen wasn’t always an environmental activist. […]

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Cary Fowler

Cary Fowler | The Future of Food

I’ve been fascinated with crop diversity for about thirty-five years now, ever since I stumbled across a fairly obscure academic article by a guy named Jack Harlan. He described diversity within crops — all the different kinds of wheat and rice and such — as a genetic resource. He said, “This genetic resource,” — and I’ll never forget the words — “stands between us and catastrophic starvation on a scale […]

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