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U.S. military warns massive oil shortages are on the way

From the Guardian (UK): “The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact. The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command comes as the price of petrol in Britain reaches record levels and the cost of crude is predicted to soon top $100 a barrel.” Full article is linked below. This is confirmation from the U.S. military (believed to be the single largest consumer of fossil fuels in the world) that we are hitting peak, followed by decline in the fuel that runs the world economy. All the more reason, I say, to learn some skills that will be valuable in this new and emerging world. Start by growing some of your own food, even in containers on a patio or doorstep. This is a great time of year to get going and start a few plants that can help keep you in fresh vegetables all summer. Remember: a couple of tomato plants can grow you enough to eat, more to give away, and perhaps enough to dry or can some into sauce. A handful of bean seeds means ARMLOADS of fresh green beans through the late summer. A handful of lettuce seeds means bowls and bowls of “cut and come again” lettuce for weeks or even months (even perpetually, with continuous sowing). A couple of zucchini (summer squash) plants planted now means no need to buy vegetables this summer; just keep some various spices on hand so you won’t get too sick of eating squash every night! Or raise your own chickens for eggs, dwarf fruit trees, berry bushes, the list goes on. You DO NOT need much space at all. It really isn’t hard to get started. Now is the time. Our society is driving 90 mph towards the cliff, and now is the time to learn these skills before we may truly need them on a day to day basis. Guardian article:

Furniture from Mycelium

The house is filled with the earthy smell of mushrooms cooking. It’s not a welcome-to-winter soup simmering or a ragout thickening; I’m baking a little mushroom footstool in the oven. That’s not all that’s baking in that house, you may be thinking… Read more: Read More..

Roasted Squash Soup (Recipe)

Roasted Squash Soup This recipe makes some delicious squash soup, which is a healthy way to keep yourself warm as the evenings turn cool. If you like a creamy, herby, or spicy soup, there are some flavor variations included below. I recommend using a sweet, dense-fleshed winter squash such as butternut, buttercup, or kabocha. Alternatively, […] Read More..

Grameen is installing 1000 solar home systems a day…in rural Bangladesh!

In one of the poorest countries on the planet a renewable energy service company is installing one thousand solar home systems – a day. Not in its capital or busy urban centers, but where 80 percent of the population lives – in rural Bangladesh. The company, Grameen Shakti, literally translates as rural energy. By the […] Read More..

Long Orange Firecrackers

In our home garden, we just picked carrots this week. From one raised bed, my kids unearthed an armload of long orange firecrackers. Picking carrots, potatoes, and root/tuber vegetables is such a satisfying harvest. There is something special about bringing up buried treasure: you’re never quite sure what is hidden until you pull it out […] Read More..

Some Sick Chickens and Eggs in Your Food Supply

The U.S. government is attempting to cut the jobs of 1,000 poultry inspectors to save $85 million per year. The new plan is to have the poultry industry “self inspect” themselves (after all, the same concept worked well with Wall Street, right?). One poultry industry inspector will now be responsible for “inspecting” the dizzying number […] Read More..