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Sacred Agriculture

Author : Dennis Klocek
ISBN : 158420141X
Genre : Science
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Biodynamic methods are increasingly used by farmers, gardeners and winemakers. Dennis Klocek argues that, in order to use such methods effectively, the practitioner must undergo constant self-development.Based on numerous lectures, Klocek discusses the kind of inner development and understanding required to work with the elemental nature of the earth. His views are presented in a framework that includes alchemy, the classical four elements, Goethean observation, and the work of Rudolf Steiner.This is not a book of how-to techniques, but a conceptual guidebook to those looking to implement biodynamics at the deepest level.
Category: Science

Sacred Play

Author : Selva J. Raj
ISBN : 9781438429816
Genre : Religion
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Explores the significance of levity and humor in South Asian religious traditions.
Category: Religion

Place Ecology And The Sacred

Author : Michael S. Northcott
ISBN : 9781441114570
Genre : Religion
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People are born in one place. Traditionally humans move around more than other animals, but in modernity the global mobility of persons and the factors of production increasingly disrupts the sense of place that is an intrinsic part of the human experience of being on earth. Industrial development and fossil fuelled mobility negatively impact the sense of place and help to foster a culture of placelessness where buildings, fields and houses increasingly display a monotonous aesthetic. At the same time ecological habitats, and diverse communities of species are degraded. Romantic resistance to the industrial evisceration of place and ecological diversity involved the setting aside of scenic or sublime landscapes as wilderness areas or parks. However the implication of this project is that human dwelling and ecological sustainability are intrinsically at odds. In this collection of essays Michael Northcott argues that the sense of the sacred which emanates from local communities of faith sustained a 'parochial ecology' which, over the centuries, shaped communities that were more socially just and ecologically sustainable than the kinds of exchange relationships and settlement patterns fostered by a global and place-blind economy. Hence Christian communities in medieval Europe fostered the distributed use and intergenerational care of common resources, such as alpine meadows, forests or river catchments. But contemporary political economists neglect the role of boundaried places, and spatial limits, in the welfare of human and ecological communities. Northcott argues that place-based forms of community, dwelling and exchange – such as a local food economy – more closely resemble evolved commons governance arrangements, and facilitate the revival of a sense of neighbourhood, and of reconnection between persons and the ecological places in which they dwell.
Category: Religion

Ancient Greek Agriculture

Author : Signe Isager
ISBN : 9781134818273
Genre : History
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The initial focus of Ancient Greek Agriculture is firmly on the art of agriculture proper, the tools and the technique, the plants cultivated and the animals reared. Thereafter, Isager and Skydsgaard focus on the position of agriculture in the society of gods and men in the Greek city-states . The arguments of Ancient Greek Agriculture are strengthened by the book's close adherence to contemporary Greek sources, literary as well as archaeological, avoiding the use of later as well as Roman material.
Category: History

The Sacred Balance

Author : David Suzuki
ISBN : 9781926685496
Genre : Nature
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In this extensively revised and enlarged edition of his best-selling book, David Suzuki reflects on the increasingly radical changes in nature and science — from global warming to the science behind mother/baby interactions — and examines what they mean for humankind’s place in the world. The book begins by presenting the concept of people as creatures of the Earth who depend on its gifts of air, water, soil, and sun energy. The author explains how people are genetically programmed to crave the company of other species, and how people suffer enormously when they fail to live in harmony with them. Suzuki analyzes those deep spiritual needs, rooted in nature, that are a crucial component of a loving world. Drawing on his own experiences and those of others who have put their beliefs into action, The Sacred Balance is a powerful, passionate book with concrete suggestions for creating an ecologically sustainable, satisfying, and fair future by rediscovering and addressing humanity’s basic needs.
Category: Nature

Conserving The Sacred

Author : P. S. Ramakrishnan
ISBN : 1578080363
Genre : Science
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This text, sponsored by UNESCO, provides a critical evaluation of the sacred groves from a variety of perspectives: ecological, social, anthropological and cultural attributes of the sacred groves; spatial dimensions of the sacred, leading to species- and landscape-level analysis, determining ecosystem/langscape level functional attributes; the whole issue of managing the sacred in the contemporary climate of declining natural resources, land degradation and rehabilitation ecology; and management related policy implications.
Category: Science

Crisis And Opportunity

Author : John E. Ikerd
ISBN : 9780803217447
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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With the decline of family farms and rural communities and the rise of corporate farming and the resulting environmental degradation, American agriculture is in crisis. But this crisis offers the opportunity to rethink agriculture in sustainable terms. Here one of the most eloquent and influential proponents of sustainable agriculture explains what this means. These engaging essays describe what sustainable agriculture is, why it began, and how it can succeed. Together they constitute a clear and compelling vision for rebalancing the ecological, economic, and social dimensions of agriculture to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. In Crisis and Opportunity, John E. Ikerd outlines the consequences of agricultural industrialization, then details the methods that can restore economic viability, ecological soundness, and social responsibility to our agricultural system and thus ensure sustainable agriculture as the foundation of a sustainable food system and a sustainable society.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Designing Urban Agriculture

Author : April Philips
ISBN : 9781118330234
Genre : Architecture
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A comprehensive overview of edible landscapes—completewith more than 300 full-color photos and illustrations Designing Urban Agriculture is about the intersection ofecology, design, and community. Showcasing projects and designersfrom around the world who are forging new paths to the sustainablecity through urban agriculture landscapes, it creates a dialogue onthe ways to invite food back into the city and pave a path tohealthier communities and environments. This full-color guide begins with a foundation of ecologicalprinciples and the idea that the food shed is part of a city'surban systems network. It outlines a design process based onsystems thinking and developed for a lifecycle orregenerative-based approach. It also presents strategies, tools,and guidelines that enable informed decisions on planning,designing, budgeting, constructing, maintaining, marketing, andincreasing the sustainability of this re-invented cityscape. Casestudies demonstrate the environmental, economic, and social valueof these landscapes and reveal paths to a greener and healthierurban environment. This unique and indispensable guide: Details how to plan, design, fund, construct, and leverage thesustainability aspects of the edible landscape typology Covers over a dozen typologies including community gardens,urban farms, edible estates, green roofs and vertical walls, edibleschool yards, seed to table, food landscapes within parks, plazas,streetscapes and green infrastructure systems and more Explains how to design regenerative edible landscapes thatbenefit both community and ecology and explores the connectionsbetween food, policy, and planning that promote viable food shedsystems for more resilient communities Examines the integration of management, maintenance, andoperations issues Reveals how to create a business model enterprise thataddresses a lifecycle approach
Category: Architecture