Have we come to the tipping point of exponential growth or do we still have room to run? If we have more room to run, then how much further out is the tipping point?
These are serious questions that we should be asking. The conversation needs to be started and Dave Gardner is trying to put it on the agenda. With his soon to be released film 'Hooked On Growth", filmaker David Gardner asks the question that no one wants to hear, 'Do we really want/need more growth?'. In this hard hitting interview with Dave Gardner we dissect the side effects of an unsustainable growth path.
While it is very true that growth has provided our planet with incredible technology and innovation, Dave Gardner explains that we need to re-examine where we are at the moment and develop a more balanced approach to growth in the future. The idea is not to abandon our current system but to look beyond the end of our noses and peer into the future of where we headed.
Anybody looking past the bridge of their nose knows that we are headed for some challenging times... for many the hard times are already here. Cam Mather has recently released his book 'Thriving During Challenging Times' to give you a roadmap on how to overcome the obstacles that we soon will face.
One of the hardest aspects for me about preparation is sifting through all the data to find the information that I can really use. Cam's book is a shortcut to the knowledge you'll need. But this book is only a starting point... but a valuable one. I think there is still plenty to explore beyond this point. Enjoy the show.
Order the book 'Thriving During Challenging Times' directly from Cam
Download this episode to your MP3 player, throw on your work clothes, grab your spade and head to the garden. Leave the European Bailout and the NYSE glitches behind you and grow something real.
Jules returns to the show and this time I (Steve) have moved beyond making lame excuses as to why I don't have time to grow my own tomato's. The questions I have for Jules this time are more directed to the beginner gardener but I have a feeling any green thumb will enjoy this coversation as well.
This episode of Two Beers kicks off with a short chat about Jules' appearance on a reality show on the Food Network channel. It's a lively and humorous discussion but I encourage you to follow the links below and watch the show for yourself. Getting a glimpse of the Dervaes' home is a rare treat and can inspire you to build a two-story Cobb oven... just watch the video already. Enjoy the podcast.
Jules Dervaes - Path to Freedom - Urban Homestead - Find them on Facebook
Chris Bedford discusses his current film, which is still in production and will be released Labor Day 2010.
The idea of the film began from a comment made at his local farmers market that a gentleman was able to cure his asthma through locally grown honey. The story begins there but quickly expands from a narrative of the health benefits of locally grown diet to Peak Oil and it's effect on community and also to a spiritual connection with our world and nature. Steve and Ed question Chris all the way through that journey and get a sense of what Chris is trying to accomplish.
One of my favorite moments was when Chris was asked, 'Do know how your film will end?' (or something similiar to that) and Chris says, 'No'. To me that is the true documentary film. The 'End' just emerges from the process of making the film. There is no contrived conclusion that the storyline is weaved around, rather the opposite happens, the story brings forth the solutions/answers/further questions. Getting to the Truth is the goal.
You can pre-purchase copies of the film, Growing Health, which will fund the movie during it's production phase. Chris would really appreciate the support. You can do this by going to clicking on this link, Pre-Order Growing Health.
"Food is the beginning. As citizens and consumers we can help turn the economy towards true ecological sustainability through our food purchases." Chris Bedford