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By Nancy Jack Todd

Within the overdue sixties, because the international was once waking to a necessity for Earth Day, a pioneering crew based a small non-profit examine and schooling association they referred to as the recent Alchemy Institute. Their target used to be to discover the methods a more secure and extra sustainable global will be created. within the resulting years, in addition to scientists, agriculturists, and a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs and associates, they got down to become aware of new ways in which easy human needs--in the shape of meals, shield, and energy--could be met. a secure and Sustainable international is the tale of that trip, because it used to be and because it maintains to be.The dynamics and the resilience of the dwelling international have been the Institute's version and the foundation for his or her study. imperative to their efforts then and now could be, in addition to technological know-how, a non secular quest for a extra harmonious human function in our planet's destiny. the result of this paintings have now entered mainstream technological know-how in the course of the rising self-discipline of ecological design.Nancy Jack Todd not just relates a desirable trip from lofty beliefs during the difficult realities encountered in studying the best way to really develop nutrients, harness the strength of the solar and wind, and layout eco-friendly structure. She additionally introduces us to a few of the heroes and mentors who performed an essential function in these efforts to boot, from Buckminster Fuller to Margaret Mead. The early paintings of the Institute culminated within the layout and construction of 2 bioshelters--large greenhouse-like self reliant constructions referred to as Arks, that supplied the atmosphere for far of the study to follow.A secure and Sustainable global demonstrates what has and will be done--it additionally appears to be like to what needs to be performed to combine human ingenuity and the 4 billion or so years of evolutionary intelligence of the wildlife into fit, decentralized, in the neighborhood desires challenging won--and desire.

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By the early 1980s we could no longer be solely engaged in research; we also had to be competitive in terms of the market. Our head gardeners of that era, Steve Tracy and, later, Dave Marchant, rose to the challenge. The dreaded bottom line drove the agriculture program to unforeseen levels of productivity, which was accomplished without depleting the soil. 000-000 1/12/05 5:22 PM Page 31 Food from Our Gardens and Our Trees 31 Hilde Maingay (left) and Susan Ervin chopping cabbage for coleslaw. health food stores and at local growers’ markets, bringing in an unprecedented $4,000 in gross revenues in his first year.

000-000 38 1/12/05 5:22 PM Page 38 A Safe and Sustainable World Early bioshelter—the Alter Ego—with windmill and subsurface fishponds. young mothers vying to see whose baby would be the first to accept solid foods. John favored plants and algae with a protein supplement in the form of zooplankton or microscopic aquatic animals. Bill provided more varied fare with supplemental soy and insect larvae. At the final harvesting and weigh-in the total weights were very close. Both sides were a bit deflated that they could not claim to have proved the superiority of their methods, but they had managed to grow tilapia to edible size in just ten weeks.

It took the form of a column of slender, cylindrical, aquaculture tanks placed in a line along the edge of a field. The tanks, then being called solar-algae ponds, were 5 feet in height and 18 inches in diameter. 000-000 1/12/05 5:22 PM Page 45 Food from Our Fishponds 45 fiberglass material. We later also worked with larger tanks of the same height, which were 5 feet in circumference and held 734 gallons of water. We experimented with the translucent ponds both indoors and out, working with them in several configurations—singly, coupled in pairs, and linked in longer lines to form what we called a solar river.

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