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listen to NESAWG’s keynote speaker jim hightower on young farmers and local fish



America’s #1 Populist and Food System Reformer, to speak at
NESAWG’s It Takes A Region Conference: Region-Sizing: Making It Work!
November 11 – 12, 2014

Jim Hightower

National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and New York Times best-selling author Jim Hightower will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 It Takes a Region Conference, the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s annual gathering at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY on the evening of Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and longtime food systems advocate, Hightower has spent four decades battling on behalf of farmers, consumers, working families, environmentalists and small businesses.  Early in his career he co-founded the Agribusiness Accountability Project, a public interest project that focused on corporate power in the food economy before serving as director of the Texas Consumer Association and being elected to two terms as Texas Agriculture Commissioner.  Hightower has became known as “America’s most popular populist,” developing his radio commentaries, hosting two radio talk shows, writing books, launching his newsletter, giving fiery speeches coast to coast, and otherwise speaking out for the American majority that’s being locked out economically and politically by the elites.

Hightower will issue a rallying cry for collaboration and change at the 2014 It Takes a Region Conference, a convening of hundreds of farm and food system practicioners from NY to WV and all across New England. Each year, NESAWG, a 12-state network of over 500 participating organizations working to build a more vibrant, sustainable food system in the Northeast, unites hundreds of farm and food system practitioners and allies at this conference.  The theme this year is Region-Sizing: Making It Work – an exploration of how a stronger, more resilient food system is not only being envisioned, but being built by farmers and food hubs, market innovators and university professors, farmworkers, science writers, and so many other practicioners.

Hightower’s populist stance will fortify NESAWG’s commitment to raise issues of race and equity throughout the conference’s workshops and plenary sessions. In addition to Hightower’s keynote, highlights of this year’s conference will include workshops exploring the impact of international trade policies on regional food systems, the connections between hydrofracking, farms and food, and a food censorship plenary.  This plenary will feature leading journalists, science writers, and researchers investigating suppressed food and ag stories and what we can do to demand that the truth be told.

To listen to some Hightower’s latest food-related commentaries, click the links below:

To learn more about the conference click HERE

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schumacher lectures online + upcoming!

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The Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures (listed below) include some of the foremost voices on a new economics. Hildegarde Hannum is the editor of nearly all the lectures. Summaries of all lectures can be found here. Registration is now open for the 34th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on November 15th, 2014 in New York City.

The Schumacher Center for a New Economics publishes its papers in pamphlet form. We keep good stock, so feel free to order these pamphlets (2-up saddle stitched binding) for your community, your local library, or other educational institutions. Each pamphlet is 5 Berkshares or 5 dollars. Learn more about how to order pamplets.

All lectures can be found HERE

The full text of the lectures are made available free of cost in the spirit of sharing this information widely and democratically. When distributing this information, please include all contact information for the Schumacher Center for New Economics.

Thanks to the good work of Schumacher Center’s staff, the lecture pamphlets are now also available in eBook format — both on Kobo and Kindle.  Just search “Schumacher Center for New Economics” on either site. Read the newsletter: “The Fine Art of Pamphleteering in 2014.”

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farmers get student discount to schumacher lectures on creative economy!

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On November 15th the Schumacher Center will be hosting lectures by Matt Stinchcomb, founder of Etsy, and Caroline Woolard, founder of and The theme is Creative Enterprise in a New Economy.

Farmers and cottage industry entrepreneurs get the student discount ($25 rather than $35)!

We hope to see you there!

Go HERE to learn more!

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where to go for good thinking on climate change! — guernica mag & techno-utopianism

Bill Mckibben

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“It’s the greatest fight in human history, one whose outcome will reverberate for geologic time, and it has to happen right now.”

That’s Bill McKibben, who will be in New York City this weekend to present at the Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth conference, quoted in an interview he gave to Guernica Magazine in 2012. Continue reading

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technology & human consciousness: upcoming conference

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On October 25th and 26th the City University of New York will host a teach-in and public forum on Techno-Utopianism & The Fate of Earth. The purpose of the conference will be to give attendees a fuller understanding of how technological advancement has impacted the environment, as well as its impact on human cognition and social relationships. By broadening our understanding of the ever-developing threats to our earth, the conference will also open up the prospect of developing a new consciousness about political organizing and economic restructuring that can work against the increasing domination of technology in our time.

The speakers will include international activist and thinker Vandana Shiva, author and environmentalist Bill McKibbon, consumer advocate and politician Ralph Nader, and Greenhorns founder Severine von Tscharner Fleming. The numerous talks will be supplemented by lively discussion, film screenings, and workshops.

Jerry Mander, another speaker at the conference, has said in an interview from 2001 that “just as other creatures co-evolve with their environment, we are co-evolving with our technologies. In nature, creatures evolve by adjusting and reacting to other creatures. It used to be that way with human beings as well. But now we are co-evolving mainly with machines. Our compromise with them is that we start to become like them — we have to become a little like them in order to use them.” Continue reading


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