Community Articles from 2018

How a Tiny Village Became the First Place in the World to Ban All Synthetic Pesticides

How a Tiny Village Became the First Place in the World to Ban All Synthetic Pesticides
by Philip Ackerman-Leist
Posted January 17, 2018

first village to ban all pesticidesThe Italian village of Mals has set an international precedent—and a model for other communities to follow.

For hundreds of years, the people of Mals—a tiny village in the South Tirol province of northern Italy—had cherished their traditional foodways and kept their local agriculture organic. Yet the town is located high up in the Alps, and the conventional apple producers, heavily dependent on pesticides, were steadily overtaking the valley below.

Aided by climate change, Big Apple (i.e., large corporate, industrialized apple growers) crept further up the region’s increasingly warmer valleys and mountainsides, its toxic sprays drifting with the valley’s ever-present winds and falling on the farms and fields of Mals—endangering their health, biodiversity, organic certifications, and their thriving tourism economy. More…

7 Next-Level Mind Hacks that Can Change Everything

7 Next-Level Mind Hacks that Can Change Everything
by Gary ‘Z’ McGee
Posted January 1, 2018

you can create change by changing yourselfYou don’t have to be a genius to be creative, but you do have to be creative to be a genius. Similarly, you don’t have to be awesome to not suck, but you do have to not suck to be awesome. There seems to be a theme here. In order to be an awesome genius, or at least to strive to be one, we should endeavor to be more creative and to suck less. Easier said than done, sure. But as Baruch Spinoza said, “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”

The following next-level mind hacks are tools we can use to leverage a little more creativity and a little less suckiness into our lives. As the great Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “In the minds of geniuses, we find – once more – our own neglected thoughts.” More…

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