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Omega Institute Nature Doesn't Compete, It Cooperates by Janine Benyus
Omega: In your talk, you said, “We’ve built our economy around a metaphor that has more to do with the Cold War than with life.” Can you explain what you meant? Janine: The central questions that we try to answer in ecology is, "How do ecosystems assemble? What is the important influencing factor when you look out at a forest, why does it look the way it does? Why are those species together? Why are those individuals spaced the way they are? In other words, how does that society put itself together?" More
Omega Institute Moving Toward a Sustainable Diet
What’s Best for You and the Planet?
For some the answer is clear: Eat less meat and more vegetables. Eat organic and locally sourced whole foods whenever possible. And if you can grow your own food, even better. But questions remain. Should we be exclusively vegetarian or can we eat some pasture-raised meats? Should we buy local or organic? More
outhouse toilet in mozambique
Most of us living in a wealthy country don't often think about clean water or sanitation. We turn on the faucet and flush our toilets without considering how the water got there or where our waste goes. But it wasn't always this way. Providing easy access to clean water and effective sanitation was and is a conscious policy choice.  For the millions without readily available clean water, and the billions without basic sanitation, these remain two of the most basic and important issues of environmental sustainability, social and gender justice, and human development. More
Omega Institute Transitioning to a Sustainable Future
Weaving Individual and Community Change to Create the World We Want
As with any change, whether it's a transformation of consciousness or something as simple as becoming more physically fit, there is a transition period. Looking back it may seem like a quantum leap has occurred, a jump from one state of being to another, but in the moment, in the present, a transition is always occurring. More
Omega Institute Earthship Taos, New Mexico
Looking to the Past for Inspiration for the Future
It's been 20 years since James Howard Kunstler called the American built environment "The Geography of Nowhere"—development based increasingly and broadly on erasing regional differences in building, on unyielding suburban similarity, on throwing more energy at every design problem as the default solution.  More
Omega Institute Avoiding the One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Sustainability
Eco-Friendly, Site-Specific Sanitation Solutions
Access to basic sanitation is key to a truly regenerative future. (If you don’t agree with that statement yet, check out our article Toilets and Clean Water for All.) The way we provide this service and build these systems gives us with an opportunity to use new technologies that work with natural principles to process wastewater in an ecologically responsible way.  More
Omega Institute Composting Gone Wrong to Right by Eric Steinman
The Transformative Power of Composting
The human stomach is a wondrous muscular hollow that is truly the center of magical transformation in the human body. Sure, the brain gets much of the attention for making us rational and evolved, but the stomach allows you to bring something from outside of your body (food) and convert it into you—the conduit between you and the edible world that surrounds you. More
Omega Institute The Next Sustainable Culinary Frontier: Insects by Eric Steinman
How Eating Insects May Be in Your Sustainable Future
Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet and award-winning author, recently told the New York Times, “We should all be eating insects, and we all will be eating insects. They are a perfectly reasonable source of protein.” These comments were not the random mutterings of a disaffected food critic, but a response to a recent report issued by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promoting human consumption of insects as an environmentally sustainable means of feeding the planet. More

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