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Omega Institute Nature Is a Delightful & Collaborative Problem Solver by Janine Benyus
An Interview With 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: When ecology as a science started a century ago there were two gentleman, Fredric Clements and Henry Gleason. They presented opposing viewpoints. Frederic Clements said that ecosystems are communities. They organize themselves and are actually giving each other mutual aid. They actually create conditions that are more and more conducive to their living together.  More
Omega Institute Stop Hunting for the Next Sound
A Nature Meditation
“The truth can be found right here. The Great Spirit is within and that’s the truth.” Bob Berkebile shared this wisdom at the 2013 Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference: Where We Go From Here. The teaching comes from one of his most influential teachers, Iroquois Chief Leon Shenandoah, who National Geographic referred to as the “chief of chiefs.” More
Omega Institute Future Pesticides Won't Be Pesticides At All by Janine Benyus
Omega: In your talk, you said the pesticides of the future will not be chemical pesticides, but "helping the helpers." What does that mean? More
Omega Institute Nature Will Always Be More Delightful Than You Can Imagine by Janine Benyus
Omega: You described an experiment in which you ask people go into the woods, sit, observe, and let nature come to them. It seems the same exercise could have been designed by a meditation teacher. "Do you have a meditation practice?"  More
Omega Institute Is Gluten Sensitivity Fact or Fiction?
Nick Oddo grew up in a big Italian family eating a lot of bread and pasta. He also experienced some level of depression and mood swings for most of his life. But in the late 1990s, it got worse and he felt out of control. His dad, who was a baker in Italy, took his own life at 54 and his father before him at 35. He wanted to break the cycle.  More
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