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Depletion and Abundance Life on the New Home Front

ISBN-10: 0865716145
ISBN-13: 9780865716148
Edition: 2008
Authors: Sharon Astyk
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Description: Climate change, peak oil, and economic instability aren't just future social problems-they jeopardize our homes and families right now. Our once-abundant food supply is being threatened by toxic chemical agriculture, rising food prices, and crop  More...

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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Climate change, peak oil, and economic instability aren't just future social problems-they jeopardize our homes and families right now. Our once-abundant food supply is being threatened by toxic chemical agriculture, rising food prices, and crop shortages brought on by climate change. Funding for education and health care is strained to the limit, and safe and affordable housing is disappearing. Depletion and Abundance explains how we are living beyond our means with or without a peak oil/climate change crisis, and that, either way, we must learn to place our families and local communities at the center of our thinking once again. The author presents strategies to create stronger homes, better health, and a richer family life and to: live comfortably with an uncertain energy supply prepare children for a hotter, lower energy, less secure world survive and thrive in an economy in crisis maintain a kitchen garden to supply basic food needs Most importantly, readers will discover that depletion can lead to abundance, and the anxiety of these uncertain times can be turned into a gift of hope and action. An unusual family perspective on the topic, this book will appeal to all those interested in securing a future for their children and grandchildren. Sharon Astyk is a former academic who farms in upstate New York with her husband and four children. She also raises livestock, grows vegetables, and writes about food and peak oil. (Check out her blog-www.sharonastyk.com.)

Sharon Astyk is a former academic who farms in upstate New York with her husband and four children, raises livestock, grows vegetables and writes about food and peak oil (check her Web site at www.sharonastyk.com)

Acknowledgments
Where Are We?
Getting Out the Boats: A Primer on Hard Times
Time to Get Out Our Boats
Facing up to the Future
Hurry Up, Please; It's Time
Defining Our Terms
With What Will We Fix It, Dear Liza, Dear Liza?
Actions as Activism: The New Home Front and the Riot for Austerity
The Riot for Austerity
On the New Home Front
Reconsidering Public and Private
Women's Work and Political Power
The Political is Also the Personal
The Power Lines
Coming Together on the Home Front
The Church Model of Community Building
Time to Pick Up Your Hat
Pick Up Your Hat
Feels Like I'm Dyin' From that Old Used-to-Be
The Long-Term Problem of Technological Solutions
Not the End of the World
The Theory of Anyway
Money Changes Everything
Meet the Real Economy
Confronting the Real Economy
Self-sufficiency as the Opposite of Poverty
Peasant Economics for Everyone
Digging for Dollars
Making Ends Meet
The Problem of Consumption
Use-What-You-Have Adaptation
Get Out of Debt
Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do or Do Without
Hang On to Your House
Real Family Values - Facing the Future Together
Talking Population With the Old Men
Why Bring Up Population?
Trusting Women
The Limits of I=PAT
Understanding the Demographic Transition
The Tragedy of the Bathroom
The Permaculture of Family
Home Economics and the "Mommy Wars"
Husbanding Our Resources
This is the Way the World Ends... With Your Brother-in-Law Sleeping on Your Couch
Raising Kids in a New World: Family Life and Education
I Don't Know How She Does It!
Toys are Not Us
Childhood in a Changing World
School and Energy
Home Economics, Home-Land Security
Little House in the Suburbs
Home is Where You are Now
Staying Put
Buy or Rent?
Where to Live?
Sufficiency Plan for a Suburban Home
The Beauty and Necessity of the Low-Energy Home
Why the Lights Go Out and What to Do About It
What Life in Our Low-Energy Home Looks Like
Food and Health: The New Basics
The Bountiful Home: Grow and Preserve What You Need
The Crazy Lady and the Garden
The Bull's-Eye Diet
How to Start Your Garden
Squirrel Time
The Hand that Stirs the Pot, Rules the World
It's All About Food
Getting Over Picky
Food Preservation and Democracy
Frugality, Economy, Preparedness
How to Eat Cheap
Health Care
Public Health
The Myths of Medicine
The Costs and Benefits of Modern Medicine
Why Health Care Should Be at the Center of Things
The Most Bang for the Health Care Buck
The Beginning and the End
Recompense
Abundance, Democracy, Joy
Scared? Duh!
Abundance
Am I Romanticizing Poverty?
The One Thing We Did Right
Things You Can Do to Get Ready for Peak Oil, Climate Change and Difficult Times
The Best Books About Nearly Everything
Index
About the Author

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