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Pedal Power solutions to petroleum dependence and polluting vehicles: Arcata Library Bikes, Pedal Power Produce, and more!

CAOE - Committee Against Oil Exploration - stop offshore oil drilling to protect sensitive habitats and cut petroleum dependence.

Culture Change through music! The Depavers eco-rock!

Take our Pledge for Climate Protection and learn about the Global Warming Crisis Council.

SEI hometown action!
Arcata city council's proclamation against war on Iraq and Kyoto Protocol proclamation.

Overpopulation has become a reality.  Overpopulation Resources and News Tidbits

Sail Transport Network

Fact Sheets
Press Releases

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Food Not Lawns and Wild Urban Gardeners! 

Food Not Lawns creates useful biodiverse environments to grow food and native plants and trees instead of lawns. The network of people consists of those with gardening and farming experience and those with land.  Beyond simply tearing up lawns to plant potatoes, for example, Food Not Lawns offers tool lending, seed sharing, compost, greenhouse building and educational information.

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In Arcata, Humboldt County, Calif., Food Not Lawns follows in the footsteps of originators in Eugene.  Depaver Jan grew potatoes and parsnips in his front yard, as root crops are not as dangerous for human consumption as other kinds of crops when we consider toxic car fumes.  This is part of our spreading awareness of petroleum-based food production and distribution.  This context for growing food within neighborhoods, with no gasoline- or diesel-delivery, provides relevance for today's historic crisis of energy.  

It was lawn conversions and depaving upon which the Victory Gardens of World War II were based.  Food, not lawns!  Can you dig it?  No need for motors!  Get your bike carts tuned!

Begun in the radical town of Eugene, Oregon, Food Not Lawns turned lawns into food gardens.  Now, in Arcata, northern California, activists and students have started a group effort to do more than convert a few lawns into gardens.  

To email Food Not Lawns in Eugene, Oregon, email
Website can be reached through
Food Not Lawns, Eugene, Oregon 

For an essay on Food Not Lawns on the Economads website, see

For Culture Change Letter editions on food security and land use, see Archive.

See Jan VanderTuin's Center for Appropriate Transport website


Articles of interest:
Anti-globalization protest grows, with tangible results.  WTO protests page

Tax fossil-fuel energy easily
by Peter Salonius

UK leader calls War on Terror "bogus"

Argentina bleeds toward healing by Raul Riutor

The oil industry has plans for you: blow-back by Jan Lundberg

It's not a war for oil? by Adam Khan

How to create a pedestrian mall by Michelle Wallar

The Cuban bike revolution

How GM destroyed the U.S. rail system excerpts from the film "Taken for a Ride".

"Iraqi oil not enough for US: Last days of America?"

Depaving the world by Richard Register

Roadkill: Driving animals to their graves by Mark Matthew Braunstein

The Hydrogen fuel cell technofix: Spencer Abraham's hydrogen dream.

Ancient Forest Protection in Northern California. Forest defenders climb trees to save them.

Daniel Quinn's thoughts on this website.

A case study in unsustainable development is the ongoing crisis in Palestine and Israel.

Renewable and alternative energy information.

Conserving energy at home (Calif. Title 24)



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