Rebecca Herr

Changing our Agricultural Approach & Food Sovereignty

Photo by: Tomasz Figarski Our contemporary agricultural system – the mono-crop system – has been in use since it was developed by the ancient Romans and has made our current reality possible (Cribb 2019, taken from ‘Food or War’). This technology allowed for the tripling of the human population in the past 70 years alone (ibid.). …

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Shifting Gears Towards an Electric Future

Photo by @evsales.uk on Instagram Like air pollution, climate change impacts vulnerable populations the most, including our children, seniors and communities already disadvantaged by pollution and poverty. As a paediatrician, I see first-hand the harm caused by our oil addiction. Children living in polluted areas experience higher rates of asthma and slowed lung development. This …

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Introducing Intercropping

Intercropping, the act of planting different crops together, can be divided into different sub-categories. Mixed intercropping is when a person grows more than two different crops together without any “distinct row arrangement” (Vandermeer 1989). Then, there is row intercropping, usually found in intensive agriculture, where multiple types of plants are grown in rows made by …

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Reevaluating How We Think About Plastic

It is estimated that our planet houses around nine million different multicellular species (Sala 2020). When we observe how the world naturally functions, we see a constant cycle of energy and nutrients, sustained by these species “working together to produce a harmony that we cannot explain, but which works to sustain our world,” (ibid.). Humans, …

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Shampoo and Conditioner Bars: Low-waste Life Alternatives

It’s becoming more and more evident that we have reached a point of no return regarding the amount of discarded plastic entering our environment, 50% of the 380 million tons produced a year are single-use plastics, entering our world with a purpose that lasts seconds, and then entering the ocean forevermore and killing 1 million …

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The Zapatistas: Sailing to Spain

“The voices of indigenous people in Mexico have been either passively ignored or brutally silenced for most of the last five hundred years. Indigenous lands and resources have been repeatedly stolen and the people themselves exploited under some of the worst labor conditions in Mexico. The official policies of the Mexican state have been largely …

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