More than half the global population relies on rice to survive, but meeting that demand is difficult due to the increasing scarcity of freshwater, which is required for rice cultivation. To get around the problem, an 87-year-old Chinese scientist named Yuan Longping is developing a new high-yield strain of rice that grows in saltwater.
Solarpunk intends to wrench science fiction from both Steampunk’s magical tech fantasies and Cyberpunk’s tech-gone-wrong. If the energy substrate of the Steam era was coal, and that of the Cyber era was oil, Solarpunk foreshadows and aims to anticipate environmental catastrophe by skipping to solar. As Solarpunk manifesto-writer Adam Flynn writes, if “steampunk is ‘here’s yesterday’s future that we wish we had,’” and “cyberpunk was ‘here is this future that we see coming and we don’t like it,’” then “Solarpunk might be ‘here’s a future that we can want and we might actually be able to get.’”
These efforts have been around for thousands, if not tens of thousands, of years. Wow.
We (Gunditjmara) were some of the first civil engineers in Australia with farmed eels. Traps have been carbon dated back to 6600, but our connect there goes back further that 30,000 years. The sites are about to be world heritage listed. pic.twitter.com/CU2Sf6Ov6t
Rather than living passively off whatever nature provided, the Gunditjmara actively and deliberately manipulated local water flows and ecologies to engineer a landscape focused on increasing the availability and reliability of eels.
Manipulation of the landscape involved stone structures (such as traps and channels) dating back at least 6,600 years. Eel aquaculture facilities (ponds and dam walls) pre-date contact with Europeans by many hundreds (and possibly thousands) of years.
As Lourandos pointed out more than three decades ago, and Bruce Pascoe reveals in his recent award-winning book Dark Emu, differences between hunter gatherers and cultivators, and foragers and farmers, are far more complex and blurred than we once thought.
And there’s much, much more to explore and celebrate:
Brewarrina Fish Traps – The oldest man made structure on the planet, dated approximately 40,000 years old. . The old people would travel country, share story, food, dance & ceremony taking only what they need. . Go visit Brewarrina Fish Traps, older than the Pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China – something to be proud of for all people. . We are your first people – the oldest civilisation on the planet 👣
Courtesy ‘Merki’ this week on Twitter’s ‘IndigenousX‘ rotating account. (Follow!)
You can tell this (‘Now This Food’) video was assembled by people who aren’t familar with Jackfruit. It doesn’t taste like meat! Kind of like um, chewy/stringy banana custard? (I could eat it all day).
And it’s not ‘pungent’ – doesn’t smell bad unless it’s seriously spoiled. (Thinking of Durian perhaps? A smaller, more spiky, pineapple sized fruit?) Jackfruit may be frozen or (horror) canned in brine before reaching the USA / Europe.
But it IS versatile and CAN easily be seasoned to taste. If YOU want to say it tastes like pork or chicken, go ahead. Just know that Asians have opinions.
If people want to use it as a meat substitute? Go ahead! You can even order it from Amazon, if you’re not fortunate enough to live where it grows.
Jackfruit ‘fusion food’ ahoy!
For those new to Jackfruit, below you can see how BIG they are and how to cut one up.
Some days we open the newspaper and feel we are all doomed.
So I started The Bubble as a modest Facebook Group, for a respite from media overload. It became the one thing I could share with all my friends and family, without hesitation. And now it’s a web site, thanks to help from friends. I’d never expected it would grow this big and travel so far.
There are some simple rules: No drama. No hurtful speech or news. And of course, accentuate the positive.
If you want to make the world a better place? It’s not enough to critique; we need clear visions of what will replace our faulty systems. It’s worth pondering how it will look, taste, shape, feel and function.
I’m continuing to ‘export’ over a thousand posts from the original Facebook group (started in late 2016) . Feel free to join us with your thoughts, comments, items to share on our social contacts below.
– John Weeks, Editor
Header image: Angela Acosta
Tour of the Moon by NASA Goddard:
“Fishers” are slim furry, forest-dwelling relatives of weasels, mink and otters in North America. But they’ve been extinct in the Pacific Northwest since the 1900s. Until scientists attempted to re-introduce them in the Cascade mountains.
Header photo courtesy Earthfix