imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Petrocollapse and Food Security at the South Central Farm

by Jennifer Murphy Sunday, Feb. 05, 2006 at 12:52 AM
truffula_tuft@hotmail.com

Jan Lundberg, oil industry analyst, founder of Auto-Free Times and www.culturechange.org came to Los Angeles last weekend to speak on the issues surrounding peak oil. I attended the Sunday afternoon talk on “Petrocollapse and Food Security”, an appropriate title for the location, the South Central Farm.

Petrocollapse and Fo...
janlundgren2.jpg, image/jpeg, 288x255

The farm may be receiving an eviction notice any day now, and in the light of Jan’s talk, this makes no sense at all. The average distance food travels between the farm and the dinner table in this country is 1500 miles. Our city’s food supply lines are dangerously dependent on petroleum-powered transportation and petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides. Rather than destroy existing vibrant, community-operated agricultural production we should be supporting and expanding it to every neighborhood in town.

Despite his gloomy message of petrocollapse, Jan opened with an upbeat song called “Get up and change the world”. He accompanied himself with his guitar and encouraged the audience to sing along. The sound system for this event was bicycle-powered. A simple generator and battery was hooked up to a bike on a trainer. It was created by Eric Einem of LA Post Carbon. Audience members took turns quietly pedaling throughout the talk.

NO ALTERNATIVES

According to Jan, “Oil use is hard-wired into our culture”.

The U.S. has put little effort into alternatives because we have a blind faith in technology, believing naively that “they’ll think of something”. The problem with that is, to adequately prepare for petrocollapse takes decades. We should have started 30 years ago. Jan sees unavoidable changes coming. He calls these impending changes petrocollapse, rather than peak oil.

“Peak oil is a single event, while petrocollapse covers the widespread impact of that event.”

He went on to say, “Petrocollapse is a serious threat to our economy. Our belief in unending growth and “the rising tide lifts all boats” is bull. Peak oil will terminate business as usual. New Orleans post-Katrina, writ large the problems with depending on government to help in times of crisis. With petrocollapse there is a good chance of a die-off of millions of people. “

Some people tout Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as the answer but there are many problems with this, including the danger and expense of transporting it. Jan says the answer is not in alternatives like biodiesel either. He asked us to imagine how much additional arable land we would need to plant enough oil producing crops to replace the 120 billion gallons per year of gasoline used by American vehicles.

“Getting rid of Bush and putting up solar panels is not enough. We are dealing with much deeper problems. Between petrocollapse and global warming we have to look at food security. Here at the South Central Farm we have urban farming. This is part of the solution. We can learn from Cuba as well, how it recovered after it’s petrocollapse.”

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, Cuba lost 90% of its imports, including crude oil, most foodstuffs, spare parts, agrochemicals, and industrial equipment. It was a terrific shock to their economy and a lesson in resourcefulness for us. Untrained people began to grow food on rooftops, backyards and small plots of land. Urban farming became a key component in food security. By 1999 Cuba's agricultural production had fully recovered, using only organic methods.

GET RID OF THE DRIVEWAY AND THE DUCKIE

Jan shared some surprising facts about automobiles. I didn’t realize that most of the air pollution and energy usage by cars happens in the production process, long before it hits the highway. This is true for hybrids as well as gas-guzzlers. Another fact - if one averages in the hours spent earning the money needed to buy a car, insurance and gasoline, the average driving speed slows down to a measly 5 miles per hour. So are we really saving time by driving?

Transportation is the biggest user of fossil fuels. Jan’s message on this subject is clear, not only do we need to get out of our cars; we need to tear up the roads too! Start with your driveway if you have one. Pavement encourages fossil fuel use, it’s made of fossil fuels, it blocks rainwater from soaking into the soil and renewing our aquifers, thus creating storm water runoff and polluting the ocean.

The Lundberg de-paving technique

1. Invite the community in to help and make it a party.

2. Widen existing cracks with a sledgehammer, enough to wedge in a crowbar.

3. Tip and lift the pieces out. If they are too big, use the sledgehammer on them.

4. Use the broken pieces for walls or permeable walkways.

5. Scrape the top layer of soil off (toxins seep into it)

6. Mulch it well

7. Plant

He said he grew some fine melons in what used to be his driveway in the first season after removing it.

He suggests we start acting as if petrocollapse is happening already. Try cutting way back on your use of fossil fuels and see what happens. Ed Begley jr. spoke at the Saturday night event about his experiment of trying to live without petroleum for a week. You can listen to this and Jan’s talk as well, here, thanks to Sound Posse: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=16328.

Jan has been trying to live without using any plastics. He now carries canvas bags and stores his food only in glass jars, but plastics are everywhere. There is currently 6 times as much plastic in the middle of the ocean as there is zooplankton. Plastic pollution is killing ocean life. Plastic bags and bottles in the ocean decay into bits the size of krill - small, shrimp-like crustaceans. These bits are mistaken for food by fish, mammals, and birds, eventually choking or poisoning them.

A host of poisonous chemicals are imbedded in plastic, causing genetic damage and disease to humans as well. We are exposed to these kinds of toxins from the womb onward. Phthalates are especially toxic. These are the chemicals that make plastic flexible, like in garden hoses and rubber duckies. It’s also used in wallpaper, furniture, deodorant, nail polish and perfume. Jan recently went on an 18 day fast to flush out the plastics and other toxins from his body.

He says, “We have to be healthy to be able to process the pollution and the bad news we are constantly exposed to”. Fasting done correctly can be very healing.

HANDS-ON SOLUTIONS

Jan wrapped up his talk with some suggestions for action.

“We have to stop believing what we’re told by corporate media and the government. Look into hands-on ways to get off fossil fuels -- like composting to feed the soil, composting toilets, bee-keeping, grey water irrigation.

Radishes take only 60 days from seed to harvest but the time to start a garden is before the disaster. We need to start preparing and practicing now. Some of these techniques are illegal because of current building codes, but we can learn about them now.”

The more we can bypass the dollar system and share skills and barter goods, the better. This is another important tool of sustainability.”

We also need to support places like the South Central Farm, recognizing them for what they are, sources of sustainable food security, now and in the post-carbon future.

Jan closed with another song, this one written for his daughter when she was a tree-sitter in an old growth forest in Humboldt County. The title is a quote from her, one that we can all keep in mind in the struggle to save the farm, “Direct action will get the goods”.

Following Jan Lundgren, Tezozomoc, an organizer with the South Central Farmers, spoke briefly about the situation at the farm.

He said that the farm is unusual for many reasons, one being that it combines food supply with leisure space. Modern cities can’t imagine this when creating zoning codes, but it’s a very old and natural way to live. The marketplace, the children’s play areas, the meeting place, and the cropland are all together.

The struggle for the farm, Tezo said, comes down to 2 opposing paradigms: are we about survival or about profit? Do we view nature as a living deity or as a stockroom? He hopes the farm can provide a third option, a synthesis that allows for many viewpoints.

"Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!"



Thanks to the Los Angeles outpost of the Post Carbon Institute for organizing this event. Their website www.LApostcarbon.org has many article and links on how to prepare ourselves for petrocollapse. Thanks also to the South Central Farm for hosting it. For updates on the situation there go to www.southcentralfarmers.com.

Report this post as:

Bike powered sound system

by Jennifer Murphy Sunday, Feb. 05, 2006 at 12:52 AM
truffula_tuft@hotmail.com

Bike powered sound s...
bike_power.jpg, image/jpeg, 288x250

Report this post as:

Bike powered sound system

by Jennifer Murphy Sunday, Feb. 05, 2006 at 12:52 AM
truffula_tuft@hotmail.com

Bike powered sound s...
bike_power_2.jpg, image/jpeg, 288x216

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 9 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE

Local News

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Un monde de pauvreté J22 12:54AM

14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head J20 10:47PM

Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy J20 2:47PM

Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies J20 11:18AM

Paraphysique de l'intelligence J20 9:08AM

Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record J20 4:01AM

Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals. J20 3:41AM

Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries J19 4:49PM

The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally! J19 4:33PM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy