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We Feed the Planet Puts the Spotlight on Small-Scale Producers



From October 3-6, over 2,500 change makers from 120 countries will be in Milan for Terra Madre Giovani – We Feed the Planet* to answer the question raised at Expo 2015: How can we feed the planet in the future? It is essential to include young small-scale farmers in the conversation on the future of food, because they undertake the best practices and have solutions for creating an environmentally sustainable food system and a better future.

Speaking about the event, Slow Food founder and president Carlo Petrini said: “We are bringing them together because we want to make them realize that even if they are in the most remote places, they practice and represent vital political will. With this event we will show them that they are not alone”.

Over the course of four days, they will learn, educate and exchange ideas based on their local experiences with the goal of creating a sustainable global food vision. On the last day, October 6, all 2,500 participants will march through Expo and present their solutions to the question of feeding the planet. This will give them a new lease of life, helping them find new solutions to bring home and implement locally.

Among the small-scale producers at Terra Madre Giovani – We Feed the Planet are: Danielle Rodríguez Besosa from Puerto Rico who works as a small-scale farmer, agro-ecological activist and educator. She is also an active member of Puerto Rico’s sustainable farming movement. Another delegate is Muhammad Sekyema from Uganda, a young small-scale farmer who produces a traditional, unique and highly nutritional type of fish, the silver fish, which is found in Lake Victoria. He also coordinates the fishing communities and grounds around Lake Victoria.

Knowledge, practices and visions on the food system will be shared among the 2,500 participants from Brazil, Senegal, South Korea, India, France, Germany, Canada, and South-Africa amongst others. The changemakers represent different geographic backgrounds as well as professions: there will be over 160 chefs, 100 shepherds, 500 farmers, 80 fishermen, 450 students, and 1000 academics and experts. Small-scale fishers, like Jessica Anahì De Francesco, a young fisher from Argentina, and the 27-year-old Spencer Montgomery from the USA will make a special contribution to the conference on ‘Ocean Grabbing and Fisheries’. They will show the importance of taking on this challenge, exposing phenomena, involving citizens, restoring local governance and rebuilding robust links between communities of producers and communities of co-producers by gathering the voices of the youth.

Moreover, a remarkable delegation of young Africans will raise their voices by sharing their experiences during the discussion on Access to Land and Land Grabbing in which Edie Mukiibi, Vice-President of Slow Food International, will be one of the key speakers. Besides Zayaan Khan from Slow Food Youth Network South Africa will host the workshop ‘Women in Agriculture’ on Sunday. She will share powerful stories in a discussion with Dennis Aviles (Sustainable Agriculture and Gender Advisor, Oxfam) to discuss the difficulties women are facing owed to a variety of problems including insufficient power relations.

Indigenous producer of the food product Guarana (Waranà in the indigenous language, meaning “beginning of all knowledge”), Sergio Waranà Sateré Mawé from Brazil (Waranà fair trade Project) will take the lead alongside with Bastien Beaufort, Slow Food Youth Network France and co-founder of the Disco Soup Movement in France, during the conference on Intercultural Gastronomy: Indigenous Seeds, Ingredients and Principles for a Sustainable Future. Open to each and every participant (indigenous and non-indigenous) it will showcase some key, indigenous, traditional products, customary myths, ancestral seeds, ecological knowledge and native food systems. More than a hundred young indigenous delegates, representative of about eighty groups from more than forty countries located in three continents, are expected to attend.

Thanks to the 2,500 young food heroes and keynote contributors Terra Madre Giovani – We Feed the Planet promises to represent an important milestone in fostering international efforts towards a global food policy and local implementations.

The event website offers further details on the event and its program here.


What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?




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A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.

1. Modern

New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.

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This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.

2. Classic

Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.

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With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.

3. Shaker

Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.

shaker kitchen designs

The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.

Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy



Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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