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ISIS Report 10/01/06

Prof. George Chan, environmental engineer and creator of dozens of highly productive zero-emission farms to eradicate poverty in developing countries.

How to turn "wastes" into energy and resources for local self-sufficiency. Get set for a post fossil fuel economy!

Are such farms the answer for feeding the developed world now faced with a looming energy crisis and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate global warming?

Also speaking:
Jenny Jones London Assembly member, Chair of London Food, responsible for government's Sustainable Food and Farming Stratefy for London
Martin Khor, Director of Third World Network
Eur. Ing. Kenneth Spelman, planner/designer of sustainable development
Julian Oram Policy Analyst of ActionAid
Dr. Lois Philipps, Senior Researcher of Elm Farm Research Centre
Dan Keech, of Sustain and London Hub
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Director of Institute of Science in Society & Sustainable World Initiative

Participation strictly limited, a few places left.

Please e-mail your details (name, title, affiliation if any, qualifications) to or telephone 020-7272-5636

sustainable world logoThe workshop will start at 9:30h Saturday 21 January and end after lunch at 14:00h Sunday 22 January 2006. The Venue is The Kindersley Centre, set at the heart of award-winning Sheepdrove Organic Farm (Warren Farm, Lambourn, Berkshire RG17 7UU, UK). The conference facility is housed within a beautiful, eco-friendly building, surrounded by fields and woodlands, with spectacular views across rolling downland. The cost of the weekend is about £130 per person, which includes organic meals and drinks (Saturday lunch and dinner and Sundy lunch). If required, an overnight stay at a nearby hotel will cost an additional £35-£50.

How to find the Kindersley Center: The Kindersley Centre can be reached by car or by rail plus a taxi ride. The nearest British Rail Stations are Hungerford, Didcot and Newbury.

For detailed directions to the Kindersley centre please follow this link: or directions provided by

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Article first published 05/10/09

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Liz Chafer Comment left 5th October 2009 21:09:16
All the wind turbines installed in Germany have had little impact on Co2 emissions in that country due to the intermittency of wind . The same is the case for Denmark cf. the CEPOS report sept 2009 In many countries including USA Canada France and the UK there is immense pressure to install industrial wind turbines often within a mile of houses affecting the health of those living in the vicinity. Even where I live the load factor will only be 15% but lack of wind doesn't seem to present a problem to the wind industry promoters. Intermittency is a serious problem until there is a means of stocking the energy produced.There are other forms of renewable energy that should be developed in preference to that of wind - wave power for example.

Mark Russell Comment left 23rd October 2009 17:05:38
Those are big, sweeping statements about nuclear ... "the nuclear black hole in terms of cost, safety and sustainability." All (except maybe sustainability in the grand scheme) are nothing more than populist fears, and not based on fact or reality. Wind power is positively medival by comparison no matter how you dress it up. Once the planet is out of all other forms of energy wind power may make sense (and by implication it is last on my list of desirable technologies). By that time the place will look like "planet of the apes" anyway so wind power will fit right in.

Mae-Wan Ho Comment left 22nd October 2009 21:09:49
All you people against wind and pro-nuclear really want to come down to earth and look at the nuclear black hole in terms of cost, safety and unsustainability. We are not for big wind farms. Cheap affordable small wind turbines are here! Read our complete report and get a full picture. Join the dots and join the future.

Mark Russell Comment left 22nd October 2009 21:09:18
Once the "storage solution" is worked out, why would you fill that storage with energy produced by industrial wind turbines when you could fill it with energy produced by nuclear power at a fraction of the cost, and without the massive eyesore that are wind farms? A storage solution notwithstanding, the cost of wind power in general will cause countries that have committed to wind power losing almost all of their manufacturing base to countries that can supply cheap, reliable energy, whether clean or dirty (manufacturers don't really care).

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