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Writer, translator, traveler. A nomadic at heart.

Monsanto, Terminator Pertanian Indonesia

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Monsanto, Terminator Pertanian Indonesia
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Perusahaan raksasa Monsanto semakin kuat menancapkan cakarnya di Indonesia. Monsanto Indonesia sudah mendapatkan sertifikat keamanan pangan dan pakan untuk jagung RR NK603 dan jagung Bt Mon89034 hasil rekayasa genetika atau transgenik dari Komisi Keamanan Hayati Produk Rekayasa Genetik (KKH PRG). Monsanto tinggal menunggu persetujuan keamanan lingkungan dari Badan Keanekaragaman Hayati untuk bisa memproduksi bibit jagung transgenik.

Teknologi transgenik mulai dikembangkan di Amerika Serikat (AS) pada 1980-an. Teknologi ini diklaim mampu memberikan hasil panen tinggi karena tahan terhadap serangan hama dan penyakit. Caranya dengan melakukan modifikasi ulang gen tumbuhan. Sampai saat ini, teknologi transgenik sangat ditentang karena membahayakan kesehatan manusia yang mengonsumsinya.

Sejak 2006, Monsanto banyak memproduksi benih terminator, yaitu benih yang hanya bisa ditanam satu kali sehingga petani tidak dapat menyimpan dan menggunakan hasilnya untuk penanaman selanjutnya. Pada 2001, Monsanto terlibat skandal yang menghebohkan di Indonesia. Proyek kapas transgeniknya yang digaungkan mampu meningkatkan produksi petani dari 1 ton per hektare menjadi 3,5 ton per hektare, nyatanya tak terbukti. Continue reading Monsanto, Terminator Pertanian Indonesia

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A reflections of a home garden from our great friends living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Sustainability is the capacity to survive. Sustainability is a long -term process of maintenance of dedication and responsibility that has environmental, economic, social measure and surround of ethics on responsible planning and management of resources. It needs individual and community as a whole to be independent and passionate to give dedication, commitment, consistency& responsibility towards building a sustainable future.

For us, growing our own food, gardening and eco green living is not about lifestyle but it’s a way of life. Its not for poseur such as following the current popular global trend or because it’s a popular subject people talked about, or its cool to grow and eat organic, or becoming hip trend when consuming more eco-green product, hybrid cars, foldable bikes etc.

Why we grow our own food is because it’s beyond what consumerism or our current system can offer. It’s about self-govern and spirit of DIY. Its about…

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Permablitz Jogja #1: The Next Three Days

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Our first Permablitz prolonged through the weekdays and due to our busy schedule, we only could manage to start working in the garden after 2 PM. Not to mention in the changing weather. This become a three days of work instead of one. We learned a lot from this experiences and had more evaluation on time efficiency which Permablitz could only do a maximum of two days of work in a weekend. Despite all things, we all had a great time gathering together and in the end a ready-to-plant eatable garden 😀

Each day summary is as follow: Continue reading Permablitz Jogja #1: The Next Three Days

Permablitz Jogja #1: Astrid’s Garden – 10th February 2013

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ASTRID’S GARDEN, 10th February 2013, Nitiprayan

MISSION: To establish an edible garden in the front yard and making compost pile at the back yard. To create a sustainable design based on permaculture principles. To gather people in working the garden together. To learn together in making beds, compost and garden related. To have a feast on Chinese New Year and finish all the cakes. To have the fun in the garden and in the kitchen (for kitchen team).

CHALLENGES: Sandy texture of land, rocky even. Inexperience and a lot of improvisation along the way (obviously, this is our first time). Continue reading Permablitz Jogja #1: Astrid’s Garden – 10th February 2013

Permablitz Jogja #1: The Genesis

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Ini adalah kebun Astrid. Kebun ini terletak di  daerah selatan Jogjakarta, dalam wilayah perkampungan Nitiprayan.

Astrid masih mengontrak rumahnya tetapi karena ketertarikannya dalam isu-isu berkebun tengah berkembang, ia ingin membuat kebunnya sendiri. Sebuah lahan dimana ia akan menanam sayurnya sendiri, bumbu dan rempah-rempah. Ia senang memasak dan ketika ia bisa memetik langsung cabe dari kebun sendiri adalah sesuatu yang sangat menyenangkan. Ia tidak suka membuang sisa makanan/sisa sampah dapur dengan sia-sia dan merasa harus mulai membuat komposnya sendiri.

Persoalannya ia tidak tahu harus mulai darimana. Continue reading Permablitz Jogja #1: The Genesis