2021 Greatest Hits: The Stories You Loved Most

Happy New Year! As we bid adieu to what has admittedly been a challenging 2021 for so many of us, we wanted to share with you, our Bioneers community, the top 10 stories from the past year that resonated most with you, reflecting our collective passion for such topics as Indigenous rights, the complex microbial world beneath our feet, women’s leadership, regenerative food systems, and many others.

We hope you enjoy this look back and that you’ll join us as we look forward, despite all the challenges, to a new year in which we will be able to keep highlighting news, stories, and exemplary projects, movements, and leaders that inspire us all to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations. 

Decolonizing Regenerative Agriculture: An Indigenous Perspective

Bioneers interviewed A-dae Romero-Briones (Cochiti/Kiowa), Director of Programs-Native Agriculture and Food Systems at First Nations Development Institute, about Indigenous farming, agriculture, and relationships to the land.

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How Breathing Exercises Can Change Your Life | James Nestor

In his bestselling book, Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art, investigative journalist James Nestor shared remarkable research about the healing power of breath.

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Psilocybin Mushroom Medicines: A Paradigm Shift in Global Consciousness | Paul Stamets

The great mycologist Paul Stamets, perhaps the world’s leading expert on the topic, explored the healing potential of psilocybin and the challenges posed by the rapidly changing social and legal attitude toward these ancient medicines.

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Grief, Sacred Rage, Reckoning, and Revolutionary Love

This powerful conversation with three of the most extraordinary women of our era, Terry Tempest Williams, “V” (formerly known as Eve Ensler), and Valarie Kaur, was hosted by Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons.

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No More Stolen Sisters: Stopping the Abuse and Murder of Native Women and Girls

In communities across Indian Country in the U.S. and Canada ravaged by fossil fuel extraction and mining operations, Native women have been going missing at alarming rates while tribes have had little recourse to successfully identify and prosecute the predators responsible. In this program, 5 Native women leaders described how they are taking action to address this crisis.

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Hidden Hunger: Does Food Lack Essential Nutrients?

Nutrients in fruits and vegetables have declined in the past 50-70 years. People may be getting sufficient calories yet are experiencing “hidden hunger”—a lack of essential nutrients. In this interview, soil scientist Dr. Gladis Zinati of The Rodale Institute discussed the impact of soil health and farming practices on human nutritional health.

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The Feminist Climate Renaissance: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

In this talk, marine biologist and activist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson discussed the collection she co-edited, All We Can Save, and the powerful voices of leading figures in the emerging “Feminist Climate Renaissance” it showcases.

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Indigenous Voices for Decolonized Futures | Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy

In this inspiring presentation, leading Indigenous educator Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy shared a three-step approach to re-imagining climate and environmental justice in California and beyond, focusing on concrete actions that challenge us to dream better futures together. 

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Starlings, Infinity, and the Kith of Kinship | Lyanda Fern Lynn Haupt

Starlings’ impressive ability to mimic the sounds of the life around them illuminates their practice of sharing in the web of life. In this excerpt from Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations, ornithologist/environmentalist Lyanda Fern Lynn Haupt explores the infinity of intelligences cradled by reciprocity in a world that both includes yet surpasses the limits of human knowledge.

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Interview with Merlin Sheldrake, Author of Entangled Life

In this conversation with Bioneers’ J.P. Harpignies, biologist Merlin Sheldrake drew from his bestselling book, Entangled Life, to discuss his remarkable exploration of fungal networks and the radical rethinking of our relationship to the web of life their study can lead us to.

Read more here.

Register for the 42nd Annual EcoFarm Conference!

Join the Ecological Farming Association at their in-person 42nd Annual EcoFarm Conference, January 19th-22nd at the Asilomar State Beach & Conference Center. The EcoFarm Conference convenes agriculturalists working to advance just and ecological farming and food systems for four days of visionary keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, pre-conference events, an expo, seed swaps, networking, and farm tours.

Learn more here!

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