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Low Technology Institute
Housing, Clothing, and Feeding Ourselves in a World After Fossil Fuels
We study and adapt pre- and nonindustrial construction techniques for sustainable buildings today and in the future.
Forget about today’s unsustainable clothing industry and learn to create clothing (and other personal items) locally and from scratch.
Without local, sustainable food, the future is bleak. We spend most of our time researching new and old ways to feed ourselves.
We carry out larger-scale research projects including solar hot water, beekeeping, and composting.
We carry out trials and experiments in our Low Tech R & D series.
We grew all our own food for a year — we called it Foodmageddon.
We’re a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We’re always looking for volunteers, donations, and underwriting partners.
We offer classes and events that highlight our research and focus on skills needed in a locally resourced future.
Low Tech Podcast, No. 41 – 7 Jan. 2022
Just-in-Time Supply Chain Problems
#inflation … More Low Tech Podcast, No. 41 — Just-in-Time Supply Chain Problems
Over the last three parts, we’ve been looking at the current kerfuffle in the supply chain, from the Just-in-Time supply model to natural supply systems and historic trade. Here we’ll be considering a few future scenarios — thought experiments about what would happen if we went down different transportation paths, from one extreme of local … More Efficiency vs. Resilience: Global Supply Chain Collapse – Part 4: The Future
People have created large, complex cities and societies without fossil fuels in history and prehistory. In only one case that I know of did they depend on the shipment of staple foods and goods — and that was precarious. Traders did regularly move light-weight, valuable, robust goods over long distances, but a collapse in that … More Efficiency vs. Resilience: Global Supply Chain Collapse – Part 3: (Pre)Historical Trade
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