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First Steps Toward Sustainable Food

posted Aug 7, 2016, 10:53 AM by GoOut Project

Patagonia provisions presents 'Unbroken Ground', a short movie discussing old and new solutions for more sustainable agriculture, farming, breeding, and fishing. We are glad to see that someone is finally up to the challenge and supporting the revolution.

Patagonia's Down Traceability

posted Apr 1, 2014, 2:40 AM by GoOut Project   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 1:07 PM ]

In recent years, there has been a constantly increasing request from consumers, especially in the food industry, to be able to “trace” the origin of raw materials and products. In the food industry, the traceability indicates the ability to trace the entire path of a food product, or of its components, through all stages of production, processing and distribution. This allows the authorities to control that everything happens according to the law and, most importantly, it provides consumers with important information enabling them to actually know and choose what they buy and consume. Whether for the purpose of checking food quality and health, or for environmental or for ethical issues, traceability is an extremely useful tool for consumers and it should become the norm for any kind of product. Unfortunately, it is still impossible to trace back the origins of most products.

Goose down is a highly requested material
, especially in the outdoor clothing industry, because of its great insulating capability, lightness, and compressibility, and, of course, because it's "natural". Nowadays, down is so widely used that every season, every single brand has at least one down garment in its catalog. But where do all these feathers come from? And more importantly, how are they collected?

The filling of our hot, down garments often comes from farms that adopt unorthodox breeding/plucking methods in order to sell more in less time. In most cases, the down comes from geese destined to the production of Foie Gras. Animals that are often forced-fed with artificial food, fortified with steroids, or genetically modified food, and that are forced to live in very small places, without natural light, and in unhealthy environments. Worse yet, the process of plucking is often performed on live animals.

Traceability provide us with important information that allows us to choose. You can choose to support (or not to support) products that are (or that are not) in line with your way of thinking or with your own ethics. A down jacket will certainly not end in our stomach, but would you ever choose a product made with feathers originating from brutally mistreated animals? Probably not.

Up until now, just a few people cared about this aspect of the production, maybe only a few animal rights groups, but fortunately things are changing. Patagonia, one of the most famous manufacturers of outdoor clothes, has been the first brand to stat caring more about the origin of the feathers used for its down garments. A process that began back in 2002, when Patagonia started to visit the farms, to analyze the food the animal were fed with, and their living conditions. Since a long time, Patagonia has been active in front line of environmental issues, striving to the utmost to minimize the environmental impact of its production processes: reducing energy waste, making extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials and supporting several projects for the preservation of the natural environment. The traceability of down is another great step forward towards a way of thinking and producing in a more conscious and certainly more ethical way. We believe that Patagonia will inspire many other companies to do the same.

When you shop, be aware in your choice! Next time you choose a down garment, you'll be able to use a new tool provided by Patagonia. For more info, you can check Patagonia's Footprint Chronicles.

Donation of Estancia El Rincon

posted May 25, 2013, 3:39 AM by GoOut Project

Conservacion Patagonica donated Estancia El Rincon to the national parks system of Argentina.

In the northwest area of the Santa Cruz Province, the 150-square-km El Rincon will expand Perito Moreno National Park. El Rincon encompasses the Lácteo River Valley, which provides access to the dramatic and still-unclimbed south face of San Lorenzo, Patagonia’s second-highest peak.

The expansion of Perito Moreno National Park follows in the footsteps of Conservacion Patagonica’s donation of the 630-square-km Estancia Monte Leon to Argentine National Parks to establish Monte Leon National Park, as well as the Conservation Land Trust’s contribution of private lands to create Corcovado National Park in Chile. This donation today represents a key milestone in the Conservacion Patagonica's plan to contribute all the conservation properties into the national parks system of their respective countries.

Surfing For Change: Travel Guide To Nicaragua

posted May 25, 2013, 3:09 AM by GoOut Project   [ updated May 25, 2013, 3:15 AM ]

Kyle Thiermann teams up with international NGO’s to document new models of sustainable development.

“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA,” is a short film, that illustrates the role that surf tourists can play in preventing the damaging effects that surf tourism booms can have on developing communities. This documentary highlights a group of young surfers and volunteers from Project Wave of Optimism (WOO), a non-profit organization, who is working with Nicaraguans to create a new, replicable model of surf-tourism in Gigante, Nicaragua.

About the Film:

“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA” is Creator and Host Kyle Thiermann’s sixth film in the "Surfing for Change” series. Join Thiermann as he takes viewers to the fishing village of Gigante, Nicaragua to explore how surfers are working to create a new model, to benefit the local community while also meeting the needs of tourists.

Thiermann illustrates the boom and bust cycle that typically occurs when tourists flock to these communities, otherwise known as Butler’s Curve of Tourism, which consists of massive, unplanned expansion followed by a decline in tourism and a devastated town. Although this model is shown through the lens of surfing, it is consistent throughout all kinds of tourist destinations. The film highlights the work of Project WOO, a group of surfers who recognized the need for change in surf tourism development and set out to make it happen. Join Kyle and Surfing for Change to see the positive impact that surfers and their allies can have in preserving the natural beauty and cultures of global surf destinations.

Join the movement at http://www.surfingforchange.com

Organization highlighted in movie: http://www.projectwoo.org

The Plastic Free Hotel : http://www.themaphotel.com

Your daily decisions may have great impact!

posted May 25, 2013, 12:57 AM by Marco Martino   [ updated May 25, 2013, 2:28 AM by Italo Balestra ]

Your daily decisions may have great impact!

Kyle Thiermann (from Santa Cruz, California) is a pro surfer, an engaged activist, as well as a talented speaker. He has combined surfing great waves around the world with making short films about several current environmental and development issues, especially in developing countries. In this talk, Kyle focuses on the power that each individual has to create a better world through their own everyday actions.

Earth Day: Join the Non-Toxic Revolution

posted Apr 20, 2013, 3:35 AM by GoOut Project   [ updated Apr 20, 2013, 3:36 AM ]

The 22nd of April is Earth Day! Take the chance to help our planet. 
Here are twenty tips to reduce plastic consumption from the Keep a Breast Foundation. 
Join the non-toxic revolution and if you are up for a challenge click on the link below!

Recreation and the Future of the Conservation Movement

posted Jan 11, 2013, 5:19 AM by Italo Balestra   [ updated May 26, 2013, 10:42 AM by GoOut Project ]

TEDxBoulder - Brady Robinson

Brady Robinson is a climber and a leader of the outdoor recreation conservation movement. He serves as executive director of the Access Fund and chair of the Outdoor Alliance.

In the last few decades, support for conservation has been waning. Where will the future political and social support for conservation come from? Brady is part of the recent rise of human powered recreation groups within the more traditional conservation movement. Climbers and mountain bikers, he says, are a powerful force for changing the way we, as a nation, value our public lands. The new ways that people are connecting with nature will have a powerful impact on the future of conservation.

Farm for the Future

posted Jul 16, 2012, 4:54 AM by Marco Martino   [ updated Apr 20, 2013, 3:11 AM by GoOut Project ]

BBC documentary on the precient global farming and food crisis, filmed in the UK.

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family's farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.

Featuring Martin Crawford (Agroforestry Research Trust), Fordhall Farm, Richard Heinberg and others.

Topics covered are the influence of oil on the food production, peak-oil, food security, carbon emissions, sustainability and permaculture.

FREE White Salmon river!

posted Apr 21, 2012, 1:27 AM by GoOut Project   [ updated Sep 7, 2012, 1:59 PM ]


FREE White Salmon river!

October 28, 2011
The White Salmon River in Washington state is flowing again as the nearly 100-year-old Condit Dam was disabled with explosives Wednesday.
The reservoir draining took about 2 hours.
Further demolition is scheduled in 2012. The event is a significant milestone for river restoration and dam removal nationwide.

One dam less!

Patagonia Provisions: Salmon Jerky

posted Mar 23, 2012, 4:27 PM by GoOut Project   [ updated Apr 13, 2012, 2:55 PM ]

What does Patagonia know about the fish business? Maybe just enough to change it for the better. Yvon Chouinard and people living in BC's Skeena River watershed talk about selectively fishing the salmon that is smoked for Patagonia Provisions.

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