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An Ecotopia in Colombia

A small village founded in Colombia in the 1960s as an experiment in sustainable agriculture is still thriving. Experts like Amory Lovins are paying Gaviotas a visit to learn their secrets.

""A place like Gaviotas bears witness to our ability to get it right, even under seemingly insurmountable circumstances," the American journalist Alan Weisman wrote in a 1998 book about Gaviotas.

The village uses resin from the pines for biofuel in its tractors and motorbikes, and processes other resin for sale to use in products like varnishes and linseed oil."

Full Story: An Isolated Village Finds the Energy to Keep Going

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